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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

8,226 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,226
Reviews: 2,737
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 196
Gots: 719 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a solid 1 finger foamy white head that retained well leaving a fair to good broken sheet lacing behind.

S: citrusy with grapefruits and fresh flowers against a semi-sweet toasted caramel backing.

T: nicely balanced in regards to the malt and hops with some spicy citrus and grapefruit notes more focused more on flavor then tongue numbing bitterness. The hopping was sharp and clean in nature with light sweet toasted caramel. The finish was very smooth, even toned thoughout and pleasant as it faded off the tongue with a slight dry flowery presence.

M: crisp, dry and felt very nice.

D: Classic example. A good solid example and hard to go wrong here or find reason to fault. A worthy recommend and nice try.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 22:58:17 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by June 6 2011 will do!

Light brown cream white head of about three/four fingers off the pour with good retention. Nice and sticky. Body is a clear gorgeous orange amber with tiny sparse fast rising bubbles from the bottom.

Smell is a wonderful simple grapefruit and somewhat grass like hop. A little small, but very solid. A little bit of cinnamon too.

Taste is a good spiced hop profile, malt sugar body hints of brown sugar. Missing some bread action but a little on the finish, but I really like the hop feel of this IPA, it's strong but not overpowering. No hint of booze either, feels easy drinking.

Overall this is solid you just can't go wrong with it, it's also a personal fav for this style as well for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:10:20 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

05-24-2014 22:53:45 | More by Latarnik
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, thick white head forms, laces nicely, with good retention. Smell is citrus, pine and floral hops, a little caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is caramel, some wheaty dryness, grains, then a whack of citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Has a considerable bitter kick in the finish, I was expecting a bit more from this one for its high rating. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 07:39:11 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden body with a large chunky head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving white splotches on top. Some really nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A blast of hops as well as some pine and grapefruit. Also a little bit of malt on the back. Really nice and strong, expected from Stone.

T: A lot of hop flavor on this one! A nice combination of spice and a grassy/earthy component. The hops are nicely balanced by the malts.

M/D: Creamy and smooth, very easy drinking. A great IPA that I could drink everyday.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 01:47:52 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a deep golden with orange tinting. A slight bubbly off-white head. Nice lace patterns develop on the sides of the glass as I drink. Citros, lemon rind, grafefruit and slight pine on the nose. This is a very balanced IPA in taste. the hops do not overwhelm, but rather, they are firm in their presence. The hop-attributed tastes are lemon rind, citrus and pine. There's some nice bitterness, but not quite enough for my liking. Very quaffable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2002 20:16:15 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The standard for SoCal ipas. Copper pour, looks beautiful, aroma, big bold citrus hop, taste, more of the same. Amazing finish, leaves little to no aftertaste, just hits big all over the tongue. Must be some real crystal malt or something

Can't really faultthe mouthfeel for going away, it would be worse if it didn't. Very drinkable. Example: Got a keg of this in Reno for graduation 10 years ago, when just about nobody (especially college age) had ever had it.

Lots of pukey chicks at the end of the night, who didn't realize that this stuff has some kick. I had never seen chicks drink anything so good and bitter. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 02:35:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

10-23-2013 23:46:24 | More by LXIXME
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear medium amber colour topped by a white lacing of head from the pour. Excellent retention. Foam seemed happy to stick to the sides of the glass all the way to the finish.

Smell: Light malty sweet aroma with some biscuit and a little doughy. Lots of hops happening, with orange citrus, grapefruit, spice and some herbal/perfumy character.

Taste: Hops. Orange and grapefruit citrus, slightly resinous, assertive bitterness all the way through. Malt is present (biscuity and caramel sweetness), but takes a back seat. Piney at the finish. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation with some crispness to start, but becomes very smooth part way through. Some alcohol warming at the finish.

Drinkability: This stuff is great. Lots of flavour, nice balance (I guess you could say it's on the hoppy side), and exceptional finish. This is what I've always imagined an American IPA should be.

22 oz. brown bomber with no apparent best before date.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 03:01:51 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, hazy yellow with 1/4" of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The smell has barley malt notes, yeast, and faint citrusy hop aromas. The taste is bready malt followed by some pineapple and grapefruit with just a slight earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Not overly bitter so it's drinkable and refreshing. The alcohol content is moderate but warms the palate. Overall balanced and solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:46:31 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it grapefruity. A malt and pine smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. Very one sided and ends with a citrus/grapefruit finish that lingers for a while on the tongue. Definitely has a better smell than taste to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body to it and a bit underwhelming carbonation.

This is a decent IPA at best to me. Too bitter for my tastes. I can drink, but usually would chose not to if I have any choice in the matter.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 00:56:18 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz at the Boise Coop for ~$1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint... still listening to Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Shorter egg shell head that fades to good sticky lacing.... a nice mess of bubbles floats atop a clear straw color body... BTW... big lacing left for the entire glass.

Very noticeable American hops burst from the glass... pine... pineapple and grapefruit... with an endearing flowery portion. Not alot of maltiness to take note of, but thats probably not a bad thing on this one.

Flavor is off the charts!! big bitterness melts seamlessly into the mix of low sweetness and American hop notes.. Actually very hard to pick apart because it is so balanced. Yeasty fruitiness is definately there... Body is lite medium with prickly carbonation... but yummy.

I've had this brew dozens of times ... but never really thought to stop and savor... this is what people are talking about when they say West Coast IPA. Fantastic and remarkably drinkable... I really like bitter beers for the most part, but for some reason, my purchases tend to linger in the bigger body/maltiness range.... but Stone has this one perfected.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 09:47:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-21-2012 19:59:11 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this steadily at Twain's in Atlanta for the past week.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin layer on the top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells great. Loads of hops - citrus, pine, floral, it's all there. It's backed up by a solid malt aroma.

Tastes just how it smells. Loads of hop flavors with a hint of spiciness, yet the malt flavors still manage to make their way out and balance the beer. Ending is as close to being too bitter as a beer can get without being so.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation does a good job exploding the flavors.

Drinkability is great. I could drink entirely too many of these.

Overall there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said. If you have access to Stone do yourself a favor and revisit this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2009 18:25:40 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

03-22-2014 21:27:01 | More by afsdan
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

12-23-2012 20:41:58 | More by PEIhop
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze, quite clear, with an off-white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Citrousy, floral, fresh hop odour over a hint of bready malt.

T: Predominantly hop flavour (west coast citrous & pine). Balanced to the bitter side, but relatively smooth & crisp, with a slightly assertive aftertaste. Bready malt, with some alcohol warmth (more-so as it warms from cellar to room temperature).

M: Moderate body is a little acidic and oily, carbonation is also moderate.

D: It's quite drinkable, especially considering the strength.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 02:29:16 | More by Derek
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-03-2012 09:49:31 | More by dmorgan310
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beertunes

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. A beautiful bright, clear gold color. Minimal head that dissipated quickly, leaving a very sticky lacing. Pleasing floral hop aroma. Flavor has a strong, smooth, even hop presence. This is not a bitter IPA, but still delivers a strong hop blast. One of the strongest points with this IPA is balance. The body is just slightly on the thin side.This beer has the backbone to stand up to the hops. This a very drinkable IPA that, due to the smoothness and balance can truly be sessionable. This is not a tongue-burner, you won't suffer from palate fatigue as with lesser IPAs. This is a go-to beer for me, it can always be counted on to deliver a great beer experience.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 19:30:59 | More by beertunes
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Gusler

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, as I just received my set of “Stone Glassware”, one must properly “Baptize” them, so the India Pale Ale glass gets a Stone IPA.

The beer as it cut and runs from the bottle a transpicuous golden amber color, the head supererogatory, the texture semi-creamy and the color a bright white, as it slowly erodes the lace forms a sticky sheet to smother the glass. Hop floral at the start, the middle sweet malt, citrus crisp, fresh and ever so inviting, a true portent of things to come this nose, start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its carbonations, the hops forthright in their spiciness; powerful but pleasing, aftertaste is desert dry, somewhat bitter, quite long lasting. One of several “Stone” beers I always have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 00:35:41 | More by Gusler
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billab914

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured an amber/gold color wit ha frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention to it and it also left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is not surprisingly hoppy. It's floral with a good amount of pine and citrus coming through. Some notes of grapefruit and orange come through in the citrus flavors. A little bit of earthy spice comes through in the hops as well.

The taste has a big grapefruit, pine, citrus, hoppiness to it. More of a dry bitterness starts to come through in the finish with more pine and grapefruit. It has a bit of an earthy spice to it as well as a bit of malt sweetness coming through. Very nice IPA overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very well made and flavorful beer. it has a very nice and bright hoppiness to it that is very nice. All that said, for my personal taste I slightly prefer more of the tropical hoppy flavors in an IPA. That doesn't diminish how well made this beer is though at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:27:25 | More by billab914
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap. Arrived with a billowing head that was exceptionally thick and creamy. It left loads of sticky lacing.

Citrus hops with traces of alcohol and malts in the nose.

The beer also has a strong citrus component on reaching the tongue, but this becomes more piney mid-taste. Strikingly sweet when it hits the tongue, with no immediate hop hit following ... this does appear in the surprisingly hoppy finish. Thus, this IPA creates a striking and unusual (well, exaggerated) flavor dynamic.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 19:56:59 | More by chinchill
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Tone

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (pineapple/grapefruit), sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good standard APA - nothing flashy.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 15:07:48 | More by Tone
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HopHead84

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/24/2011

On tap at Stone. Forcefully paired with the plaintive wail of a female Irish folk singer.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a big creamy two finger white head. The head is long lasting and leaves a lot of lacing when it recedes.

S: Redolent of grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Grassy and herbal notes are detectable. Malt provides light cracker notes. It's all hops, though more subtle and restrained than your average San Diego India Pale Ale. Light pine resin notes are revealed after the beer warms to an adequate temperature. This gets much better after it warms up a bit. It was very cold.

T: Grassy, with notes of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Malt is faint and crackery. Bitterness is at a moderate level. There's a bit of grapefruit rind in the dry finish.

M: Upper light in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: Strangely enough, I rarely drink Stone beer when I'm at Stone. This is the sort of beer that's always there and is often overshadowed by flashier offerings. However, this is definitely a good IPA, and sadly one that I probably won't drink again for some time. Still, tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 03:42:50 | More by HopHead84
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

02-29-2012 23:47:58 | More by Zaphog
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,226 ratings.