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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

9,602 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,602
Reviews: 2,855
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,621 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of teromous
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden straw colored beer. Huge lucious white foamy head that lingers and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Nice bold hop aroma with citrus of tangerine and grapefruit peel. Smells very inviting.

T: Fairly mellow citrus rind bitterness. Not a whole lot of flavor going on aside from that hop flavor that tastes like citrus rind. I don't get any grain flavor or any other hop character. It's good.

M: The mouthfeel is just right. Good carbonation and bitterness. Pretty wet finish.

O: I liked it. I wish it had more flavor to it but it was good. No regrets buying it.

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Profchaos20
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of vma
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of double2chin
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of thedoubler55
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color mostly orangey, very nice head that leaves some nice lacing as you drink this beauty

S - Some nice hops, hints of oranges and pears

T - Great Ipa, nothing crazy but perfect in the sense of comparing to other IPA'S. Never let down with stone brews. This one has some citrusy hops and hints of sweet sugar.

M - Nice beer with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely enjoyed this beer, would like to have it again for sure.

Photo of JT99125
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of russwilliam
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of SteveB24
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: color is somewhere between copper and amber. Pours 2 fingers of sticky white head that retains pretty well. Lots of little bubbles.

Smell: hoppy spice with some strong pine in there too. Touch of mild fruit lurking as well.

Taste: smooth but not subtle spicey and piney hop, a bit of malt backing up the hop notes

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, slightly dry in the finish.

Overall: if you want an IPA, and only a classical, crisp beer that is everything you think of when you think IPA will do, buy this beer

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Quaffer
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer was a glowing, golder-amber color. It was surprisingly light, not being much darker than some of the more robust macros out there, such as Stroh's. The clarity was amazing. A nice, two-finger, eggshell head rose up and lingered for a long time. As it settled it became rough and fluffy, until there were just some thick patches left floating on the liquid. These eventually thinned out as well, but there was always a thin cap of foam laying over the top of the beer. Lots and lots of lace was left behind, which was really cool.

Smell: Right after the pour, this brew was pure, unadulterated, raw hops. As the beer sat, this developed into a juicy, citrusy hops smell. This was joined by the aromas of caramel and caramel malt, roasted malt, and crackers. Add in hints of vanilla and orange, and the aroma became very full and complex. Nice and round and warm smelling. Extremely impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. It flowed easily through the mouth, with just a hint of a coating effect. There was no roughness at all, being silky, almost buttery, at times. Occasionally, I thought that this beer seemed almost too smooth for the style.

Taste: Almost immediately, after an initial hit of sweet malt, a big herbal hops flavor rose up to dominate the taste. The hops added a lot of bitterness as well, though it didn't compare to the amount of flavor that they provided. Underneath the hops were some sweet malt and hints of roasted malt. The more that I drank, the more the roasted malt came through, which did wonders to balance out this brew. On the finish, the malt flavor became more caramel-like without becoming any sweeter.

A great beer that was more balanced at times than others. Some mouthfulls seemed to be all hops, and others seemed to balance out perfectly. Those that fell into the latter catagory were absolutely wonderful. I just wish that the citrus characteristics of the hops that came through in the aroma would have made it into the flavor. The flavor was all herbal.

Photo of BeerZack
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden orange color only slightly hazy, fairly clear when warming up. Very appetizing look and smell. There are aromas of citrus and spicy herbacious pine over a sweet maltiness.
Sweet maltiness and mild grapefruit leads to herbal spiciness in the hop finish. Nice soft mouthfeel keeps the hop acidity from being overwhelming. While not a well balanced IPA overall (definately leans towards hop bitterness), Stone IPA seems to be more balanced than many hop-bursting American IPAs. I find this IPA a little easier to drink than some of the more heavier-bodied IPAs... gets me the hop fix without filling me up on 1 pint (or 22oz bottle)!

Photo of 1fastz28
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

stone is not available in illinois, atleast not to my knowledge so a buddy of mine picked me up on a trip to ohio. the look of it is great, has a nice slightly orangish/gold cloudyness to it with a nice fluffy white head, and it smells flipping great, just a wonderful cascade of hop aroma, very light and not overpowering earthy hopness to it. taste is great too, just a fulll bodied flavor, not to strong, not to light flavor, it is one of the easiest to drink ipa's too, alot of your really really strong ipa's are hard to get through the bottle cause of the bitterness or the alcohol but this one is an absolute world class beer. just wish it were available locally

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Zach122
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Boca-X
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Sin City Brewing Co (Nevada) pint glass. Light head, faded fast, light lacing, lasted throughout drink. Golden, honey orange...a little cloudy to the eyes.

Slight hops on the nose, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine...what you would expect from an IPA.

Mellow pine, citrus...a hint of candy cane and dark/burnt coco on the front of the tongue. Extremely smooth. The finish tastes of bitter lazy grapefruit. Bitter finish is fast, then gone...probably why so many people like it?

I've had the Bastard and thought it was very good. This is extremely balanced and smooth, making it very drinkable, if you enjoy IPAs you'll like this. Honestly, it isn't much different from lots of very good beers in this style? I will drink again...it's good...close to great...but...?

I'll come back to it and review it again in the summer...maybe the change in weather will help? I must say I've been drinking a lot of very hoppy IPAs lately, so my buds are all juiced up!

Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Harvest06
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAngel
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a modest but lasting off-white head. The smell is overwhelmingly citrusy hops as an IPA should be, but not far behind it is a nice biscuity malt and a light sweetness as well. The taste is , whew!, a very sharp citrus hop bite that hangs around but slowly lessens to reveal the fresh baked bread flavored malt that stands distantly behind. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes almost brutally dry.

Notes: This one is just about the hops IMHO. Have you ever chewed on hop pellets...this is what it's like. I tried it at 50 degrees and on and off all the way to 60 degress and I can't get more of the malts. If you like balanced brews, this one is not for you. These kinds of brews are not hard to produce. It is okay, but not real good. It is rather one dimensional to come from a brewery of this caliber. Shocking to me that it is top rated when there are so many more complex beers out there. Cheers!

Photo of theghost3
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper with a thin white head. Smell is very strong of citrusy hops. The taste is incredibly abundant on the grapefruit hops there's also a slight yeast flavor. Very bitter, but not atypical of an IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, very carbonated. This is a drinkable beer, but it is so bitter and carbonated, I recommend taking it easy with this one.

Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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1/5  rDev -76.3%

Photo of simont1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,602 ratings.