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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Reviews: 2,849
Hads: 10,065
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 344
Gots: 2,089 | FT: 7
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.01/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear filtered? yellow with a small white head, this could be a pilsner and giving it 3 makes me wonder if I'm too kind just because it's Stone. Aroma is hop essence literally.. with a hint of fuel and quite salty as well together with the more traditional citrus, lemon and grapefruity profiles. A good sniffing which appeals me by its originality. Taste surprises right away being very citric. I simply don't understand how so many people can love it that much since it's so distracting? Neverthless, there's a touch of honey malt and it's very clean. Talking about balance is totally out of place though and it didn't seem particularly pleasant. The body is honest, a solid medium body, but not as mouth-filling as other Stones I've had. Basically, this was totally blown away by the Lost Coast Indica we've had just before. Just altogether way too citric sour for my liking, possibly the tartest IPA I've had to date and while it's a characteristic I truly love in many belgians, it didn't seem to fit here. Thanks Martin! (1,037 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden, and kind of thick looking. Had a good head, and left almost a perfect lacing on the glass

Smell- Citrus, and hops- very nice

Taste- This is one for the hop heads. Great citrus hops, but balanced well with the malt. Powerful taste. Much better than most IPA's and has more character to boost. A big ale for sure with a huge hop profile.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy hop profile hits the mouth first, but this is balanced fairly well with the malt. Not for the faint of heart, or weak of taste.

Drinkability- High ABV, but it doesn't show in the taste. Great tasting, but be aware of the alcohol content.

Great beer altogether. It may be the best IPA I have ever had. (696 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange with a gracious head. Stringy lace accompanied me the entire 16 oz. Nice looking IPA.
Nice floral aroma high citrus with a sweet smell of caramel.
Nice measure of both hops and malt. The hops (of course) coming on strong and lasting straight through the finish, ending nicely with the malt. This is a great IPA. (326 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Ilacquin
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I am far from being a hophead, and IPAs are not my favored style, but I do like variety.

Appearance started out grand, deep orangish/gold color. A little cloudy with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma is the first thing you notice upon pouring, even before the head begins to form. Definitely lots of hops here. A little flowery and for lack of a better term "green". Reminded me heavily of evergreen trees. Just a little malt sweetness in the aroma to balance things out.

Taste was suprisingly smooth for the amount of hops present. Plenty of hop flavor and bite, with just a slight lingering aftertaste that was not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was suprisingly full, not at all watery or thin.

As I said, this is not my favored style, my tastebuds were a bit burned out on the hops by the time I was finished. Still an outstanding beer though, can't wait to try it again around mid-summer. (950 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in color, slightly cloudy in clarity, this brew lent itself to an awesome two-finger, cream colored head. The aroma is excellently balanced between the flowery (not bitter) hop and the coy, slightly sweet malt. Interestingly, this beer tasted opposite of most--the hop was up front followed by malt. The beer was balanced throughout the tasting.

This is a full body ale with wonderful carbonation. This may be the best IPA I've ever enjoyed. I am drawn to getting another even though I prefer variety. (511 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Pop the Cap Winter Warmer Event, 1/31 at Tyler's.

I take pretty fondly to Stone's brews--that much is apparent. But what should I expect from one of their lesser-hyped, not quite monster brews?

The answer, I found out, is pure excellence.

Stone IPA poured a bold golden color with orange hues and a thin, quickly disappearing white head. The powerful floral aroma is detectable from more than a foot away, as pure hops brilliance dances into my nostrils.

This is a gorgeous beer. It has the perfect balance of hop bitterness, floral hop sweetness, and overall crispness, as well as true depth in an IPA. With every sip, I discovered a new, brilliant element. Simply awesome.

Bar none, this is the best IPA I've ever had. Wow. (754 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice (light) amber color. It had a modtly hop flavor to it right off the bat.the malt IS there, but this, by defiination is a hoppy beet. Smells nice a citrusy on the the pour, and it has a nice follow thouw when you go through it. All in all it has the prolific hop flavor that most Stone products have, and, all in all, it is a very nice brew, Find, and enjoy, it if you can (389 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light, clear copper colour, with a decent head. A little more clear than what I had expected.

Smells, well like an IPA should, clean and crisp of citric hops.

Taste is strong of citric hops with a lightly sweet malt background continuing throughout.

Mouthfeel I found disturbingly thin, not because it is really thin but because it was thnner than a well built pale ale, and I expect an IPA to have a heavier mouthfeel than an APA.

Overall this is a good, well-built beer, just not as good as expectation and hype. I'd drink again, most definitely, but I won't hold this up as the best IPA I've ever had, it's not.

Special thanks to Bditty for this bottle I got on trade. (695 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tried this one on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC, wow, awesome brew..minimal head, nice lacing .nice nutty malt center,very hoppy, alot of citrus and a snappy hop nose and finish, tiny bubbles, pleasantly low carbonation, soft mouthfeel, a pleasure on the toungue. IPA lovers should get to know this one! (303 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma: “Wow….there’s some hops in here.” Floral, fresh, spicy, musty…shove a hop flower up your nose. It’s really something. The hops hit you as soon as you crack open the bottle.
It’s a very attractive beer: pale golden-orange color, with small bubbles of carbonation throughout. Big white head that quickly settles into lace-producing wisps and rings.
Taste is dominant hops. At times it’s tongue numbing…maybe the slick oiliness of the hops? However, there’s an underneath sweetness and malt backbone. It’s not what I’d call achieving balance, but it adds a nice smoothness to the experience. Just enough to take the edge off the hops. The finish is moderately dry, subtle and floral…this is not an overly bitter beer. Well done.
Full, heavy, substantial mouthfeel.
Gotta have another… (812 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a crystal clear golden color. The head was white, compact, but lasting and laced the glass.

The aroma is pure heaven. Malty aromas in the background, hop aromas in the front. The hop aromas are floral and citrusy.

The flavor is bitter yet balanced with malt so as not to be too agressive. The hop flavor is spicy and citrusy.

The finish is crisp and dry bitter, the aftertaste is a pleasant hop dryness. The body is medium.

Very nice beer, great drinkability.

12 ounce bottle (stenciled). (519 characters)

Photo of palliko
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex beer! A lovely copper-red color, a cream colored head, a lasting lace work on the glass, great humor on the bottle, massive grapefruit-rind hops, aromatic esters, a medium-light bodied ale, rich flavor, nicely malted, slightly sweet toasty flavors, followed by a dry knockout perfect bitter finish. Perhaps too strong for some, maybe not a session beer, but MAN! is this fantastic beer. (404 characters)

Photo of John1985
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep golden color with a white fluffy head. Detailed lacing goes down the glass as you enjoy this fabulous ale. Spicy hopped aroma hits your senses like a sledgehammer. The flavor hits the perfect balance between rich malt and bitter hop flavor. The flavor has you by the throat but the funny part is that this is the most drinkable IPA I have EVER tasted. You could drink this for hours contently except for the manly 6.9% ABV. Wow! This may be the most awesome ale ever except for SN Celebration Ale. (502 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A light gold color with some haze floats a very impressive, creamy, sticky, retentive head. The aroma makes me giggle like a schoolgirl. Huge grapefruit with noticeable peach and some resiny pine. Flavor is all about the hops. Sure, there is some breadiness, very light caramel flavor, and a certain sugariness, but the hops are clearly the focus. Very fruity in a citrusy way. The bitterness is surprisingly not harsh in any way, rather well balanced. Feel is extremely smooth, a bit creamy, and a hint of slickness. Alcohol is present mostly in its warming sensation. In the end it feels like sugary hops are stuck to your teeth. As with most hoppy beers, I enjoy this beer much more when served rather warm. (710 characters)

Photo of canoehornpoint
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking painted (probably stamped) bottle. Pours with a slight haziness, golden amber but more golden. rich head. Aroma reminds me of raisins and citrusy mix. Tastes of a floral plum currant hoppiness finishing with a bit more maltiness. This is very close to Arrogant Bastard with less taste of alcohol. Very full bodied hitting hardest toward the back of the tongue. more drinkable than the arrogant bastard. (415 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold-copper-bronze hue with amber highlights, there is a slight haze to the color; the off-white head is creamy, about a finger in height. When the head collapsed a bubbly collar developed around the edges, sparser in the middle. As I sipped away, lace was created in good amounts. The nose casts no doubt as to the style of this beer, IPA. Hoppiness reigns supreme, grapefruit flesh up-front, rinds in the middle, flowers at the back, juicy throughout. Good potency. For those who enjoy hops you really want to take a drink, so I do. Hop smacking good palate, upfront it is very lightly floral but that quickly is dispelled but spicy hot hop bitterness with biting alcohol and citrus notes. The palate is plenty raw, a bit too much for my tastes because any attempt at balance is obliterated by the hops. I do realize that balance is not the goal of Stone. It seems to lack a little crafting, I’m not complaining; as this is a very tasty beverage but a boatload of hops with little else doesn’t really impress me. The hop burps don’t let me forget what I’m drinking, which is cool. The lack of malt characteristics are depressing, the hoppiness is so strong, so powerful it makes for a one-dimensional beer. The aftertaste is dry and cleansing, typical of many hoppy beers, this one is really well done. Stone IPA is very appetizing and “more-ish.” The high alcohol induces a pleasant belly warming sensation. All a whole this is very good IPA, plenty bitter, it freaking sticks to your lips(!), I’d like to feel a heartier body, this one is hovers around medium, low and perfect carbonation, slightly slick mouthfeel. A solid IPA, it didn’t blow me away however. I’m glad I tried it.

12-ounce bottle, acquired via trade, thank you francisweizen! (1,760 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA pours much clearer and lighter than the Stone Pale Ale. Pours a light golden peach with a fine tantalizing white head that just coats the entire glass with sheets of beautiful lacing. Fuck, this is amazing.

Aroma is dry, crisp, spicy and fruity with pancake batter, citrus flavor and peaches. Obvious dry hopping (I hope) with some other tropical scents.

Honey, lemon, wheat grass, grapefruit with a sweet cedarlike finish. This is fantastic! I had never known what wonderful flavors that little hop flower could bring to beer until I tried this. I really enjoyed this! (587 characters)

Photo of pio
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i usually don't review beer that i know i'd hate and on the other side of the coin, i don't usually review beer that has claimed a little piece in my heart. can you pick a favorite daughter? if you do, keep it to yourself. after reviewing or attempting to review some beer that i was let down by it's come to this. i digress. i like english style pales on the large better but thanks to these brewers i waver more and more.
helpful bubbles hold a finely foamed head that is whiter than a very wise man's wisping coiffure. perfect (what is perfect?) orangish color. sheets of lace with ridges from where i took some volume away.
a big thick book could be written about the scent of this beer. it'd be filled with adventure, romance, action, science fiction, death and beat ennui. a little something for everyone. evergreen, candy, citrus fruit, cheese, summer lawn, some (hazel) nut and woody tones and rounding out the bottom an astounding barley malt scent. wow! there is just so much to the scent.
the flavor is just more bitter than people should be able to handle. a host of flavors. alot of evergreen and citrus, apricot notable. the main player here is the hop profile, it's staggering. i am, too, driven to the poetic. thou hops not a mystery such is the glass key but like a mad man comming to blast me. humulus, humulus are you not of the hemp family? run with me, i can love a bitter woman. sorry. the mouthfeel is right on, awesome. and i have to say i get this very often, so the drinkability in my opinion is very high.
thanks for reading my review. (1,567 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber pour with a persistent beige head and sheets of lacing. Aroma of pine and lemon zest. Mouthfeel seems light to medium bodied, with plenty of hops bite. Taste is well mannered, quality hops with grapefruit and lemongrass jumping out of the glass. Well bittered without being offensive, and there is a solid malt background. Finishes crisp and dry, very pleasant aftertaste. If I had any more of these, I could drink them all day. I don't recall a more drinkable IPA. (477 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a bubbly dense off white head. Left sheets of sticky lace. Fresh smelling. Citrusy, almost soapy, clean hop aroma. There was a mild sweet character but not a lot of malt presence.
The malts really come through in the flavor. Sweet and grainy with hints of caramel and fruit. Followed of course by the hops. Fresh and resinous with a grapefruit peel bitterness.
Tangy mouthfeel with a medium, if not a bit oily, mouthfeel. Alcohol is stashed away rather well making this a very drinkable beer. Good job Stone! (544 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a white head that retains its form throughout. Excellent lacing.

Aroma - Good hop and balance although not as rich as I would prefer.

Taste - Light malt flavor with a hint of grapefruit. A great hop finish that leaves the tongue satisfied.

Mouthfeel - Nice body and depth. Pretty darn full. The hops dance on the tongue and leave their mark after the last sip is taken.

Drinkability - This can be consumed all day long without any problems.

Not as good as the Ruination but a good offering from Stone. (542 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $3.99 for 22 oz. Good smell, good taste, maltyness washed away by the dominating hops. You could drink a lot of this, but I'd spend your money on a cheaper IPA as this isn't anything terribly special. A great brew from Stone, but they've got many other far better beers than this. (285 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beauty from Stone pours a deep orange color. A white head reached the top and left spotty lacing to the end of my beer. The aroma is a mixture of pine and citrus. Neither one overpowering the other, but making a nice mixture of the two. It is a fresh, crisp aroma with a hint of malt in the back ground. The taste is the aroma to a “T”. A floral rush of hops and a slight hint of malt, then a bitter after taste. A good bitter not a bad one, got to love that dry hopping thing! The hops cover any hint of alcohol in this brew, which makes it very drinkable and enjoyable to boot! Another great product from stone. (620 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is a real looker. Gauzy medium amber with a large, eggshell colored, slightly lumpy head that has good retention and leaves copious rings and sheets of lace.

This is the most amazingly fragrant beer that I've ever smelled; it hit with both barrels as soon as I popped the cap. Its room-filling bouquet even elicited a comment from my wife. The nose is abundantly citrusy, with grapefruit zest leading the charge. So this is what hops smell like!

The flavor is out of this world. Is this what people mean by a 'wow' beer? Grapefruit, lemon and pine, with a tantalizing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is ultra-smooth and is full and rich without being heavy. Drinkability is superb. Oh how I wish that I had easier access to this amazing IPA.

It was with some trepidation that I popped the cap on this bomber of Stone IPA today. I've been reading on this site about how it's an incredibly hoppy, bitter beer and that beginners (namely me) should tread carefully, perhaps starting with more gentle, less hoppy styles. I think of bitterness as something unpleasant. Well if this is bitterness, give me all you've got.

Far from being unpleasant, this is the best beer of any style that I've had yet. I struggled with whether to assign such high scores since there aren't too many craft beers under my belt at this stage of the game. In the end, though, I have to go with what I feel. I can't imagine that anyone brews a better IPA, or that there are many other beers (of any style) that are better than this. And so.... a hophead is born.

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I'm not going to re-review, but I am going to re-score now that I have quite a bit of IPA experience to reference. The taste score--I really hate to do this--falls to 4.5. (5/21/04) (1,812 characters)

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