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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)

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The IPA That Launched Generations of Hop Fanatics
First Release: August 1997

By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale—and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 2,934 | Ratings: 10,610
Photo of bigchris1313
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance? It's beautiful. Somewhere past yellow, but not quite orangish either.

Smell? Smells delicious. Hops and spice. Some sort of spice.

Taste? Hops + spice = Godlike. I love this beer. It just tastes incredible. It's this hoppy, spicy *thing* I just adore.

Feel? It actually feels like something. Not too airy, but not as thick as a porter.

Drinkability? This brew tastes so good that I could drink it until I got tired of life. I truly believe it tastes that good. Again, it all comes from the taste. Which actually comes from the smell...

Anyhow, in conclusion, it's my new favorite beer. If God were to choose a beer, He'd choose the Stone IPA. I firmly believe that.

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Photo of dave750
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear red-gold color with a steadily rising stream of bubbles. A low but tight white head disappears quickly and leaves a ring around the edge and a light haze floating on top in the center of the glass. The aroma is of zesty, minty herbal hops and black pepper. Caramel joins in later.
A prominent bitter hop and grass initial flavor is joined by roasted coffee malt at mid-taste. A mild chocolate taste blends in as flavor fades.Leaves a lingering sweet hard candy flavor on the sides of the mouth. Moderately thick body with very good carbonation. Flavor pleasingly biased toward hops.
Very smooth IPA goes down easy. Very drinkable

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Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tough to review an interesting and very popular beer that you simply can't drink. In all the categories, smell, taste etc., I had the same reaction, "wow this is really interesting, even complex", but in the end I did not want another one. I am not a "hop head" so I don't relate to being hit over the head with the overbearing, piney, almost tree sap flavor of hops, which is what this beer is all about. I guess I'm one of those who appreciates the balance of flavors in beer and not too much of any one. Very hard to score this "interesting" beer.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had the head of an IPA, but the body was a little on the light and clear side. The smell was classic, however. The two Gods of Hop scents, Grapefruit and Pine, came through with authority. The malt also made a strong showing, in a supporting role. On the taste front, no hops are spared. Citrusy-bitter and just bitter-bitter, all over the place. The malt keeps the brew semi-thick. The aftertaste is excellently piney. A very solid IPA that I will drink again.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangy amber color with a beige, fluffy head. Botanical, piney hop aroma with a bit of tea-like malt aroma, too. Balanced towards the hoppy side, this IPA is quite enjoyable. It's about 90 degrees outside and I could drink this all afternoon. A bit dry and a touch sweet in the finish, but wonderful. I like this IPA a lot. This flagship has some wind in it's sails.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber fluffy white head about inch thick which stays forever.. Beautiful lacing on the glass..

Smell: Tones of wet grass, citrus hops, and other stong hops dominate the nose of this beer. Also some slight caramel malt flavors kick in at the end..

Taste: Strong citrus hop flavors combined with a solid bitterness.. Slight malt tones of caramel and biscuit (but I would have liked a little more..) Ending bitterness of this beer is fantastic..

Mouthfeel: Solid body with decent carbonation nice chewy mouthfeel...

Drinkability: For an IPA this has go some fricken IBU's.. but still super drinkable and balanced decently: Personally I would like a bit more of a malt balance...

Overall a great IPA but a little more malt balance would have truly made this beer perfect...

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Photo of cbl2
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Clear light brown liquid with an ample amount of slow to settle white head. Nice lacing is apparent after head settles.


I love the smell of Stone beers. They are always potent, and in your face. This is no different. Spicy hops predominate, though a crisp malt presence is evident as well. Possibly the best smelling beer I've encountered.


At first taste, there is a hop explosion in the mouth, but once my taste buds recovered (midsip), this beer becomes startingly sweet due to some nice malts. There are some floral flavors as well. Overly bitter finish, but still the best IPA I've had.

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Photo of goodheflover1280
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite IPA. I love this stuff. The appearance is a clear, light amber color. The smell is beautiful, those flowery hops coming through nicely. The taste...right on for an IPA. It leaves that trademark bitterness on the back of your tongue. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, refreshing. I like mine nice and cold, a perfect summer brew. The alcohol content is masked nicely, and the drinkability is good. This beer was my first IPA, and I've loved it ever since.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.69 for a 12oz. bottle

The appearence looks pretty average on the start with the lager-colored base and small white head, but the beautiful lacing during the drink was quite a nice sight. The aroma was really charming in this one; aromatic blend fruity-lemony and sweetness poured in a pint glass, one of the best smells I've ever had.

The taste is a lot of fruits, mainly acidic fruits also that sweetness is there too, it kind of feels like a little-mixed drink is in the bottle; quite interesting! The mouthfeel is nice on the palette, especially at a 6.9% ABV and the drinkability isn't as high, because it is that fruity, where more probably isn't better.

Final Thought: This was my first IPA ever, my first Stone brew ever; and it won't be the last... ever....

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Photo of chriscolby
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A clear, light amber beer with a decent head. Grainy maltiness and "American" hop aromas mingle in the nicely-integrated nose. Spicy hop bitterness with faint harsh notes (not unexpected -- or even necessarily bad -- given the high hop rate). Malt character shows a hint of biscuit and a small amount (relatively) of light crystal malt or CaraPils. Mouthfeel is slighty -- and to me, pleasantly -- on the dry side. The carbonation (and likely the water chemistry) yeilds a sensation somewhere between prickly and creamy.

Good beer. It's very hoppy, yet Stone still keeps enough malt character in the mix -- even though the beer is relatively dry -- to make is a well-rounded beer. The hops are aggressive, and have just enough of a harsh character (for lack of a less value-laden term), to make this a bold hoppy beer experience. If your fizzy -yellow-water-swillin' friends don't "get" hoppy beers, this could be the one that opens their eyes.

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Photo of nortmand
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice amber pour, with a pure white head.
Mild hop smell for an IPA, with a definite malt presence.
Flavor is very hoppy initially, but rounded by malt. Very balanced.
Rich mouthfeel, but not overbearing, causing this to be very drinkable. For the price, one of the best IPA's out there.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance? It’s pointless. Like asking a hot chick why she broke up with her last boyfriend, who cares!!! Just enjoy!

OK, let’s do this anyway: 6.9% ABV label. Ingredients: Barley Hops, Water & Yeast.

Quite cloudy golden peach hued pour, scant suds over the pour with a slick of a white head. Here & there lace down the sides.

Sniff sniff…Total fruit and caramel. Whew that’s aromatic! Ripe oranges, tropical fruit like pineapple, lemons & pomegranite. Mmmm.

Total STONE house flavors of juicy fresh fruit cornucopia of lemons, oranges, hints of limes, bitter dry finish taste with lasting super complex fruit. The list goes on 'n on. I wonder what kind of hops are in there.

This is a damn good beer! A fist punch of acidic sizzle (not quite Ruination) blends with a mixed fruit cocktail of taste.

Last swigs: Fruity sizzle feel, with plenty of West Coast hops. Bold IPA in ‘da house. Some quality breweries have a two or three tiered system of good, better, best versions of their beers. TROEGS has Pale (good) Hop Back (better) and Nugget Nectar (best.) STONE has IPA (good) Arrogant Bastard (better) and Ruination IPA (best.) This, of course, is all in appreciation of all beers. STONE is anti Cascade Hops.

A bit cloying and tang like to be an all nighter drinker. Cheers!
Beer is good. Happy IPA beering.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper pour with a light white head. Stays attached to the glass until about half way down. Slightly lighter than most IPAs.

Very flowery nose, you can definitely tell the hop influence.

Bitter hop goodness. This is the most full-flavored beer I've had in a while. Nice malty undertone to balance it out.

Sticky on the tongue, but goes down nicely. Hoppiness stays in the mouth for some time.

Just tried this Friday in the overpriced bar in the Philly train station. It was a toss up between this and Magic Hat #9. This is my first time trying a Stone. This is a very nice beer, extremely full-flavored. This may come from the "dry-hopped" process. It doesn't have the citrus flavor seen with most IPAs.

I had to follow this up with nappy traffic to the shore. The hoppiness stayed in my mouth for some time. I'd definitely like some more.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I now pray to the gargoyles of stone. This IPA is a powerhouse, steroid pushing machine that is off the charts terrific. Of course had this in the standard 22 oz bomber bottle. Pours a cloudy hazy gold with a cream white froth of a god head. Smell is potently hoppy, hops blast your nose, might singe the nose hairs right off, cleary sinuses for sure. Light citrus as will. The taste is a perfect balance of bitter and smooth. Fruity tones and a hop blast that blends perfect with the fruit and malts. Feels full and crisp and could drink and drink and drink. The beer was so special the moment of putting it to my lips will last a lifetime.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, with good carbonation. The head receeded quicly, but left thick lacing as a calling card.

Really nice piney and citrus hops greet the nose.

Man, this stuff is good. Nice blend of hops, but smooth, with the good ol' IPA pucker. Suprisingly full bodied, this bad boy is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to behold, and every trip to Columbus (55 miles) has me bringing back a sixer or two.

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

Holy hops, batman!

The smell of it is there the moment you crack the bottle and begin the pour. Beer the color of burnished brass, under a thick eggshell head that pours fast and thick and hangs around. Very little carbonation, typical of the style.

Aroma is hops, hops, hops. Is there malt, or grains somewhere in here? There must be, with 6.9% ABV, but I can't get to them over the hops. At least it smells fresh and clean.

Hops in the taste, from start to finish. Nice bitter bite, without becoming acrid in the aftertaste. This is definitely an excellent representative of the style. you can almost imagine being a British soldier stationed in India, longing for the next shipment of this.

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Photo of silenius
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't really know what I can say about this beer that many others have not. I agree with most reviews. The beer pours a clear gold color with a solid head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Pinpoint carbonation bubbles continue throughout the session.

The nose is hops and Frute Brute cereal. Not over-powering, but if you stick your nose in the glass, it is unmistakeable.

A very pleasant hop taste with a light fruity note that persists on the palate long after the beer has left one's mouth.

A solid effort that I will buy when I find it. Currently, it is not available in the Chicago market.

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

A: Clear amber with a slight head but sort of nice lacing on the glass.
S: Overwhelmingly, unabashedly, (insert long superlative)-ly hoppy.
T: Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Nuff' said. This one makes no excuses, and is bitter and citrusy with a nice long balanced finish. Hops rule.
M: big and bold, crisp and dry. Carbonation and alcohol levels are spot on.
D&N: This is what an American IPA should taste like. So good, I'm wondering why it took me this long to try it.

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Photo of IceAce
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The body of this brew is a light copper color with a slightly off-white collar of foam. Lacing is excellent and clarity is over-the-top perfect. This is easily off the chart perfection.

Aroma: The nose holds the obvious hop notes (edit: Cenntenial & Chinook hops) with an underlying floral sweetness that makes the mouth salivate in expectation not unlike one of Pavlov's fabled pooches.

Taste: The dry hops are sticky to the tongue and the flavor is all-hops followed by support from the barley. The taste is sweet with piney overtones as this West Coast IPA flexes its mighty dry-hopped muscle. The Brits only wish they had shipped ale this good to India!

Mouthfeel: This brew provides something for every bit of the mouth as the taste sends the entire tongue into high gear. The C0² level and quality malt provide a superb base for the onslaught of floral hoppiness.

Drinkability: A great all-day sipper if you're in the mood for an IPA, although my guess is that the taste buds would be burned up after several pints (that's a compliment).

Authors note: I just learned today that Stone is a Cascade-free brewery...who would have guessed!

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Photo of WesWes
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is exceptional! It has a beautiful array of floral hops which penetrate along with a solid malt scent. The taste is good. It has an intense hop flavor overpowering it's malt core. It goes down smooth and finishes quite bitter. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great IPA. The aroma is awesome along with a really good hop and malt flavor.

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Photo of taez555
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a fully white head with a clear, slightly hazy, tan body.

The nose was just classic stone. Citrus, fruit malt, black pepper, sweet pepper, big malt, with a slight metallic overtone.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Big rich and malty. Spicy citrus hops add just the right depth of hop flavor as well as a very even bitterness. A perfectly drinkable IPA. Beautiful hop flavors and malt body. It takes a while to die down, the bitterness fades slowly.

I wish I could say more about this beer, it’s really a fantastic beer. One of the best IPA’s out there. I think the only problem with this beer is that it’s overshadowed by its big brothers. It’s amazing, but compared to the ruination? Then you have the others in its family, the double bastard, and the imperial stout. Stone has just set the bar so high this one gets lost in the crowd. A great beer though. One I’d have over and over again if the ruination didn’t exist.

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

Once again, Stone goes ahead and proves why they are one of America's finest brewers. Pours a rich opaque gold with light head. Smell is potent, thick with hops, tangy and sweet. Taste is outstanding. Lightly carbonated, the hops flavors dominate without overwhelming the tastebuds, which allows the beer's sweetness to shine. Aftertaste is primarily bitter, with a lingering sweetness. Absolutely delicious, would go great with a heart meal. Thumbs up!

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Photo of Southernbrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with a small bubbly head.

Nose full of crisp, citrus and piney hops. So enticing, patience is wearing thin.

Wow, full body, smooth with prickly carbonation. Full of grapefruit and hop bitterness. Not oily like many IPA's, awesome. Slight flowery flavors follow up in the rear and finishes with a bitter dryness.

Awesome beer, finally a chance to try a Stone brew and it does not disappoint. Now I need to try that bottle of Ruination I picked up. Yeehah!

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

Thanks be to Hustlemuscle for this 12 ozer.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with an off-white, frothy head, not too big, that hangs around a bit.

Smell is nearly all hops, citrus and pine. Not much malt scent, not much expected.

Taste is thoroughly hoppy, mostly pine with citrus overtones, biting bitterness near the finish. A cool but bitter aftertaste.

Much less oily than so many IPAs. I'd call this a medium-bodied beer with big beer intentions.

Very inviting brew that will make you thirst for another and another.

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Photo of Stimack
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at Mahars the other night. Brew poured to a very nice brown/orange color with a slight head that broke down to light lacing. The aromas of this brew were all about the hops as I notice a piney, earthy smell with hints of grapefruit. The taste is very much about the pungent hopiness of this brew as you can notice it at the front and end of this brew. In the middle I am able to get a great biscuit (?) malt flavor that seems to keep things in somewhat of a balance. Over all a nice brew, definitely west coast and different from the IPA’s that I am use to but a very good brew. Will looks for this brew in the future!

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