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

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

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7,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 7442
Reviews: 2704
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%

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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Photo of RaulMondesi


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, Raul did it. After having about 100 or so of these bad boys over the years, he has finally felt inclined to put Cariter pen to paper and review Stone IPA.

Out of a bottle and into an american shaker at Fernwood Bar, Big Sur, CA.

All of the necessary components are there; appearance is uplifting like Kate Upton in a corset; smell is delicate, yet nice like picking flowers with Natalie Portman in Florence while she is wearing her summer best; and taste is on par like Eva Mendes swinging a 5 iron.

Now, don't get Raul wrong; it's solid down the line, but not amazing like having Nina Agdal over at 2 AM "amazing." The main drawback is what Raul would call a "strict" taste/bite in the end. Kind of the the headmistress giving you a spanking for being late to class; Raul will accept it because all of her other attributes, but it doesn't exactly feel good.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 03:27:37 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of SplitsAtoms


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Never gets old. Perfect balance of aggressive hops with malt enough to stand it up. She always looks good poured into a pint glass, she smells delish and the mouthfeel really takes it home. Everything in a west coast stye IPA is here and in near perfect proportions ...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:46:38 | More by SplitsAtoms
Photo of turbotype


4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Hazy orange. Can see through. finger and a half head, high retention. Tons of lacing. Looks great overall.

S. Hops, grapefruit, pine. Hops. Very aromatic, don't have to put your nose to the bottle or glass. I want an air freshener that smells like this IPA.

T. Just a good mellow IPA. Its right to the point. Not overly bitter. A lot softer than Ruination.

M. medium viscosity. medium carbonation. Better than average, but not quite a "4"

O. Terrific IPA. Not a whole lot else to say other than if you want a place to start, here it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 05:18:43 | More by turbotype
Photo of Chiefy770


4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: A foam head, about an inch thick, sat on top of a hazy light-orange body. Sticky white lacing throughout.

Smell: Floral extravaganza! The hops stood out, as they should. Notes of citrus and herbs also stand out. Very pleasant scent.

Taste: This was one potent IPA. This beer came off pretty sour after the first sip. Complex notes citrus break through. Eventually the malts come in and attempt to contain the dominating taste of hops. There is a great balance between the hops and malts for this IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, perfect carbonation.

Overall: This IPA seems to get all of the attention. I have enjoyed a number of great IPAs but this one stands out. Drinking one of these is an experience. Definitely a great example of a top-notch IPA.

Bottom Line: I'd recommend this to everyone, but if you are not a hop head, just sample it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:15:10 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of dexterk1


3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery a few months back and just now have time to give a proper review from notes.
Appearance is slightly dark amber to copper with a good head and pretty nice lacing after the head diminished.
Aroma was hoppy in the form of some citrus/grapefruit as well as some green floral and pine.
Taste was very similar to the aroma with citrus hops being foremost with some green notes and a bit of malt sweetness. Mouth feel was moderately carbonated with pretty smooth. After taste was pine.
Overall, a very good IPA in my opinion. Well balanced. I wouldn't put it up too high on a pedestal, but nearby.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 02:05:53 | More by dexterk1
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy orange. Nice two-finger white foamy head. Awesome lacing.

S - Big piney hops and a good amount of grapefruit and orange peel.

T - Just like the smell - big citrus and big hops. Some bready malts are present in the backbone.

M - Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Hops create a nice bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

O - Great readily available IPA. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:06:17 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of Hops4Pops


4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip wine glass. Nice creamy white head that disappeared quickly. Fantastic nose. Notes of citrus are perfect. Very subtle. Very blended and smooth. Lights up my tonque perfectly with small tight carbonation. Perfect level of carbonation. Taste is very sophisticated and smooth. Leaves a nice bitter finish and is not too strong, just right. Very awesome lacing with sticky bubbles "glued" to the side of the glass. No taste of alcohol, very well hidden in the hoppiness. The afterglass on this beer matches the original sip perfectly. How did they do this? This has been on my wish list for a while and I found it at a Whole Foods store. I really like this beer a lot! Will definitely be purchasing more.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 22:25:35 | More by Hops4Pops
Photo of MCG_WC


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was the first IPA that I was introduced to, and it spoiled me for those that would follow. I enjoy the wash of this IPA, as there is very little bitterness in the aftertaste.

The nose of this beer makes it clear that you're dealing with a strong/full bodied IPA, and the taste is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 20:10:12 | More by MCG_WC
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

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

DATE TASTED: October 2, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... OCCASION: the Browns on primetime TV--a chance at 3-2!...APPEARANCE: orange-peach hazy body supports a thick crunchy near-white head; beautiful display of bubbles with cirrus lacing... AROMA: as remembered, this IPA slams a pinecone of citrus orange peel up the nostrils, with a bit of apple too...PALATE: full-bodied, immersing the tongue in a bitter bath of effervescence; aggressively active in its aftertaste...TASTE: a crushing hops avalanche--alcohol is well hidden but warming--and enough malt to balance (?!) the mad mix-- a true feat...OVERALL: spending a summer discussing the best IPAs with a few colleagues made me want to review a few from the hallowed halls, and one of the first true west coast gems I indulged in was this label-less intimidator...Stone delivers the Cali attitude befitting its gargoyled mascot...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:48:11 | More by dacrza1
Photo of delta490


4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- poured out just slightly hazy light amber, with a big foamy white head that lasted throughout the beer and left big lacing throughout.

S- big hops aroma, mostly citrus with a hint of flowers

T- mirrors the aroma almost perfectly. The only thing different is the subtle bready malt the holds it all up and blends subtly into the background

M- a big bite on the tongue at the beginning from the hops. A little thinner than a big aroma IPA like this would indicate, which is a good thing, aiding its drink-ability.

O- a spectacular IPA that doesn't disappointing in any aspect

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 23:59:54 | More by delta490
Photo of Cramletram


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is another beer that I have to hold myself back from giving 5/5 purely based on principal . This has become my favorite every-day beer, my old stand-by. I keep trying to convince myself that it isn't as good as I think it is - because it so widely available, I guess. But Stone struck gold on this recipe. It has never let me down. Every time I go back to it after not having one for a few weeks, it's always better than I expect. So I have to admit that I really love this IPA.

It is tame enough to be enjoyed at any time, but aggressive enough to remind me not to take it for granted. The citrus flavor is perfect. Sweetness and bitterness are balanced just to my liking. The hops are a little more powerful than is necessary for an IPA, which keeps me coming back for another sip.

I love that I always have Stone IPA as an option no matter where I am in the country. Thank you , Stone Brewery!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 08:01:43 | More by Cramletram
Photo of stakem


4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I take this beer for granted. It is seemingly always available and ive drank it countless times yet failed to review it until now. Draft offering at the Batdorf, served in a standard pint. The brew pours a clear golden with a white cap that fades to a thin white film. Some webby lace hangs on the glass.

The aroma is dank, pine, herbal and citrus rinds like grapefruit are also thrown in there. Grain is hardly an afterthought, this nose is all about the hops.

The taste is bitter with floral hop flavoring. Some herbal grassy and dank aspects. Somewhat pithy to rindy with little to no grain inclusion. Just like the aroma suggested, the flavor too is all about the hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Overall ca crushable IPA that is nicely done and worth throwing a few back.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2013 19:15:54 | More by stakem
Photo of Ilovelampandbeer

New York

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

everyone has their beer that suits their palate best for a given style...stone and their ipa is my perfection..dont want this glass to end

perfect appearance-golden with a frothy white head-stupid amounts of lacing

smells how an ipa should smell-citrus and hops all day, so pungent in this brew

taste is off the charts- such a treat that this beer is widely available

great mouthfeel- right amount of carbonation to carry the flavor

overall- the perfect american ipa

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 05:16:43 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
Photo of danieelol


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three months old.

Pours an orangey-yellow mango colour. Good head/lacing.

Nose is a non-descript and well-integrated generalised citrus. Biscuity malt. Some pine. Very tasty. Maybe some paw-paw.

Taste is more of that combination of balanced citrus and biscuit. Well-bittered in an almost metallic way.

Mouthfeel is a little sweet and creamy but really all about the hopped bitterness.

Apart from that nice bitterness in the finish, this could almost pass for a pale ale in some quarters these days. Who cares though? It's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 12:58:14 | More by danieelol
Photo of brewbattles


3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this beer and 4 others to determine which was a better IPA. The beers that were competing were: Stone IPA, Big Sky IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, and Full Sail IPA. Here is the video:


Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 12:40:27 | More by brewbattles
Photo of joeseppy


4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apx 6,400 reviews-what more can one say?

It's very apparent of the continual excellence this quaff has accrued. Good looking craft having a generous head with staying power. Resonant hop bud release. Crisp and light which can be a relief away from my unsatiable thirst for the Imperials. Problem also for me is that there are too many choices on the menu. Priced right and readily available fresh. Craft that pleases most. Going into my steady rotation. Keep up the good work!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:27:26 | More by joeseppy
Photo of BoardwalkBock

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Orange-strawish color. Starts off with a nice head that retains a slight ring around the edge of the glass throughout.

S: Loads of citrus, lemon and pine. I've had this beer a million times and the aroma always surprises me. Fresh!

T: Loads of hops: Tons of Citrus, pineapple, pine. A bit of spiciness. Slight malt backbone but not entirely detectable under the bitterness and carbonation. Just how I like my AIPAs.

M: Medium-bodied, highly carbonated and bitterness is long lasting.

O: Wonderful AIPA. Stone has a wonderful collection of brews, but their IPAs stand out. Recommend highly.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:32:26 | More by BoardwalkBock
Photo of schwemjw


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear Amber with an orange hue. soapy, rocky 2 finger head.

S: bright lemon zest citrus. oranges and grapefruits. very floral. honeysuckle a nd spearmint. grassy. very acidic.

T: bright citrus. grapefruit. floral. dried apricots. caramel malt and a little bread.

m: easy drinking. medium lingering pine with light carbonation.

o: a very sessionable ipa. very floral a nd citrus driven. /87

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 23:04:51 | More by schwemjw
Photo of BeerWizard


4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really solid, straightforward IPA from Stone. Pours a deep amber with a white head that dissipates into a thin layer of tiny bubbles in a minute or two. Aroma is hops and lemony citrus, and the flavor is earthy and herbal, quite bitter, and just a slight sweetness competing with that. Clocking in at just under 7% abv, the mouthfeel is slick, bracing, and moderately carbonated. Not a lot of bells and whistles on this one, and truth be told I like my IPAs a bit sweeter, but this guy is of fine, fine quality, and a great value at ten bucks a sixer. Clean, tight, simple beauty of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:36:47 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of MagicJeff


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into my RR tulip to kick off football watching today. Go Dawgs.

Appearance: lightish old gold. Beautiful head and lacing.

Smell: Tropical citrus and pineapple. Slight toffee

Taste: Orange and grapefruit and lemon. Citrus overload and awesome. Balanced slightly with some malt character--sweet toffee. slight alcohol burn aftertaste in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drinks easy enough. Wouldn't want to have more than 2 or 3 of these, very hoppy.

Overall: This probably sets the precedent for readily available American IPA's. Can't believe I haven't reviewed this before--seriously, if you need a reasonably priced IPA to sip on, look no further.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 17:59:59 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of Hergestridge


4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is excellent and one of the best IPA's I've enjoyed. Since IPA's are rather new to me, I am still finding my sensory footing, so to speak, needed to adequately rate the astmo chart.
The bitterness is the best I've experienced in the Pale Ale beer quest. The mouth feel is nirvana and my tastbuds sing with thanks to this excellent entry. Well done and Bravo Stone Brewing!!
Carry on Citizens

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 16:04:53 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of joeworrall


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass...

I've had this from a can previously and found it to be an easy-to-drink IPA, not complex, but very well balanced and smooth with a lemony-citrus aftertaste.

tonight, I am comparing it with some other IPA's on tap at Whole Foods: Four Peaks Hop Knot, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, Dragoon IPA, and the standard for double IPA's Dogfish Head 90.

color and appearance are a lovely dark yellow, almost amber with a head that settles down to about 1/2" thick

smell is nice, very well hopped and sort of piney... not sure exactly what hops Stone uses for this brew, but it was given top marks in Consumer Reports' review of craft beers and it's easy to see (and tast and smell) why.

taste is more hops forward than any of the other IPA's I am drinking tonight

In my search for the perfect IPA, this one is definitely in the top 10!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:54:57 | More by joeworrall
Photo of Duane_Opfer


4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Drink by date of 10/30. Consumed on 9/27.

A - Golden orange in color. Poured little to no head which quickly dissipated. Light foam around edges were liquid touches glass and some light foam in center where carbonation reaches surface. Apparent carbonation. Clear/no cloudiness or sediment. Ornate lacing as liquid recedes.

S - Hints of peach, tangerine, and mango.

T - Complex bouquet of flavors includes pineapple, melon, honey, coconut, and papaya with a hoppy bitterness and slight peppery finish. Alcohol notes are readily apparent, but pleasant. Very light malt backbone.

M - Tingly on tongue initially and feels very light, but carbonation quickly releases, leaving a more full bodied texture. Some foaming in mouth.

A - All in all, a very good single IPA. Not going to make you take a step back, but a solid option.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:52:50 | More by Duane_Opfer
Photo of thickgirth


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.
delicious absolutely delicious.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2013 00:41:38 | More by thickgirth
Photo of Premo88


3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(enjoy by 10/22/13 ... consumed on 9/21/13)

L: light orange ... yellow-gold; about 50/50 opaque with a standard American murkiness; huge fluffy head of white that turns a bit off-white as it disipates, about 1 1/3-inch thick that holds together like meringue, and it STICKS -- big stick and lacing

S: grapefruit; very green, piney ... not sure if it qualifies as "grassy" but you can smell GREEN

T: sweet! really nice first sip in which the sweetness overcomes the bitterness; after that, this thing is blended hops -- the full hop salad of very bitter grapefruit, little to no sweetness; occasional hint of the mango/tropical fruit sweetness from the hops, but generally leans toward grapefruit

F: solid, perhaps a bit slick but good

O: good hoppy american IPA but not remarkable ... not these days when every American craft brewery makes three versions of this style; that is not to say it's a bad brew -- far from it, it's just fine *and* readily available for a decent price, so when in doubt, Stone's IPA works well.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:14:47 | More by Premo88
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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