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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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8,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,007
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 178
Gots: 599 | FT: 5
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 TheQuietMan22


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

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy light bronze with small particulates of yeast (?) hovering in the liquid; it is no doubt from the sedimentation that developed at the bottom of the bottle, which I thought was a little weird. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave trails along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: Dominant grapefruit and metallic hoppiness, a little bit of sweet malts, and lemon zest.

Taste: Much like the smell, it offers a nice, dominant, metallic and grapefruit hop bite, which really tickles the tonsils. It is loaded with hops, and it is beyond evident to me that I have not had anything this hoppy in a long time; each sip provides a massive dose of bitterness. Lemon zest and a little orange is also noticeable, but it obviously gets overshadowed by the massive hop characteristics. Toward the end, my taste buds finally adjusted and I was able enjoy it without the intense bitterness getting in the way.

Drinkability: It lacks complexity, but it packs a hoppy punch and offers major grapefruit flavor. It is now the definitive IPA in my book.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 04:09:31 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of jvillefan


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

A: Golden yellow with a three finger pearl white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

S: Awesome. There is the bitter hoppiness that IPAs are suppose to have. In the background of the smell is citrus and a little pine.

T: There is obviously the intense taste of hops. The more subtle flavors are citurs, pine, and a little sweetness created by caramel.

M: The carbonation is heavy yet perfect. The beer could be a little smoother but a good texture.

O: Very good IPA. Among the best IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 03:34:41 | More by jvillefan
Photo of MikeWard


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

grabbed a six pack in Orlando of all places. Poured into a small belgian half pint glass.

Poured cleay yellowy-orange, with good carbination and very big head, which held well. Thick lacing.

Smell was hops and citrus.

Taste was bold with the hops, some other flavors on the tongue which I cant quite place. Pleasant though.

Mouth was very comfortable, with sharp hop bite at the end.

Overall, a nice IPA. 6.9, but doesn't taste like it. Would be a deadly session beer, methinks .

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 00:29:17 | More by MikeWard
Photo of drpimento


4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential American IPA. Poured with a nice, large, off white, foamy, frothy, head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, citrus, pine, fresh baked bread, grass. Flavor is huge hop/malt bittersweet thing with perfect carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish has just the right length and is like flavor. This is beer baby.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:59:05 | More by drpimento
Photo of Innocentexile


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

Poured 12.oz into A Pint glass

A-Light amber and pretty hazy. little head that fades

S-to me, its got a real piney earthy smell. maybe like an air freshener. It's got character

T-reminds me of a grapefuity kinda taste, then comes the pine taste, then as it goes down your throat-hole, its got a nice bitter aftertaste. very smooth with little carbonation.

O-excellent, i love this brew. i recommend it, its totally worth it

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:11:46 | More by Innocentexile
Photo of D11


4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a hazy orange with a small head that doesnt last long.

S- sweet hops blended with sweet citrus. the hops and citrus reveal itself more as the beer warms up.

T- nice hops blended well with sweet citrus. some grapefruit but it was very sweet grapefruit. well done.

M- crisp, but not in a bad way. a light to medium body for an IPA. delicious.

O- i really enjoyed this beer. it is a really nice IPA and the ingredients in it are blended very well. very smooth. i would compare the flavor and mouthfeel to a Deschutes Mirror Pond but without the slight bitterness or tang that the mirror pond had.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 20:37:39 | More by D11
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a frothy three finger head with excellent head retention. Great thick lacing sticking all around the glass from start to finish. Hazy light orange color with yeast partials floating around the glass.

The aroma is sharp with citrus and pine hops. Biscuit malt, and even a hint of sweet malt.

The first flavors to hit the palate are sharp bitter hops. Hints of grapefruit, orange, pine, and hemp. Biscuit malts pulls through the hop. A touch of yeast with malt sweetness. This is a hop head's IPA but there is a balance.

Medium bodied easy to drink. Finished dry with bitter with hop lingering.

This America IPA is hop head's dream! Classic west coast IPA not for the faint of heart. In your face hops and easy to drink!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:41:29 | More by Luigi
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3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very nice, a dark amber orange color that lets you know right of the bat it is a genuine IPA. I really like the darkness because I enjoy a darker beer. And one of Stone's motto's is "Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies".

A very strong smell of hops and barley. I can't really smell anything else, and I don't think they want you to smell anything else.

The taste is great, and much more mellow than some of their other beers. The Arrogant Bastard and some of their other beers are almost too bitter, while this is very smooth for a Stone. I like their IPA a lot and could drink it all night.

The mouthfeel is nice as well, nice and smooth nothing that bites too much. But still this IPA has some balls, and may grab your taste buds if you do not normally indulge this kind of beer.

Go out and grab one of these. Their around 6 bucks, and a 22 oz with 6.9% alcohol by volume will take the edge off your day for sure. And if you don't like IPA I don't know why you are even reading this review.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 22:10:52 | More by CyclingLush666
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange; clearly unfiltered, or is that haze from the dry hopping?

Aromas begin with typical C-hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Definitely floral and juicy as well. None more dominant than the other. Light pale malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with abundant amounts of spicy, juicy hops. A full body supports this heavy load of hops with some bready malt flavors present to give this brew some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Big and full and the finish is as smooth as silk. No alcohol, mild carbonation and a hop bite come together to form a deceptively smooth and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a good IPA but not my favorite. A bit too much on the bitter side with a lacking hop flavor. Kind of forgettable and a bit of a palate wrecker because of the lack of a malt presence to balance the abundant West Coast C-hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 13:25:24 | More by claspada
Photo of donovanneb


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the standard for an everyday drinking IPA. The flavors are pouring out as soon as you dispense it into your favorite glass. The taste is an excellent hoppy, fruity, flavor that lingers in your mouth. Clean, incredibly well made, it’s a beer that I drink weekly and will continue to buy until they retire it, which I doubt will ever happen.

People need to understand that you don't need an overly hopped out beer in order to make it a good IPA. Reminds me of the wine industry and highly alcoholic wine with pruny, raisin flavors that so called wine drinkers started flocking to in the late 2000’s. This is an excellent IPA, well structure and just as advertised. Those looking for something overly hopped out in order to “get” this beer don’t understand the elegance that goes into beer making and IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 18:33:35 | More by donovanneb
Photo of Murrhey


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken several days ago. Served in a Schooner at The Iron Mule in Lake Forest. Disclaimer: not a fan of IPAs.

A: My glass had minimal head, and poor lacing but a nice light orange color. I might attribute the head to the bartender.

S: Hoppy, crisp.

T: Hops present, obviously. Not as strongly and bitter as I usually get from IPAs. I enjoyed it.

M: Great consistency, great feel.

O: New go-to IPA. Nice job Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 05:33:21 | More by Murrhey
Photo of jmerloni


3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange/amber with nice sticky white head.

S - Hops, citrus, and more hops.

T - Surprisingly not much flavor. Citrus, hops, and a light brown sugar malt. There's some citrus rind in here as well.

M - Light to medium-boided. Almost watery, but swallows nice and even.

D - I don't really understand this beer. There's not much here. It's watery and there's hardly any mouthfeel at all. Don't think I'd get this again. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 05:44:21 | More by jmerloni
Photo of Hophead717


3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, I'm very unimpressed by this beer. Definitely disappointed.

A: The beer pours a very nice golden brown from a 12 oz bottle with a 1.5-2 finger head after a slightly vigorous pour. The head disappates fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing along the side of the glass.

S: The first smell you get is citrus, specifically grapefruit. A light grassy/piney smell follows and you can pick out some bitter hops.

T: Similar to the nose, only with a very bitter hop flavor coming across. Grapefruit and citrus notes pair with grassy hops before the taste is overwhelmed by bitter notes. If you like your IPAs bitter, you may enjoy this. There's a little malt underlying the beer, but you have to look to find it. Overall, the flavor is fairly weak, though a touch of bitterness sticks with you through the finish.

M: Very carbonated and light.

O: Meh. If you enjoy really bitter IPAs, you'll be a fan. I enjoy bitter hop tastes, but the thinness of the beer and overall light flavor is disappointed. I wanted a lot more from Stone and the beer did not deliver.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:05:46 | More by Hophead717
Photo of Keithstone44


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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is hazy-golden in color, with a slim 1-finger head. This is a very aromatic beer with lots of floral and citrus notes; I also detect a little honey at the tail end. At first taste, the grapefruit and citrus flavors are very evident, as well as a noticeable hop-bitterness that is strong but not overpowering. The body of this beer is exceptional, for it accomplishes being creamy yet highly-drinkable. The carbonation is a little much, but the taste outweighs this minute flaw. In comparison to other trademark IPA's. this brew holds its own with ease.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 00:38:10 | More by Keithstone44
Photo of Crundy


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orange gold color, thin white head

smell: orange, bready hop, sweet fruit, pine

taste: big hop flavor and pine and bread taste right up front, some sweet malt flavor and a little bit of citrus, quite bitter aftertaste

Mouth feel: dry mouth feel, medium bodied, a good amount of bite from the carbonation

overall: I loved the smell, and was very surprised by the taste, I'm not usually a huge fan of super hoppy bitter beers but this one wasn't half bad. Overall I really liked this beer, great combination of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:09:36 | More by Crundy
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A very large head and a copious amount of lace. Opaque golden amber color. Smell is bright and citrusy with lots of caramel sweetness and tropical fruits. A touch of pine and yeasty doughy sweet rolls. Taste super. Sizable malt front is quickly enveloped by lots of grapefruit. A nice amount of caramel and multigrain dinner rolls for a backbone. Hops are full of oily citrus notes. A bit of mint as well. Finish is very dry and long with hop oil dripping from every part of my mouth. Feel is crisp and mildly effervescent with a medium light weight. A top flight beer that just does it better than most. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:01:16 | More by scootny
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Playa Grill & Margarita Bar in San Diego, Calif. Color was orange blossom honey, kind of clear. Not much head when I got it, but probably originally an inch. Bubbly white lacing on the top. The film was scattered throughout.

Smelled of citrus hops with light lemon leading the way. Some bitterness at the end.

Quick citrus up front, giving way to a sharp and strong alcohol bite. Crisp, clean and some bitterness at the end.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

A pretty good beer overall. I’d definitely give it another go.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 08:27:29 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Philousa


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sits an opaque gold in the glass with a good amount of head. Lacing is great, leaving a trail of your Stone experience like rings in a tree trunk. A complex hop profile greets the nose. It's earthy, citrusy, floral, and light with some bitterness. Pale malt meets the tongue first, tasting fruity with higher temperatures. This fades to bitter with hints of earthiness. The bitterness is a kick, but not overwhelming. There are some yeast flavors in the brew if you're looking for it, which speaks to the delicateness of this beer. The mouthfeel is balanced. Lots of carbonation, but it isn't harsh on the tongue or throat. Stone sure picked their yeast carefully. It feels a bit too malty at first, but it lightens up due to the carbonation.

This is a model IPA that should be followed, if not replicated, by other breweries. Many say that Stone is too bitter or hop crazy, but when you compare this IPA to others (such as Lagunitas or DFH), you notice this is much more delicate than its competitors. There are floral and fruity undertones to this beer that you just don't get with others. Now it must be admitted that I'm a bit partial, since Stone introduced me to the wonderfulness known as hops, but I think there is a reason I listened when they spoke. Stone knows what they're doing here, and anyone with taste buds will sit a little straighter and take note. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 04:33:55 | More by Philousa
Photo of falloutsnow


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No best by date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a large, 2cm-plus, off-white head of fairly large bubbles, which makes it look a bit cumbersome and strange. Deflates slowly, leaving significant lacing in small streaks. Body is a deep and cloudy orange-yellow color, very intriguing and enticing. Carbonation and sediment visible. Good overall.

Aroma of pine and citrus with a bit of faint malt in the background for balance. I like this, but think it could actually be a notch stronger and stand out all the more while still being balanced.

Strong malt backbone with plentiful citrus and pine hop flavors swirling around this central pillar. Intermediate flavors of hop bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Definitely a hop-forward brew. Aftertaste is crisp, biscuity, and bitter with hints of grapefruit rind.

Strictly medium-bodied with noticeable carbonation, but nothing excessive or uninviting. Good for the body's heft and style. Finish is dry and slightly sticky either from resins or sugars.

This is an excellent AIPA, as most seem to agree upon. I would appreciate a deeper aroma, but the core of this beer is entirely strong; I wouldn't change a thing if it meant altering some other aspect of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:51:40 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of les1721


4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type; 22 oz. bottle with awesome artwork. Got to love the Gargoyle.

Appearance; A rich golden, orange hued beer with a nice thick head that's lacy and sticks around.

Smell; Very piney, citric and fruity. Very aromatic and pungent and a little earthy and herbal. Its smell is awesome, they should make cologne that smells like this.

Taste; The taste is divine. Hops are the first thing you taste. Very piney, a little citric, herbal and intense. The hop profile is profound and the bitterness intense but not overwhelming. Very grapefruity. A nice subtle malt profile balances it out and the finish is very clean yet lingers. Sweet but crisp. Almost contradicting, this beer has it all.

Mouthfeel; Medium mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall; This is a perfect beer for me. Strong and hoppy, but balanced and not overwhelming. Complex but crisp. I really think if God was going to have a beer this might be it.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 05:00:15 | More by les1721
Photo of WoodBrew


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

Tasting the Stone IPA as my first beer on this glorious Saturday evening. The beer is quite good. The color is a hazy orangish with white foamy head that is lacing. The smell includes fresh pine and bitter citrus fruit. The taste is quite good. It starts with a nice citrus and pine push then a malt takes over then a bitterness, then the pallat clears with more malt. It is quite an interesting beer. The mouthfeel is very good and I probably could have a couple before running out of steam; higher ABV makes it tough. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 22:53:33 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Humulus85


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rogue pint glass. It produced a super dense, white, two-finger head. Damn good retention and a bit of lacing. A clear, honey gold color; this is a good looking brew.

Smell is top-notch. Hop forward as expected, but nice complexity. There's some citrus, some pine, a bit of spice, and a touch of sweet malt.

Dry, spicy hops upfront, mellowed out by some lemon. Malt comes more as it warms, but this brew remains dry and moderately bitter throughout. This is a well balanced IPA

Medium bodied and nice carbonation. The sign of a good IPA is its drinkability, and this is very drinkable.

Overall this is a really solid representation of an AIPA and an overall tasty beer. Recommended for any fan of IPAs, plus it is widely available. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 17:23:28 | More by Humulus85
Photo of jtingue

New York

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

On cask at Ashleys in Ann Arbor.

Appearance. Very cloudy with visible chucks of yeast floating around. Nice 2 fingers of off white head that retains extremely well.

Smell. Surprising presence of yeast. Dominated, though, by a nice floral hop aroma.

Taste. Starts with a nice sweetness and a slowly building hop bitterness, which takes over for a while. A candy like sweetness returns with some yeasty esters. This is accompanied by medicinal and herbal hops with a slight citrus as well. This lingers to the finish.

Mouthfeel. Simply amazing. Creamy body with a tight carbonation.

This is a completely different, and frankly better, beer on cask. So much complexity, that its almost not like an ipa.

Serving type: cask

10-07-2011 02:29:47 | More by jtingue
Photo of taigor

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that dissipated slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and pine hops with slight floral scent.

T - As expected, bitter citrus and hops with a very fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Excellent IPA so definitely try it if you can. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 20:10:37 | More by taigor
Photo of blakelive784


3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass:

A - Pours a light golden/honey color. Semi-transparent with a 1 finger head that recedes pretty quickly. Nothing special.

S - Sweet, floral, and perfumy tones. Aroma is balanced very well. Other subtle notes come out as it warms; honey, berries, and candy. Mild for the style.

T - Hoppy, yes. Citrus, tart fruit and some malt on the open. Climax is dull and a bitter aftertaste. Fairly well balanced for an IPA.

M - Crisp, and dry on the finish. Works well.

D - Definitely one of the better IPA's I've had. Well built and drinkable (especially considering I'm not a huge fan of the style). Not great, but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:35:12 | More by blakelive784
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,007 ratings.