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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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8,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,009
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 179
Gots: 602 | 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 hoppyhampy


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best by date is 5/5/11. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with two fingers of frothy foam and moderate carbonation. Nice lacing. Nose is lovely. Elegantly hoppy and bitter. Nice, playfully fresh hops with just a slight hint of malt. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Lively carbonation. Palate is all hops dancing on the tongue. Not super resiny. Just resiny enough to give the finish a long and pleasing bitterness. The hop flavors are so light, they have a more floral quality than you find in most IPAs. This continues to be one of my favorite expressions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 06:12:27 | More by hoppyhampy
Photo of hooliganlife


3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cask ipa dry hopped with simcoe

pour was light and hazy golden yellow with a ever slight hint of orange. little to no head.

nice light citrus on the nose. a pale malty biscuit undertone.

the malt and hop mix was balanced quite well. this was not overly hoppy at all. there was a nice light grapefruit and tangerine flavor.

light body with a light carbonation.

this was good, but was a bit lacking overall. i'd like to see a bit more hops with this being their IPA. still a treat though!

Serving type: cask

04-22-2011 17:31:07 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of timus1119


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into tulip glass,cloudy orange in color,nice two finger head,with good lacing,with hop resin on side of glass,nose is classic ipa,grapefruit,citrus,pine,hops,hops,hops..classic west coast ipa,hop bomb,very little malt...a hop heads dream!!,go out and get this classic aipa offering from a great san diego brewer...CHEERS!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 06:00:41 | More by timus1119
Photo of gonedrinking


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored a golden haze, one finger head, medium carbonation. Smell was not a powerful as I expected, citrus stood out. The pine and citrus hop flavors go well together. Had a dry ending and after two I could taste the resin on my lips. Overall a solid IPA, I can't believe I waited this long to try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:19:29 | More by gonedrinking
Photo of smarcoly


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This IPA couldn't be more beautiful in my glass. Poured a deep, rich apricot color with a fingers worth of foamy head which dissapated slowly. Head is easily stirred up again and lingers in the glass. I like that.

S - To me, this beer does not have the abundant hops aroma you would think a Stone IPA may have. The aroma is slightly muted with a faint smell of wet grass and hop. Above average and inviting.

T - Hops are much more prevalant on the palate than on the nose. Initial taste is mostly bitter but there is a slight sweetness that disappears quickly. Bitter hops lightly coat your tongue on the finish. I dont taste a whole lot of complexity, just a well balanced IPA that isnt in your face.

M - This beer has just enough astringency to slightly pucker up the tongue. Not too watery and not as thick as a nice DIPA with sweet malt might be.

Overall, this one should be on standby in my fridge and is perfectly tasty on any given day. This is a great showing from Stone. I just wish there were more hops on the nose since your sense of smell is half the experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 01:49:27 | More by smarcoly
Photo of jggibbs


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, pale golden with a thin 1/2 finger white head.

Smells of mellow pine and hops. Slightly sweet, grassy too. Not an overpowering nose. Its quite nice.

Taste is of Pine, citrus and hops. A slightly sweet and there is a little bitter toward the end. Very balanced and enjoyable. Not too complex in flavor.

Feels light, smooth and almost too easy to drink.

I've been on quite the IPA kick the past few months and this was by far the easiest of the lot to drink. Its not as overpoweringly hoppy and piney as some of the others and they got the sweetness just right for my liking. Very enjoyable and will probably become a regular pick up.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 18:05:23 | More by jggibbs
Photo of dankbrew21


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

Just released in MO today. Poured into my tulip...

A- Beautiful finger length frothy head. Plenty of lacing. Nice orange amber hue.

S- Piny, hop flower, citrusy

T- Sweet and well balanced. Slight bitterness, nothing overwhelming. Goes down smoothe and easy. Lots of citrus, some grapefruit

M- Slightly syrupy, medium feel.

D- High.

So glad Stone is finally here and that I can mark this occasion with a staple IPA. JAH BLESS

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 01:07:33 | More by dankbrew21
Photo of mdvatab


4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bomber into shaker pint

Aroma: Pine resin up front, followed by fresh cut green grass, and a subtle graham cracker sweetness. Not a highly complex aroma, but very enjoyable.

Appearance: Frothy 2-finger off-white head with great retention. Crystal clear golden color. Good lacing remains on the glass.

Flavor: Grapefruit hop flavor balanced by a touch of honey sweetness. Bitterness appears in the middle and remains well through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body. Bitterness clings to back of tongue.

Overall: A crisp, clean IPA with a subtle sweetness. Highly sessionable with no detectable flaws.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:32:45 | More by mdvatab
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

It almost seems funny to say about a beer from sunny San Diego, but Stone IPA leaves my glass looking like the scene of a snowball fight. There's spatters of white crystals formed everywhere... except, ironically, on the top of the beer. That is largely barren. Perhaps its beaming golden radiance melted it all? It otherwise does look like a warm weather beer.

This is a bold, characterful brew with a big hoppy bite - this aroma is like the ‘beware of dog’ sign on the gate. Bitter but tropical resins radiate from the glass; pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and tangerine are experienced in high-def 3D vision and full on Dolby surround sound. It's hops on the big screen! And to think the show has yet to really even begin...

There's plenty of toasty, lightly biscuity, underlyingly sweet maltiness in there but for some reason with each sip I can't shake the image from my brain of a bunch of bare-footed San Diegans in a giant wooden vat stomping on a mound of hop cones. The fruity and floral and grassy (and brutally bitter) hop oils are overpowering in both quantity and quality.

Stone hardly keeps it a secret that they revel in their love for big, characterful brews and, likewise, their beers aren't exactly discreet either about their big, characterful dispositions. Every single one of the 77 IBUs registers on the palate; it's as if Stone rung out like you would a wet shirt every last drop of bitterness from each individual hop.

Stone claims their IPA is a good example of a style that (they define) as being "highly hopped and high in alcohol". More accurately, it's the benchmark of a style that Stone themselves pioneered and popularized: a hugely hoppy ale that is stingingly citric, brutally bitter, tremendously tropical, remarkably refreshing and candidly characterful.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 17:48:34 | More by biegaman
Photo of Homebrewer4ever


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a slightly hazy dark straw with about a 2 finger small bubble head. Good lacing and great retention.

S- Citrus, pine resin, almost grapefruit like. Gets the mouth watering.

T- Nicely hopped (as to be expected from a Stone brew), citrus, and pine. Malty undertone.

M- Bitter and dry, bites you on the back of the tongue.

O- An excellent summer weather IPA. Quenches thirst and not extremely high on the ABV in terms of Stone's standards.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 16:39:23 | More by Homebrewer4ever
Photo of Mancer

New York

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

The bottle poured out a cloudy yellow body with a two finger high off-white head. The bubbles were quite lively and the head dissipated to a thick and sticky lace that lasted for the whole beer. The initial aroms were of citrus and pine hops. There was a malt sweetness with light fruits, and a distinct dryness. The initial flavors were of heavy amounts of resin and pine, citrus fruits, and finished with grains. The flavors were straight to the point and made it known that you were drinking a Stone. The brew was dry and bitter and had a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer from Stone. I think they made it really stick to the Stone name. Definitely find this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 22:43:14 | More by Mancer
Photo of SHODriver


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a somewhat hazy golden orange hue with a little bit off white head which recedes to a small pool that sticks around for awhile
S: A lot of citrus with this one, mostly some grapefruit, a hint of pine and just a dash of herbal spicyness. Slightly sweet from the malts but mostly as assault of hop essence.
T: Grapefruit mostly with a bit of mintyness/menthol, some sweetness from the malt shines through as well. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste
M: smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. Not watery at all and not excessively thick. A bit drying initially after the swallow but quickly turns juicy.
O: A top tier IPA from Stone Brewing Co. An excellent example of the style and a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 04:29:03 | More by SHODriver
Photo of DrStiffington

New Jersey

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

I've been on an IPA/DIPA kick lately. I was on a barleywine run over the cold months, and the IPAs were leaving me cold. However, IPA has been my favorite style for a while now. The latest one to retry was this one. Here goes. It looks good poured. Nice head. Smells strongly of pine. Tastes piney and citrusy in equal measures. This one went down quickly. Not a strong alcohol IPA, but pretty strong tasting. Bitter just the way I like it - not as much as Ruination, which is ok. Solid all the way around. I'm sure I'll enjoy the next 5.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 20:22:06 | More by DrStiffington
Photo of eric5bellies


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

Drank on tap at Mad Monk Fremantle.

A - Pours a nice orange colour with atwo fingered frothy head that retains well and laces.

S - Quite sweet piney aromas and a little malt.

T - Plenty of citrus up front with hops and pine flavours, pineapple follows and a littel grapefruit. Finishes with alittel spice and bitterness.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth, watery, and slightly dry in the mouth. Goes down smooth and crisp with a small amount of bubbles. Finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste. Perfect and exactly what you'd expect from the style.

O - A very solid AIPA but the Pliney and Sculpin have its measure

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 13:56:03 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a massive foamy 2 finger head that faded very slowly, leaving great lacing sticking to the sides and a creamy layer on top; the lacing leaves great rings after each sip, and the beer is nice and murky.

Smells of huge hops, with floral hops, flowers, piney hops, citrus hops and just a barrage of oily hop sweetness up front; after another whiff, the other aroma’s come through like sweet malt, grains, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper and other spices, and perhaps maybe some brown sugar, but the hops really suppress everything and dominate the nose.

Tastes like it smells with huge hops up front including floral hops, flowers, piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple or apple (can’t decide), sweet malt, grains, caramel, wet wheat bread, grass, a touch of herbs like tea, pepper and other spices, light brown sugar, and then a nice tart bitterness that tingles on the tongue before fading slowly and leaving a nice sweet hop pucker. This is what an IPA is all about, and I have always thought that this beer is one of the best IPA’s that sets the standard. The alcohol is well hidden, and there’s just a little heat from the alcohol, hops and spices which balance nicely with the malts used. Nice tart fruit flavors add to just a great overall taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, oily slick and quite smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body that’s chewy, and a nice bitter finish that leaves a fruity pucker with a hop bite.

This beer feels light and easy to drink, even though it has some kick to it, and is so drinkable it’s almost scary; this is a top notch beer which I have immensely enjoyed for years and one that I highly recommend. This is the epitome of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:51:45 | More by CHickman
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No freshness date.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger foamy and frothy off-white head with great retention. Beer is a clear light peach-orange. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. A beautiful beer overall.

S: Nose is citrus, cane sugar, fresh cut grass, and a slight resiny hop bitterness. Very crisp, simple, and appropriate but only moderately aromatic.

T: Opens citrus and piney hop bitterness with a subtle cane sugar malt backbone. Grassiness creeps in a bit towards the middle as does some grapefruit and a subdued unripened pineapple tartness. Bark and more grass towards the end, finishing with a crisp, spicy hoppiness. Aftertaste is resin and sap. Almost perfect for its style but doesn't add anything extra that would make it memorable.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth, watery, and slightly dry in the mouth. Goes down smooth and crisp with a small amount of bubbles. Finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste. Perfect and exactly what you'd expect from the style.

D: I can definitely see this as my go to IPA. Very well distributed. Incredible balance, great feel, and just a very drinkable beer overall. A definite staple for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 22:10:38 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of smakawhat


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by June 6 2011 will do!

Light brown cream white head of about three/four fingers off the pour with good retention. Nice and sticky. Body is a clear gorgeous orange amber with tiny sparse fast rising bubbles from the bottom.

Smell is a wonderful simple grapefruit and somewhat grass like hop. A little small, but very solid. A little bit of cinnamon too.

Taste is a good spiced hop profile, malt sugar body hints of brown sugar. Missing some bread action but a little on the finish, but I really like the hop feel of this IPA, it's strong but not overpowering. No hint of booze either, feels easy drinking.

Overall this is solid you just can't go wrong with it, it's also a personal fav for this style as well for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 21:10:20 | More by smakawhat
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange amber hazy body with a large frothy white head with decent retention.

Smell - Strong grassy notes. Very hoppy, obviously. A bit of hidden maltiness though.

Taste - Slightly bitter lime peel finish and aftertaste. I consider it a slightly off flavor, but completely acceptable for the style. Can't always have your cake and eat it too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with full body and creamy carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Good kick in the taste buds when you're craving an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 06:24:38 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Kelly88


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had On tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A- darkish orange color, almost like a distillation pot used by a certain Kentucky Bourbon distiller. Creamy and foamy dirty white head That is making the beer look great. Not really lace but the whole head is sticking to the glass!

S- one of the most floral ipas I've smelled. Tons of stone pine that I pick up in alot of their brews. Also some grapefruit That is mixing with some toffee malts.

T- piney and sweet at the same time with lots of floral hints. There are malts That back up the hops very nicely. Just a classic ipa taste That I drink alot of.

M- medium bodied that has a creamy texture. Not heavy or burdersome but not light and weak, just right. Just a faint alcohol tingle on the swallow.

Overall a great beer. Nothing is out of balance and the hops are really sharp and piney. Some sweetness brings everything full circle. Plus you could look at and drink this beer all day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2011 22:28:59 | More by Kelly88
Photo of clivem


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it a few months back when I was first getting into craft brew, didn't truely appreciate it then. Got a six of it with the hope to get a good taste.

Appearance: Nice 1.5 finger head, some thick small bubbles.

Smell: Hoppy citrisy goodness. Inviting, make you want to take a sip.

Taste: Beautiful hops. hops come first, bitter in the middle and a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy, the carbonation is light but bites a tiny bit after a second.Very good.

Overall: Great IPA, the hops and bitterness are not quite as strong as I had anticipated.. but it makes for amazing drinkability on an amazing taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 05:34:17 | More by clivem
Photo of TheSignPost


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

What can you say. This is the gold standard for IPAs. Pours golden with a nice foamy head. The foam lasts and lasts. Hints of pine and citrus, with plenty of hops. Crisp and clean.
A wonderful beer. It is outdone by Stone's Ruination IPA, but that one is just crazy good.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:40:27 | More by TheSignPost
Photo of Snow81


4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light orange clean tint

Head: Big frosty white head that stays for the length of the beer

Smell: A nice bright Citric and grapefruit on the nose

Taste: Sweet malts with a very subtle citric hop

Weight: Light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Nice bitterness creeps in and soaks into the palate with a little stickiness on the lips

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:22:53 | More by Snow81
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

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

Poured from bomber into chimay chalice glass. Freshness date 4-10-11, i was a little worried about this, but figured, what the hell, i drink this beer enough to know if it tastes right.

A: Poured a pale amber color with small spider web like head. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells like bountiful floral and citrusy hops and malt. Has that hop smell that you want west coast IPAs to have.

T: Just as good as the smell, very smooth and balanced. It's amazing how much malt really comes through even though it's a bit of a hop bomb.

M/O: Excellent carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, goes down smooth. It's been a good amount of months since I've had stone IPA; it was the first beer to truly get me into craft beers, and I felt like I had moved on. But getting back to it after having tried so many more IPAs.... I remember how amazing it really is. This is one of those beers that you have to judge everything else by.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 02:40:17 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

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

Pours a beautiful deep orange color. Formed a nice head that faded away slowly and left lacing on the glass.

By far the best smelling beer I have ever experienced. It has a sweet, citrusy, hoppy aroma.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Bitter and Hoppy but with flavors of citrus coming through.

Intense flavors, but not for the timid. If you don't like bitter or hoppy beers this may not be for you.

I found Stone IPA extremely satisfying and most enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:46:06 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of exonthebottle


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

Solid IPA this beer reminds me of a way strong hop bite and aromatic Two hearted or really strong bitter women.

Nice head great lacing amber color.
hoppy strong bold one note to it.
bitter but nice crisp malt taste as well not balanced but a good west coast style taste lingers long.
good not as complex as I would like in a mouthfeel but nice enough.
Overall solid IPA can't go wrong with this although there is a lot of options too choose from craft and homebrew. A beer to impress a hop enthusiast friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 08:05:56 | More by exonthebottle
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,009 ratings.