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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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8,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,023
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 179
Gots: 606 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, grapefruit flavors from the hops stand out in the taste, but these are very well balanced by the underlying malts, which have some notes of caramel. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad below medium-bodied on the palate and is smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a little bit of dryness.
O: The beer is extremely drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the hops do not overpower your palate. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:50:07 | More by metter98
Photo of harrymel


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bb: 5/18/11

A: Pours a honey ale with exceptional clarity with a two finger head of off-white blossoming head which dissipates slowly to leave a thick sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Pine, resin, mostly dominate the nose here. some medium grain and caramel tones. Lightest hints of mint and cotton candy. Decent.

T: Balanced. Super balanced. I don't believe this beer is super fresh, but the hops have died out a bit the beer is dominated by a healthy malt backbone and early hopping bitterness. Nearly good, but now, above average.

M: Medium body, and medium to light carb. Good feel. Leaves mouth with little reminder that it was just there.

O: Very drinkable. I wouldn't call this beer great, but I could likely drink all night, and that's a sign of a quality flagship beer, as this is.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 09:32:46 | More by harrymel
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy, yellow gold with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell. Nice strong floral hops. Some pine and sweet citrus. A little caramel malt. Really nice.

Taste. Yellow grapefruit rind, floral hops, pine and light toasty grain with just enough solid caramel malt lurking in the shadows of the hops. Yum!!

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Little alcohol presence which is nice for the abv.

Drinkability. I could blaze through a few of these without any effort. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:18:14 | More by Rutager
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: deep orange, cloudy body, 1 finger head, slight patchy lacing

S: pine, citrus aroma, clean scent

T: slight sweet citrus up front, firm earth pine middle, slow long bitter finish

M: medium body, slight sticky feel

D: Nice earthy IPA, fine Stone offering, but not my favorite.
This is a perfect beer for me; can be sessionable and also sipper.


Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:18:23 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of FoamyMustache

Rhode Island

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

A - Poured a "thick" amber color with the most glorious, lumpy, angel cloud 3 finger head I've seen.

S - Wonderfully aromatic hops with a touch of spice. Sweet fruity notes fill in all the voids.

T - Big bold hops with some definite herbal qualities hit the palette first. Fresh pineapple and citrus notes in the middle with an interesting finish of yeast and grain. Hops stay with the beer throughout the taste and on the finish.

M - A nice balance malt blend adds a creamy, smooth, somewhat oily feel that is wonderful.

D - There is no doubt that this is a hoppy beer so it might not be for everybody, but it is crafted so well that the balance makes it entirely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 02:52:29 | More by FoamyMustache
Photo of MichaelLynBryant


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pops open and pours beautifully to a 2-inch mountainous white head atop a pale amber, almost orange from a slight haze.

Carbonation perfect--lacing is thick and white--and appetizing.

The front of your tongue is sizzled by hops.

The nose has a hint of malt sweetness as well as some hops, but not very big. On draft, this beer's nose is much bigger.

Great mouthfeel from the carbonation, lacing your tongue with hops. Furthe sizzle.

Dryness is similar to that of a good cabernet, residual and demolishing.

The most British of the west-coast IPAs. A delicious IPA from the king of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:09:34 | More by MichaelLynBryant
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Hazy, golden body, one finger head, moderate lacing.
S- Malts, sweet aroma, hints of grape fruit and citrus, hints of caramel
T- Fresh hops, malts, slightly bitter but well balanced, very similar to the aroma.
M- Medium body, very smooth, easy to drink.
D- Very drinkable, a solid IPA from the west coast. Nice and balanced with all the ingredients. Perfect for a nice hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 09:01:11 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Glibber


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

Nice looking pour with a healthy 2 finger head. Froth settled down, but left quite a bit of lacing. Light yellow amber color with some decent carbination to make the beer refreshing. Has the grapfruit citrus taste up front that I really enjoy. Has a decent hop kick, but not so bitter that you couldn't drink more than a few of these without getting too full. In fact the back end of the taste, it is actually very smooth- the more I drink it the better it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:47:36 | More by Glibber
Photo of Jesse13713


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this with me!

Appearance - A very opaque golden straw yellow. Cloudy and appears to be well carbonated. A nice sunset orange.

Smell - Smells quite hoppy. Slight malts and grass notes.

Taste - A complexity of floral notes swims with delicious abd fresh hops. Quite a solid IPA. Caramel notes and slightly sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite smooth with a bit of orange zest. Very crisp, drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 01:27:15 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of beerman207


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

Saw this on tap at a bar called "The Pub" near my house so had to finally sample this beer.

A: Wow - Can see through it, the orange hue is fabulous and the skim head left leaves great lacing on the glass

S: Pine hops, very floral, and great citrus tones

T: Hops galore, bitter up front, malt in the backbone to chill it out. Very well done

M: Not overly carbonated - just about right for a an IPA

D: All night long - just fabulous!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 00:25:17 | More by beerman207
Photo of Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Golden orange body with a head that dissipates quite quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Hops lead on the aromas with some pine and citrus notes.

T - As with the aromas, the hops definitely lead the taste, bringing some pine and citrus notes and punchy bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Very drinkable, though starting to get a little high on the ABV for too many in one session.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:58:57 | More by Wattsox
Photo of Jinholic


4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another IPA this time by Stone. Pouring this into my pint glass right now.

Appearance - Clear pale orange 3 fingers of head with some thin lacing.

Smell - Sweet citrus and hops.

Taste - Almost everything I smelt sweet citrus with hops at the end a bit dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Clean and smooth can't even tell this is 6.9%.

Drinkability - I'm not even done with it and want another. Just an awesome west coast IPA can't wait to try something else from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 03:45:17 | More by Jinholic
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really started to love the complexities of IPAs. The ipa from the stone brewing company is a great one. The piney citrus comes on strong as soon as this champion hits your tongue. The bitter finish packs quite a punch. This beer is deffinatly not for the drinkers of that sissy lite swill that little lady-like fellas love. I would expect any less from the makers of arrogant bastard!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 21:47:17 | More by mattkoon
Photo of Shrews629


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

Appearance - This brew poured a very attractive orange color. It was cloudy with a somewhat average sized white head. Not a whole heap of retention and it left some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A nice floral and perfumy aroma. I smell the grapefruit, some orange. both citrusy and fruity. Some piney notes along with some mild malt. Smells very nice and balanced. I started to get a dry bread smell as it warmed a bit.

Taste - A prominent amount of bitterness at first with the taste. Medium to high hop flavor. Grapefruit citrus is really nice and not over the top. A touch piney. Again, very well balanced and even. A slight resinous flavor as the beer went down.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully dry and snappy crisp. Really blankets the palate and the taste hangs on for a great long while. Nice!!! Goes down way too easy.

Drinkability - Everytime I have a Stone beer I'm impressed. This brew is no different. Very solid all the way around. Perfect for the Spring and Summer day. Most definitely worth a try. Cheers!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:21:06 | More by Shrews629
Photo of vfgccp

New York

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

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light honey

S - Pine, resin, light citrus.

T - Piney, resiny. Touch of white bread.

M - Light. Moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:58:09 | More by vfgccp
Photo of JesteR14


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

A- Nice golden color, small bubbles coming from the bottom of my tumbler. Nice creamy head that lasts a good while. Soapy bubbles in the head for sure. light body and slightly hazy. Very nice to look at.

S- Very hoppy, with some floral citrus smells.

T- Very nice fresh hops, come on strong but its not overwhelming. Lightens up in the taste and something that surprised me. Very fresh tasting and the after taste brings out this nice citrus flavor which i enjoy. Someone who enjoys hops like myself would love this beer.

M- Dry and low carbonation.

D- Pretty high, nice easy drinking IPA with great balance of flavors.


Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 05:43:10 | More by JesteR14
Photo of smibroncos

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Poured a slightly cloudy, light straw, with a nice one and a half figer white fizzy head. Great lacing on the glass.

S. Pine, citrus, grass, perfume, floral

T. Classic IPA. Short sweetness followed by lots of citrus overtones, buttery, great bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, light carbonation slightly dry finnish.

D. I really like this IPA I get it everytime I can find it Thank You Stone

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 03:28:27 | More by smibroncos
Photo of DannyDan


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

This IPA pours a nice clear golden color with excellent retention, some of the best lacing I have seen on a beer and good carbonation too. The smell is of herbal hops, some pine, a little bit of citrus and pineapple. The aroma makes me look forward to the taste. The taste is strong herbal hops followed by some grassy earthy taste than some pineapple and citrus in the middle and staying until the end and finishes off with more herbal hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and very enjoyable to drink since it is so good that it just goes down nicely. This a a must try IPA, great beer highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 02:40:53 | More by DannyDan
Photo of dirtyskunk


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

Poured from a bottle to a standard American sized pint glass.

A: Bright gold with a sizable off-white head. Great retention on the head.

S: Very bright and tropical fruit hoppiness with a lot of myrcene influence. Good but not exceptional

T: Fairly sweet and fruity hop flavors. Citrus and apricots. Once again, lots of of myrcene. It finishes with a very smooth and refreshing maltiness.

M: Wonderful, the mouthfeel is silky and almost creamy. This would be amazing in a nitro serving.

D: Great overall drinkability. I only mark down slightly because of my personal taste. I have a hard time drinking more than a couple of any IPA or similarly hoppy beer. This is probably an exception to the rule though because of the smooth finish and buttery mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 21:06:24 | More by dirtyskunk
Photo of dalimsta

New York

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Pretty typical appearance and texture for an IPA.

- Aroma is interesting--a bit of citrus and pine with something else I just couldn't place. Not bad, but it didn't draw me in.

- I definitely agree with some other reviewers about the grapefruit bitterness up front. It's a bit overpowering, especially when taking a lot in at a time--it really does taste like unsweetened grapefruit juice with some pine at the end. After the bitterness cleared up, though, I got a really nice malty breadiness. I just wish it had come sooner, since the overwhelming hops presence isn't all that pleasant.

- Drinkable, but go slowly. Taking in too much at once bombards the palate with astringent hops.

Some might like the bitterness (and Stone writes clearly on the bottle that they loaded their IPA with hops), but it just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 21:51:12 | More by dalimsta
Photo of rpardon7


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

Poured from the bottle and amber hued clean orang with a carbonated thin white head that receded and gave some good lacing to the glass. Smell is of centinial and magnum hops with a tiny hint of some caramel malt, but let's be honest this beer is about the hops. Taste is pine citrus and lemon with a smooth backing of caramel malt with a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is balanced and simple not too heavy but not efforvescent. Drinkability is easy as this is a classic american india pale ale. Give me another.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 19:07:28 | More by rpardon7
Photo of Scotchboy


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

Pours a golden honey and has decent carbonation, very little haze, and some off-white head that sticks to the glass a little. Looks refreshing.

Hops and hops on the nose, but not overwhelming and very much in line with what I like in an IPA. There is citrus, some astringency, some piney-ness and a little sweetness. The malts are there at the very back.

This beer is more about the bitterness than the sweetness, but both are present. Citrus, grapefruit bitterness, pine, hop oil, the malts are bready and sweet but definitely in the back seat. A little warmth brought the orange/juicy tangerine to the forefront. A touch syrupy...about the perfect amount for me, not cloying or over-sweet.

I'm suprised that people rave about the mouthfeel, to me it wasn't more or less impressive than most of the regular IPA's I've had.

I deemed the drinkability to be fairly good.

Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 16:06:51 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of irishmadness


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

S - I just bought a set of snifters. So This was the first beer I drank it out of.
A - The appearance is golden and almost orange looking.
S - I smell Glorious hops and Citrus.
T - Tastes great, a little bitter with a noticeable citrus taste through out.
M - The mouthfeel is a little bubbly like champagne but thicker.
D - A good beer that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 18:22:41 | More by irishmadness
Photo of OldIronLungs


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right into a pint comes a nice fluffy foam of bright white head slowly popping with invitation. Golden straw color smells of pine and citrus or floral herb. A gulp deals a nice creamy hop burst - I want to say Amarillo, but I'm not that good yet. More sweet of a finish after that nice balanced bitterness to start. The 6.9% is present but that balance makes for a fine drinker.

A nice IPA at a solid price.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:02:18 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of therica


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sat here sipping this after I opened it and realized, I could save a helluva lot of money if I just bought unsweetened unsalted white grapefruit juice.

A= nice amber-gold, fair head with nice lacing and pooling.

S= nice hops florals, sweet malts and what I call fresh linen laundry-starch which apparently refers to one of the malts.

T= grapefruit and more grapefruit rind. Ultra bitter. Great if one's goal in an IPA is pure IBU. But for me it's lacking character. Modest sweet malts buried in there. Still, I'll give it 4.0 for Stone apparently meeting its goal.

M= post grapefruit-rind with some mild but nice malts on the tongue along with the linen-bleach malts effect.

D= for someone in an entirely IPA-max mode this is probably great stuff. For the more casual IPA lover like me who is still a total Stone fan, but who prefers a little balance and flavor, it's got limited tolerability. Plus, there are no ratings for "Stomach" and mine is complaining about acid-overload at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:55:29 | More by therica
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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