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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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8,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,214
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 195
Gots: 711 | 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 silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a hazy deep golden color with a thick eggshell head. The aroma has a blast of citrusy and piney hops initially, along with some biscuit and cane sugar notes, grapefruit, esters and some alcohol The flavor is incredibly fresh, with huge grapefruit and piney notes upfront, orange marmalade, biscuit and caramel notes, with just a slight alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is light but not watery, and drinkability is excellent. This is the benchmark IPA, especially when it's fresh and on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 23:54:31 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of jlindros


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

Light creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with lacing over hazy amber wheat orange colo.

Nose of fresh hops, some light pine and citrus, floral hops. Light malt backbone.

Taste has more light hops with some bitterness. Some light astringency, pine, citrus, light grapefruit, tangerine, juicy fruits, light sticky hop oils pungent. Light sweet malts too. Finish is long and bitter and semi dry.

Mouth is medium with a crisp demeanor and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is good, pretty drinkable for sweetness with dry finish, no real booze, but a slight sticky finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:59:46 | More by jlindros
Photo of goalie33

New York

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy yellow/orange color. Head starts out large but shrinks to about 1 finger, which lasts. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass.
S: Hops and citrus on the nose.
T: Hops and citrus from the nose come through in the taste. Pleasant bitter finish cleans out the mouth for the next sip.

Excellent brew from Stone. Very tasty with a great aroma and mouthfeel. Drinkability scores low because it is 6.9% abv, not because it is difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 17:48:38 | More by goalie33
Photo of buschbeer


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

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of off white head. The beer is golden amber in color. I got some yeast on the final pour. The aroma is led by lemon with some other citrus characters following. I was surprised by how muted they were. The taste begins with the lemon citrus and is overwhelmed by piny bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a bit leaving me wanting more. I prefer the mid-western ipa's, but this isn't bad for the bitter west coast style. It's a little on the bitter side for me, but that's exactly what they are going for.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 17:29:23 | More by buschbeer
Photo of shambeano


3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a cloudy golden orange. about 1 cm of head, that sticks around for ages. little bit of lacing going on.

S- First thing up is the hop. all citrus and pine. a bit of lemon and grapefruit. smells pretty damn good.

T- slight maltiness, quickly followed by a touch of citrus and then bitterness. doesnt seem to come through as much as in the smell though making it a little dissapointing.

M- nice and quite smooth, bitterness lingers well at the back of the mouth, with a hugely long finish.

D- pretty damn drinkable. 6.9 per cent is very well hidden, and i could easily have a few in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 23:37:19 | More by shambeano
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

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

I drank this alongside of a Great Lakes Commodore Perry. I thought that Stone IPA was slightly better. Granted, the CP that I had was expired as of September.

A-Golden, nice head

S-Hops, citrus

T-good balance of hops, bitter, sweetness

M-less heavy than CP, good carbonation

D-would drink a few of these

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:29:40 | More by beerdown77
Photo of sweemzander


3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10-06-10. This is literally the freshest bottle I found in almost 3 states of the midwest, so I am rating this since I cannot find anything fresher in all the stores I have visited.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow/orange color that produced a huge foamy/fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of lacing left behind as it very slowly dissipated.

(S)- A huge burst of pine-like citrus with some lemon and lime fruits. Slightly dry, but otherwise the piney hops take center stage.

(T)- A dry pine-like wood profile up front. Some minimal lemon and lime citrus behind that. Very subtle honey-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but it really is primarily a very dry bitter pine profile of a beer.

(D)- I can see how this can be a good IPA, but it would be nice to see how it is fresh since I am unable to find it as such in either IL or WI where I have gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 18:48:10 | More by sweemzander
Photo of neilgavigan


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

A - clear reddish amber with thick white head. very small amount of haze.

S - sweet toffee malt aromas under a sharp citrus and pine from the hops. also fruity esters. very well balanced hops don't overshadow the other aromas

T -immediate hops bitterness along with hint of malty sweetness. dry finish with pine and no spiciness.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation are to style and help to balance any spiciness form the hops and alcohol flavors

D - Overall a fine example of a West Coast IPA. Great showpiece for american hops but still well balanced and not overdone, so the other flavors and aromas can really be noticed

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:34:37 | More by neilgavigan
Photo of SDtastentune


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

A - yellow orange unfiltered slightly fizzy.

S - Robust hops grapefruit hops & citrus.

T - Grapefruit, hops, citrus tinge, great aftertaste.

M - Slightly over carbonated but I like that, medium/heavy body with ample aftertaste.

D - Drinks great for the hophead. Very drinkable if you like a true IPA, it might be a little over the top at first but not for me. Very great rich classic og drinking IPA with balanced notes. Thumbs WAY UP!!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:27:37 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of ChugginOil


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

A- Pours a foggy orange with a half inch of white head and great lacing.

S- Sweet scents right away. Apple and citrus fruits are presented mixed with big hops.

T- Huge hops! Great bitterness involved as well. The floral and fruity notes are tasted following the hoppy bitterness. The malt leaves this one dry on the finish. Carbonation creates awesome balance here. Alcohol content is well hidden beneath the flavors.

M- Balanced carbonation makes for a fulfilled mouthfeel that leaves with a dry finish. Do they make this IPA as a mint flavor? I wish.

D- Great tasting IPA. Probably one of the best I've tried in my exploratory journey. Hidden ABV and flavorful, crisp taste make this one stand out among the others.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 18:12:35 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of JizackFH

New York

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

A - Pours a nice golden amber color with a nice white head that left good lacing on the glass as it fell. The head also had good retention.

S - the smell is nice and hoppy. There are notes of citrus, pine, and sweet notes.

T - This has a very nice hop presence, and they are definitely the star of this beer. There is also some citrus, caramel, and grapefruit notes.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Drinkability is great. I can drink these all night and not get bored with the flavor. This beer goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. I like it because it showcases hops more than a lot of other IPAs out there. I think stone did a good job on this one. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 06:21:41 | More by JizackFH
Photo of djbreezy


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

appearance - transparent amber, solid head, great retention, well carbonated

smell - piney and resinous hops abound

taste - big earthy and resinous profile, huge pine notes, very hoppy, well hidden malt body, west coast style

mouthfeel - dry finish, highly carbonated but not overkill, tingly on the tongue, medium/full bodied

drinkability - huge hop profile and very flavorful, hop complexity, easy to drink for 6.9 abv, a go to IPA, also Stone kicks ass for having best by dates on their beers

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 21:53:58 | More by djbreezy
Photo of dutchlq7

New York

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Medium Golden amber color, nice foamy, creamy head with great lacing.

Smell-Very nice Piney and grassy hop aroma with a hint of citrus at the end.

Taste-The piney hop flavor really pulls through but i also noticed a resinousy, grassy hop flavor as well it is quickly balanced by a bicuity malt. Very easy to drink, not overly bitter and very smooth.Wow!

Mouthfeel=Pretty light bodied for an IPA and a smooth feel.

Drinkabilty-One of the best IPA's I've tasted. Not overly bitter or oily but full of flavor. Gotta try it if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:17:23 | More by dutchlq7
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked the bottle. Poured a golden color with a nice foamy head. Great lacing throughout. Smells of citrus and pine. Lemon taste with a nice hop pop, not overbearing though. A really good beer with a slight carbonation to hold on the tongue, very drinkable. Enjoyable, would be great with a steak and potato.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:11:10 | More by beeroclock
Photo of mcnabb0001

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle no freshness date on bottle

A - Pours a cloudy bright orange with a thick fluffy white head. Excellent lacing as your drink this beer

S - big citris hops, oily hop scent

T - fruity, lemon citris, big hop flavor

M - clean, lemon bitter sweet

D - excelllent drinkability refreshing love this beer one of the best IPAs out there

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:28:07 | More by mcnabb0001
Photo of RMI15

New York

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

A. pours a cloudy golden color - clean white foam laces the glass

S. clean hoppy smell with pine and grapefruit

T. citrusy hoppy favor but a not crazily hopped - nice aftertaste

M. medium bodied

D. a crisp IPA - very drinkable

nice citrusy IPA

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:38:47 | More by RMI15
Photo of StaveHooks


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

A - Pours a cloudy copper orange with a moundy white head that lives long. Notch line lacing.

S - Pine needles, lime, grapefruit, mint, thyme, hints of sweet malt.

T - Grapefruit rind rushes over the palate taking over the back of the throat. It mellows out and lets the malt in for a split second and then takes back over towards the finish. Hints of herbal spearmint like hops show up as well. Finishes like you brushed your teeth with a grapefruit.

M - Medium bodied.

This beer is bursting with fruit flavor! You would expect a ton of bitterness out of such intense hops but the flavor is much more prominent than the bitterness. Very intense flavor without the crazy bitterness.
This is a corner"stone" IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 02:11:52 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What is it with me and Stone. I just can't wrap my head around their hop profiling. I love the RIS, Smoked Porter and Old Guardian, but I just don't like (m)any of their main offerings.

Poured into my pint glass. Nice foamy head, respectable lacing throughout the session.

Smell, typical stone hopped smell. Like this dysfunctional marriage of pine and citrus.

Taste is more of the same. Very piny, with some bastardized sour citrus thrown in.

Mouthfeel can best be described as "blech" as the sourness lingers from a relatively syrupy beer.

Got to be one of my least favorite IPAs. If you are forced to drink this against your will, I would suggest letting it warm way up. I drank the second half of the bomber at damn near room temperature, and it was much more palatable that way. I have had more than one of these, but I bought this bomber specifically to review it. Won't be buying anymore in the future. It's not all Stone's fault; there is some STEEP competition out here on the west coast. Just goes to show that any gorilla can dump a truck load of hops into the brewing vat. It takes an artist to carefully choreograph the delicate balance that makes a beer truly great.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 07:01:53 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Stone Arrogant Bastard in a 22oz bomber and enjoyed the extreme hoppiness of it. I was in the distributor deciding to either go with my everyday IPA (DFH 60) or try something new. Went with the Stone IPA. Served in a DFH Signature glass.

A-Nice amber color. Slightly cloudy but not off putting. Lots of carbonation rising from my glass. Nice lacing left on the side of the glass.

S-Nice citrusy smell mixed with a sweet, hoppy smell.

T-Definitely more on the hoppy side than the DFH 60 which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's a nice grapefruit or citrusy taste mixed in which is pretty common with many of the IPA's I've tried.

M-Nicely carbonated. Leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth after each sip.

D-Tough call...I liked this beer a lot BUT not as much as my DFH 60. I don't know quite what it is but if given the choice in the future, I'd rather have a DFH 60 or even a Founder's Centennial IPA or Lagunitas IPA. That being said, I'll have no problem finishing off my case. Worth a try for sure...


Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 20:27:18 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


3.08/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from blinded tasting notes.

A. Yellow with a creamy head.

S. Odd hop aroma that is somewhat off-putting.

T. Piney

M. Bitting carbonation that nearly completely disappears half way through the session.

D. Eh - I'm not a fan of the flavor or aroma profile. I'll pass this up.

My lowest scored IPA of the night (under Jai Alai, Alesmith, Sculpin, Columbus, Furious, Two Hearted, Founders Centennial, and Red Racer)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:12:37 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz. bottle poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head with good retention and some lacing. Some sediment seen in the glass.

S: Some citrus hops.

T: Grapefruit with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel and carbonation are both perfect for an IPA.

D: Excellent, a crisp refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:48:32 | More by mrnobody
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a cloudy light caramel-color with half a finger of frothy white head. Considerable sediment is apparent throughout. Fantastic lacing on my pint glass.

S- Mostly pine hops with some citrus hops thrown in.

T - Hops are actually not that pronounced, thought their flavor does last. The malt character is nice, and the finish includes a very appealing breadyness. Well balanced and delicious, but not as hoppy as I expected -- probably not the best IPA for hop heads.

M - Actually a bit thin for my tongue. Good carbonation with bubbles that just keep on coming.

D - Oh yes. Very tasty with that lovely finish that is actually a bit warming. Easy to down and would be wonderful to session. Good competition for 60-Minute in that respect.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 18:32:19 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of CASK1


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

S: Spicy, citrusy hop aroma dominates. Low caramel malt aroma in support, but definitely a hop-forward beer.

A: Pale amber. Hazy, didn't clear even on warming. Good initial off-white head fades, but leaves a persistent thin layer of foam.

T: Complex hop bitterness and citrusy hop flavor dominates. Enough malt character to barely balance the hops, but decidedly a hoppy beer! Dry, bitter finish.

MF: Medium to high carbonation is a plus. Medium body, bitter, lingering dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:09:28 | More by CASK1
Photo of nataku00


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

On tap poured into a straight sided glass. A golden yellow with a finger of head initially that dissipates very quickly. Good carbonation visible through the clear beer, but it doesn't help feed the head.

Nose is citrus peel, lemon and grapefruit, with an herbal mix that makes it fairly pleasant. Mostly rosemary. Some malt also detected but very light.

Taking a sip, the taste follows the nose early on the tongue. The taste continues through to the aftertaste that lingers lightly after swallowing. A nice flavor profile that isn't overly bitter.

Light bodied beer is nice enough to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 02:32:18 | More by nataku00
Photo of Franz4


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

A- light golden color, slightly translucent, huge, beautiful off-white head that doesn't want to leave. Crazy lacing as I drink it and as the head settles.

S- floral and citrus hops. Citrus is more lemon/lime than grapefruit. Some pine notes as well.

T- Citrus/lemon hops come through first. I want to drink this beer as fast as I can. Some grassy notes as well, but I'm having trouble taking the time to describe the taste when I just want to finish the glass.

M- medium bodied, leaves a hop aftertaste but it's not unpleasant.

D- Very drinkable, absolutely lovely. I've been waiting to try this and now I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. A very good IPA, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 21:54:19 | More by Franz4
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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