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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

8,034 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,034
Reviews: 2,734
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 180
Gots: 614 | 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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freescribbles

Massachusetts

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

Great IPA with a strong citrus aroma, specifically grapefruit. Is reminiscent of a wheat beer in appearance but not as cloudy and certainly doesn't taste that way. The pine flavor of many hoppy beers isn't as overwhelming as many other IPAs but it certainly packs the same wallop.

It as a nice white head and the lacing is good, doesn't stick to the entire wall of the glass but certainly lets you know it's there. Definitely a beer that you can drink in large gulps so be careful.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:03:26 | More by freescribbles
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al3

Maryland

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

A - Gotta love the Stone bottles. "enjoy by" date is about 5 days from now. Gold with a nice frothy/foamy top. Good lacing and retention.

S - Citrus sweet, some pine, all hops

T&M - semi-sweet upfront with a mild citrus note then a strong herbal hop bite that lingers on the finish. Med to med thin feel.

D - Not bad, I'd have another..

A good IPA, would try again on draft or a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:41:08 | More by al3
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jmich24

Michigan

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber

A: One finger head that stays around for the entire beer. Hazy gold with light orange hues. Sticky lacing all the way down.
S: Sweet, some hops, piney, floral and a bit of citrus.
T: Very bitter, More pine and floral than the citrus flavors I enjoy more.
M: Medium mouthfeel, nice sharp carbonation.
D: Nice lingering bitterness, lack of more citrus flavors is somewhat disappointing..

This was a very good IPA just not my favorite. Personally I like more citrus in my IPA. Solid overall. Bottle is 3 months old which may have hurt the hop aroma. Will definitely try again, hopefully a fresher bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:37:42 | More by jmich24
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled April 13, 2010. 2 weeks old is as fresh as I ever see Stone 'round here.

Pours pale golden/amber with a good white head that maintains a foamy cap and leaves some nice spots and rings of lacing.

Aroma is a blast of pine up front, some citrus, grapefruit, touch of floral & grass, and a hint of bready malt.

Flavor is bitter & hoppy, pine, earthy, citrus rind, a little bit of malt sweetness and a nice long bitter finish. Not incredibly complex, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, sharp carbonation.

This drinks really easy and is an exceptional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:49:48 | More by elgiacomo
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BayernJoe

Kentucky

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

Glassware: English-Style Pint Glass

This is my first Stone IPA although it isn't my first Stone beer. I must say that I wish I would have tried this first as I find it to be an excellent beer. I definitely enjoyed this beer more than the Stone Ruination IPA

This IPA looks as good as it drinks with a two plus finger head and a slightly cloudy amber color. The head had fair staying power although it retreated faster than I would have hoped. I seldom impart this to the beer but rather my glassware and dish washer. Lacing was good as well.

The smell was crisp, clean and not too strong. It had good hoppy floral notes.

The bitterness although good was definitely not overpowering making this a great everyday drinker. I really enjoyed this beer and I feel like this could be ideal in the heat of summer or by a fire in the depths of winter. One note is that there was a slight aftertaste that was not easy to identify, it almost creates a powdery feeling on the back of the tongue.

I would definitely recommend this beer to fellow craft brew fans and macro brew drinkers alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:05:46 | More by BayernJoe
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ECUbrew

North Carolina

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

First Review Ever
First Stone Ever:

Poured into pint glass - Deep permiable orange with solid head. Lacing very true throughout drink. Left rings

S - citrus hops! As to be expected with the style, could not pick up much malt, I guess that comes with experience.

T - As it smells, hops dominate the beer and leaves with a fruity after taste on the tongue.

M - great carbonation; very light in body but hops are still overwhelming.

D - Burned through the first two but slowed as the alcohol caught up to me. This is a strong beer and I felt the need to switch to something lighter. With more experience in craft brews I could learn to appreciate this brew a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:08:24 | More by ECUbrew
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gosurfobx

North Carolina

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

Poped the cap on a 22oz bottle and shared with a friend. Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a frothy three finger head. The head settles to a film after a few minutes. The smell is a lovely bouquet of hops. There are citrus and grassy notes. The first sip...a nice maltyness that quickly fades to the hops. This beer has a great backbone on it. The beer is hoppy but balanced. The mouth is nice. This beer is pretty much what I look for in an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:31:10 | More by gosurfobx
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RJay

Minnesota

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

Appearance - Light amber or golden with quite a bit of carbonization, it poured with a thick one finger head that lingers.

Aroma - Spicy yet sweet, citrus and floral aromas with a bready smell that I pick up very lightly.

Taste - Very hoppy throughout but it ends up being well balanced with a caramel sweet flavor.

Mouth Feel - Very smooth and silky.

Drinkability - This is a well balanced IPA and very tasty. I loved it!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:40:25 | More by RJay
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Borgs

Connecticut

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

Appearance: Pours with a 1-finger head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a light layer on top & a nice lacing throughout drinking. Golden color with a slight haze

Smell: This beer smells amazing. The hops aroma flows right through you.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells.

Mouthfeel: Goes down clean with a nice hoppy finish, leaving your mouth watering after every drink.

Drinkability: Yes!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 01:10:04 | More by Borgs
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homebrew311

Illinois

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

A: Pours a nice clear golden with a fluffy white head that starts at about 2 fingers, retains itself nicely, leaves splotchy lacing

S: huge hop nose with big floral notes of pine, resin, grapefruit with a touch of toasty malt beneath all of that

T: the front is slightly bitter as the hops provide a very piney profile, there are also notes of citrus, flowers, and sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check, the malt backbone makes itself apparent towards the end in the form of caramel and bread, nice balance

MF: crisp and light body, medium to high carbonation, smooth going down, quite nice

D: this is a great IPA, I was so interested in trying all of Stone's extreme offerings first that it took me some time before I gave the IPA a chance, now I'm sorry I waited. This beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:02:46 | More by homebrew311
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BuckeyeOne

Washington

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

Poured a nice amber with a fluffy white head that laced the glass well.

The aroma is grass and citrus with just the hint of grapefruit. No malt sweetness in the nose at all. I was expecting a hop blast in the nose that wasn't entirely there.

This is one bitter IPA. Tastes very much like a DIPA at first, especially when it's very cold. As it warms, a bit of malt biscuit flavor comes through, but not much. A fresh Stone IPA on tap is all citrus, pine, and earthy grass flavors. The aftertaste is very dry and bitter.

There is just the right amount of carbonation here to hold up the hop resin. As it warms, it becomes a bit more oily.

This is an IPA that I keep in my garage fridge when I find it reasonably priced. It's usually a little more than comparable IPAs. Regardless, it's very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2010 21:30:16 | More by BuckeyeOne
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gerardoguzmanh

Texas

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

This is one of my favorite everyday beers. The smeel of hops is abundant with hints of herbs, and grapefruit, maybe some fresh cut grass. Taste has full NA hop flavor with a small malt trace. Undoubtly this beer is all about the bitterness. The aftertaste is quite persisting and a strong hop character lingers in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 03:53:05 | More by gerardoguzmanh
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dwilson01

California

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my "Brewery Tours of San Diego" souvenir pint glass.

Solid head brimming the glass with a fairly hard pour, creamy and white with excellent retention and lacing. A hazy golden color, looks thick from a solid amount of malt.

The smell is awesome, herbal and bitter notes hit the nose with and audacity that isn't a characteristic of many beers. I get no sweetness or citrus in the smell, a definite woodiness though, pine for sure.

Love the taste, it's all bitter hop flavor, pine, and herbal references all combining in the palate simultaneously. The bitterness stays with you during the whole analysis and doesn't ever let up, not even at the next sip when you refresh your palate with more delicious brew. Tons of flavor in here, the way an I.P.A should be, this bad boy puts some so called "DIPA's" from other breweries to shame.

Had to go back and specifically think about this one, it's not an in your face quality of the beer like the flavor is but it's there, solid and malty...at least enough to balance the brew and keep you coming back for more. Basically the malt in here=body, but no sweetness which is completely fine with me.

Hell yea it's drinkable, this is my third one tonight! Highly recommended offering from stone if you're looking to grab a sixer of something new or something great.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 08:06:09 | More by dwilson01
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johnwarne

Florida

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

A beer haiku for you:

IPA? OK;
Solid effort but not great:
Worthwhile sipping ale.

Not a bad IPA--just not as good as a few of it's peers nor it's other family members [Stone, that is]. Perhaps I am a little critical tonight, but my excitement in trying another Stone offering fell a little flat. Don't mean to harsh this beer--just not a home run.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 21:46:29 | More by johnwarne
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Prostman81

Illinois

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

Finally, after years of waiting, got to try Stone IPA after a buddy picked up a sixer at the local store. This one definitely didn't disappoint. I had already been lucky to try the regular Stone Pale Ale, and was a little surprised by this one.

The apperance was a nice gold color; the PA has a deep, almost blood-color to it, and I was expecting this to be just a hoppier version of that. Sure was wrong. Stone, in their brilliance decided to really make this a beer of it's own, rather than just defaulting to an existing grain bill.

Poured a nice 1 and a half finger head that stuck around. Was expecting a little more aroma than what was presented, but still was good.

Taste is where it's at. The grains used provide a very sturdy backbone to the beer. A bit of hop oil seems to stick on the tongue, and overall the hops do not dominate this, but rather mix nicely for a combo of citrus, floral, and spice.

Goes down very smoothly, although I did start to notice a little alcohol note towards the bottom of the glass. Not enough to put me off, but enough to give me pause and respect for this. Not something I would pound two or three of down in a sitting, but a good opener beer for something a little more sessionable. Just a well crafted IPA from a brewery that I keep discovering really has their sh*t together. I'm so glad this one will now be a regular option at the store.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 20:53:41 | More by Prostman81
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Bajasith

California

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

Love to visit Stone Brewing since there is always something new in the works, being food and beer.

Stone IPA is one of a kind as it pours amber/orange with a nice thick frothy head as I love to dip my nose to the ever present aroma of thick hops... (on that note... if there ever was a shaving creme with thick hop aroma, beer geeks rejoice)

Taste: Hops explode in your mouth as the sweetness of the malts balance out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, bitterness fades as the sweet malt and slight cabonation blends it all well.

Drinkability: Hop heads rejoice... This brew goes very well with spicy Mexican food as hops bite through the burning sensation of the tongue almost nubing the burn... Sip this brew all night with some spicy salsa and chips.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 06:02:17 | More by Bajasith
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RevereBeer

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a really nice hazy yellow/orange with a 1 finger white head. Head has mild retention but nice lacing all the way down.

S: Citrus and some piney as well as floral hops. Faint sweetness from the malts.

T: Strong citrusy flavors with some piney and sweet malt undertones. Well balanced with a hop kick and a dry finish - great for the style.

M: Medium carbonation. Sticky but with a drying finish.

D: Great for 6.9%. Don't think I could get through more than 22oz, but the hops aren't overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 13:53:07 | More by RevereBeer
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Spiekerbox

Michigan

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

A-- Golden amber-orange with small but thick white head, sticky lacing

S- Hoppy sweet with notes of citrus and light pine

T- The flavor of pine-hops fill the mouth quickly hints of citrus and sweetness at finish with a slight alcohol presence at the very end

M- Light carbonation with medium body and a good hop bite in the mouth.

D- Good drinking beer, each drink has so much flavor that it is really a beer you can take your time and savor, though I can't call it my favorite IPA, it is definitely up there and is a beer I will be looking for again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:25:17 | More by Spiekerbox
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spoons

California

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

A really superb looking beer. The color is a hazy orange with a great white head and nice sticky lacing.

The smell is a nice standout. Great hoppyness. Citrus/orange pine. Smells great.

The taste has a strange bitterness to it provided by the hops. Has a mild sweetness underneath the hop bitterness. Taste a little alcohol on the end.

This is a good beer but it doesnt leave me running for another one like some IPA's do.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 20:32:08 | More by spoons
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NefariousR

Texas

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

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale amber, slightly hazy with a thick, foamy white head.

S - Hoppy with very evident citrus notes. A bit of sweetness as well.

T - Hop-laden bite with citrus overtones and just a bit of malty sweetness in the peripherals.

M - Light-bodied with a hint of carbonation. Slightly sticky, but not thickly so.

D - While the hop influence is incredibly strong, this is still a very tasty and drinkable beer. Highly recommended for hop-heads.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:03:11 | More by NefariousR
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow orange in color with hazy color.
S - Grapefruit and piney hops.
T - Oh man wow! One of the greatest hop bite beers of the night!
M - Harsh yet drinkable and crisp.
D - It would have to be my go to IPA but now I have to try Arrogant Bastard to see which one is more hoppy!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 08:16:29 | More by DrDemento456
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rootbeerman

Virginia

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

poured into Duvel tulip

A: pours yellow/orange, slightly hazy, heavy pour caused a finger and a half head that has settled to a half finger well laced layer.
S: nice not to heavy hop citrus and a light pine. a light sweetness as well.
T: light hop citrus and pine, like a little brother to ruination, malt sweetness is also light and a bitter pine long aftertaste.
M: light carbonation, hops give good crispness.
D: very easy to put away, leaving me wishing this was a bomber and not the 12oz bottle that it is.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 06:35:52 | More by rootbeerman
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Adoxander

Oregon

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a clean snifter.
This beer is one of my favorite IPA's, a clean, grapefruit scents with a fresh piny undertone. Mouthfeel is light, slightly buttery with a crisp, hoppy finish.

For a straight IPA this beer is very hoppy. It is definitely not a great introduction to this style of beer, but is terrific for one who has acquired an appreciation for a delicious hop bouquet.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:51:48 | More by Adoxander
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This review will get a mug next to my name!!!! (nerdy excitement!!!!) This achievement clearly trumps a silly mug at Eli's. Had on tap at Plan B.

A - Orangey copper body with a nice white head. Looks pretty.

S - Nice citrus hops. Screaming for me to take a sip.

T - The citrus hops transition from nose hairs to my taste buds. A tiny malt backbone to balance it out nicely.

M - Very crisp bitterness that assaults the tongue with in a rage of passion.

D - Nice smooth hoppy beer that is very well balanced. Definatley one of my go to ipa's. Very glad they made it to CT so I can have it on tap. I had to finish it quickly so the family of hops were able to stay together. I don't want to be the kind of person that separates a family.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 18:39:13 | More by DNICE555
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chickenflea

Florida

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

A - Cloudy golden color with a one-finger white fizzy head. Good lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is citric, but not as with loads of heavy as some. Some floral undertones. Some other fruits also present, maybe peach.

T - Hops are featured up front and they are salty and wet. Sweet malts taste like honey and caramel. Long and bitter finish but not tonsil-twisting. Crisp.
end.

M - Medium body with a slightly sticky texture.

D - For all the trash talking on the bottle, this is a balanced American IPA. Very drinkable, But it's not something you want to hurry through. Savor it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:31:04 | More by chickenflea
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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