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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

7,994 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,994
Reviews: 2,732
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 177
Gots: 597 | 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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alexrichman

Oregon

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

Purchased at The Belmont Station in Portland, OR and poured into a pint glass.

A> This one pours a wonderful, cloudy, golden-orange with a 1 finger head that has great retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

S> Slightly yeasty with strong citrusy/piney hop aroma

T> Nice, light malt with a little bit of burnt/toasted flavor lying underneath the huge citrus/pine hop profile. A little bit of alcohol comes through. Good balance.

M> This beer feels great in the mouth, not too thick, not too thin. A little less carbonation then I was expecting but it suits the beer quite well.

D> I think most people wouldn't have any problem drinking these all nights, especially fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 22:43:29 | More by alexrichman
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into a shaker. My dad was kind enough to grab this for me on a recent trip to Las Vegas. He picked it up at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.

Pours a clear, bright yellow with golden hues and a fluffy white head that retains for the duration of the beer. Sheets of spotted lacing line the entire glass. Smell is a pungent bouquet of hops, with intense citrus fruit, pine needle, and lemon/lime aromas. Strong hop flavours burst onto the palate, producing a pronounced citric bitterness and juicy, clementine punch. Big flash of white grapefruit and lemony hops in the body. Lots of tang and spice. The bold hop flavours and aromas suggest the use of hop oil or extract. A weak malt backbone manages to cut the IBUs only somewhat, with a bit of sweetness, white bread, and crackers toward the finish. Aftertaste is not as bitter as I thought it would be. It's a strange comparison, but this resembles an amped up, American version of Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted.

Overall, this is a flavourful and interesting West Coast IPA, and I'm glad to have tried it. A great beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 07:47:00 | More by cratez
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BrandonWardlaw

Texas

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

What a fantastic brew.

A: A deep and golden honey color, with a very airy 2 finger head that dissipates to a thin, but appreciable head.
S: Hops. Citrusy and woody.
T: Hops. Lots and lots of hops. Finishes with an essence of citrus and pine.
M: Medium carbonation. Fairly unexciting.
D: Very high drinkability, but not one to throw back. Definitely a beer for sipping and savoring.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 00:09:21 | More by BrandonWardlaw
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timrosenblatt

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pine and grapefruit is apparent in the flavor. Smells very hoppy. The head looks soft and pillowy, like a really comfortable mattress, like I could sleep on it. A hoppy cloud. Super clear beer. The taste sticks around in my mouth, which is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 02:31:43 | More by timrosenblatt
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philbertk

Washington

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

Remarks
12 oz. Bottle.
Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich gold color. Rich hop front. Dry sweet citrus caramel crisp Pils malt body. Clean rich tangy hop spice end.Hoppy clean balanced mild sweet IPA. Deceptively rich and smooth. Classic West Coast San Diego IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:12:21 | More by philbertk
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jantonius

California

2.68/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice Golden Color with thick creamy head

S: Big Hops. Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons....Very Strong Nose.

T: Really nice California IPA, great citrus tones with a grapefruit finish

M: Medium body, slightly above average carbonation

D: Very well balanced beer from Stone, one of those beers that go well with anything. Nothing that impresses, but definitely consistent.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 02:56:27 | More by jantonius
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SammiJo

New Jersey

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

A-Golden color, clear body, fluffy white head, lacing down the glass

S-Piney hops with a touch of sweetness.

T-Hop flavor is multi-dimensional sweet citrus and piney at first with a bitter yet pleasant aftertaste. Malt flavor is not overly pronounced, but backs up the hops nicely. There is nothing unpleasant about the taste.

M- Balanced. There is a medium amount of carbonation. Not too heavy and not too light.

D- Very drinkable for any IPA lover. After finishing one, I could definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 22:45:24 | More by SammiJo
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Fillpott

North Carolina

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

Poured this from bottle bought at a local store. Poured it into a pint glass. It made a 1/8" off-white head that left a lot of lacing down the sides of the glass throughout the drinking of the beer. The smell was pine, citrus w/ a faint malt that is easily over-powered by the assertive hop smell. The taste is more hops. It is bitter, but the bitterness mellows quickly. This beer has a bitter, pleasant aftertaste. Despite the bitterness and assertive hops, the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. I find it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 02:36:13 | More by Fillpott
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mfkr

Sweden

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

A - Golden liquid that is a bit hazy, with a pure white head that leaves little lacing.

S - Hops, sweet malt, citrus, a hint of oranges, faint hint of grass.

T - Really hoppy, some sweet malt, citrus, some spices.

M - Thin body and weak carbonation.

D - A really nice IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 00:14:48 | More by mfkr
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

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

Poured into a standard unmarked pint glass. I picked this up in Hudson and enjoyed it while cleaning out/organizing the cellar.

The color is a deep golden color with a light tan fluffy head that has great retention and leaves lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is very hoppy, citrus and grapefruit and floral hops all shine in this one. It also gives off a strong cannabis like smell. This is pretty dang good.

The taste is dominated by hops, much like the nose, but there is also a significant malt backbone that comes through at cellar temperature. Very hoppy and straight forward, but very balanced and complex. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light appropriate carbonation. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is a staple in the world of IPA's. It's affordable, and widely distributed (but not widely enough!). It's good enough to hang with the big boys (Sculpin, Pliny) and cheap enough to win out over them most of the time. What a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:37:09 | More by Mistofminn
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fightingwords

Kentucky

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

A--golden apricot color. Chunky snow white head. Clings to the glass with every drink.

S--big classic Stome hop profile. Piney and dirty with a hint of citrus.

T--very balanced IPA with crisp but bitter earthy flavored hops. The smooth malt profile give the beer a refined subtle nature without taking away from the hop show.

M--medium bodied, but almost chewy mouth feel. Smooth and not overly oily finish.

D--so good, could put these away with predjudice.

One of the tip top IPAs, but these days the price is getting prohibative per 6 pack so it's becoming a treat rather than a regular.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:22:55 | More by fightingwords
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haddon

Kentucky

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

A- pours amber in color but when held to the light looks a lighter golden wheat color. frothy head that retains well. good lacing down the glass.

S- usual ipa smells that are a little more faint than others... hops, orange peel, pine & spice.

T- pine, bitter hops, citrus & grapefuits. light and crisp with a sharp bite on the end.

M- light body with not much carbonation

D- nice session beer. clean and crisp and a little subdued for an ipa. really enjoyed this beer...has the right mix of hoppy bitterness and pine for my palate

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:12:00 | More by haddon
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a a Stone Pint.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with a finger of milk-white foamy head that leaves a nice bit of lace as you drink.

Smells mainly of fruity, piney hops that pretty much dominate the nose.

A really nice bouquet of fresh, piney and spicy citrus hops that are dripping with flavor, then balanced by a slight bit of malty breadiness. Awesome flavor.

Thin but oh so smooth mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I could certainly drink several of these in one sitting. A lot of positive qualities about this IPA, and yet another solid brew from a very solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 03:24:04 | More by feelmefoam
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BigAl723

Michigan

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

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with a ton of little bubbles racing to the top of the pint glass. A nice one inch head that seemed to linger on for a while.

S: Well, let me first say this is one pungent IPA. Very fragrant and citrus like. Big hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerines, sweet hops, pine, all of the above. A real inviting smelling IPA.

T: Such a well balanced taste right from the get go. The hops are very unique in this one. They don't overpower you like Ruination but they certainly aren't weak by any standards. The taste definitely resembles the smell. Lots of big sweet hops, fragrant citrus, pine, orange, tangerines, etc.

M: Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, a great feel.

D: Outstanding drink on this one. So well balanced. The ABV is perfect, not too high and not too low. I could've drank pints of this all night.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever come across. The only thing that makes me mad is how long it's has been since I've had one. It's a regular again on tap so I'm sure I will be denting the keg quite frequently.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 15:48:08 | More by BigAl723
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

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

Pours a medium lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that lasts for a little while before slowly subsiding.

Aroma is very citric with an emphasis on lemon.

Taste reveals a light malty profile and pine notes in the back, but the hops largely give off citrus notes all around. I get lemon from start to finish with some orange and grapefruit to a lesser degree.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Ruination may be one of my favorite beers, but Stone's regular IPA is so much lighter while still being quite flavorful. It's not as crazy as Ruination but the hop presence is still amazing and I want to drink it all day. One of my all time favorite IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 06:06:34 | More by Vengeance526
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rfabian

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass it forms a 10 mm head that leaves ample lacing. The color is amber and clear. The aroma is strongly of citrus and grassy hops with little sweetness. The taste is also strongly of citrus hops and on the dry side with a little sweetness and lots of bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. One of these per evening is ample refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 00:39:15 | More by rfabian
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- A very inviting hazy golden color with a slightly orange tint. The head is roughly 2 fingers thick and gives a very pillow-y appearance as it dissipates leaving a nice thick lacing (more of a coating.)

S- Lemon zest, marijuana, bready malts. I'm actually getting a very slight amount of booze out of it too as it warms, but nothing alarming.

T- The "bready-ness" that I smelled in nose is the most evident player on the palate. Also, some lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue. Not much in the way of the citrusy hops that I get in the aroma (though faint.)

M- Pretty standard IPA. Possibly a little low on the carbonation scale, but nothing that detracts greatly from the overall quality.

D- Deceptively drinkable for nearly 7%. Nothing is too overwhelming, which is good except for with the hops, which I was hoping to be more prominent. All in all, a good beer and definitely one of the better of the widely accessible IPAs. I feel like this bottle might be a little older than I would have liked, but no dating system on the bottles so I don't know. I hadn't had it in months before tonight, but I remember having a bottle or two and definitely some servings from the tap that were slightly better, but my palate may has changed since then too.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 03:40:56 | More by mbudner
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jdense

Oregon

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

22 oz. bottle poured into Piraat snifter.

Pale Amber cloudy body, 3/4 finger white semi-rocky head, some lacing. Citrusy nose (grapefruit) some piney-ness, and bready malts. Taste is quite citrus, a bit sweet, meyer lemons? Above average mouthfeel and carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Maybe not as much of a hopbomb as most SD IPAs, but certainly an exemplar of the West Coast IPA style. Along with HUB and Bell's Two Hearted, one of the most balanced IPAs. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 03:32:35 | More by jdense
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UncleBubba

Florida

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

After recently trying some great IPA's from Smuttynose, and Dogfish Head, I was skeptical when i came across Stone IPA.
Now, all I can say is wow!!! This is a damn good IPA!!! To me it has the perfect balance of hoppiness/maltiness. Very easy to drink, and leaves me wanting more. Nice session beer. I'll definitely be purchasing more Stone IPA's in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:48:39 | More by UncleBubba
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microbrew52

California

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

This pours hazy yellow orange with a little small layer of foam at the top which will lace the glass slightly. It has a very fragrant like cologne. The taste is also bursting with flavor with lots of orange which pairs well this stones trademark hoppiness. Finishes dry and quick.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 05:30:01 | More by microbrew52
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BrewitYerself

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass; 40 deg F.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a copper hue. Thin white head, disippates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is of bright fruity/floral hops, some esters, some sweet malts, perhaps some grainy/toasted malt. Hints of honey, too.

Taste is slightly sweet and fruity upfront - mainly hops and esters. Bitterness explodes on the mid-palate, through to the finish. There are some sweet/grainy malt flavors, not enough to match the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice - moderate carbonation, slight chewiness, very smooth.

This is a tasty beer packed with hops. The bitterness is a bit sharp on the finish and a bit too astringent. Throughout the sample the hop aroma gave way to sweet malt and honey. The flavors kept going back and forth between pungent, pithy hops and sweet malt. The hops are very persistent on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 01:16:39 | More by BrewitYerself
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, murky gold with little, but persisting, sticky head. Smells like citrus, grass, and a faint note of pine needles. Taste is a tart citrus, and pine. Strong hops bitterness, but sweet maltiness, without being syrupy - it is surprisingly light and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:21:28 | More by kingjames1
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cvfish

Louisiana

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

A - This beer poured a deep golden color that produced a white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were hop dominated, orange, lemon and grapefruit flowers

T - The taste of this beer started with a light pale malty beginning, but soon was overtaken by the hoppiness of this beer, all the flavors that I got from the nose

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carboantion

D - I really do not know why this beer does not get more recognition, it is a great IPA and something I will be buying a lot of

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:46:11 | More by cvfish
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spencerw

Washington

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

I've read so many good things about Stone and this particular beer I thought I would try it. Not generally a big IPA fan but wanted to give it a shot.

A - The bear poured a very refreshed looking light copper honey, thick foam head that lasted for a minute or two then left a nice even lace along side the glass. Very good looking brew.

S - Pronounced malt and citrus smell. It was golden to the nose and smelled extremely quenching.

T - Decent malt, creamy sweetness at first then a blast of citrus hops! Very hoppy and pronounced and pretty much tingles your tongue for seconds after. Good balance and a good IPA if you like them...especially the more bitter ones.

M- Medium body, well carbonated and extremely fresh!

D- Very refreshing and could be a good session beer. I'm not even a huge IPA fan but I could see myself having a few of these. Would accommodate some great food very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 20:44:54 | More by spencerw
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srandycarter

California

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

I can't believe I had not rated this before.

A - Light orange honey, good off white head. Somewhat murky.

S - Deep malt and citrus.

T - I never really thought what a massive sweet core this one has, and so deftly squashed by the bitter of the hops. Good balance and begs for another taste.

M- Medium body, great carb and coating. Great Balance.

D - A classic. Quaffable to the extreme.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 04:06:58 | More by srandycarter
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,994 ratings.