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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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8,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,712
Reviews: 2,771
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 979 | 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 rickyleepotts
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I LOVE Stone. Nearly every beer they make is amazing. I am not sure I have ever had a beer they made that wasn’t just incredible. I have had this beer before, and being that I LOVE a good IPA, I have managed to find and order this time and time again. I prefer it on draft, but the point of this blog is not beers on tap, rather in the bottle. Anyway, let’s make our way through this tasty brew,

In the Glass: It looks like an IPA. Most of their beers appear more heavy in the glass and have a certain home brew look to them. Anyone that makes their own beer knows what I am talking about it. Regardless, it’s a good looking beer in the glass. There is little to no head, which is fine by me. Think barleywine.

Nose: It smells like an IPA! Actually, it smells like an IPA with a hint of orange. Not sure where that orange scent is coming from, but it gives it a certain “wetness” to the nose. We are drinking this beer cold, too, which is not how I would typically prefer an IPA. I like them halfway from fridge to room temperature for the true flavors. Speaking of flavor…

Flavor: Whoa! As I said, I have had this beer before. But here, drinking with purpose, I am able to enjoy it and take a little more out of it. The bitterness that you demand from a good IPA is immediately noticed when you take a sip of this beer. The way it dances across your tongue on the way down just begs me to take another sip. You swallow, and while the aftertaste (we’ll get to that) isn’t what you desire, it still tastes amazing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quick, wet, and cold. Of course, that’s because I am drinking the beer cold… but you get the idea. It has a hint of carbonation to it, but not too much to make you put the glass down. The best part of the mouthfeel is the end, when the beer is gone yet the flavors are still all over the palate. That is when you know you have a good brew.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is not what you expect from a beer with this much flavor. It’s there, and it lasts for a while but it’s nothing to write home about. It’s clean, crisp, and the subtle bitterness toward the end lingers for a while. It’s not one of those aftertastes that makes me want to stop and smell the roses, if you know what I mean. Regardless, this is a great beer, one that is easy to find, and is not very expensive. I will order this time and time again. Bottoms up people!

rickyleepotts, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours hazy, golden yellow with some white head and impressive lacing.

Smell is full of juicy hop aroma. Moist. Dank, pine and citrus notes complemented by some sweet grain. Grassy frutiness, pineapple, starfruit.

Big citrus notes in taste. Grapefruit, some earthier pine notes. Well balanced with a hint of sweetness, then big dry bitterness.

Medium bodied. Definitely session-worthy.

Classic West Coast IPA and a must-try beer for any hophead.

TheMultiYeast, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of hmf05
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just reviewed this one on tap, but I figured I'd review a fresh bottle. Pours a clear gold with a two finger head that sticks around. It is a little darker than a standard macro. Smells is wonderful. I get pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya. Smells juicy. Taste is a hop onslaught. Mostly citrus coming through with noticeable pine. Overall, I think I might actually prefer this bottled. Perfect representation of a west coast IPA. The only thing keeping this from being an A+ is the lack of any noticeable malt flavor. I know west coast IPAs tend to be all hops, but I prefer a little sweetness in my IPAs.

hmf05, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" off-white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Pine and citrus hops as well as honey malt.

T: The bitterness is aggressive up front but this quickly gives way to citrus hops in the middle and a finish with some pine and semi-sweet honey and nutty malt. Very interesting, and it keeps you coming back to re-experience the unique flavour profile. At 6.9% ABV, this beer hides the alcohol very well.

M: Medium viscosity and medium level of carbonation.

O: Very impressive IPA. More like an Imperial IPA meal in a glass, but who am I to complain.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of y2jrock60
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy light orange with a creamy white head that laces nicely.

S- Earthy and sweet piney hops aroma.

T- Sweet upfront with piney hop kick that's present in the middle of the sip and slowly lingers away. The finish is nice, it's not too dry and isn't overpowering.

M- Medium body with light carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable for an IPA. The bitterness is perfect, it doesn't hit upfront and fades nicely at the end of the sip.

Definitely one of the better IPAs. It is nicely balanced and is unfiltered.

y2jrock60, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of gregb13
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight over an awesome burger at Red Robin. Pours a beatifully inviting, frothy glassful of welcome. Nose is dominated by bitter citrus flesh, red grapefruit rind, citrusy hops. Taste follows the nose perfectly. Perfect carbonation. Goes down way too easy. Could drink all night.

gregb13, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous amber with a white one and a half finger head that slowly dissolved. Heavy lacing on the glass. 4.5

S - Fruity, hoppy aroma with a hint of banana, and pine resin. Very pleasant. 4.0

T - Extremely well-balanced. Strong citrus and resin flavors that are slightly sweet and hoppy supported by a malty aftertaste. The bitterness one would expect from an IPA is just the right amount for me. 4.5

M - Smooth and medium-bodied. Not too carbonated and not too thick. 4.0

O - I like Stone's IPA for its hoppy, pine character. It's much more true to my vision of an IPA than others I have tried. That being said though, I think I still prefer Bell's Two Hearted Ale to the Stone IPA in terms of flavor. Nevertheless, this is an excellent IPA that people should definitely give a chance. 4.5

rudolphjacksonm, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy light bronze with small particulates of yeast (?) hovering in the liquid; it is no doubt from the sedimentation that developed at the bottom of the bottle, which I thought was a little weird. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave trails along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: Dominant grapefruit and metallic hoppiness, a little bit of sweet malts, and lemon zest.

Taste: Much like the smell, it offers a nice, dominant, metallic and grapefruit hop bite, which really tickles the tonsils. It is loaded with hops, and it is beyond evident to me that I have not had anything this hoppy in a long time; each sip provides a massive dose of bitterness. Lemon zest and a little orange is also noticeable, but it obviously gets overshadowed by the massive hop characteristics. Toward the end, my taste buds finally adjusted and I was able enjoy it without the intense bitterness getting in the way.

Drinkability: It lacks complexity, but it packs a hoppy punch and offers major grapefruit flavor. It is now the definitive IPA in my book.

TheQuietMan22, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jvillefan
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a three finger pearl white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

S: Awesome. There is the bitter hoppiness that IPAs are suppose to have. In the background of the smell is citrus and a little pine.

T: There is obviously the intense taste of hops. The more subtle flavors are citurs, pine, and a little sweetness created by caramel.

M: The carbonation is heavy yet perfect. The beer could be a little smoother but a good texture.

O: Very good IPA. Among the best IPAs out there.

jvillefan, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential American IPA. Poured with a nice, large, off white, foamy, frothy, head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, citrus, pine, fresh baked bread, grass. Flavor is huge hop/malt bittersweet thing with perfect carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish has just the right length and is like flavor. This is beer baby.

drpimento, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Innocentexile
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12.oz into A Pint glass

A-Light amber and pretty hazy. little head that fades

S-to me, its got a real piney earthy smell. maybe like an air freshener. It's got character

T-reminds me of a grapefuity kinda taste, then comes the pine taste, then as it goes down your throat-hole, its got a nice bitter aftertaste. very smooth with little carbonation.

O-excellent, i love this brew. i recommend it, its totally worth it

Innocentexile, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of D11
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a hazy orange with a small head that doesnt last long.

S- sweet hops blended with sweet citrus. the hops and citrus reveal itself more as the beer warms up.

T- nice hops blended well with sweet citrus. some grapefruit but it was very sweet grapefruit. well done.

M- crisp, but not in a bad way. a light to medium body for an IPA. delicious.

O- i really enjoyed this beer. it is a really nice IPA and the ingredients in it are blended very well. very smooth. i would compare the flavor and mouthfeel to a Deschutes Mirror Pond but without the slight bitterness or tang that the mirror pond had.

D11, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a frothy three finger head with excellent head retention. Great thick lacing sticking all around the glass from start to finish. Hazy light orange color with yeast partials floating around the glass.

The aroma is sharp with citrus and pine hops. Biscuit malt, and even a hint of sweet malt.

The first flavors to hit the palate are sharp bitter hops. Hints of grapefruit, orange, pine, and hemp. Biscuit malts pulls through the hop. A touch of yeast with malt sweetness. This is a hop head's IPA but there is a balance.

Medium bodied easy to drink. Finished dry with bitter with hop lingering.

This America IPA is hop head's dream! Classic west coast IPA not for the faint of heart. In your face hops and easy to drink!

Luigi, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of CyclingLush666
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very nice, a dark amber orange color that lets you know right of the bat it is a genuine IPA. I really like the darkness because I enjoy a darker beer. And one of Stone's motto's is "Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies".

A very strong smell of hops and barley. I can't really smell anything else, and I don't think they want you to smell anything else.

The taste is great, and much more mellow than some of their other beers. The Arrogant Bastard and some of their other beers are almost too bitter, while this is very smooth for a Stone. I like their IPA a lot and could drink it all night.

The mouthfeel is nice as well, nice and smooth nothing that bites too much. But still this IPA has some balls, and may grab your taste buds if you do not normally indulge this kind of beer.

Go out and grab one of these. Their around 6 bucks, and a 22 oz with 6.9% alcohol by volume will take the edge off your day for sure. And if you don't like IPA I don't know why you are even reading this review.

CyclingLush666, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange; clearly unfiltered, or is that haze from the dry hopping?

Aromas begin with typical C-hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Definitely floral and juicy as well. None more dominant than the other. Light pale malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with abundant amounts of spicy, juicy hops. A full body supports this heavy load of hops with some bready malt flavors present to give this brew some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Big and full and the finish is as smooth as silk. No alcohol, mild carbonation and a hop bite come together to form a deceptively smooth and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a good IPA but not my favorite. A bit too much on the bitter side with a lacking hop flavor. Kind of forgettable and a bit of a palate wrecker because of the lack of a malt presence to balance the abundant West Coast C-hops.

claspada, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of donovanneb
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the standard for an everyday drinking IPA. The flavors are pouring out as soon as you dispense it into your favorite glass. The taste is an excellent hoppy, fruity, flavor that lingers in your mouth. Clean, incredibly well made, it’s a beer that I drink weekly and will continue to buy until they retire it, which I doubt will ever happen.

People need to understand that you don't need an overly hopped out beer in order to make it a good IPA. Reminds me of the wine industry and highly alcoholic wine with pruny, raisin flavors that so called wine drinkers started flocking to in the late 2000’s. This is an excellent IPA, well structure and just as advertised. Those looking for something overly hopped out in order to “get” this beer don’t understand the elegance that goes into beer making and IPAs.

donovanneb, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken several days ago. Served in a Schooner at The Iron Mule in Lake Forest. Disclaimer: not a fan of IPAs.

A: My glass had minimal head, and poor lacing but a nice light orange color. I might attribute the head to the bartender.

S: Hoppy, crisp.

T: Hops present, obviously. Not as strongly and bitter as I usually get from IPAs. I enjoyed it.

M: Great consistency, great feel.

O: New go-to IPA. Nice job Stone.

Murrhey, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange/amber with nice sticky white head.

S - Hops, citrus, and more hops.

T - Surprisingly not much flavor. Citrus, hops, and a light brown sugar malt. There's some citrus rind in here as well.

M - Light to medium-boided. Almost watery, but swallows nice and even.

D - I don't really understand this beer. There's not much here. It's watery and there's hardly any mouthfeel at all. Don't think I'd get this again. Not impressed.

jmerloni, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Hophead717
3.05/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, I'm very unimpressed by this beer. Definitely disappointed.

A: The beer pours a very nice golden brown from a 12 oz bottle with a 1.5-2 finger head after a slightly vigorous pour. The head disappates fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing along the side of the glass.

S: The first smell you get is citrus, specifically grapefruit. A light grassy/piney smell follows and you can pick out some bitter hops.

T: Similar to the nose, only with a very bitter hop flavor coming across. Grapefruit and citrus notes pair with grassy hops before the taste is overwhelmed by bitter notes. If you like your IPAs bitter, you may enjoy this. There's a little malt underlying the beer, but you have to look to find it. Overall, the flavor is fairly weak, though a touch of bitterness sticks with you through the finish.

M: Very carbonated and light.

O: Meh. If you enjoy really bitter IPAs, you'll be a fan. I enjoy bitter hop tastes, but the thinness of the beer and overall light flavor is disappointed. I wanted a lot more from Stone and the beer did not deliver.

Hophead717, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Keithstone44
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is hazy-golden in color, with a slim 1-finger head. This is a very aromatic beer with lots of floral and citrus notes; I also detect a little honey at the tail end. At first taste, the grapefruit and citrus flavors are very evident, as well as a noticeable hop-bitterness that is strong but not overpowering. The body of this beer is exceptional, for it accomplishes being creamy yet highly-drinkable. The carbonation is a little much, but the taste outweighs this minute flaw. In comparison to other trademark IPA's. this brew holds its own with ease.

Keithstone44, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Crundy
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orange gold color, thin white head

smell: orange, bready hop, sweet fruit, pine

taste: big hop flavor and pine and bread taste right up front, some sweet malt flavor and a little bit of citrus, quite bitter aftertaste

Mouth feel: dry mouth feel, medium bodied, a good amount of bite from the carbonation

overall: I loved the smell, and was very surprised by the taste, I'm not usually a huge fan of super hoppy bitter beers but this one wasn't half bad. Overall I really liked this beer, great combination of flavors.

Crundy, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very large head and a copious amount of lace. Opaque golden amber color. Smell is bright and citrusy with lots of caramel sweetness and tropical fruits. A touch of pine and yeasty doughy sweet rolls. Taste super. Sizable malt front is quickly enveloped by lots of grapefruit. A nice amount of caramel and multigrain dinner rolls for a backbone. Hops are full of oily citrus notes. A bit of mint as well. Finish is very dry and long with hop oil dripping from every part of my mouth. Feel is crisp and mildly effervescent with a medium light weight. A top flight beer that just does it better than most. Wow.

scootny, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Playa Grill & Margarita Bar in San Diego, Calif. Color was orange blossom honey, kind of clear. Not much head when I got it, but probably originally an inch. Bubbly white lacing on the top. The film was scattered throughout.

Smelled of citrus hops with light lemon leading the way. Some bitterness at the end.

Quick citrus up front, giving way to a sharp and strong alcohol bite. Crisp, clean and some bitterness at the end.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

A pretty good beer overall. I’d definitely give it another go.

BucannonXC5, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Philousa
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sits an opaque gold in the glass with a good amount of head. Lacing is great, leaving a trail of your Stone experience like rings in a tree trunk. A complex hop profile greets the nose. It's earthy, citrusy, floral, and light with some bitterness. Pale malt meets the tongue first, tasting fruity with higher temperatures. This fades to bitter with hints of earthiness. The bitterness is a kick, but not overwhelming. There are some yeast flavors in the brew if you're looking for it, which speaks to the delicateness of this beer. The mouthfeel is balanced. Lots of carbonation, but it isn't harsh on the tongue or throat. Stone sure picked their yeast carefully. It feels a bit too malty at first, but it lightens up due to the carbonation.

This is a model IPA that should be followed, if not replicated, by other breweries. Many say that Stone is too bitter or hop crazy, but when you compare this IPA to others (such as Lagunitas or DFH), you notice this is much more delicate than its competitors. There are floral and fruity undertones to this beer that you just don't get with others. Now it must be admitted that I'm a bit partial, since Stone introduced me to the wonderfulness known as hops, but I think there is a reason I listened when they spoke. Stone knows what they're doing here, and anyone with taste buds will sit a little straighter and take note. Cheers!

Philousa, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No best by date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a large, 2cm-plus, off-white head of fairly large bubbles, which makes it look a bit cumbersome and strange. Deflates slowly, leaving significant lacing in small streaks. Body is a deep and cloudy orange-yellow color, very intriguing and enticing. Carbonation and sediment visible. Good overall.

Aroma of pine and citrus with a bit of faint malt in the background for balance. I like this, but think it could actually be a notch stronger and stand out all the more while still being balanced.

Strong malt backbone with plentiful citrus and pine hop flavors swirling around this central pillar. Intermediate flavors of hop bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Definitely a hop-forward brew. Aftertaste is crisp, biscuity, and bitter with hints of grapefruit rind.

Strictly medium-bodied with noticeable carbonation, but nothing excessive or uninviting. Good for the body's heft and style. Finish is dry and slightly sticky either from resins or sugars.

This is an excellent AIPA, as most seem to agree upon. I would appreciate a deeper aroma, but the core of this beer is entirely strong; I wouldn't change a thing if it meant altering some other aspect of it.

falloutsnow, Oct 12, 2011
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,712 ratings.