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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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8,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,208
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 194
Gots: 710 | 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 jpmclaug

South Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Amber color with a thin white head. Bubbles are running up the side of the glass

S - Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of pine. However not the most fragrant beer around.

T - rather balanced for an IPA, especially one from stone. Good mix of biscuity malt with citrus hop flavors up front. Finishes with a lingering piney bitterness. Solid flavor profile.

M - spot on mouth feel. Enough carbonation without being overwhelming, medium body with a hint of stickiness that I enjoy in my IPA's.

D - Pretty easy drinking IPA. I enjoy this one and would drink it again but wouldn't go crazy trying to find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 23:06:13 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of AdamGarcia


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint

A: Beautiful hazy gold. Bright custard head is firm and lasts. Lacing is great. Some copper highlights in the body of this beer.

S: Piney goodness. Bright hop aroma abounds.

T: A little spicy up front. Slightly vegetal. Some fresh pine. Finishes with juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and valencia orange. Delicious.

M: Prickly carbonation. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: I find this beer to be pretty drinkable, but it is very bitter, so 1 or 2 may fatigue some palates.

Just finished a HopDevil prior to this and I have to say this was a great exercise in how different (but still delicious) American IPA's can be. If HopDevil is the quintessential East Coast IPA, then Stone is it's West Coast counterpart. Just as I said of HopDevil I'll say of Stone IPA, it's readily available and relatively affordable so if you haven't had it - what the hell are you waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 07:46:35 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of levifunk


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

sample poured from a 22oz bottle.

a - yellow pour. white head.

s - floral hops. citrus.

t - more bitterness than I was expecting, but less overall flavor. floral. orange citrus.

m - medium body. good carbonation

o - far from a hop bomb, but quite good. would enjoy having again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:10:11 | More by levifunk
Photo of sixerofelixir


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

12 oz bottle. I've sampled many formations of this beer, but my review is from a 12 oz'er that says enjoy by 06 13 10.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white, patchy, head. First whiff is pure IPA kindness, very pronounced hops on the nose. First taste is the same. The hops are the star, but let the other flavors act as good support. Pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet malts. Outstanding beer. Nicely balanced. Feel is nicely complex, creamy and smooth, but with a daggered hops edge. Doesn't finish as dry as I expected. High drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:49:37 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of BeerBeatnik

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks, smells and tastes like an IPA. Nice beer. There are better out there. I liked it. I think if everyone tasted this blind -- without knowing who made it -- they might just find it a good competent IPA. I think the Stone reputation here has more to do with the high rating than actually tasting it objectively.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 11:32:52 | More by BeerBeatnik
Photo of wesclaypool


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

A - cloudy appearance with a bright orange color. Off white, frothy head.

S - before the cap was even fully removed the smell of hops hits you. Then, the orange aromas start to come through.

T - big hops here, but not overwhelming. The citrus, mainly orange and lemon, are very distinct.

M - medium body with a lot of crisp on the tongue.

D - just a fantastic, mellow IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:21:40 | More by wesclaypool
Photo of Stigs


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

16oz pour at Fathead's, served in an English style pint glass

A - pours with a half inch or so of foamy, cream colored head...retains rather nicely and leaves some sticky lace down the glass. the beer is a dark honey color with a bit of haze.

S - hoppy with emphasis on citrus notes: orange rind, melon, pineapple but also some assertive grass for an extra punch. straightforward but nice.

T - damn, i always forget how delicious this one is because its so readily available. intense citrus hops with some earthy grass and pine as the final kicker. malts are just there as a backbone for the hop attack. wonderfully "balanced" for a hop head. MORE.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is lively yet in control. leaves mouth feeling a bit sticky with hop resin, very clean and crisp.

D - one of the best IPA's to eat with spicy food, this is a classic that often gets overlooked yet its still at the top. wonderfully hoppy yet drinkable, hard to only have one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 14:22:48 | More by Stigs
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the four taps at Pay and Take, Flagstaff.

Came in a pint glass, slightly cloudy and orange in colour, more orange than the amber body I was expecting, full white head at first, soon only a wisp and collar.

Very hoppy in aroma and taste, the citrus smells from the aroma hops disgiuised the bitterness that was to follow in the taste.

I quiet enjoyed the beer, the bitterness continued throughout the tasting, even the aftertaste was all hop and no hint of any malt content could i find anywhere within the brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2010 13:04:06 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of jbowers56


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

Wow I was excited to try this beer.

Looks good. Not great. A cloudy orangey yellow with a nice nearly white head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves ok lacing. Edit, must have had a less than perfect glass. This time it looks great, plenty of lacing, though the head does fade quickish so its a 4.5 not a 5.

Smells great. Infact, I cant fault it. Im going the 5. I get rich citrussy flavours, which are integrated superbly well with the caramelly notes from the malt. Grapefruit, pine, pineapple - its all there and wonderful.

For me, a perfectly balanced IPA. Bitterness is big, and doesnt make any apologies about it. However, it sits atop a very good malt backbone offering caramel-like sweetness to support the hop assault. The hop profile in the nose translates well. Could be perhaps a tiiiiny bit more hop flavour, which is why im giving it a 4.5 not a 5. That may be due to the journey it's been on though.

Feels exceptional in the mouth. Smooth, but doesnt stick around too long and the huge hop profile leaves that typical dryness on the walls of your mouth. This is the kind of beer that, for me, deserves an unreasonably high rating. It is pretty much everything I would want in an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 08:52:01 | More by jbowers56
Photo of nano


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

A - golden with a nice head

S- citrus a lot of hop

T - very bitter, very citrus

M- medium body, good carbonation.

D- exelent IPA I love this one of stone

This is my first review and I,m happy that Was with this beautiful IPA I hope that soon we can get this beer in a better price I buy itt for 7 dls aprox ( the bottle)

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 22:42:33 | More by nano
Photo of Schmit


3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle after a long day at work. If you like imperial IPAs, you'll like this one. Forms a good head. Dark coppery color, and a tad murky. Smells good. This beer is very rich, and tastes more like an imperial IPA than just a regular one. It's hearty with a good sweet-bitter balance. Unfortunately not really what I'm usually looking for in an IPA--just a little too intense for casual drinking. It's a tasty ale, very indulgent.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 06:54:11 | More by Schmit
Photo of nova009


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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

A: bright golden copper with nice foamy head.

S: great amount of hops and citrus.

T: bitter like any good IPA. Fairly strong amount of spiciness.

M: decent carbonation with a medium body mouthfeel.

D: goes down easily. one of my favorite summer IPA's

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:55:45 | More by nova009
Photo of AleWatcher


3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into standard pint glass--

It is a darker golden color, with bone white head rising 3 fingers. Very thick sheets of lace.

Sweet malty smell and a piney/resin hop presence. Taste has sweet caramel malt with a pine hop bitterness. Huge abrasive bitterness. The hop oil really coats your mouth and teeth, leaving everything feeling dirty and gritty.

This has good carbonation, but overall, this just isn't my preferred take on an American IPA. There is really not a whole lot of "taste" or flavor to this, just huge bitterness. It feels like that was the intent though, so I'm not giving this a negative review. I would prefer a Bell's Two Hearted over this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 02:51:52 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Pittsburgh


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

Bomber, poured into a pint glass, looks awesome, smells awesome as well, I am ready to try this beer. Bitter for an IPA, but the bitterness is welcome, I actually like this better than the ruination, because it is not over the top with bitterness.

Very hoppy, as I expected from a Stone IPA, hits you in the mouth, no disappointment here, most of the taste is the bitterness of the hops, I can catch a little sweetness as well, but I do feel the bitterness can be a little over-powering and mask other flavors in the beer. Maybe that is the intent. I have noticed I have had these a little after the drink before date, maybe they are not as fresh as they need to be, and something is getting lost. But I feel there is a lack of complexity in this beer that is lacking.

I do like the beer, definitely is a quality IPA that I will be drinking when I can, but I do feel some flavors are dominant and you are not able to taste other things in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 22:43:40 | More by Pittsburgh
Photo of Natural510


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

12oz bottle with a best-by date of 7/06/10 subtely stamped on the back.

A solid-gold color with amber tinge pours a frothy white head resembling melted ice cream. Sturdy, lasting carbonation.

Dry, leafy, herbal hop scent with an understated sugar-malt sweetness.

Flavor is smooth, herbal statement of hops. Very dry, earthy with only a hint of malt sweetness. Fairly light and quite refreshing on the palate. Not quite the puckering bitter, astringent effect you get from some IPAs, but instead a cleansing hoppiness which is dangerously drinkable.

Excellent alternative for those who tire of sweeter IPAs. Some may regard this as one of the gold standards in "West Coast IPAs" for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 12:59:31 | More by Natural510
Photo of Ezone024


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks cloudy orange with a 1 inch creamy head, leads on buttery biscuit with hints of citrus and pine, it has a lot going on in aroma and taste, very complex. taste has a bitter end with a bready initial taste. the bitterness is more piney than citrus. the mouthfeel and the flavor go along together.
at 6.9 abv this certainly is very drinkable. however at 11.99 a 6'er around here. i can pick out about 20 beers that are cheaper and better.

pick some up if you're rollin in the dough.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 19:08:56 | More by Ezone024
Photo of jpittman80


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

A - Pale orange with finger of off-white head that lasts. Pretty.

S - Citrusy, piney, hops. Also, some biscuity malt flavor sneeks in.

T - Hop resin, mostly the citrus and pine that you pick up in the aroma, but also scallions/onions. I wouldn't say this is bad though, it blends in well in the finish. Good malt sweetness to balance. Lasting hop bitterness.

M - Silky smooth, soft carbonation, medium body.

D - This is a joy to drink. Very tasty, satisfying, and refreshing.

I actually like this better than Ruination. I feel it has more balance. Top-notch IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 02:57:37 | More by jpittman80
Photo of Zekezilla


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I'm just starting to appreciate hoppy beers and this is the hoppiest beer I've tried so far. Delicious herbal and pine flavors come through extra strong, incredibly crisp, dry beer..but smooth all at once. Nice head retention. Looking forward to trying other offerings from Stone. If you're into hops, give this one a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:34:41 | More by Zekezilla
Photo of industrialswill


2.23/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This bottle was bought at a local supermarket with a best by date of 6/15/10.
Poured into a beer glass with a big, thick head.
Had to do some emergency sipping to prevent a spill over.
My first impression of the smell left me very eager to take this encounter to the next level and take a gulp.
I've heard so much great stuff about Stone products, so my expectations coming into this session are very high...but OMG, this stuff is sour. I might detect some clove, if so, that would explain this reaction I'm having. There is some citrus note struggling to present itself , but it keeps getting slammed back by the taste of turpentine and who knows what gawdawful spice that dominates.
Either I got hold of a bad one, or we just have "a failure to communicate" going on here.
I'll go back to drinking my Torpedos in ignorant bliss, I guess.
In retrospect, the letter grade that this reviewer gives this brew is higher than my overall impression of what I just drank...the difference is how BA assigns value to aspects of the beer [like appearance]that do not count at the end of the day, but helped to jack up the score here.
I would personally rate this beer a solid "D-" if all there was to consider was what I just drank.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 20:00:17 | More by industrialswill
Photo of Ricelikesbeer


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

A: gold and slightly copper, with a nice clarity. Large rocky head and sticky lace.

S: Orange, Bread notes, and sweet, sugary smell I can't quite place. Some light fruit scent as well, maybe a little bit of peach?

T: Bitter and slightly acidic tasting up front, and sweet and smooth on the end, just as a good ipa should be. I detect citrus, sweet bready flavor, a hint of a yeast characteristic, which is intriguing, since most ipas are super clean. This one is still clean, but has a little bit of estery flavor to it. Nice and dry in the finish.

M: Very good mouthfeel, Nice and chewy for an ipa. I sense a good amount of body from the crystal malts.

D: you could knock a sixer of these back in a sitting! The dry finish and the hoppy sensation is quite refreshing. the beer is sweet and full enough to please your palate as well. All around an interesting and good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 04:36:52 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Photo of BobJustBob

New Mexico

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 16 Oz. dimpled mug.
Where do I start?!
From the immense delicious head and traditional strawberry blonde haze that typifies a classic IPA to the intense spicy hoppyness, this is one incredible American-style IPA. Probably the best one I've tried yet.
The lacing is worth a note. It covers the whole glass, right to the bottom.
One point I need to make about this Beer, is that it isn't Hopped to the point where the Malty character doesn't come through. It's there, sure enough and perfectly balances the brew.
Although the ABV is fairly low, a few of these at the bar would still warrant a designated driver. It hits the brain like liquid Marijuana! Be advised and drink (ir)responsibly. (and I'm no light-weight.)
This is a classic that nobody should go through a lifetime without trying.

Every time I do an IPA tasting, this one still comes out on top.
If there was a higher rating than an A+ I would give it to this Beer. The bottled version is astounding. On tap, it's enough to provoke spontaneous combustion.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 17:58:54 | More by BobJustBob
Photo of KickInTheChalice


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

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

Appearance: A very hazy golden color, with a bubbly, rocky head. Decent retention, and nice lace stick.

Smell: Floral and herbal hops. Surprising spicy aroma.

Taste: No real malt presence, we go straight the a strong hop taste. I really enjoy the herbal spiciness that protrudes and stays through the whole sip. There is still a nice sweetness here. Strong hop bitterness during the sip, and the aftertaste is quite bitter as well.

Mouthfeel: One thing I will never say about a Stone Brew is that it is not smooth, and this is no exception. Medium carbonation, but with a strong taste it drinks with a medium / full body.

Drinkability: West coast ultra hopped tastiness. Not for the faint of palette. It would be natural to think a beer this hoppy would not be drinkable. Stone is insulted by that way of thinking, don't let it happen again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 04:29:46 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of generalnotsew


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

A: Beautiful white fluffy head that takes up half my Duvel tulip and color is bright yellow and amber.

S: Sweet, tart, tangy. Very much grapefruit but a lot sweeter. Hops aren't really that prominent to me in the nose.

T: Nice little hop kick upfront with lots of fruity and tangy notes. Has a very clean finish.

M: Has a nice thickness to it almost in a thick stout category to me. Lays nicely on the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking. Hard to not gulp. Carbonation and thickness is spot on.

This stuff is crazy. It is an IPA that drinks like an DIPA. How do they pack all that flavor into this beer? Stone are masters at their game.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 15:43:15 | More by generalnotsew
Photo of hdog09


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

-Poured a light amber color

-Strong and evident smell from the hops, always a good sign

-Right amount of hops, malt, and carbonation, tastes great

-Excellent IPA, one of my favorites, highly recommended. Only downside to this is beer is that it tend to be pricey.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:20:53 | More by hdog09
Photo of freescribbles


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
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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