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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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8,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,171
Reviews: 2,735
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 187
Gots: 686 | 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 johnwarne


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

A beer haiku for you:

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.


Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of Bajasith


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
Photo of 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
Photo of Spiekerbox


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
Photo of spoons


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
Photo of NefariousR


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
Photo of DrDemento456


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
Photo of rootbeerman


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
Photo of Adoxander


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
Photo of DNICE555


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
Photo of chickenflea


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.

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
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne


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

Poured from a 22oz. into a gigantic beer mug (34oz). Wish I had one a bit smaller... but it's nice to feel like a king.
Look: Super gold with what looks to be a nice, moderate amount
of carbonation. A nice finger and a half head. Wonderful lace retention.
Smell: Sweet, citrus with a very balanced malt background. It gets a 5 due to the balance, very, very nice.
Taste: Much like the smell, it has wonderful balance . The went very hoppy but made it nice and crisp. A little too much of the citrus hop flavor, but just a little, tiny bit.
Mouth: Good carbonation, goes down smooth but the aftertaste bitters up a little much.
Drinkability: A good choice for any IPA fans. Easy to session (just under 7%) and not too heavy in the belly. I like.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 19:56:16 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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New Mexico

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

Stone IPA bomber into .5L pilsner glass

Clear orange with gold highlights, two finger oranged tinted beige
foam that tracks monstrous lace. Retention is pretty good to boot.

Aroma is powerfully citric, with loads of underripe navel oranges,
green hop leafs, pink grapefruit, tangerines, floral, herbs, tropical
fruit. I think there may be just a wee bit of light caramel in there
as well.

Taste is big salty green hops, grapefruit, apricot skin, tangerines,
pale malt, and a long and bitter citric finish. Dry and crisp at the

Body is medium with a late blooming carbonation that is a bit prickly.

This is a hard hitting IPA that is too strong to session, but too good
to have just one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 16:29:21 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of AgentZero


3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale orangish with a huge bubble head that quited down rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S - Been drinking too many DIPA's, this smells pretty muted, but nice in what you get. Citrus and grassy hops smell mellow nicely but that's about it.

T - Smooth, come citrus hops, but nothing too grapefuity, a bit grassy, somewhat sweet, solid malt backbone to even it all out.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation, nice light drinker.

D - This is the type of IPA I would give to people who are looking to try IPAs for the first time, it's pretty unoffensive, no offensive hop tastes, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:55:04 | More by AgentZero
Photo of portia99


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

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, translucent and glowing pale orange color. A thick, rocky 3 fingers of foam rests atop this brew and exhibits pretty good staying power. After a couple of minutes the head falls sufficiently to allow drinking and leaves behind some loose but very sticky lacing on the glass. A beautiful pour.

S - Citrus and pine are the name of the game here. Oranges and grapefruit take center stage with the pine playing just a bit in the background. A small hint of alcohol enters the equation. Very nice example of a west coast IPA.

T - Very dry, bitter - very good...Citrus is prominant as with the aroma - grapefruit plays a big role...still getting some orange and pineapple enters the picture too. Pine is still high, but sits behind the citrus flavors. Alcohol also comes in on the inhale and continues to contribute a bit to the flavor too.

M - Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation level. Carbonation is enhancing the bitterness and gives a nice lively kick on the tongue and cheeks. Very dry feeling IPA...bitterness lingers long after the swallow and also some of the citrus stays behind.

D - This is one of those beers that reminds me how many great beers there are out there right now. This is an exceptional IPA but when I walk into my favorite beer stores, I tend to walk right by...it doesn't stand out to me on the shelves...seems "common". But, I'm glad to have picked up this one along the way. This is a great IPA that suffers from great availability. Very drinkable IPA, great west coast flavors, reasonable pricing...what more can you ask for. Think I have to revisit this one more often...hmm, wonder how many other great beers like this I just walk by in the stores.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 23:28:02 | More by portia99
Photo of phiberoptik


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be one of the staple IPAs according to hop heads I talk to. Decided to give it a try and must say it out works some Imperial/Double IPAs I have tried.

Poured into a "Sam Adams" Perfect Beer Glass.

Pale yellow with a small head. I LOVE the smell of this beer. If it was a cologne I could wear it!

The taste is hop heaven and it goes down smooth although I get a bit of a "tinny" after taste. Very light and not filling at all. I have to say I understand why this is a popular beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 20:41:18 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of juju7


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

Quite happy to finally try this much talked about IPA. Also happy to say it is as good as everyne says. Basically they have nailed the style of American IPA. Nailed and virtually trademarked it. Hops aplenty on the nose in the mouth and well after you've finished. Having said that, it is still very well balanced with the malt and carbonation all nicely in place. Great benchmark IPA. Can't wait to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 07:07:08 | More by juju7
Photo of zoso1967


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

Pours a surprisingly pale gold with a slight copper tinge. The head is fluffy light white and has great retention and ridiculous lacing. The nose is full of grapefruit and pine with just a touch of pot skunkyess. Sweet biscuit malt is also in the aroma. Flavor is wonderful with loads of American hop character. Grapefruit, pine, orange, floral and a hint of spice. It's all there folks. Strong bitterness, but this beer has a solid malt backbone that keeps it from being completely unbalanced. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with a sticky dry finish and lingering bitterness. The lighter body and dry finish makes it super quaffable. Could be hop addict's session beer if it had just a little bit lower of an ABV. Classic IPA, and one that I had forgotten how great it was. Glad I got a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:32:15 | More by zoso1967
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Really quite a nice amber/orange color, a fairly aggressive pour produced an enormous amount of white foamy head. Very nice sticky lacing as well.

As soon as I started to pour the huge aroma completely overpowered any other aromas in the room. My wife was cooking dinner, and as I started to pour, the smell of food seemed to dissipate and be overtaken by a huge citrusy, hoppy smell. Very nice

The hop flavor is nearly as dominant on the tongue as it is in the nose. Piney and bitter, lots of grapefruit and some orange zest, but the surprise is the malt presence. The sweet malty backbone really balances this IPA out. Medium bodied with a mildly sticky feel on the tounge. Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 15:13:46 | More by CBlack85
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 05.03.10, I wish they had the bottled on date since it is an IPA.

Pours into my american pint glass with a nice gold color and a foamy and rocky white head that takes a bit to recede leaving gobs of lacing.

It has a decent smell though not overly intense. It is very citrusy and zesty with also some herbal grassiness. There isn't much malt to the scent of this beer.

It is smooth and hoppy with a good amount of biscuity malt backing and a nice bitter finish. Luscious but insanely drinkable. This is the quintessential quaffing IPA.

The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied. This stuff is so easy to put back, it is like drinking water, far higher drinkability than a light beer especially when it is nice and warmed up.

Overall a great pick for American IPA if you want a superb quaffing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 02:27:58 | More by crossovert
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tullip

Appearance: Pale orange and very cloudy with a very stringy white head, average to above average for a west coast ipa.

Smell: Lotsa grapefruit and florals, makes me think it'll be a bit of a bitter bomb.

Taste: Same west coast hops coming through, cascade and the like. Overall what I'd expect for an overhopped ipa. The bitterness overtakes the hop character a bit, but still not too bad.

Mouthfeel: A slight bit sticky, about average.

Drinkability: While still a typical unbalanced west coast ipa, overall this really is pretty drinkable. When I wake up and am feeling that bittery grapefruity taste...this is my go to.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 01:50:47 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of backfat


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

pours a light amber/copper with a two finger white head. smells pungent and brilliant. sharp alpha acids, tropical fruits, citrus hops, granny smith apples, and mangos. the tastes is great, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. oily hops and huge fresh pine with a small malt base, a bit spicy. solid IPA. benchmark. this would be a great introductory beer for anyone 'crossing over'

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 18:40:10 | More by backfat
Photo of JunkYardJake


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

On-tap in imperial pint glass at Annie Bailey's.
Happy hour, $3 20oz pints of Stone, count me in! Nice looking IPA with a moderate head and good lacing. Smell is an assault to nose with a ton of citrus and a bit of pine. Taste follows with the nose plus some. A bitter-sweet citric parade fills the palate. The hop oils are ouzing out of every sip. Finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness. Dryness lingers on for quite awhile after a pint or two. Overall, a top notch IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 00:17:08 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Jeffo


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

Originally had a bottle of this that my parents picked up in PE and flew over at Christmas, but the bottle was a little old. Found a relatively fresh bottles at Geers in Gent, so was happy to give it another go.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thin looking white head with decent retention. Color is carrot red or orange peel with almost no carbonation. Head slowly recedes to a film and decent ring. Splotchy wisp remains, leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose of pale malts, pineapple, honeydew melon and some piney notes. Some floral hop aromas and quite fruity. Very nice.

TASTE: Pale malts, pineapple again, and lots of honeydew sweetness and bitter pine. Plenty of bitterness at the finish, with pine and citrus fruits. A big, bitter and fruity aftertaste lingers and lingers on the palate. Tasty brew, and bitter in the Stone style.

PALATE: Medium-full body and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: Say what you want about their marketing, but Stone is one of the most solid and consistently good breweries in the States. This was an enjoyable and tasty IPA, and if you’re a fan of bitterness, this will not disappoint. Admittedly, the first time I had this beer many moons ago I was not all that impressed, but freshness may have been an issue there. This bottle was great, so I’m glad I was able to have it again. Well worth picking up if you haven’t done so yet. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 19:22:31 | More by Jeffo
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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