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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

8,538 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,538
Reviews: 2,756
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 221
Gots: 891 | 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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a pale yellow with a golden orange hue, silky shiny head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Soapy citrus and pine hops, sweet lemon, touch of bubble gum. Reminiscent of Thrills bubble gum.

T - Sweet floral hops with a soapy flavour that lingers. The hops are quite bitter, yet not offensive. The sweetness really sets this apart from your standard hop bomb IPA's, and makes it quite delicious.

M - Medium bodied ale that possesses a slight prickliness going down, yet finishes with the perfect amount of dryness.

D - A very tasty IPA, loads of hops with a nice bitterness that makes it easily drinkable. A light and floral hop offering and easily a hop head favourite.

02-21-2011 21:19:16 | More by andrenaline
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yisseroff

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a honey-orange into my trusty Woodstock pint glass. Head? MIA for the most part. Visible carbonation for the first minute or so, but it went away with the head.
Overwhelming pine/citrus combo on the nose. What I'd expect from an IPA, but nothing too groundbreaking. Maybe a hint of grapefruit there.
This was a well-hopped beer, but the bitterness was not overwhelming. Really fresh citrusy fruits in drinking this beer- like taping a sip and then biting right into a fresh citrus fruit.
Great mouthfeel, medium bodied. Very drinkable, I see myself enjoying another one in the future.

02-21-2011 02:31:31 | More by yisseroff
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ehammond1


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle (2011)

Costco
Vista, CA

A hazy, golden orange with amber edges and a moderate white head that sticks around. Leaves rings of lace down the glass with every big sip.

Grapefruit and lemon and orange rind in the nose. What I smell is blissfully hoppy, but I remember it having a stronger and more pungent aroma in earlier tastings.

An exceptional spectrum of flavors including: initial bitterness, hoppy citrus, and then a bready and biscuity flavor near the end.

Smooth yet full and rich mouthfeel. This beer invites you to drink more of it.

Very close to a perfect IPA. I feel lucky to live a "Stone"'s throw away from the brewery.

I've had incredible success transitioning BMC drinkers to craft with this beer. Everyone I introduce it to seems to marvel at it, changing the way they look at beer; and the more I drink it, the more I love it.

Exceptional.

02-20-2011 23:27:10 | More by ehammond1
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - pours a clear pale ale, some good carbonation in the middle of the glass, nice white head, disappears to some nice lacing.

Smell - very good smelling, i can pick up pine, some floral accents, there is also some earthy tones.

taste - well balanced beer, i can pick up the pine and floral hops right off the tops. the earthy tones come in near the end, there is a slight bitterness but well balanced.

mouthfeel - very good amount of added carbonation makes this beer more enjoyable. the bitterness increases along with the pine/floral taste.

drinkability - could drink this beer all night, this was my first stone and i loved it.

02-20-2011 14:17:54 | More by Swedes21
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A - crystal clear golden, short white head that left lacing all the way around
S - a very herbal hop note a lot like me of Mary-J, crisp toasted grain, a little perfume on the finish, very clean
T - herbal and perfume hop flavours, sharp toasty grains, grapefruit citrus, and just a little bit of ginny pine flavour
M - light and extremely crisp and clean, finishing with a nice hop bitter
D - this is a hop heads prayer answered, so crisp and clean with a great flavour mix, and blackout drinkable at 6.9%

02-20-2011 05:01:05 | More by joemcgrath27
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patriot76

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%

12oz. bootle served in a pint glass

A- Clear, golden in color with a beautiful 1 inch head thick head. Nice looking amount of bubbles springing up from the bottom. Head retains very well. Great lacing.

S- Piney, floral hops abound with a hint of grapefruit. Very floral aroma. Some grassy citrus aromas as well. Hops dominate the nose and I love it.

T- Talk about a full flavored beer. This one lives up to the hype. A hop explosion starts it off with a sublte malt character that leads to a warm finish with a slight alcohol feel. Every inch of the palate enjoys this IPA. Just the right amount of lingering hop bitterness.

M- Great feel for an IPA of this caliber. An almost creamy mouthfeel that has wonderful bitteness and depth.

D- Even though the hops dominate this one it is very drinkable. Overall, a very good American IPA that is extemely well rounded. I'm going to have to grab this again next time I see it.

02-20-2011 03:14:15 | More by patriot76
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sweett3k

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours nice and crisp into my pint glass. Copper color, small head, nice carbonation. Smells of citris, pine and floral. Taste of hops and honey. Nice light IPA flavor easy to drink. Not bad for a west coast IPA. No match for Sothwest Michigan IPA. Nice try Stone!

02-20-2011 02:58:56 | More by sweett3k
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airheadmtrcycle

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

My 100th review on BA! I wanted to make it something special. I purchased Stone IPA and Ruination at Smyrna World of Beverage. Their "beer geek", Jake, suggested both. Thanks pal! I chose the IPA. I've never had either that I remember. I generally avoid Stone due to the strange descriptions on their bottles.

Pours a beautiful slightly opaque orange (my wife says it's more caramel or golden) into a Duvel tulip glass. The head is two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves thick, sticky lacing behind. It makes me think I should downgrade the other 5's I've given for appearance.

The aroma is strong of pine and citrus hops: lemon peel, orange and tangerine. The citrus is sweeter, rather than bitter like grapefruit. However, once I take a sip, I do get some grapefruit balanced with sweet malts and then a semi-bitter finish. Stone IPA is really a delicious and balanced IPA. My impression of Stone beers is that they want you to think everything they brew is over-the-top and extreme, but the only thing extreme about this one is it is extremely delicious and refreshing. It's more balanced and should have more mass appeal than their propaganda suggests, which I'll disregard from now on.

The more I progress through this bomber the more bitter hop character I get. Still it never seems out of balance; there's always some sweetness and body there as well. The mouth feel is medium with just enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. The 7.7 abv is completely undetectable in the taste, but left me with a little buzz that sneaked up on me.

Stone IPA made for a perfect early evening on this unseasonably nice mid-February day. It went well with a Nicaraguan puro cigar, an aged Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic robusto. This IPA is as good as any of my favorites and will surely be a regular in my fridge from this day forward.

02-19-2011 23:19:55 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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mjrod2142

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz. poured into a Perfect Pint glass

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a thick white head that stood very firm. It has a bright citrus aroma that's distinctly orange and fresh-cut grass.

The bitterness doesn't bite like I expected it too, but rather the flavor mellows out to a buttery finish. To me, this is a unique tasting IPA, but extremely enjoyable. I'm not sure what to make of the buttery flavor I'm picking up, but it's very interesting.

Very drinkable and highly recommended.

02-19-2011 20:19:31 | More by mjrod2142
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

12 oz bottle. Pours golden hue with a white, foamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Light-medium, tangy body. Citrusy hops dominate the flavor with a biscuit malt provide good balance. Finish is long lasting, dry and hoppy. It's a good IPA like many others.

02-16-2011 14:44:30 | More by mikeg67
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle drank from the bottle... kind of depressed and don't feel like doing dishes tonight.

A- Appears semi cloudy through the bottle and has a thin head just from me sippin...

S- Sweet, fruity, and a nice little malt backbone.

T- Balanced, malty, and very nice fruit hop presence.

M- Smooth and great!

D- The best (single) IPA i've ever had!

02-16-2011 02:12:46 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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r0nyn

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a bomber into my Stone pint glass (what else?). Best by 4/10/11.

Pours a light mandarin orange hue, with a half inch white head that dissipates gradually. Leaves a ton of lacing coating the inside of the glass. Gobs of soapy bubbles just hang there, lazy as you please. It's pretty transparent, with good clarity. Smell has the characteristic hop bouquet of good IPAs, along with some subdued notes of pine. There's also a definite malt undertone that has nuances of citrus and other fruits. Interesting and quite welcome.

Initial sip yields a sweet, malty presence with lots of fruitiness. Slight hints of caramel accentuate the bittersweet grapefruit that appears to complement the malted beginning. Hoppy bitterness comes along next, with plenty of pine to go around too. It coats the tongue and rides into the aftertaste, which lingers for a good minute before disappearing. Quite a nice balance between the two contrasting tastes Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp texture. Slightly drying finish, with a bit of a bite as well.

Drinkability is actually pretty good. Not really a hophead, but I'm trying to expand my palate and beers like this give me hope that some IPAs might just be for me. Really a very nice beer to sip and savor through the course of an evening. Cheers to Stone Brewing for another quality brew.

02-15-2011 05:15:52 | More by r0nyn
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

12oz bottle, best by 3/16/11, poured into nonic pint

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color, with about a finger of white head which subsides to leave a white coating over the beer's surface. Some spotty lacing.

S: Bitter pine hops dominate here, with some citrus accents- particularly from grapefruit. I'm picking up a little of a caramel malty flavor, but its sweetness is hidden behind the hops.

T: Pleasantly bitter; not much balance on the sweet side of things but the hop flavors are so enjoyable that it doesn't matter. Grapefruit really comes out in the flavor, along with a hint of florals.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, a bit of a lingering, sticky finish, which really helps the hop flavors linger on the finish.

D: A good beer and one that's easy to drink, but I'm not sure I'm interested in the flavors enough to look for a second glass of this right away. Nonetheless, a beer I'll be having again.

02-15-2011 04:11:38 | More by AwYeh
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Pours a light orange with a large 3 finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Very forward in hops, good citrus on the backend. Smells of orange, grapefruit, and zest. Very nice.

T - Quite a bit of fruit in the front. Good amount of piney hops, fairly well balanced, but perhaps a little too fruity.

M - A good balance in the mouthfeel. A decent amount of carbonation.

D - Very drinkable. This beer doesn't overwhelm at all. Carries the ABV very well

Overall, just a solid IPA. It doesn't bring anything new or outstanding, but is just very solid. Does not disappoint

02-14-2011 14:17:57 | More by BeerBuckeye
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bboelens

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip.

A-Orange with hints of gold and ruby throughout, a large off white head is formed lasting for a good amount of time before dissipating into excellent lacing.

S-Hops punch you in the nose straight off the bat, then you're reminded there is a solid citrus and honey smell to go along with the hoppiness

T-Very similar to the smell, hops and grapefruit, a touch of golden honey and a nice malt presence as well.

M-Crisp and clean, medium bodied with a slight alcohol sting and excellent carbonation.

D-I don't know what it is about the boys over at stone but they have never let me down, another fantastically drinkable beer and another job well done.

02-14-2011 06:55:00 | More by bboelens
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patpbr

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Appearance - lighter color then expected. some shade of bronze

Smell- Hops. like the back says big hop aroma

Taste- this is where the beer shines. Hoppy pine also some citrus mainly orange

Mounthfeel - nice level of carbonation with a refreshing hoppy after taste. The best part of drinking this beer

Drinkability - this is the first of the six pack. easy to drink, some bitterness, nice to have by your side on a cold night.
One of the best

02-12-2011 01:35:29 | More by patpbr
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aasher

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%

This is the final beer of my Stone "kick". This beer pours a thin burnt gold with a one finger white head. The aromas are of bitter pine. It's nothing I haven't seen before. The flavors are of pine and grapefruit, yet both bitter and sweet. The malt kind of becomes rather prevalent after a few sips and gives it a moderate amount of sweetness. This beer drinks between light and medium with a very, very dry finish. I hate dry finishes. I'm not a fan of induced cotton mouth and this beer brings it. It's unfair to this one that I compare it to Ruination and their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA but this one doesn't hold a candle to either. The cotton mouth is a little much and it isn't as complex as their other aforementioned IPAs. This beer is pretty average in my opinion, as far as IPAs go.

02-11-2011 17:40:58 | More by aasher
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Best by: 03/29/2011.

A: It pous a clear, bright orange color with a finger and a half of pure white head that holds well and leaves decent lacing.

S: Heavy orange, lemon, honey, and floral hops.

T: More delicious and juicy citrus, caramel, honey, a little hay, and mild hoppiness.

M: It has a perfectly carbonated medium body with a thirst-quenching finish.

D: This is another wonderful citrus-forward IPA. It's one of my favorites.

02-11-2011 14:08:09 | More by bucklemyshoe
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

A-thick dark gold with a thick and foamy off-white head. some lacing.

S-the second i started to break the seal, i could smell those grassy hops. it has a bold scent of stale grass smelling hops. smells wonderful and strong!

T-comes in with a wonderfully strong hit of grassy yet citrusy hops. has almost an orange flavor to it. transforms in to a really great and clean bitterness. the after-taste is really citrusy and great as well. this is an instant classic. i love this taste so much. it has so many layers of quality to it.

M-great creamy and medium carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-wow i could drink this all night long. you know, i've seen this beer so many times and always passed it up because it was always there no matter where i was, i never had a sense of urgency to buy it. i regret turning my back to this beer for so long. this is amazing! i love it! it has a perfect ABV as well. i hope to have this again and again!

02-11-2011 05:17:35 | More by AdamBear
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dali27

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Served on-tap into pint glass.

A: A nice rich amber color. Beautiful haziness, I love the way an unfiltered beer looks. Thick head that stays around through whole glass.

S: Strong, pungent hops aroma which I can smell without getting anywhere near the glass. I almost feel like the fresh hops are sitting in front of me. Really strong and amazing.

T: The taste is so incredibly hoppy that it is overwhelming to me. That being said, I cannot fault what is obviously an outstanding beer, because of my naive pallette. The taste is very complex to me even with nothing but hops coming through. Very bitter in the way that you want it to be.

M: This beer feels nice in the mouth. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

D: I can see how this can be easily drinkable for someone who wants this much hops in their beer. It definitely wasn't hard to put this one back. For me personally, it's not very drinkable because I think that it might be too much for me at this time. Again, I will not subtract from the quality because of my personal taste.

I am really happy to have been able to try what is so widely regarded as one of he best ipa's out there. I am going to put this on my list to re-review when the time comes.

02-11-2011 04:15:10 | More by dali27
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Enjoy by 03/20/11 printed on the bottle. Consumed on 02/09/11.

A - Pours a beautiful clear gold. White 2 finger head with large bubbles. Leaves incredible lacing. Beautiful beer.

S - Smell is all hops. Citrusy, grapefruity. Great stuff. Very west coast.

T - Starts off nice and balanced. When you attempt to swallow, your tongue is bashed with hop bitterness. Nice crisp finish with a slight grapefruit aftertaste. More balanced than Ruination. Very good.

M - Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium with good carbonation. Leaves the bitterness for just long enough.

D - Drinkable because of the nice bitter finish and because it tastes so darn good.

02-10-2011 04:04:08 | More by Janderson91
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale, brownish-gold color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Powerful, citrusy hop aromas dominate here. This is definitely a West Coast IPA...

Taste: This is some intense hoppy flavor... Strong citrusy, piney, and herbal hops dominate the entirety of this beer. There is a slight sweetness to it as well but it's mostly lost in the hoppiness. This is a true American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice bite to it. Fairly refreshing for an IPA.

Drinkability: A truly excellent IPA. While its intense hoppiness makes it a bit of a sipping beer, it is still a pleasure to drink. Anyone who has tried Stone's other offering should, to some degree, know what to expect from this beer. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.

02-10-2011 02:44:39 | More by wahhmaster
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -9%

Recently picked up a single of this, best by date of 3/3/11

A - Brew pours a nice golden color with a bit of cloudiness. A good amount of foamy white head also presents itself. Nice lacing along the glass as well.

S - Strong pine aroma greets the nose up front. Some floral notes in there as well with a tinge of malt.

T - Both citrus and pine hops up front with a nice malt background. A bit of biscuit character in there too, a nice and balanced IPA.

M - Medium bodied, smooth throughout with a dry finish. Carbonation is right where it should be.

D - Solid offering from Stone and a good take on the style. If you're an IPA fan, its worth giving this one a shot.

02-09-2011 03:58:21 | More by BennyL1
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amcmaho1

New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Have had the IPA many times in a bottle, but have found myself at a local bar with it on tap, and my computer in front of me so...

Appearance: Great dark golden colored body, nice amount of translucency. The head dissipates quickly, but there is great lacing. A very "typical" American IPA.

Smell: Great hop profile on the nose (after all, it is Stone). Lots of citrus and some fruity esters but a prevalent bitterness regardless. Little malty balance, but definitely hop forward.

Taste: Great balance of hops here, along with the sweet malt body; makes for a very well balanced IPA. , Relatively dry finish, but not oppressive, simply a pleasant IPA. I get some yeasty notes towards the end of the taste, but pretty minor (tap line issue possibly?).

Mouthfeel: Smooth, semi-dry, and not thick in the slightest. This is a really great American IPA, a really great presentation of the style, especially a "SoCal IPA."

Drinkability: Very high! Truly great beer with a lot of elements working in it's favor!

02-08-2011 22:49:49 | More by amcmaho1
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soju6

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Pours a copper color with a billowing head and good lacing.

S: Aroma is primarily pineney with citrus and a trace of sweetness.

T: Initially has a mild malt sweetness then moves to a nice tangy bitterness with a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing. Well Balanced.

D: Very solid IPA.

02-08-2011 21:44:39 | More by soju6
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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