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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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8,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,686
Reviews: 2,768
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 232
Gots: 962 | 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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Photo of obrike
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review of this...what the f@#k?

An exceptional IPA...probably in my top 5 I would say.

Nothing to fancy about the look...honey-toned, decent head...doesn't last too long, but a thin white ring remains for the entire drink.

The smell...oh the smell. Mmmmm. I could smell it as soon as it was cracked. Hoppy goodness in a bottle. A lovely mix of fresh pine needles, sweet caramel, and fresh citrus. So good. This is the scent that all IPAs should strive for.

Sharp, biting flavor. That mix of sharp hops and sweet malt blends perfectly. I also noticed a bit of a spice too...not sure what, but lovely. The beer drinks like butta...super smooth, so easy to drink, especially for a nearly 7% brew.

Although it's a bit pricey for a 6 pack, this is a classic American IPA...one not to be missed.

obrike, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of rawfish
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange gold with a fine chill haze. Capped with a inch high white foam, good retention with a decent amount of cloudy lacing sticks to the glass.

Nice malt profile with some noticable toast and honey. Floral hops with citrus and pine, nuances of apple, peach and pears shine through. Good complexity and nice and strong.

Bready malts with a touch of honey and apples. Hop flavor is pine and citrus but more balanced than the nose would indicate. Finishes drying and bready with a huge kick of bitterness that lingers on.

Smooth with adequate carbonation and body. Finishes very dry and bitter, parched feel on the tongue after a bottle.

I thought I had seen a nice spectrum of IPAs up to this point but Stone really kicked me to the curb with this one. Bitterness is really up there, great smell, and very balanced. Hop heads rejoice.

rawfish, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great. An orangy peach color, just full of enough stuff that it's a hazy orangy peach color. A thin white head briefly sits on top.

Smell may have been a 5 and I'm being too critical. Citrus and pine comes thru and dominates everything else.

In general, the mouthfeel isn't exactly smooth, but for an IPA, it's extremely easy on the palate. The citrus sweetness starts immediately before the tartness and bitterness from the hops kicks in. The kick from the bitter is obvious, but doesn't make you want to shave your tongue.

Might be the best IPA I've ever had (and I've said that a lot lately). There are no flaws with this beer and I'm not sure my 4.5s across the board do it justice.

RickS95, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of dismal
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light yellowish orange with a nice big white head. The head disappears to almost nothing within a couple minutes but still leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The smell right away is hops. For just a regular IPA it's probably one of the most hoppiest smelling beers I've had. Citrus, piney, grassy, a bit earthy. Almost like holding hops up to your nose. The taste like the smell is hops. At first it almost seems balanced when it hit's your mouth but then as it sits for a second the hops take over. Citrus, pine, a little grassy. Ends with a nice bitterness and hop bite aftertaste. At almost 7% ABV it's not terribly high so multiple bottles wouldn't be a problem in one sitting. Overall it's a fantastic IPA and one I've been drinking a ton of lately. So when I can't afford Ruination this is definitely a damn good substitute. Another solid beer from Stone.

dismal, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 22oz bomber poured out a nice hazy light apricot color with a fine head. Typical IPA aromas abound: lemon, grapefruit, orange, and flowers.

Nice tart, refreshing hop bitterness with a creamy malt background. This is an IPA done right. Wonderful dry citrus flavors, sour apple, herbs, and honey. Very nicely balanced. I don't detect any real graininess and the finish is tart and satisfying.

I can't think of anything wrong with this beer. If you like American IPAs and want an outstanding example of one, look no further.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of kaseydad
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour with a great apricot colored ale with a foamy white head that looks like whipped cream sitting atop the brew. Well done. Nice fruity aroma with mangos, pears, orange and light malt. Nice bitter taste with an even bigger bite on the swallow. Big malty backbone helps to even it out and there is a long bitter aftertaste that sits well on the buds. More carbonated than I would like from this IPA. Overall this is an easy drinking IPA and each time I drink it…multiples are easily consumed. An above average IPA from a great brewery. This beer has everything one could look for in a balanced IPA.

kaseydad, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- light-colored and little lace, light carbonation

S- straw and citrus, light piney hops, not overwhelming at all

T- very light and floral taste in the forefront, lingers with the delicious pine hops and citrus but not over the top citrus with some nicely blended herbal undertones. very, very smooth

M- very light and pleasant mouthfeel, low carbonation makes this feel really refreshing and smooth on the tongue

D- this is a definite repeat based on the high drinkability. this beer looks, tastes, and drinks very FRESH. hop pines are almost to the level of a DIPA but much more fresh and airy. I could easily drink this beer this entire summer and not ever get sick of it. It is a great, great IPA.

cindiwindi1025, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Yellow with a orange tint with a medium haziness. White one finger head, with a fair amount of bigger bubbles. Very good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Apples & pine upfront, and light floral & citursy grapefruit hops behind. Not a super hoppy aroma. Light grassiness. Light caramel sweetness and a very mild spiciness in the back. Pretty complex. Would be excellent if it was stronger.

T: Good mixture of pine and citrus. Has a fresh earthly flavor. The caramel and sweetness never really gets to come through. A light spiciness along with a lingering tangy/sour grapefruit in the finish.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Makes you pucker a little. Nice lingering taste with a dry finish.

O: Definitely a solid IPA. For somebody who doesn't like a sweetness balancing out the bitterness. They make no claim of a bitterness that is balanced on the label.

doughanson78, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 2, 2011. This is an pour with a touch of cloudiness and a thin head. The aroma is not quite as full as I anticipated but there is definitely a noted floral hoppiness as is to be expected. The body is creamy and medium. Oh, but the taste really makes up for any flaws (as few as they are) that may be noted at first. Bitter hops with a fruity sweetness on the side.

puboflyons, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy straw color with 1 finger head and decent lacing

S- Has some earthy spic notes as well as some grain and yeast

T- Has a nice grainy flavor right up front then followed by some nice citrus hops, also getting alittle pine flavor. Finishes with a nice dry citrus.

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this was a very pleasant IPA. Not too boring or too hoppy like some. Had the right amount of hops and other flavors. Would get this again. Give this one a try.

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I've been married for 13 days now and my wife finally made her first mistake. I bought a bomber of Stone IPA, put it in the freezer and had to run an errand. I told her in 15 minutes to take it out of the fridge. Needless to say I had a beer slushy, she forgot of course. However, It recovered in 15 minutes and it's ready to go.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance-Body is the color of honey. Pretty hazy with a 2 finger off white head. Lots of sticky lacing, very nice. This may be the first time to have Stone's IPA not out of the bottle, and it looks great.

Smell-Hops aren't coming out as much as I remembered. Some nice grapefruit and lemon aroma, along with some pine.

Taste-Very bitter hops. Pine upfront, spicey and hot. Finish is rather smooth with some nice citrus.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, smooth, refreshing. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Very easy to drink. Bitterness does not linger which makes this nice for a beginner.

Overall-Great IPA. The Dry-Hopping aroma doesn't shine as much as I'd like on this bottle, but this is a very nice beer with excellent drinkability.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 3" off-white head which took a while to dissipate. Beautiful hazy orangy gold color. Smell has hops and citrus. Taste is more of the same and although not the most complex of Stone's offerings I'll pay them the compliment for in this case not actually overduing the beer into another of their big bold blowouts. Finish is pretty long and has some acidity and a touch of saltiness.

MoreThanWine, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ggilman
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezers pub in Lovell, Maine. First pour off a fresh keg! Served in a pint glass.

Clear honey colored with a frothy off-white head. Tons of sticky lace. Big fresh leafy hop nose. Lots of lip smacking bitterness, very fresh tasting. A little caramel malt balance. Great carbonation, medium bodied, slick oily mouthfeel. Quaffable.
Not over the top, but insanely drinkable.

ggilman, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a hazy peach-orange with a finger of foamy white head that retained decently and left a bit of lace on the glass. Mainly citrus hops in the aroma; piney. A base of sweet maltiness in the taste is overshadowed by piney hops; notes of grapefruit and orange. Hops are in command, but there is still a pretty decent balance happening. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable for the style.

Rifugium, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Hollybee
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into a pint:
Appears a glowing beautiful gold, head thin (this could have been from a poor pour on the bartender's part) dissipates quickly, leaves very little lacing.
Smell is hoppy of course, honey, pine, caramel
Taste is sweet, existing mostly at the far back of the tongue and the sides. Bitter to finish.
Mouthfeel- sticky, resin left behind, a medium body to it.

Hollybee, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice straw golden color to it with a nice 2 inch fizzy white head. The smell is nice of hops with a hint of pine. The taste is good of hops with that little kick of bitterness on the back of the tongue, to me it screams drink some more. It also has some malt to it to. The mouth feel is great, nice and smooth with some carbonation. Overall i really like this beer and could drink it all the time.

chefhatt, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-06-22 at Quips

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, earthy-spice and grass. Not overly aromatic.

T - Medium roasted grain, bright citrus, a little pine and grass with a crisp and dry grapefruit finish. Dries nicely and leaves you wanting another swig.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a crisp and refreshing feel.

O - This really tasted great this evening. My kind of brew: Fruity, bright citrus and a grapefruit bitter finish. Reminds me of a Port Mongo or Fat Head's Head Hunter. Good stuff.

Tucquan, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amber/golden yellow body with 2 fingers of nice white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves some very nice lace.

S- Piney and citrusy hops up front, followed by a little caramel sweetness. Almost balanced, but the Stone in this shows through in the smell.

T- The sweetness is more pronounced than in the smell, but not even close to standing up to the pine and citrus flavors here.

MF- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Strangely, as it warms, the less syrupy it gets. A very nice beer.

LtCracker20, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (with freshness dating) into my Dale's Pale Ale shaker glass. Very nice cloudy, orange/amber hue with a finger or so of head. Head fades moderately quickly, but nice sticky lacing. First whiff is a load of flowers up my nose. A little bit of light pine, light skunk/cat pee (though not in the light-struck sense) and promises of bitterness. Very bright and fresh pine flavors. A hint of lemon on the finish. 9/10 bitter-wise. Creamy at first on the mouth, and then a nice carbonation prickle. Such a great beer.

WestValleyIPA, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange colored beer with a thin white head that fades fast and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus and pine. Fruity hops rush the nose behind a bready back of biscuit. Pungent pine follows bright fruits of grapefruit, lemon rind, tangerine, and sweet orange, peach, mango and pineapple. Complex nose of fruit with resiny pine.

The taste follows the nose with a sting of bitter grapefruit on top of biscuity malt and a touch of caramel. Grapefruit, peach and mango mainly with a good punch of pine at the end that lingers.

Slightly thin, but still creamy and smooth.

Overall an excellent IPA.

JayS2629, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden amber with just over 2 finger widths of white fluffy, cloud-like head. The head dissipated pretty quickly but leaves a significant amount of cool looking lacing.

S: Hops all over the nose, mostly of the citrus variety with only subtle piney characters. Also there is some sweetness that comes through, with aromas of peach and mango. Great aroma.

T: The first sip is dominated by a fruity sweetness that I wasn’t expecting, although I probably should have after the sweetness in the scent. Hops are certainly appreciated but not as much as I anticipated, especially after all the “hop head” talk on the label. Its sweet up front with hints of orange and mango, then finishes with a hop bitterness on the back end. Really a great balance between sweetness and hop bitterness.

M/D: Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Easy to drink with almost no hints of the relatively high 6.9% ABV.

O: Overall, an excellent IPA, that I will put up as one of my favorites. It ended up being not as hop-heavy as I had anticipated, especially considering the strong hop aromas and all the hop head talk on the bottle. But it was a very well balanced and delicious IPA. I certainly recommend it, and will be enjoy again in the future.

On a side note my appreciation for Stone grows with every one of their offerings that I try. Kudos to the guys at stone who just don’t seem to miss on any of their ales.

zac16125, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear bright straw pale with some caramel tones and a nice 1 finger frothy white head with clinging lace.

S: Smells of fruity citrus hops and a nice clean yeast profile.

T: Nice hoppy punch of citrus and pine. Well balanced with a decent caramel maltiness that carries a residual sweetness throughout each drink. Dries out the mouth with some pucker and gives off just a tad of heat.

M: Overall a light medium body and probably the only beer I can drink straight from the bottle. This is one of my favorite beers from Stone.

D: An excellent bold IPA that is incredibly smooth and quite sessionable.

Probably a standard in the American IPA category. A showcase of a very well balanced brew. Hoppy but not offensive to the palate in any way with a solid malt base to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle/ straight from the bottle and favorite flute Stone IPA glass.

FARGO619, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy orange color with a thin ½ finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy trail down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus fill the nose.

T: Very hoppy with a slight tart flavor and citrus bitterness. Hops dominate this beer as it should with an IPA.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Great IPA – very hoppy and tart. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming and is blends in nicely with the hops.

ckollias, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy honey amber color with a fluffy one finger head and some decent lacing.

Very nice upfront aroma of spicy hops and citrus. Some fruity esters on the back end.

Hops up front, malty, fruity sweetness on the mid pallet and spicy hops and alcohol on the end. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really nice example of an American IPA that has been on the scene for a while. I haven't had it in a year or two at least and I am glad I came back to it. This is a really great beer that is widely available.

BeerAmbassador, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Light to medium orange in color, clear with an average amount of very small carbonation bubbles that produce quite a large head. That head is all of three fingers, bright white and very compacted and firm. Lace appears very sticky and does a nice job of coating the inside of my glass with a very thick patchy pattern.

Smell is quite balanced. I smell quite a bit of earthy, grassy smells but at the same time I am pulling out just as many citrus, hop bitterness. It also smells sweet, but on the hop side not the malt side.

Taste is what I expect from a San Diego brew. Citrus hop punch at the front. Flavors of a yellow grapefruit and some peach or maybe mango. The yeast I got from the nose is not at all here in the taste. I find myself licking the bitter sweetness off of my lips. This is coming from the malts and balances well with the bitter hops. Very enjoyable.

The mouth is very bright and crisp. This one is just as the style should be. Not overly sweet and sticky nor too hop bitter. The carbonation is perfect and this stays upright all the way to the belly.

Overall I really enjoyed "this" bottle of Stone IPA. I say that because I don't believe I have ever had a fresh bottle of this. Stone has just recently started "best enjoyed by" dating their bottles and this one is dated 07/05/11. This is one of the beers that I cut my teeth on but that was 6 or 7 years ago and I haven't really enjoyed any that I have had (since way back then) until this one. Cheers to Stone for freshness dating their bottles. Even though it is really hard to see.

azdback, Jun 18, 2011
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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