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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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8,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,692
Reviews: 2,769
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 232
Gots: 966 | 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 MichaelLynBryant
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pops open and pours beautifully to a 2-inch mountainous white head atop a pale amber, almost orange from a slight haze.

Carbonation perfect--lacing is thick and white--and appetizing.

The front of your tongue is sizzled by hops.

The nose has a hint of malt sweetness as well as some hops, but not very big. On draft, this beer's nose is much bigger.

Great mouthfeel from the carbonation, lacing your tongue with hops. Furthe sizzle.

Dryness is similar to that of a good cabernet, residual and demolishing.

The most British of the west-coast IPAs. A delicious IPA from the king of hops.

MichaelLynBryant, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Hazy, golden body, one finger head, moderate lacing.
S- Malts, sweet aroma, hints of grape fruit and citrus, hints of caramel
T- Fresh hops, malts, slightly bitter but well balanced, very similar to the aroma.
M- Medium body, very smooth, easy to drink.
D- Very drinkable, a solid IPA from the west coast. Nice and balanced with all the ingredients. Perfect for a nice hot summer day.

Chriscrundwell12, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Glibber
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour with a healthy 2 finger head. Froth settled down, but left quite a bit of lacing. Light yellow amber color with some decent carbination to make the beer refreshing. Has the grapfruit citrus taste up front that I really enjoy. Has a decent hop kick, but not so bitter that you couldn't drink more than a few of these without getting too full. In fact the back end of the taste, it is actually very smooth- the more I drink it the better it tastes.

Glibber, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this with me!

Appearance - A very opaque golden straw yellow. Cloudy and appears to be well carbonated. A nice sunset orange.

Smell - Smells quite hoppy. Slight malts and grass notes.

Taste - A complexity of floral notes swims with delicious abd fresh hops. Quite a solid IPA. Caramel notes and slightly sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite smooth with a bit of orange zest. Very crisp, drinkable and refreshing.

Jesse13713, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of beerman207
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw this on tap at a bar called "The Pub" near my house so had to finally sample this beer.

A: Wow - Can see through it, the orange hue is fabulous and the skim head left leaves great lacing on the glass

S: Pine hops, very floral, and great citrus tones

T: Hops galore, bitter up front, malt in the backbone to chill it out. Very well done

M: Not overly carbonated - just about right for a an IPA

D: All night long - just fabulous!

beerman207, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Golden orange body with a head that dissipates quite quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Hops lead on the aromas with some pine and citrus notes.

T - As with the aromas, the hops definitely lead the taste, bringing some pine and citrus notes and punchy bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Very drinkable, though starting to get a little high on the ABV for too many in one session.

Wattsox, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Jinholic
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another IPA this time by Stone. Pouring this into my pint glass right now.

Appearance - Clear pale orange 3 fingers of head with some thin lacing.

Smell - Sweet citrus and hops.

Taste - Almost everything I smelt sweet citrus with hops at the end a bit dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Clean and smooth can't even tell this is 6.9%.

Drinkability - I'm not even done with it and want another. Just an awesome west coast IPA can't wait to try something else from Stone.

Jinholic, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really started to love the complexities of IPAs. The ipa from the stone brewing company is a great one. The piney citrus comes on strong as soon as this champion hits your tongue. The bitter finish packs quite a punch. This beer is deffinatly not for the drinkers of that sissy lite swill that little lady-like fellas love. I would expect any less from the makers of arrogant bastard!

mattkoon, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This brew poured a very attractive orange color. It was cloudy with a somewhat average sized white head. Not a whole heap of retention and it left some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A nice floral and perfumy aroma. I smell the grapefruit, some orange. both citrusy and fruity. Some piney notes along with some mild malt. Smells very nice and balanced. I started to get a dry bread smell as it warmed a bit.

Taste - A prominent amount of bitterness at first with the taste. Medium to high hop flavor. Grapefruit citrus is really nice and not over the top. A touch piney. Again, very well balanced and even. A slight resinous flavor as the beer went down.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully dry and snappy crisp. Really blankets the palate and the taste hangs on for a great long while. Nice!!! Goes down way too easy.

Drinkability - Everytime I have a Stone beer I'm impressed. This brew is no different. Very solid all the way around. Perfect for the Spring and Summer day. Most definitely worth a try. Cheers!!!!

Shrews629, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light honey

S - Pine, resin, light citrus.

T - Piney, resiny. Touch of white bread.

M - Light. Moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

vfgccp, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color, small bubbles coming from the bottom of my tumbler. Nice creamy head that lasts a good while. Soapy bubbles in the head for sure. light body and slightly hazy. Very nice to look at.

S- Very hoppy, with some floral citrus smells.

T- Very nice fresh hops, come on strong but its not overwhelming. Lightens up in the taste and something that surprised me. Very fresh tasting and the after taste brings out this nice citrus flavor which i enjoy. Someone who enjoys hops like myself would love this beer.

M- Dry and low carbonation.

D- Pretty high, nice easy drinking IPA with great balance of flavors.


JesteR14, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of smibroncos
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Poured a slightly cloudy, light straw, with a nice one and a half figer white fizzy head. Great lacing on the glass.

S. Pine, citrus, grass, perfume, floral

T. Classic IPA. Short sweetness followed by lots of citrus overtones, buttery, great bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, light carbonation slightly dry finnish.

D. I really like this IPA I get it everytime I can find it Thank You Stone

smibroncos, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA pours a nice clear golden color with excellent retention, some of the best lacing I have seen on a beer and good carbonation too. The smell is of herbal hops, some pine, a little bit of citrus and pineapple. The aroma makes me look forward to the taste. The taste is strong herbal hops followed by some grassy earthy taste than some pineapple and citrus in the middle and staying until the end and finishes off with more herbal hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and very enjoyable to drink since it is so good that it just goes down nicely. This a a must try IPA, great beer highly recommend it.

DannyDan, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of dirtyskunk
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a standard American sized pint glass.

A: Bright gold with a sizable off-white head. Great retention on the head.

S: Very bright and tropical fruit hoppiness with a lot of myrcene influence. Good but not exceptional

T: Fairly sweet and fruity hop flavors. Citrus and apricots. Once again, lots of of myrcene. It finishes with a very smooth and refreshing maltiness.

M: Wonderful, the mouthfeel is silky and almost creamy. This would be amazing in a nitro serving.

D: Great overall drinkability. I only mark down slightly because of my personal taste. I have a hard time drinking more than a couple of any IPA or similarly hoppy beer. This is probably an exception to the rule though because of the smooth finish and buttery mouthfeel.

dirtyskunk, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of dalimsta
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Pretty typical appearance and texture for an IPA.

- Aroma is interesting--a bit of citrus and pine with something else I just couldn't place. Not bad, but it didn't draw me in.

- I definitely agree with some other reviewers about the grapefruit bitterness up front. It's a bit overpowering, especially when taking a lot in at a time--it really does taste like unsweetened grapefruit juice with some pine at the end. After the bitterness cleared up, though, I got a really nice malty breadiness. I just wish it had come sooner, since the overwhelming hops presence isn't all that pleasant.

- Drinkable, but go slowly. Taking in too much at once bombards the palate with astringent hops.

Some might like the bitterness (and Stone writes clearly on the bottle that they loaded their IPA with hops), but it just isn't for me.

dalimsta, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle and amber hued clean orang with a carbonated thin white head that receded and gave some good lacing to the glass. Smell is of centinial and magnum hops with a tiny hint of some caramel malt, but let's be honest this beer is about the hops. Taste is pine citrus and lemon with a smooth backing of caramel malt with a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is balanced and simple not too heavy but not efforvescent. Drinkability is easy as this is a classic american india pale ale. Give me another.

rpardon7, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey and has decent carbonation, very little haze, and some off-white head that sticks to the glass a little. Looks refreshing.

Hops and hops on the nose, but not overwhelming and very much in line with what I like in an IPA. There is citrus, some astringency, some piney-ness and a little sweetness. The malts are there at the very back.

This beer is more about the bitterness than the sweetness, but both are present. Citrus, grapefruit bitterness, pine, hop oil, the malts are bready and sweet but definitely in the back seat. A little warmth brought the orange/juicy tangerine to the forefront. A touch syrupy...about the perfect amount for me, not cloying or over-sweet.

I'm suprised that people rave about the mouthfeel, to me it wasn't more or less impressive than most of the regular IPA's I've had.

I deemed the drinkability to be fairly good.

Good beer.

Scotchboy, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of irishmadness
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - I just bought a set of snifters. So This was the first beer I drank it out of.
A - The appearance is golden and almost orange looking.
S - I smell Glorious hops and Citrus.
T - Tastes great, a little bitter with a noticeable citrus taste through out.
M - The mouthfeel is a little bubbly like champagne but thicker.
D - A good beer that is worth trying.

irishmadness, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Right into a pint comes a nice fluffy foam of bright white head slowly popping with invitation. Golden straw color smells of pine and citrus or floral herb. A gulp deals a nice creamy hop burst - I want to say Amarillo, but I'm not that good yet. More sweet of a finish after that nice balanced bitterness to start. The 6.9% is present but that balance makes for a fine drinker.

A nice IPA at a solid price.

OldIronLungs, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of therica
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sat here sipping this after I opened it and realized, I could save a helluva lot of money if I just bought unsweetened unsalted white grapefruit juice.

A= nice amber-gold, fair head with nice lacing and pooling.

S= nice hops florals, sweet malts and what I call fresh linen laundry-starch which apparently refers to one of the malts.

T= grapefruit and more grapefruit rind. Ultra bitter. Great if one's goal in an IPA is pure IBU. But for me it's lacking character. Modest sweet malts buried in there. Still, I'll give it 4.0 for Stone apparently meeting its goal.

M= post grapefruit-rind with some mild but nice malts on the tongue along with the linen-bleach malts effect.

D= for someone in an entirely IPA-max mode this is probably great stuff. For the more casual IPA lover like me who is still a total Stone fan, but who prefers a little balance and flavor, it's got limited tolerability. Plus, there are no ratings for "Stomach" and mine is complaining about acid-overload at the moment.

therica, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours a nice amber color. Finger of off-white head that sticks around a bit, provides a fluffy white cap. Decent lacing.

S - Great pine smelling IPA. Mix of subtle grapefruit mixed with clean smelling pine, nice pungent IPA scent.

T - Pine up front with some lemon and orange peel, but definitely makes you remember the rugged pine punch. Balanced with some biscuity malts but overall pretty mild. This was one of the first IPAs I tried and it was definitely enough hops to feel like I was drinking a "real" west coast IPA, but still not over the top.

M - Good balance as expected, medium body and carbonation.

D - Still a good beer, big pine hops checking in.

chilly460, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of ken2cart1
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served in a flute like pint glass

a- light amber, dark yellow with a hint of yellow. pillow like head.

s- sweet pale malt. light fruity malt

t-mostly sweet pale malt, so light the alcohol shows through. very little hops, most of the hops are piney

m-so smooth

d- very light, easily kill a 12

ken2cart1, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep golden haze with half inch head into tulip.

Without a doubt, this is one of the more interesting smelling IPAs I've tried. I can enjoy this beer without even tasting it, that good.

That said, the taste certainly didn't disappoint, I prefer a more bitter finish to IPA, this was a bit sweet, but overall very pleased. Will certainly buy again.

DAllspaw, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a chilled pint glades

Pours a light pale amber with a small light head that throws on some sticky lacing. Nose vegetal, slightly heady and earthy.

Taste is bitter, sticky and a bit sweet but the malt takes a bac seat in this big west coaster. A bit harsh on the finish but it's solid. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Very good.

kingcrowing, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of patreely12
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy blonde, orange tint. tall fluffy head about 2 fingers.
good bit of carbonation.

S - bitter floral from the hops, piney. very faint underlying sweetness. citrus too, orange or grapefruit rind.

T/M - nice, smooth mouthfeel right up front, almost creamy. citrus and malts smooth the bitterness out so doesn't hit you right in the beginning, it's more of one long climaxing note where the strongest of the bitterness is in the finish. really fresh and refreshing. light to medium bodied. mild carbonation.

D - reasonably drinkable for almost 7% ABV. IPAs are not my favorite style, but I liked this a lot. I'd say that it's my favorite IPA that I've tried so far.

patreely12, Feb 25, 2011
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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