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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

7,996 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,996
Reviews: 2,732
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 178
Gots: 597 | 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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greenjeff4141

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice rich gold with not much head but good lacing. The smell is like being in a field of hops.

I took my first sip-- smooth as silk. Giant hop flavor, very mellow, and great balance. Not too bitter but tons of hops. Unnaturally easy to drink. Hands down my favorite IPA to date. If you don't like hops try a different brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:25:45 | More by greenjeff4141
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BeenJammin

Kansas

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

Stone IPA pours golden orangish color with a nice sized cream head. It has a pungent hop aroma with a bit of sweet malt. It has a very herbal, piney hop flavor. There is some citrus flavor in there as well. It rocks. Has a very crisp, refreshing medium mouth feel to it and it is pretty drinkable, although very high in abv for a single IPA. I would almost put it in the DIPA range if not for the brewery already having a different brew in that category.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:59:09 | More by BeenJammin
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projectflam86

Ohio

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

A- Pours beautiful orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Strong hoppy nose with floral and fruity ester scents.

T- Hops come crashing through with the initial taste. Citrus flavors add to the complexity along with a bit of spice and little bit of pine flavor. There is some malt in the backbone to balance the hop bitterness.

M- Big and smooth. This one has some bite!

D- Wonderful all around brew. Lots of big hop flavor for the hopheads but it is balanced well with the malt and citrus flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 00:45:24 | More by projectflam86
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aristeros

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Two fingers of thick off-white head lingered and left thick lacing that followed the beer down the glass. Yellow, visible carbonation, can see right through the other side.

Tons of hops in the nose, some malts, some bitter citrus. Not overpowering.

Bracing pine hops, resins, and maybe a little biscuit, especially on the back end. Moderate carbonation impacts the mouthfeel, and hampers the otherwise good drinkability just a little.

Bitter fruit rinds linger, so you'll definitely want to cleanse your palate if this isn't the last beer you're drinking. Great pale ale, and I'm resisting the urge to go and get more of it right now.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 13:43:41 | More by aristeros
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Nowhereman529

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice golden color into the glass with very little in the way of head. Looks nice and crisp, not a bit of haziness.

S: Smell is nice, sweet hops, maybe a little pine thrown in for good measure.

T: Taste is straight up IPA, no frills, no punches. There's a nice amount of hops, but not overly hopped with just a bit of grapefruit tartness thrown in at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Carbonation level is good.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I could probably drink a couple of these on a summer afternoon. It's just plain good.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:45:18 | More by Nowhereman529
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange tinge, ample head that fades at a decent enough rate and leaves some good patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not overly so, decent malt backbone.

Taste has a nice balance between hops and the malt, not overly hoppy as to "ruin" your taste buds but enough to please, easy to drink, above average for an IPA although nothing truly stands out.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 22:24:29 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Spikester

Oregon

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

Cloudy amber with a huge three finger head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is big bready and citrus hops. Taste is big citrus hops, grapefruit rind, some pine and resins. Malts are there but definately bringing up the rear. Mouthfeel is good very crisp, but slightly excessive carbonation. I may have served this a bit too cold. Overall an impressive IPA and just what I look for in a modern West Coast version. Drink 'em fresh for best results.
Just had an old version and had to add these comments:
Enjoy by date was July 4, 2013. so this is Oct. 17, 2013.
Piney resins have assumed control of this beer. No citrus left at this point. A slight amount of malts remain and the beer is cloudy. Head was minimal but fair amount of lacing survives.
So the moral of this story is drink fresh!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 05:44:34 | More by Spikester
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TheTrevor

New York

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

This beer poured a cloudy copper color with orange highlights and a fluffy single-finger head. The smell is all different kinds of hops, it's herbal, floral, citrusy, and spicy along with a little bready malt. The taste starts off with some spicy hops that give way to some citrusy hops that give way to some piney hops that fade away into a surprisingly clean finish. The whole time there's also a sweet malt backbone that helps balance out the hops without overshadowing them. The mouthfeel has a little bit of thickness and and just the right amount of carbonation. One of the big surprises for me is how drinkable this beer is. Even though it's definitely hoppy I couldn't imagine holding on to a six-pack of this brew for more than an afternoon. A fantastic beer, a must try for anyone on this site.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:56:24 | More by TheTrevor
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berserker256

Michigan

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

I'm pouring my bottle into a tall pilsner glass. (I need new glassware) This beer's got a bright orange/gold color and is quite transparent. Good and thick big-bubbled also. It smells awesome. Definitely hoppy but nicely mixed with a fruity paring and possibly a bit of bready. A little citrusy and spicey. An excellent combination of aromas. I don't think it can be improved upon. Heavy hop and pine flavor with a touch of sour. Not too much sour to be unpleasant, however. Contrasts of sweet fruit, bitter hops, grapefruit, pine, and malt all exist in the flavor to create a pretty damn good beer. Medium body, a little creamy, and a joy to sip down. Pine cone aftertaste... But that's expected with the style. This is one of the better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 18:09:25 | More by berserker256
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youngblood

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft amber with very sticky white head that shrinks into beautiful lacework on the glass. Hop oils aboud in the nose, very nice florals especially. Could sniff this all day. This is a well balanced IPA featuring a gentle malt profile with bits of toffee and caramel. Leaves a nice citrusy after taste as the hop oil does it's work. Bit of pineapple maybe? Very easy mouthfeel and low ABV make this an excellent session beer. I want another now.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 14:13:14 | More by youngblood
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Docer

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bomber at QFC. Poured into a tumbler glass... at an angle as I always do.

- Great mildly cloudy amber color... thin white head that dissipated quickly to a nice haze of lace. Just what a west coast IPA should look like.

- Nice crisp scent.. like fresh floral hops w/ a touch of pine, and a smooth n' sweet caramel malt profile.. smells balanced and smooth.. can't wait.. ok..

- Wonderful hop profile.. slightly bitter, cool n' crisp.. rather dry.. bit of pine.. some great citrus hiding in there.

- Slightly chewy.. but not so thick n' malty.. bitter, dry finish.. makes me wonder what a Stone ESB would be like :P

- Very drinkable.. bit bubbly.. not so much strength in flavor, hides it well. Session? Possibly on a night where I wouldn't have to get up early the next morning :-)

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 04:44:38 | More by Docer
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johnd513

Michigan

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

This beer pours a nice honey color with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very clean upfront with grapefruit and other citrus flavors. The smell is not upfront and in your face which is neither good or bad. The taste is much more agressive than the smell with big grapefruit and other citrus flavors. The mouthfeel is a tad thin for my likening but this beer is just so smooth and easy to drink that I hardly notice. I think I am simply comparing to other Midwest/east coast IPA's like hopslam or dogfish head that have that syrupy quality that I enjoy. Overall this is an exellent IPA that belongs to my long list of favoite IPA's. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 21:18:11 | More by johnd513
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iuhoosier336

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great IPA. Poured from a bottle into a normal pint glass. The color is a light yellow, good head that remains, two fingers.

The smell is of hops and of slight citrus. The taste is earthy and very hoppy. Then the malt followed by the citrus. The hops in this one taste great. Good carbonation.

This is one great IPA and is it ever drinkable. A six could be gone by the end of the night easily but then I'd be unhappy without my Stones.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 03:41:13 | More by iuhoosier336
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Beernoisseur

Utah

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

Ah, the infamous Stone IPA. Long have I heard tell of its brooding and arrogant majesty.

But here it is, looking back at me from the other side of my pilsner glass. It looks fairly peaceful, perhaps even tranquil, with its constant streams of tiny bubbles continually supporting the pillowy head.

Today is my day.

Ok seriously, sorry about the fanfare. It's just that, being from Utah, there are many difficult-to-acquire beers that gain something of a legendary status (to me anyway). 90% of breweries don't ship here.

This looks like a pretty damn good beer. The color of fresh honey, with a towering off-white head, I hope these are just indicators of the goodness yet to come.

The smell is very fresh, and very tart. Outdoorsy, with pine and earthy elements. The hops are very present in the nose.

The flavor is a tad more subdued than I was expecting. The hops don't come right out and attack you like a pack of angry dogs. For some reason, the reputation of this beer, brewery of origin, and the design on the bottle all suggested that it would. however, it is certainly a world class IPA. One of the things I love about Stone is that they could give a damn about pleasing anyone but themselves. They don't make beers to win medals. They make beers that beer lovers will appreciate. Besides, who needs medals when you've got a fucking gargoyle on your label?

This beer is excellent. Now that my glass has had a chance to stretch its limbs, and warm up a bit, the malt is coming out a bit more. Some gently fruitiness is present around the edges. light sweetness accompanies. However, the hops and their characteristics are the captain of this vessel. Pine, grapefruit, and maybe a touch of herbal abound playfully, but not chaotically.

Mouthfeel is very good, the carbonation has maintained itself very well. Drinkability is spectacular. I would love to drink this again. and again.

and again...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:17:12 | More by Beernoisseur
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jettjon

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with no visible freshness date, into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Slightly hazed pale orange color with plenty of carbonation from my SA glass. Nice thick two-finger cap of white-tan head fades slowly leaving a thick cap and ring. Nose evinces plenty of hops and citrus with a good bit of sweet fruit/malt in the background. On the tongue, the hops are certainly there but not overwhelming. Crisp and tart citrus hops with a bit of breadiness. Not a whole lot of sweetness, but the bitterness isn't overwhelming or sharp. Mid- to low viscosity; it's wet and even quenching in the mouth, again not sharp and biting. Creamy carbonation lends a soft and enjoyable feel. Maybe I'm jaded but I don't consider this to be much of a hop bomb; more of a fairly hoppy American style IPA. Drinkability is good even with 6.9% ABV. Alcohol is very well masked with only a slight burn toward the end serving as a warning.

Overall: A very good IPA, perhaps bordering on a "double" or "extreme" IPA. This one seems to be on the far end of the IPA spectrum, but taken in and of itself, is quite good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 22:36:07 | More by jettjon
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jacobseyb

Alabama

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

A=Nice honey colored appearance with healthy head when poured. Slight cloudiness noticed. Fine bubbles with sticky characteristics

S=Enjoyable smell, nothing extremely noticable, though it builds anticipation well

T=Great taste, slight bitterness detected though still thoroughly enjoyable.

M=Interesting mouthfeel considerable carbonation with tight bubble texture on tongue.

D=Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely drinkable, easily could have had several more.

Overall- Feel as if it lived up to expectation.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:14:57 | More by jacobseyb
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KenC411

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I heard tell of an urban legend. A beer so great that all bowed before its mighty taste. After ten reviews, I have finally decided to try some its glory for my self.

Appearance: Honey colored with a powerful two finger head that refuses to quit. Very few bubbles can be seen through the glass. With drinking, a thick lace forms on the side of the glass coating it.

Smell: Enormous citrus smell, like a mix of grapefruit and orange. A bit of buttery notes in the background. Unfortunately, the beer happens to remind me of the dish soap that I use, although I never have used soap in this glass. Though I do not think of it as the fault of the beer, but more of an unfortunate coincidence.

Taste: Amazingly complex. Initially it is sweet like honey, then the citrus taste bites in the back of the mouth. You can taste the alcohol a bit, though it is not off putting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a proper amount of bubbles. The flavor dances around the tongue without forcing you to swallow.

Drinkability: A great beer. Blends honey and citrus in a creamy warming beer. One bottle is enough for me with the higher alcohol content and massive bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 05:31:59 | More by KenC411
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

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

A: THe beer is poured a cloudy golden colour and a nice finger's width of off white head.

S: The smell is filled with citrus hops and floral notes

T: The beer is slightly bitter with a huge citrusy/fruity flavour. The floral hops come through in the back with a slight bit of bready malts. This is pretty fucking good.

M: Medium mouth feel and good carbonation

D: I could take down a sixer of this quite easily!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 03:44:10 | More by swizzlenuts
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grayburn

South Carolina

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

Another example of a wonderfully-hopped brew by stone. These guys have the hop profile down.
Pours a light amber into the pint with a nice big head and some good lacing.
Smells of pine and citrus, a great american hopbomb.
The taste is the same, only more, the hops build upon eachother very well atop a nice malt backbone, I am quite impressed by this beer, no surprise anymore as far as stone is concerned.
The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer are both quite high. Very bitter, oily, just enough carbonation to wash it all away. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 22:47:17 | More by grayburn
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FishGetter

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in a SA glass. Pale yellow with slight orange hue. Restless head from an agressive pour.
Sweet maltiness with an even amout of hop resins fill the nose. Slight fruitie esters can be detected also.
Refreshing hop flavor that's clean and crisp! Great ballance of malt to keep the hop bite in check. Slight breadiness to finish.
Medium body, heavier than what I expected, however did't take away from drink.
This one's a Keepa!. A must have on hand! Do yourself a favor and get a couple sixers at once.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:39:32 | More by FishGetter
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A white head sits with great retention and leaves sticky rings around the corners of the glass.
Hop bomb. This is a piney IPA with a good amount of citrus.
Once again Pine levels are extremely high for a normal IPA, with a splash of citrus such as grapefruit. A bitter hop finish that sits on the tongue for a long time.
A full bodied IPA thats resinous and a little sticky and clean at the same time. This beer is very bitter to my palate and although I enjoyed it could not drink to much of this beer.A fantastic example of an American IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 16:16:17 | More by alovesupreme
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the color of tea with a foamy, white, inch-tall head that dissipates slowly. Attractive lacing.

The nose is wonderful with a big smell of citrus and pine. Hoppy, sharp, and herbal. Not quite something I'd wear as a cologne, but oh-so-close.

The major flavor is of pine and citrus rinds, with a hop bitterness that I find slightly overbearing. Making everything worse is the thin, flat, and astringent mouthfeel; while it tastes okay, I can't get past the fact that I'd rather swallow it right quick and get rid of it (leaving a delicious aftertaste, by the way) than hold it in my mouth and pick apart the flavors.

Sadly, though it seemed promising, I don't see myself revisiting this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 11:31:49 | More by IMincedTheKing
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tim9887

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful hazy golden-orange. An inch of off-white foam. Very easy on the eyes!

Aroma: The hops dominate - a lot of citrus (grapefruit) character. The aroma has an almost floral hop quality.

Taste: Delightfully hoppy - has the same citrusy notes as the aroma. Very big emphasis on the hops and not so much on the malt although it does have a bit of balance - and that is in no way a complaint.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, very drinkable.

Notes: By far one of the best IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 02:52:18 | More by tim9887
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BlackBearForge

Florida

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

Pours a pale hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head fading to clumpy bubbles leaving a nice oily lacing.

Smell is very nice, clean grassy hops with a nice citrus grapefruit overtone with a touch of honey too.

Flavor is very good, lemony hops nicely balanced with a pale malt background. A bit tart and pleasanlty bitter with a mild grapefruit taste and a tad of resin. Very refreshing (of course I just came in from working in the garden so I could practically gulp this down!)

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is very good, this may become my go to Summer IPA. I wish I had bought more than just the the one to review!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 23:09:55 | More by BlackBearForge
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good old Stone. It's been far too long.

Appearance - A light copper color. Plenty of nice foamy head. Very white head, very pretty looking beer. Great lacing.

Smell - Very nice hop balance. Both that nice citrus, with a hint of grapefruit, with a little pine mixed in. Great smell. Not an explosion, but very balanced and nice.

Taste - Very nice hop taste. It's very balanced. That pine comes in as well. With some sort of bread. It's got nice hop on the finish. The hops are there in the beginning and end, but the middle is a little bland.

Mouthfeel - Hmmm. It should be a little better. It's a little syrupy and flat. Just lacking some punch. It'd be nice if it was a little crisper.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. The hops aren't overwhelming so it's got nice balance. The finish is decent, it doesn't pack too much of a punch for 7% abv.

I love the way those hops linger. This is a very nice IPA. The hopping is nicely balanced, so it's quite drinkable. I like this beer an awful lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 02:09:53 | More by callmescraps
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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