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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

8,666 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,666
Reviews: 2,766
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 953 | 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 rwrk42
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%

Appearance: Golden color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. A bit of a bitter finish from all the hops but it is just perfect.

One of the best IPAs you can buy. Highly recommend.

rwrk42, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of thedrewski86
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a pale golden yellow with hints of orange and a slight haze. Left a good 1" off-white head with good retention. Leaves solid lacing. Smell is piney and earthy. Makes you think of the woods. Taste is initially smooth with a smokey hop bight for a finish. Kind of burnt. Mouthfeel is pretty light, mild carbonation. A little too mild actually. Drinkability is good never the less. This is a great bitter IPA. Not too complex, just right.

thedrewski86, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

The standard for SoCal ipas. Copper pour, looks beautiful, aroma, big bold citrus hop, taste, more of the same. Amazing finish, leaves little to no aftertaste, just hits big all over the tongue. Must be some real crystal malt or something

Can't really faultthe mouthfeel for going away, it would be worse if it didn't. Very drinkable. Example: Got a keg of this in Reno for graduation 10 years ago, when just about nobody (especially college age) had ever had it.

Lots of pukey chicks at the end of the night, who didn't realize that this stuff has some kick. I had never seen chicks drink anything so good and bitter. Good times.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
3.85/5  rDev -9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Comes out a nice copper color with great clarity and carbonation. The head's decent and the lacing's good. A fine looking bber, all in all.

S: As they say on the bottle, it's dry-hopped so there they are. Pine notes up front with some citrus buried deep within. Not bad at all.

T: Great hopiness on top of bitterness. Those two are the most evident, but there's some citrusy flavor underneath. Grapefruit, maybe? Tough to tell. A good IPA flavor.

M: A perfect, medium body with spot-on carboantion. It goes down clean and after a few sips, I can feel it in my gut. Real good stuff.

D: Hoppy beers always get a little easier for me to drink as I go along. It's the first one that I have to get through. That wasn't too hard with this brew at all. Take two if you get the bigger bottle.

Overall/notes: This is just a good IPA from Stone. I preferred their Pale Ale a little more, but that just speaks about how great THAT beer was. This one is... well it's really good, too. An easy-to-access beer that'd be great for novices (like myself) to look into.

bbkd3b, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of capps24
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Stone IPA how can you go wrong. You can smell the hops in this one, and its got great character to back it up. I am a hop head, and was very satisfied after having my first Stone IPA years ago, and after having one tonight, had to rate it.

If you like IPA's this is a no brainer! Great appearance, not too carbonated, and will simply blow you away.

capps24, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%

Served in a pint glass.

A: Large frothy head from the pour. The head was bone white and diminished fairly quickly leaving excellent lace. As I continued to drink I realized the body didn't have any stick to the glass and left spare to none lacing. The body was an amberish-yellow (clear with just a little haze) and I swear there were barely noticeable green highlights. Huh.

S: Average malt bill. Grains and biscuits. The hops were indeed fresh. And heavy! Floral, herbal, grassy and just a smidge of citrus. There was a small yeast contribution to the aroma, that of sweat and must.

T: Pretty average but some pretty decent flavors come through. Mango, honey, light brown sugar, pepper, coriander and other spices, tobacco and a bit of some cardboard.

M: Again, nothing to write home about. Semi creamy texture with lively/prickly carbonation and a big, not quite heavy bitter finish.

D: Drinks pretty well but not much better than your average, baseline IPA.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Rangermonk
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into an imperial Pint glass, from a six-pack

A- Nice clear gold, with a chunky white head

S- Hops, wonderful hops. Citrusy, with a resin background.

T- First gulp, the hop aroma delivered into the taste. Second taste, well balanced bitterness, citrus with pine notes coupled with caramel. Pleasant after taste.

M- Not thin, well carbed and with a stickiness from the malts

D- Very drinkable, after the first taste I noted to myself, "save some bottles for tomorrow".

Had to fight off my hophead cat, who couldn't keep her nose out of the glass(a high mark of approval)

Rangermonk, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of californiakulak
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured a bottle of this beer into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Nice amber color with a good one inch head. Good retention and lacing.

S. Smells of hops. Floral hops with a slight hint of sweatness.

T. Pretty good beer. Not as citrusy as I usually like but still tasty. Pretty standard for an ipa. Lots of bitter hops.

M. Medium body with a long bitter aftertaste. Good carbonation.

D. This beer was good but I feel that there are a many better IPA's in Cali. I would have trouble drinking more than 2 of these at one sitting.

californiakulak, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of samie85
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/23.

A- Pours an light orange color with a white two finger head.

S-Fresh citrus and pine notes dominate here with a hint of caramel malt.

T-Follows the nose with citrus and pine bitterness with a caramel malt base that balances things a little.

M-Really creamy and smooth for an IPA. Medium boded with moderate carbonation.

D-This is one easy drinking IPA. It's easily one of my favorites and I hope Stone makes it to Chicago soon so I can regularly enjoy this fine beer.

samie85, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%

Poured into a frozen pint glass.

A: Wonderful light amber/gold with a small tan head that stays.

S: Grapefruit, rich hops, a sweet character with hints of pine.

T: Nice initial hoppy, citrus body with an aftertaste that delivers too much pine for my liking.

Drinkability: I think it's a must to have more than one of these, or precede it with another IPA in order to get used to the piney undertones this one shows.

Value: Expensive, considering what else is out there in IPA Land.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: One finger of off white foamy head. Slight carbonation. Golden copper color and crystal clear. The head is retained nicely with great lacing.

S: Floral hops, orange zest, a little piney. Touch of coriander.

T: Bitter hops, yeast, citrus, grain. A bit sweet on the finish, and moderate alcohol warmth.

M: Silky and smooth, balanced by a perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol.

D: This is very drinkable. The flavors are nicely balanced, and the hops don't overwhelm like many other IPAs. Alcohol is just right to add a perfect warmth to the finish.

goldbot, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into pint glass...

A: Very crisp and clean golden lemon body with a nice two finger head that falls to a thin foam leaving excellent lacing behind. Crystal clear body...

S: Massive grapefruit aroma with a hint of tangerine and faint grassy floral aroma as well.

T: Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit...wow what a citrus bomb! Heavy citrus, faint pine in the finish and almost no malt profile. Delicious but very one note...

M: Light medium body that is very crisp, nice carbonation, dances on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable and crisp, dry finish adds to the drinkability. Very nice.

RedBrewer83, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

A-pours a cloudy dark yellow. With a small white head that dissipates quickly. 3.5

S-grapefruit dominates the nose. 4.0

T-hops up front providing a nice grapefruit flavor. It finishes with a nice malt backbone and a leaves a bitter after taste.
4.5
M-nice mouthfeel with the right amount of hops.
4.0
D-very drinkable ipa, definitely a session beer.4.5

Overall a Very nice ipa that I would recomend and drink again.
***
Re-reviewed on 3-19-11
A-Pours nearly the color of honey with a white head that keeps a layer of foam throughout and leaves some amazing lacing up and down the entire glass.

S-Hoppy, grapefruit dominating with a hint of malt as well.

T-Grapefruit and citrus notes with an herbal hint just before the malt backbone.

M-Pretty thick, but has a good amount of carbonation to even it out.

D-I could drink this beer all day every day. Though slightly high on the abv. it is still very sessionable.

Overall, I first didn't properly appreciate this beer and now I am a true fan. I will drink this often. The review stats reflect this review session.

thegodfather2701, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Skitowneric
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a dark coppery gold. Nice two finger head that quickly disspated to one finger before I had a chance to take the first sip. Initial smells were with very forward hops but the citrus and fruit was present as well. The hop and fruit flavors are very forward on the palate. The taste hits you right away and then goes away with a nice balance. This beer does not have a huge bitter aftertaste you might expect given the initial smell and taste. Overall just another impressive Stone product.

Skitowneric, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Dark gold color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrussy hops. Also pine and floral notes.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front. Bready malts in the foundation. Evenly bitter in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Resiny hops linger a bit in the finish.

D: As sessionable an IPA as they come. Not quite the complexity or big malt foundatiton as its big brother, but I could drink a few of these.

Haybeerman, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

pours a clear amber gold with a moderate size fluffy white head and excellent lacing.

really excellent smell, pineapple and apricot hops. and a light but sweet maltiness.

taste is the same with a nice bitter finish.

mouthfeel is slightly creamy and a little bubbly. a light biting sensation in the end.

very balanced in the body and not so complex i couldn't handle it, really good.

really excellent beer.

ryanonline, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of kcr357
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%

A-Dark copper with two generous fingers of foam and spotty lacing. Color is ominously close to Budweiser, but dark enough to tell the difference.
S-Faint undertones of a normal IPA, then the hops gloriously hit your nose like a freight train. Light undertones of caramel and malt.
T-Quite bitter as it should be, but there seems to be an odd or off flavor that does not belong, but dissipates after a few swigs.
M-bubbly with a feeling that it coats the tongue; a bit syrupy.
D-Good beer, originally gave it a lower d rating, but after 4 they are still going down easy. Very surprising d for a hh and h alc beer

kcr357, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of irishking1977
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle form. I'd normally have some issues with an 11 dollar six pack, but Stone is an exception; they make worthy brews.

A: Pours a solid dark gold, with decent lacing and a minimal head. I was expecting a huge, frothy head, but I didn't get the pour quite right.

S: Hops, citrus and some herbal notes. Pine also a found.

T: Lots of citrus and pine with copious hops. Now this is what an IPA should be. There haven't been too many IPA's that I have liked as much as this one, with the exception of Stone's Ruination. Now THAT one is the pinnacle of IPA's. In comparison, Their basic IPA seems slightly less refined and balanced than Ruination; the hops seem to dominate the taste too much. While that's not a bad thing by any means, Ruination still boasts a more varied and complex taste.

M: Highly carbonated and oily with a bitter background. The hops linger on the palate for quite some time.

D: This a pretty good session beer, even with a higher than average ABV. Regardless of price, if I'm in a hophead mood, I'll have to consider this one, or Ruination as my hopped beers of choice.

irishking1977, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

I poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... it poured a hazy golden color, a little amber colors to it too. Not a huge head, but decent retention and lacing on it.

Smells strong of floral hops. I love that slightly sweet smell to the hops on the nose. Not much else though, as to be expected from the style.

Taste is what you'd expect based on the smell and the hype. Sweet hoppiness up front, lingering hoppy bitterness, well balanced between in each sip. Good carbonation and no bad aftertastes.

This is one of the top IPAs I've ever had, I'm thrilled it's in the Louisiana market!

theboozecruise, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of scottyb88
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

A-poured a dark yellow almost gold with nice head retention and a lot of lacing

S-hops, citrus

T-same as the smell, a nice bite from the hops for the whole sip but a nice balance with malt...great west coast style

M-smooth with slight carbonation

D-such a great IPA, very bitter and aromatic

scottyb88, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

A: here we have a soft hazed reddish yellow with a glowing character. The body shows some mildly entertaining life with a handful of swirling bubble pockets. The bleach white head rushed up after a diligent pour and melted away with pace. What is most striking is the interconnected spider webbing that christens the walls of my glass, things look sticky

S: a lush rush of hoppy smells fills my nasal cavity with a near instant mouthwatering reaction. Grapefruits, oranges, and prickly pine reign amongst a small candied malt sweetness. Hop monster coming at ya!

T: hmm, darn close to hop juice. I taste a fresh basket of citrus fruits with flavors ranging from lemons, oranges, pink grapefruits, and a nip of tropical pineapple. Oh, and I can not forget the easy-going pine notes that meld with the "fruit gang." For just an AIPA this thing is loaded
Not much in the way of malts, or so my palate thinks. Yet, I sense they are just there, holding everything together. With some careful evaluation I gather a firm pale malt sugar cookie goodness

M: with the flavors, look, and style it is right where it should be. The body holds a medium quality with complimentary carbonation. It is surprisingly refreshing and sipping is tough to maintain as continual gulps beckon

D: full of zest and formidable flavors, this is a staple in IPA's as far as I am concerned. Its overall drinkability is one of its best assets. I was disappointed that I had not reviewed this one, as I have had it countless times before...oh well. I am glad I got a sixer of this from "The Plaid"

Magpie14, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of CMiller683
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Comes in the usual brown 12oz bottle. No freshness date. Has a nice description on the back. The gargoyle is a cool touch to the label. ABV is listed. Poured into a standard glass.

A - Pours starting as a light, bright yellow, fading to an orange. Clear with a nice, foamy white head that clings rather well. Head that sticks around very well. Great lace, clinging the height of the glass.

S - Can't smell too well tonight. Strong hop aromas is about all I can get through my stuffed sinuses. I know there is much more to this beer, so I'll come back to it another day. A six-pack is in my future.

T - A strong hop spice kicks you in the tongue. Very herbal. Definitely piney. An excellent, complex balance that brings more with very sip. Definitely a strong, bitter, hoppy beer. Tastes of malts are present too. Very intriguing.

M - Kind of lose me a bit here. Kind of carbonated/foamy, and I don't care for it. Has a very bready aftertaste, but with a dry hoppy kick. Not bad, but I dont care for the thick, foamy feel.

D - Quite drinkable. ABV is under control, and it's not too abusive on the palate. Great tasting and complex. I'll come back to this beer, and possible update my review to give it due diligence.

CMiller683, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of alexrichman
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Purchased at The Belmont Station in Portland, OR and poured into a pint glass.

A> This one pours a wonderful, cloudy, golden-orange with a 1 finger head that has great retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

S> Slightly yeasty with strong citrusy/piney hop aroma

T> Nice, light malt with a little bit of burnt/toasted flavor lying underneath the huge citrus/pine hop profile. A little bit of alcohol comes through. Good balance.

M> This beer feels great in the mouth, not too thick, not too thin. A little less carbonation then I was expecting but it suits the beer quite well.

D> I think most people wouldn't have any problem drinking these all nights, especially fans of the style.

alexrichman, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of cratez
4.23/5  rDev 0%

650ml bomber poured into a shaker. My dad was kind enough to grab this for me on a recent trip to Las Vegas. He picked it up at Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits.

Pours a clear, bright yellow with golden hues and a fluffy white head that retains for the duration of the beer. Sheets of spotted lacing line the entire glass. Smell is a pungent bouquet of hops, with intense citrus fruit, pine needle, and lemon/lime aromas. Strong hop flavours burst onto the palate, producing a pronounced citric bitterness and juicy, clementine punch. Big flash of white grapefruit and lemony hops in the body. Lots of tang and spice. The bold hop flavours and aromas suggest the use of hop oil or extract. A weak malt backbone manages to cut the IBUs only somewhat, with a bit of sweetness, white bread, and crackers toward the finish. Aftertaste is not as bitter as I thought it would be. It's a strange comparison, but this resembles an amped up, American version of Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted.

Overall, this is a flavourful and interesting West Coast IPA, and I'm glad to have tried it. A great beer all around.

cratez, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

What a fantastic brew.

A: A deep and golden honey color, with a very airy 2 finger head that dissipates to a thin, but appreciable head.
S: Hops. Citrusy and woody.
T: Hops. Lots and lots of hops. Finishes with an essence of citrus and pine.
M: Medium carbonation. Fairly unexciting.
D: Very high drinkability, but not one to throw back. Definitely a beer for sipping and savoring.

BrandonWardlaw, Dec 03, 2009
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,666 ratings.