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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

8,911 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,911
Reviews: 2,783
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,078 | 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 divineaudio
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a weizen glass. freshness date marked.

pours a standard translucent gold color with a little yellow around the edges. gave me a great big foamy head that rose above the edge of the glass before calming to a thin film. lots of sticky lacing left in my glass too. looks like it should.

big floral hop character in the nose rounded out by notes of citrus, fresh cut grass and lightly toasted bread.

taste is about what i expected. toasty malt with loads of flowery and fruity hop character. strong piney bitterness that hangs on the back of the tongue and a dry finish. nowhere near balanced, though i'm sure that was intentional.

mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium with enough carbonation to fell prickly.

pretty drinkable, but high enough abv that i really feel it after 2 of these. To me the epitome of west coast ipas and probably should be on everyone's beers to try list. i'm pretty sure this set the standard at one point, but there are certainly more exciting examples of the style out there.

divineaudio, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of CascadeConan
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a few fingers of off-white head that leaves sticky, resiny lacing that may require steel wool to remove.

The smell is pure IPA thoroughbred. Generous dry hopping is apparent in the heavy citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine, very little malt in the aroma but who cares.

It tastes just like it smells, delicious. Very few IPAs I've tried have this delivery of hop characteristics but the retention of individual tastes and the citrus qualities of each hop variety is amazingly well blended. Finishes bitter but the malt carries it through smoothly.

Great beer to represent the American IPA style, bold hoppy flavor and boozy weighing in just shy of 7% ABV. Not a beer to session but goes well with spicy food and it's my go to for the over $10 sixer category.

CascadeConan, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of glazeman
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: medium orange in color with a 1.5 finger white head. Moderate retention, and mild lacing.

S: Lots of lemons on the nose, with some tangerines as well. Nice smell, but not quite as complex or intense as I would have liked.

T: Mostly a citrusy IPA w/o much pine character to it. The main flavors I get are orange and grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick at the end as well with a little bit of earthiness to it.

M: Par for the course. Nice level of carbonation, but it doesn't have as long lasting or nice of an aftertaste as top tier IPAs.

D: Great drinkability. This beer tastes pretty good and goes down easy.

glazeman, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To me this is the trademark beer for west coast styled IPA's. It has a nice head to it and great fruity smell. The color is an almost murky gold.

This beer is not meant to be a ballanced IPA and focuses purly on the bitter. There are some hints of almost citrusy flavors but they are wiped away almost instantly by the taste of hops and even more hops.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of ZacHart
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange color and offers a dense, thick head that fades slowly, leaving plenty of lacing and a thin persistent head. Aroma bursting with hops, namely citrus, pine, and grass aromas. A wonderfully balanced flavor with just enough malt to stand up the hops, and little alcohol detectable. Overall highly drinkable, and an outstanding example of the American West Coast's world-class IPAs.

ZacHart, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of bobhits
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In most styles of beer I take a standard somewhat generic beer and I hold all others to it. The APA for example is best shown by seirra nevada. I'd never call that a great beer, it's average in most of its efforts. With IPA's I used ot judge them to dogfish head 60 minute but stone ipa honestly is easier to get and all IPAs end up being graded down because they aren't stone.

The nose is other worldly, served in a stone iPA glass the nose is just breath taking. Floral, fruity, spicy, piny, and hell if I could have this as a perfume I'd buy it for all the ladies. This is the best smelling beer I've ever been with.

The appearance is cloudy off yellow/copper, an unimpressive head on this pour but normally it does far better. Leaves a decent but not amazing lacing. Not much carbonation.

I'm an atheist, but this beer makes me want to thank god for the taste. It's citrus, crispy, with malt COMPLETELY in the back seat but at the same time perfectly complementing the hops.

Look, I've given beers 5's before. This beer is the best beer I've ever had when I really truly sit back and judge fairly. I can't give the appearance a 5 though...again a flaw in the bro's scores. Many beers have exceptional qualities. This beer in many places is perfection...and there is no 6 to give.

In the quest to try every beer on the planet one often forgets about the easy to find and cheaper offerings. Well IPA lovers...there is no better staple. There is no beer I come back to as often and trust me I've got about 40 different beers in the fridge...this one will be bought again before all of those are even sampled.

bobhits, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Plokhooy
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For what it's worth, Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are the two stalwarts of the American IPA / Pale Ale class. Stone is a very drinkable IPA that is great for both hopheads and casual beer drinkers alike. Even if you are not a big fan of "hopped up" beers, this is still a must try.

Plokhooy, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Julz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head after it's poured into your glass. Nice light orange color, great carbonation that leaves pretty bubbles on top.

S - Good citrus and forest floor smell. Very simple, not at all overwhelming.

T - Very nice citrus with a yummy piney bite. You can make out the malts as you swallow, with a awesome hop flavor all around. The after taste makes you want to take another drink just to experience it again.

M - Not too heavy for an IPA with medium body and a great balance of carbonation.

D - Easier to drink than a lot of the IPA's out there. Not too bitter and goes down very easy. As I said in the beginning, each drink of Stone makes you want another. This is one of my favorites. All attitude, thanks Stone!

Serving type: bottle

Julz, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all i love the label and spiels on the back of these bottles just stoked to be able to be drinking a brew from Stone,it pours a non see through tangello hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a nice two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is nearly spot on with hints of pine resin,marmalade,passionfruit and lychee,it has a pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel which is lightly sticky and leaves you with tastes of passionfruit,tangerines,grapefruit,some light toffee malts and finishes with a tiny bitter tinge basically a perfectly balanced beer in my eyes that i could drink all night if given the chance and will definately revisit this fine drop.

ADZA, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of GarrettMD
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow hue. Very little head, but what head there is stays around as a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Smells like it should, citrus and pine hops, caramel malt background. Simple, to the point.

T - Taste is a lot more citrusy than the aroma implies. Caramel malts are still there but are pushed even further to the background by the fruitiness from the hops. Pine hops are slightly less prominent than the citrus. As the initial rush of hop flavors fades, it goes more towards the sweet caramel malt base. It fades very nicely into that with a bittersweet grapefruit taste.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue. Not as oily as most IPAs, more silky. Finish is sweet with some slight citrus notes.

D - Very good drinkability, 6.9% isn't too high, but definitely not "sessionable." Not so bitter that it will ruin your palate for the night, not too sweet to give you a headache after drinking one.

GarrettMD, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of BBP
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A honey gold color with fair carbonation and a massive foamy head.

S- Pine resin, citrus and hops. Not much malt to be found.

T- Leads with bitter hops and then becomes bittersweet as a grapefruit flavor begins to rush in. Leaves a very good grapefruit aftertaste. I've never been much of a grapefruit fan, but I'm starting to think that beer will make me one. A bit more hops than the average IPA.

M- Medium high body and a carbonation that goes perfect with it. Fairly creamy as well.

D- A very solid example of an IPA. To be honest, it's working it's way towards a double IPA. Very easy to down, and considerably hoppy. Would definitely get it again. More grapefruity than most though.

BBP, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops, but is a little bit faint. I get some orange citrus, pine and flowery notes. The flavor is more assertive, with notes of pithy oranges and some caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and just about right for a regular American IPA. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A very good IPA.

Mora2000, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight touch of haze in this deep yellow brew with bright orange hints throughout. Pretty fluffy head that reduces as expected, but manages to stick around a while. More of a floral secondary to citrusy hop notes in the nose. There's a good bit of hops in the nose and the taste. There's quite a bit of bready malts coming through as well. More of a citrus forward taste leaning toward grapefruit with only hints of pine. I found this to be very well balanced (what can I say, I like lots of hops.) Certainly finishes cleaner than Stone's bigger beers, but is great for the style. Not my favorite of the style, but right up there with the best of them.

alkemy, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a chilled pint glass. A moderate pour gives a nice 1" of frothy off-white head on top of this semi-cloudy golden brew. The smell is a strong resiny pine hop, some mild florals and a bit of sweet light malt. The taste has an interesting body of tannins and a secondary malt sweetness that support a moderate dose of the sticky pine and florals detected in the smell. The earthy astringent tannin and bitter hop blend well together, tieing the body cleanly to the hop for a rounded full taste. The feel is perhaps a bit on the light side of moderately thick, with appropriate soft carbonation. Tasty. Lace lingers on the glass through the session.

BeerNinja007, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber color with extreme head formation. Be careful when you pour this one!

S: This beer smells wonderful. Sweet malt and flowery hops mix together perfectly.

T: I expected the hops to be the main player, but the first drink taught me differently. The malt is very sweet on the front of your tongue, then the hops go to work. Nicely done, Stone Zen Masters.

M: Silky smooth malt and just the right level of carbonation. No alcohol burn at all.

D: Extremely enjoyable. Very easy to drink.

Spica66, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of infi
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, best by 10.10.10.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a pale golden color full of carbonation with a beautiful off-white and cloud-like head with generous retention. Lots of foamy and sticky webbed lacing all over the glass too. My glass is completely covered by the dried lacing- I'm loving it. The aroma contains a large bouquet of earthy hops and sharp grapefruit citrus. There's a sort of soapy characteristic to the smell as well. Standard IPA aroma overall.

Very nice. Stone IPA is incredibly hop and malt-balanced. The flavor profile begins with some sweet and bready malts and then is followed by a nice hop crispness and grapefruit bite. The final bitterness is very minute and not as biting as other IPA's I've previously had. All of the qualities in this IPA are very well represented and perfectly balanced.

The mouthfeel is perfect, especially for an IPA. It's visually effervescent, but on the mouth it's incredibly smooth and silky. Almost like a porter or stout. The carbonation is barely noticeable on the tongue. Drinkability is noticeably high - definitely can have a couple more glasses of this delectable IPA. My first glass was finished in a matter of minutes due to its incredible taste and mouthfeel. This IPA is underrated!

infi, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight hazed golden body topped with a thick frothy antique whited head. The head retains its position for quite some time before receding. Thick sheets of lacing left coating the inner walls of the nonic.

Strong citrus aroma oozes from the glass. Tangelo and grapefruit scents overwhelm the nose. There is a very fine line when it comes to hop aroma between being pleasing and just too much. Once you cross that like the overwhelming citrus begins to evolve into something far from what it is suppose to be. Stone IPA manages to find that sweet spot where the aroma is intense while still pleasant.

If the aroma was great the flavor is incredible. The hop flavor is bright and juicy with an underlying biting bitterness. The strong citrus flavors meet a more subtle pine bite to even out the hop profile from becoming too sweet or too bitter. Malt creates a sturdy base with a pleasant pale malt with a light caramel malt sweetness. One way to ruin a good IPA is to go overboard with the caramel malt, Stone definitely keeps this is check.

Medium body with a smooth and clean texture. A resiny biting bitterness does dig in but the finish is still rather dry and pleasant.

Stone IPA is one of the best I have had the pleasure of enjoying. In my book it falls only behind Two Hearted amongest American IPA's. Tremendously enjoyable and easy to drink.

kzoobrew, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (pineapple/grapefruit), sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good standard APA - nothing flashy.

Tone, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Review from notes on 9/4*

A: Hazy deep honey color with an average white head. Pretty good lacing

S: Strong pine hops. Pretty much just raw aromatic hops in the nose.

T: Straight up bitter hops. Resiny. Intense pine hop rips up the palate. There is a touch of citrus flavors after the initial bitter hop bomb, but its hardly there. Finishes crisp and pretty clean. For how bitter it is, you'd think its very dry, but thats not the case here.

M: Light to medium body. Average carbonation. Very slick feeling probably from all the hop oils.

D: Drinkability is average at best for me, I personally prefer some malt and or tropical fruit flavors in my IPAs, but the malt was really lacking. Definition of a West coast IPA for sure.

herman77, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Pretty heavy carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly leaving plenty of sticky residue behind and nice little craters and peaks. Lots of spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Very piny, a little yeast, and a bit of a floral note.

T: Lightly malted and very hoppy.

M: Light but full. Hops assault the palette and linger throughout the experience. Steely aftertaste.

D: The hop bite will dictate sippage on this one.

Atmosphere is pretty great. Appearance is rich and golden with a giant foamy head that just won't quit. Plenty of persistent sticky lacing. Nose is not complex, but full and floral. Flavor, again, not complex, but full-on hop assault. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I meant to grab a bottle of Ruination, but grabed a bottle of the Stone IPA, oh well let's give it a shot. Pours out of the bottle golden in color, nice head 1-2 fingers. The head disapears after a few miutes, nice lacing. The smell is wounderful. The hops are INTENSE, but have another sip it keeps growing on you. This is a very hoppy IPA, nice finish, hardly any trace of malt flavor. If you like IPA's and a beer heavy on the hops you have found your beer.

beyah, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orange-gold with only the faintest haze to it, almost no carbonation. Very little head with no retention, and some sticky lacing. Nose opens up with grapefruit and pineapple. Settles into west coast style aroma hoppiness...Flavor is burting out of the gate. Very full and rich for an IPA. Some alcohol in there, and it carries throughout the flavor, but isn't too much. Hops are huge here, and overpower almost all else. Some hints of candied apple, and maybe some vanilla but it's masked amidst the wash of hops. Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Priced well usually, so this is great everyday beer. However, it's the epitome of a West Coast IPA and not super unique at this point.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of UncleDads
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Medium brown color with two finger head. Lots of lacing with great head retention all the way down.

Smells of hops with a subtle hint of flowers and fruit. Really awakens your senses.

Taste starts out smooth at first then you are hit with the bitterness. You get a hint of malt and subtle alcohol flavors really bring this beer together.

This is a very drinkable IPA. There is just the right balance of hops, malt, and fruity notes. Great brew and will surely be having this again when i crave an IPA

UncleDads, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Two finger tight white head. Slightly cloudy golden body. Impressive lacing left behind, and really nice retention.

The nose is filled with a sour dough like bread scent then piney hops, and a hint of citrus. The sourdough bread scent is a little too much for me.

Taste exhibits the same sour dough like bread note, then piney notes, resin bitterness, and a hint of grapefruit citrus.

The mouthfeel is light well carbonated, and crisp. Balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Super drinkable IPA, and a favorite of mine, especially in terms of availability.

billshmeinke, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A nice thick head sips atop a clear yellow beer, leaning towards gold, with faint bubbles rising upward. I have high hopes for this beer, but they are not met by the appearance.

S: Strong hops. And more hops. There may even be a faint citrus in here. Unless my nose is right in it, I don't smell very much. What is there is nice however.

T: Thick and bready, the hops provide all the substance for this beer, but with a faraway, underlying malt frame that is all but obscured. Heavy and sharp on the tongue, these are some spicy hops. The aftertaste is drying (but not dry) and interminably hoppy.

M: The hops dominate the initial and final mouthfeel. The midfeel is biscuity.

D: I feel the Stone IPA is overrated. It's a good beer, but not amazing. The hops are fun for a while, but too violent in the beginning of each sip. The 6.9% tells. I wouldn't buy another, but you should try just one.

AgentMunky, Sep 02, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,911 ratings.