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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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8,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,938
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,095 | 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 yankiac
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a vibrant golden color with subtle shades of amber. A nice lace that lasts throughout the session

S - Piny hop aroma.

T - Piny hop flavor with undertones of citrus. Didn't have a strong malt flavor

M - Light and dry.

D - Its light enough to drink all night, but be careful because it hides its alcohol well.

yankiac, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is of a lot of pine trees. Really. Very hoppy...if there are any malts in there, they're hiding.

Pours a golden color with a fluffy, white head on it. Fair thickness...good lacing.

What's somewhat surprising about this beer is that the hops are not entirely all THAT bitter on the taste. I guess they saved that for Ruination. The bitterness is actually fairly standard for an IPA. Stronger than some, weaker than others. From the start, there's a good pine resin, oily hoppiness that envelopes the tongue...it fades a little in the middle of the swallow, only to come back just as bitter on the finish with notes of grapefruit. The bitterness lasts a bit into the aftertaste as well in a small way. On the finish, there is a bit of creamy malt (and I do mean a little) showing up, but is still definitely behind the hops. I will also add that the mouthfeel is definitely thicker than what I'd expect most IPA's to be.

I'm surprised about this beer, to be quite honest. Stone has done a solid job of creating a good IPA here, without going too far.

NODAK, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice clear amber color and with a good, fluffy head with the fat bubbles I like so much. I love it when the bubbles are varied in size and can take a long time to pop. Excellent lacing.

Good nose. I suppose if I couldn't get a lot of the CA IPAs, I would think this is nirvana. From my perspective though it's still a good but not outstanding classic west coast IPA smell. Piney/citrusy hops and a malt undercurrent.

Very similar taste with a lingering bitterness characteristic of Stone beers. I like the balance here, and the flavor is distinct from all of the other IPAs I've had.

Good mouthfeel, although it did have a slight building bitterness. Not overwhelming, but a little disconcerting since I excpected it to get out of control.

Very drinkable, and highly recommended.

Chizoad, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of patobandito
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything an IPA should be. Stone never disappoints me.

Pale golden color, with a lovely white head with good lacing. Very bold citrus and pine, with a good sweet malt balance. Leaves a wonderfully dry finish, making you crave more. A great all around IPA that is enjoyable all year round

patobandito, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of mattgreger
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice Amber colored body, with a decent sizes creamy white head. Little bit of lacing that hangs out for a bit. Not much carbination, which could be a challange on this one.

Aromas are very present on this one. Very heavy with a citris hops aroma in the forefront of this one. Its followed up with some other aromas as well...being some some caramels, oranges, and a trail of a floral hops as well.

The taste on this brew is very good. The first sip of this brew has a nice hoppy flavor to it. It follows up with a strong presence of grapefruit and a hint of orange mixed as well. Its sweet and bitter all at once, which makes this a very interesting beer. Its very nice finish.

The mouthful is great on this west coast born IPA. Its crisp and smooth and has the perfect bitterness that you expect from an IPA. Spices sit well and give you that bit of a bite you are looking for. Nice medium body and little carbination, which actually helps round out this beer.

Drinkability is good. This wouldn't be a great session beer due to the higher ABV, but it goes down smooth and I would definitly have it again. I will have to try some more brews by Stone Brewing Company.

mattgreger, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of kreeper
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another world class beer from Stone. Take it out of the fridge, let it sit on the counter for ten minutes or so before opening it, then lavish yourself in the beautiful floral aroma of hops. It's readily available in six packs in my area, so I'm spoiled. It has the hoppy, citrusy flavors one would expect from a west coast IPA. I've used this beer on four occassions to introduce a BMC type to real beer. Each time was successful.

Serving type: bottle

kreeper, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber body, with a nice creamy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. No visible carbonation to speak of.

S - West Coast-style citrus hoppiness. Juicy grapefruit, oranges, and some floral notes. Also hints of caramel, apple, and sour dough. Pretty hop-forward but not one-dimensional.

T - First you get a good hop bite, with very apparent grapefruit notes and a hint of orange. Then sweetness, breadiness, and bitterness come in all at once. The finish is bitter and bready, with a little tartness. Very tasty!

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Not very carbonated. Quite dry in the mouth, though. A little spiciness from the hops can be felt on the tongue. A little hint of alcohol.

D - Pretty good drinkability, however, I wouldn't make this my session IPA, because of its dryness and its ABV. Goes down smooth at first, but then it may become more challenging to drink, especially if you're not a hophead.

Overall, I agree that this is one of the finer examples of the style. A true classic American IPA!

NightINgale, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well time to review this monster, I do mean monster. Because like with all the stone products they tend to be a tad heavy handed with there hops. With a IPA that can be a good thing.

The bottle poured into a Stone IMP pint glass produced the most perfect looking IPA you can imagine.
It looks like the advertisement photos you see. A nice golden orange with a beautiful pillow of a white head on top. As you consume the brew the lace just follows the beer down the glass.

The aromas are hop forward. Again there is no surprise, it's the typical pine almost floral bouquet. I would expect from an IPA. Only hoped to the max.. (LOL) This is a typical west cost IPA. If you want to experience one out here in the east this is the one I would point you too. The flavor is bitter grapefruit with almost no malt profile in it at all. Balance would not be a word I use in describing this one. The feel is a soiled medium to me with a good amount of carbonation in it helping to cleanse the pallet.

This is a great IPA drinkability is perfect. This beer is one everyone needs to try at least once. I myself tend to return to this one quite often.

joepais, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- semi-pale amber color with small head and small ring of lacing
s- nice pine scent with a little bit of floral/fruity, pretty hoppy
t- goes down really easy, nice mild bitterness with pine and notes, sort of a mild minty hop aftertaste
m- has a nice smooth medium-thick mouthfeel
d- overall a very nice beer and must have for ipa fans

wallaceandvomit, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


A- great copper/amber color, with a thick inch of head that last throughout the entire pint!!!!

S- nice aroma, piney, hoppy

T- good taste, like pine trees, hint of peppermint i thought, and hops

M- very good, nice carbonation

D- drinkable, i drank it on an empty stomach, feelin good now, could definitely have another

overall, great beer, i will buy this again to switch up the routine, highly recommended

Pballa4lyfe, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of tbern007
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good all around IPA.

Great looking honey gold color.

Smells of pine, strong hops.

No malt. Good hop taste, bitter. But once you've had the ruination IPA by Stone, this "regular" IPA doesn't pack the same punch you expect. I've been tainted. Floral, piney.

Good moutfeel and aftertaste. Overall a great beer.

tbern007, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Brewing India Pale Ale

Served at 53 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Golden, small head with good lacing.

Smell: Citrus fruits and hops with some flowers.

Taste: Floral hops, warm malts, flowers, and citrus fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

This is a really good IPA. I like it better than Sierra Nevada personally. It has this large bouquet that lingers.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite beer, though I prefer the maltier Eastern IPA's more as it is. As a side note, Stone has proven to be about the worst bottles to save for homebrewing because their art is painted on the bottle, no label (I was saving these at first to reuse and eventually decided that it would be too obscene and pitched them). Very cool for drinking the beer though.

Appearance: Bottle is unique, good art, though trying the read the 4.5 type font 500 word essay on the back of their bottles is a chore, and ultimately for me, unrewarding. Pours a golden honey color, nice white foamy head.

Smells of straight hops. Pine, oily and resinous, semi-floral, and nothing even remotely close to sweet - I think Stone uses bittering hops as finishing hops!

The flavor is typical for a West Coast IPA. Very clean tasting, the quality on their beer is always spot on. Bitter dry hops, no malt or sweetness to obscure those little flowers that Stone pays homage to.

Crisp and easily drinkable if you like the style, this is a great beer. But for the price I can get other things that I like a lot more as well.

Spider889, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of JToad
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at Bar Louie last night. I've had it many times, but this is the first time I've decided to review it.

Came to me at the bar a dark yellow, with tangerine highlights. Minimal head, but nice off white lacing throughout.

Smell's instantly of hops. Sweet, piney citrusy hops. Clean and eye opening.

Tastes of sweet bitter hops right up the front, smoothe on the sides with a crisp finish. Very clean,crisp IPA.

Awesome when fresh and on tap. One of the hoppier single IPA's I've had. Extreme bitterness, with some creaminess to balance out the beer.

Outstanding, almost perfect IPA.

JToad, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear peach/amber color with a ½" fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving sheets of foam on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of ridged foam on one side that clings to the glass while on the other side the speckles and legs of lacing do their thing. The head and lacing on the glass persist for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh pine mingled with grapefruit zest. There's a mild presence of malt. I'm expecting this one is going to be all about the hops.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors are a nice mix of pine and grapefruit with maybe a touch of lemon in there too. While the malt backbone is present, the malt and its light caramel sweetness never really moves front and center, rather it keeps to its supporting role.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly smooth and creamy with the active carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with the grapefruit zest showing but then trails slowly off in to dry light bitterness that just disappears.

Drinkability: I can see why this IPA regularly gets high marks. This is definitely a well-made beer that fits the style nicely. I have had this one before, am enjoying this one as each sip easily follows the one before. I certainly expect I'll be choosing this beer again in the future.

drtth, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEER Review 100!

A - Pours a light somewhat hazy gold color into my pint glass with about one finger of head moderate retention and very nice lacing.

S - Strong aroma of hops, pine and grapefruit citrus notes as well as sweet malts.

T - To me, this is a great tasting IPA. Sweet malts, followed by a very nice pine and citrus hop fusion that finishes with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Medium in body, crisp and refreshing.

D - This drinks great as an IPA, and all you hopheads out there like myself remember this is an IPA, not a double or imperial, and for the category it's in it is an awesome beer!

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a large head. Lots of lacing throughout. Wonderful aroma. Blend of citrus, hops, pine but no one aroma more powerful than the other. Taste is bitter with a citrus flavor to it. Good amount of hoppiness as well. Lots of flavor to this IPA. Not overly drinkable but can be consumed at a good clip.

PicoPapa, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of lstokes
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive, great-smelling, very tasty American IPA. It's orange with a head that fell pretty quickly but left nice lacing, and smells of wonderful citrusy hops. It tastes of them too, although the finish gets a bit piney/spicy, and has a light, clean mouthfeel with vigorous carbonation that you can't help but enjoy. This is a reliable beer, nothing particularly unique, but perfectly crafted and a must-have for IPA fans.

lstokes, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Dspohn
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/08/10, I believe this dating system for the IPA is for 3 months, making this bottle a few weeks old, a good start.

A firm pour yields a 2 inch white rocky white head on a clear light orange body. Some pretty nice lookin lacing also. The smell of this beer is a little interesting, very clean, with grapefruit and pine dominating. There is this sort of strange citrus rind almost melon like flavor and smell that I always get with this beer (Hop Czar from Bridgeport gives me the same thing). The taste is much the same, quite bitter with about equal emphasis on grapefruit and pine. No tropics to speak of. Some light malts give a little support but not much. Actually a quite bitter IPA when consumed fresh, I might actually go as far as to say this beer is more bitter than the Ruination which I find has some more sweet citrus and tropics. Pretty much the standard when it comes to IPAs, but definitely not the best. Carbonation is pretty much spot on.

The rindy/melon taste kind makes the flavor profile kind of distracting in my personal opinion. This is a beer I've had many times but is definitely not my favorite from stone. Give me a Ruination or SSR over their standard IPA any day when I'm looking for some hops.

Dspohn, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of greenbean3
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house :)

Appearance: cloudy, light golden color; lighter hue than expected for a high ABV beer.

Beautiful head, especially just after tapping this baby.

Smell: Piney hints with citrus aroma. Typical IPA scent

Taste: Great beer. Comparable to my favorite, Bells Two Hearted Ale. Citrus overtones but a decent malt balance. Dry finish

Mouthfeel: ????

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden, like all great IPA. I do not know why I keep excellent high gravity beers on tap at the house.... glutton for punishment.

greenbean3, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little blotchy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: on the first whiff I got more sweet maltiness than hops but did manage to detect pine, bready, and slight citrus notes.

T: the hops are not that potent like the nose but it did seem to come with grassy, earthy, pine and tea like notes. I thought the malts were playing a prefect role on the balance and not overly sweet.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a grassy, piney, tea like, and very mild hop bitter pinch.

D: it drank quite well but was kind of dissapointed on the hop profile and bitter punch that was lacking especially coming from the arrogant bastards. This IPA was a west coast hop let down.

Gobzilla, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark orange/yellow, some tan mixed with unfiltered floaters. Not much of a head

Smell - Pine, malts, grapefruit. Hops, very citrus smell.

Taste - Pretty much from the smell i knew what i was getting. Strong hoppy ipa. GRapefruit and orange is present. This is pretty strong for a regular ipa. Nice and bitter

Mouthfeel - Feels like i just bit into a grapefruit, then chased it with orange juice. Very fruity that covers mouth but doesnt ruin it.

Drinkabilty - Very high. This is near perfect unless i wanna go hop heavy, then i move up to ruination or such. You can drink 3-4 of these no problem. I always keep a six pack handy. One of the best ipa's out.

wvsabbath, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Dunkle
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to have this on tap way over here in Michigan!

A: Hazy golden orange color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing throughout.
S: Smells like citrus (especially when compared to the bottle) fruit. Some floral hops as well. Smells quite fresh.
T: Initially, I taste the citrus hops. Then come some pine hops which leave a bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced and not over-the-top.
M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied.
D: Drinkable for the style, but I've had more drinkable IPAs. One or two is enough for me.

A good IPA, but nothing too special. I would recommend this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. It's readily available though, so bombs away!

Dunkle, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance: A bit of a straw color, with a nice yellow. HUGE foamy head, that settle down nicely and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy, with hints of caramel, grapefruit, and pine from the hops.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful, the bite of the hops is there, but it's not aggressive, it's balanced nicely with the malt. Finish is very nice, and leaves a hint of pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of carbonation, just enough to feel a bit prickly, but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, but at 6.9% it would hit the head after a few. Absolutely a joy to drink

RRoeb1123, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: There's a slight haze in the copper, straw colored beer with a pretty huge slightly off white head. The head leaves behind great lacing and retains very well.

Smell: One of the best smelling IPAs I've had. There's a huge floral hop character in the smell with some hints of citrus and grassiness. There's a little sweetness in there but its pretty much all hops all the time. Incredible.

Taste: Follows the nose very well. There's some toasted malt in there but its mostly the floral hops and the citrus hops in the taste. There's some pine taste towards the end of the taste. I'm surprised to see that its 6.9% alcohol because the taste doesn't give this impression at all.

Feel: this is medium bodied tending towards light. There isn't that much carbonation but just enough. Again, you don't taste the alcohol at all considering that its just shy of 7% ABV.

Drink: very drinkable. I got to the bottom of my glass a little quickly. Its just too delicious and its not something you have to sip. I could easily see drinking this as a session beer, even with the 6.9% ABV.

Overall, one of my new favorite IPAs. This along with Smuttynose's IPA are going to be my go tos for the style. I'm surprised I took so long to try this out given that Ruination IPA is one of my favorites. Definitely do yourself a service and give this beer a try!

SkunkWorks, Sep 28, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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