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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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8,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,908
Reviews: 2,783
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,076 | 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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

We'll see how long it takes me to die during the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. My guess is not much longer. This co-defendant pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam, complete with a decent amount of etch-style lacing. The nose comprises plenty o' pine, grapefruit, honeydew, and rich toffee. The taste dilutes the pine up front in a wash of grapefruit, followed by a nice smattering of toffee, but then, in the finish, the pine returns for some always-enjoyed vengeance. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry and crisp finish. Overall, a very nice, easy-drinkin' IPA. Get some!

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured an amber/gold color wit ha frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention to it and it also left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is not surprisingly hoppy. It's floral with a good amount of pine and citrus coming through. Some notes of grapefruit and orange come through in the citrus flavors. A little bit of earthy spice comes through in the hops as well.

The taste has a big grapefruit, pine, citrus, hoppiness to it. More of a dry bitterness starts to come through in the finish with more pine and grapefruit. It has a bit of an earthy spice to it as well as a bit of malt sweetness coming through. Very nice IPA overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very well made and flavorful beer. it has a very nice and bright hoppiness to it that is very nice. All that said, for my personal taste I slightly prefer more of the tropical hoppy flavors in an IPA. That doesn't diminish how well made this beer is though at all.

billab914, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Gold pour with ivory white head. Aroma is heavy pine, a whole coniferous forest's worth. Some sweetness too slightly citrusy or some pineapple. Taste is definately piney and grapefruit with an extra bitter finish. Good sparkling mouthfeel with a bitter dry taste.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold/light amber with a nice white head. Lively aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts. On the palate this beer becomes positively electric. Lots of orange citrus and (to a lesser extent) pine resin jump right out in front and later linger long on the finish. In between these hop bursts, the mid palate is noticeably sweeter, with honey and caramel flavors. I pick up some floral and grassy notes as it warms. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation; a definite palate cleanser that will stand up to any food under the sun and is a pleasure to drink.

droomyster, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow in color with a hint of orange and a touch of haze. Decent white head that reduces to a healthy white cap and leaves a trail of sticky lacings on the glass. Soft floral aroma with hints of orange and a faint hint of pine. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Like the aroma, floral hoppy flavor with orange in the beginning, a brief sweet malty taste, and a hint of pine at the finish. Nice clean finish that raises the drinkability points as you have a hard time keeping the glass down.

IronLover, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice treat on-tap and it went well with my Thai chicken curry with its floral, citrus and spicy hoppiness and robust pale and light caramel malt backbone. Still, though it has been surpassed by many, it still remains a standard bearer for the style.

argock, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/08/10. I guess the freshness is pretty good for grabbing it at Giant Eagle.

A- A more yellow take on an IPA than many others. This beer is only moderately clouded by chill haze. A nice, big white head rises up and holds. Lacing is quite intense.

S- Nice and strong smelling. I am catching little wafts of oranges as it sits next to me on the desk. A closer inspection reveals a nice floral note going on. Nice strong pine that is very west-coast/Stone. A nice classic, fresh, hoppy smell.

T- Not too bitter, but slightly more bitter than most other breweries' year round IPA. Mostly pine but there is a lot of orange and grapefruit.

This beer does live up to how good everyone says it is.

MbpBugeye, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice classic bright orange color off white head fairly clear

S: citrus grapefruit orange

T: citrus grapefruit orange drys out the tongue fairly decent hop bite finishes clean makes you want to take another drink

M: light to med mouth with med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

Overall: one of the classic American IPA's one of the first craft beers I ever had about 5 years ago. Great stuff!

JamisonM, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a three finger head. Great retention. Lacing is also excellent. 5

S: Very floral dominated smell as well as a sweet fruit, like an apple... a pungent smell of hops was also present. 4

T: Floral, oak, and herbal flavors. Some malty sweetness. I am not a huge fan of the hop choice, they very seem pungent to me. 3.5

M: Nice smooth character, does not seem like there is too much carbonation present. Good solid body. 4

D: The only complaint I have about this beer is the hops. They seem much too herbal to me. Like one of my mom's homoeopathic concoctions.

EwaldEichstaett, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of animalchin
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Definitive body and color of solid light copper with insane amounts of sporadic, yet dense lacing all around the glass.

S - Very earthy, grassy hop aromas that team up with some malt and a clear pungent bitterness. Excellent.

T - Hot damn. Obviously plentiful in the hop category - but with it comes a crisp, citrus and herbal quality that pleasantly lingers on the tongue and palate. As with the smell - a very grassy taste goes along, but this is a good complement to accentuate the earth-like tones that distinguish this IPA from many others.

M - Very aggressive action on the tongue, but nothing out of the IPA ordinary.

One of the best IPA's I've had. Been wanting to try this for such a long time. Stone does not lie when they say that they like to go big with their beers. They don't hold back anything, yet they don't over-do it either.

Any IPA fan will not be upset by this beer.

animalchin, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden with light lacing and a white head. Slight haze to it.

S- Mostly citrus hops. Some pine smell mixed in. Smells like a nice IPA.

T- Very nice strong hop taste. Citrus at the front of it all. Grapefruit and pine hops mixed in as well. A very solid IPA. Not the best I've tasted but a very good hoppy IPA.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice bitterness to it.

D- Very solid beer from Stone. Wouldn't expect anything less from them. Not the best one I'd ever had, but a pretty damn good one.

HosP, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of foogerd
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear golden orange with a white head that pretty much remained throughout and decent lacing.
S- piney citrusy hops dominate the nose i get a faint smell of malt in the background but not much. Pretty subdued to me

T- For a beer with such a quiet nose the taste is quite a smack in the face! Great taste of hops n malt intermingling , all the classic IPA taste with a great malt foundation. Im tasting mostly grapefruit and brown bread baked to perfection
M- smooth oily slightly watery but I cant complain
D- Perfectly sessionable .
This is a well crafted brew certainly deserving of its reverence . A perfect example of what an IPA should taste like.

foogerd, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent slightly hazed golden orange with a good bit of dense creamy off white head that leaves a solid lacing.

S-a light bready malt lies up front with toasted grain in the middle. the hops take over with pine and citrus, notes of grapefruit, pear and appricot.

T-a lot of the same, extremely well balanced as the flavors seem to meld together in harmony, the malt base flashes quickly in the front with bready and caramel and compliments the piney hops towards the back. the toasted grain is behind the malt and adds an earthy quality that adds complexity and balance to the herbal hop presence. The citrus hops are juicy adding grapefruit, appricot, and mango. there is a moderate lingering bitterness that rolls down the back of the tongue. very well done!

M-light body, clean and crisp with a well done carbonation, juicy on the tongue and crisp in the finish.

D-this is a well balanced IPA that has malt flavors really complimenting the big hop presence. everything compliments each other so well, it has the complexity you want but the hop bomb and bitterness you need.

cpetrone84, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a pale orange-gold with a slightly hazy clarity. A creamy/frothy, one inch bright white head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap with some thick swaths and strands of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass. Nose reveals grapefruit and resinous hops notes with a trace of caramel or toffee in the background. Flavor profile is very well balanced - some citrus astringency at the start, a little bitterness at the middle and towards the back (not as piny as suggested by the nose) and a light biscuity presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation that falls shy of prickly but leaves a residual tingle on the tongue after each quaff. Astringency lightly stimulates the salivary glands. A very solid and drinkable IPA with great balance. Doesn't overly assert itself in one direction which greatly accentuates the drinkability.

Jwale73, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of OttoBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (August 16, 2010). "Enjoy by 10-13-10" is printed on the rear of the bottle, so this just about two months shy of the freshness date.

Eyes: A very pretty looking beer. Gold-amber in color with decent haze. A nice white colored head erupts under a vigorous pour. Lacing is significant.

Nose: Strong hops, pine, not overly complex.

Tongue: Damn this is bitter. Surprisingly heavy on bitterness and surprisingly light on flavor. I expected a rich flavor profile, but this is dominated by bitterness. Malt is sparing. West Coast IPA for sure.

Mouth: The sharp metallic bitterness leaves it's impression on every sip. Carbonation is good, but doesn't cut through bitterness.

Libation: I like this beer, but frankly I expected a whole lot more based upon reputation. It's a bitter IPA, I get that, but I'm just not getting the complexity that warrants the bitterness. I think there are better options out there in terms of delivering an interesting/complex flavor profile, which this doesn't.

OttoBomb, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first taste of the stone brewery came on vacation in TX. It remains one of my favorite IPAs, and one of the best values available anywhere.

This IPA was a single 22oz bottle, poured into a 16oz wide top beer glass.

Poured typically IPA-ish in color, golden tan and slightly cloudly. The head was very thick and lasting with tons of lacing. Super-fine bubbles could be seen rising upon close inspection. A very fine looking IPA.

Smells of bitter hops and pine forest. There's an indistinct but detectable sweetness. Very pleasant but not that strong.

Tastes very, very good, and within the IPA style it's definitely a standout. I haven't enjoyed an IPA like this since I reviewed Smokestack's double-wide IPA. A complex set of flavors includes pine trees, grapefruit citrus, a complex hops profile, a nice spiciness, and a light sweetness.

Feels very nice. Mildly bitter, especially for an IPA. Aftertaste lingers slightly between sweet and bitter.

Drinks very highly for the style, and indeed for any style.

Stone remains one of the best breweries anywhere, IMO. Every beer I've had from this brewery is great.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden in color, small white head from a fairly aggressive pour, crystal clear. good lacing

Smell- hoppy pine, some wood, citrus, NICE

Taste- some sweet malt up front followed by a splash of citrus, and a nice dry hoppy pine finish.

Mouthfeel- pretty light, highly carbonated, could be a bit thicker.

Overall- this is your classic west coast ipa. not unbalanced but definitly hop forward. hops are not overwelming but stick around just long enough to keep you going back for more!

JLeege, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flash of white through the blinds, and I know it's time to start the day. Again: shirt, pants, shoes, belt. It's too damned hot to be wearing this in the Texas heat. "That's why we have A/C at 73 in the office." Yeah well, try telling that to my car's busted A/C. Maybe they should meet up, spawn a new, working A/C for me to pitch (home brew pun) in the car.

I want to walk in the office and scream like Maldoror, curse my boss and the rest of the knee-jerk jackoffs who are laying me off. I want to "restructure" their bones.

Instead, clothes now on, I reach into the fridge and plunk down a Stone IPA. And at this moment, I feel like the gargoyle on the front really gets me, really agrees with my Maldoror impulses.

It pours a nice copper color with white, foamy head. I can smell the hops from the table and as it gets closer, I notice its fruit, citrus companions.

My brain says, "Yep, yep," and down goes the first gulp at 7:30 a.m. The taste is hop bitterness balanced in a way that only Stone seems to pull off so regularly.

It is thick and has a nice body without being syrup. The finish is fantastic, and I can't stop drinking it. I could drink this all day, but alas I have to go in to work, for at least a few more days before they finally hand me the exit.

TenHornsProud, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased shortly after stone invaded chicago. the bottle date was current when i drank it (a while ago). found notes for this review recently. drank from a stone brewing pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent pale copper colored body with a rather large and fluffy white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- being a stone product, the blast of hops i get when i place my nose near the glass is expected. lots of grapefruit and lots of pine. what is also expected is that the malts take a distant back seat here. a small amount of caramel comes through.

T- a small amount of semisweet caramel malts start this one out but are quickly overpowered by a solid blast of hops. tons of pine and citric (grapefruit) flavor.

M- a little lighter than i would have expected or liked. the carbonation is somewhat high. it does leave a nice bitter and dry aftertaste.

D- its a toss up between this and two hearted for my go to IPA. i usually settle for whatever one is on sale. sometimes with green flash's west coast IPA. glad this one made it here. also glad they list the freshness information on the bottle. every IPA should have that.

jwinship83, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of UncleRicoII
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed on a whim in my never-ending search for a better American IPA.

Appearance is light amber to caramel colored. Head forms to medium height of off-white color and retreats nicely leaving its fingerprint behind.

Aroma jumps into your nose as a citrus pine combo and sets the taste buds off in wanting their turn to enjoy the party.

Taste starts off like an above average IPA but quickly shift to a great hop taste served up with a citrus exclamation point.

After-taste is pleasant and sets the stage nicely for your next sip.

Highly recommend this IPA as the Gargoyle emblem has definitely protected the hops from evil spirits that can ruin a good beer.

UncleRicoII, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy gold color with a fingers width frothy head leaves a nice generous lacing.

S-Hops floral and earthy with a slight breadiness

T-Bitterness across the palate which is a bit spicy/pepperynot much sweetness or malt stepping up.

M-medium bodied nicely carbonated Hop bitterness that lingers but not too long.

D-Fairly decent effort on the part of stone I could definitely Have more than one of these..


drinkiusmaximus, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden, verging on light amber. with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and extremely sticky lacing.
S- An aggressive hoppy aroma, with pine scents and fruit smells also permeating. a faint bit of alcohol aroma and just enough malt aroma to prove its existence.
T- Very hoppy opening, herbal and coniferic. Hits the tongue hard, but gently subsides with some malt balance and a bit of breadiness before it finishes with a drying hop flavor. The breadiness seemed a bit strange sandwiched between the hop flavors but it wasn't overly distracting.
M- Smooth and creamy before the drying hop finish sets in. Full body for the style.
D- Top notch drinkability. One doesn't even notive that it's 6.9% until he reads the bottle. An excellently crafted and flavorful ipa.

Edited 7/17/11: Doesn't quite pack the same hop punch for me now that it used to. Still hoppy and flavorful, but the alcohol seems more prominant to me now than it did the last time I had it, thus had to lower scores a little bit. Scores changed to reflect updates.

jsprain1, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of kagent777
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained during travels to S. Lake Tahoe.

Poured into a goblet. One finger wide head settles to a thin film over a hazy light golden beer.

Smell: Light solvent alcohol, pine, and citrus. My nose is not good enough yet to distinguish which ones. Not as potent as the ruination I had a few days ago.

Taste: Just as an IPA should be, this one is hoppy but also balanced with the malts. The balance is very good. The finish is longish with the carbonation perfect, not too fizzy

Mouthfeel: This one is probably a great example of how an IPA should feel.

Drinkability: If I could get these on a regular basis, I would. This is a very good IPA.

Review #2

kagent777, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty standard looking IPA, somewhat hazy orange copper with an almost white head. not quite as big a head as I would have expected, but it retains and laces pretty well.

aroma is very hoppy. pine, tropical fruit, citrus, grass. backed up a bit by some light malts.

bitter and fruity taste. grapefruit is more apparent in the flavor than the aroma, pine gives way to plenty of tropical fruit and citrus peel. malt is just noticable. a bit of a peppery spice comes through and lingers along with the bitterness for a while.

mouthfeel is very good. medium bodied with tons of carbonation and some good hop resin left on the bitter and spicy finish.

drinks rather well. You have to have a decent hop tolerance to enjoy this one, but if you do it will satisfy your hop fix very easily.

silentjay, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times before, never took the time to review...why not now?!

Golden straw in color, 2.5 finger stark white head, with loads of tiny bubbles. Laces the entire glass.

Smells very bitter, floral and woodsy. It's very good and aromatic, but not extremely in your face.

Taste is an initial bitter punch in the face, fading to some very slight malts in the background. Bitterness much more pronounced than in the nose. Beautiful.

Feel is lighter, crisp, and clean.

Got a sixer, it's Friday, and I'll definitely easily drink a few.

EgadBananas, Aug 14, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,908 ratings.