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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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8,711 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,711
Reviews: 2,770
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 979 | 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 bcm119
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a sticky white lace.

Citrus hop nose. Clean, white grapefruit rind hop flavor, with a touch of lean cookie malt in the middle. Good balance of bittering and finishing hops. Finishes fairly dry with pithy hop bitterness and a touch of grain.

A nice IPA; nowadays one of the reliably clean ones that doesn't sicken you with sweetness. This one uses enough bittering hops to keep the mouthfeel clean and quenching, and the flavors are bright, if a little tart.

bcm119, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of beavers
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to SA pint. No date on bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color with a foamy white head. Streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Good retention and lacing. Very attractive beer. Smell is a little reserved for a west coast IPA. Nonetheless, piney and citrusy hops are prevelant. Taste is resiny, piney hops with a balancing pale malt backbone and a touch of honey sweetness. The finish is crisp and dry with a moderate bitterness left on the palette. Medium bodied and no alcohol presence. This is one sessionable and balanced IPA. I think I'll have another.

beavers, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of hops1337
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a duvel tulip. Orange with a nice white head that disappeared quickly . Small amount of lacing. Man i love this beer. Grapefruit hop flavors basically dominate with a sweet malt background that becomes more prevalent as it warms. I just love the hop forward nature of stone IPA's. Its definitely not the most balanced one out there but that's why i like it.

hops1337, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint.

A- Pours a crystal clear, golden straw yellow with a nice finger's worth of head with some nice big bubbles. The head recedes slowly leaving a nice cap and some good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Once I cracked the bottle, I could smell the strong scent of piney hops. Add in a little bit of the sweet malt and maybe even a little breadiness and some other floral notes.

T- Contrary to the strong scent of hops, this is pretty balanced all considering. Piney hops up front and a good malt backbone. Also I pick up a little bit of grass on the tail end.

M- A thin to medium body that has a good amount of bite up front and a little dry on the finish. Pretty typical feel of an IPA.

D- Overall pretty good but I think this would cause some palate fatigue after a couple. Decent overall but there are other IPA's I would go to before this one.

Wisconsinality, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Hoops4life511
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Light golden orange, hazy with a two finger pillowy white head that quickly fell but left lacing throughout session

Smell: Very hoppy, citrus and pine.

Taste: As expected a very strong initial hoppy bitterness, slightly sweet but dominated by hops.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation could use a little more, smooth going down with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability, not too heavy, could definitely put a few down without a realizing it.

Overall a solid beer that is a staple in my fridge. Everything an IPA should be in my opinion.

Hoops4life511, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A
The appearance of this brew was a standout charaterstic. Copper in color, with an excellent pillowtop head, that reduced to a nice fluffy cap. Impressive lace remains throughout entire beer.
S
Dominant hop aroma on a solid caramel/malt foundation. Floral aromas and tastes are a standout feature to this brew. More floral than most any other IPA I have had to date. My wife is not a hophead and she even defined the aroma and taste as "very floral".
MF
Medium-high carbonation, medium-thin body, light finish.

I very much enjoyed this brew. Hop dominant with floral bitterness and very drinkable. I would pursue it again, and could be the most enjoyable Stone offering I have had to date.

unclejimbay, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of tw0st3p
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz pint glass @ ~45deg.

A: Pours light amber with a great 1-2 finger fluffy head. Lacing follows the beer all the way down the glass, incredible lacing.

S: Killer hops, piney/floral/citrusy, hard to explain, almost overpowering but not quite.

T: Catch a lot of the floral hops and some caramel malts? Mainly catching a lot of hops.

M: Not super thick on the mouthfeel but not too thin either.

D: This one will catch up with you if you dont keep it in check.

Perfect beer for any hop jockeys out there.

tw0st3p, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with one finger of fluffy white head that sticks some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

BIG hop aroma, probably the biggest out of a regular, not double or imperial, IPA.

Very smooth but also quite complex on the tongue. Hops dominate and some sweet grapefruit manages to sneak its way threw.

Mouthfeel is a medium bodied and creamy with the right amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable IPA and is up there with Two-Hearted as one of my favorites.

*Tasting notes from summer before a Tigers game*

teovaldi, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Kelp
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it grapefruity. A malt and pine smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. Very one sided and ends with a citrus/grapefruit finish that lingers for a while on the tongue. Definitely has a better smell than taste to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body to it and a bit underwhelming carbonation.

This is a decent IPA at best to me. Too bitter for my tastes. I can drink, but usually would chose not to if I have any choice in the matter.

Kelp, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of icetraxx
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apologies in advance for my over-comparison to Bell's Two Hearted.

A: Pours a two finger head into my Weihenstephan mug, which looks mighty creamy might I add, and is a slightly hazy straw color. Fizzles down to a half finger head that is still creamy and laces the glass like crazy. Looks better than Bell's Two hearted.

S: The smell is giving me back faith in beer compared to the terrible Samuel Smith oatmeal stout I just poured down the drain. Smells pretty much exactly like Bell's Two Hearted, a tad less malty on the nose. Grapefruit dominates, there is some citrus, and other fruity florals from the hops. Pretty aromatic, even a tad more aromatic than the Bell's.

T: Not quite as bitter as I was expecting. The floral hops overwhelm the malt by just enough to really mask the malt, this happens to be less balanced than two hearted while maintaining about the same level of hoppiness. There is an ever so slight earthiness, I am not sure if this was actually intended, a flaw, or a result from some slight aging.
Living in Michigan I know that my bottle isn't as fresh as the two hearted that I can get, and this shows as some complexity from the hops has obviously cooled down due to age. The lack of balance really gets to me on this one, I wish I could actually taste some malt, this IPA definitely feels one dimension due to this. As another poster has said, this one smells better than it tastes.

M: A little light bodied for me, possibly a tad more watery than two hearted. Carbonation is spot on.

D: A proper session IPA. I could drink another without crying out for a different IPA. I am not drinking it quite as fast as I find myself drinking other IPAs.

O: This is the standard for all other west coast IPAs to follow, though the mid-west style IPAs are more my cup a tea. Even considering slight style differences, I would not buy this again if I could get two hearted instead.

icetraxx, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Golden orange, turbid with suspended particles, one finger of sticky, fluffy white head. Nice lace.

S - Good toffee malt backdrop, orange zest, pine. Big aroma for a non-imperial IPA.

T - Malt is definitely left behind once this hits the tongue. A little caramel and toffee, with loads of American hop bitterness that comes in waves. Hop flavor is of pine and citrus, with floral - and, at times, vegetal - notes. Finish is pithy, long, and bitter.

M - Maybe it's because I've been thoroughly enjoying Hopslam lately, but Stone IPA seems seriously lacking in body -- I know they're different beasts, but still. Tonight, this basically feels like drinking hop water.

D - It's not quite what I remember - really no match for Two Hearted at this point - but it is pretty good. I don't find myself wanting another right now, though finishing it wouldn't be a problem, but I'd like to revisit it in the near future.

trbergman, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a nice, fluffy white head. Nose is of citrus and floral hops. Taste is quite bitter along with citrus and floral notes blending together quite well, with the floral notes taking the lead--very nice in the sense that it's different from many of the better IPA's, which are typically loaded solely with citrus. Great carbonation and excellent drinkability.

Thorpe429, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Brassy gold, nice head. It outta be in pictures…

S – Dank, resiny hops. Very promising.

T – Okay, a bit unexciting. The bitterness is not dynamic either. Smells better than it tastes.

M – Thin and a bit too astringent.

D – I would go for something else, generally.

ktrillionaire, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant yellow, and I mean yellow snow yellow. Chill hazed with a cakey, puffy white head. Sheets of lace that are quite pretty and a sight for sore eyes. Ring solid lacing.

What I smell is not extreme that's for sure. Floral with solid citrus backbone. Lemon and grapefruit. A little mowing, fresh grass cuttings.

Citrus rind and piney bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional but done well. Mirrors the nose. A fruity, honey'd finish. the bitterness hits more up front and it finishes sweeter with not much lingering bitterness. Apricot, green apple.

Velvety soft. Not much carbonation feeling on the tongue.

A bomber is tasty, I'd come back to it if I knew I was buying very fresh beer. This seemed like it had too much age on it for an IPA.

brewerburgundy, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of xybreeder
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful head, pours golden/orange hue. Lacing is very nice & carbonation appears very lively. She looks like she's ready to go!

S: Hops, floral, also getting something sweet (maybe honey?). All in all, a nice smelling brew.

T: Wow, this is one fine tasting brew. Very smooth yet complex on the tongue. As expected, hops dominate (a good thing!!), but with some sweet tastes. A sweet grapefruit would be a good way to describe the overall taste.

M: Perfectly carbonated, very smooth; warm but no overpowering alcohol feel. Perfect on the palate.

D: This is a no-brainer drink anytime brew from the guys @ Stone. Not as many complex flavors as say Ruination, but at 1/2 the price, I'm on my way to get more!!

xybreeder, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of EatsTacos
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a frothy head and great lacing.

Hop aroma is strong and citrusy. Earthy, piney notes are also upfront and the malt sweetness is present in the nose.

Bitter straightforward hops are the profile of this IPA. Good balance though, and the finish is dry and quenching.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium to soft carbonation. Very drinkable and recommended highly.

EatsTacos, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of 2-28-10. Super aggressive pour from a twelve ounce bottle, yields a massive two finger, white foamy head, with decent lacing that sticks around for awhile.
Smells heavily of citrus, pine and subtle floral notes.
The taste isn't as pronounced as the smell of this brew. Tastes of pine and hops, finishes with a bit of malt in the aftertaste.
Feels great when drinking, smooth and just right on the carbonation.
Drinkability on this one is above average, in my opinion. A great tasting brew, with not too much alcohol content. Could be my favorite "session" brew.

BabyBastard, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of jamiesessions
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper colour with a white head that leaves a nice-looking lacing. The smell is truly something to behold. All kinds of fruits and flowers come together to form a bouquet of brilliance that is hard to describe using only the words in our English language. Suffice it to say that the smell is so powerful that I almost feel as if drinking it would be an affront to my nose. The taste, while by no means as affront, simply doesn't live up to to the nose. That, however will be the only negative thing you will hear me say about this. It tastes wonderful, with a hops taste, and a malt finish that creates a wonderful balance, while still maintaining the bite and bitterness that a good IPA should have. Feels wonderful, with a great body, and I could drink this all day. A great product that I'll be glad to have another of.

jamiesessions, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of danetrain0101
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance is a dark gold with a cloudy hew. A decent white foam head.

Smells of strong hops and alcohol. Some malty smells as well as a light grass smell.

Very bitter with a strong presence of hops. Leaves a strong after taste of hops and alcohol.

Very smooth feel with a heavy presence.

Great IPA to drink. Not to strong, not to light. Just a great all around IPA

danetrain0101, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head, that scored pretty well in the lasting-department. Body is hazy and a light orange color.

S: Excellent aroma. Lots of hops, and lots of citrus... especially orange and lemon. Beautiful.

T: Huge citrus blast at first, then the equally-huge bitterness hits you at the finish. This results in an expected very-long-lasting flavor.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, average carbonation.

D: Being on the east coast of Canada, I've probably been lucky to have the few Stone beers that I've managed to find on trips to the U.S. Beers like this one continue to make me want to try more... three for three so far, Stone! Keep up the excellent work.

berley31, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of rwrk42
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,711 ratings.