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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

8,142 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,142
Reviews: 2,735
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 187
Gots: 671 | 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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TheEremite

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why I haven't reviewed this beer earlier. I love Stone IPA. It's an old standard and a fantastic representation of the style. There isn't much I could complain about in this beer.

Great "C" hop aroma and flavor. The bitterness is apparent but isn't crushing. There's a small malt backbone to it, but it's not sweet even for an IPA. It finishes dry. I'm left feeling like I can, and have, consume 4 or 5 of these.

What a great example of a West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 22:23:56 | More by TheEremite
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Golden orange; BIG head; minimal carbonation; head settles into a thick cream; leaves some intricate lacing; awesome bottle design

Aroma
NICE! Really pungent, floral, fresh smelling hops here; this is great!

Taste & Mouth Feel
Full hop flavor; they really did deliver on their promise of lots of hops; mouthfeel is a little thin, with not a lot of carbonation; leaves a really nice bitter aftertaste; the malt side is just present enough, though is by no means in balance with the hops, which is totally fine; gets better as it warms (malts become a little more noticeable)

Overall
Very nice! I wish I could pick this up whenever I wanted. The hops smell and taste are just so pleasing, it keeps me coming back, rushing this first bottle quite a bit!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 18:22:23 | More by JEdmund
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Avryle

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear yellow orange. Minimal cream colored head

S- Citrus & pine hop with a note of malt

T- Similar to the nose. Stong cirtus & pine hops dominate with sweetness in the back

M- medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Taste lingers on the tounge

D- Excellent. "More bottles!!"

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 22:46:01 | More by Avryle
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An organish-tint that is somewhat seethru and carbonates greatly. Received a rocky, two-finger head that dies quickly but leaves sticky lace patches. An unbelievable floral and earthy hop smell complete with fruits and spices mixed in. One of the few beers to actually make me turn away to catch my breath (it was like I had put my nose in a peanut butter jar; my breath was literally taken away). The hops dominate the tastebuds while only being slightly spicy and mildly bready, and this beer actually has a smooth finish. Don't know why exactly, thought I tasted caramel and/or butterscotch and the hops gave off some fruitiness (like apples), but a great finish to a great beer. Considering I can get this on the cheap at my local grocery store, this is a must redrink and I recommend it to any IPA drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 19:41:14 | More by clayrock81
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick off-white thick and bilowy head into a goblet. left great sheeting and lace, coating the glass throughout.
s - sweet and minty (wasn't expecting that) with grapefruit and other citrus aromas.
t - this is very balanced. sweet and malty with an understated citrusy flavor in the beginning. piney hops and more citrus flavors really come through in the finish.
m - medium thickness but really creamy and smooth on the palate.
d - wow. incredibly easy drinking ipa from stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 14:53:17 | More by GPHarris
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little hazy. Medium straw in color. Nice big head left fair amount of lacing.
Smells was a good mix of hops and malt. Very big and floral, and then again the caramel and crystal malts poked through nicely.
Taste was a well balanced pale ale. Very hoppy, but well balanced with the malt of caramel. Grainy and good.
Mouthfeel was good as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:04:18 | More by dmamiano
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blatherbeard

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, after tasting the Ruination, i had to break into the regular ipa and i have to say that im am SO glad i did. The color and smells were almost the same as ruination, fruity, red orange amber.

But the taste is much different. I realize now that the Ruination was an imperial Ipa, i didnt realize that until i read the reviews after my review of it. I am a much bigger fan of this regular Ipa. Not so much hops and none of the bitterness. Nice smooth going down and very drinkable. Bit of a bite at the back of the throat after swallowing, but not in a bad way. Definetly more of a beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:21:32 | More by blatherbeard
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nasty15108

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Golden color with slightly darker hues. Thick white foam with good lacing.

S - Hoppy, loaded with hops. Hints of citrus and spice. Very floral, smells a little like perfume.

T - Hops galore, crisp with slight hints of citrus. Dry spicy finish.

MF&D - Thin to medium bodied IPA. Spicy and flavorful finish. Highly recommended. Paired extremely well with a spicy bowl of turkey chili.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:09:07 | More by nasty15108
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johnnyirishman

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Cloudy Orange color, with good head retention and good lacing

Smell- Big citrus hop smell and some grapefruit.

Taste, Mouthfeel- Good balanced biterness and hop flavor, Medium body and carb

Drinkability- A hugely drinkablle beer, i will definately buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 03:37:20 | More by johnnyirishman
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Pencible

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy honey gold with nice off-white head. It smelled like sweet pine and some roasted yeast. It tasted very sugary with some hops bitterness and mild yeast for balance. It was fairly watery with no carbonation and a gentle sweet aftertaste. Overall this was much more sweet than bitter for an IPA, but it was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 20:12:48 | More by Pencible
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden ale, slightly hazy, pours with 1/4 inch head and leaves a delicate and inviting lace...

S - Smells like a text book IPA with the slightest hint of lemon and an even slighter hint of malt...

T - Terrific blend of hops... "Biting" in a very good way... A possible hint of grapefruit...

M - Smooth and creamy at first leaving a very dry and bitter feel in its wake... Very mild carbonation on the tongue...

D - A potent IPA... Definitely one to be savored and not rushed... Finely crafted and a joy to drink...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 03:14:08 | More by philbe311
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Hokies

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear light golden brown color with a one finger head and decent lacing.

S: Definite floral aroma with a light citrus and grapefruit aroma.

T: Very balanced IPA with a strong grapefruit taste at first that finishes clean with a light lemon taste that lingers on the tongue.

M: Smooth and creamy, very nice.

D: Very nice IPA but not a beer I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:27:56 | More by Hokies
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dnichols

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was served this beer on-tap in a chilled pint glass at Sam's Saloon in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It poured a cloudy bright orange tinged and golden body with a one finger head that supported a dense lacing.

S: It has a distinct floral hop aroma with supporting aromas of sweet citrus and lightly toasted malts. Very well balanced and refreshing aroma.

T: It was another well balanced ale from Stone. The hops and malts play off of each other presenting a creamy, spicy, and citrusy brew that was hard to put down.

M: It was light to medium bodied, creamy, smooth and finished clean.

D: This is a masterful IPA...well balanced and smooth. It is a wonderful session brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2008 21:24:32 | More by dnichols
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timbro81

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours a light straw color with decent clarity and a good 1/4 inch head that settles to a fine ring that leaves little lacing down the glass. Smells of big time grapefruit with a touch of floral hops. The nose becomes maltier as it warms up. Tingles the tongue with those grapefruits right away. Some lemon and grassy notes also discernable. A pleasant dose of sweet malts all around. Well structured. Smooth oily mouthfeel. The maltiness also becomes more noticable as it warms. A great IPA that is layered nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 06:47:51 | More by timbro81
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brandoneast

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Wild Bills Casino in Lake Tahoe. I found this IPA to be very well rounded with a malty slide. There wasn't much head from the bartender's pour but the color was medium amber and a spicy hop aroma. Taste was very balanced with a medium mouthfeel medium. Great finish!

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2008 00:57:14 | More by brandoneast
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rgb2807

New York

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is light orange. This IPA is a winner, it's bitter but the malt comes through oh so nicely. Some nice citrus flavors come through with the hops. The balance is amazing, I freaking love this beer. The only problem is it's a little pricey on the east coast. Check out the Arrogant Bastard Strong Ale as well. This is a close 2nd in my favorite IPA (first is smuttynose). SO freaking drinkable, I could drink this all night, which might be a little dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 06:49:12 | More by rgb2807
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Golden color with good two finger head and excellent retention. Lacing was moderate.

S - Strong hop aroma dominates the smell. Picked up a very piney scent from the hops.

T - Very strong hop flavor dominates the entire drink. Nice bitterness at the end. Just enough malts (biscuity?) to balance it out in the middle. Hops are definitely the overwhleming taste though.

M/D - Good carbonation and very smooth. Nice bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting another.

A very strong IPA and an excellent intro into the Stone lineup. My favorite from them is still the Ruination, but this is a darn tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 20:30:14 | More by ckeegan04
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trackstar1043

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours rich deep redish-golden hue, rocky off white head that left large amonts of sticky lace. Impressive.

S - Storng and sharp aromas of hops, bitter bit with a spice lingering, much stornger that most IPA I've had.

T - Sharp and strong, mild alcohol taste, the spices and hops bit sharply at your taste buds, for a refreshing and impressive finish.

M - Full bodied but refreshing, it will leave your tounge tingling with its bite.

D - Very enjoyable, looking forward to next round.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 18:22:06 | More by trackstar1043
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jeremyd365

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appeared very dark amber in the pint glass with minimal head.

It smelled strongly of hops even far from the glass.

It felt medium-bodied in the mouth and tasted very hoppy, not too heavy with little bite.

It was a very drinkable and great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 22:02:52 | More by jeremyd365
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Classic IPA look, body maybe a shade light. Nice head retention, creamy white and bubbly.

Aroma is fairly muted. Hops dominate obviously, citrus elements, as well as herbs and some spices.

Hop flavor is wet and spicy, as well as Earthy and piney. Freshly cut wood is prominent. Strong bitter oils on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 02:05:11 | More by HugoGrim
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cjgator3

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice sticky white head. The aroma is oily fresh citrusy hops with some malt. The taste is dominated by the bitter citrusy hops that are quite puckering and last well into the finish. There is a mild malt presence in the background, but it is hard to even the slightest attention to the malt before the hops demand your full attention. Overall, this is a fabulous West Coast IPA that I would highly recommend. If this was available here in FL, it would be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:01:00 | More by cjgator3
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/straw color body with off-white creamy dense head with loads of lace...

S: Not as hoppy on the nose as i'd expect.. they certain are there... but no where near as aromatic as most other ipa's coming out of the west coast these days...

T: Slightly more hops going on in the taste.. slightly piney and oily.. some malts and grains hold down the fort in the middle of the profile... slight bitter finish

M: Smooth. Crisp finish. Moderate body.

D: Pretty solid all around.. Won't be my first choice when I want an arromatic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:40:43 | More by callmemickey
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flannelman808

California

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good IPA but not up to the fundamental stone standard of bitterness. Or maybe this is their attempt to attract the masses.

It's a light bodied IPA (I would argue a pale ale even) with some citrus character up front. A fresh pour of this is quite good and shows bright ruby red grapefruit with minimal malty sweetness to balance (read as not overly bitter but dry finishing). This is a good intro to IPA beer, A gateway beer if you will.

Also the price is right, and ya gotta love that.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 21:02:07 | More by flannelman808
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erosier

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden amber color with a medium sized but thick tan colored head that laces the glass all the way down. The aroma is of very nice citrisy and piney hops. The taste is great! Very nice roasted malt backbone underneath a bold citrisy and piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is nice - very crisp and dry finish. The drinkability is very good as well. I would definately have a few of these if I could. Well worth a try, excellent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:40:00 | More by erosier
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this on-tap at the Old Dominion Brewhouse here in DC. It was delicious! Very similar in fact to the Dogfish 60 Minute IPA. I had a hard time telling the difference.

Appearance was good.. rich, golden color, with a nice 1" head. The smell was nice, fresh.. of fruit, straw, and hops. The taste was excellent.. lots of hop flavor along with apples and pears and straw. Very fresh. I would definitely recommend this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2008 22:20:23 | More by alysmith4
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,142 ratings.