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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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8,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,771
Reviews: 2,775
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 237
Gots: 1,005 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of uabigdaz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beer poured from a large 22 oz bottle into clear glass. Dark Copper/yellow color with about a finger of head. Head settles to a nice film, which remained for duration of drink. Beer is slightly less than clear, but not too dark, or opaque.

S- WOW! This smells fantastic! This beer smells strongly of hops, slightly floral. Very very clean smelling. This is the single best smelling beer I have ever had the pleasure of sampling.

T- Taste is again very dominated by hops, but I really enjoy this flavor. It is a very complex taste. Aftertaste is very clean and almost non-existent after a short while. Very good.

M- Smooth, with the right amount of carbonation. Silky, and slightly thick, without being muddy. Again, very good. I am really enjoying this beer.

D- This beer is very drinkable, as a one and done beer. I would not consider this to be a beer to drink on a weekend for "recreational" time, but is going to become a staple for me when I want something upscale, and worthy of savoring.

Very beautiful beer in the glass, the epitome of perfection in beer. Smell is the best I have ever smelt. I want to take a swab and dab my upper lip so I can smell it all day... yummmm. Very hoppy beer, if you drink it, savor it, it deserves it. A beer very worthy of RESPECT!

uabigdaz, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/amber, medium white head with a creamy texture. Decent lacing. Strong aroma of hops, with citrus (grapefruit, lemon) and pine. Underlying aromas of yeast. Taste is extremely hoppy, with an excellent bite, and flavors of grapefruit balanced with a finish that is long and slightly on the sweet side. Excellent beer.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass and noted a golden-apricot hue with a small, quickly dissipating head. Low carbonation with a sharp hopped-citrus smell that i really enjoy. Taste was a smooth, balanced hop flavored experience reminiscent of two-hearted ale with a moist finish. Mouthfeel was a medium, almost silky sensation and the drinkability factor was unlimited. Great ipa i will always buy when given the opportunity!

kalkavekkian, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a wine glass. Forgot to note the date, but the store had just got this 6pack in the week I bought it, which was a couple weeks ago.

Appearance: Easy pour yields a 1/3 inch, frothy, off-white head with bubbles all around the sides. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of lacing (beer has good lacing as well). Pours a hazy orange.

Smell: Strong piney and citrus hops (mostly citrus). Some faint breadiness lurking in the background.

Taste: Starts out a little sweet with a cool citrus flavor, then bitters up to a healthy degree and settles into a long malt finish the character of which is reminiscent of sourdough or white bread. Great balance. The flavor is not very complex, but it gets right to the point. Strong, refreshing, aromatic hops up front, smooth and satisfying light-bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel: There's a fair amount of carbonation, and the body is rather light but smooth and approaching creamy. Light but not watery or juicy. No alcohol warmth at all.

Drinkability: Hidden ABV and great IPA flavor. A staple beer for me.

There really isn't much to say about Stone IPA. It's a solid, straight-ahead American IPA. It doesn't throw any curveballs, but everything it attempts it does right.

Pahn, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of samyoung
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Grassy, golden-orange look after the pour.
S - Nice floral and citrus notes.
T - Maybe I didn't get the freshest batch, but the taste was disappointing - not enough piney-citrus bitterness.
M - Not a strong mouth-feel at the beginning or end - would have liked a more rounded feel.
D - Easy drinking; one could easily put these back.

I got this six pack in Brooklyn and definitely think I need to visit San Diego to really get a feel for this beer. A good transcontinental IPA nonetheless.

samyoung, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of ugaterrapin
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It has a hazy golden color with about a finger worth of off white head. The citrus hop aroma is excellent. The overwhelming smell is that of oranges. Out of the gates the citrus presence hits you followed by some nice bitterness. The finish is nice and smooth. This is a well balanced IPA.

ugaterrapin, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of claminat420
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a transparent golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

S- caramel malt blended with a slight citrus and earthy scent.

T- just how it smells but more of the citrus dominating.

M- medium light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink a whole 6 no problem.

Overall- this ipa is a classic american ipa to me. nice hop bite and aroma. if you're a hop fan and you haven't tried this one i don't know what you're doing??

claminat420, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of lester619
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy orangish amber with good head retention and insane sheets of lacing. Smell is intense with hoppiness. The first few sips were bitter and not much else. As it warmed, I picked up some more subtle sweet herbal notes. I got something almost like a burnt rubber aftertaste that was kind of odd. All in all, this is a very nice example of a good IPA. Maybe not the best I've had, but it's up there. If you don't love over-the-top hops, don't even think about it.

lester619, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hand pump cask at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a nonic. This version on cask is "Stone IPA With Centennial Hops."

Hazy tangerine body with amber highlights. A thick dense sudsy ivory head with limitless retention and average lacing.

This is not at all the assertive hop-forward beverage I was expecting. Instead, the aroma is very clean and restrained, suggesting toasty malts and English digestive biscuits backed by a light fruitiness (citrus and melon) and an herbal/floral note from the hops. Very distinctive though difficult to verbalize.

Malt balanced, toasty, and spicy/herbal flavors dominate: fresh thyme, cardamom, and faint vanilla pods... The finish brings on a very well balanced citrus-kissed bitterness, but nothing like you would normally expect from Stone (Ruination this ain't).

Rich medium-light body with modest carbonation (as expected from cask).

A very different beer on cask with a superior drinkability.

augustgarage, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice assertive US IPA, on a hoppy and biting side.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Perfunctory screen-printed gargoyle design in white and green noting name of the brew. Back narrative brags about the nature of the brew, the quality of their craft, and history of the gargoyle. No visible freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (6.9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep hazy gold pour, with a nice assertive head. It shows medium retention and a good lace pattern as it goes down.

S - Very rich and assertive hoppy aroma. Resin, pine, citrus.

T - Strong hoppy flavor, pine resin, grapefruit and a light malt backbone with a biting finish.

M - Sticky medium body with good carbonation.

D - Nicely hopped IPA, assertive but with great drinkability.

Notes: A very hoppy IPA, packs a biting punch but works rather well. Maybe a tad too hefty to introduce people to the style but if one likes IPAs this is really pleasing.

Daniellobo, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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%
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 +4.3%
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 -14.7%
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 +7.8%
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 +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.
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".
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 +0.7%
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 -2.8%
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 -20.6%
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 -7.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -12.3%
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 -8.1%
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 +10.9%
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
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,771 ratings.