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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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8,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,944
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,097 | 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 aval89
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 22oz bomber..

pours a dark golden almost orange color with a frothy head that looks wonderful. this is what an IPA should look like. lace sticks nicely on the glass..

aroma: HOPS!! you just get the instant pine aroma, citrus, grapefruit, orange peel.. but its well balance with floral aromas as well. good malt backbone as well but hops dominate!

taste: again right up front the hops hit you.. you get that burnt taste in your mouth that us hop heads love.. quickly mellows out to a pine/grassy taste. also features fruity esters that balance the beer out.. good malt base but again the hops win.

mf is smooth and crisp.. oily hop resin mouthfeel. very nice

one of the best IPAs out there in my opinion.


aval89, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Loot
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hops! And grapefruit ! Me ohhh my!

A- golden , almost ambery, slight haze, or cloudiness. Looks delicious.

S- hoppy glory, definite grapefruit and pine like notes to it. Florals too.

T- you taste the smell of the hops, than the body of the beer, sweet, then bam, a bitter , organic , floral, grapefruit, lots of citrus. Clean tasting, and clean finishing, with a nice bite at the end.

M- a nice froathy full mouth feel, not heavy, just a nice medium body, with out being heavy.

D- I'm slow getting more and more into the hoppy beers , def. Put a sixer down, if you like beer , then bottoms up.

This seems like a corner stone of an IPA, this is what I think of when I think of an IPA. It doesn't totally blow me away, but it what a good IPA should be. If your looking for something more left of center, then I'd probably find something else. But if your looking for what an IPA is all about this is a good beer to start with.
If I had any critique of the beer it would be , its very , two dimensional, there isn't so many little things going on with this beer. Hops and malt. It a nice, bold, straightforward IPA, maybe explore more into the depth of flavor. Why fix something that isn't broke. In my fridge at all the times.

Loot, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of Shakesbeere
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with an initially thick head. Smells strongly of cascade and floral hops and sweet citrus grapefruit. Taste is initially of bitter hops with some lighter flower tones. It then morphs into a citrus grapefruit flavor. The final stage is a cascading plunge of bitterness culminating in a wave of intense hops in the aftertaste. Palate is somewhat thick and syrupy. A very excellent IPA. As Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, "I turn to stone" -- now who could deny the taste continues?

Shakesbeere, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of deereless
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Good head retention, head is thick and cottony while laying flat, noticeable spotting along the interior of the glass, light to medium straw in color with some minor sediment visible - 4.50, S: Strong aromas of juicy fruit gum, quite floral and citrusy with a lemon zest, very nice hop aromas that dominate the nose - 4.50, T: Malts provide a solid caramel base, a sharp grapefruit bite that is most noticeable on the very tail end of the beer, quite a bit of herbal spiciness if that is at all possible, all around a solid American IPA - 4.25, M: Slight zing to the mouth feel, medium bodied - 4.00, D: A very nicely crafted IPA, good balance and an excellent representation of the style - 4.50

deereless, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 400ml New Belgium branded tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange color with a fairly large white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a heavy lace behind.

Smell: Biscuity malt aromas, with lots of hops- some floral nots along with pine and a bit of earthiness.

Taste: Buttered biscuit flavors up front, with sharp bitter and grassy/flowery hop flavors in the finish. There's also a nice sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky, slightly finish.

Drinkabiliuty: Being from Stone, I expected this to be an assault of hops. However, this is hoppy but also has a very pleasant, balancing malt character. A great IPA.

Mosstrooper, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. I last approached this in February 2009. Time to try again.

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: A hazy copper-gold color that scatters all light. Has lazy carbonation wafting up and forming a 1 finger head, which recedes into a thick film on the glass. The lacing is amazing: thick, sticky sheets all the way down. My only ding is for the lack of clarity.

S: A little weak, but agitation solves that problem. Grapefruit, grass, and floral hops. Some tart lemon, and a mild nose of caramel and biscuit.

T: Grapefruit and floral hops dominate the taste, as in the smell. Lemon tart is stronger in the mouth than it is on the nose. Caramel malt provides a lightly sweet backbone to accentuate the bitterness of the hops, with a general biscuit sweetness noticed throughout. The finish is bitter and grassy, but it's not very sticky.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. The finish is quite clean, which I appreciate in an IPA (I think I am in the minority on that).

D: Very drinkable. This is a great beer to get a sixer of; it's priced reasonably for the quality, and I can stop at one bottle if I choose. Definitely on regular rotation in my fridge.

Arbitrator, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Shuffledaddy
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One fateful night I had this beer at Yard House. From the moment I saw it, with its golden color and ample head, it seemed like a special brew. I took a whiff, and noticed scents of pine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Upon tasting, I discovered a beautiful hop bouquet colored with shades of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, pine nuts, and peach. The hop bitterness was quite pleasant and intense without becoming acerbic, as many IPAs do. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, even syrupy but not too much so. As far as drinkability, I felt like I could pound a few more, but I had to drive :). I let my friend have a taste, and he thought it was very good even though he doesn't care for IPAs.

Overall, I'd say this is the gold standard in American IPAs. Hoppy as hell, but in the nicest way possible. A must have for all the hopheads out there.

Shuffledaddy, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 6.9% ABV, Keep Refrigerated, no date.

A - Hazy golden yellow beer flows from the bottle freely resulting in a plump and well-retained three-finger white head. Chunky lace coats the glass. Beautiful.

S - Monstrously bitter smelling hops assault the nose with citrusy American hops backed by floral notes. Malts fall to the background but still provide good support for the dangerous hop level.

T - Balanced hops are key in this beer. A good level of citrus, mostly lemon-like, and floral notes play well with the caramel-sweet malty base rather than completely engulfing it.

M - Medium in body and smooth with a pretty persistent bitterness on the finish. The balance is good here.

D - Fairly easily drinkable based on what I've heard about the bitterness. It makes me wonder how old this bottle is. Regardless, Stone's IPA blends potent hops with a good malty backbone well.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of timus19
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into chilled pint glass,still my go to ipa,alesmith & racer 5 close seconds,stone has that hop bite and full mouthfeel that satisfies completely!! still want to try pliny the elder,and bells two hearted ale....thank god for craft beer!!!!

timus19, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - A medium yellow with hint of amber. Small amount of creamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops dominate the nose. Not much else here.

T - My pint was like a tale of 2 beers. The first half was just hops - mostly citrus with some piney notes and very bitter with next to no malt profile at all. Dry, bitter finish

About half way through this all of the sudden started to sweeten up. There was some sweet caramel malt flavour to balance out the bitter hops, especially those on the finish. I really enjoyed the second half of my pint.

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A good IPA but not a favourite. I really want to try this one again because the second half of my pint was very, very good but the first half was too bitter. Overall, review is based on the second half and I really enjoyed it.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dear Stone,
I know I often take you for granted, chasing limited edition and one-off beers, passing up your fine, fine product for elusive beers only to be dissapointed and come crying back to your ever forgiving shoulder. I'm sorry, it will never happen again. Hugs and kisses on all your gargoyles.

I love Stone IPA and I'm not afraid to say it.

Clear gold with a thick, meaty head. Good retention leaves a foamy schmear all down mine glass.

Aroma is sharp pine and citrus hop. Sugar coated pineapple pieces and peach rings. There's a light cracker malt foundation underneath, toiling in near obscurity.

Searing and just barely palatable grapefruit pith bitterness. Just enough bready malt to give hops purchase. This whole beer is just soaked in hop oils and it really adds to the mouthfeel. Just what I would expect from a SoCal IPA.

donkeyrunner, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of michaelpcarney
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5







michaelpcarney, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of jpro
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing one of my favorite IPAs. Pours a translucent, bright orange / ever-so-light copper, with a pillowy, cotton white head. A few patches stick to the glass as I down this delicious hop nectar. Smell is a touch piney, but more grassy / earthy / peppery - to me, at least. There are some floral notes in there, too. Taste is more citrusy, with grapefruit rind being pretty noticeable - there is some piney-ness, too. Caramel malt is there, but this beer is definitely hop-forward. Mouthfeel is just about perfect to me. It could use a little more body, but that might deter it from being so drinkable. The finish is crisp, clean and refreshing. I wouldn't consider the IPA as a highly drinkable style, but this is a highly drinkable IPA, for sure!

jpro, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone IPA | 650 ml. | 6.9% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: American IPA
Glass: Pint

A hazy golden honey orange with an unbelievably milky white head of about 2". Lacing is decent. Overall, it looks more inviting than most IPA's I've seen.

A rounded, hoppy punch blasts from the glass into my nostrils. Very aromatic, with pronounced herbal / spice characteristics. Most IPA's are pungent with a rank quality. Stone's has an elegant but muscly aroma that's quite pleasing.

Intense bitter hop character. Rounded herbal and spice notes. A hint of fruitiness in the middle. Grain and hop leaf flavor in the finish.

Medium-bodied and very slick and oily. Carbonation pops nicely.

A beer for hopheads. Either handle the intensity or bow out politely. I like it. I like it substantially more with spicy food.

BeerNemesis, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of BurgBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Serving- 22oz. bottle

Apperance- Light surprisngly pale ale looking IPA. Very clean look

Smell- Abundance of Hops, powerful, borderline pungent.

Taste- This beer will blow you away with it's taste. Everything leading up the beer is just a show. Big bottle, big hop aroma, overpowering head. You're expecting to be hit with a bitterness you have never experienced before and then, WHAM! One of the most subtle and well balanced IPA's you will ever have. You get all the hops, all the power, all of the might that Stone is known for in a solid-forceful, yet kind and soft nurtuing flavor. Kind like being rocked to sleep (in a good way) by its mascot.

Mouthfeel- Big bold hops flavor, is slowly overpowered by sublte malt flavor.

Drinkability- I blew through the 22oz and could have inbibed in another. They should make 40ozs.

BurgBrewer, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Slightly hazy golden-amber color with two fingers of white head that retained extremely well and left all sorts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big hop aroma up front, a little bit piney, a little bit citrusy. A little bit fruity, and with an understated malt backbone.

Taste: Much like the smell. Front end starts off with a beautiful spicy hop note that gives way to a very mild, delicate malty middle, which then finishes up with an intense citrus, bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, and rather lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Final Notes: An excellent beer to pair against a nice spicy meal or for refreshment on a hot day. Absolutely delicious.

bagpiper2005, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of brendan13
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Fairly clear straw coloured body with a 3cm fluffy white head that persists.
S - Piney and grapefruit hop aromas come through up front followed by some slight maltiness.
T - Hop character much like the smell but more biscuity maltiness comes through in the taste.
M - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Bitterness on the higher end of the scale but still balanced.
D - A great beer that I'd drink again without a doubt.

brendan13, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Boxus
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is sort of an archetypal IPA. It's a good introduction to the style, and a reliable mainstay, especially in the small towns in southern California where many of the good beers that you can easily locate come from San Diego (i like the Green Flash IPA even more, though it's not as drinkable/popular).

It pours a rich gold color with a light fruity aroma. A small head lingers with nice light lacing. It looks and tastes exactly like an IPA should. Robust and tangy and heavily hopped, but light enough to be refreshing and drinkable, even on a very hot summer day. This is an ideal summer beer for me - in the winter I get really into stouts, but in the summer I tend to go for IPA's. And this one has a flavorful hoppiness and crisp smooth aftertaste that make it consistently satisfying on these lazy sun-drenched days.

Enjoy it on the porch at sundown, after a nice spliff.

Boxus, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of gboy515duo
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: A clear golden brown with a very appreciative head that lasted until i was finished

S: Smelled slightly of freshly cut grass or flowers

M: Extremely smooth, sat very well on my palate.

T: It was a very simple tasting IPA, extremely hoppy but easy to drink. The taste was resonant of the all natural ingredients used to brew this one.

D: Unfortunately, because of the strong hoppy taste, I wouldn't be able to drink a 6 pack of this beer. It was very enjoyable to have one or two though.

gboy515duo, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of bohemiandonut
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

... Edit: I continue to have varying experiences with this beer. This take was supposed to be a score-bolstering edit, but I'm left conflicted still. From a bomber to a snifter, just can't get it how it be on tap. Is this the beginning of my notepad-slinging career?
No. No it is not.

Yields a slippery, seafoam head that lasts, above a rather pale, almost blonde amber sea. Minimal lacing.
... True. In fact the head is generous at first but settles to a soapy ceiling.

Rather passive aromas here. Subdued presence of grapefruit rind amid caramelly malts.
... Somewhat true. This fresher bottle seems a bit more active in the tropical department, and more aromatic as well.
... Taste is more 1-dimensional than the scent, either that or is highly dominated by a strong hop presence, which in this case leaves little room for breadth. Regardless, each sip yields deeper layers of minty/piney/grapefruit freshness. A knockout for the tastebuds. Definitely not heavy on the malts, but perhaps a bit much in terms of oily hop mouthfeel, at least for me.

This is a decent IPA, no doubt, but I find it lacking in the character department. A little too well-rounded, you might say. There is however a distinct aftertaste of Samuel Adams' Boston Lager, which I personally enjoy.
... Almost agree with this, but I think what I meant to say is the boys go for Xtreme bitterness here with little regard for breadth beyond a noticeable malt platform. Where is the airy, heavenly hop-stream of Pliny and Sculpin? Not here. Too bitter.

Regardless, I count this among my favorite IPA's for the mysterious fact that I can "feel" this beer after only a few sips! There must be some elusive yeast club of strains with this ABV-defying effect. Drunkable.
... lol.

bohemiandonut, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of washingtonydc
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing a Stone brew may be like declaring your love for puppies--not many people fall on the opposing side, so it's mostly convincing others of how right-on their opinions already are. But with that said, let me join the echo chamber and tell you what you probably already know.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, it's a hazy, dark straw color with about two fingers of frothy head and some of the most exquisite lacing I've seen this side of Brugges. It gives off a wet, spicy grapefruit aroma--what I imagine a shift-worker at the Dole cannery comes home smelling like. The taste is of bright, floral and citrus hops, but finishes with a subtle, sweet malty lingering. The big draw of this beer, though, is just how juicy it is--the hops just seem to burst in your mouth, which combines nicely with the refreshing, wet, medium-bodied beer. It's a big IPA, as you'd expect from Stone, but it's rather enjoyable and sessionable.

So, yes, this Stone IPA is an amazing, exemplary beer. But no need to stop the presses--puppies are cute, the sun will rise tomorrow, and everything is as it should be.

washingtonydc, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into pint glass. pours a clear golden, yellow, orange color with a huge billowy white head that slowly faded to about a 1/2 inch of nice retentive head. lots of sticky lace on the glass as well.

big fragrant hop aroma. mostly citrus, grapefruit, orange, lots of pine noticeable. a touch of a pale malt aroma noticeable, but its mostly dominated by the hops

big hoppy taste too. between the taste and mouthfeel, this reminds me a lot of a double ipa. dank resiny hops, pine, citrus, grapefruit, grassy hops, hints of toasted caramel malt, but mostly hop forward. a little perfumy from the hops as well. finsihs with a nice amount of lingering hop flavors and bitterness.

medium body, light amount of carboination, just right. resiny hops coat the mouth after each sip.

good drinkability, maybe a little harder to session than some, but thats only because of the abv.

this is one of the better ipas out there, and if it wasnt for the price, id be drinking it a lot more. stone is, in my opinion, one of the most quality breweries, from there insane big beers, to there average simple beers and it shows in this beer. went very well with some philadelphia bbq sushi rolls with some wasabi. highly recommended from me is that means anything to you.

dogfishandi, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Citrus Hops smell. The taste follows. Citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and orange. A hint of malt mixes well with the hops. Finishes with nice big hop kick and a tad dry. A lot of flavor here and a very well done IPA, one of the best I've ever tried.

uustal, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a yellow, light golden amber into a pint glass with a white head, relatively good retention. Earthy, piney floral hops in the nose. Taste is delicious. Not much body, moving to floral and citrusy hop finish. Sweet/sour hop finish. Carbonation well balanced with style. Nothing will be as drinkable as water beer. Makes a great session beer at high alcohol content.

Drinker beware - if you are under 200lbs this can come back to bite you in the ass.


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stingrayvr6, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of simpliciter
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - yellow --- not a lot of character in the appearance (bad pour?)
S - slightly floral, but not very distinct
T - [[no notes on the taste of this beer survived this evening.]]
M - slightly coats the mouth, finishes clean
D - lingering bitterness

All in all, not as impressive as the Cali-Belgique version of this same beer. Belgian yeast, woo!

simpliciter, Jun 20, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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