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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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9,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,496
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,492 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of gtermi
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

Nice golden body, strong bitter smell, strong bitter taste

Photo of rickyleepotts
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I LOVE Stone. Nearly every beer they make is amazing. I am not sure I have ever had a beer they made that wasn’t just incredible. I have had this beer before, and being that I LOVE a good IPA, I have managed to find and order this time and time again. I prefer it on draft, but the point of this blog is not beers on tap, rather in the bottle. Anyway, let’s make our way through this tasty brew,

In the Glass: It looks like an IPA. Most of their beers appear more heavy in the glass and have a certain home brew look to them. Anyone that makes their own beer knows what I am talking about it. Regardless, it’s a good looking beer in the glass. There is little to no head, which is fine by me. Think barleywine.

Nose: It smells like an IPA! Actually, it smells like an IPA with a hint of orange. Not sure where that orange scent is coming from, but it gives it a certain “wetness” to the nose. We are drinking this beer cold, too, which is not how I would typically prefer an IPA. I like them halfway from fridge to room temperature for the true flavors. Speaking of flavor…

Flavor: Whoa! As I said, I have had this beer before. But here, drinking with purpose, I am able to enjoy it and take a little more out of it. The bitterness that you demand from a good IPA is immediately noticed when you take a sip of this beer. The way it dances across your tongue on the way down just begs me to take another sip. You swallow, and while the aftertaste (we’ll get to that) isn’t what you desire, it still tastes amazing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quick, wet, and cold. Of course, that’s because I am drinking the beer cold… but you get the idea. It has a hint of carbonation to it, but not too much to make you put the glass down. The best part of the mouthfeel is the end, when the beer is gone yet the flavors are still all over the palate. That is when you know you have a good brew.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is not what you expect from a beer with this much flavor. It’s there, and it lasts for a while but it’s nothing to write home about. It’s clean, crisp, and the subtle bitterness toward the end lingers for a while. It’s not one of those aftertastes that makes me want to stop and smell the roses, if you know what I mean. Regardless, this is a great beer, one that is easy to find, and is not very expensive. I will order this time and time again. Bottoms up people!

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours hazy, golden yellow with some white head and impressive lacing.

Smell is full of juicy hop aroma. Moist. Dank, pine and citrus notes complemented by some sweet grain. Grassy frutiness, pineapple, starfruit.

Big citrus notes in taste. Grapefruit, some earthier pine notes. Well balanced with a hint of sweetness, then big dry bitterness.

Medium bodied. Definitely session-worthy.

Classic West Coast IPA and a must-try beer for any hophead.

Photo of hmf05
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just reviewed this one on tap, but I figured I'd review a fresh bottle. Pours a clear gold with a two finger head that sticks around. It is a little darker than a standard macro. Smells is wonderful. I get pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya. Smells juicy. Taste is a hop onslaught. Mostly citrus coming through with noticeable pine. Overall, I think I might actually prefer this bottled. Perfect representation of a west coast IPA. The only thing keeping this from being an A+ is the lack of any noticeable malt flavor. I know west coast IPAs tend to be all hops, but I prefer a little sweetness in my IPAs.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" off-white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Pine and citrus hops as well as honey malt.

T: The bitterness is aggressive up front but this quickly gives way to citrus hops in the middle and a finish with some pine and semi-sweet honey and nutty malt. Very interesting, and it keeps you coming back to re-experience the unique flavour profile. At 6.9% ABV, this beer hides the alcohol very well.

M: Medium viscosity and medium level of carbonation.

O: Very impressive IPA. More like an Imperial IPA meal in a glass, but who am I to complain.

Photo of y2jrock60
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy light orange with a creamy white head that laces nicely.

S- Earthy and sweet piney hops aroma.

T- Sweet upfront with piney hop kick that's present in the middle of the sip and slowly lingers away. The finish is nice, it's not too dry and isn't overpowering.

M- Medium body with light carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable for an IPA. The bitterness is perfect, it doesn't hit upfront and fades nicely at the end of the sip.

Definitely one of the better IPAs. It is nicely balanced and is unfiltered.

Photo of gregb13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight over an awesome burger at Red Robin. Pours a beatifully inviting, frothy glassful of welcome. Nose is dominated by bitter citrus flesh, red grapefruit rind, citrusy hops. Taste follows the nose perfectly. Perfect carbonation. Goes down way too easy. Could drink all night.

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous amber with a white one and a half finger head that slowly dissolved. Heavy lacing on the glass. 4.5

S - Fruity, hoppy aroma with a hint of banana, and pine resin. Very pleasant. 4.0

T - Extremely well-balanced. Strong citrus and resin flavors that are slightly sweet and hoppy supported by a malty aftertaste. The bitterness one would expect from an IPA is just the right amount for me. 4.5

M - Smooth and medium-bodied. Not too carbonated and not too thick. 4.0

O - I like Stone's IPA for its hoppy, pine character. It's much more true to my vision of an IPA than others I have tried. That being said though, I think I still prefer Bell's Two Hearted Ale to the Stone IPA in terms of flavor. Nevertheless, this is an excellent IPA that people should definitely give a chance. 4.5

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is hazy light bronze with small particulates of yeast (?) hovering in the liquid; it is no doubt from the sedimentation that developed at the bottom of the bottle, which I thought was a little weird. Two fingers of eggshell-colored head dissipated to leave trails along the glass, a spotted lacing, and a thick ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: Dominant grapefruit and metallic hoppiness, a little bit of sweet malts, and lemon zest.

Taste: Much like the smell, it offers a nice, dominant, metallic and grapefruit hop bite, which really tickles the tonsils. It is loaded with hops, and it is beyond evident to me that I have not had anything this hoppy in a long time; each sip provides a massive dose of bitterness. Lemon zest and a little orange is also noticeable, but it obviously gets overshadowed by the massive hop characteristics. Toward the end, my taste buds finally adjusted and I was able enjoy it without the intense bitterness getting in the way.

Drinkability: It lacks complexity, but it packs a hoppy punch and offers major grapefruit flavor. It is now the definitive IPA in my book.

Photo of jvillefan
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with a three finger pearl white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer.

S: Awesome. There is the bitter hoppiness that IPAs are suppose to have. In the background of the smell is citrus and a little pine.

T: There is obviously the intense taste of hops. The more subtle flavors are citurs, pine, and a little sweetness created by caramel.

M: The carbonation is heavy yet perfect. The beer could be a little smoother but a good texture.

O: Very good IPA. Among the best IPAs out there.

Photo of drpimento
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential American IPA. Poured with a nice, large, off white, foamy, frothy, head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, citrus, pine, fresh baked bread, grass. Flavor is huge hop/malt bittersweet thing with perfect carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish has just the right length and is like flavor. This is beer baby.

Photo of Innocentexile
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12.oz into A Pint glass

A-Light amber and pretty hazy. little head that fades

S-to me, its got a real piney earthy smell. maybe like an air freshener. It's got character

T-reminds me of a grapefuity kinda taste, then comes the pine taste, then as it goes down your throat-hole, its got a nice bitter aftertaste. very smooth with little carbonation.

O-excellent, i love this brew. i recommend it, its totally worth it

Photo of D11
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from bottle into tulip

A- pours a hazy orange with a small head that doesnt last long.

S- sweet hops blended with sweet citrus. the hops and citrus reveal itself more as the beer warms up.

T- nice hops blended well with sweet citrus. some grapefruit but it was very sweet grapefruit. well done.

M- crisp, but not in a bad way. a light to medium body for an IPA. delicious.

O- i really enjoyed this beer. it is a really nice IPA and the ingredients in it are blended very well. very smooth. i would compare the flavor and mouthfeel to a Deschutes Mirror Pond but without the slight bitterness or tang that the mirror pond had.

Photo of Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a frothy three finger head with excellent head retention. Great thick lacing sticking all around the glass from start to finish. Hazy light orange color with yeast partials floating around the glass.

The aroma is sharp with citrus and pine hops. Biscuit malt, and even a hint of sweet malt.

The first flavors to hit the palate are sharp bitter hops. Hints of grapefruit, orange, pine, and hemp. Biscuit malts pulls through the hop. A touch of yeast with malt sweetness. This is a hop head's IPA but there is a balance.

Medium bodied easy to drink. Finished dry with bitter with hop lingering.

This America IPA is hop head's dream! Classic west coast IPA not for the faint of heart. In your face hops and easy to drink!

Photo of CyclingLush666
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is very nice, a dark amber orange color that lets you know right of the bat it is a genuine IPA. I really like the darkness because I enjoy a darker beer. And one of Stone's motto's is "Yellow fizzy beer is for wussies".

A very strong smell of hops and barley. I can't really smell anything else, and I don't think they want you to smell anything else.

The taste is great, and much more mellow than some of their other beers. The Arrogant Bastard and some of their other beers are almost too bitter, while this is very smooth for a Stone. I like their IPA a lot and could drink it all night.

The mouthfeel is nice as well, nice and smooth nothing that bites too much. But still this IPA has some balls, and may grab your taste buds if you do not normally indulge this kind of beer.

Go out and grab one of these. Their around 6 bucks, and a 22 oz with 6.9% alcohol by volume will take the edge off your day for sure. And if you don't like IPA I don't know why you are even reading this review.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,496 ratings.