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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

8,225 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,225
Reviews: 2,737
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 196
Gots: 720 | 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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sml505

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

A - Golden amber. White frothy head.

S - Heavy hops - pine, grapefruit, resin. Toasted grain, malt

T - Heavily bitter with light sweetness. Grapefruit, pine. Bitter finish.

O/ M - Great IPA! Velvety, creamy medium mouthfeel and body. Very smooth for IBU of 70+. One of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 06:23:58 | More by sml505
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Golden yellow body, thin white head, patches of lacing.

s: mmmm....citrusy, herbal, grapefruity hops.

t: caramel malt is swept up by bursting citric hops. The flavor is perfumey almost, very herbal and piney. A terrific IPA, bitch-slaps the palate.

m: syrupy, creamy and smooth.

d: I'll quote todd here, "Simply put ... this is one insane IPA, and not for the weak palate. To compare it to other IPAs would be silly, however I think this sums it up ... Once Stone comes into a new market it's like a challenge to other brewers in the area: "I know my big beers are bigger and better than yours, but let's see yours anyway. I promise not to laugh." Oh ... and this is just their standard IPA doing the speaking."

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:11:57 | More by BradLikesBrew
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

The color reminds me of clover honey with a short, bubbly white crown that dissipated pretty fast and left moderatley sticky lacing behind and spot-on carbonation level.

The aroma is pungent with deep fruity and resiny hops, like pineapple, strawberies and pine trees. Mild but sweet pale malt way down.

The flavor is a big, tart and bitter hop attack...the palate needs time to recover after the initial first taste. There's a pine-tree resin sharpness that mellows slightly to become fruity, but mostly fruits high in citric acid's like pineapple. The malt profile is a bit low, that's why I love the Ruination, because of it's thicker malt that balances out the bitter, sharp hop effect. The feel is crisp but sharp, due to the elevated heat at 6.9% and the bitter hops. Still, there's a pleasant smoothness as it goes down. Good depth and complexity in the hop flavor.

This is a classic Left-coast IPA with very agreesive hops and plenty of tongue-numbing bitterness. A hop-heads dream I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 15:47:31 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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matty

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold colored ale with an aroma of pine.Taste is pine and malt.This has an "A' with over 1200 reviews???This is one of the 10 top worse tasting beers I've ever had.It reminds me of the Pine Sol my grandmom used to clean the house with.I don't get.Can you say overhyped??

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 04:24:41 | More by matty
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wardough

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. Don't pass up this well balanced IPA.

A: Pours a light gold, almost like a Tripel.
S: Piney caramel. It's awesome.
T: Malts, followed by bittering hops. Awesomely balanced.
M: Well carbonated makes this awesome.
D: I'm drinking this one all night long.

A must have in your life.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 00:27:45 | More by wardough
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AZTEX

Arizona

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

I poured from a bottle into a glass. I got a pretty good foam that quickly broke down, but did leave some great crystalline cobwebs on the glass. This IPA is light gold in color, almost a honey color. The smell was not very complex but was very hoppy. The beer had a mild malty taste up front that finished with a strong hoppiness. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel was surprisingly rich (almost creamy) for a light colored, hoppy ale. A very drinkable ale. I'm sure I'll drink it again and now I want to try Stone Ruination Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 21:08:47 | More by AZTEX
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everetends

Alabama

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Midtown in Nashville. 22oz bomber poured into a shaped pint.

A: This beer poured a glowing, hazy orange with a nice, big head. The head created some sticky lacing throughout the glass. Looks so good you want it.

S: Big time hops. Lots of floral and citrus going on there. You also pick up on some clove and spice.

T: This one blew me away. It had a definite hops bitterness that came from the flavors of floral and citrus. The grapefruit and orange flavors cool it off with the malt. Still have a bitterness in the finish that really challenges the taste buds.

M: A nice medium carbonation that keep this somewhat light on the tongue and refreshing. The finish was a bit strange. It left your mouth dry and parched at times.

D: This was a great beer. I wouldn't drink more than a bomber in a sitting but I would keep a few bombers in the cellar. I am really looking forward to Ruination now.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 22:42:26 | More by everetends
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stumac

Texas

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

definately one of my favorite IPAs.

pours up a deep yellowed-orange color with a nice white head. great lacing. looks like panty hose. aroma is citrus hops and grapefruit. taste is great! citrus hops, mildly spicy hops, hints of lemon, nice medium bodied malt backbone. low to medium carbo. glad this one comes in a sixer but forget that. even though its cheaper to buy a sixer, im a bomber fanatic til the day i die!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 02:09:43 | More by stumac
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hdofu

Maryland

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

Love the bottle... (my friend wouldn't let me keep the porter bottle we split :( ) This beer has Knox block color with a thick active white head. Smell is really tops as far as hops goes. This beer is heavy with hops but has a hint of sweetness in the finish, though nothing compared to dogfish head's 60 minute ipa sweetness wise, may also have a hint of sesame in the flavor. A rather heavy and slick feel to the tongue with lite feel of bubbles. This beer is pretty drinkable... too bad its so pricey. Yet again another enjoyable brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:04:05 | More by hdofu
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beachbum1975

Ohio

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. I love the gargoyle in all of Stone's beers. She pours slightly hazy with a ¼ inch white head with little sticking. Color is light orange/gold. Initial head does not retain long, but long spider legs hang around on the walls.

Smell: An abundance of floral hops, bright and fresh on the nose. Amazing smell.

Taste: Yum. Heavy, floral hops mixed with just the right bitterness. Wonder balance of roasted malts and tangy, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy on the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very. Excellent session beer - If you get the chance, try this. Superb example of an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 22:29:56 | More by beachbum1975
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky orange color with a quickly thinned head and lacing. There was a sharp citrus and floral aroma strongly emitting from the drink. Compared to the smell, the taste was a bit weaker with the citrus still apparent. Medium body in general, giving it a good carbonation but nothing more. Overall, strong aroma flavors while other dimensions are just above average.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 18:07:42 | More by fitzy84
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Ben4881

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
Stone Brewing Co.

Appearance:
This beer is translucent straw yellow color with suggestions or orange. The color is much paler than I expected. There is a frothy white head that dissipates quickly, but not entirely. Minor traces of lace stick to the glass.

Smell:
Nothing complicated here. All I smell is piney hops. Nothing fancy, nothing unexpected: right on the mark.

Taste:
Similar to the smell in that it's very well executed. The taste is smooth and refreshing up front with the flavor or oily organic hops. The kickback upon swallowing is slow, creeping, bitter, and piney. The aftertaste continually becomes dry and cottony while the pine needle flavor tingles and tickles the tongue.

Mouthfeel:
Stone IPA has a light to medium body. Adequate carbonation gives it some levity and airiness. The aftertaste leaves a sticky cottonmouth feeling.

Drinkability:
This is a solid IPA. Nothing overpowering and nothing complicated. This beer is a welcome companion on a long morning, afternoon, or night.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 16:21:50 | More by Ben4881
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Bitzy

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA! I usually don't drink very bitter beers like IPA's, but this one really impressed me.

Appearance: cloudy golden color with a 1/4 inch head that slowly disspates, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Although the hops jump at you, the sweetness of backround flavors of citrus and cloves are apparant and inviting.

Taste: The different hops combined in this fabulous brew lend themselves to a sweet and floral twang that tickles the taste buds. The hops are delicious and balanced by the sweetness of the malts. Also, the bitterness is perfectly placed in the overall taste experience of the beer.

Drinkability: Although this beer is delicious, I could not drink more than one at a time. I split a 22oz. bottle with 2 other friends and slowly sipped it and enjoyed all its complexities.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 05:57:22 | More by Bitzy
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rodcom

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

good ipa. Smells like one as you open the bottle you are looking forward to a good beer. As you taste it the hops are right there on top and a decent follow through. However, there are just simply better IPA's our there including hop devil and dogfish that I have had. Certainly would buy it and you will not be disappointed, but you might do better.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 23:49:24 | More by rodcom
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

A. 3 finger head with nice retention. Appears like a pale ale, which is what it is afterall.

S. Very notable nose of sweet juicy hops.

T. Surprisingly well balanced hops and sweet malt. Slightly sweet and a tad bitter. As it approaches room temperature the sweetness comes out a bit more and reminds me of pineapple juice. Just delicious.

M. Light and crisp, leaves the palate wanting more.

D. Just purchased a case, forgot how good these were.

Overall: Possibly my favorite IPA, the hops are top notch yet not overpowering. A very tasty well balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 18:24:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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beeragent

Texas

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear light gold, forming a thick creamy 1 inch off-white head, with light spots of lace along the glass. Heavy and rich hop aroma dominates the nose. Citrusy and slightly fruity. The taste doesnt dissapoint. Suprisingly smooth thick hop flavor up front, followed by a noticeable malt presence in the finish. Alot smoother mouthfeel and finish than expected. A highly drinkable IPA! Overall, this was much better than I expected. I assumed that this would shred my tastebuds with all the hops, but it turns out that this is a very well rounded beer. Not that I have anything against extremely hopped up beers, but there are times when highly hopped but smooth beer sounds good, and this is it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 21:52:41 | More by beeragent
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic west coast IPA. Golden orange body, with a thin cap of creamy foam that retains itself and laces well.

Light citrus in the aroma, fresh with a touch of green hops. It's not as pungent as I expected, but it's certainly pleasant. Pale malt and vegetal notes come out later as it warms up.

Bitterness is not to an extreme level, but it's up there. Not mild by any means, the bitter hop notes come out more in the aftertaste. There's some grapefruit/citrus rind, balanced by a tasty light maltiness. Very quenching and easy to drink, i've gone through two bombers this week, and Ruination is on deck after this one...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:26:42 | More by emerge077
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rgdgerard

Texas

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

Nice head from an aggressive pour into my pint glass. Only modest retention. Slightly cloudy appearance when cold.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, but not overly so. As it warms up, the taste really smooths out a lot and mellows, becoming much less bitter. Don't drink this too cold, it is much better a bit warm.

A classic IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 16:28:49 | More by rgdgerard
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baos

Indiana

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

Bottle into mason jar.

A: Golden amber with nice 2 finger head.

S: I can tell this is a stone beer. Supper orangey beeswax yumminess.

T: That hoppy orange-beeswax Stone flavor. Super bright. Very hoppy but not unpleasantly bitter. A perfect IPA.

M: Medium body on this yummy lass.

D: A one!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:03:53 | More by baos
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic for a good session.

Stone IPA pours a slightly cloudy orangey yellow with good white head. Nose is balls out citrus hops. Taste pretty much follows, super west coast grapefruit citrus hops with somewhat of a malt backbone, but the hops overpower them by far. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is pretty good too. Overall this is a great session IPA, but it is quite unbalanced on the hop side of things. Personal preference would be for just a touch more maltiness in here, but overall it is a great IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 02:33:55 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour is a nice light golden/orange color with white head. Scent is big on hops with some orange peel, lemon, and lime and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is overflowing with hops, some spice and a faint citrus sweetness. The mouthfeel is great with the huge bitterness, pretty smooth. Drinkability is as high as it gets, just amazing.

It's hard to believe that this is an IPA; it is strong as hell, and it kicks the ass of almost all of the IPAs I have had before it. With it's alcohol content and drinkability, it is both a blessing and a curse to not have any more at the moment. I've had some mixed feelings about Stone's brews, but between this and Ruination I will gladly buy their beer for as long as I walk this earth.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:36:08 | More by paco1029384756
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Kraken

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass. Heavy handed pour yields 1 finger head, of nice white foam. Head diminishes somewhat quickly leaving moderate lacing . Beer itself is an orange amber, beautiful in color. Smell is all hops, piny resiny citrius hops. First sip perfectly echos the aroma . A very nice hop bite on the tongue, citrius and pine resin. Body is a bit thin afet the hop explosion. A very nice drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 00:52:38 | More by Kraken
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Fireal1222

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is my first review.

this is simply one of the best beers i've ever had.. but reader beware because this brew is not for the weak at heart.

this beer is bitter. and i mean bitter. with an aftertaste of citrus and flowers.. trust me. this brew is hopped up to the extreme. even the gargoyle on the front of the bottle is telling you to step down.. but the beer is just too great.

all of stone's creations are magnificent.. my favorite being this or the oaked arrogant bastard..

if you are an IPA fan. i highly recommend this beer. its the best IPA i've had. and most people agree that its one of the top 3 out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 19:14:50 | More by Fireal1222
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexasStout for this bomber of Stone IPA.

Appearance gets an appreciative nod not only for the gorgeous golden color but for that absolutely freakin' cool Stone bottle. You could leave a row of these up as art in your house with no one the wiser. Smell's a slap in the nads even a full arm's length away, all roses & hops.

This is a good IPA. There's lots of sweet in the back as the beer goes down further, the hoppy bite is there, & the malt in the background. It doesn't wow the tongue like it grabbed by nose, but good stuff nonetheless.

A little too much ABV for a session beer, not in my top tier of IPAs. I could drink a glass or two, but would switch out to something either more wicked or subtle.

All in all something I'm glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 01:24:13 | More by maximum12
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LoboLikesBeer

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Impressive silk screened brown bottle, freshness indicator stamped on glass. Aggressive, multi-staged pour to form pretty off-white "ice cream cone" head in a standard pint glass. Rich golden honey color tinted with amber, sporting a slightly sexy haze. Solid head retention, forming sponge like puck with sticky lacing down the glass.

S: After a couple of swirls to break up the puck like settled head, the nose released a sweet floral hop aroma, followed by some citrus notes, very pleasurable. After some whiffs there was a detectable sweetish malt base.... A harbinger of what was to come.

T: This is where this brew shines. Unbelievable hop profile, pronounced yet still subtle. Citrus, grapefruit up front followed right behind with wonderful floral notes filling in, then just the right amount of bitterness grabs your tongue. A malt backbone supporting the whole hop extravaganza is there but defiantly takes a back seat.

M: Decent carbonation, not as thick as I expected but certainty not thin, again the hops just stick all over you with their tasty goodness. Defiantly a pleasure to have in your mouth.

D: Well what can I say, with almost 2000 reviews at this time, I'm just adding to the legend, throwing another log on the fire. So here we go.... Extremely drinkable, a classic depiction of the style, west coast all the way, top notch hop profile that grabs you by the face, but doesn't over power, showing its complex hop flavor but not lacking in bitterness or ABV and just enough malt to not be forgotten. A wonderful IPA, and a fine beer period, I can see why Stone gets may accolades, well done indeed!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 04:42:28 | More by LoboLikesBeer
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,225 ratings.