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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

8,667 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,667
Reviews: 2,766
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 955 | 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 david18
4/5  rDev -5.4%

A really good ipa, this is one i don't drink enough because it's so prevelant. I usually go for another ipa, if that's what i'm in the mood for, or another stone, if that's what i'm looking for. In any case, a very good ipa and one you should fully consider if it's available.

david18, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Stone IPA is one of, well, it is my favorite beer. I can drink a Stone IPA and completely change my mood. Stone is probably the best example of an American IPA available. I've made IPAs a focus of my beer drinking and sampling and I can say without hyperbole, this is a great beer. Of course it is better on draught than in the bottle, but I had a 12 oz bottle of it served in my Stone IPA glass. Medium head, strong aroma of cascade hops, dark yellow, clear (although sometimes the bottles are cloudy). Excellent mouthfeel, a great amount of hops but the bitterness is not overpowering.

drabmuh, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Here goes.

A-Pours a cloudy gold with a nice size fluffy white head that leaves wonderful sticky lacing.

S-Nice pronounced hop nose with citrus clearly evident. Smells wonderful.

T-Crisp, spicy, bitter hop kick hits you right away, a very pleasant malty backbone is there but lingers in the background without overdoing it. Nice balance.

M-Once again crisp, yet creamy. A very nice combination. A great bitter hop bite combined with a not too sweet maltiness in the finish. Great mouthfeel.

D-Easily drinkable, I could have many of these in a session.

This is a very good IPA I have enjoyed (and will enjoy) many, many times.

Lerxst, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of aaronxsubaru
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

This is in my top 3 IPAs so far.
This was very well balanced and very drinkable.
i liked the citurs in it and the fact that the piney flavor was not overpowering. not sure about the pine-sol guy who gave it a D. I mean it has alot of hops which is on style, but i thought it was balanced well, and i've tried beers that tasted like pine sap, this is not one of them.

Go buy some and drink it. You will like it.

aaronxsubaru, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A: Golden straw color with a small, very small, amount of white foam that dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation to speak of.

S: Lots of citrus, most notable is lemon. There is also a mild pine scent. Not much malt to speak of.

T: A wonderful and powerful bitterness. Very piney, but also slight lemony notes. Again, not much malt shining through.

M: Very crisp beer with a lingering bitterness.

D: Highly drinkable, but watch out for this one, it will bite when you're not looking at 6.9%.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of racer2k
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured in to pint glass

A - Amber almost orange like with a 1/2 finger a white head which dissipates quickly leaving a very nice thin lacing around the entire glass.

S - Pine, citrus, and grapefruit with an earthy hop aroma. Hints of malt in the background.

T - Very smooth hopped taste with a citrus backbone. Plenty of pine and floral notes which round out the taste. Slight back end malt.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitter hops mouth feel.

D - Top shelf west coast IPA. One of the best. Great session beer even at 6.9% abv.

racer2k, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of lweaver18240
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from a $6 22 oz. bottle into a glass. Enjoyed only slightly cooled, I'd say roughly 60-65 degrees after 20 mins in the fridge. Been looking forward to trying this one...

A- Nice amber color, with 2-3 cm head which had good retention.

S- Smells like a solid IPA, very hoppy.

T- Incredibly well balanced malt and hop taste, slight fruity sweetness with lingering bitter finish that is not overpowering.

M- Medium carbonation but very very smooth, finish is dry secondary to hop profile.

D- Very good, wouldn't mind drinking this throughout the night, will be purchasing again soon. Personally I feel that this should be the gold sandard for IPA's.

lweaver18240, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured cloudy orange color with small head. I was not able to pick out much of an aroma. The taste was citrus and a hoppy bitterness (which I liked). I admit to not being a great IPA fan, but I did like this beer. So far, this one runs second to the AleSmith IPA.

kegger22, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of oxnard111
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

This is my first beer review so bare with me.

Severed on tap in a pint glass. Was served quite cold. I let it rest for about 15 minutes before smelling and tasting.

Beer poured a clear color a little lighter than honey. Pint glass was filled slowly to the top, so judging the head was hard. Once the glass was about half empty I was able to give a swirl and the head appeaedr about 1 finger tall. Head retention was good too. Stayed for good amount of time. Beer was a had a low amount of carbonation.

Smell was overall not very strong. Slight citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Pretty thin. Not thick or chewy at all.

Taste was great. Slight citrus taste. Slightly acidic with a background sweet taste. Bitterness was quite present. About a 5 out of 10 on the bitterness scale. Beer was very drinkable. Could imagine drinking this on a hot summer's day. I'm still learning about my other beer tastes and flavors.

oxnard111, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of MVotter
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

The Stone IPA pours into chalice a cloudy gold color with a thin cream-colored head.

The smell leads with citrus hops and even a whiff of malts.

The taste, like the aroma, opens with a strong hoppy presence, like a less-heavy version of a dipa ... and balanced with a slight roasted malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and refreshing and an extremely pleasant experience ... nice effervescence and dryness, yum.

This is a very drinkable, tasty brew. The dry/hoppy quality make it a super drinker on an 88-degree summers day!

MVotter, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of terryt5231
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%

Great beer! This is the epitome of an IPA, in my opinion.

Drank this at Holy Smoke BBQ in Mahopac, NY. Bartender knows how to pour em, too.

To be honest, was a little surprised by the alc. content and I felt it halfway through the beer.

Very happy and will certainly look for this bottled in my local beer store.

terryt5231, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a clear, deep, golden color with a big, foamy, white head. Head falls slow and stays. Big lace.

With the first smell I took I noticed citrus immediately followed by the huge hop aroma.

Wow. Big hop taste. Sweet in the middle with a lingering hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth, almost chewy.

Awesome. Very good IPA.

dstc, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of arnoldbrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Aroma- Nice golden/amber color. slightly cloudy/hazy. Poured with a 2cm head but faded quickly.
Smell- Very citrusy, grapefruit, some pineapple.
Taste- Hoppy, much like smell with the citrus and pineapple flavors. Nice bready maltines underneath the hops.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp, moderate mouthfeel, carbonation right where it should be.
Overall- A very good beer, very hop forward which after reading the label is exactly what I expected " . . big hop flavor . . . big hop aroma." This is what I expect from an American IPA. Hoppy but not out of balance. Stone Brewing came through admirably.

arnoldbrew, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of jdmorgan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours an amber hue with a two-finger head. The smell is dominated by hop and citrus aromas with a bit of malt as well.

The taste has a bold hop flavor with some sharp citrus flavors as well. There is a medium malt body which is only slightly overpowered by the hops. The bitterness is medium/high in a pleasant way.

The mouthfeel is sharp initially with a clean citrus/hop flavor dominating. Carbonation is medium with a medium consistency. This is a fantastic IPA and I would tend to stay with it for a session. Another great beer from Stone.

jdmorgan, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Golden-orange translucent. Looks like an IPA. 2 finger foamy head that has good retention as it slides down the glass.

Smell - Tons of citrus hops, probably one of the most citrus smelling IPA's I have had. Small amount of malt scent detected. Maybe a bit of pine, but the major smell here is hops.

Taste - Great citrus tastes, grapefruit, honey, lime, lemon, I catch it all in here. Great taste from a single ipa. For its bitterness and where it is from, surprisingly balanced. The malts are nice. Little bit of alcohol on the end.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, not amazing, maybe a bit overcarbonated. Good bitter bite for the style.

Drinkability - There is a ton of drinkability, really good session beer, I could drink a lot of these.

One of my staple single ipa's.

cvaypai, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours an orange color that is slightly hazy with a white fluffy two finger head. The head gives way to a little lacing. The smell is of hops with citrus much like pineapple juice and orange with a hint of floral. The taste is of hops with some citrus tons much of pineapple and orange again. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability on this beer is extermely high.

goblue3509, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

I had this IPA on tap at the Batdorf Restaurant in Annville, PA.
Served chilled in a standard pint.

A - a mango nectar hued ale w/ 1 1/2 fingers of smooth snowy suds cap the beer. Mild haze w/ moderate lace on the glass the IPA has a fine bead

S - The scent of apricot + lychee w/ a floral note and grapefruit accent. The nose has a light herbal odor w/ a lot of citrus carrying the smell into west coast hop realm that is familiar and fragrant

M - A sharp hop bitterness is abrasive at first, but in a good way. Well seasoned w/ a spicy, highly bitter, focused feel but hey it's an IPA

T - A sweet tea like malt followed by a grapefruit rind w/ mellow tropical elements and grassy hop acidity that is lasting. The balance is not a word this Ipa ever heard of. The taste of dry apricot w/ a dry herbal/spiced taste that is crisp and allows for a lasting bitterness in the taste. The alcohol flavor comes forward as the glass nears 1/2 full, but still in check w/ a gently creamy malt layered under a dense array of hop flavors

D - A great West coast IPA one of the best w/ a dry and highly drinkable quality. The taste is still not intense for the sake of intensity -this is a classic example of an American IPA w/ a more bitter hop focus. I enjoyed this IPA it is easy to take large gulps of this, it is refreshing.

Slatetank, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

I am quite surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet... Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light bronze-ish color with a nice inch of fluffy white head that slowly fades leaving behind some nice soapy lacing.

Smell: A nice subtle citrusy/grapefruit hoppiness, not overly pronounced but certainly enough to get your attention.

Taste: Like the smell, a nice bit of mildly bitter grapefruit mixed in with some very subtle malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not over- or under-carbonated, with a medium body.

Drinkability: This IPA is one of my absolute favorites. I believe it emphasizes all the goodness that is an IPA without any single characteristic being overwhelming or offensive. This is one of my go-to IPA's.

krisandajt, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a clear-ish amber with two finger white head, lacing but head collapses. Smell: full of citrus - lemon rind, bitter orange, grapefruit, pineapple juice, floral too!, with some malt sweetness in the background. Taste: also full of citrus - more grapefruit is prevalent here, orange, spiciness and a chill bready malt. Creamy and soft with a nice drying finish that is stopped short of puckering by the sweet malt backing up the citric hop punch. Fantastic.

babaracas, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

From a six pack.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-orange with a fluffy little white head that leaves some sticky lacing in my pint glass.

Smell: Its just great. Hoppy- some sweet citrus and some grapefruit too. Like fruity hops candy.

Taste: Nice bitter punch with those hoppy citrus flavors. Its got great balance with the sweet maltiness. Goes down sweet and smooth and leaves some pleasing bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full for an IPA. Not syrupy or creamy. The carbonation is nice.

Drinkability: Hard to find much to fault it, really. Its great stuff. I'm pretty much a sucker for most of Stone's offerings. This one is a staple.

rapidsequence, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of rugerj
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Beer pours copper in color with a nice 1 finger head that stays, wonderful lacing left in glass. The smell is all hops, sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit; they are all here and blend wonderfully. The taste is mostly hops with the citrus and pine flavors coming through; a touch of sweetness from the malt comes through ever so faintly and adds a nice subtle complexity to the beer. Carbonation was spot on and mouth feel was soft for the amount of hops in this beer.

A wonderful beer and one of my favorites. I can write nothing that has not already been said, a great beer and brewery.

rugerj, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a big, impressive froth that almost refuses to settle (which, of course, is a good thing). Leaves nearly enough lace to make it look like it didn't even settle! Copper to orange color. Absolutely beautiful hoppy aroma. Tons of floral and citrus character. In fact, it jumps out at you before you even finish opening the bottle. More citrus-like hop bitterness in the flavor, with some hints of spiciness and great malty undertones. Hops make it very smooth and crisp, and the bread-like maltiness underneath rounds it out quite well. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness as well. Dangerously drinkable! This is one wonderful brew. I'm loving every Stone brew I try with a passion! If you're just starting to love hops, this is a great step up from their pale ale if you're not quite ready for "ruination". And for the seasoned hophead, this is a wonderful treat and an exceptional brew all around! No matter who you are, try this! It will not fail to impress.

ExtraStout, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

A) Lovely orange-amber, minimal head but some lacing.

S) Citrusy hops, heavy on the pineapple, some pines/floral, but sweeter than some other IPAs, almost like a little caramel

T) Pure hoppy goodness. Starts sweeter, ends bitter. Definitely more of a citrus-hops flavor.

MF) Crisp and well carbonated

D) Extremely high, would never guess this had a higher than 5%ABV. I downed this extremely fast and wished for another!

sophisticated, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of TLove
4/5  rDev -5.4%

22oz bottle to a whiskey glass.

Appearance - Has a decent, very bubbly head with some light lacing and a clearish light orange color. Pretty average.

Smell - Grapefruit and lime citrus with some raisin and oats to round out the smell.

Taste - Sticky and smooth, with a light floral grasp and light citrus flavors. Well-balanced malts and the 6.9% ABV is barely noticeable.

Finish - Creamy and exceptionally delicate for its medium body. Strong hop aroma rolls in at the very end of the beer and into the aftertaste. Finishes remarkably well.

TLove, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into Sierra Nevada Tulip pint glass.

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Pretty good retention once it faces down to 1/4 finger. Leaves some lace patches. Color is a clear golden orange. A lot of carbonation bubbles floating to the top from the etching.

Aroma: At first I was smelling something I didn't like. But after a few minutes the aroma changed. Seems to be a nice smelling IPA. Pineapple citrus, very light floral hops. Now I am getting some grapefruit citrus. A big pine aroma as well.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Pineapple and grapefruit citrus, floral and pine hops, and a biscuity malt flavor. A pretty solid IPA. A huge hop flavor going on here.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, very bitter, but it is creamy at the same time when you let it roll around your mouth. Medium bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. Leaves the typical sticky hoppy aftertaste. A person really can't expect much else from these hoppy beers.

Overall, this is a pretty solid IPA. I have been going through a lot lately and this one seems to be one someone would consider a standard for an IPA. Definitely one to keep readily available for those hop heads. I could easily drink more of this.

mothman, Jul 06, 2009
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,667 ratings.