1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

9,346 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 9,346
Reviews: 2,807
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,301 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 9,346 | Reviews: 2,807 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at ?

Poured a hazy peach-orange with a finger of foamy white head that retained decently and left a bit of lace on the glass. Mainly citrus hops in the aroma; piney. A base of sweet maltiness in the taste is overshadowed by piney hops; notes of grapefruit and orange. Hops are in command, but there is still a pretty decent balance happening. Medium-bodied and easily drinkable for the style.

Photo of Hollybee
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into a pint:
Appears a glowing beautiful gold, head thin (this could have been from a poor pour on the bartender's part) dissipates quickly, leaves very little lacing.
Smell is hoppy of course, honey, pine, caramel
Taste is sweet, existing mostly at the far back of the tongue and the sides. Bitter to finish.
Mouthfeel- sticky, resin left behind, a medium body to it.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice straw golden color to it with a nice 2 inch fizzy white head. The smell is nice of hops with a hint of pine. The taste is good of hops with that little kick of bitterness on the back of the tongue, to me it screams drink some more. It also has some malt to it to. The mouth feel is great, nice and smooth with some carbonation. Overall i really like this beer and could drink it all the time.

Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-06-22 at Quips

A - Hazy straw with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

S - Mild grain, earthy-spice and grass. Not overly aromatic.

T - Medium roasted grain, bright citrus, a little pine and grass with a crisp and dry grapefruit finish. Dries nicely and leaves you wanting another swig.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation give a crisp and refreshing feel.

O - This really tasted great this evening. My kind of brew: Fruity, bright citrus and a grapefruit bitter finish. Reminds me of a Port Mongo or Fat Head's Head Hunter. Good stuff.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amber/golden yellow body with 2 fingers of nice white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves some very nice lace.

S- Piney and citrusy hops up front, followed by a little caramel sweetness. Almost balanced, but the Stone in this shows through in the smell.

T- The sweetness is more pronounced than in the smell, but not even close to standing up to the pine and citrus flavors here.

MF- Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Strangely, as it warms, the less syrupy it gets. A very nice beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (with freshness dating) into my Dale's Pale Ale shaker glass. Very nice cloudy, orange/amber hue with a finger or so of head. Head fades moderately quickly, but nice sticky lacing. First whiff is a load of flowers up my nose. A little bit of light pine, light skunk/cat pee (though not in the light-struck sense) and promises of bitterness. Very bright and fresh pine flavors. A hint of lemon on the finish. 9/10 bitter-wise. Creamy at first on the mouth, and then a nice carbonation prickle. Such a great beer.

Photo of JayS2629
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange colored beer with a thin white head that fades fast and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is full of citrus and pine. Fruity hops rush the nose behind a bready back of biscuit. Pungent pine follows bright fruits of grapefruit, lemon rind, tangerine, and sweet orange, peach, mango and pineapple. Complex nose of fruit with resiny pine.

The taste follows the nose with a sting of bitter grapefruit on top of biscuity malt and a touch of caramel. Grapefruit, peach and mango mainly with a good punch of pine at the end that lingers.

Slightly thin, but still creamy and smooth.

Overall an excellent IPA.

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden amber with just over 2 finger widths of white fluffy, cloud-like head. The head dissipated pretty quickly but leaves a significant amount of cool looking lacing.

S: Hops all over the nose, mostly of the citrus variety with only subtle piney characters. Also there is some sweetness that comes through, with aromas of peach and mango. Great aroma.

T: The first sip is dominated by a fruity sweetness that I wasn’t expecting, although I probably should have after the sweetness in the scent. Hops are certainly appreciated but not as much as I anticipated, especially after all the “hop head” talk on the label. Its sweet up front with hints of orange and mango, then finishes with a hop bitterness on the back end. Really a great balance between sweetness and hop bitterness.

M/D: Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Easy to drink with almost no hints of the relatively high 6.9% ABV.

O: Overall, an excellent IPA, that I will put up as one of my favorites. It ended up being not as hop-heavy as I had anticipated, especially considering the strong hop aromas and all the hop head talk on the bottle. But it was a very well balanced and delicious IPA. I certainly recommend it, and will be enjoy again in the future.

On a side note my appreciation for Stone grows with every one of their offerings that I try. Kudos to the guys at stone who just don’t seem to miss on any of their ales.

Photo of FARGO619
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear bright straw pale with some caramel tones and a nice 1 finger frothy white head with clinging lace.

S: Smells of fruity citrus hops and a nice clean yeast profile.

T: Nice hoppy punch of citrus and pine. Well balanced with a decent caramel maltiness that carries a residual sweetness throughout each drink. Dries out the mouth with some pucker and gives off just a tad of heat.

M: Overall a light medium body and probably the only beer I can drink straight from the bottle. This is one of my favorite beers from Stone.

D: An excellent bold IPA that is incredibly smooth and quite sessionable.

Probably a standard in the American IPA category. A showcase of a very well balanced brew. Hoppy but not offensive to the palate in any way with a solid malt base to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle/ straight from the bottle and favorite flute Stone IPA glass.

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Hazy orange color with a thin ½ finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy trail down the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus fill the nose.

T: Very hoppy with a slight tart flavor and citrus bitterness. Hops dominate this beer as it should with an IPA.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Great IPA – very hoppy and tart. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming and is blends in nicely with the hops.

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

12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy honey amber color with a fluffy one finger head and some decent lacing.

Very nice upfront aroma of spicy hops and citrus. Some fruity esters on the back end.

Hops up front, malty, fruity sweetness on the mid pallet and spicy hops and alcohol on the end. Creamy mouthfeel.

This is a really nice example of an American IPA that has been on the scene for a while. I haven't had it in a year or two at least and I am glad I came back to it. This is a really great beer that is widely available.

Photo of azdback
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Light to medium orange in color, clear with an average amount of very small carbonation bubbles that produce quite a large head. That head is all of three fingers, bright white and very compacted and firm. Lace appears very sticky and does a nice job of coating the inside of my glass with a very thick patchy pattern.

Smell is quite balanced. I smell quite a bit of earthy, grassy smells but at the same time I am pulling out just as many citrus, hop bitterness. It also smells sweet, but on the hop side not the malt side.

Taste is what I expect from a San Diego brew. Citrus hop punch at the front. Flavors of a yellow grapefruit and some peach or maybe mango. The yeast I got from the nose is not at all here in the taste. I find myself licking the bitter sweetness off of my lips. This is coming from the malts and balances well with the bitter hops. Very enjoyable.

The mouth is very bright and crisp. This one is just as the style should be. Not overly sweet and sticky nor too hop bitter. The carbonation is perfect and this stays upright all the way to the belly.

Overall I really enjoyed "this" bottle of Stone IPA. I say that because I don't believe I have ever had a fresh bottle of this. Stone has just recently started "best enjoyed by" dating their bottles and this one is dated 07/05/11. This is one of the beers that I cut my teeth on but that was 6 or 7 years ago and I haven't really enjoyed any that I have had (since way back then) until this one. Cheers to Stone for freshness dating their bottles. Even though it is really hard to see.

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

Poured into 16oz pub glass.

A - Moderate head, good retention, pours a cloudy orange with amazing lacing all around the glass.

S - Strong smell of hops with a fresh hint of citrus.

T - Hops with pine and a citrus tang very crisp aftertaste.

M - Perfect carbonation, light to moderate feel, smooth.

Photo of smbslt
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with the slightest haze. The smallest carbonation bubbles (almost nitro-like) I've seen in any ale.

Not much lacing but consistent with its consistency

Hops dominate the nose and taste - not unpleasant but not in an IPA way either and not quite a DIPA

Feel was smooth with the bitter finish popping for a while.

This is a good beer. It once made a dinner with business colleagues beerable at a Black Angus (kudos to a chain restaurant for offering it) in Lakewood, CA.

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

Reviewed from notes. Bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass.

A - Pours hazy orange with a nice frothy pillow of one and a half finger tall white head leaving light rings of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of pungent hops; most notably citric and pine; sweet caramel malt, and some fruity esters. Good overall balance of sweet and bitter.

T - Starts off with a nice punch of pungent citric hops slowly giving way to a mix of sweet caramel malt, pine, and some fruity esters. I like how no one flavors dominates the others, it makes it very easy to drink. The finish has some light hop bitterness, lingering for a short period of time. This is one easy drinking, enjoyable, IPA.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, crisp, feel with some lingering bitterness in the finish.

O - Pretty good. I could drink this regularly but when you compare it to some of the other offerings available locally it really comes up short. Still a good beer tho.

Photo of HopSkank
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Produced a wonderfully soapy, light- khaki head, which laced the glass for a good period of time. Beautiful light amber coloration.

As soon as I cracked the bottle open, I took in the scent of grapefruit and other subtle aromas, i.e., honey, orange, all balanced with a hoppy backdrop.

There is an immediate bitterness, which quickly concedes to a light grapefruit-like flavor. Being that this is a basic IPA I was not expecting anything outrageous, and the balance that I did expect was all there. The flavor very much matches the aroma.

There is enough carbonation to lend some crispness to the flavor of the beer, without being too overbearing. It is smooth enough to allow the hops too flourish. I do feel, however, that the beer is a tad thin-bodied for my liking. But that is subjective...

Overall, I am very pleased. And were the ABV not above 6%, I would happily session this IPA on a workday. Well, maybe I will anyway...

Photo of BLove
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Thick creamy off-white head with good lacing on the glass. Beer is a clear to slightly hazy, butter yellow or light orange hue.
S. Pungent hop aroma
T. Fruity, crisp hop taste; didn't get the sweet malt taste others have described
M. Medium mouthfeel, hop flavor bitterness from start to finish. Pleasant aftertaste.
D. Although Stone IPA is highly-regarded, I found it to be ok, but there are other examples of the style I'd reach for first.

Photo of karait95
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: classical ipa looking a very intense yellow color with an almost white head on top, very prominent and compact with small bubbles that dissipates slowly leaving behind some traces on the glass.

S: an intense hop aroma not to complex, very little alcohol can be sensed with some malt behind the hops.

T: it is a well elaborated ipa, the intense flavor of the hops takes couple of seconds to explode on the mouth, first you feel the malts.

M: first you have a neutral sensation and then starts the bitterness of the hops very strong and lasting a lot in the back of the mouth.

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear golden copper color with a white fluffy head. Nice lace left on the glass. Orange, citrus, grassy, all in the nose. Clean and crisp. Light/medium mouthfeel. Buliding bitterness. Sweet upfront with the bitterness flavors. I know this is highly rated and it’s decent but in all honestly I’d almost rather have a Centennial IPA from Fournders.

Photo of Heischman
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer/Brewery - Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)\Stone Brewing Co.
City/State- Escondido, California
STYLE – American IPA
ABV – 6.9%
IBU – 77
DATE – 11 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – Tall Footed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Clear Golden Honey yellow - Poured with a great head that dissipated down to ½ where it stayed - Nice lacing
AROMA- Hoppy… Just hops
TASTE – A crisp hoppiness right off the bat with a bitterness in the back of the throat
MOUTHFEEL – Real good carbonation but not over the top, very light
CONCLUSION – I do not drink a lot of IPAs, so my conclusion is not the best to build off of. For an IPA to me this was good. The aroma scared me but the flavor was not too powerful with the hops. I could see myself drinking this again, not every day, but I would not say no to it like I would of in the past

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also very hoppy, considerable bitterness, lacking in the citrus notes found in most IPA's. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of o19
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chico State "University Bar" pint glass.

A: Golden maple color.
S: Rich and aromatic with strong lingering hops.
T: Potent but not overpowering. Excellent smooth finish.
M: Perfect carbonation without the "prickle" most IPA's have.
O: One of my top 5 all time beers. Delicious and full of flavor.

If you love California IPA's you all ready know about this beer.

Stone IPA is the pinnacle of SoCal IPA's.

Photo of jgurley
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous deep gold in my snifter. Perfect creamy barely off- white head. Very well rounded nose with smooth hop citrus, pine and grass. Smooth sweetness up front with delicious hop bitterness in the middle and a nice dry finish. Carbonation is spot- on with a lightly sticky mouthfeel. Super drinkable for a 6.9 ABV. Alcohol warms the belly but does not interfere with the taste. Excellent!

Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $6. Poured from the Black Tap Handle saying" Stone IPA" into a pint glass. Has a Keg Date of 4-1-11.

Aroma- Very nice citrus hop with a ton of fruit hanging around. Can smell a bready aroma as well.

Appearance- Poured a 2.5 finger of creamy, white head and has a hazy, dark golden body. Has huge lace that leaves thick rings.

Taste- A very nice, refreshing hop taste and has a nice maltiness to it as well. Has light grapefruit taste in the finish. Would like to try again to add more attributes!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, and smooth!

Overall Impression- Such a great balanced IPA! Excited because this is the 3rd Stone beer we have had in the past month @ the Wolf Public House and all of them are fan favorites. Easy drinkability with this one and will be enjoying more!

Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent go-to IPA. Tangy, crisp, fruity, & refreshing.

Poured from chilled 12oz bottle into tasting glass.

A: Buttery pale golden color, just slightly cloudy, with virtually no head.
S: Extraordinary fruit aroma fairly dances to the nose!
T: Fruit-tastic, crisp, multi-tonal herbals with a nice hop kick.
M: Somewhat thin, which contributes to the high drinkability factor.
O: Begs for a hot day and a BBQ.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,346 ratings.