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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

8,952 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,952
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 245
Gots: 1,099 | 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 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.

Cheers,

Midnight Brewers

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
Photo of AEK
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Pale orange with a good, bubbly white head.

S. Grapefruit and a hint of melon. Some hoppy notes.

T. Sweet malt interplays with the hops, the latter coming out the winner. Pink grapefruit and a slight saltiness.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Quite a good IPA offering from Stone but having sampled the Ruinition a little earlier made this somewhat harder to drink. I would have really enjoyed this more if I had tried it before the Ruinition. Still a very good beer in my opinion.

AEK, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of HeightsEats
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I generally like IPAs--Dogfish Head 60 minute, Great Divide Titan IPA, Bell's Two Hearted, Great Lakes Erie Monster--but this was just too hoppy for me. The appearance is nice, and the smell is very floral and complex with plenty of dry hopping. Unlike the aforementioned IPAs, though, there's no notable malt sweetness, perhaps just enough to make the beer palatable (but not enjoyable). While the bitterness doesn't dry out your mouth, it comes close. If you're totally obsessed with hops or just want something extreme, you might like this beer.

HeightsEats, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a healthy, frothy, thick white head that leaves good lacing. Smell is purely hops, herbal and bitter. Taste is a quality hoppy bitterness right up front and all the way through, nice underlying notes of bready malts and yeast. This beer is quite thick for a regular IPA, definitely not a session beer in my book but nonetheless light and crisp enough to be refreshing. This is pretty much what I'd expect from Stone for an American IPA--a beer that tilts full throttle for the style on the flavor scale.

I'm more ambivalent about Stone than most of the BA reviewers, I think, I'm not necessarily a fan of overpowering beers but in the case of an IPA, I enjoy and appreciate it provided that it isn't oversweetened and overmalted as well. This beer is not, it's a bit thick for a regular IPA in my opinion but the quality of the ingredients come through and the balance is proper for an IPA. This is a fine brew and the best one I've tried from Stone.

appenzeller, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a nice white head.
smell: Very nice. Citrusy, complex, hoppin' hops, tropical fruity.
taste: More hops duh...a slightly sweet start with a very dry finish with a hint of bitterness.
mouthfeel: nice and full for a session brew.
drinkability: Goes down fast. Nice with chicken.

cindyjeffsmith, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of mondegreen
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip

Pours a pale golden color with a fluffy white head. Leaves a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Nose is moderatly hoppy, equal parts citrus and pine, slightly sweet. Smells nice. Fairly aggressive bitterness with slight hop citrus, lingering bitter aftertaste. Slightly above average taste. I have had better, have had worse. Mouth is pretty full for the style, helps carry the hops well. Overall, a good, solid IPA. There are better IPAs to be had for less money, but sometimes Stone's signature flavors just hit the spot.

mondegreen, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of jlapennas
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Moderately high American hop aroma, pungent, piney, a little bit dank, with some fruitiness - fruit salad?. Hops are backed by a bit of alcohol and a small amount of sweetness that blends in nicely with the hop aromas. The aroma is not super complex compared to some contemporary IPA's that use multiple hop varieties but it's classic, and classy, in the best sense of the word. No obvious malt character in the nose. Hops lack that really fresh element you sometimes find on draft or in really new bottles but that's to be expected.

Appearance: Wonderful deep gold color makes me believe the beer with not have too much sweetness or specialty malt character. Head is thick and shows excellent retention. Totally the way an IPA should look.

Flavor: Spicy, resin, very firm bitterness, especially on the first few sips. Base malt flavor evident with little bit of caramel type sweetness. Alcohol is evident in the back of the throat. I get the sense that there is a little bit of sweetness here but the bitterness and resin really mask it. For an IPA, the resin isn't especially high but the bitterness makes up for it lending a crisp drying character to the finish. Again I've had more complex IPA's but this is spot on.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and rich but still highly drinkable. Slightly dextrinous. Supports hop bitterness well. Alcohol is evident as is resin but both are appropriate for this style of beer.

Overall: I love it! Had this many times and it's always good, even in the bottle. Stone does a really nice job with their QC - this is even a few weeks past the best buy date. Compared to other top shelf American IPA's this is fairly bold but quite balanced. It shows a lot of hop character without getting into the grassy, vegetal, harsh resin realm that some approach. Some that push the envelope a bit more are more tasty and complex but this is extremely enjoyable and great drinking. Wonderful balance.

jlapennas, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copper orange color with good white frothy head and good lacing. Almost overwhelming citrus piney hop smell. taste is much the same . very bitter as expected. some grass like and lemon hints. light body with a thin slick texture. Average carbonation and average flavor duration. moderate bitter finish.

berpwillie, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange color with a thick white head that has good retention and also good lacing down the glass.

S - All hops with fresh pungent pine resin up front, then some citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. As it warms, an assertive smell of black pepper, grassy scents come forth.

T - I found it a little less complex from the smell, but still good with toasted malt sweetness up front, with big grapefruit zest bitterness through the finish.

M - Light body, good elevated carbonation level emphasizes hop character. Sticky mouthfeel from all the hop oils.

D - Another one of a kind, big, bold Stone brew. The grassy/black pepper notes I was getting from the smell really keeps me from drinking too much of this at any one time, although it was mighty tasty and surprisingly complex.

garuda, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a dark golden, almost orange with a one finger crisp white head. Doesn't really look like most IPAs...but it looks nice. Love the color of the head. Laces beautifully and gets an extra half point for that.

S- faint...getting a lot of orangey hops. But you know what...it actually smells really, really good.

T- very bitter. In fact...all I'm really getting is bitterness. Pine, pine and more pine...getting some very vague hints of grapefruit, but thats all. Disappointing.

M- feel is...interesting. Its got a thickness to it. If you look at the color and think its going to be light and thin, you're not going to get that.

D- I'm not really sure about this...I've had IPAs I've enjoyed more, and because of how bitter this is, I'm not sure if I'd come back to it. I don't get many flavors aside from the pine, and its a huge turnoff to me.

bigfnjoe, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

A- Aggressive pouring leaves an enormous 2-finger head on this brew. It's bubbly, rocky, very light tan and sticky and resiny looking with the tiniest rainbow sheen. Color is a very pretty hazy orange color, bright and colorful. Very good looking beer. Too cloudy to really see any carbonation.

S- Fruity and a little aggressive. Hoppiness, backed with a layered sweetness. Not only fruit, but florals, pine and herbs. Lacking serious depth, but still very nice.

T- Starts out biting with hops, mellows out to a nice balanced pale ale flavor and finishes on almost a licorice taste and strong bitterness. Very hoppy without a lot of counterbalance. It's good, but not my cup of tea. I'm already getting heartburn from the resiny hops cones.

M- This is where this brew shines. This beer almost floats on the palette, it's so smooth and lighter. Dead on carbonation. Perfect feel here.

D- Too hopped out for my tastes, can't even finish one of these bad boys. I might revisit and finish one to get the full Stone IPA experience.

SamN, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice thick 3" white head. Clear golden in color. Beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - Citrus and a fresh cut pine scent with lots of hop.

Taste - Lots of hops and citrus here. Has a light malty flavor in the background. Again stone maybe the most balanced brewery i have had.

Mouthfeel - The body is balanced as well. Nice and crisp.

Drinkability - This is by far the best IPA I have ever had.

SAtaMi, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Amber color with a thin white head. Bubbles are running up the side of the glass

S - Sweet citrusy hops with a hint of pine. However not the most fragrant beer around.

T - rather balanced for an IPA, especially one from stone. Good mix of biscuity malt with citrus hop flavors up front. Finishes with a lingering piney bitterness. Solid flavor profile.

M - spot on mouth feel. Enough carbonation without being overwhelming, medium body with a hint of stickiness that I enjoy in my IPA's.

D - Pretty easy drinking IPA. I enjoy this one and would drink it again but wouldn't go crazy trying to find it.

jpmclaug, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a nonic pint

A: Beautiful hazy gold. Bright custard head is firm and lasts. Lacing is great. Some copper highlights in the body of this beer.

S: Piney goodness. Bright hop aroma abounds.

T: A little spicy up front. Slightly vegetal. Some fresh pine. Finishes with juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and valencia orange. Delicious.

M: Prickly carbonation. Slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: I find this beer to be pretty drinkable, but it is very bitter, so 1 or 2 may fatigue some palates.

Just finished a HopDevil prior to this and I have to say this was a great exercise in how different (but still delicious) American IPA's can be. If HopDevil is the quintessential East Coast IPA, then Stone is it's West Coast counterpart. Just as I said of HopDevil I'll say of Stone IPA, it's readily available and relatively affordable so if you haven't had it - what the hell are you waiting for?

AdamGarcia, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sample poured from a 22oz bottle.

a - yellow pour. white head.

s - floral hops. citrus.

t - more bitterness than I was expecting, but less overall flavor. floral. orange citrus.

m - medium body. good carbonation

o - far from a hop bomb, but quite good. would enjoy having again.

levifunk, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. I've sampled many formations of this beer, but my review is from a 12 oz'er that says enjoy by 06 13 10.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white, patchy, head. First whiff is pure IPA kindness, very pronounced hops on the nose. First taste is the same. The hops are the star, but let the other flavors act as good support. Pineapple, grapefruit, and sweet malts. Outstanding beer. Nicely balanced. Feel is nicely complex, creamy and smooth, but with a daggered hops edge. Doesn't finish as dry as I expected. High drinkability.

sixerofelixir, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks, smells and tastes like an IPA. Nice beer. There are better out there. I liked it. I think if everyone tasted this blind -- without knowing who made it -- they might just find it a good competent IPA. I think the Stone reputation here has more to do with the high rating than actually tasting it objectively.

BeerBeatnik, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy appearance with a bright orange color. Off white, frothy head.

S - before the cap was even fully removed the smell of hops hits you. Then, the orange aromas start to come through.

T - big hops here, but not overwhelming. The citrus, mainly orange and lemon, are very distinct.

M - medium body with a lot of crisp on the tongue.

D - just a fantastic, mellow IPA

wesclaypool, Jun 01, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,952 ratings.