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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: 1,491 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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

Pours a hazy golden orange; clearly unfiltered, or is that haze from the dry hopping?

Aromas begin with typical C-hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Definitely floral and juicy as well. None more dominant than the other. Light pale malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with abundant amounts of spicy, juicy hops. A full body supports this heavy load of hops with some bready malt flavors present to give this brew some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Big and full and the finish is as smooth as silk. No alcohol, mild carbonation and a hop bite come together to form a deceptively smooth and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a good IPA but not my favorite. A bit too much on the bitter side with a lacking hop flavor. Kind of forgettable and a bit of a palate wrecker because of the lack of a malt presence to balance the abundant West Coast C-hops.

Photo of donovanneb
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the standard for an everyday drinking IPA. The flavors are pouring out as soon as you dispense it into your favorite glass. The taste is an excellent hoppy, fruity, flavor that lingers in your mouth. Clean, incredibly well made, it’s a beer that I drink weekly and will continue to buy until they retire it, which I doubt will ever happen.

People need to understand that you don't need an overly hopped out beer in order to make it a good IPA. Reminds me of the wine industry and highly alcoholic wine with pruny, raisin flavors that so called wine drinkers started flocking to in the late 2000’s. This is an excellent IPA, well structure and just as advertised. Those looking for something overly hopped out in order to “get” this beer don’t understand the elegance that goes into beer making and IPAs.

Photo of Murrhey
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken several days ago. Served in a Schooner at The Iron Mule in Lake Forest. Disclaimer: not a fan of IPAs.

A: My glass had minimal head, and poor lacing but a nice light orange color. I might attribute the head to the bartender.

S: Hoppy, crisp.

T: Hops present, obviously. Not as strongly and bitter as I usually get from IPAs. I enjoyed it.

M: Great consistency, great feel.

O: New go-to IPA. Nice job Stone.

Photo of jmerloni
3.21/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Orange/amber with nice sticky white head.

S - Hops, citrus, and more hops.

T - Surprisingly not much flavor. Citrus, hops, and a light brown sugar malt. There's some citrus rind in here as well.

M - Light to medium-boided. Almost watery, but swallows nice and even.

D - I don't really understand this beer. There's not much here. It's watery and there's hardly any mouthfeel at all. Don't think I'd get this again. Not impressed.

Photo of Hophead717
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, I'm very unimpressed by this beer. Definitely disappointed.

A: The beer pours a very nice golden brown from a 12 oz bottle with a 1.5-2 finger head after a slightly vigorous pour. The head disappates fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing along the side of the glass.

S: The first smell you get is citrus, specifically grapefruit. A light grassy/piney smell follows and you can pick out some bitter hops.

T: Similar to the nose, only with a very bitter hop flavor coming across. Grapefruit and citrus notes pair with grassy hops before the taste is overwhelmed by bitter notes. If you like your IPAs bitter, you may enjoy this. There's a little malt underlying the beer, but you have to look to find it. Overall, the flavor is fairly weak, though a touch of bitterness sticks with you through the finish.

M: Very carbonated and light.

O: Meh. If you enjoy really bitter IPAs, you'll be a fan. I enjoy bitter hop tastes, but the thinness of the beer and overall light flavor is disappointed. I wanted a lot more from Stone and the beer did not deliver.

Photo of Keithstone44
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is hazy-golden in color, with a slim 1-finger head. This is a very aromatic beer with lots of floral and citrus notes; I also detect a little honey at the tail end. At first taste, the grapefruit and citrus flavors are very evident, as well as a noticeable hop-bitterness that is strong but not overpowering. The body of this beer is exceptional, for it accomplishes being creamy yet highly-drinkable. The carbonation is a little much, but the taste outweighs this minute flaw. In comparison to other trademark IPA's. this brew holds its own with ease.

Photo of Crundy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy orange gold color, thin white head

smell: orange, bready hop, sweet fruit, pine

taste: big hop flavor and pine and bread taste right up front, some sweet malt flavor and a little bit of citrus, quite bitter aftertaste

Mouth feel: dry mouth feel, medium bodied, a good amount of bite from the carbonation

overall: I loved the smell, and was very surprised by the taste, I'm not usually a huge fan of super hoppy bitter beers but this one wasn't half bad. Overall I really liked this beer, great combination of flavors.

Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very large head and a copious amount of lace. Opaque golden amber color. Smell is bright and citrusy with lots of caramel sweetness and tropical fruits. A touch of pine and yeasty doughy sweet rolls. Taste super. Sizable malt front is quickly enveloped by lots of grapefruit. A nice amount of caramel and multigrain dinner rolls for a backbone. Hops are full of oily citrus notes. A bit of mint as well. Finish is very dry and long with hop oil dripping from every part of my mouth. Feel is crisp and mildly effervescent with a medium light weight. A top flight beer that just does it better than most. Wow.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Playa Grill & Margarita Bar in San Diego, Calif. Color was orange blossom honey, kind of clear. Not much head when I got it, but probably originally an inch. Bubbly white lacing on the top. The film was scattered throughout.

Smelled of citrus hops with light lemon leading the way. Some bitterness at the end.

Quick citrus up front, giving way to a sharp and strong alcohol bite. Crisp, clean and some bitterness at the end.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

A pretty good beer overall. I’d definitely give it another go.

Photo of Philousa
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sits an opaque gold in the glass with a good amount of head. Lacing is great, leaving a trail of your Stone experience like rings in a tree trunk. A complex hop profile greets the nose. It's earthy, citrusy, floral, and light with some bitterness. Pale malt meets the tongue first, tasting fruity with higher temperatures. This fades to bitter with hints of earthiness. The bitterness is a kick, but not overwhelming. There are some yeast flavors in the brew if you're looking for it, which speaks to the delicateness of this beer. The mouthfeel is balanced. Lots of carbonation, but it isn't harsh on the tongue or throat. Stone sure picked their yeast carefully. It feels a bit too malty at first, but it lightens up due to the carbonation.

This is a model IPA that should be followed, if not replicated, by other breweries. Many say that Stone is too bitter or hop crazy, but when you compare this IPA to others (such as Lagunitas or DFH), you notice this is much more delicate than its competitors. There are floral and fruity undertones to this beer that you just don't get with others. Now it must be admitted that I'm a bit partial, since Stone introduced me to the wonderfulness known as hops, but I think there is a reason I listened when they spoke. Stone knows what they're doing here, and anyone with taste buds will sit a little straighter and take note. Cheers!

Photo of falloutsnow
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No best by date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a large, 2cm-plus, off-white head of fairly large bubbles, which makes it look a bit cumbersome and strange. Deflates slowly, leaving significant lacing in small streaks. Body is a deep and cloudy orange-yellow color, very intriguing and enticing. Carbonation and sediment visible. Good overall.

Aroma of pine and citrus with a bit of faint malt in the background for balance. I like this, but think it could actually be a notch stronger and stand out all the more while still being balanced.

Strong malt backbone with plentiful citrus and pine hop flavors swirling around this central pillar. Intermediate flavors of hop bitterness and mild malt sweetness. Definitely a hop-forward brew. Aftertaste is crisp, biscuity, and bitter with hints of grapefruit rind.

Strictly medium-bodied with noticeable carbonation, but nothing excessive or uninviting. Good for the body's heft and style. Finish is dry and slightly sticky either from resins or sugars.

This is an excellent AIPA, as most seem to agree upon. I would appreciate a deeper aroma, but the core of this beer is entirely strong; I wouldn't change a thing if it meant altering some other aspect of it.

Photo of les1721
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type; 22 oz. bottle with awesome artwork. Got to love the Gargoyle.

Appearance; A rich golden, orange hued beer with a nice thick head that's lacy and sticks around.

Smell; Very piney, citric and fruity. Very aromatic and pungent and a little earthy and herbal. Its smell is awesome, they should make cologne that smells like this.

Taste; The taste is divine. Hops are the first thing you taste. Very piney, a little citric, herbal and intense. The hop profile is profound and the bitterness intense but not overwhelming. Very grapefruity. A nice subtle malt profile balances it out and the finish is very clean yet lingers. Sweet but crisp. Almost contradicting, this beer has it all.

Mouthfeel; Medium mouthfeel with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall; This is a perfect beer for me. Strong and hoppy, but balanced and not overwhelming. Complex but crisp. I really think if God was going to have a beer this might be it.

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

Tasting the Stone IPA as my first beer on this glorious Saturday evening. The beer is quite good. The color is a hazy orangish with white foamy head that is lacing. The smell includes fresh pine and bitter citrus fruit. The taste is quite good. It starts with a nice citrus and pine push then a malt takes over then a bitterness, then the pallat clears with more malt. It is quite an interesting beer. The mouthfeel is very good and I probably could have a couple before running out of steam; higher ABV makes it tough. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of Humulus85
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Rogue pint glass. It produced a super dense, white, two-finger head. Damn good retention and a bit of lacing. A clear, honey gold color; this is a good looking brew.

Smell is top-notch. Hop forward as expected, but nice complexity. There's some citrus, some pine, a bit of spice, and a touch of sweet malt.

Dry, spicy hops upfront, mellowed out by some lemon. Malt comes more as it warms, but this brew remains dry and moderately bitter throughout. This is a well balanced IPA

Medium bodied and nice carbonation. The sign of a good IPA is its drinkability, and this is very drinkable.

Overall this is a really solid representation of an AIPA and an overall tasty beer. Recommended for any fan of IPAs, plus it is widely available. Cheers!

Photo of jtingue
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Ashleys in Ann Arbor.

Appearance. Very cloudy with visible chucks of yeast floating around. Nice 2 fingers of off white head that retains extremely well.

Smell. Surprising presence of yeast. Dominated, though, by a nice floral hop aroma.

Taste. Starts with a nice sweetness and a slowly building hop bitterness, which takes over for a while. A candy like sweetness returns with some yeasty esters. This is accompanied by medicinal and herbal hops with a slight citrus as well. This lingers to the finish.

Mouthfeel. Simply amazing. Creamy body with a tight carbonation.

This is a completely different, and frankly better, beer on cask. So much complexity, that its almost not like an ipa.

Photo of taigor
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that dissipated slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus and pine hops with slight floral scent.

T - As expected, bitter citrus and hops with a very fruity finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Excellent IPA so definitely try it if you can. I highly recommend it.

Photo of blakelive784
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass:

A - Pours a light golden/honey color. Semi-transparent with a 1 finger head that recedes pretty quickly. Nothing special.

S - Sweet, floral, and perfumy tones. Aroma is balanced very well. Other subtle notes come out as it warms; honey, berries, and candy. Mild for the style.

T - Hoppy, yes. Citrus, tart fruit and some malt on the open. Climax is dull and a bitter aftertaste. Fairly well balanced for an IPA.

M - Crisp, and dry on the finish. Works well.

D - Definitely one of the better IPA's I've had. Well built and drinkable (especially considering I'm not a huge fan of the style). Not great, but I'd have it again.

Photo of ely2000k
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Great head, slightly cloudy, honey colored, lacing around the sides of my pint glass as I drink it, looks inviting and good. Love the color and cloudy look of it.

S- Smells like cascade hops mixed with something kind of floral or citrusy, sweet smell reminiscent of honey. Makes the beer smell light, but full.

T- Strong hops, slightly bitter, but a great blend, tastes clean, goes down well, and balances it's bold hoppy flavor well.

M- Tastes full, alcohol is a bit present, but the perfect carbonation balances it out well.

O- Love it. Definitely has a lot of components I look for in a beer.

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my opinion, this beer is not as good as it's stronger counterpart double IPA (Stone Ruination) which is definitely one of the best in its category.

With that said, this IPA is still a great beer that is worth a try. It still has a great hoppy taste and is not too bitter. I have definitely had better IPA's, but that does not mean this is not a good one.

However, if you are a "hop-head" and really want to see what Stone is about, I would recommend the Ruination IPA. Otherwise, this is one of many good IPA's available in this country, and though it is well-brewed, it is not special to set it apart from any of the other good ones.

Photo of brian44556
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at LB in Springhurst. Poured into a Southern Tier 2xIPA glass.

Pours a honey color with a thick, white head that turns into a great lacing that coats the sides of the glass. Carbonation bubbles race from the bottom of the glass to the top keeping the head afloat. Smells of grass, citrus, and sweet malts. Taste is well balanced between the bitterness from the hops and heavy malt profile. Taste strong bitterness from the hops, sweet malts, and a citrus tropical profile. Easy drinker and crisp finish. This growler will be easy to finish before evening hits (2pm as I review). Great IPA from Stone. Makes it even better this is readily available. This is a staple beer that will always be in the fridge.

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

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams glass. Pours a deep amber with nice fluffy head. Lacing is great. Nice citrus pine hop aroma but fairly subtle. West Coast in your face hop blend is what I live for, but properly balanced (or properly imbalanced for the style) with necessary malty backbone. Nice thick resinous mouthfeel coats the tongue with spicy bitterness cutting straight through to the most hop receptive taste buds.

Overall I'm a big fan of this West Coast style IPA. At $3.99 a bomber (even in Texas) it's hard to beat.

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

I liked this beer a lot. Looking for a good beer I'm glad I happened upon this one. I give it an A.

Appearance is a beautiful amber, nice and cloudy with a good head of foam. A robust citrus smell with a bitter taste. Not too hoppy. A fine IPA, a very enjoyable experience. I will be getting more of this asap.

Photo of setexascustoms
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- A lovely bright golden amber. A moderately aggressive pour yielded just over one finger of head, nice and rocky, off white. Retention was fair and the lacing had a lot of stick.

S- Very aromatic hops; with citric, floral and piney notes. The kind of smell that implores you to drink this beer, with a slight bready malt presence as well.

T- Hops up front with a lot of citrus zest, and a little rind. Bready malts come in to help balance it out into the lingering bitter finish.

M- Full bodied and slick, which is a staple to me in good IPAs. Slightly dry in the finish.

O- It may be a little on the bitter side of balanced, and I could see how it might not be everyone's cup of tea. But that's OK, I love it. One of my favorite IPAs. Besides, it's almost worth it just for the cool silk screened bottle :)

Photo of emmasdad
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap the other night. Poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, skunk bud, orange, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest and light tropical fruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter grapefruit finish.

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

A: golden with thin while head. it is opaque/cloudy

S: hoppy (citrus/dank) caramel candy, soft malt

T: strong citrus bitterness/flavor 1-2 punch, backed up by nice caramel malt. upfront, there's a great harmony between the hop and the malt. After that, hop grassy bitterness sticks on your tongue for a while. pleasant, but little sticky

M: sticky (hop and malt). i don't think i will taste any other beer after this beer. sensory overload.

O: great IPA. I wish I could brew IPA like this...

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