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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

8,996 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,996
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 247
Gots: 1,110 | 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 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
Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour at Fathead's, served in an English style pint glass

A - pours with a half inch or so of foamy, cream colored head...retains rather nicely and leaves some sticky lace down the glass. the beer is a dark honey color with a bit of haze.

S - hoppy with emphasis on citrus notes: orange rind, melon, pineapple but also some assertive grass for an extra punch. straightforward but nice.

T - damn, i always forget how delicious this one is because its so readily available. intense citrus hops with some earthy grass and pine as the final kicker. malts are just there as a backbone for the hop attack. wonderfully "balanced" for a hop head. MORE.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is lively yet in control. leaves mouth feeling a bit sticky with hop resin, very clean and crisp.

D - one of the best IPA's to eat with spicy food, this is a classic that often gets overlooked yet its still at the top. wonderfully hoppy yet drinkable, hard to only have one.

Stigs, May 26, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the four taps at Pay and Take, Flagstaff.

Came in a pint glass, slightly cloudy and orange in colour, more orange than the amber body I was expecting, full white head at first, soon only a wisp and collar.

Very hoppy in aroma and taste, the citrus smells from the aroma hops disgiuised the bitterness that was to follow in the taste.

I quiet enjoyed the beer, the bitterness continued throughout the tasting, even the aftertaste was all hop and no hint of any malt content could i find anywhere within the brew.

BlackHaddock, May 25, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I was excited to try this beer.

Looks good. Not great. A cloudy orangey yellow with a nice nearly white head that fades pretty quickly, but leaves ok lacing. Edit, must have had a less than perfect glass. This time it looks great, plenty of lacing, though the head does fade quickish so its a 4.5 not a 5.

Smells great. Infact, I cant fault it. Im going the 5. I get rich citrussy flavours, which are integrated superbly well with the caramelly notes from the malt. Grapefruit, pine, pineapple - its all there and wonderful.

For me, a perfectly balanced IPA. Bitterness is big, and doesnt make any apologies about it. However, it sits atop a very good malt backbone offering caramel-like sweetness to support the hop assault. The hop profile in the nose translates well. Could be perhaps a tiiiiny bit more hop flavour, which is why im giving it a 4.5 not a 5. That may be due to the journey it's been on though.

Feels exceptional in the mouth. Smooth, but doesnt stick around too long and the huge hop profile leaves that typical dryness on the walls of your mouth. This is the kind of beer that, for me, deserves an unreasonably high rating. It is pretty much everything I would want in an IPA.

jbowers56, May 25, 2010
Photo of nano
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden with a nice head

S- citrus a lot of hop

T - very bitter, very citrus

M- medium body, good carbonation.

D- exelent IPA I love this one of stone

This is my first review and I,m happy that Was with this beautiful IPA I hope that soon we can get this beer in a better price I buy itt for 7 dls aprox ( the bottle)

nano, May 20, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,996 ratings.