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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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9,197 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,197
Reviews: 2,798
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 262
Gots: 1,224 | 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 Kromes
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear straw color with a thick white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Peppery, floral and pine hops.

T: Very subdued hop flavor. Thought it was going to be very strong, but it is smooth and very tasty. Much like the nose, peppery, pine and floral hop flavor. The finish isn't all that bitter, it is actually rather sweet.

M: A very nice feel to it. Smooth and light.

D: This is good as it gets for drinkability in an IPA. Nothing too overpowering and it's light.

Kromes, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of ms11781
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 02/06/2011 marked on bottle. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger, white head. Head quickly dies by about half, leaves a nice lacing almost immediately and continues to do so throughout the time it took me to enjoy it.

Tons of hops in the nose and it seems to have almost everything: piny, citrusy, grassy, some floral notes.

Taste is similar to the nose. All hops, more citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes than floral or piny. Real crisp, dry finish with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Medium body and medium carbonation in this one. Carbonation seemed to fade towards the end but that may be more of a product of me taking a bit to enjoy this one rather than a characteristic of the beer.

About as highly drinkable as possible for a brew of this ABV. I've had it many times before finally reviewing it and it was a bit surprising to be reminded that the ABV is 6.9%

ms11781, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of WildTurkey
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle to pint glass.

Dark honey color. Not too much head but there was some lacing. Some piney, and floral hops in the nose. Tastes have some tart citrus and piney flavor. Also some sweet bready malt. Light to medium body and fairly dry. Nice IPA.

WildTurkey, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is light, clear orange with a sticky 2 finger white head and poillows of lace. It has a big citrus and tropical fruit aroma. The first sip is great, pine, grapefruit and some papaya. It has a lingering bitter finish. The body is medium, nice carbonation. A great IPA, drinks like a bigger beer.

bonkers, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of thedoubler55
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color mostly orangey, very nice head that leaves some nice lacing as you drink this beauty

S - Some nice hops, hints of oranges and pears

T - Great Ipa, nothing crazy but perfect in the sense of comparing to other IPA'S. Never let down with stone brews. This one has some citrusy hops and hints of sweet sugar.

M - Nice beer with moderate carbonation.

D - Definitely enjoyed this beer, would like to have it again for sure.

thedoubler55, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of gkunkle
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a decently sized white head. It very slowly receded to a foam on top of the beer leaving a little bit of lacing. The nose is mostly hoppy with some citrus as well. The taste starts with hops and grapefruit and finishes with a hoppy bitterness with a little bit of breadiness. It has a medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. The taste is great and this is an enjoyable beer to drink but at 6.9% you should be a little more wary of how much you have enjoyed.

gkunkle, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/orange with a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of grapefruit, resin, pine and grassy hops. Pretty delightful. Underneath is sweet clean malt, and lots of it.
Flavours are quite different, instead focussing of some interesting toasty malt that mixes in with the grapefuit and resinous hops. Finishes with a powerful, spicy, hoppy bitterness.
Great moderate carbonation, nice slightly slick mouthfeel.

CrazyDavros, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of prdstmnky
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. A nice golden orange body with 2 fingers of head leaving lots of sticky lacing throughout consumption. Lots of hop aromas in the nose, both floral and pine, even some citrus coming through. Great tasting IPA, all kinds of pine / citrus / floral / earthy flavors are prominent on the tongue. Not tasting much of the malt bill on the tongue at all (which is fine by me), really fresh tasting with a nice bitter finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, perhaps slightly dry but nothing overwhelming. Really solid IPA by the people at Stone.

prdstmnky, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Moderately vigorous pour creates four fingers of glistening, buoyant, cotton head that drops to a thick finger with a mound in the middle & leaves resinous patches of lacing all around the glass. Body is golden-orange, barely clear, with moderate nucleation. Attractive.

Solid smell of grapefruit, tangerine zest, a little grass, with a lingering baked sweetness in the background, like lemon bars. Nothing unexpected, but solid.

Sweet, light, & citric up front, then rolls in a moderately piney bitterness that takes over & pushes the other flavors aside. Like I said, it's moderate & doesn't overwhelm, but it definitely takes charge. Kind of phases itself out & allows a little maltiness back in, but only slightly. Crisp finish & that bitter sticks around in the aftertaste, like I chewed on a little bit of grapefruit peel.

Medium-bodied, active mouthfeel that's close to abrasive but just pulls back. Still, my tastebuds are still feeling it afterwards.

All around solid IPA, nothing jumping out at me, the alcohol's well-concealed. This could easily be a repeat taster, though I after maybe three I'd probably have reached my limit. Not incredible, but very decent.

OneDropSoup, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep straw/golden color from a 12 oz bottle with the gargoyle, ABV and the freshness date on the label.
Massive, massive head that stays forever with good carbonation. The aroma is high on hops, with hints of malts, pine, sweetness and yeast. This is an 'in your face' IPA, the hops have a titillating effect on your taste buds. The hops are blended perfectly with the malts, an oily piney aftertaste lingers. Very good lacing along the glass as I kept sipping.
Stone has a lot of winners, and this is definitely one of them. A solid IPA and a treat for every hop-head. Mouthfeel is very good with a nice smooth finish and only makes you want to have more. Drinkability is therefore good, but it is a good idea to keep the drinking in check. Would definitely have this beer any time, any place.
All in all, a highly recommended IPA.

CaptDavyJones, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at a bar in downtown Baltimore:

A - Gold in color, slightly hazy, thick head.

S - Citrus & Pine scents, slight alcohol notes.

T - Strong bitterness, hoppy like it smells, balance with a strong malt backbone.

M - Well carbonated, medium bodied.

D - This is exactly how I imagine a west coast IPA should be! Very drinkable.

BeerisfoodLLC, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow color with 3 fingers of creamy head. The floral hop aroma is noticeable without even lifting the glass to my nose. Upon closer smell, there is a lush bouquet of floral, lemon and grapefruit hops. Hop bitterness right off the bat over a sweet malt backbone leading to a very bitter, slightly oily finish that is quite lingering. Body is medium and drinkability is OK, hurt by a bitterness that boarders on harsh. I know that's Stone's thang, but I think this would be an exceptional IPA if they toned down the bitterness just a touch.

curasowa, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of puffy head that leaves nice lacing and retains well

S: Strong aromas of citrus and piney hops along with a generously smaller malt backbone. Hops kill it here

T: Follows the nose. Hops all the way, with the nice citrus and pine notes along with a lightly bready malt backbone that does just enough to hold the hops up and be slightly balanced

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is one killer IPA that focuses on hops, hops, and more hops. The malt does just enough to balance out the hops and make this one drinkable brew. Definitely a top-tier IPA

BEERMILER12, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of chodinheaven
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful beer, has that perfect amber color, almost orange, and just looks like quality. Smells like hops and tastes the same. Huge hop taste up front and yields to a dry, hoppy finish. Great beer, maybe a little too big for my taste as an everyday beer but who knows, I could really see myself growing a taste for this beer.

chodinheaven, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got the last six pack of this while in Wisconsin.

Pours a very clear yellow and big nice head.

Nose is really floral with hops. Clean smellling.

Taste is medium hoppy and the citrus floral thing is going on also. This is a very easy to drink beer. Five years ago I would have given this really high marks. There are so many IPA's out there now that this one is above average but not THE best.

daledeee, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is on the pale side. The bright gold body has pretty good clarity after the haze and bubbles calm down. The head was a good few fingers of eggshell froth which receded lazily leaving notches all the way down.

The aroma oozes herbal goodness. Cannabis (good cannabis) buds, grass, orange pith, bubblegum, and soapy bitterness.... Yum. The malt.... er, I don't know where it is, but I'm assuming they put some in there somewhere. Not too worried about it, my search party's too distracted by this hop delirium.

The flavor is bursting with hop oils. The pinching bitterness, teases the taste buds and then squeezes the cheeks in the long finish. This is an assault of hops for being just the "regular" IPA, but I'm digging being in the line of fire. Heavy grass and white grapefruit flavors take the stick and beat the other flavors with it. Some tangy orange with a hair of sweetness get a couple blows in before getting mauled once again in the finish.

This one has good viscosity and stickyness, yet it still feels light and very easy to drink. Nice balance. The carbonation keeps it crisp and alive, but doesn't me distract from the bodacious flavor. The feel begins to get chalky half way through and turns to try in the finish. Give me more!

Not that they need more reinforcement for what they do, but +1 Stone. Find me a flaw in this one, and I'll drink Bud light for the rest of my life.

climax, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Head and lacing are out of control with this beer. I wish I had used my Duvel tulip instead of my Piraat because of the etching. It's not really needed--I just want to see it. It might have pushed it up to a 5. As close to perfect as you can expect.

S: Lots of complex hop aroma here. There's a vegetal leafiness to it to go along with the fruity esters that also come through.

T: Excellent levels of hop bitterness with just enough malt backbone to balance. Vegetal character cuts through and the fruitiness and sweetness buzz around in the background. Excellent overall balance for an IPA without sacrificing any of that hop bitterness we all love.

M: Quite smooth for a medium bodied beer. Finish has a certain drying effect because of all those hop oils. Quite good here.

ryantaussig, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of politicsandbeer
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's IPA is the darling of hopheads far and wide. It's so adored I feel like I'm venturing into the lions den with this one. So here's my confession: I've tried it multiple times on draft at the beer wonderland Redbones in Davis Sq, Somerville and it totally failed to impress every single time, to the point where I'd had sworn off trying it anymore. Until now. I threw a 12oz into my 6-mix in a last ditch effort to find something endearing.

The pour was thick and with a solid head of foam. I can't even begin to describe the aroma. Well here goes: Fantastic! Deep green hops! Velvety sweet, soft and wonderful! If the beer stopped here I'd be happy. It smelled freaking awesome!

Ok, so I was damn impressed from the beginning. But the next hurdle was the taste. First sip was an assault of nasal filling hoppiness that zig-zagged all over my palette. Very hop oil heavy, some serious pine sap, grapefruit, minor citrus and it got greasy and a little leafy. Thankfully there was a solid amount of sweetness to back it up but it definitely didn't eclipse the hops.

Another attribute that really made this ale such a success was the thick, creamy mouthfeel while the carbonation kept it feeling a little frothy.

The aftertaste was full of little pinpricks of piney bitterness on the palette, like little electrical charges "fzzzting" and crackling. The oil left a really nice coating on the tongue. Visually, a heavy lacing clung to the glass the whole way down.

After I was done with this glass I was absolutely craving another one. I'll have to stick to bottles for this puppy from now on because this was one helluva great ale.

Speaking of bottles, they have very unique labels, or lack thereof. I looked into it since it's obvious they don't glue paper labels onto their bottles. Instead they use a process called Applied Ceramic Labeling which consists of silk screening their logo onto the bottle and then firing it at @ 1150 degrees so the color actually becomes part of the bottle. Über nifty!


politicsandbeer, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a massive size creamy and frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - caramel, hops, pine, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a very full bodied taste and feel. There is a lot of hop taste and pale malts mixed with caramel, citrus zest and pine. The beer finishes with a very hoppy and slightly woody aftertaste.

Drink - Another one of Stone's beer that I really enjoyed. It is a really hoppy/citrus based IPA that isn't too sweet - which I like. It's a must try for all the IPA fans out there.

spinrsx, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden honey colored hues. Beautiful creamy head. The head has good lacing. The beer is somewhat cloudy.

Smell: Sweet malts. Hops have bright floral aromas. Hops are slightly citric and acidic

Taste: This beer taste good in the mouth. This is a delightful beer after a full day of work. It's got the great hoppy taste. It burns a little bit and goes down the back of the throat bitterly. It has a citric quality to it. The beer is well balanced with the malts complementing the hops well.

Mouthfeel: Generous long mouthful with a long lasting taste that is pleasant on the tongue. It swishes around well in my mouth with citrus and floral flavors taking turns. The hops taste good and high quality. The beer taste fresh and isn't overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This is heavy stuff. It isn't for tte faint of heart when it comes to drinking IPA's. This is a strong IPA. I couldn't drink too many of these in a row but it leaves such a satisfying aftertaste that sticks around.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA has a nice orange colour and a good 1cm head that that fades to sparse lacing after about 3 mins. It smells faintly of hops, citrus and yeast. Very hoppy up front with some bitterness. The aftertaste is metallic and slightly bitter. This beer is watery in the mouth. This beer is ok, but get the Arrogant Bastard instead if you want something hoppy from Stone.

vandemonian, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Light amber/copper color body; 2 finger beige foam; rocky foam formed with lots of lacing: low amount of carbonation

S - Hops & spices hit the nose first; subtle malt and nut tones; light airy larger scent; smells crisp; scents not very powerful

T - Bitter taste hits at the beginning of drink until the end; tart sensations over the sides of the tongue; subtle hint of sweetness; flavors lingers from a while then ends with a light bitter aftertaste; bit dry

M - Thin viscosity; alive with bubbly carbonated feel over tongue; slight foamy feel

D - Not a bitter as I expected; lots of hype for Stone, I thought I was going to get a heavy hit of flavor; I could definitely sit at the bar and drink a few and recommend it to others who enjoy a light IPA

ferrari29, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic beer from a great company.

A: Beautiful deep orange hue with nice lacing. Head small from frothy and good lacing.

S: Mix of bright hops and deep malts. Citrus in there and a certain sugary quality to it as well.

T: You definitely know stone made this. It has that aggressive feel and taste that i'd call a 'burn' not in the alcohol burn kind of way, but in that way it makes your palate and throat tingle with warmth. Nice bright citrus hops balanced well to thick bready malts and a bitter finish. Very nice ipa that defines what Stone is about.

M: Nice feel, smooth and carbonated nicely with a warming sensation too.

D: Very nice ipa to have around. Solid stock beer from stone.

Dreadnaught33, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes created on 11/16/10.

Stone IPA pours a golden-amber color with an eggshell-white, one-finger head into a hefty snifter. After the head recedes, clumpy, frothy ovals and circles of various sizes remain atop the body. Straight, sinewy lines of carbonation move fairly quickly up the sides of the glass. The lacing is great, with a mountain-esque top sguiggly line and many small dots and lines underneath.

When I smell this beer, a wild, unrestrained hop odor fills my nose. Skunk, grass, and fresh bud aromas are evident as soon as the cap is popped off of the bottle. Further delving into the scent reveals a little bit of grapefruit and orange zest to go along with the other hop aromas. A little bit of caramel and biscuit are also in the smell profile, providing a bit of balance to the unrelenting hops.

Bitter skunk, grapefruit, grass, and a certain herbal flavor pop onto my tongue at first sip. The caramel malt flavor balances out the hops in the middle of the sip, then a piney hop bitterness finished off the taste.

The mouthfeel is on the light-bodied side, but the potent hop bitterness stinging my palate makes up for that shortfall. I could use a little more creaminess and less wateriness, but this is a crisp and well carbonated feel.

This is an IPA that I really enjoy and I revisit it from time to time. I think it is a fairly session-able IPA, though the hop bitterness might crush a palate after a few bottles.

TCHopCraver, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, my first beer in 6 days. I've been really looking forward to this.
Hazy golden orange color with a heafty bone white cap.
Aroma and Taste are on the Citrus end of the spectrum, very crisp and bright with a light baked biscuit accent.
fairly creamy mouthfeel that makes me desire more carbination overall.

ChadQuest, Nov 29, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,197 ratings.