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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

9,487 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,487
Reviews: 2,832
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 286
Gots: 1,485 | FT: 8
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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 thatruth
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a sixer on sale from the Safeway near Alaska Junction in West Seattle for 8.99. can you believe that? poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

pours a 1/2" light-tannish cream head with a slippery, mediocre lacing. body's a bright amber with a warm darker middle, this beer had quite a bit of sediment.

scent of hoptopia, odd soapy smell, raunchy banana, and lime. bready and citrus aroma.

tastes like someone spiked the punch. again, citrus and hops brigade on the taste buds. 6.9% hidden very well by the smells and flavors, and not at all in a bad way.

mouthfeel is wet for an IPA. roomy in the mouth and bright. citrus infused hops - at least what they seem like - linger on. like bud light lime had a wet dream of what it could be.

a badass IPA. I really can't believe I found this brew for so cheap. it could easily go for twice as much.

enjoy by date: 10/11/11

Photo of sk8man121
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into DT tulip. Best by 10/11.

A: Pours hazy candied orange peel with apricot highlights. Nice head settles into a thin cap, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Just read about the chill haze in recent batches, and it's quite apparent here.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, sweet cream. Mmm...

T: Juicy malts up front with a nice herbal center. A little bit of butter in the center, but not enough to bother me. Finishes dry and crisp.

M: Nice and creamy with a medium body. Exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA

O: This is one of the most talked about off-the-shelf IPAs, and for good reason. It's insanely drinkable, not to mention delicious with every sip. My only gripe is that it's ABV is a bit high for a standard IPA offering at 6.9. Then again, no need to drink five beers in a single setting anyway.

Benchmark, for sure.

Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few bottles of these on Friday night at a local Middle Eastern restaurant. Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice vibrant orange body with a fine white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell was full of hop aroma. Very potent, just like a lot of the West Coast IPAs tend to be. Taste was also mostly hops, and that lent a nice pine-like flavor to the beer. Very crisp beer, with a bit of dryness at the end. Not an over the top IPA, so it was enjoyable to drink. Plus the high abv was not much of a factor. I thought it paired well with the spiciness of the evening's Lebanese food. Good match.

Photo of kaips1
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the classic stone ipa, this one a 12oz from a bottle into a snifter glass

this one is a staple in the diet when i can afford it, a nice strong pour brings a finger or two of white frothy head that lays on a body of gold clarity that is part of stone ipa. the lacing is not strong but thats ok and there is a little bit of legs to let you know it was there. the smell of citrus and grapefruit hit first small bits of pungent next and a slight sweet that follows. the taste is not let down by the smell at all, full of citrusey fruit tones and sharp hop bitterness jump out at you, it has a slight drop at the end of the sip but works with the punch you get from the first of the drink. the mouthfeel is very lively with lots of jumpy carbonation that attacks the tongue but if ate with spicey and i mean spicey food its not there at all. overall i love this beer, drinkability is outstanding and an easy everyday all day beer for me. one of my favs of stone hands down

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden amber with a 1 & 1/2 finger foamy head. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Piney, citric hop nose with some underlying bready malt.
Starts sweet and fruity then transitions late into a overly strong acrid bitterness in the finish that continues to intensify long after the sip.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel.
Fresh and tasty to start, but too much straight bitterness way too long into the finish for my taste.
Not my favorite IPA.

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

He shoots, he scores! This is a wondeful IPA... Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a sticky, frothy head, medium retention and wonderful webbed lace. The nose has all you’d expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral accents. These transfer directly into the flavor dept. There is a faint caramel malty sweetness which underlies a huge hop contingency. Grapefruit, citrus, and candy orange slices are noted in the mid-palate, whereas the side- and back-palate are peppered perfectly with a mildly-lingering pine resin dry-hop. All of the wonderful complexities of this brew come together almost flawlessly. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy (and cleansing) finish that works wonders for the overall effect! Truly, one of the best IPA’s one can have.

Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is an orange colored brew, medium sized white head with loads of lacing. The scent is pretty interesting and enticing. Some caramel malts, but loads of piney hop, citrusy hop, grapefruity hop. The flavor is very good too; nice sweet malt start, but the main focus is on the west coast panoply of hops. Citrus, lemon, pine, some bitter but not as much, some grapefruit. Lot's of variety in the hops, but none are overwhealming. Medium bodied.

Photo of DrewV
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a frothy 2-finger white head. Decent lacing, but nothing spectacular.

S: Floral/piney hops up front with the citrus notes and malt playing lesser roles.

T: Follows the nose, hop-forward, somewhat light, the malt definitely takes a back seat. More piney hops, very fresh, as if you were chewing on a hop flower itself.

M: Moderately thick body, creamy, oily texture. Below-average carbonation, but satisfactory. Highest marks here, mainly due to the creamy mouthfeel.

O: Another solid offering from Stone. I think I prefer a maltier base, like Arrogant Bastard, but certainly nothing to find fault with here. You could do worse than this for sure. At nearly 7%, I'm amazed that there's no sign alcohol burn whatsoever with this brew. Very well crafted.

Photo of match1112
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: a is for awesome, pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a big two finger thick dish soap like head that lasts forever.

s: s is for superb. tons of citrus hops, when you get this fresh there is nothing like it.

t: t is for tasty. lots of citrus grapefruit flavor.

m: m is for more, as in i need more! smooth yet filling with a slightly bitter dry finish.

o: is for obsess. because i cant wait to go get more.

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

An average pour delivered a finger of lovely near white head. Body is yellow-orange with a lot of bubbles rising to the top. A bit of sediment is noted near the bottom.

Nice hops! Floral and sweet citrus hops work extremely well together for a very fresh nose with a slight spicy bite. There is also a bit of breadiness and malt in there to flesh out the diverse but not overpowering nose.

There is a faint citrus zing up front, then the floral hops come cascading through. This is followed by a teaser of malt. Ends with spiced bread and a bitter lingering taste. I love it!

I have to call this one light bodied. It just rushes over the tongue so fast, and the carbonation definitely makes itself known. Bitterness that is pleasant and not overpowering stays with for a while. Dry finish.

Photo of Kinsman
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to revisit an old friend and give it a proper review. Enjoy by date: 10/12/11

Hazy glowing orange body capped by a creamy white head, about 2 fingers thick to start. Aroma is full of grapefruit and orangy awesomeness alongside a slight bit of pine resin. Not much room for the malt to come through but some bread and biscuit notes can be picked up.

Not quite the hop bite I remember but still plenty of bitterness to go around. Fruity and slightly floral hop character. Solid malt backbone to back it up but still very much a hop-forward beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a solid medium body feel and a lively carbonation. Overall, Stone IPA might just be the quintessential American IPA. Fruity and bitter and oh so wonderful.

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

Bomber picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. One of those beers that I've been meaning to try, but isn't readily available in Ontario and didn't have that flashy appeal of some of the more intriguing imperial stouts and DIPAs out there. But there's lots to be said for well-made brews that fall in to more "standard" style categories.

Poured into a couple of nonics to be shared with my wife. Pours a hazy bright orange-golden hue, with a big frothy head and nice lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is sweet, malty, with nice floral citrus and pine hop notes. Tropical fruit (grapefruit and mango) abound.

Considerably more hoppy than I had expected, in that the malt character is quite subdued. Still, all the great flavors are there - citrus, pine, floral hops, tropical fruit, caramel and pale malts. Long bitter finish. An enjoyable IPA. Nicely carbonated, creamy.

A textbook IPA, rich and hoppy. Standard, but high-quality. Glad I picked this bottle up!

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: a hazy bright orange. can see bits of yellow around the edges of the glass. orangey white head. retention isnt great but the lacing is.

S: minty, herbal. american pine hops. if i had to guess i would say there is some centennial in there.

T: a solid toast, grainy cereal. glistening citrus works very well with herbal hoppy undertones. finish is bitter but not without a malt sweetness bringing a nice balance.

M: a very very mild carbonation on a medium full body. wouldnt hate a touch more fizz.

D: the balance between the hops and the grain couldnt be much better than in this pint. as most everyone that uses this site knows, very enjoyable brew from stone.

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

The appearance is a slightly cloudy with a straw/golden color with a few bubbles coming up, frothy head and great lacing.

Smell is of hops! Floral and citrusy.

The taste is nice and hoppy with citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit and some floral character as well. There is also a bit of a malt sweetness to balance it out. The ending is bitter but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of carbonation.

A solid IPA that is not overpowering but has everything that you would want.

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

Appearance: A nice golden color with good white head, leaving some lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, spicy, herbal hops

Taste: As you would expect from an IPA, there is plenty of hop character here. Herbal and spicy hops. There is some decent malt sweetness to balance out some of the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Very good and enjoyable. Probably the gold standard IPA as far as I can tell. It is hard to tell it is 6.9% abv as well, it's so easy drinking.

Photo of mechamifune
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this many times on tap and bottled, so I thought it was finally time to give a proper review.

Pours the usual gold/straw color of most "west coast" ipa's. In this particular bottle there is a good bit of setiment floating around, which is odd because I have never seen that in this beer before. Slight white head with good lacing. Usualy appearance would go for a 4.0 as I think of this as a very clean looking beer, but this time I'll have to put it down to a 3 because of the setiment.

Smell is citrus and hops all the way, though it is not one of the more overwhelmingly floral IPA's. But even though the smell is not particularly strong, the notes are what they should be.

Taste is in line with smell, but stronger. Not much of a malt backbone to speak of. Lots of citrus flavors up front followed by a good amounts of bitterness and finishing with almost a little bit of an apple juice taste (odd). Still a very good hop forward ipa.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer. Just the right balance of smoothness and crispness. Carbonation is perfect, and for a beer with such powerful flavors going on, it is pretty easy to drink.

Overall I think of this as kind of the standard for west coast style ipas. Not the best, mind you, but note for note it respresents such a good base line for that style. If I had one complaint, it is that there seems to be a little more variance from serving to serving than I would expect given the pure quantity of this beer that stone has/had brewed over the years. But even within that range, it has been between good and friggin great. Oddly enough, I have had the same issue with their neighbors down the road, green flash, and their ipa (and no, it has not been an issue of age on the beer)....but I digress.... this is a great (and easy to get)west coast ipa, and if you are a fan of the style you should seek it out. Save yourself the 5 bucks, pass over the ruination 6 pack, and pick it up.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle with a BB of August 2011. Picked up from Beeritz in Leeds - my first Stone brew! I love the label style on their bottles.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with a good level of fine carbonation. Produces a huge head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. A powerful hoppy aroma greets the nose, underpinned by a generous dose of sweet malt. Notes of pine, resin, citrus and brown sugar.

Tastes of rich, sweet malt with an intense hoppy bitterness. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, pine, and citrus. The hops have a spicy quality that warms the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of pine bitterness.

Excellent. Aromatic and bitter with a good malty backbone. This typifies the American IPA style - nicely balanced with stacks of hop character. A must-have beer.

Photo of Brunite
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale straw-yellow color with a decent head.

S: The smell was plenty of hops with a predominance of floral and grassy notes.

T: The taste was disappointing. No sense of any malt at all. All hop bitterness...and not in a way that appealed to me. I get that thi is an IPA...but just bitter is not what I want.

M: Pretty good...medium bodied.

O: One and done for me. There are other IPA's I prefer. Two hearted, Green Flash, Hop Devil.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone is not a brewery to be taken lightly. With their penchant for adding more hops to their light beers than most brewers stick in an Imperial IPA, it comes as no surprise that even their entry-level IPA smells intensely of pine and grapefruit. Below that bitter layer rests orange and apricot scents, and a good noseful of brown sugars.

On the tongue, hops are front and center, the brew's 77 IBUs translating into an instant pine and grapefruit shock that makes identifying other flavors difficult. Still, there are other tastes there: orange and lemon peel, brown sugar, banana, and hints of wildflower honey. The aftertaste, like the rest of the mouthful, is dominated by hops, and lasts for quite a while.

Overall, Stone's IPA is good fare, and definitely does not shy away from the hops. Hop-lovers will rejoice at this bitterness, but at the same time, many of the beer's more subtle flavors get lost in the mix, marking a possibly huge weakness (depending on your tastes).

Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed within 30 minutes of getting the growler filled.

A: Dark yellow / pale orange color. Very slight haze. No sediment. Some off-white / very-light orange colored head.

S: Peach, bready yeasty malt, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Very similar to the scents, but with a slight resiny / piney aftertaste. Very clean and relatively basic textbook IPA flavor. Balanced malt and hops, but in the aftertaste, the hops win out.

M: Medium viscosity. Moderate carbonation with moderately-sized bubbles.

O: Everything is textbook about this beer from the scent to the flavor to the mouthfeel. A good benchmark IPA.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, frothy head. Smells AWESOME! Very hoppy, very citrusy. The taste was a let down. Did not taste as hoppy as the smell, nor as citrusy as the smell. Not a big fan of the bitterness. Total let down. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA. Solid carbonation. Overall, the bitterness killed this for me. I think without the bitterness, this would've been better. Also, I wish the taste would've matched up with the nose.

Photo of metal850
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a 2.5 finger off white head theat leaves great lacing. Golden in color with a slight haze.

S: Big hoppiness, with citrus, grass, and resin notes. Nice subtle malt background.

T: Intensly bitter with a strong hop flavor of resins and earthiness. Malt is there, but just enough to tell you that this is malt based beer you are drinking.

M: Crisp with a low carbonation.

O: Good IPA, very assertive as Stone is known for.

Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Shows a bright golden orange with a very thin white head. Leaves a nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Strong hop scent with hints of citrus in the background.

Taste - Dominant hop flavor that lingers on the tongue but an aftertaste of grapefruit and an unknown sweetness help balance it out very well.

Mouthfeel - This has a refreshing feel to it. It's on the low side of medium as far as carbonation goes which is great. Leaves a mellow coating of bitterness but nothing overbearing.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable.

Photo of grittybrews
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a rich, hazy orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy white head. Fresh, juicy pine aroma with hints of grapefruit and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Bread and gentle orange/grapefruit up front with some slightly sweet caramel and a dry finish with pine and grass.

Very nice IPA -- it's one of the last major offerings from Stone that I've tried, but it shouldn't be upstaged by its flashier siblings. This IPA is spot-on!

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

Upon rumor of Stone having a "Kansas City"-branded bottle on the market here in the last week or so, I went on the search for it, hitting a couple of area liquor stores before finding three cases - I left all but one bottle behind.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle, noting that we're the "top dog" of BBQ, suggesting that it would pair well with the beer. We'll see about that.

Tiny pocks of tannish head that you can almost tell will lace, throw shadows through the somewhat cloudy golden-orange beer. Picking up some sediment as well.

Piercing with herbal and citrus notes on the nose, filling it with promise of what's to come.

Herbs and greenery on the tongue, spicy too with the hops at the fore. Closes with a hint of carmelization and like a fading light, slowly muting to the tongue.

What an outstandingly good IPA - less citrus than many, but more of the herbs than most, which really turns your tastebuds on their ear.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,487 ratings.