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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

8,909 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,909
Reviews: 2,783
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,077 | 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 zoso493
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! I was hoping to make it something very special, like an Abyss that I've been impatiently holding onto, but I think this will suffice just fine. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pleasant honey-amber color that turns very yellow when held up to the light. A vigorous pour produces a two-finger creamy head that leaves an intermediate amount of lacing on the glass. It's very hazy, as well, which is what I like in my IPA's.

Smell: Stone IPA has a fantastically refreshing and zesty hop aroma to it. Fruit, and in particular grapefruit, is dominant motif in the scent. It almost smells like the hops are crusted with sugar in this one. This is probably one of the most luxurious fruity-smelling IPA's that I have come across to date.

Taste: The taste sticks very strongly to the hoppy grapefruit theme. At this point in the review, I'm noticing that this brew is about 2 weeks past it's best by date, which could explain why the hops are a bit subdued. It might be unfair to review an older example like this, but the beer is still damn good. It's sort of like biting into a grapefruit, if the grapefruit provided you with a pleasant hop bitterness towards the end. The sweet malts act to balance the hops nicely, as well.

Mouthfeel: This, for me, is the ideal IPA in terms of mouthfeel. It's thicker like a DIPA but still retains an adequate amount of carbonation. If it were fresher I'd imagine it would be a bit crisper, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt in that category.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable IPA and at 6.9% ABV is fairly low in alcohol. It's not going to bruise your palate with the hops (like Ruination might), so it would be nice to enjoy a couple of these.

Overall, this is a really nice example of the style and I would love to get my hands on a fresher version because this is a very hop-forward beer. It's not a hugely complex IPA but it's very well put-together and is something I would definitely drink again often.

zoso493, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of robertjbell
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep hazy amber/orange coloration with an luscious ivory head leaving a thin but enduring retention, and a lovely speckled lacing that also lingers long into the drink

Nose: WOW, this is a hop bomb, must be the dry hopping, I'm smelling definite West Coast hops, but nothing particular, probably Cascade, but also some mellower ones on the nose, such as Amarillo or Centennial. Also in the nose is a delicate balance between herbal and floral hop elements, a sweet, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit citric hop element, and balanced by a sweet malty characteristic rounding out the aroma into one of the best smelling IPA's I've been able to lay my hands on.

Taste: A gentle malt sweetness is apparent up front, mixed with a definite taste of pine and grapefruit in CLASSIC west coast IPA fashion. Mingled in are strong citrus notes and a nice, full hop finish that doesn't blast too hard.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy, but with a nice dry bite on the finish

Overall: One of the best traditional west coast IPA's out there, hard to top.

robertjbell, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this in the bottle many times and on-tap, finally getting to review it. Poured into my new Magic Hat pint glass (thanks Julio's). Appearance is faint orange with nice creamy white head, carbonation bubbles flying everywhere. Head retains well and leaves thick lacing. Smell is great as well, loads of hops and some tropical notes. Taste is good but doesn't really live up to the smell. I'm getting lots of grassy notes, grapefruit, in the aftertaste a bit of biscuit and surprisingly booze. A hint of toasty caramel lingers as well. Mouthfeel is a tad watery. As far as drinkability, it's good but there are probably other IPA's I'd prefer for the same price/cheaper (Titan IPA comes to mind). Still a solid go-to IPA I will continue to get in the future.

Chico1985, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to doing a review for this one with 22oz.

Comes out a very light and hazy orange-yellow shade. Decent white head.

Caramel malt and hops are the primary components of the aroma. I get more pine here than citrus.

No doubt it's a West Coast IPA and a Stone brew. Loads of pine resin and grapefruit that starts out subtly but asserts itself as it warms up. And as expected, the malt is really light. The first 8oz are very green, but I start to pick up a little more fruit toward the latter half of the bottle. Finish is medium length with plenty of bitterness.

The mouth is light yet moderately sticky with full carbonation that complements the rest of the beer nicely.

All things considered, a pretty good IPA. No glaring weaknesses, although isn't a favorite. Would love to get it fresh.

GeezLynn, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of zimm421
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a nice gold color with a fluffy white head that dissipates very slowly, never completely disappearing and leaves great lacing down the glass.

The nose is dominated by hops, with citrus and pine dominating. The taste is similar, very hoppy, with a great bitterness and bite to it. There is a lot going on in each sip, but it's somewhat difficult to pick out exactly what. There are some nice malts in the background but the hops dominate. The aftertaste is bitter and sticks around for a good amount of time.

This beers is actually quite smooth with the right amount of carbonation. It is on the thick side, but it fits well. Drinkibility is great on this beer as well, something that is fairly easy to put down and tastes great. All around just a great beer.

zimm421, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 ounce bottle in duvel tulip
A: Opaque golden orange, stiff frothy head lots of loose bubbles
S:lots of citrus hops, grapefruits.

T: good hop flavors but they are more on the piny earthy side, then the citrus comes through a little bit. this beer is liquid hops and there is not a solid backbone but it is good none the less.

M: light, smooth refreshing, leaves a snappy bitterness that finishes dry and inviting.

D: it is up there but I like the sharp citrus hops better, for me it lends to more drinkability.

fastsrt, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of bgreg3
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA. I have really been into trying stone lately. The bombers are cheap and the beer is pretty damn good. This beer has amazing head retention, the foam sticks to the side of the pint glass fantastically. I need to invest in a tulip glass. Cloudy orange, a bit pale in some areas and the air bubbles come up in a manner that make this beer look proud.

Stone IPA smells delightfully of citrus, floral, apricot, and subtle yeast. A beautiful amalgam of what I like to smell in and IPA. I taste apricot notes that mix with yeasty characteristics and a slight bittering hop taste. Nothing is overwhelming in this beer, it is perfectly balanced. It ends on the hoppy side but just barely, and it is not very wet on the finish compared to some of the IPA's I'm use to. I might very well buy a six pack of this sometime.

The beer is tingly when it first touches the tongue but I enjoy this feel. It's not too heavy and not too light. This is so easy to drink and can be very deceiving for the alcohol content that is in it. It goes down a bit too good (if there is such a thing).
TRY THIS BEER NOW!

bgreg3, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to an Imperial pint
No freshness date

A: Pours straw yellow with a 3 finger foamy eggshell white head that reduced over the course of the session to a frothy cap. Good standing foam off the pour and lace throughout.

S: Grassy and floral hop with some spice. Fresh.

T: The hop character of this beer is grassy and spicy with a strong floral character on the finish that lingers. Maltiness is caramel and toffee like. Overall a VERY clean and fresh flavor with some hop oil on the back of the palate.

M: Creamy, cream, creamy with small bubbles of carbonation. The finish is dry with some slickness from the hop oils.

D: The smooth and creamy nature of this beer allow for a very palatable beer that is in my opinion unoffensive and light for an IPA.

BehindtheFinBrew, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of arkurzynski
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-golden with thin white head that dissipates. Clear. Nice floral hop aroma invites you in. Straight bitterness, but very clean and crisp and not overly harsh. Malt is present for only a blink. Dry finish. Very good, but I think I prefer the Ruination. This is a very easy drink, though. Makes me wish it was 80 F and sunny and not 22 F like it is now!

arkurzynski, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours bright clear golden orange with a big 2 finger chunky white head that left lacing down the glass

smell is a great mix of citrus floral and pine hops

taste - one of the best ipas out there - to me this is 2hearted with pine - whats not to leve about that - 2hearted with the west coast love

mouthfeel is light and has plenty of life - big bite very crisp

drinkability - with the abv being near 7% this one could creepy up on you so watch out

jsh420, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of joemeister
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow. Head is white, sudsy, and about 3/4" inch.

Smell: no surprise here. Spicy hops dominate, with a vague suggestion of tropical citrus in the background. Like mango or something, but its weak.

Ooh. I did not expect that. The obvious flavor commencement is citrusy hops, but it follows with a surprising grilled, smoky flavor to finish. The aftertaste is almost buttery (my brother says he tastes bacon). This beer would satisfy the hophead who enjoys a little more three-dimensionality in their palate. I appreciate it, but the smokiness is not what I expect or enjoy in an IPA. I like the finish to be a little more sweet. With that said, this is definitely worth trying. It has a uniqueness as compared to other run-of-the-mill IPA's, but I find myself largely indifferent.

joemeister, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of lbaker
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bomber poured into a 28oz mug, here we go...

(a)Pours a medium caramel bronzish color with medium amount of head, good lacing. A little more transparent than what I expected, good amount of carbonation. (4/5)

(s)Traditional hoptastic brew. Great floral scents, hints of citrus aromas. (4/5)

(t) Very consistent IPA. Full bodied and the dry-hopping really comes through. For all the added bitterness its a very balanced taste. (4/5)

(m) Great sensation on the palete. Hits every spot and leaves nothing untouched. Unusual sweetness upfront, but this extreme IPA follows through as promised. (4/5)

(d) Decent for an IPA, others defintely offer more drinkability, but with a decent ABV and considering the bitterness I could suprizingly enjoy a few of these bombers...but probably nothing else! (4/5)

lbaker, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of WeimtimeBier
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Served in a pint glass and with a yellow straw color. Not clear but not very cloudy from any suspended yeast. A nice thin oily head which kept down the whole glass.

S- I most enjoyed the smell of this beer. Strong and fresh centennial hops accented by a basic but clean malt/straw aroma. Hops were piney with a bit of citrus.

T- This highly hopped beer is balanced by a clean, basic, sweat straw malt taste. The hops up front are in your face with an acidic pine and grapefruit taste. This is followed by a clean malt that works well with the hops. There is a sweetness that balances the finish.

M- Oily mouthfeel. This IPA brings along a nice carbonation hindered slightly by the hops.

D- Very drinkable for a high gravity IPA with balance. Yet it will attack the pallet and more then two for me would start to overdo the taste it brings.

WeimtimeBier, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of uabigdaz
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beer poured from a large 22 oz bottle into clear glass. Dark Copper/yellow color with about a finger of head. Head settles to a nice film, which remained for duration of drink. Beer is slightly less than clear, but not too dark, or opaque.

S- WOW! This smells fantastic! This beer smells strongly of hops, slightly floral. Very very clean smelling. This is the single best smelling beer I have ever had the pleasure of sampling.

T- Taste is again very dominated by hops, but I really enjoy this flavor. It is a very complex taste. Aftertaste is very clean and almost non-existent after a short while. Very good.

M- Smooth, with the right amount of carbonation. Silky, and slightly thick, without being muddy. Again, very good. I am really enjoying this beer.

D- This beer is very drinkable, as a one and done beer. I would not consider this to be a beer to drink on a weekend for "recreational" time, but is going to become a staple for me when I want something upscale, and worthy of savoring.

Very beautiful beer in the glass, the epitome of perfection in beer. Smell is the best I have ever smelt. I want to take a swab and dab my upper lip so I can smell it all day... yummmm. Very hoppy beer, if you drink it, savor it, it deserves it. A beer very worthy of RESPECT!

uabigdaz, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/amber, medium white head with a creamy texture. Decent lacing. Strong aroma of hops, with citrus (grapefruit, lemon) and pine. Underlying aromas of yeast. Taste is extremely hoppy, with an excellent bite, and flavors of grapefruit balanced with a finish that is long and slightly on the sweet side. Excellent beer.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of kalkavekkian
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass and noted a golden-apricot hue with a small, quickly dissipating head. Low carbonation with a sharp hopped-citrus smell that i really enjoy. Taste was a smooth, balanced hop flavored experience reminiscent of two-hearted ale with a moist finish. Mouthfeel was a medium, almost silky sensation and the drinkability factor was unlimited. Great ipa i will always buy when given the opportunity!

kalkavekkian, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Pahn
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a wine glass. Forgot to note the date, but the store had just got this 6pack in the week I bought it, which was a couple weeks ago.

Appearance: Easy pour yields a 1/3 inch, frothy, off-white head with bubbles all around the sides. Head dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of lacing (beer has good lacing as well). Pours a hazy orange.

Smell: Strong piney and citrus hops (mostly citrus). Some faint breadiness lurking in the background.

Taste: Starts out a little sweet with a cool citrus flavor, then bitters up to a healthy degree and settles into a long malt finish the character of which is reminiscent of sourdough or white bread. Great balance. The flavor is not very complex, but it gets right to the point. Strong, refreshing, aromatic hops up front, smooth and satisfying light-bready malt finish.

Mouthfeel: There's a fair amount of carbonation, and the body is rather light but smooth and approaching creamy. Light but not watery or juicy. No alcohol warmth at all.

Drinkability: Hidden ABV and great IPA flavor. A staple beer for me.

There really isn't much to say about Stone IPA. It's a solid, straight-ahead American IPA. It doesn't throw any curveballs, but everything it attempts it does right.

Pahn, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of samyoung
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Grassy, golden-orange look after the pour.
S - Nice floral and citrus notes.
T - Maybe I didn't get the freshest batch, but the taste was disappointing - not enough piney-citrus bitterness.
M - Not a strong mouth-feel at the beginning or end - would have liked a more rounded feel.
D - Easy drinking; one could easily put these back.

I got this six pack in Brooklyn and definitely think I need to visit San Diego to really get a feel for this beer. A good transcontinental IPA nonetheless.

samyoung, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of ugaterrapin
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It has a hazy golden color with about a finger worth of off white head. The citrus hop aroma is excellent. The overwhelming smell is that of oranges. Out of the gates the citrus presence hits you followed by some nice bitterness. The finish is nice and smooth. This is a well balanced IPA.

ugaterrapin, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of claminat420
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a transparent golden color with a nice fluffy white head.

S- caramel malt blended with a slight citrus and earthy scent.

T- just how it smells but more of the citrus dominating.

M- medium light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink a whole 6 no problem.

Overall- this ipa is a classic american ipa to me. nice hop bite and aroma. if you're a hop fan and you haven't tried this one i don't know what you're doing??

claminat420, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of lester619
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy orangish amber with good head retention and insane sheets of lacing. Smell is intense with hoppiness. The first few sips were bitter and not much else. As it warmed, I picked up some more subtle sweet herbal notes. I got something almost like a burnt rubber aftertaste that was kind of odd. All in all, this is a very nice example of a good IPA. Maybe not the best I've had, but it's up there. If you don't love over-the-top hops, don't even think about it.

lester619, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hand pump cask at Blue Palms in Hollywood. Served in a nonic. This version on cask is "Stone IPA With Centennial Hops."

Hazy tangerine body with amber highlights. A thick dense sudsy ivory head with limitless retention and average lacing.

This is not at all the assertive hop-forward beverage I was expecting. Instead, the aroma is very clean and restrained, suggesting toasty malts and English digestive biscuits backed by a light fruitiness (citrus and melon) and an herbal/floral note from the hops. Very distinctive though difficult to verbalize.

Malt balanced, toasty, and spicy/herbal flavors dominate: fresh thyme, cardamom, and faint vanilla pods... The finish brings on a very well balanced citrus-kissed bitterness, but nothing like you would normally expect from Stone (Ruination this ain't).

Rich medium-light body with modest carbonation (as expected from cask).

A very different beer on cask with a superior drinkability.

augustgarage, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice assertive US IPA, on a hoppy and biting side.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Perfunctory screen-printed gargoyle design in white and green noting name of the brew. Back narrative brags about the nature of the brew, the quality of their craft, and history of the gargoyle. No visible freshness or bottling date. Shows Alc. by Vol. (6.9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep hazy gold pour, with a nice assertive head. It shows medium retention and a good lace pattern as it goes down.

S - Very rich and assertive hoppy aroma. Resin, pine, citrus.

T - Strong hoppy flavor, pine resin, grapefruit and a light malt backbone with a biting finish.

M - Sticky medium body with good carbonation.

D - Nicely hopped IPA, assertive but with great drinkability.

Notes: A very hoppy IPA, packs a biting punch but works rather well. Maybe a tad too hefty to introduce people to the style but if one likes IPAs this is really pleasing.

Daniellobo, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a sticky white lace.

Citrus hop nose. Clean, white grapefruit rind hop flavor, with a touch of lean cookie malt in the middle. Good balance of bittering and finishing hops. Finishes fairly dry with pithy hop bitterness and a touch of grain.

A nice IPA; nowadays one of the reliably clean ones that doesn't sicken you with sweetness. This one uses enough bittering hops to keep the mouthfeel clean and quenching, and the flavors are bright, if a little tart.

bcm119, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of beavers
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to SA pint. No date on bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey color with a foamy white head. Streams of carbonation bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Good retention and lacing. Very attractive beer. Smell is a little reserved for a west coast IPA. Nonetheless, piney and citrusy hops are prevelant. Taste is resiny, piney hops with a balancing pale malt backbone and a touch of honey sweetness. The finish is crisp and dry with a moderate bitterness left on the palette. Medium bodied and no alcohol presence. This is one sessionable and balanced IPA. I think I'll have another.

beavers, Feb 04, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,909 ratings.