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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

8,673 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,673
Reviews: 2,768
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 956 | 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 ArrogantDeadGuy
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours the usual amber hue for a very unusual
IPA. The head is strong with consistent
lacing.

S: The smell is subdued, both slightly sweet as
well as floral.

T: Awesome. A great hop statement, not as
strong as I've come to expect from AIPA. The
flavor and hop balance are further
evidence of Stone's tendency toward
reinvention without compormising old school
standards.

M: Clean, crisp, balanced, all cliche but all
true.

D: Very drinkable AIPA, not being strong for
the sake of being strong. True artistry in
this brew.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 14, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with some effervescence and a moderate white head that sticks around and coats the glass.

The aroma is strong, fresh, floral, and hoppy. Taste is full of hoppy bitterness and flavor with some citrus flavors as well. Not much malt for balance, but it's not missed. Mouthfeel is mildly dry, but will be easy drinking.

mjaskula, May 14, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, golden-orange colored body with a finger and a half of sudsy, off-white head. Decent lacing.

Aroma: An abundance of floral, perfumy, citrusy hops right off the bat. Beyond the hops, a sweet medium malt base and a few whiffs of booze. Damn, this smells good.

Taste: Up front, tons of grapefruity, piney, and assertively bitter hops lead the charge. Underneath, a solid caramel malt backbone keeps everything relatively balanced. Bright and tasty from the first sip to the last and never too bitter for the style. The aftertaste keeps the resiny bitterness going well into your next sip.

Mouthfeel: A slightly more full than medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Every now and then, a hint of alcohol burn.

Drinkability: As long as you're into hops, the only thing to slow you down is the almost seven percent alcohol content.

Verdict: As I had imagined, this is essentially Ruination's (relatively) little brother. In all honesty, this IPA is a lot hoppier (and a damn sight tastier) than many brewer's Double IPAs - just what you'd expect from the boys at Stone. Well done!

BeanBone, May 13, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a big white head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smell is of citrus hops with some spice.

Taste is the spicy citrus hops balanced with soft bread malts. Very nice and balanced.

A medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

This is very drinkable.

ocelot2500, May 12, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Moderate sized almost white head that is thick and foamy with small bubbles texturing the top. The head becomes rocky as it slowly drops, it also leaves some good lacing. The beer itself is a lightly fogged golden color.

S- Lots of nice citrus, pine and floral hops are present in the aroma. The hops are accompanied by sweet caramel and vanilla aromas. Some spicy and fruity note also come through.

T- Some nice spicy, citrus and pine flavored hops are nicely balanced but sweet grainy malt. Nice hop profile and well balanced.

M- Medium bodied with a good dry bitterness.

Overall a very nice IPA not to much special going on just a well crafted IPA.

br3wmeister, May 11, 2009
Photo of myown66
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being as I am newly enamored with IPA's, I went looking for them at the local beer snob emporium. When I found that Stone made just what I sought, my search ended. What does Stone make that isn't good? Many other IPA's that I have purchased have brought disappointment, not the case with this one. While it didn't send my mind into a the frenzy that I was looking for, it definitely scratched the itch. Very well representative as a Double IPA, at least in the humble opinion of this beer initiate.

myown66, May 11, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone IPA pours a medium gold with a sticky thick three-finger head that leaves beautiful rings of lace.

The smell and taste are crisp, clean, and earthy, with subtle pine notes and a hint of citrus. It's extremely easy to drink (again, crisp) with the feel of sharp bitterness.

I tend to prefer ales that have at least one over-the-top aggressive characteristic; however, Stone IPA is consistent and strong in every area. It's an ideal IPA and the first one that would come to mind if I had to commit the rest of my life to just one. As appealing as that thought is, I plan to continue to play the field.

MetalHopHead6, May 10, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, poured into an oversized snifter.

Glowing amber/orange body with a finger of creamy looking off-white head. Sadly, the head recedes to a ring and a skim of bubbles. Very little lacing.

Very mild and floral bouquet, surprisingly subdued considering the brewery. Some sweet and clean bready malt aromas as well. Small amounts of citrus of pine.

The pine and citrus are much more apparent in the mouth. Those 2 flavors bounce all over the palate- very nice. Some other citrus as well- hints of lemon and orange on the sides of the tongue. Just enough caramel malt flavor to provide a touch of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, almost chewy. Drinks like a bigger beer than it is. Medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with a nice lingering trail of grapefruit and pine halfway down the throat.

Overall impression: Very solid West Coast IPA. For the first time, I feel that the weighting of the appearance is really dragging down the overall score of a beer. I can't give a beer with minimal head and lacing anything better than an 'average' appearance rating, though.

PDXHops, May 10, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my DFH snifer.

A - Beautiful light gold/copper color with a nice white head. Lots of lacing along the sides, the head just sticks to the glass. Still a few bubbles of carbonation fizzing up after the head vanishes.

S - Slight hoppy/citrus notes on the nose.

T - Nice crisp citrus and hops melded together very well. Very refreshing. I get some nice sweet oranges on the finish with a slight bitterness.

M - Light in body, a good amount of carbonation, and very smooth.

D - Very easy to drink and a great IPA. A winner.

Sean9689, May 09, 2009
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a std pint glass. Good head that provides great lacing throughout the pint. Great hop aroma, a little sweet smelling. Hints of citrus upfront, only to lead straight into crisp hop bitter. Surprsingly drinkable. Yet another quality offering from Stone's.

ProudBeerSnob, May 09, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours semi-hazy amber to golden color with white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Nose is mixed citrus, with some focus towards grapefruit. Palate is sharply hoppy at the beginning which is quite nice, light malt midway, and grapefruit-orange citrusy towards the finish. Refreshing.

yemenmocha, May 07, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a straw color with moderate head with moderate retention and little lacing.

S- Big citrus hops. Definitely get grapefruit, lemon zest, maybe some tangerine. A little caramel-y malt in the background. Great aroma.

T- Big on the bitter hops. Piney with some carmel malt. Good, but not amazing.

M- Pretty good. Smooth, light carbonation. Moves along nicely.

D- Again, pretty good. Moves quick and tastes good.

LordAdmNelson, May 06, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a weak head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Smells strongly of piny, grapefruity hops. Maybe a hint of pear? Tastes bitter and a tad bit tart. Mouthfeel is good for a beer this size and I could drink many of these.

merryjoulton, May 06, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a white foamy two finger head. Leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit, lemon, and hops. Somewhat of a sweet aroma is also present.

Taste - Bitter grapefruit peeling from the hops is the strongest flavor. Rich and creamy. A slight bit of sweetness lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, somewhat of a sticky feeling to it. Finishes dry.

Drinkability - A nice drinkable IPA. Normally not my favorite style of beer, but I like this a lot.

hardy008, May 06, 2009
Photo of bluetravlr
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice two finger head. Clear, golden color with visible carbonation. The head is quickly reduced to a thin but lingering film. Strong lacing.

S: Immediately noticeable upon cracking the bottle. Strong grapefruit scents with notes of pine. Slight floral aroma mixed with hints of bread. Sweet but earthy.

T: Amazing. Despite having a great hop profile this beer is crisp and clean; more so than the great majority of IPAs. Initial taste is of grapefruit, caramel and bread. This is followed by a terrific piney flavor while the caramel slightly lingers. No malts. Nicely mild, piney and bitter aftertaste with a few floral notes.

M: Perfect thickness and carbonation. The bitterness masks the sweetness nicely. For some the lingering bitterness might be a problem, but not for me.

D: Again, bitterness could make this a sipper for some, but the crisp, clean profile makes this a session beer in my book.

Terrific beer, and one of my favorite IPAs. Consistently good---one of my standbys. Obviously, I'm not alone in my praise for this beer so I'll stop gushing now. Enjoy!

bluetravlr, May 05, 2009
Photo of McGIPA
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

must start by saying this IS my favorite IPA to date..

Have to, Have to, Have to, pour this into a mug or glass!

A - looks like heaven would look like...cloudy because of the unfiltered process (which is my favorite)
S - smells like angels - kind of piney...awesome!
T - best tasting IPA to date (at least for me) perfect in every way!
MF - great!
D- simply amazing! I need to have at least one a week to stay sane...you will not be disappointed!

McGIPA, May 03, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened the bottle cap with the back of the blade on a machete like usual. haha seriously

A- looked golden with soo many bubbles. quite clear

S- like walking through a forrest of pine. Lots of pine and some citrus especially grapefruit. Hops are amazing

T- Grapefruit is most prominent. with pine and floral notes. The bitterness takes away alot of the taste at the end.

M- crisp and bitter.

D- easy, one of my favorite IPA's

SpencerSauce, May 02, 2009
Photo of seand
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a light amber with about a finger and a half of white bubbly head. Leaves great lacing.

S: Sweet, light, piney hops.

T: Hoppy with some nice balance. The hops linger on the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and sticky, great carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, though at nearly 7% it's not quite a session beer.

seand, May 02, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mixed 6. Can't believe I haven't gotten around to this touted IPA before this. Pours a nice light amber into a standard US pint with a modest head, a little bit more opaque than your typical American IPA.

Smell is subdued and a nice mix of malt and hops. Not nearly as assertive with the hops as some.

Taste is very nice and well balanced, although I prefer a more heavily hopped ale, this is certainly tasty.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, very smooth.

Drinkability is fine even at this ABV.

A very good IPA but to my mind not up to the standard of Bell's Two Hearted.

OldYoda, May 02, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber...

A - 1.5-2 finger head with great retention. the color was a bronze color. also left a nice lacing on the way down. nothing to write home about, but an overall good looking beer.

S - all west coast citrus hop here. lemon and pine.

T - citrus hops, but not enough, the hops break and a yeasty breadiness comes through, too much if you ask me. but the beer closes with a moderate hop bitterness. could benifit from more IMO.

MF - light to medium body, with little carb. and very creamy, not bad.

D - this beer was very balanced, almost to a fault. i thought that the yeast/malt flavor was a bit overdone. this isn't to say that the hop bitterness was't there, just not enough for my tastes. that said however, if you are looking for an American West Coast IPA that doesn't decimate your taste buds, and is very balanced, this might be a good choice.

bonsreeb85, May 01, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into pint glass

a: amber hue, nice stickey head with awesome retention,

s: nice piney and earthy hop notes

t: piney hop followed nicely with a nice malt backbone. slight citrus finish this is a very nice IPA

m&d: medium bodied with good carbonation. clean.

Cheers!!!

UDbeernut, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of drunkboxer1
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this with a greek style pizza. Poured into a pils glass. Hazy golden color, white head that stayed around, leaving a fair amount of lace. Smelled of American hops, big and kinda piney. Tastes of the same hops, but with a good malt backbone to back it up. This is bigger than a lot of IPAs and it shows. I don't think I've ever bought this before because I would have remembered how tasty it is.

drunkboxer1, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A = Looks like most IPA's - amber orange with a lite off white head, sticky lacing.

S = Love the nose here. Very nice floral and malt aroma. Pretty strong as well.

T = Deliciously balanced with sweet sugary maltness up front and then a thick wave of hops kicks in and carries through. No overbearing bitterness. Just well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

M = Nice and not too coating. A little oily but not bad at all. Solid carbonation and slightly dry finish.

D = So very drinkable. I could go all night with this beer.

Very, very good IPA.

JonMich13, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of drink1121
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to have my first Stone brew.

Pours a lighter amber with decent head. No real retention nor lacing, but a good color.

I would like a little more hoppy smell to an IPA in a perfect world, but still citrus and hops

Could also have more hope, but for an IPA, still well represented. Slight malty, citrus again

Fairly heavy carbonation for an IPA, but not in a bad way

Def. could have 3 of these. Good, crisp, good

drink1121, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Dalem
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, clear gold in color with not a huge head but still a sticky lacing on the sides of the glass through the entire beer. Though usually a hop fiend where I have to notice a pungent floral scent jumping out at me right off the bat or I'll already start having my contentions about how good an IPA gonna be even before it's first there's something nice and different about the subdued character in the aroma of this. It smells of citrus and pine along with some malt and I'm thinking something along the lines of peach but laid back, sweet and nice instead of brassy, bold and upfront. It's deceiving though because on first sip there is definitely a sharp hop tang up front. Not all pucker power though but like the scent-crisp and citrusy with that peach thing I mentioned in the backbone. Malt shows up in the middle adding a nice balance to the the sweety tarty flavor that surrounds it. The finish is slightly dry and kinda spicy with a bit of alcohol burn but nothing that would make ya think that this is close to a 7% ABV.

Dalem, Apr 26, 2009
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,673 ratings.