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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

8,770 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,770
Reviews: 2,775
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 236
Gots: 1,003 | 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 FickleBeast
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maloney's in Matawan, NJ - Happy Hour special only $2.00!!

A - Orange with two fingers of pillowy head

S - Wonderful grapefruit hop aroma

T - Tastes is an explosion of citrus hops - totally unbalanced, but does have a kiss of malt that breaks through. Delicious.

M - Very smooth, hop oils coat the mouth

D - Wow. This is a great beer on draft. Hop flavor dominates but doesn't overwhelm. More please!

FickleBeast, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of batty
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought and reviewed in boston, mass, 26 aug 2009. can't believe i haven't reviewed this yet. got NOT from my usual beer store, and was worried about the freshness, but couldn't find the date, and took my chances. I now see it's stamped on the back of the bottle near the bottom - 09 15 09. cutting it close for my blood, but should still be ok.

A: golden with just a hint of amber, bright white dense head, drops down but leaves great lace.

S: pale malt, hints of sweet orange, spicy and earthy hops - not quite as hoppy as I'd expect from the taste, but probably toned down a bit due to age.

T: solid entry-way and classic IPA, one of my favorites, especially fresh. this example has turned a bit for my liking, but still good. crisp with orange and grapefruit predomination, minimal light malt sweetness to balance

M: nice and crisp, refreshing but not over-carbonated

D: super high.. very refreshing on the hot day

batty, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz silk screened bottle poured into mug.

Appearance: Pours an actually pale color compared to most IPAS. Golden to yellow in color. Completely transparent. In the pouring process you form a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly into a rocky lacing that clings to the glass like crazy. Proper IPA stuff here.

Smell: You can really smell the hop oil on this one. Extremely floral, citrus-like, pine/pineapple. The smell is all hops. Fantastic smelling ones too.

Taste: This is a very hoppy beer indeed. You get a lot of citrus flavors, pineapple, lemon, orange. Its grassy and somewhat earthy. Its dominated by hops, but some how not too much. You don't get much from the malt, but with hops this good why would you need to. When it does warm up enough to taste the malt, its the standard high quality pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Standard IPA bitterness but not insanely bitter as you would expect from the flavor. A very pleasant beer to put in your mouth if you love big character, which I do!

Drinkability: Every company is pushing for their IPA to bigger and badder then the next. They all do it slightly differently, but stone delivers with a very hoppy IPA thats not overly bitter. It has all the flavor you want from an IPA, without any of the things many companies do wrong with this style. For me being introduced to the world of stone, I may have to reconsider my favorite IPA.

MaxBrews, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of JTWILDOATS
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of about thirty different IPAs that I have tried, this is my most favorite one. The light fruity aroma, accompanied by the rich golden hue already gives the drinker something great to look forward to (and we haven't even talked about the taste yet!). A thin layer of head stays present from beginning to end.

The taste grows as it travels from your pallet to your throat. The balanced flavor between richness and bitterness is something that many IPAs fail to achieve. This one though does everything perfectly. The bitterness immediately follows after the sip and resonates in the rear of your mouth for an extended period of time, something that is not commonly experienced.

The fairly high percentage of alcohol is not overtly present at the end of the swallow. The taste lingers until finally it concludes on its own volition. I reccommend this to anyone curious about IPAs, or are in need of trying something new and different.

JTWILDOATS, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Apellonious
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color, with a thin lace that hangs on the glass. Slightly cloudy.

A big sniff brings a grassy, hoppy smell, with some floral notes.

Tastes of strong hops, but not overwhelming. It has a sharp bite to it, but has an overall smoothness that makes it very drinkable. The mouthfeel is substantial, and the aftertaste hits the middle back of the tongue . Some slight fruity overtones (though not as prevalent as Stone's regular pale).

As the beer warms, it becomes sweeter, and more complex taste wise, but the hops are still all powerful . This the perfect beer for hop heads, or someone that after another long drudged-out work day wants that one or two beer buzz to take the edge off and settle in to relaxation mode.

Apellonious, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick layer of off-white foam. Good retention. Clear golden body. Good lacing. Looks amazing.

Smell: Like a delicious, hoppy, fruity candy. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Little bit of mint.

Taste: Orange, mint, and a little pine.

Quite possibly the best American IPA I've ever had.

BierFan, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden to amber body with a thick fluffy white head, 2-3 fingers.

S - Very piney hops with a slight hint of lemon rind. A bit of alcohol and some malty freshness. Something nice and spicy in there as well.

T&M - Smack in the tongue with the piney hops. A bit puckering, but what a wonderful flavor. Some lemon zest and rind in there that purses that lips but also refreshes the tongue, priming it for the next sip. Medium carbonation for a smooth mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy and sticky as it warms.

D - My tongue and mouth say "no more" but the tastebuds gotta have it. Wonderful flavor and not too harsh in any of the flavors. Nicely balanced.

MrIncognito, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours clear copper with a fluffy white head. The foam dies down to leave a considerable amount of lacing. Smells well-hopped, with heavy citrus. Only a hint of malt and some sweet light fruit. Tastes outright heavily hopped, with notes of dish soap predominant. Maybe it's the mixture of citrus and resin, but whatever the taste is, it's unpleasant. Gets better as it warms and as the palette gets numb to it. Pleasant sweet malt eventually shows through. Medium body. I don't know what it is about the hops Stone uses---I really enjoy other IPAs and DIPAs, but both this and Ruination have had the same soapy quality, and I'm not a big fan.

philipquarles, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big billowing frothy head makes way to a nice hazy pale golden body.

Hops explode from this beer grapefruit and citrus.

The taste is not let down by the aroma. Pine and citrus dominate with a subtle sweet malty backing. The flavors aren't too complex, but they deliver on what they promise.

A nice mild carbonation and lacy body make this one a real drinker. Not as bold and exciting as a lot of stone beers, but a very solid go to beer when in a pinch.

bfields4, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a large chilled mug.

A: Pours golden copper color with a white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight ring behind and very little lacing. Overall, very slightly cloudy.

S: Faint hops

T: Crisp and clean up front with wonderful pine, floral, and grapefruit notes followed by a great bitterness at the end that hangs around on the palate for a while.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp with a clean and lingering bitter finish.

D: ABV is too high for a session beer, but some might like this one so much they drink quite a few anyway. This is a textbook American IPA...and American IPAs rock.

Tromba, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden liquid with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S-Very good nose. Has more of a piney grassy hops character to it. Slight sweet malt finish.

T-Very good crisp IPA. The hops are pronounced thought with a good citrusy and pine flavor to them, the malt backbone could be a touch stronger. Finished dry.

M-Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Creamy, then dry finish.

O-Very good IPA, It helps me get my hp fix when I need one.

DwnTwnBwn, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of skeeordye11
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Fantastic! Beautiful clear golden straw color with a thick tan-white head that slowly falls back into the glass as it's consumed with a great amount of lacing.
S: Citrus and Pine hop aromas dominate the nose on this one with some biscuity malt in the background.
T: Pine and citrus hops predominate the flavor as well. Great hop bitterness that is wonderfully balanced with malt sweetness.
M: Rich, crisp and refreshing are the first 3 words that come to mind.
D: This is one of the best stright up IPAs I have ever had. A very easy drinking IPA. Would go great with some spicy food even just a pizza. Highly, highly recommend this one!

skeeordye11, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear yellow amber. Nice creamy head, sticky white foam lace. Excellent retention!

S: Hop aromas! Nice complex herbal / spice characters.

T&M: First thing that hits the palate is hops, some spice & hops! Herbal and piney tastes too.
Smooth and very creamy. Medium bodied. The balance and complexity of this IPA is outstanding!

Excellent IPA! One of the best.

cdizinno, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of JBmadera
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - finger of white head with a wonderful amber color

S - heavy hop aroma, with some great pine over tones

T - hoppy for sure but not overboard at all, somewhat creamy

M - lite carbonation, and a very full feel

D - YES...oh man, this bomber is going down so easy.

JBmadera, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into Nonic Pint Glass
A - poured a pale golden color, with a pillowy 2 finger thick off-white head. Leaves nice clumpy lacing.

S - Strong smell of floral hops, and some fruity/citrus notes

T - follows the nose but, very strong bittering hops, nice moderate caramel malt background compliments perfectly. Hops are dominating though, along with piney/ grassy notes. grapefruit as well in the taste. Oily hop aftertaste

M - very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation. Fits the style soundly.

D - very drinkable, definitely the best IPA i've ever had so far.

Side Note: i paired this beer with some Pepper Jack cheese and the beer complimented perfectly.

BayouBengal1537, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355ml/12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale (no surprise there) straw colour, with a decent head, however the head fades pretty sharpish. Mild carbonation with fine bubbles.

S - Clear hops, with light fruits. There is definite orange notes, and a lemony sharpness coming through.

T - The first flavours are fruity, predominantly lemon. Then it's all hops, providing a leveled bitterness to the end. The taste is quite earth, and the grassy hops add to this.

M - Quite light and fizzy on the tongue.

D - Far too hoppy for me, to the point of overpowering my taste buds. Not one of the best IPAs that I have tasted.

PartyBear, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a filtered, clear, bubbling light orange color. Head formation is bright white, not strong. Retained in a strong film however.

S - A strong bouquet of american hops, floral, grapefruit, but yet earthy. Some spicy notes as well. Reminds me of some simcoe or amarillo.

T - Starts with only the lightest milisecond of a malt note which is immediately bombed by an outright bitter finish. Comes across very dry, some alcohol warming. American hops dominate the mid-stream, more earthy than the nose. Finishes with a mega flourish of bitter bite, dry, and lots of hop character. Grassy at times.

M - The dry overly fermented style bites the tongue pretty hard - causing a mouthfeel on the thin side. Carbonation bite is light. Aftertaste is mega oily from the hops.

D - Moderately drinkable - the abv is pretty potent for the style, and the hop attack is just a bit wearing to be a sessionable beer.

I'd have to go ruination for my hop fix from Stones.

katan, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum.

Golden pour with a nice, thick white head, which laced and lasted well. Great citrus and floral hop aroma combined with some sweeter caramel malts. Wow, full on grapefruit in the flavour produces a hop explosion in the mouth. Even with the hop profile a little past its peak this beer still produces big time, resulting in pretty high bitterness. It actually still tastes really fresh to me (because of the dominance of the hops, and there's a nice resin aftertaste. Thankfully, the flavour is nicely balanced by caramel malts (what a classic combo grapefruit and caramel has become!). Medium body, with a prickly mouthfeel which helps to accentuate the bitterness.

bobsy, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

damn. the aroma came to me as soon as the bottle cap, i was removed i got hit by a hop train.
pale color with a thick thick frothy head.
sweet floral hoppy aroma, not much else from the smell.
have to say the first thing i realized was how smooth it is. the taste is of hops. must say the lacing is phenomenal and the head kind of holds its own. this beer is wonderful. i am new to IPAs, this being the first i ever reviewed and the first that i really really concentrated on analyzing it. from what i heard i was expecting overwhelming flavor, maybe too much for my young palate to be able to appreciate quite yet, but it was just right.
my first stone. must say i look forward to trying many more.
Today, i join the hophead club.

JordonHoltzman, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick ass white heading. Lacing rings stick around to the bitter end.

Smell is probably the most floral thing I have ever whiffed upon.Some fruitiness but it is no match for this ridiculously hopped aroma.

Taste is again extremly hopped leaves some sweetness to detect from malts but again smashed down by the overpowering hoppiness.

Mouth is medium bodied with great carbonation finishes clean and green.

Drinkability is good but I don't think this is a good session beer a bit to hoppy for my liking for a good session (heartburn even).

TheFightfan1, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Walker8810
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a beautiful light copper color with an inch of light airy foam.

Aroma: huge citrusy hop nose. i have yet to come across a beer that caputures the essence of fresh hops like this one does. magnificent.

Taste: wonderfully bitter with slightly malty undertones. the hops dominate, as they should.

Mouthfeel: smooth

Drinkability: too good. even at 7% abv, they're easy to drink. i may get in trouble w/ too many of these.

Overall: easily the best IPA i've ever had. like hop flowers in a glass.

Walker8810, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of greengorilla
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a light golden color with a one finger thick white head with excellent lacing to the end of the glass.

The smell just knocked me out. It just makes my mouth water. The floral hops smell was incredible.

The taste followed the smell. It was hops from start to finish with a hint of pine in there somewhere.

The mouthfeel was very good too. This beer is incredibly drinkable period, but insane for a 6.9% abv. I was only planning on having one, but couldn't stop.

This is a great beer. I think it is the best IPA that I have had.

greengorilla, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a golden amber with a 1 inch white head. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Very strong hops with a bit of citrus. Very pleasant aroma with a hint of pine.

Taste: Very strong hops up front. Very nice bitter citrus flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinakbility. Too bad the handle on my 6 pack broke while I was checking my mail, breaking all but one of these bad boys. I'll definitely be buying more.

Overall: I'd rate this very high. One of the best IPAs I've ever had.

adam42381, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, one inch head, orangey light brown coloring, not overly carbonated, great looking bottle with the definition, really nice.

s- not overly strong, wafts of grapefruit, pine, spice.

t- soo tasty, spicy, tangy, traditional grapefruit rind and pine but kicked up a notch, with a great backbone of caramel malt.

m- medium body.

d- so drinkable, easily one of the best ipa's i've ever had, am definately planning on buying some more to stock the fridge up, i could session this almost too easily.

this is the perfect beer for my 50th review!!!

thecarster1, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold with perfect lacing and a perfect head that remains throughout.

S: This cask had Amarillos added to it and even the most novice of beer drinkers can smell them immediately. Fruity notes as well as herbs.

T: Hop spice up front. The beautiful thing about this cask is that by adding the Amarillos another dimension was added without obliterating the other flavors.

M: Bubbly and happy. You will feel and taste the Amarillo hops for some time after this beer is finished.

D: I marked the drinkability down half a point on this because I am not sure if I would want to drink Amarillo hops all evening.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 27, 2009
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,770 ratings.