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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

8,164 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,164
Reviews: 2,735
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 186
Gots: 680 | 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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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A three finger wall of solid and dense foam rises above a clear light amber brew. The head is so dense and massive, that it's hard to see the individual bubbles. It just looks like a solid mass of white. Tons of nice crystal lace is left on the glass, and the head shows outstanding retention.

S - Ridiculously oily and dank hops! This has a lot of resiny herbal marijuana notes going on in addition to grapefruit and perfumed pine forest aromas. Smells amazingly fresh, like a big old handful of fresh hops.

T - This is heavily malted underneath the forest if hop goodness. Again, hop oily resin and pot make up the main flavor profile, while a load of extremely bitter grapefruit juice with a spritz of lemon rind keep it a little fruity.

M - Medium bodied, oily, and finely carbonated with a really bitter finish that isn't really dry at all.

D - Good. This is a pretty nice IPA, but I don't think that I like it as much as some other reviewers.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 18:52:41 | More by pmcadamis
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Jedimaster1

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pawtucket Patriot Ale novelty pint glass :)

A: A picturesque golden copper with plenty of bubbles rising to its surface. It also has a soapy white head that dissipates as it is consumed.

S: Hops! Hops! And more Hops! The smell of hops whiffs through the space with a bit of malt to back it up.

T: What can I say. This thing is a wonderful explosion of hops upfront with a bit of malt sweetness to back it up. The hops are not overwhelming, but well balanced for this brew. It is definitely at the forefront and yelling to be heard. But it is not without complexity. A sweet malty citrus sweetness resonates at the end of every sip.

M: This is one smooth beer. There is a little lingering bitterness, but this is a good thing. Plus the hoppy burps make this one a gift that keeps on giving. Well carbonated as well.

D: Although it is 6.9% ABV, this is my session beer of choice. And did I say that it is uber smooth? ;)

This is the quintessential West Coast IPA. A brilliant brew. This is an example of why Stone is one of the utmost brewers in the nation. Great brew and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 07:43:05 | More by Jedimaster1
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden color, pretty clear. Decent head leaves some lacing on glass. Smells very piney, some grapefruit, very floral and sweet smelling. Taste is extremely balanced. Piney, grapefruit notes, very hoppy balanced out by lightly sweet malts, citrusy....terrific. Great mouthfeel. Ridiculously drinkable. Immensely!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 00:58:09 | More by Doomcifer
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, golden color. Small head, Medium amount of lacing.

S = Hops, white pepper, grapefruit.

T = More complex than I expected, pine flavors at first but they quickly give way to more complex citrus flavors followed by a more mellow malt, but finishing with a good bitterness and return of the hops flavors.

M = Medium to light body, good carbonation.

D = A very good choice for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 22:18:52 | More by Traquairlover
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ifixufly

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, golden color that pours with a tight head that lingers into a light lace on the glass.
Excellent overhopped smell and taste. No lingering aftertaste. Awesome beer for just about anything and anytime.
I would recommend this beer to anyone that is able to take on a strong hoppy brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 03:16:49 | More by ifixufly
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jkrich

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "enjoy by 12/23/07" stamped in very small print around the base of the bottle. The etching artwork of the gargoyle certainly gains your attention. The best by date should be more prominent.

This ipa poured a clear, golden color with a small, dissipating head that left nice lacing on the side of the conic glass.

When I opened the bottle, the smell of northwest, piney hops burst from the bottle and continued as I poured the ale into the glass. I thought I was smelling a Christmas tree.

With all of that superior hop flavor, the beer tasted incredibly balanced. Yes, the flavor of spicy hops dominated throughout, but the slightly sweet malt in the background certainly balanced everything nicely. I could still taste the hops on my tongue well after the first taste.

The ale was medium bodied with strong carbonation.

It is somewhat difficult to believe this ipa is 6.9% ABV; it is extremely drinkable. If not for the high ABV, this would be the ultimate session ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 00:02:07 | More by jkrich
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz at the Boise Coop for ~$1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint... still listening to Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Shorter egg shell head that fades to good sticky lacing.... a nice mess of bubbles floats atop a clear straw color body... BTW... big lacing left for the entire glass.

Very noticeable American hops burst from the glass... pine... pineapple and grapefruit... with an endearing flowery portion. Not alot of maltiness to take note of, but thats probably not a bad thing on this one.

Flavor is off the charts!! big bitterness melts seamlessly into the mix of low sweetness and American hop notes.. Actually very hard to pick apart because it is so balanced. Yeasty fruitiness is definately there... Body is lite medium with prickly carbonation... but yummy.

I've had this brew dozens of times ... but never really thought to stop and savor... this is what people are talking about when they say West Coast IPA. Fantastic and remarkably drinkable... I really like bitter beers for the most part, but for some reason, my purchases tend to linger in the bigger body/maltiness range.... but Stone has this one perfected.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 09:47:40 | More by JohnGalt1
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Durge

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light golden brown brew with a thick white head and substantial lacing. An aroma of caramel and sweet pine hops, very appetizing. This is tastey stuff with a bitter hops base that is streaked with candied malt. It has a fine carbonation and a nice full bodied feel.. It's easy drinking but fairly heavily hopped with pine and there is a notable alcohol, but I find it to be a great blend. Another top notch effort from Stone!! IPA lovers definitely will need to try this one and should be pleased.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 04:54:56 | More by Durge
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with a tiny white head. Small bits of lacing down the glass. Exceptional clarity in this beer.
Aromas are all about pine and hops. Not much else sneaks through.
The flavors are bracingly bitter. A real hop bomb with some bready malts sneaking through once in a while.
The mouthfeel is dominated by a refreshing spritzy carbonation.
This is a refreshing beer, easy to drink. 6.9% is well hidden. I got one of these via trade(thanks to jcdiflorio), but I could easily have had another.
This is a beautifully done IPA. If I had to pick one beer as an example of a west coast IPA, this is the one I'd choose.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 17:10:20 | More by kwakwhore
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SargeC

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Powerful, hazy gold color with a frothy and rugged manila colored head.

Smell: Pungent hop aromas that include hints of flowers, citrus and pine.

Taste: The hoppiness is less than expected. But, the hop flavor is bold and set the brew apart from others. The complex hop flavors sit atop a nice clean malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Perfect balance of dryness for an IPA.

Drinkability: Excellent IPA. Bold and hoppy, but maintains accessibility and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 08:32:14 | More by SargeC
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xare

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I've had this beer before but I just never wrote it down or recorded my thoughts on it. Appears to be a hazy light orange color with a white head that goes away pretty fast.

Smells like pine needles and hops, which is actually quite pleasing. The taste is that of spicy hops, pine needles, and citrus scents combined to create this odd amalgamation of flavors.

Definitely has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced, especially for an IPA. Goes down smooth but still pokes at you on its way down. Quite easy to drink but for some reason it doesn't feel very drinkable. I'll give it another try and see if the drinkability improves at another time.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA and one that I would definitely drink a lot of if I could acquire a stash of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 03:19:24 | More by xare
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber
Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small head that seemed to dissipate, but it did leave a little lacing.
Aroma of citrus and piney hops and a nice malt backbone.
Taste was of honey and carmel biscuits, the malt profile was great. I wasn't overwhealmed by the mix of pine, citrus and the floral flavors from the hops, I like the attempt at the complexity, but the complexity came through better in the malt.
Great creamy mouthfeel, smooth and well carbonated.
I could definatly drink one of these every so often, just not my favorite as the style goes.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 18:23:26 | More by mnstorm99
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rxdrewthejew

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, amber with more orange tinge in the middle. A bubbly one finger head leaving a bit of film and plenty of lacing.

S: Plenty of Stone's trademark citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with floral and citrus as well as a touch of sweetness, but finishes with a strong bitter blast as it moves towards the back of your tongue. Good balance but enough kick to please the hop lovers.

MF: Smooth and crisp with a mild carbonation bite. Well masked alcohol. Somewhat dry and the bitterness hangs around for quite some time.

D: I'm still more partial to their Tuination IPA, but this is clearly an IPA for hopheads. The hops aren't overpowering, though, so this can be enjoyed by all. This beer is better in the summer as it's quite refreshing, but with it being as cold as it is, maybe time to put it away for the winter...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 07:12:39 | More by rxdrewthejew
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mhaugan

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a ton but never reviewed it. This past weekend I went to King's Fish House at the Tempe Marketplace and was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap. Came in a shaker pint that had not been frozen before filling. The color is a light amber, not as rich as say a DIPA but nor should it. The aroma is hoppy, flowery and slightly herbal. The flavor is somewhat sweet along with citrus and hops. The drinkability is wonderful for an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2007 15:19:20 | More by mhaugan
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drseamus

New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a very amber, almost orange color. It was topped with a white head that fell quickly. The body isn't perfectly clear but is extremely bright. The aroma is filled with pine, citrus, and malt, exactly like a west coast IPA should be. The flavor is pretty heavy with pine and backed up with citrus. I personally prefer the citrus to dominate the pine but this is good. The balance in this beer is perfect. This is a classic west coast IPA everything is great.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 03:23:16 | More by drseamus
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blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Perfect serving for apprciation.
Look: Golden yellow, small head after pooring. Disapered in two minutes.
Nose: trong pine and citrus.
Taste: Bitter hops and citrus/pine flavor (mixed with nose?). Medium bodied. Long and excellent aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 02:36:42 | More by blaje
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hiikeeba

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours up yellow gold with a creamy head. It is a bit hazy.
S - Piney hops are pronounced, but not overwhelming
T - Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness, swiftly replaced with hop bitterness that finishes at the back of the throat. Nice balance.
M - Moderately full bodied, thanks to the carbonation.
D - A very well made beer that could blow out your palate after three or so. But a 22 oz bottle is a perfect serving.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 00:40:42 | More by hiikeeba
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and golden in color with a small but fluffy white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose.

Taste: First taste is all citrusy hops. As the beer settles some malt backs up the bitterness and finishes with a sharp hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable and not overbearing. This is probably the standard for an American IPA

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 22:33:25 | More by Riggsy
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad ipa but also not an amazing one. Everything is here but its not knock your socks off good. The color is warm golden tint with a nice thick head. The smell is citrusy and a little hoppy but not very heavy or offensive. The taste is layered, starting with mild citrus and ending with that typical IPA hops and bitterness. A good combination but nothing fantastic. Better then most IPA's but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 02:21:36 | More by jbphoto88
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orangedive

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Coppery-gold. As clear as a top quality flat-screen TV.

Smell - Good. Hoppy. A little hint of citrus but the hops overpower most of it.

Taste - Excellent. It's incredibly balanced. I'm getting a little hint of coffee and more citrus than from the smell. A perfect amount of bitterness and hops. I could give this beer to my girlfriend confident it wouldn't crush her with bitterness. But the bitterness is still there--just very subtly.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth. Great. Can't think of better adjectives to describe the mouthfeel. Wonderful. Soft. Gentle but firm with my tastebuds--excellent.

Drinkability - If it weren't for the strong hop flavor, I would swear this is a "session" beer. Very easy to drink. Dangerously easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 02:08:22 | More by orangedive
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Overlord

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I never got around to reviewing this, what I consider to be my "baseline" IPA, until now.

Pours a coppery orange/amber color. Two inch white head. Smells of pine, citrus, and maybe a hint of floral.

Taste is largely hops, with some sweeter citrus flavors mixed in, a bit of pine, and just a tad of malt. Not nearly as malty as most DIPAs, or even other nearby breweries offerings (wipeout IPA comes to mind).

Delicious, always refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 01:10:21 | More by Overlord
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zerofear13

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this bottle from Community Beverage in Queens. They don't have too many Stone's, so I grabbed whatever I could. This brew poured into a pint glass a very murky copper gold, with a nice one and a half inch thick head. The head was very foamy and creamy, not just bubbly air. The brew itself does not look too appetizing, however, it smells wonderful. Smells of delicious hops, malts, and maybe fruits. The taste is heavenly. Not nearly as bitter and unbearable as other "strong IPAs." Great balance of hops and malts, and fruit notes. And the feel, it is wonderfully velvety smooth. Overall, if this were more readily available, I'd be on it all day. Easily one of the best brews I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 23:24:59 | More by zerofear13
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Opethsprite

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 04:32:53 | More by Opethsprite
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wheelinshirt

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had what i think was an older bottle, enjoy by date was barely readable, i think it said 7/02/07. Color was a beautifully clear amber gold with thick creamy white head that laced the glass very well. Not really much smell as the hops have diminished over time. Taste was good and hoppy, grassy and piney but balanced by the sweetness of the malt. As badass as Stone tries to be, this beer is obviously well crafted and beautifully balanced. Body was medium and carbonation was just right, slid right down the throat. Could drink a couple of these, will definately re-review again with a fresher bottle to really experience the hop-punch-in-the-face smell.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 23:24:54 | More by wheelinshirt
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metallistout

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Love the stencils on Stone bottles.

Pours an amber color with a nice thick head.

Smells very hoppy, like a botanical garden or something.

Probably one of the strongest (in a good way) IPA's I have tasted. Damn good. I have had The RUINATION, and that is a little stonger, but not by much.

This beer is not for a beginner. If you do not like hops, or even like beers with medium hop character then stay away. This is only for the people with the craving for a well hopped beverage, which includes me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 03:01:43 | More by metallistout
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,164 ratings.