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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

9,198 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,198
Reviews: 2,798
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 261
Gots: 1,226 | 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 BBP
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A honey gold color with fair carbonation and a massive foamy head.

S- Pine resin, citrus and hops. Not much malt to be found.

T- Leads with bitter hops and then becomes bittersweet as a grapefruit flavor begins to rush in. Leaves a very good grapefruit aftertaste. I've never been much of a grapefruit fan, but I'm starting to think that beer will make me one. A bit more hops than the average IPA.

M- Medium high body and a carbonation that goes perfect with it. Fairly creamy as well.

D- A very solid example of an IPA. To be honest, it's working it's way towards a double IPA. Very easy to down, and considerably hoppy. Would definitely get it again. More grapefruity than most though.

BBP, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops, but is a little bit faint. I get some orange citrus, pine and flowery notes. The flavor is more assertive, with notes of pithy oranges and some caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and just about right for a regular American IPA. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A very good IPA.

Mora2000, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight touch of haze in this deep yellow brew with bright orange hints throughout. Pretty fluffy head that reduces as expected, but manages to stick around a while. More of a floral secondary to citrusy hop notes in the nose. There's a good bit of hops in the nose and the taste. There's quite a bit of bready malts coming through as well. More of a citrus forward taste leaning toward grapefruit with only hints of pine. I found this to be very well balanced (what can I say, I like lots of hops.) Certainly finishes cleaner than Stone's bigger beers, but is great for the style. Not my favorite of the style, but right up there with the best of them.

alkemy, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a chilled pint glass. A moderate pour gives a nice 1" of frothy off-white head on top of this semi-cloudy golden brew. The smell is a strong resiny pine hop, some mild florals and a bit of sweet light malt. The taste has an interesting body of tannins and a secondary malt sweetness that support a moderate dose of the sticky pine and florals detected in the smell. The earthy astringent tannin and bitter hop blend well together, tieing the body cleanly to the hop for a rounded full taste. The feel is perhaps a bit on the light side of moderately thick, with appropriate soft carbonation. Tasty. Lace lingers on the glass through the session.

BeerNinja007, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light amber color with extreme head formation. Be careful when you pour this one!

S: This beer smells wonderful. Sweet malt and flowery hops mix together perfectly.

T: I expected the hops to be the main player, but the first drink taught me differently. The malt is very sweet on the front of your tongue, then the hops go to work. Nicely done, Stone Zen Masters.

M: Silky smooth malt and just the right level of carbonation. No alcohol burn at all.

D: Extremely enjoyable. Very easy to drink.

Spica66, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of infi
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, best by 10.10.10.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a pale golden color full of carbonation with a beautiful off-white and cloud-like head with generous retention. Lots of foamy and sticky webbed lacing all over the glass too. My glass is completely covered by the dried lacing- I'm loving it. The aroma contains a large bouquet of earthy hops and sharp grapefruit citrus. There's a sort of soapy characteristic to the smell as well. Standard IPA aroma overall.

Very nice. Stone IPA is incredibly hop and malt-balanced. The flavor profile begins with some sweet and bready malts and then is followed by a nice hop crispness and grapefruit bite. The final bitterness is very minute and not as biting as other IPA's I've previously had. All of the qualities in this IPA are very well represented and perfectly balanced.

The mouthfeel is perfect, especially for an IPA. It's visually effervescent, but on the mouth it's incredibly smooth and silky. Almost like a porter or stout. The carbonation is barely noticeable on the tongue. Drinkability is noticeably high - definitely can have a couple more glasses of this delectable IPA. My first glass was finished in a matter of minutes due to its incredible taste and mouthfeel. This IPA is underrated!

infi, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slight hazed golden body topped with a thick frothy antique whited head. The head retains its position for quite some time before receding. Thick sheets of lacing left coating the inner walls of the nonic.

Strong citrus aroma oozes from the glass. Tangelo and grapefruit scents overwhelm the nose. There is a very fine line when it comes to hop aroma between being pleasing and just too much. Once you cross that like the overwhelming citrus begins to evolve into something far from what it is suppose to be. Stone IPA manages to find that sweet spot where the aroma is intense while still pleasant.

If the aroma was great the flavor is incredible. The hop flavor is bright and juicy with an underlying biting bitterness. The strong citrus flavors meet a more subtle pine bite to even out the hop profile from becoming too sweet or too bitter. Malt creates a sturdy base with a pleasant pale malt with a light caramel malt sweetness. One way to ruin a good IPA is to go overboard with the caramel malt, Stone definitely keeps this is check.

Medium body with a smooth and clean texture. A resiny biting bitterness does dig in but the finish is still rather dry and pleasant.

Stone IPA is one of the best I have had the pleasure of enjoying. In my book it falls only behind Two Hearted amongest American IPA's. Tremendously enjoyable and easy to drink.

kzoobrew, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops (pineapple/grapefruit), sweet malt, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, and slight yeast. Overall, good standard APA - nothing flashy.

Tone, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Review from notes on 9/4*

A: Hazy deep honey color with an average white head. Pretty good lacing

S: Strong pine hops. Pretty much just raw aromatic hops in the nose.

T: Straight up bitter hops. Resiny. Intense pine hop rips up the palate. There is a touch of citrus flavors after the initial bitter hop bomb, but its hardly there. Finishes crisp and pretty clean. For how bitter it is, you'd think its very dry, but thats not the case here.

M: Light to medium body. Average carbonation. Very slick feeling probably from all the hop oils.

D: Drinkability is average at best for me, I personally prefer some malt and or tropical fruit flavors in my IPAs, but the malt was really lacking. Definition of a West coast IPA for sure.

herman77, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium golden hue. Pretty heavy carbonation clings to the sides of the glass. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly leaving plenty of sticky residue behind and nice little craters and peaks. Lots of spider web lacing remains as you drink.

S: Very piny, a little yeast, and a bit of a floral note.

T: Lightly malted and very hoppy.

M: Light but full. Hops assault the palette and linger throughout the experience. Steely aftertaste.

D: The hop bite will dictate sippage on this one.

Atmosphere is pretty great. Appearance is rich and golden with a giant foamy head that just won't quit. Plenty of persistent sticky lacing. Nose is not complex, but full and floral. Flavor, again, not complex, but full-on hop assault. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I meant to grab a bottle of Ruination, but grabed a bottle of the Stone IPA, oh well let's give it a shot. Pours out of the bottle golden in color, nice head 1-2 fingers. The head disapears after a few miutes, nice lacing. The smell is wounderful. The hops are INTENSE, but have another sip it keeps growing on you. This is a very hoppy IPA, nice finish, hardly any trace of malt flavor. If you like IPA's and a beer heavy on the hops you have found your beer.

beyah, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orange-gold with only the faintest haze to it, almost no carbonation. Very little head with no retention, and some sticky lacing. Nose opens up with grapefruit and pineapple. Settles into west coast style aroma hoppiness...Flavor is burting out of the gate. Very full and rich for an IPA. Some alcohol in there, and it carries throughout the flavor, but isn't too much. Hops are huge here, and overpower almost all else. Some hints of candied apple, and maybe some vanilla but it's masked amidst the wash of hops. Finish is long and bitter in a good way. Priced well usually, so this is great everyday beer. However, it's the epitome of a West Coast IPA and not super unique at this point.

SolomonGrundy, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of UncleDads
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Medium brown color with two finger head. Lots of lacing with great head retention all the way down.

Smells of hops with a subtle hint of flowers and fruit. Really awakens your senses.

Taste starts out smooth at first then you are hit with the bitterness. You get a hint of malt and subtle alcohol flavors really bring this beer together.

This is a very drinkable IPA. There is just the right balance of hops, malt, and fruity notes. Great brew and will surely be having this again when i crave an IPA

UncleDads, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Two finger tight white head. Slightly cloudy golden body. Impressive lacing left behind, and really nice retention.

The nose is filled with a sour dough like bread scent then piney hops, and a hint of citrus. The sourdough bread scent is a little too much for me.

Taste exhibits the same sour dough like bread note, then piney notes, resin bitterness, and a hint of grapefruit citrus.

The mouthfeel is light well carbonated, and crisp. Balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness.

Super drinkable IPA, and a favorite of mine, especially in terms of availability.

billshmeinke, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A nice thick head sips atop a clear yellow beer, leaning towards gold, with faint bubbles rising upward. I have high hopes for this beer, but they are not met by the appearance.

S: Strong hops. And more hops. There may even be a faint citrus in here. Unless my nose is right in it, I don't smell very much. What is there is nice however.

T: Thick and bready, the hops provide all the substance for this beer, but with a faraway, underlying malt frame that is all but obscured. Heavy and sharp on the tongue, these are some spicy hops. The aftertaste is drying (but not dry) and interminably hoppy.

M: The hops dominate the initial and final mouthfeel. The midfeel is biscuity.

D: I feel the Stone IPA is overrated. It's a good beer, but not amazing. The hops are fun for a while, but too violent in the beginning of each sip. The 6.9% tells. I wouldn't buy another, but you should try just one.

AgentMunky, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a cloudy golden body with a large chunky head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving white splotches on top. Some really nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: A blast of hops as well as some pine and grapefruit. Also a little bit of malt on the back. Really nice and strong, expected from Stone.

T: A lot of hop flavor on this one! A nice combination of spice and a grassy/earthy component. The hops are nicely balanced by the malts.

M/D: Creamy and smooth, very easy drinking. A great IPA that I could drink everyday.

mdaschaf, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light gold with a solid sustaining head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is very citrusy with a hint of caramel. Really nice hop bitterness comes through, leaving a solid aftertaste as well. Malt is not really apparent in the flavor, which is perfect for my taste. Imo, this is pretty much the paradigmatic west coast IPA: hoppy and delicious.

Baraka, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

We'll see how long it takes me to die during the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender. My guess is not much longer. This co-defendant pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam, complete with a decent amount of etch-style lacing. The nose comprises plenty o' pine, grapefruit, honeydew, and rich toffee. The taste dilutes the pine up front in a wash of grapefruit, followed by a nice smattering of toffee, but then, in the finish, the pine returns for some always-enjoyed vengeance. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry and crisp finish. Overall, a very nice, easy-drinkin' IPA. Get some!

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured an amber/gold color wit ha frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention to it and it also left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma is not surprisingly hoppy. It's floral with a good amount of pine and citrus coming through. Some notes of grapefruit and orange come through in the citrus flavors. A little bit of earthy spice comes through in the hops as well.

The taste has a big grapefruit, pine, citrus, hoppiness to it. More of a dry bitterness starts to come through in the finish with more pine and grapefruit. It has a bit of an earthy spice to it as well as a bit of malt sweetness coming through. Very nice IPA overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it's a very well made and flavorful beer. it has a very nice and bright hoppiness to it that is very nice. All that said, for my personal taste I slightly prefer more of the tropical hoppy flavors in an IPA. That doesn't diminish how well made this beer is though at all.

billab914, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Gold pour with ivory white head. Aroma is heavy pine, a whole coniferous forest's worth. Some sweetness too slightly citrusy or some pineapple. Taste is definately piney and grapefruit with an extra bitter finish. Good sparkling mouthfeel with a bitter dry taste.

Luk13, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark gold/light amber with a nice white head. Lively aromas of citrusy hops and caramel malts. On the palate this beer becomes positively electric. Lots of orange citrus and (to a lesser extent) pine resin jump right out in front and later linger long on the finish. In between these hop bursts, the mid palate is noticeably sweeter, with honey and caramel flavors. I pick up some floral and grassy notes as it warms. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation; a definite palate cleanser that will stand up to any food under the sun and is a pleasure to drink.

droomyster, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow in color with a hint of orange and a touch of haze. Decent white head that reduces to a healthy white cap and leaves a trail of sticky lacings on the glass. Soft floral aroma with hints of orange and a faint hint of pine. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Like the aroma, floral hoppy flavor with orange in the beginning, a brief sweet malty taste, and a hint of pine at the finish. Nice clean finish that raises the drinkability points as you have a hard time keeping the glass down.

IronLover, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of argock
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice treat on-tap and it went well with my Thai chicken curry with its floral, citrus and spicy hoppiness and robust pale and light caramel malt backbone. Still, though it has been surpassed by many, it still remains a standard bearer for the style.

argock, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/08/10. I guess the freshness is pretty good for grabbing it at Giant Eagle.

A- A more yellow take on an IPA than many others. This beer is only moderately clouded by chill haze. A nice, big white head rises up and holds. Lacing is quite intense.

S- Nice and strong smelling. I am catching little wafts of oranges as it sits next to me on the desk. A closer inspection reveals a nice floral note going on. Nice strong pine that is very west-coast/Stone. A nice classic, fresh, hoppy smell.

T- Not too bitter, but slightly more bitter than most other breweries' year round IPA. Mostly pine but there is a lot of orange and grapefruit.

This beer does live up to how good everyone says it is.

MbpBugeye, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of JamisonM
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice classic bright orange color off white head fairly clear

S: citrus grapefruit orange

T: citrus grapefruit orange drys out the tongue fairly decent hop bite finishes clean makes you want to take another drink

M: light to med mouth with med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

Overall: one of the classic American IPA's one of the first craft beers I ever had about 5 years ago. Great stuff!

JamisonM, Aug 19, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,198 ratings.