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

9,371 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,371
Reviews: 2,812
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,337 | FT: 5
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of aasher
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the final beer of my Stone "kick". This beer pours a thin burnt gold with a one finger white head. The aromas are of bitter pine. It's nothing I haven't seen before. The flavors are of pine and grapefruit, yet both bitter and sweet. The malt kind of becomes rather prevalent after a few sips and gives it a moderate amount of sweetness. This beer drinks between light and medium with a very, very dry finish. I hate dry finishes. I'm not a fan of induced cotton mouth and this beer brings it. It's unfair to this one that I compare it to Ruination and their 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA but this one doesn't hold a candle to either. The cotton mouth is a little much and it isn't as complex as their other aforementioned IPAs. This beer is pretty average in my opinion, as far as IPAs go.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip. Best by: 03/29/2011.

A: It pous a clear, bright orange color with a finger and a half of pure white head that holds well and leaves decent lacing.

S: Heavy orange, lemon, honey, and floral hops.

T: More delicious and juicy citrus, caramel, honey, a little hay, and mild hoppiness.

M: It has a perfectly carbonated medium body with a thirst-quenching finish.

D: This is another wonderful citrus-forward IPA. It's one of my favorites.

Photo of AdamBear
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-thick dark gold with a thick and foamy off-white head. some lacing.

S-the second i started to break the seal, i could smell those grassy hops. it has a bold scent of stale grass smelling hops. smells wonderful and strong!

T-comes in with a wonderfully strong hit of grassy yet citrusy hops. has almost an orange flavor to it. transforms in to a really great and clean bitterness. the after-taste is really citrusy and great as well. this is an instant classic. i love this taste so much. it has so many layers of quality to it.

M-great creamy and medium carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-wow i could drink this all night long. you know, i've seen this beer so many times and always passed it up because it was always there no matter where i was, i never had a sense of urgency to buy it. i regret turning my back to this beer for so long. this is amazing! i love it! it has a perfect ABV as well. i hope to have this again and again!

Photo of dali27
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into pint glass.

A: A nice rich amber color. Beautiful haziness, I love the way an unfiltered beer looks. Thick head that stays around through whole glass.

S: Strong, pungent hops aroma which I can smell without getting anywhere near the glass. I almost feel like the fresh hops are sitting in front of me. Really strong and amazing.

T: The taste is so incredibly hoppy that it is overwhelming to me. That being said, I cannot fault what is obviously an outstanding beer, because of my naive pallette. The taste is very complex to me even with nothing but hops coming through. Very bitter in the way that you want it to be.

M: This beer feels nice in the mouth. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

D: I can see how this can be easily drinkable for someone who wants this much hops in their beer. It definitely wasn't hard to put this one back. For me personally, it's not very drinkable because I think that it might be too much for me at this time. Again, I will not subtract from the quality because of my personal taste.

I am really happy to have been able to try what is so widely regarded as one of he best ipa's out there. I am going to put this on my list to re-review when the time comes.

Photo of Janderson91
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 03/20/11 printed on the bottle. Consumed on 02/09/11.

A - Pours a beautiful clear gold. White 2 finger head with large bubbles. Leaves incredible lacing. Beautiful beer.

S - Smell is all hops. Citrusy, grapefruity. Great stuff. Very west coast.

T - Starts off nice and balanced. When you attempt to swallow, your tongue is bashed with hop bitterness. Nice crisp finish with a slight grapefruit aftertaste. More balanced than Ruination. Very good.

M - Mouthfeel is right on for the style. Medium with good carbonation. Leaves the bitterness for just long enough.

D - Drinkable because of the nice bitter finish and because it tastes so darn good.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale, brownish-gold color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Powerful, citrusy hop aromas dominate here. This is definitely a West Coast IPA...

Taste: This is some intense hoppy flavor... Strong citrusy, piney, and herbal hops dominate the entirety of this beer. There is a slight sweetness to it as well but it's mostly lost in the hoppiness. This is a true American IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice bite to it. Fairly refreshing for an IPA.

Drinkability: A truly excellent IPA. While its intense hoppiness makes it a bit of a sipping beer, it is still a pleasure to drink. Anyone who has tried Stone's other offering should, to some degree, know what to expect from this beer. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out.

Photo of BennyL1
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently picked up a single of this, best by date of 3/3/11

A - Brew pours a nice golden color with a bit of cloudiness. A good amount of foamy white head also presents itself. Nice lacing along the glass as well.

S - Strong pine aroma greets the nose up front. Some floral notes in there as well with a tinge of malt.

T - Both citrus and pine hops up front with a nice malt background. A bit of biscuit character in there too, a nice and balanced IPA.

M - Medium bodied, smooth throughout with a dry finish. Carbonation is right where it should be.

D - Solid offering from Stone and a good take on the style. If you're an IPA fan, its worth giving this one a shot.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had the IPA many times in a bottle, but have found myself at a local bar with it on tap, and my computer in front of me so...

Appearance: Great dark golden colored body, nice amount of translucency. The head dissipates quickly, but there is great lacing. A very "typical" American IPA.

Smell: Great hop profile on the nose (after all, it is Stone). Lots of citrus and some fruity esters but a prevalent bitterness regardless. Little malty balance, but definitely hop forward.

Taste: Great balance of hops here, along with the sweet malt body; makes for a very well balanced IPA. , Relatively dry finish, but not oppressive, simply a pleasant IPA. I get some yeasty notes towards the end of the taste, but pretty minor (tap line issue possibly?).

Mouthfeel: Smooth, semi-dry, and not thick in the slightest. This is a really great American IPA, a really great presentation of the style, especially a "SoCal IPA."

Drinkability: Very high! Truly great beer with a lot of elements working in it's favor!

Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a billowing head and good lacing.

S: Aroma is primarily pineney with citrus and a trace of sweetness.

T: Initially has a mild malt sweetness then moves to a nice tangy bitterness with a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp and refreshing. Well Balanced.

D: Very solid IPA.

Photo of scottfrie
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a clean light amber with a big, fluffy, off-white head that slowly receded into an oily film that left chunks of rocking lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of grapefruit and citrus scented hops with just a touch of sweet grainy malt underneath.
T: Grapefruit dominates again but the taste is sweeter than the nose suggested, almost honey or agave like, with a touch of fruit nectar thrown in as well. Finish is full of sweet malt and the aftertaste has a really good bitter punch.
M: Viscous mouthfeel over a medium-thick body and low carbonation.
D: A very drinkable IPA full of fresh hop flavor. This is pretty much an archetype beer with nothing really wrong with it. Cheers to Stone yet again!

Photo of JMad
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass...

It's color was light copper, with a pillowy white head that stuck around and left some nice lacing.

There is a strong pine aroma, lot's of grapefruit and some sweet malt.

The taste is strong and bitter all over, mostly pine resin and citrus.

This beer is medium bodied, and has a solid dry finish.

This is overall one of the most solid IPA's, you can never go wrong with this one.

Photo of mckeowbc
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored, slightly cloudy with a lot of foamy white head. Leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.
S - Lots of piney hop smell in the nose.
T - Starts a little sweet, but the hops kick in pretty fast. Lots of pine flavor.
M - Mouthfeel is average. It's not full, it's not watery. It's just a beer. The bitterness of the hops does leave almost a dry feeling in you mouth when you're done.
D - I felt that the piney hops were almost over the top. I liked this beer but when I was done with this bottle I was done with this beer for a while. By the end the hop bitterness had gotten old. The citrusy hops in something like Racer 5 IPA don't wear on me near as much.

Photo of whatthehull
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy tangerine, 1 finger head and decent lacing

S - Hops, hops and more hops. Tropical, floral, pine and citrus

T - Hops all the way through BITTER SWEET finish

M - Fluffy, carbonated and an awesome bitter through and through

D - This is your every day IPA, all the way

Final thought - You can get this beer at Disneyland and Angel games. Enough said

Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the bottle at Casey Moore's. Poured into a shaker pint.

Deep orange-gold, like apple juice, with perfect clarity. A sticky one-finger head of pure white recedes to a filmy top layer that leaves jagged walls of lace as it dissipates.

Citrusy yet not bitter grapefruit in the nose, along with lime, pale cracker malt and a tiny bit of honey. Nice balance.

There's the piney bite. Lime, orange peel, caramel, crackers, grass. Not bad, and the bitterness isn't over the top.

High, painful carbonation assaults the tongue and fizzes up the beer a bit. Medium-light body, crisp finish. Smooth yet light.

A decent IPA. Nothing too outstanding, but it seems Stone reserves its crazy side for beers like Ruination and Arrogant Bastard. It's actually refreshing to see some semblance of balance from them in this beer.

Photo of HopMasterFlex
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a classic San Diego IPA. It is crisp and refreshing and has a very good hop profile.great for everyday drinking without draining your bank account.

It pours a light golden color with a 1 finger head with decent lacing. Smells are all hops with a little malt.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with a little malt flavor just as you'd expect.

It has a clean and dry mouth feel at the same time.

Overall, like I said it isn't going to make you drool for more but it is a great goto especially at bars that have bud, coors, miller, bluemoon, and stone ipa. Can't go wrong with it in that situation...

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is slightly hazy and light orange in color. The head is a half inch thick and leaves a formidable sheet of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is bold, with hops soaked in alcohol being the dominant scent. The flavor is very enjoyable and hop forward, with subtle citrus notes. The finish is quite bitter (in a positive sense) and has a warming alcohol sensation to cap the whole thing off. Overall, a very good IPA.

Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a hazy straw yellow with a two finger pure white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, pine, and pine hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, pine, and bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was quite an excellent IPA. This one had a good balanced flavor to it. The caramel in it really seemed to help bridge the gap between sweet and bitter. Also the aroma was quite good as well. A must try for any IPA fan that hasn't had it before.

Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Witherspoon Grill in Princeton, NJ. Reviewed from notes taken.

A: Pours amber in color with a white head (not much as it was poured by a bartender and filled up to the rim of the pint).

S: The nose is very piney, has an oily hop resin scent and some citrus as well.

T: The taste is like the nose, very piney flavor with slight bitters up front and some oily hop resins. It finishes with the bitters that linger throughout.

M: Medium bodied with some nice tingly carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, has nice hop characteristics. A good IPA overall, not the best I've had (really not even close) but a good beer to say the least.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 3/21 into a tulip.

A - standard Bubbly IPA, a bit more clear than expected in the tulip I poured it in but light golden orange. Filtered, not cloudy at all. Decent lacing, OK head retention.

S - Good. Grapefruit and lemons dominate, followed by some grassiness moreso than Pine. Smells dry / Bitter.

T - I read in another review this beer is bitter just enough before I'd state it's harsh, which I agree with. Grapefruit and lemons are there but not as much as the nose would suggest. I got as much biscuit and bready - grainy flavors as I did Grapefruit citrus which was a turnoff. Bitter hops, and a very dry but crisp finish. I feel the Grapefruit - Lemon citrus in this beer is muted. Too much Grain and Bread flavor along with the hops. Best by 3/21. Maybe this is an off batch.

M - Dry, bitter but keeps me looking to take another sip to see what else I can find in this beer. Good but not great. Not a very smooth IPA.

D - See Mouthfeel. Good but not the best I've had of the style.

Not a bad IPA by any means but I won't be buying another sixer of this anytime soon.

Photo of BarrelO
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body, good head with lots of lacing.

S: A huge blast of citrus that I pick up from a mile away.

T: Dominated by lemon/grapefruit citrusy hops. Bitterness stops short of being harsh. Also biscuity malt notes.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly sticky, medium carbonation.

D: An outstanding IPA. A must-try for hopheads.

Photo of cooch69
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA pours a hazy dark yellow with a nice loose one inch head atop.

Scents of citrus become immediatly apparent(lemon mostly and also grapefruit). Then the tatse brings a wave of pine cones in and finishes with soft biscuity pale malts. Pretty hoppy and bitter but not as much as some of their other offerings. The bitterness lingers into the finish but is'nt overpowering.

This is a solid west coaster IPA, a bit more hoppier than I like my beers but it is well crafted none the less.

Photo of Boitnott
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Chimay Goblet, really missing my DFH snifter...

Anyway it pours a pale orange color with a small head, which stays present the whole time. The lacing is excellent. The floral hops come through in the smell, along with a slightly rich sweetness that mixes well to create an amazing olfactory sensation.

The nose of the flavor is of sweet citrus and not much hop presence at first. Tastes similar to orange and maybe a slight bit of lemon. A lingering in the mouth brings out a bit of hops that continue onto the finish, in which they truly dominate. The sweetness is still present in the finish, but more like the bitter aspect of an orange, and less of the sweetness. The hops take over here and last for minutes after the beer goes down. This only serves to further entice the next sip, and the next sip, and so on....

Nice carbonation and the lighter body would make multiples of these enjoyable. I would highly recommend getting a few of these because they would only get better with more of them. I think this would be great anytime of the year. Is Stone capable of producing bad beer? I think not.

Photo of mjsheehan08
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange color with a really fluffy, billowing white head that seems to stay suspended above the beer for the whole beer experience. Lace seems really sticky, individual bubbles are floating towards to the and it doesn't seem super carbonated. 

Piney, and fruity. I can't decide which one is more present, because I am picking up both of them so well. Some earthy notes as well. 

Starts off really piney and grassy with a really good dryness. That taste develops into a really nice malty/bready backbone, which finishes off into a really strong hop oil feel that leaves a really nice lingering aftertaste. 

Like all of the Stone offerings I have had, there is alot of flavor in this beer and it's pretty balanced, mouthfeel is no different. Really balanced, mild IPA mouth feel.  Moderate ABV, and I think if I had this in a 12 oz bottles I could put a bunch away on a tailgate. 

Photo of boyfromthenorth
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK- what is it about this beer that people like so much? Ok, so was at the brewery and man is it cool. One of the coolest in America but this beer was just bitter at the finish. Not balanced, off aroma etc. And, normally when I am at a brewery everything just taste so much better. They have Gardens , FIRE, Water, Fire in Water you name it but I judge a brewery by their IPA and this didn't do it for me. Obviously, 2000 other reviewers disagree but I oh well.

Photo of MayLattimore
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was a nice dark orange with even an aggressive pour got very little head to form. The definition of a nice west coast IPA. The nice citrus with the dense pine smell as well. This was a nice tasting IPA that was more towards the piney side than I would have 1st thought. Some of the off center colored citrus, grapefruit and some hops mostly. Very good. Spicy, citrus and hoppy. Medium bodied with a well paired carb level. A nicely done IPA in taste and feel. A very, very drinkable IPA with some great flavors. A most have for hop-heads.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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