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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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8,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,712
Reviews: 2,771
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 232
Gots: 979 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of BaltimoreMike
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall it is a very good beer, BUT it's pretty pricey. Don't know what the price is where you live, but for me it was being sold for $9.99 in the same place that was selling Sierra Nevada for $6.99, and honestly I don't think Stone is $3 better than Sierra Nevada. Like I said though it is a very good beer, great taste, extremely hoppy, which is what I want in an IPA, great mouth feel and color, overall extremely well done. It's just the price that gets me. If I'm paying that much for a 6, honestly I expect something more.

Great flavor and hoppy taste, but not liking the price tag.

BaltimoreMike, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I observed was the cool looking green gargoyle bottle. Poured from that into my snifter. Golden pale color, moderate head disippating into a light layer over the brew. Smelled like hop-a-mania, very nice. The taste was even more hops, hops and hops. I agree with a few other reviewers - kind of one dimensional. Although a good dimension. Mouthfeel and drinkability were average for the style. When I'm in the mood for hops I could go for this one for sure.

rdub, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Douglas14
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Phenomenal. It pours a magnificently clear pale color with an awesome head that leavs great lace and has pretty good retention. The aroma and flavor have one of the cleanest, most pure hop flavors I have experienced. It has a nice bitterness to it, which is balanced nicely with a slight maltiness. I could drink this beer all day/ night long. Perfectly balanced. Awesome.

Douglas14, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had an Orval, and then because of its hoppiness, went to my cellar for a Stone IPA.

Pours almost clear amber, with a wee head that goes away in no time.

Smells of hay and brown sugar.

Definitely a strong hop taste, and bitter grapefruit, but with a little sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost creamy, but low carbonation.

At 6.9 percent, you can have a few, but it is a little one dimensional with its hop focus.

Beerenauslese, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

stone ipa looks good out of the bottle great straw/orange color with good lacing... after that everything is just a bit above average the smell and taste is ok and drinkable.. it is smooth and a good beer ... but i think it is overrated. the hops are bitter/weak and the pine, grapefruit, and citrus aromas are just not there as i would expect from a" legendary" IPA. this is still a decent IPA...just not one i would keep on rotation.. but still try it if you can find it

gatornation, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle

A: pours a light amber with moderate head and laceing.

S: smells like fresh cut pine with a little coppery hint

T: starts with a slight maltiness, fallowed by a rich and refreshing pine flavor, ending with a light hoppy bitterness

M: smooth with minimal fizz, but not flat at all

D: Pretty good

lonestar1836, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It has a decent head with a nice bit of lace. There wasn't much of a scent.

It has a nice citrus taste, fairly sweet. No after taste, it's easy on the palette. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a good beer, but it's kind of weak for an IPA.

Amalak, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Catalyst in Fort Collins.

Pours a pale golden orange color with great clarity but almost no head.

Aroma is subtle until I find enough room in the glass to swirl some head to life. Great hoppy smells that one expects from a West coast IPA.

Flavor is very hoppy yet balanced. Fruity and spicy in equal measures. Floral quality to it as well. Grapefruit and citrus come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good with medium body, light carbonation, and not too much burn from the bitterness. Drinkability is very good for the style.

I enjoyed this one from the bottle more perhaps because it was fresher. Either way, it's both smooth and drinkable without being boring. Still not as good as Ruination. I look forward to finding that on draught some day!

GilGarp, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the pour on this beer was simply amazing. The sun was shining directly into the glass, so the beer was a hazy saffron yellowish...a brilliant orange. Easily one of the coolest colors I have ever seen in an IPA. The head appeared creamy and white at about 1/4" thick, but dissipates to form a gracious sheet over the surface. There was good lacing left in the glass.

Needless to say, this brew smells hoppy! A great pungent aroma, and maybe slightly musty. In addition to all of the hops there is a nice malt profile...lends a mellowness.

By all means this is a pretty bitter beer. No if ands or buts here, there is plenty of lemon zest to go around. The citrusy notes are complimented by loads of pine.

A medium bodied beer that fully coats the mouth. It is remarkably smooth and creamy for such a bitter IPA. There is a nice drying on the finish.

This beer is highly drinkable...its just so smooth. The bitterness is great and what I look for in an IPA. Damn shame the beer was gone well before I had finished my review. Guess that means its time for round 2.

ncstateplaya, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Imsothirsty
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance and color, just what you would expect from a quality IPA
Aroma: Wonderful, very piney hops, and even a little bit floral I would say
Taste: Better than I would expect from an average IPA, but I just cant quite taste the Hops they way I can smell them in this beer. Maybe my tongue is broken from too much Ruination.
Overall an excellent beer, hoppy to the core, a very solid IPA

Imsothirsty, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small head of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and pine resin. The taste like the aroma with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a nice IPA. It doesn't really stand out from most other IPAs, but it is bold and flavorful which is enough for my liking.

KarlHungus, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy amber color with a large, rocky white head. Scattered lacing throughout the glass.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and grassy notes. Rather mild for an IPA, but quite nice.

T - Sweet on the tongue to start with mild citrus and breadiness. Bitterness takes over after that, leading to a dry finish with a serious alcohol kick. I was surprised by the ethanol - it seems much more noticable than in other 7% IPAs I've had.

M - Somewhat thick but smooth with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a nice drinking beer, but the alcohol hit means I'd probably only drink a couple at a sitting. Still, a very flavorful brew as I always expect from Stone.

gabe23, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of ghebel
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a gold to amber color, clear. Head is good. Foamy and persistent. Leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Dry hops. Hops and more hops here. Citrusy and earthy. Background caramel malt.

T - Matches the smell and has a strong bitterness that I like.

M - Biting in a good way. Moderate body. Bitterness lasts. Warm on the way down.

D - Good beer. Highly drinkable. Will have to watch myself with this one due to the higher ABV.

Overall - a good American IPA. Hops dominate as they should.

ghebel, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of jamesdantes13
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber with a nice white head. Good retention and lacing.

Strong hop aromas: citrus, pine, and fruit.

Bitter hop flavors dominate the palate: spicy, piney, and a bit of fruit. Finishes with bready malt that helps give this beer excellent balance. Full-bodied beer that has smooth texture and finishes dry/crisp from the hops and carbonation.

Very drinkable and refreshing. Alcohol presence is minimal but is packed with flavor.

jamesdantes13, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spitzer`s Corner in the Lower East Side of Manhattan during happy hour , 3 bucks.

The appearance is a light brown with a one finger head.
The smell is of flora, some citrus and a fair amount of hops.
The taste is a well balanced ipa with some of those IBUs but not too many where it is overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a spicy, with some faint fruit flavors coming through, like orange, evening out the balance. Drinkability is good on the Stone IPA, however I do not understand why some hype this selection from them. Very good brew, but not great.

mltobin, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of JDew
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel/orange color and hazy with a one finger head that keeps a good lace. Almost all hop smell with a little trace of citrus
Fresh hoppy taste that follows with a dry bitter finish that stays in the back of the mouth
This is a great IPA, I love the crispness of the taste and the serious hops.

JDew, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden with orange hues, similar to a good cognac.

S - Definite hop scent here, pine, citrus

T - Good citrus flavor, lacks some complexity, bitter hops are not evenly balanced by malt.

M - Smoother than most IPA's I've had, nice carbonation but not overwhelming.

D - Dry finish leaves you a bit puckered, wouldn't be easy to drink too many of these in a row.

raoulduke37, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of TrevorGW
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden/Orange body with a solid white head on top. Chill haze.

Aroma is nice and earthy with grass and pine.

Flavor is bittersweet and balanced. Aggressive hops are met with a bready grain bill.

Standard carbonation. Head retention gives it a creamier mouthfeel than most IPAs.

This is the real deal. Nothing out of the ordinary, but flawlessly crafted.

TrevorGW, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this steadily at Twain's in Atlanta for the past week.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin layer on the top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells great. Loads of hops - citrus, pine, floral, it's all there. It's backed up by a solid malt aroma.

Tastes just how it smells. Loads of hop flavors with a hint of spiciness, yet the malt flavors still manage to make their way out and balance the beer. Ending is as close to being too bitter as a beer can get without being so.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation does a good job exploding the flavors.

Drinkability is great. I could drink entirely too many of these.

Overall there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said. If you have access to Stone do yourself a favor and revisit this beer.

glid02, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A - Deep, cloudy amber-orange. Tall white head that clings right away.

S - Outstanding. The bottle says that the "dry-hopping" causes the aroma, and it is a beautiful one. Sweet tangerine, orange, anything citrus fills the nostrils and won't let go. You don't smell beers like this everyday.

T - Initially spicy and spicy in the end along with a nice bitterness that prolongs the hop flavor. The flavors are the same in the mouth, but are spicy where they were sweet in the nose.

M - Nothing offensive in the mouthfeel, an average amount of carbonation, not too watery, not too thick.

D - If you love hot hops, you wouldn't want to stop drinking this west coast offering.

joshuadlight, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Pours slightly hazy gold with a hint of orange and a small but creamy white head.

Nose is big on citrus - pineapple, grapefruit, orange all come through, sweet but clean.

Taste starts off with clean, lightly sweet caramel malt and lightly astringent hops, with a finish that allows the fresh citrus to really shine, and a lighter than expected bitterness lingering on the palate. The overall result is an utterly fantastic IPA - not overpowering, refreshing, flavorful, and one of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had. Emphasizes the flavor of the hops, rather than just the bitterness. Superb balance.

JohnQVegas, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light gold with a thick and solid white head. Aroma is hoppy, light grapefruit and candied sugar notes mixed with piney resins, a bit light for the style. Taste is the same, light and bitter, but not as big or bold as some other beers of this style. The citrusy bitterness is a bit restrained but gives a nice kick at the end.

For the strength of this beer, I was expecting something a bit bigger, hoppier and bitter. Ruination pulls off the style a bit better, but this is still a good brew.

saintwarrick, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Medium off white creamy colored head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy deep gold color. Perfumy aroma, sweet and floral. Starts moderately citrusy, bitter, becoming maltier throught the middle. Mild ethanol. Finish is citric and floral.

htomsirveaux, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of liquidnoise
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer.

Perfect mouthfeel and appearance.

Perfect hop flavor. Not too weak, not to bitter. If you like really bitter stuff, try Stone's ruination IPA or Arrogant Bastard. For me, though, this is perfect.

Also, moderately priced in the "bomber" section, especially when lined up against all the Belgians that, IMHO, don't taste as good.


liquidnoise, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of aforbes10
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single 12 oz of this at the Davis Co-Op today because i realized that i'd never actually tried it and i thought that was a little odd. Pours a yellowish orange, with a lower level of carbonation and a shorter head than i had expected. Head is only about an eight of an inch and very white. Smells of clementine juice, hop oils and lemons. Flavor is everything i would assume...perfect balance of citrusy hops on a nice soft malt backbone. Bitterness is there, but that's not the defining character of the beer, more of something that creeps in later, to remind you to take another sip. Its all about the delicious hop flavors and they get it perfectly right. mmmm. Smooth, medium body. Drinks like a dream. Excellent.

When my dad (who loves IPAs) comes out from Philly to visit, Ill have a sixer of this as well as Firestone IPA and Green Flash IPA waiting for him. Cream of the CA crop, IMO.

aforbes10, Feb 01, 2009
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,712 ratings.