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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

9,696 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,696
Reviews: 2,879
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 311
Gots: 1,716 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 9,696 | Reviews: 2,879
Photo of vkv822
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter
enjoy by date: 10/09/11

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy off white head.

The nose is of juicy grapefruit citrus. Pretty basic, but very enjoyable.

The taste follows the nose, a standard grapefruit hop presence, with a slight pine finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with fairly active carbonation.

A very nice IPA, having finally tried this one I can see why it is considered such a staple by many.

Photo of psuKinger
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keg "Fresh Until 11-26-2011" (meaning it was kegged about a week and a half ago... very fresh!), picked up at Vecenie distributing, and tapped 2 days ago for the first Saturday of College Football.

A: Pours a very light golden hue with a thick frothy (slightly over-carbonated) white head on top.

S: Big nose of grapefruit and pine. Pungent and semi-sweet. Fresh IPA is the best!

T: Initially light with a touch of creaminess in the moth, before a wave of malt sweetness crashes in, followed closely behind by an even bigger wave of citric and bittering hops. It's a simple beer. A "classic American IPA". Bitter-sweet. Lots and lots of lots-and-lots. Big bold flavors of bitter and sweet compete to be king here. Ultimately, the hops win out, as this beer finishes delightfully bitter and bold.

M: Light and bubbly, this beer finishes starkly bitter and coats the tongue with all sorts sticky hop residue.

D/O: Very drinkable. I'm thoroughly enjoying this beer. Fresh IPA is tough to beat!

Photo of blackcompg
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 120z bottle into my 12oz glass-

Appearance - Poured a quick finger of eggshell head, color is a hazy lite orange color, really a nice looking beer.

Smell - Big citrus, red grapefruit, orange zest, with a little sweet pineapple in the back. Really smells nice.

Taste - Holy citrus heaven! Really big juicy citrusy flavors here! Starts with strong ruby red grapefruit, orange zest, there is also some slite spice here - maybe coriander. The front half of the sip has a slight malt honey sweetness, then citrus hops coat the tongue nicely, ending in a drying bitter pine. The dried citrus peel and pine go way long into the finish, and remain sticky on the palate until the next sip. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - low to medium carb gives this beer an almost creamy feel, which totally amps the citrus as it coats your tongue. Finish is dry and piney. Really a good mouthfeel.

Overall - This is really a great IPA, especially if you like your hops expressed in strong citrus flavors. Great mouthfeel, and just enough sweetness to keep you from puckering - highly drinkable, very satisfying, highly recommend!

Photo of ghowehattrick
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been working my way into IPA's recently, Stone IPA looked like a nice one to have a go at. Poured into a tulip glass from bottle.

A: Orange/light shade of brown, mostly clear throughout. Finished with a 1" head with thick light-tan foam. Left uneven lacing shrouded thick around the glass as it went down, which was pretty quick!

S: Just what I was looking for when I began getting into IPA's; slight sting on the nose, you can almost guess what it will taste like by smelling it. Citrusy/pine vapor.

T: Very satisfying. Tastes like it smells. I would put this a notch or two above Lagunitas on the hop presence but still felt like a solid middle-of-the-road IPA. The hop flavor remains constant but doesn't overpower. Doesn't taste like a 6.9%; alcohol seemed more subdued to me.

M: Medium body overall, finishes on the dry side, but retains some moisture in the mouth.

O: Haven't always been into IPA's but this one impressed. I would have it again for sure if I was after some IPA's.

Photo of Sensaray
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8/16/11

Pours clear golden with inch tall medium bubbly white head.

Has a nice sweet citrus smell to it with pine as well.

Taste is delicious citrus grapefruity hops with a pleasant underlying sweetness. Very nice bitter close that sticks with you and leaves you wanting more. Oh there are some hops in here I think...

Very smooth feel, light medium.

Overall great example of style with great bitter close.

Photo of mralphabet
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy golden orange colored... good 1 fingers worth of creamy white head after a nice pour... settles to a nice layer, with fantastic lacing.. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Big piny hops right upfront.. little grass and grapefruit. Strong.

T: Damn Hops hits pretty hard... mix of pine, grass and grapefruit up front... finish is bitter and warm from the ABV.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, warm and creamy smooth

O: Up on front street.... I'm not a hop head.. not a big fan of IPA, but I will not hold it against this beer... It looks fantastic, it smells great... it feels good in my mouth.. just a little to bitter and hoppy for my taste... ABV makes this a one and done for me... Stone just cannot do wrong.. (and I don't even like this style of beer)...

Stone You Rock

Photo of d1blet
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into generic pilsner glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden amber with hues similar to that of redwood. Thick 2-finger head with a lacing that lingers nicely on glass.

Smell: Floral hops with an overt sweetness.

Taste: Light crisp opening that is a bit indistinct, but quickly moves onto a light maltiness that is crisp. A refreshing hoppy bitterness ends with hints of citrus. Very refreshing on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light creaminess with lots of bubbly carbonation.

Overall: I can understand why this is such a highly rated IPA. It's an excellent refreshing beer that pairs well with food (I had it on the side with a steak) and on its own in during the summer months. If a friend were to ask for some recommendations for an IPA, Stone's IPA would definitely make the list.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An orange hazy color and a frothy white head.

S - Good piney hop smell and some citrus. there is still an underlying malt note.

T - Decent bittering hops with balanced malt for the end. A nice lasting bitter taste though.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated.

O - It;s good but i don't feel it's all that special. There are so many A+ IPA's out there and i just don't feel this is in their class.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a hazy golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that lingers nicely, has a large amount of suspended sediment and a slight amount of carbonation bubbles
S: this is the scent i look for in IPA's, beautiful citrus hop notes, a nice lightness and a very slight piney finish
T: nice citrus hops backed up by a very gentle maltiness to give it a bit of balance, hits with bitterness and leaves with depth
M: light carbonation tingle, smooth, no bite, slight driness left on the palate
O: phenomenal, lives up to everything i had expected and really hit what i want in an IPA

Photo of thatruth
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a sixer on sale from the Safeway near Alaska Junction in West Seattle for 8.99. can you believe that? poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

pours a 1/2" light-tannish cream head with a slippery, mediocre lacing. body's a bright amber with a warm darker middle, this beer had quite a bit of sediment.

scent of hoptopia, odd soapy smell, raunchy banana, and lime. bready and citrus aroma.

tastes like someone spiked the punch. again, citrus and hops brigade on the taste buds. 6.9% hidden very well by the smells and flavors, and not at all in a bad way.

mouthfeel is wet for an IPA. roomy in the mouth and bright. citrus infused hops - at least what they seem like - linger on. like bud light lime had a wet dream of what it could be.

a badass IPA. I really can't believe I found this brew for so cheap. it could easily go for twice as much.

enjoy by date: 10/11/11

Photo of sk8man121
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into DT tulip. Best by 10/11.

A: Pours hazy candied orange peel with apricot highlights. Nice head settles into a thin cap, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Just read about the chill haze in recent batches, and it's quite apparent here.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, pine needles, sweet cream. Mmm...

T: Juicy malts up front with a nice herbal center. A little bit of butter in the center, but not enough to bother me. Finishes dry and crisp.

M: Nice and creamy with a medium body. Exactly what I'm looking for in an IPA

O: This is one of the most talked about off-the-shelf IPAs, and for good reason. It's insanely drinkable, not to mention delicious with every sip. My only gripe is that it's ABV is a bit high for a standard IPA offering at 6.9. Then again, no need to drink five beers in a single setting anyway.

Benchmark, for sure.

Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few bottles of these on Friday night at a local Middle Eastern restaurant. Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice vibrant orange body with a fine white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell was full of hop aroma. Very potent, just like a lot of the West Coast IPAs tend to be. Taste was also mostly hops, and that lent a nice pine-like flavor to the beer. Very crisp beer, with a bit of dryness at the end. Not an over the top IPA, so it was enjoyable to drink. Plus the high abv was not much of a factor. I thought it paired well with the spiciness of the evening's Lebanese food. Good match.

Photo of kaips1
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the classic stone ipa, this one a 12oz from a bottle into a snifter glass

this one is a staple in the diet when i can afford it, a nice strong pour brings a finger or two of white frothy head that lays on a body of gold clarity that is part of stone ipa. the lacing is not strong but thats ok and there is a little bit of legs to let you know it was there. the smell of citrus and grapefruit hit first small bits of pungent next and a slight sweet that follows. the taste is not let down by the smell at all, full of citrusey fruit tones and sharp hop bitterness jump out at you, it has a slight drop at the end of the sip but works with the punch you get from the first of the drink. the mouthfeel is very lively with lots of jumpy carbonation that attacks the tongue but if ate with spicey and i mean spicey food its not there at all. overall i love this beer, drinkability is outstanding and an easy everyday all day beer for me. one of my favs of stone hands down

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden amber with a 1 & 1/2 finger foamy head. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Piney, citric hop nose with some underlying bready malt.
Starts sweet and fruity then transitions late into a overly strong acrid bitterness in the finish that continues to intensify long after the sip.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel.
Fresh and tasty to start, but too much straight bitterness way too long into the finish for my taste.
Not my favorite IPA.

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

He shoots, he scores! This is a wondeful IPA... Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a sticky, frothy head, medium retention and wonderful webbed lace. The nose has all you’d expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral accents. These transfer directly into the flavor dept. There is a faint caramel malty sweetness which underlies a huge hop contingency. Grapefruit, citrus, and candy orange slices are noted in the mid-palate, whereas the side- and back-palate are peppered perfectly with a mildly-lingering pine resin dry-hop. All of the wonderful complexities of this brew come together almost flawlessly. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy (and cleansing) finish that works wonders for the overall effect! Truly, one of the best IPA’s one can have.

Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is an orange colored brew, medium sized white head with loads of lacing. The scent is pretty interesting and enticing. Some caramel malts, but loads of piney hop, citrusy hop, grapefruity hop. The flavor is very good too; nice sweet malt start, but the main focus is on the west coast panoply of hops. Citrus, lemon, pine, some bitter but not as much, some grapefruit. Lot's of variety in the hops, but none are overwhealming. Medium bodied.

Photo of DrewV
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow with a frothy 2-finger white head. Decent lacing, but nothing spectacular.

S: Floral/piney hops up front with the citrus notes and malt playing lesser roles.

T: Follows the nose, hop-forward, somewhat light, the malt definitely takes a back seat. More piney hops, very fresh, as if you were chewing on a hop flower itself.

M: Moderately thick body, creamy, oily texture. Below-average carbonation, but satisfactory. Highest marks here, mainly due to the creamy mouthfeel.

O: Another solid offering from Stone. I think I prefer a maltier base, like Arrogant Bastard, but certainly nothing to find fault with here. You could do worse than this for sure. At nearly 7%, I'm amazed that there's no sign alcohol burn whatsoever with this brew. Very well crafted.

Photo of match1112
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: a is for awesome, pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a big two finger thick dish soap like head that lasts forever.

s: s is for superb. tons of citrus hops, when you get this fresh there is nothing like it.

t: t is for tasty. lots of citrus grapefruit flavor.

m: m is for more, as in i need more! smooth yet filling with a slightly bitter dry finish.

o: is for obsess. because i cant wait to go get more.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An average pour delivered a finger of lovely near white head. Body is yellow-orange with a lot of bubbles rising to the top. A bit of sediment is noted near the bottom.

Nice hops! Floral and sweet citrus hops work extremely well together for a very fresh nose with a slight spicy bite. There is also a bit of breadiness and malt in there to flesh out the diverse but not overpowering nose.

There is a faint citrus zing up front, then the floral hops come cascading through. This is followed by a teaser of malt. Ends with spiced bread and a bitter lingering taste. I love it!

I have to call this one light bodied. It just rushes over the tongue so fast, and the carbonation definitely makes itself known. Bitterness that is pleasant and not overpowering stays with for a while. Dry finish.

Photo of Kinsman
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to revisit an old friend and give it a proper review. Enjoy by date: 10/12/11

Hazy glowing orange body capped by a creamy white head, about 2 fingers thick to start. Aroma is full of grapefruit and orangy awesomeness alongside a slight bit of pine resin. Not much room for the malt to come through but some bread and biscuit notes can be picked up.

Not quite the hop bite I remember but still plenty of bitterness to go around. Fruity and slightly floral hop character. Solid malt backbone to back it up but still very much a hop-forward beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a solid medium body feel and a lively carbonation. Overall, Stone IPA might just be the quintessential American IPA. Fruity and bitter and oh so wonderful.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. One of those beers that I've been meaning to try, but isn't readily available in Ontario and didn't have that flashy appeal of some of the more intriguing imperial stouts and DIPAs out there. But there's lots to be said for well-made brews that fall in to more "standard" style categories.

Poured into a couple of nonics to be shared with my wife. Pours a hazy bright orange-golden hue, with a big frothy head and nice lacing. Good looking brew.

Nose is sweet, malty, with nice floral citrus and pine hop notes. Tropical fruit (grapefruit and mango) abound.

Considerably more hoppy than I had expected, in that the malt character is quite subdued. Still, all the great flavors are there - citrus, pine, floral hops, tropical fruit, caramel and pale malts. Long bitter finish. An enjoyable IPA. Nicely carbonated, creamy.

A textbook IPA, rich and hoppy. Standard, but high-quality. Glad I picked this bottle up!

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: a hazy bright orange. can see bits of yellow around the edges of the glass. orangey white head. retention isnt great but the lacing is.

S: minty, herbal. american pine hops. if i had to guess i would say there is some centennial in there.

T: a solid toast, grainy cereal. glistening citrus works very well with herbal hoppy undertones. finish is bitter but not without a malt sweetness bringing a nice balance.

M: a very very mild carbonation on a medium full body. wouldnt hate a touch more fizz.

D: the balance between the hops and the grain couldnt be much better than in this pint. as most everyone that uses this site knows, very enjoyable brew from stone.

Photo of Jerone
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a slightly cloudy with a straw/golden color with a few bubbles coming up, frothy head and great lacing.

Smell is of hops! Floral and citrusy.

The taste is nice and hoppy with citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit and some floral character as well. There is also a bit of a malt sweetness to balance it out. The ending is bitter but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of carbonation.

A solid IPA that is not overpowering but has everything that you would want.

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

Appearance: A nice golden color with good white head, leaving some lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, spicy, herbal hops

Taste: As you would expect from an IPA, there is plenty of hop character here. Herbal and spicy hops. There is some decent malt sweetness to balance out some of the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Very good and enjoyable. Probably the gold standard IPA as far as I can tell. It is hard to tell it is 6.9% abv as well, it's so easy drinking.

Photo of mechamifune
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this many times on tap and bottled, so I thought it was finally time to give a proper review.

Pours the usual gold/straw color of most "west coast" ipa's. In this particular bottle there is a good bit of setiment floating around, which is odd because I have never seen that in this beer before. Slight white head with good lacing. Usualy appearance would go for a 4.0 as I think of this as a very clean looking beer, but this time I'll have to put it down to a 3 because of the setiment.

Smell is citrus and hops all the way, though it is not one of the more overwhelmingly floral IPA's. But even though the smell is not particularly strong, the notes are what they should be.

Taste is in line with smell, but stronger. Not much of a malt backbone to speak of. Lots of citrus flavors up front followed by a good amounts of bitterness and finishing with almost a little bit of an apple juice taste (odd). Still a very good hop forward ipa.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer. Just the right balance of smoothness and crispness. Carbonation is perfect, and for a beer with such powerful flavors going on, it is pretty easy to drink.

Overall I think of this as kind of the standard for west coast style ipas. Not the best, mind you, but note for note it respresents such a good base line for that style. If I had one complaint, it is that there seems to be a little more variance from serving to serving than I would expect given the pure quantity of this beer that stone has/had brewed over the years. But even within that range, it has been between good and friggin great. Oddly enough, I have had the same issue with their neighbors down the road, green flash, and their ipa (and no, it has not been an issue of age on the beer)....but I digress.... this is a great (and easy to get)west coast ipa, and if you are a fan of the style you should seek it out. Save yourself the 5 bucks, pass over the ruination 6 pack, and pick it up.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,696 ratings.