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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

8,701 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 8,701
Reviews: 2,769
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 232
Gots: 975 | 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 hoppheadIPA
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great IPA. Pours a nice hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled head that laces the glass nicely as I drink. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of pine to it.. Flavor is rich and very hoppy, pleasantly bitter and pineish with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is edgy and lively. A nice hoppy beer.

hoppheadIPA, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip; no freshness date

P: Pours deep straw from the bottle, and sits honey gold in the glass. Tall, statuesque white head thats rocky and comprised of medium-sized bubbles. Very good retention, and finally settles to form a halo with a thin film in the middle. Great lacework!

A: Toasty malts, mouth-watering pungeant hops that come off citrusy, piney, and a bit floral. Also some honey and grass underneath.

T: Obviously, the hops dominate throughout. But there is a nice, toasted bready malt spine that sets a solid foundation. Hop flavors consist of grapefruit, orange, lemon and some flowers. Some grassy notes are buried under there as well, and there is some honey that seems to flash towards the back end. Each sip is magnetizing! Finish is exquisitely dry and features some great hop bitterness to play off of some of the sweeter notes. Some hop oil residue is left on the tongue that leaves my whole mouth tingling on the way out. Absolutely outstanding!

M: Medium-full bodied, a bit creamy, smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: Drinkability is just plain great! How could this not be easy to drink? A 22 oz. bottle just ain't enough.

Notes: This is one fantastic IPA. Once again, Stone doesn't disappoint. Hop domination is the goal here, but the underlying malt makes it all possible. Delicious hop flavors just seem to dance on the tongue, but isn't one-dimensional due to the supporting flavors that add some depth. Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of JollyToper
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at AJ's Grocery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Appearance - Cloudy and golden. Not bottle conditioned. Very easy to get a nice two finger head. Shrinks fairly quickly but not completely. Leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Wow! Hops! Very nice.

Taste - As promised on the bottle and expected from the smell, lots of hops but a little malt balance in the end. Would never guess that it was 6.9% ABV from the taste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - It's a big beer with lots of hops but very smooth. One really hoppy beer usually satisfies my hop yearning, but I could do one or two more of these right now.

JollyToper, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours something like a dark cadmium orange deep, very cloudy, with a white head that quickly dissipates, leaving substantial lacing.

S - wow. just from pouring I could easily smell the delicious bitterness of the hops. I am also picking some spicy esters behind the over powering hops.

T - one hardly notices the near 7% abv with this smooth and crisp brew. The smell and taste of hops combine together in the drinking experience (assuming you are not congested) to make something wonderfully uplifting for the palate, with a bitter, and then later spicy aftertaste

MF&D - a full feel to this beer, not as thick as a grade A syrup, but far from water; it lets you know you are drinking something good. the slight cripy-ness to the carbonation makes me (and even my mother!) coming back for more, very smooth and more than a pleasure to drink.

I wish I wasn't reviewing the last bottle of my 6-pack!

erz316, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a small foamy white head, good lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, dry leaves, hops, a touch of citrus, and grass.

taste is creamy yet crisp, grapefruit, lemon, bitter hops, slightly metallic, grass, and danelion, bit on the watery side as it warms, leaves mouth dry, ends bitter.

froghop, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden amber color with a decent head.
Aroma: Very hoppy aroma. Citrus, spicy, pine, with a hint of honey.
Taste: Very hoppy flavor. Citrus (grapefruit/orange peel), floral, spicy, pine, sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, very nice fruity aftertaste.

mjurney, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow orange with a milky white clumpy head. Very nice sticky lacing - typical for Stone.

S - Heavenly Hops. Citrus, Grapefruit, and a hint of Pine.

T - More heavenly hops. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and some pine. Very sweet. Where is the bitterness? How did they make this beer so hoppy without the bitterness...

M - Very creamy and smooth - not a whole out of carbonation.

D - Very tasty and easy to drink.

xhcadamx, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden straw color with a fluffy white head,some soft lazy carbonation.Big hoppy aroma of floral citrus and spice .Big hops on the flavor,strait to the point some grapefruit,pine nuts,and orange zest,enough malt to make a showing here,nice fat crisp mouthfeel,with a hop coating. A thing of beauty

WakeandBake, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of heath1agnew
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- golden yellow with lively carbonation, and a one and a half finger head that hangs around for a pretty good while. lacing is visible and much more than i expected.

smell- wonderful hops with a bitter citrus smell.

taste and mouthfeel- the taste is what an IPA should be...hops, hops, and hops with a great bitter finish. mouthfeel is great with just the right amount of carbonation and a medium body.

drinkability- it's a very drinkable brew but you have to be careful with the abv since it is, in fact, so easy to drink.

This is my new favorite IPA

heath1agnew, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical west coast hop bomb. Not quite as great as Ruination, (a little less potent for one thing), but not a whole hell of a lot behind it either. Nice little malty beginning before the hops hammer you down, a sensation that is occasionally very refreshing in a west coaster.

Wackyfoot, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Shaw
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden to light amber in color with a sticky foamy head.

It has a nice complex hop aroma that mixes citrus and herbal smells.

The taste is great. It's nice and bitter but with plenty of malt flavor to provide some balance. Earthy hop flavors round it out nicely.

The body is thick and glassy.

Overall this is an excellent IPA. No surprise that Stone brewed another winner.

Shaw, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Cunningham26
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- great, pours with that thin, fluffy head and left delicate lacing. color was an amazing amber with a perfect amount of haze.
S- like fresh hops, really great.
T- wonderful! Most IPAs hit that one "oh, hops!" and is otherwise not that great. but this one had a great rounded hop flavor like a taste experience within the overall beer tasting experience.
m- great, with the maltiness coming up after the hops and filling the mouth. doesn't leave any stickiness on the tongue either, just washes down extraordinarily well.
D- really good if you're a hophead. i like to keep things in balance, so i doubt i could session this all night (and i'd end up on the lawn) but it's so good I'm sure people do all the time.

Cunningham26, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of redneckchugger
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a tan amber, loads of white heads, cascading lacing down my duvel tulip.
smells of grapefruit and pine needles,in other words hoppy, but the smell isn't as strong as i expected it to be.
taste is all citrus hops, very little malt, very out of balance and i like it, much better than the smell suggests
this beer goes down great, good example of the style, it will probally be a staple in my fridge.

redneckchugger, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle from a 6er

A-slighly veiled bright yellow/orange with a tasty looking thick frothy head that suds up nicely.

S-Hops, herbs and citrus, a bit of pine, and, oh...did I say hops?

T-Much sweeter in the initial sip than the nose would lead you to believe....a huge orangepeel/grapfruit sweetness with a pine backbone that is typical of Stone, with an aromatic hop kick that is neither harsh nor arrogant, but simply balanced. A treat.

M-Balance reigns here as well, a good medium body and carbonation.

D-Very drinkable, but I never met a Stone product I did not like. Unfortunately, the only one widely available in NJ in six packs.

I very much like this beer...the only thing keeping this from a higher rating is appearance and color...this is a bit lackluster...but close your eyes, and this is a true winner.

caddybuyer, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Stop in Highland, Indiana after a visit to 3F.

A: Yellowy hazy amber that is very yellow toward the bottom of the glass. Thin head stays throughout. Fluffy off-white head. Pretty good big lacing.

S: Not as powerful a hop smell as I was expecting. Hop profile is orange and grapefruit. Also has a syrupy sweet malt that becomes dominant as the drink progresses. The smell was fresh but so many talk about the strong hoppiness of Stone that I am worried that I go a bad 6.

T: Some fruity, grassy hops up front. Goes very quickly to a caramel malt and has a very subtle finish. Well balanced. A little watery at times. Again, I was expecting a wallop that never came although toward the end of the drink, it delivered a more piney bite. I'll re-review this brew in future if I find that this was a sub-standard 6. For now, all I can say is that it is a pretty subtle but enjoyable IPA.

M: Pretty clean and smooth. Light in body. Subtle level of carbonation that is just right.

D: I find IPA's very drinkable in general. The more balanced and subtle nature of this one makes it a very easy beer to session. I am going to get this in future to see if it has a stronger hop aggressiveness that was missing from my 6.

sgoodship, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of PintOHops
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a hazy yellow with just a touch of copper. An inch or more of head that seemed to last forever, spotty lacing & medium-high carbonation. Smells of very, very bright citrusy floral hops, with a wonderful spicy burnt/toasted aroma. A touch of raisins with some pine notes. A little dry as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of strong floral & potent hops, with a nice burnt biscuity malty aftertaste. Strong hop bitterness lingers well, there's a touch of raisin & piney citrus notes as well. As it warms, you can taste some dry alcohol (Not offensive) Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, chewy & medium bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - One could only drink so many of these heavily hoped brews. So id say about 2, but let me say that it is very, very good. This is a great example of an IPA. I absolutely love the intensely floral hopyness of this beer. I have not yet experienced it in any other beer. I love this beer, it very well might be my favorite IPA. Folks, you need, no! Must try this IPA!

Another fantastic beer from Stone Brewing Co, you wont be disappointed. Cheers!

PintOHops, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a nonic glass.

pours a clear light orange with a nice creamy white head.

Big piney grapefruit smell

Big bold hoppy taste, kind of sweet, but without a searing bitter aftertaste. Very clean

Mouthfeel is very good along with the easy drinking of this beer. A great IPA.

aubuc1, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours a clear, light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Flavor of nice citrus hops. The bitter hops were balanced nicely with a strong malt base. Not as bitter and powerful as Ruination, more light bodied. The strong point of this beer was its nice malt/hops balance. Still, I would have liked to see a little more flavor. A very good IPA, though not my favorite.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is a hazy light amber with a fluffy and elastic white head that has great retention. The aroma is hoppy! It is tangerine peel with spruce. It is almost creamy on the tongue. The carbonation is appropriate and it leaves the mouth cleanly. The flavor is dominated by tangerine peel. Bold and bitter! Yes!
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a hop lovers dream. This india pale ale truly has it all. Color, complexity, flavor, aroma, and a mega sensation on the old taste buds.

The pour: Classic golden orange haze, the perfect color for an ipa. Nice head to as well which settles beautifully.

Smell: lemon zest, orange

Taste: Big bite of hops! What else can be said. Finishes great with a nice overtone of citrus.

Drinkability: Yes. I enjoy at home to avoid repercussions. My favorite session beer to date. Goes well with or without food.

The only downside is the price tag. Would enjoy more if they were priced more along its peers (ex: dogfish). That aside, its worth every penny, therefore I splurge when the Gargoyle calls.

BuffaloTapHugger, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Packforever1976
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Consumed on 10-17-08

A: Light copper, great clarity. Thin off-white one finger head with little retention. Good lacing.

S: Citrus/pine hops, nice malt.

T: Big citrus hops (orange, some grapefruit). Also some nice piney hoppiness as well. Some spicyness in the back. Malts are there initially, then the hops take over.

M: A little thin for my liking. Good level of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. Well balanced, not overpowering. Solid.

Packforever1976, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of SerieDNo3
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug

A: Pours a clear gold, with a creamy off-white head. The head dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a bit of foam in the centre, and beautiful lacing down the glass.

S: Piney hops, a slight bready aroma, and some citrus notes.

T: Crisp hops, with only just enough malts to provide balance. Lots of piney flavors complemented by some fruit flavors.

M: Crisp. Very crisp. Pretty much perfect carbonation, and a generous amount of hops, rendering this a very refreshing beer.

D: The 6.9% ABV is hidden very well. If it were a little lower, this would be a perfect session beer. I tried this awhile back, and was slightly underwhelmed, but that was probably not fresh enough. This is an excellent kid brother to Ruination. I'm going to be drinking a lot more of this in the future.

SerieDNo3, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Average for Stone's standards; big hops flavor with citrus backing that does not let up. Crisp bitter end. If you like IPA's and have not tried this, you are a tool. Go to the store now, buy one, and you will definitely enjoy it.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer has the best possible appearance, that's why i gave it a 5.0 score on appearance. and the smell, taste, mouthful and drinkability aren't far behind. This is, by far, the best IPA i've had in quite some time. Again, the appearance, and the way it pours into a long fluted glass, makes you want to sit down and just stare at its beauty before taking that first taste.

cadizkyguy, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body is a clear, orange-yellow with a one finger, bone white head. The foam settles quickly, but leaves nice, sticky lace in its wake.

S - Earthy, spicy hops with some floral, juniper character and grapefruit as well. There is some malt in there as well, but it is hard to discern under the big, juicy hop notes.

T - Fruity, citrus hop flavor along with strong bitterness up front. Sweet, bready malt appears in the center in an attempt to balance things out but is quickly overwhelmed by the juicy hop flavors and strong, clean bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An excellent, easily drinkable IPA. The hop oils are center stage in this beer and while the bitterness is nothing to scoff at, they clearly made the right decision by going for flavor and aroma instead of just bone crushing bitterness. The hop aroma and, more importantly IMO, flavor have a crisp, fresh character that keeps the beer drinkable and avoid the muddy, mouth coating hoppiness that some big IPAs fall prey to. Overall, an excellent, and unusually drinkable, example of the style.

nickfl, Dec 12, 2008
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,701 ratings.