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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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8,219 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,219
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 196
Gots: 717 | 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 DGryger


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Aggressive pour into pint glass yields coarse three finger white head above a hazy golden straw body. Decent lacing and head retention.

Smell: Heavy resinous hops with slight fruity notes. A little grassy as well.

Taste: Pleasantly hoppy without being overly bitter. Big notes of oily pine resin backed up by fruity citrus. Slight spice and pepper notes. Slight bitter tea with hone and lemon aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very light and almost witte-like. A little too sharp on the palette, carbonation could be turned down a little. Crisp.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, I think that this is a beer that I could get used to drinking on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 02:27:49 | More by DGryger
Photo of albern


3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a golden orange with a very frothy head. There is more than lacing on the glass, almost clumps of left over head. The smell is aromatic, sweet, a bit citrusy, not too much hoppy smell. The taste is clearly imbalanced towards the hops. When the beer warms a bit, you can taste some malt, citrus, less hoppiness, some grassiness. When its colder, the hops are just too pronounced for my tastes. The mouth feel is a bit creamy, and you can feel the hop bite in the middle, end, and aftertaste. The aftertaste is not overwhelmingly bitter but you will know that the brewers didn't spare the hops. If you love hoppy IPA's you're going to like this beer. I'm becoming less interested in them, but it's just a matter of preference for me. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 22:30:17 | More by albern
Photo of tommy78

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer's appearance is a clear, orange colour with tiny bubbles consistently rising from the bottom and a good amount of head at the top. The beer's smell is rooted in citrus aroma. You could barely tell of any hops in the aroma. As for the taste, the aroma translates very well. A sweet, citrus taste with a light bounce on the palate. The mouth feel reveals little carbonation. I found this surprising since halfway down the glass, tiny bubbles still rose to the top. Given that mouth feel is light, I could drink this every night in the warm Spring weather. Maybe that is why I enjoyed this brew when I used to live in SoCal. This IPA is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 01:21:07 | More by tommy78
Photo of geexploitation


4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just-shy-of-clear bright amber color, with golden highlights and a big, dense head of white foam that leaves tons of lace. Huge aroma of American hops -- citrus and pine sap and metals. There's a nice, sweet blood orange note in there. Only the slimmest hint of amber malts makes it through. On the palate, the mouthfeel is extremely smooth considering all the hops in this thing. Carbonation is biting but fine-bubbled. The taste is extraordinary, and precisely what you would want in an American IPA. It's almost harshly bitter, but the malt payload is enough to keep things smooth, albeit still massively imbalanced. In the midst of all those citrus and metallic notes is a notable lack of acrid fusel oils or any other detracting byproducts of massive hop bitterness. Overall, this is an incredible IPA. It's big and brash, but not out of whack in its flavors and aromas... huge, imbalanced, but still drinkable, which is a pretty remarkable achievement.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 02:46:19 | More by geexploitation
Photo of udubdawg


4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber. Can't recall having this one before.

Pours a slightly haze light amber/yellow color. A very large white head forms quickly at first, and more slowly on the 2nd glass. Retention on both was very good, with plenty of interesting patterns of lacing. Gorgeous.

Nose is fantastic, floral with some added citrus - some sweetness, but it is behind the earthy, grapefruit, citrus peel and pine aromas. Malt? - it doesn't stand a chance here.

Woah. Probably poured this a bit too cold the first time. Below the proper temperature this is heavily bitter, and much of the flavor struggles to come out and I'm wondering who snuck the ESB in my bottle. However once at the proper serving temperature the true flavor of this beer asserted itself nicely. 70+ IBU's? Every one has made itself known, yet the overall flavor is very good and far from one dimensional - it is fruity, with a sweetness that nicely accentuates that bitterness, and light bready malts that weren't noticeable in the aroma. No noticeable alcohol here. Finish is drying with more bittering - the overall flavor is more bitter than AleSmith IPA, but the finish is less bitter. This makes me enjoy the medium-bodied mouthfeel more, and there is ample carbonation but well short of harsh or spritzy.

In terms of the style, this falls just short of AleSmith in flavor, but I love the extra bitterness and that's about it for IPAs I'd perhaps choose over this. Crisp and refreshing as hell, can't wait to have another!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 00:33:01 | More by udubdawg
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy bright orange with a big frothy pillow like white head. Very slow fade and nice retention left a good bit of lace on the top.

S - Smell was initially very sweet with lots of citrus hops. Light but not overly so that it would be a detrimentalal factor. Smell was not overly bitter and had no hint of any alcohol whatsoever. As it warmed a slight grain or bread like feel started to come out. Not bad, not over the top.

M & T - Very smooth crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice carbonation. The hop profile on this one is very sweet. Lots of orange, tangerine, creamy like flavors. Not your typical super bitter west coast hop bomb. Very drinkable and overall very enjoyable. Much balance to this as the malt character was really brought out to the fore front

D - Overall extremely enjoyable and totally sessionable IPA. This could be a staple everynight drinker and would love to see this in a keg in my kitchen!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 00:13:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jdg204


4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally pulled the trigger on a 6-Pack of my first Stone product, after having a hankering for some IPA. There was a lot of hype with these products, could this brew live up to the high standards?

Appearance - Just gorgeous, rich orange color with a deep cloudy textrue. Lovely, thick white head tops it all off.

Smell - Very nice floral, citrus aroma with a deep spicey undertone.

Taste - Fantastic bold grapefruity/orange flavor with superbly balanced hops. The hops really do a great job of balancing the sweetness/power of the fruit flavors with a great bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The consistency of the flavor is great and the aftertaste really leaves the mouth satisfied. The brew really packs a punch without being too "in your face".

Drinkability - This brewhaha just flat out ruled. Definetly going to have to check out the rest of the Stone line of ales after this winner and on a side note the bottle is top quality too (etched graphics over a pasted label=top notch). I look forward to pairing this bad boy against a local fav Hopdevil Ale from Victory next week. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 17:30:21 | More by jdg204
Photo of beerbutcher


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the head is foamy, off-white and quite persistent

aromas- the nose is bright with ample grassy hops with citrus undertones. there is also a suprising amount of malt discernible behind the hops which show as carmel and toffee notes.

taste- it's juicy and light with some graininess across the midpalate. Hop bitterness coats the palate with delicious tart citrus and fresh cut grass... incredible green freshness about this beer.

mouthfeel- suprisingly light and refreshing for a beer of this strength. find the texture somewhat wanting..

drinkability- this is a total joy to drink. as a hophead, i am rarely so endulged. not a hurtfully bitter beer, the hops are noticed in their flavor contribution, and the freshness is hard to beat. i'm also pleased to actually taste the malt, and not the alcohol (in excess anyway.) overall, well crafted and delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 03:30:09 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of kush6875


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden orange slightly cloudy with a nice off white head, good lacing

smell: pine and fresh crisp hops

taste: look up IPA in webster's and you have it. the is hop-heads must try. sharp fresh hops dance on the palate!!

mouthfeel" is just what it should be; smooth and crisp begging you to take another swallow.

drinkability: this is an IPA lovers dream could drink this all day!! very thirst quenching, goes great with spicy dishes.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 02:47:24 | More by kush6875
Photo of Duster72


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orangey golden. Aroma is the show stopper with a wonderful bouquet of citrus hops with grapefuit up front. Taste follows the aroma with more floral hops than anticipated. A little bit on the bitter side, but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Highly drinkable. Nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 02:00:33 | More by Duster72
Photo of addmorehops


4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Long time coming for this review. This is the choice that occludes all others when I stop at the case shop. It denies me many tempting opportunities to rekindle fond memories of Hop Devil and other faves like DF60 or new interests like B2H or Green Flash WCIPA.

What can be said of one the best hophead delights. If you haven't found your hoptopia, you probably haven't tried this.

In your face hops within a well rounded flavor palette. Hats off and bang a gong.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 22:21:11 | More by addmorehops
Photo of BMoney575


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-5-07

Pours a bright gold, with some cloudiness. A quickly fading head leaves lacing in rings on the glass.

Smell is super-hoppy. Strong aromas of citrusy hops and more subduec, piney hops. Very good

Taste is fantastic! You can feel the bitterness on your lips before you can taste it. Huge lemony hop flavor blends into a spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation add to the spiciness.

Drinkability is good, but the huge flavors take their toll on your tongue.

Overall an outstanding brew, one that Stone has done a very good job with. Huge hop flavor, but without the huge alcohol. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 17:02:47 | More by BMoney575
Photo of BeerTruth


4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appeared a very nice foggy straw color with thin head that died down a bit after pour. Lacing was quite sticking and grainy that retained throughout. Smell was excellent, I absolutely can't stop taking whiff after whiff of this brew. Such a clean and crisp scent of grapefruit with a hint of evergreen pine. I would definitely burn a candle with this smell! Taste wasn't what I expected from the smell, but it was still good. Hops are there, but not overpowering. Grassy spice with a piney zest. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth for an IPA, very subtle bitter bite. The yeasty finish balances this beer out almost perfectly. Such a good job designing this brew. Great IPA, I wish I tried it earlier but I was too distracted by Arrogant Bastard and Ruination. Stone "wow's" again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 01:38:37 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of awall422


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at East Gate Liquors in Wilmington last thursday. After finishign it off, I was glad I chose it. It poured a light orange, mostly yellow with a thick, creamy head. Lacing was nice and the aroma was great. Seemed mostly piney on my nose. Initial taste was bitter, but mellowed on the way down and was slightly sweet, but not enough to let you forget you're drinking a west coast IPA style beer. Really nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 19:47:17 | More by awall422
Photo of jbsteiny


4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm mmm. I love me a Stone IPA -- here's why:

Not much to look at -- brassy gold, foamy head which dissipates quickly. Smells fantastic -- citrus (pineapple/grapefruit) and pine -- the hops aren't overwhelming like some other IPAs because of the sweet sweet malt. Tastes nearly as good -- this is a real cornacopia of hop tastes -- spice, citrus, bitters, and more citrus (in that order), which somehow drops off, leaving you with a sweet piney, slightly bitter finish. A remarkable beer. Fine carbonation and a creamy body make it very drinkable. Three cheers for Stone!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 16:30:12 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of wingman14


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow with a frothy white head that fades quickly. The smell is dominated by a floral aromas of hops. This one is dry hopped to give the added aroma to the beer. The taste is not as hoppy as the smell but still very large. The taste starts sweet and hoppy and is followed by the bitter taste, which isn't very strong considering the amount of hops in the smell and taste. A decent amount of carbonation and a great balance make this beer an easy drinker for any hop head. A great brew from a great brewery, check this one out! Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 04:14:07 | More by wingman14
Photo of FlyFisher2782


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew starts off with a fantastic amount of frothy off white head and a beautiful lighter tint pale color.

Smell is dominated by the floral hop presence and the taste follows suit.

Pale, dry and straw flavored malt starting off follows into a perfect amount of bitterness for a stock IPA. Not overdone here. Carbonation was a little lacking perhaps because of a vigorous pour.

Overall a great rendition of its style, definitely focuses more on the floral hop variety and its dry malt backbone.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 22:45:22 | More by FlyFisher2782
Photo of AltBock


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got their little 12 oz. 6 pack bottle version. It has all the usual silk-screened Stone artwork, except this one has a lime green square around the kneeling Stone gargoyle. The back has a silk-screened lime green square with the definition of the word gargoyle, information about the beer and Stone's Philosophy. Usually the back of their bottle just has silk-screened gibberish, but this one was kept down to a minimum due to the size of the little 12 oz. bottle.

When poured into a simple mug, the beer was a hazy metallic honey orange with a thin layer of white bubbly foam that was supposed to act as the head of foam. It fizzled away into a small trace of white bubbly rings and lace around the mug. When I first popped the cap, It smelled like I twisted the cap off a bottle of Pine Sol. I didn't know if I was suppose to drink it or clean the floors with it. When it settled in the mug, the strong aroma of Pine Sol was still there, as well as some citrus hops and a hint of citrus fruits in the background. It tasted like somebody started growing grapefruits on pine trees and you took one of those trees and shoved one into your mouth. It was that piney and citrusy! Behind the grapefruit pine tree was a few other citrus fruits, citrus hops, and just the slightest hint of toasted malt at the end. The mouthfeel was very crisp with a strong aftertaste of sharp pine needles and citrus hops. It also completely masks it alcohol content. Pine and citrus hops conquers all! Overall a very good citrusy and piney IPA. I don't think I've had an IPA that was so strong in pine and citrus. I think I should have bought their 22 oz. bomber bottle because this little 12 oz. bottle doesn't go very far. If you like eating pine trees, then give IPA a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 18:16:51 | More by AltBock
Photo of coalcracker


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle.
Appearance: Dark golden with quickly dissipating head
Smell: Hoppy and citrusy
Taste: Blast of hops up front with the expected bitter bite towards the end. Notes of citrus fruit present. Clean is the keyword here; this beer also tastes quite balanced for its hop kick. The hop presence here is not outrageous, but strong.
Mouthfeel: Hops bite you early, but the beer feels smooth.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable, though I probably would not put down more than a couple of these in a night. This is yet another beer to savor and enjoy over a good conversation.

Overall: IMO, a top-class IPA. Ranks up there with Victory HopDevil.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 23:13:47 | More by coalcracker
Photo of bosco7


4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Freshness Date: 3/13/07 Tasted On: 3/20/07

A- Pale-copper tinged. Very clear. I like my pale ales pale. This is pale. Two finger head that lasts. Sticky lacing.

S- Huge hop aroma. Citrusy and sprucey notes up front and slight toffee aroma underneath.

T- Starts with a pleasantly clean caramel malt character, grapefruit and pine needles. Finishes with aggressive/astringent bitterness. Harsh but pleasant.

M- Medium body. Nice carbonation, not too much bite but just enough.

D-Extremely drinkable despite it's aggressive character. This is one of my favorite beers and not a month goes by without having one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 05:26:05 | More by bosco7
Photo of Redwood21


4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into clean pint glass
A: The beer is nice and golden, I didnt pour the beer that hard and subsequently have little head, however a good head thicker than normal lasts the entire drink. This is a beautiful beer.

S: I pick up strong hop aroma and some sweetness. I dont detect spice but this could jsut be me.

T: Extremely smooth especially for an ipa. This might be my new favorite IPA. There is a rush of hop flavor flowed by slight sweet/bitter notes. All well balanced and all delicious. It blends very well together.

M: Thick but smooth, not oil liek more syrup like. but still thin enough.

D: Ovrall its very drinkable especially for the IPA crowd. almost 7% is a bit high for an every day beer, but very smooth and easy to enjoy anytime

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 07:29:44 | More by Redwood21
Photo of cabsandking


4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden/copper with a bready off white head showing good stick. Big juicy tropical fruit nose, pineapple, and some hoppy esters. Mouthfeel is smooth with a full crisp froth around the palate. The taste is of citrus pith, pulpy fruit, some bready grains, an aggressive bitterness, sprucey, and hot spicy hops. The subtle sweet malt balances well with a honey sweetness. The finish is dry, bready, floral/herbal character and a lasting hoppy spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 01:08:56 | More by cabsandking
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden orange color only slightly hazy, fairly clear when warming up. Very appetizing look and smell. There are aromas of citrus and spicy herbacious pine over a sweet maltiness.
Sweet maltiness and mild grapefruit leads to herbal spiciness in the hop finish. Nice soft mouthfeel keeps the hop acidity from being overwhelming. While not a well balanced IPA overall (definately leans towards hop bitterness), Stone IPA seems to be more balanced than many hop-bursting American IPAs. I find this IPA a little easier to drink than some of the more heavier-bodied IPAs... gets me the hop fix without filling me up on 1 pint (or 22oz bottle)!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:33:01 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Mdog


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy gold with a good head and good lacing.

Smell: Sweetness and citrus.

Taste: Nicely balanced, bready with a sweet citrus hop kick.

Drinkability: Goes down nice, but isn't available here in MN.

The second of the gift beers from my friend in AZ. I've had this on my trips to the southwest and it is an excellent beer. Nicely balanced but still enough hops to satisfy. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 22:24:26 | More by Mdog
Photo of beerphan


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap -> pint
@ Birmingham Bridge Tavern & Smoking Joes, Pittsburgh, PA

Pours a golden oranged hazed yellow with a one inch fluffy head that leaves sheets of lace.

Nose: Even in the bar, you can smell the citrus,mostly orange rind, pineapple, hop bomb.

Taste mimics the nose. Citrus hops dominate. Just a sweet taste of malt, but helps alot lending some balance. Bitterness is tamer than expected, but the hop flavors are all over. Fresh orange juice, pineapple, grassy. Fruity and earthy.

Mouth felt medium and creamy. Excellent.

Super easy to drink. Sampled in 2 different bars and nose was incredible, in both a crowded smokin' spot and an empty lunch crowd.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2007 13:18:15 | More by beerphan
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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