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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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9,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,511
Reviews: 2,838
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 291
Gots: 1,516 | FT: 8
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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Photo of beerman207
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Saw this on tap at a bar called "The Pub" near my house so had to finally sample this beer.

A: Wow - Can see through it, the orange hue is fabulous and the skim head left leaves great lacing on the glass

S: Pine hops, very floral, and great citrus tones

T: Hops galore, bitter up front, malt in the backbone to chill it out. Very well done

M: Not overly carbonated - just about right for a an IPA

D: All night long - just fabulous!

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

750ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011.

A - Golden orange body with a head that dissipates quite quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing that clings to the glass.

S - Hops lead on the aromas with some pine and citrus notes.

T - As with the aromas, the hops definitely lead the taste, bringing some pine and citrus notes and punchy bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Very drinkable, though starting to get a little high on the ABV for too many in one session.

Photo of Jinholic
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another IPA this time by Stone. Pouring this into my pint glass right now.

Appearance - Clear pale orange 3 fingers of head with some thin lacing.

Smell - Sweet citrus and hops.

Taste - Almost everything I smelt sweet citrus with hops at the end a bit dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Clean and smooth can't even tell this is 6.9%.

Drinkability - I'm not even done with it and want another. Just an awesome west coast IPA can't wait to try something else from Stone.

Photo of mattkoon
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have really started to love the complexities of IPAs. The ipa from the stone brewing company is a great one. The piney citrus comes on strong as soon as this champion hits your tongue. The bitter finish packs quite a punch. This beer is deffinatly not for the drinkers of that sissy lite swill that little lady-like fellas love. I would expect any less from the makers of arrogant bastard!

Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This brew poured a very attractive orange color. It was cloudy with a somewhat average sized white head. Not a whole heap of retention and it left some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A nice floral and perfumy aroma. I smell the grapefruit, some orange. both citrusy and fruity. Some piney notes along with some mild malt. Smells very nice and balanced. I started to get a dry bread smell as it warmed a bit.

Taste - A prominent amount of bitterness at first with the taste. Medium to high hop flavor. Grapefruit citrus is really nice and not over the top. A touch piney. Again, very well balanced and even. A slight resinous flavor as the beer went down.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Wonderfully dry and snappy crisp. Really blankets the palate and the taste hangs on for a great long while. Nice!!! Goes down way too easy.

Drinkability - Everytime I have a Stone beer I'm impressed. This brew is no different. Very solid all the way around. Perfect for the Spring and Summer day. Most definitely worth a try. Cheers!!!!

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light honey

S - Pine, resin, light citrus.

T - Piney, resiny. Touch of white bread.

M - Light. Moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

Photo of JesteR14
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color, small bubbles coming from the bottom of my tumbler. Nice creamy head that lasts a good while. Soapy bubbles in the head for sure. light body and slightly hazy. Very nice to look at.

S- Very hoppy, with some floral citrus smells.

T- Very nice fresh hops, come on strong but its not overwhelming. Lightens up in the taste and something that surprised me. Very fresh tasting and the after taste brings out this nice citrus flavor which i enjoy. Someone who enjoys hops like myself would love this beer.

M- Dry and low carbonation.

D- Pretty high, nice easy drinking IPA with great balance of flavors.


Photo of smibroncos
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Poured a slightly cloudy, light straw, with a nice one and a half figer white fizzy head. Great lacing on the glass.

S. Pine, citrus, grass, perfume, floral

T. Classic IPA. Short sweetness followed by lots of citrus overtones, buttery, great bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, light carbonation slightly dry finnish.

D. I really like this IPA I get it everytime I can find it Thank You Stone

Photo of DannyDan
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA pours a nice clear golden color with excellent retention, some of the best lacing I have seen on a beer and good carbonation too. The smell is of herbal hops, some pine, a little bit of citrus and pineapple. The aroma makes me look forward to the taste. The taste is strong herbal hops followed by some grassy earthy taste than some pineapple and citrus in the middle and staying until the end and finishes off with more herbal hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and very enjoyable to drink since it is so good that it just goes down nicely. This a a must try IPA, great beer highly recommend it.

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

Poured from a bottle to a standard American sized pint glass.

A: Bright gold with a sizable off-white head. Great retention on the head.

S: Very bright and tropical fruit hoppiness with a lot of myrcene influence. Good but not exceptional

T: Fairly sweet and fruity hop flavors. Citrus and apricots. Once again, lots of of myrcene. It finishes with a very smooth and refreshing maltiness.

M: Wonderful, the mouthfeel is silky and almost creamy. This would be amazing in a nitro serving.

D: Great overall drinkability. I only mark down slightly because of my personal taste. I have a hard time drinking more than a couple of any IPA or similarly hoppy beer. This is probably an exception to the rule though because of the smooth finish and buttery mouthfeel.

Photo of dalimsta
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Pretty typical appearance and texture for an IPA.

- Aroma is interesting--a bit of citrus and pine with something else I just couldn't place. Not bad, but it didn't draw me in.

- I definitely agree with some other reviewers about the grapefruit bitterness up front. It's a bit overpowering, especially when taking a lot in at a time--it really does taste like unsweetened grapefruit juice with some pine at the end. After the bitterness cleared up, though, I got a really nice malty breadiness. I just wish it had come sooner, since the overwhelming hops presence isn't all that pleasant.

- Drinkable, but go slowly. Taking in too much at once bombards the palate with astringent hops.

Some might like the bitterness (and Stone writes clearly on the bottle that they loaded their IPA with hops), but it just isn't for me.

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle and amber hued clean orang with a carbonated thin white head that receded and gave some good lacing to the glass. Smell is of centinial and magnum hops with a tiny hint of some caramel malt, but let's be honest this beer is about the hops. Taste is pine citrus and lemon with a smooth backing of caramel malt with a biting hop finish. Mouthfeel is balanced and simple not too heavy but not efforvescent. Drinkability is easy as this is a classic american india pale ale. Give me another.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey and has decent carbonation, very little haze, and some off-white head that sticks to the glass a little. Looks refreshing.

Hops and hops on the nose, but not overwhelming and very much in line with what I like in an IPA. There is citrus, some astringency, some piney-ness and a little sweetness. The malts are there at the very back.

This beer is more about the bitterness than the sweetness, but both are present. Citrus, grapefruit bitterness, pine, hop oil, the malts are bready and sweet but definitely in the back seat. A little warmth brought the orange/juicy tangerine to the forefront. A touch syrupy...about the perfect amount for me, not cloying or over-sweet.

I'm suprised that people rave about the mouthfeel, to me it wasn't more or less impressive than most of the regular IPA's I've had.

I deemed the drinkability to be fairly good.

Good beer.

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

S - I just bought a set of snifters. So This was the first beer I drank it out of.
A - The appearance is golden and almost orange looking.
S - I smell Glorious hops and Citrus.
T - Tastes great, a little bitter with a noticeable citrus taste through out.
M - The mouthfeel is a little bubbly like champagne but thicker.
D - A good beer that is worth trying.

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

Right into a pint comes a nice fluffy foam of bright white head slowly popping with invitation. Golden straw color smells of pine and citrus or floral herb. A gulp deals a nice creamy hop burst - I want to say Amarillo, but I'm not that good yet. More sweet of a finish after that nice balanced bitterness to start. The 6.9% is present but that balance makes for a fine drinker.

A nice IPA at a solid price.

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sat here sipping this after I opened it and realized, I could save a helluva lot of money if I just bought unsweetened unsalted white grapefruit juice.

A= nice amber-gold, fair head with nice lacing and pooling.

S= nice hops florals, sweet malts and what I call fresh linen laundry-starch which apparently refers to one of the malts.

T= grapefruit and more grapefruit rind. Ultra bitter. Great if one's goal in an IPA is pure IBU. But for me it's lacking character. Modest sweet malts buried in there. Still, I'll give it 4.0 for Stone apparently meeting its goal.

M= post grapefruit-rind with some mild but nice malts on the tongue along with the linen-bleach malts effect.

D= for someone in an entirely IPA-max mode this is probably great stuff. For the more casual IPA lover like me who is still a total Stone fan, but who prefers a little balance and flavor, it's got limited tolerability. Plus, there are no ratings for "Stomach" and mine is complaining about acid-overload at the moment.

Photo of chilly460
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours a nice amber color. Finger of off-white head that sticks around a bit, provides a fluffy white cap. Decent lacing.

S - Great pine smelling IPA. Mix of subtle grapefruit mixed with clean smelling pine, nice pungent IPA scent.

T - Pine up front with some lemon and orange peel, but definitely makes you remember the rugged pine punch. Balanced with some biscuity malts but overall pretty mild. This was one of the first IPAs I tried and it was definitely enough hops to feel like I was drinking a "real" west coast IPA, but still not over the top.

M - Good balance as expected, medium body and carbonation.

D - Still a good beer, big pine hops checking in.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served in a flute like pint glass

a- light amber, dark yellow with a hint of yellow. pillow like head.

s- sweet pale malt. light fruity malt

t-mostly sweet pale malt, so light the alcohol shows through. very little hops, most of the hops are piney

m-so smooth

d- very light, easily kill a 12

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

pours a deep golden haze with half inch head into tulip.

Without a doubt, this is one of the more interesting smelling IPAs I've tried. I can enjoy this beer without even tasting it, that good.

That said, the taste certainly didn't disappoint, I prefer a more bitter finish to IPA, this was a bit sweet, but overall very pleased. Will certainly buy again.

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

On tap poured into a chilled pint glades

Pours a light pale amber with a small light head that throws on some sticky lacing. Nose vegetal, slightly heady and earthy.

Taste is bitter, sticky and a bit sweet but the malt takes a bac seat in this big west coaster. A bit harsh on the finish but it's solid. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Very good.

Photo of patreely12
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy blonde, orange tint. tall fluffy head about 2 fingers.
good bit of carbonation.

S - bitter floral from the hops, piney. very faint underlying sweetness. citrus too, orange or grapefruit rind.

T/M - nice, smooth mouthfeel right up front, almost creamy. citrus and malts smooth the bitterness out so doesn't hit you right in the beginning, it's more of one long climaxing note where the strongest of the bitterness is in the finish. really fresh and refreshing. light to medium bodied. mild carbonation.

D - reasonably drinkable for almost 7% ABV. IPAs are not my favorite style, but I liked this a lot. I'd say that it's my favorite IPA that I've tried so far.

Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. Forcefully paired with the plaintive wail of a female Irish folk singer.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a big creamy two finger white head. The head is long lasting and leaves a lot of lacing when it recedes.

S: Redolent of grapefruit flesh and rind, and orange pith. Grassy and herbal notes are detectable. Malt provides light cracker notes. It's all hops, though more subtle and restrained than your average San Diego India Pale Ale. Light pine resin notes are revealed after the beer warms to an adequate temperature. This gets much better after it warms up a bit. It was very cold.

T: Grassy, with notes of orange, pine, and grapefruit. Malt is faint and crackery. Bitterness is at a moderate level. There's a bit of grapefruit rind in the dry finish.

M: Upper light in body with upper moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: Strangely enough, I rarely drink Stone beer when I'm at Stone. This is the sort of beer that's always there and is often overshadowed by flashier offerings. However, this is definitely a good IPA, and sadly one that I probably won't drink again for some time. Still, tasty stuff.

Photo of treehugginslug
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good

S - Wow! Now this was a fantastic smell. Smells just like when you add hops to the brewing process, possibly Cascade hops involved. Very nice. My wife even liked the IPA smell, which she normally does not like.

T - Now, the taste was not as good as the smell, but initially, my beer was nice and cold and tasted pretty good. As it warmed up, it got a little more bitter.

M - For an IPA, I could drink a few more.

D - Like I said, for an IPA, much more drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
Would I drink it at a party? Yes
Did my wife like it? Like the smell, but not the taste.

Overall: Smell was exceptional,the taste was ood.

Photo of bbb099
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, pale golden copper color. White foamy head with decent amount of lacing.

S - Citrusy and floral hops up front with small amount of yeasty odor.

T - Herbal and citrusy hop flavors with notes of grapefruit. Good bitter piny aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Finishes quite clean.

D - Good drinkability. An impressive IPA overall.

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

A - Pours a pale yellow with a golden orange hue, silky shiny head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Soapy citrus and pine hops, sweet lemon, touch of bubble gum. Reminiscent of Thrills bubble gum.

T - Sweet floral hops with a soapy flavour that lingers. The hops are quite bitter, yet not offensive. The sweetness really sets this apart from your standard hop bomb IPA's, and makes it quite delicious.

M - Medium bodied ale that possesses a slight prickliness going down, yet finishes with the perfect amount of dryness.

D - A very tasty IPA, loads of hops with a nice bitterness that makes it easily drinkable. A light and floral hop offering and easily a hop head favourite.

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