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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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9,704 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,704
Reviews: 2,880
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 311
Gots: 1,724 | FT: 9
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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: 9,704 | Reviews: 2,880
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle with a BB of August 2011. Picked up from Beeritz in Leeds - my first Stone brew! I love the label style on their bottles.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy golden-amber hue with a good level of fine carbonation. Produces a huge head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. A powerful hoppy aroma greets the nose, underpinned by a generous dose of sweet malt. Notes of pine, resin, citrus and brown sugar.

Tastes of rich, sweet malt with an intense hoppy bitterness. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, pine, and citrus. The hops have a spicy quality that warms the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation and considerable astringency. Aftertaste of pine bitterness.

Excellent. Aromatic and bitter with a good malty backbone. This typifies the American IPA style - nicely balanced with stacks of hop character. A must-have beer.

Photo of Brunite
3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale straw-yellow color with a decent head.

S: The smell was plenty of hops with a predominance of floral and grassy notes.

T: The taste was disappointing. No sense of any malt at all. All hop bitterness...and not in a way that appealed to me. I get that thi is an IPA...but just bitter is not what I want.

M: Pretty good...medium bodied.

O: One and done for me. There are other IPA's I prefer. Two hearted, Green Flash, Hop Devil.

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

Stone is not a brewery to be taken lightly. With their penchant for adding more hops to their light beers than most brewers stick in an Imperial IPA, it comes as no surprise that even their entry-level IPA smells intensely of pine and grapefruit. Below that bitter layer rests orange and apricot scents, and a good noseful of brown sugars.

On the tongue, hops are front and center, the brew's 77 IBUs translating into an instant pine and grapefruit shock that makes identifying other flavors difficult. Still, there are other tastes there: orange and lemon peel, brown sugar, banana, and hints of wildflower honey. The aftertaste, like the rest of the mouthful, is dominated by hops, and lasts for quite a while.

Overall, Stone's IPA is good fare, and definitely does not shy away from the hops. Hop-lovers will rejoice at this bitterness, but at the same time, many of the beer's more subtle flavors get lost in the mix, marking a possibly huge weakness (depending on your tastes).

Photo of jnn4v
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed within 30 minutes of getting the growler filled.

A: Dark yellow / pale orange color. Very slight haze. No sediment. Some off-white / very-light orange colored head.

S: Peach, bready yeasty malt, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Very similar to the scents, but with a slight resiny / piney aftertaste. Very clean and relatively basic textbook IPA flavor. Balanced malt and hops, but in the aftertaste, the hops win out.

M: Medium viscosity. Moderate carbonation with moderately-sized bubbles.

O: Everything is textbook about this beer from the scent to the flavor to the mouthfeel. A good benchmark IPA.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden, frothy head. Smells AWESOME! Very hoppy, very citrusy. The taste was a let down. Did not taste as hoppy as the smell, nor as citrusy as the smell. Not a big fan of the bitterness. Total let down. Typical mouthfeel for an IPA. Solid carbonation. Overall, the bitterness killed this for me. I think without the bitterness, this would've been better. Also, I wish the taste would've matched up with the nose.

Photo of metal850
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a 2.5 finger off white head theat leaves great lacing. Golden in color with a slight haze.

S: Big hoppiness, with citrus, grass, and resin notes. Nice subtle malt background.

T: Intensly bitter with a strong hop flavor of resins and earthiness. Malt is there, but just enough to tell you that this is malt based beer you are drinking.

M: Crisp with a low carbonation.

O: Good IPA, very assertive as Stone is known for.

Photo of dvsbizzyb
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Shows a bright golden orange with a very thin white head. Leaves a nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell - Strong hop scent with hints of citrus in the background.

Taste - Dominant hop flavor that lingers on the tongue but an aftertaste of grapefruit and an unknown sweetness help balance it out very well.

Mouthfeel - This has a refreshing feel to it. It's on the low side of medium as far as carbonation goes which is great. Leaves a mellow coating of bitterness but nothing overbearing.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable.

Photo of grittybrews
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured a rich, hazy orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy white head. Fresh, juicy pine aroma with hints of grapefruit and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slick mouthfeel. Bread and gentle orange/grapefruit up front with some slightly sweet caramel and a dry finish with pine and grass.

Very nice IPA -- it's one of the last major offerings from Stone that I've tried, but it shouldn't be upstaged by its flashier siblings. This IPA is spot-on!

Photo of mdcrouser
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Upon rumor of Stone having a "Kansas City"-branded bottle on the market here in the last week or so, I went on the search for it, hitting a couple of area liquor stores before finding three cases - I left all but one bottle behind.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle, noting that we're the "top dog" of BBQ, suggesting that it would pair well with the beer. We'll see about that.

Tiny pocks of tannish head that you can almost tell will lace, throw shadows through the somewhat cloudy golden-orange beer. Picking up some sediment as well.

Piercing with herbal and citrus notes on the nose, filling it with promise of what's to come.

Herbs and greenery on the tongue, spicy too with the hops at the fore. Closes with a hint of carmelization and like a fading light, slowly muting to the tongue.

What an outstandingly good IPA - less citrus than many, but more of the herbs than most, which really turns your tastebuds on their ear.

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

A- A straw colored, semi-opaque beer with an almost bashful white head, decent retention. Layers of lacing down the side of the glass.

S- Pine/citrus hops, a slight sweetness. Slight yeasty, bready smell. Smells like the flower room at the funeral home.

T- A pretty big hop blast to the face. Serious bitterness, a grapefruit with no sugar. Maltiness arrives as it warms up.

MF- Good carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Dry and almost harsh. Bitterness lingers and then lingers some more.

O/D- Just what I was looking for tonight- more bitter than balanced, made my eyes red. A happy example of the style, I think.

Photo of lewis8
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Poured this beauty into a tulip glass. Slight haze with a nice light honey color. It looks great in this glass and has excellent lacing.

s- You definetly can smell those centennial hops in there. A big citrus and floral nose coming through. Oranges and grapefuit with a touch of pine.

t- The taste is very similar to the smell. You get a good bitterness upfront with a huge citrus blast. Then you taste the malt, which is slight. It has a touch of graineness in a good way. Then finishes super dry, which i love in an ipa.

m- The mouthfeel is great in this beer. It coats your mouth enough to enjoy the malts, but then finishing dry to make it crisp and refeshing.

o- This is an excellent beer for a true hophead. It showcases all the aspects of a great american ipa. A highly recommended beer.

Photo of roodie
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Sandy's in Huntington Beach

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a tea brown with white foamy head with good retention. Lacing covers the length of the glass

S: hoppy piney bitterness resin like quality. No real fruit or malty component

T: hop forward. Bitter the way a good IPA should be. Some malty sweetness contributed at the end

M: bitterness dries out the palate. Very smooth on the tongue, quite refreshing

O: a great hoppy beer, this and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are my go to beers for sessioning

Photo of tobelerone
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was looking forward to trying this one for a while but have to say I was slightly disappointed. Nice beer but doesn't really stand out for me amongst a crowded IPA field packed with great beers. This one looks nice, cloudy light amber color and modest head; smell is slightly floral hops, continuing in the taste. Bitterness is pretty restrained for a west coast IPA. Mouthfeel is thin enough, medium carbonation, definitely highly drinkable.

Perhaps I got an old bottle; there was no dating but I did buy it from a very solid store that keeps the product moving. Overall the flavors were a bit more muted than I would have liked but this is a solid B IPA nonetheless.

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

12oz bottle into tulip, from notes.

A: A bright, murky straw body, with a good layer of white head. Lacing is formed in layers.

S: Aroma of very floral hops, slightly herbal and earthy. Medium hop intensity.

T/M: Cleans the palate with a juicy burst of liquid hop flavor. Bitterness catches up with the body and dries things out. Lingering finish is strong bitter and dry, while mouthfeel is quite refreshing. Malt body is present, but hops are leaning on the heavier side.

O: Overall this is a very flavorful and layered IPA, that is a solid goto IPA.

Photo of jthomp000
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light copper/amber in color, nice lacing
S - Smelled of hops and grasses; very nice
T - Tasted of citrus and pine. Very delightful
M - Perfect cabonation
O - A very well balanced beer. Exactly what I would expect from Stone. I will have this again, as well as any others I can get my hands on!

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

A-golden amber color with an off-white head and good lacing

S-pine and hops aroma with a little citrus

T- pine and citrus flavor with a nice blend of solid hops, very well balanced

F-medium body with pleasant carbonation

O-terrific IPA with great flavor and balance

Photo of huhl23
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another hop-tastic treat from Stone. A vigorous pour creates a beautiful cascading effect, and the lumpy, sticky head is also very pleasing to the eye. Hazy orange color. Soooo aromatic. Pineapple, citrus fruit, and raw, herbal hops- intense aromas. Very complex taste. Nice fruitiness and surprising sweetness. Hop character is bitter and long-lasting, and perhaps a bit medicinal. Herbal for sure. The finish dries up a little, and the oily hop feel is replaced by a more leafy one. Some spice (perhaps from the alcohol) in the finish as well. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but the hops make up for it. As a Hophead, this brew makes me very happy.

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