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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

9,155 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,155
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 258
Gots: 1,193 | 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 AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale orangish with a huge bubble head that quited down rather quickly and didn't leave much lacing.

S - Been drinking too many DIPA's, this smells pretty muted, but nice in what you get. Citrus and grassy hops smell mellow nicely but that's about it.

T - Smooth, come citrus hops, but nothing too grapefuity, a bit grassy, somewhat sweet, solid malt backbone to even it all out.

M - Smooth, medium carbonation, nice light drinker.

D - This is the type of IPA I would give to people who are looking to try IPAs for the first time, it's pretty unoffensive, no offensive hop tastes, very drinkable.

AgentZero, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a hazy, translucent and glowing pale orange color. A thick, rocky 3 fingers of foam rests atop this brew and exhibits pretty good staying power. After a couple of minutes the head falls sufficiently to allow drinking and leaves behind some loose but very sticky lacing on the glass. A beautiful pour.

S - Citrus and pine are the name of the game here. Oranges and grapefruit take center stage with the pine playing just a bit in the background. A small hint of alcohol enters the equation. Very nice example of a west coast IPA.

T - Very dry, bitter - very good...Citrus is prominant as with the aroma - grapefruit plays a big role...still getting some orange and pineapple enters the picture too. Pine is still high, but sits behind the citrus flavors. Alcohol also comes in on the inhale and continues to contribute a bit to the flavor too.

M - Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation level. Carbonation is enhancing the bitterness and gives a nice lively kick on the tongue and cheeks. Very dry feeling IPA...bitterness lingers long after the swallow and also some of the citrus stays behind.

D - This is one of those beers that reminds me how many great beers there are out there right now. This is an exceptional IPA but when I walk into my favorite beer stores, I tend to walk right by...it doesn't stand out to me on the shelves...seems "common". But, I'm glad to have picked up this one along the way. This is a great IPA that suffers from great availability. Very drinkable IPA, great west coast flavors, reasonable pricing...what more can you ask for. Think I have to revisit this one more often...hmm, wonder how many other great beers like this I just walk by in the stores.

portia99, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of phiberoptik
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to be one of the staple IPAs according to hop heads I talk to. Decided to give it a try and must say it out works some Imperial/Double IPAs I have tried.

Poured into a "Sam Adams" Perfect Beer Glass.

Pale yellow with a small head. I LOVE the smell of this beer. If it was a cologne I could wear it!

The taste is hop heaven and it goes down smooth although I get a bit of a "tinny" after taste. Very light and not filling at all. I have to say I understand why this is a popular beer.

phiberoptik, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite happy to finally try this much talked about IPA. Also happy to say it is as good as everyne says. Basically they have nailed the style of American IPA. Nailed and virtually trademarked it. Hops aplenty on the nose in the mouth and well after you've finished. Having said that, it is still very well balanced with the malt and carbonation all nicely in place. Great benchmark IPA. Can't wait to try it again.

juju7, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly pale gold with a slight copper tinge. The head is fluffy light white and has great retention and ridiculous lacing. The nose is full of grapefruit and pine with just a touch of pot skunkyess. Sweet biscuit malt is also in the aroma. Flavor is wonderful with loads of American hop character. Grapefruit, pine, orange, floral and a hint of spice. It's all there folks. Strong bitterness, but this beer has a solid malt backbone that keeps it from being completely unbalanced. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with a sticky dry finish and lingering bitterness. The lighter body and dry finish makes it super quaffable. Could be hop addict's session beer if it had just a little bit lower of an ABV. Classic IPA, and one that I had forgotten how great it was. Glad I got a bomber.

zoso1967, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Really quite a nice amber/orange color, a fairly aggressive pour produced an enormous amount of white foamy head. Very nice sticky lacing as well.

As soon as I started to pour the huge aroma completely overpowered any other aromas in the room. My wife was cooking dinner, and as I started to pour, the smell of food seemed to dissipate and be overtaken by a huge citrusy, hoppy smell. Very nice

The hop flavor is nearly as dominant on the tongue as it is in the nose. Piney and bitter, lots of grapefruit and some orange zest, but the surprise is the malt presence. The sweet malty backbone really balances this IPA out. Medium bodied with a mildly sticky feel on the tounge. Very nice overall.

CBlack85, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 05.03.10, I wish they had the bottled on date since it is an IPA.

Pours into my american pint glass with a nice gold color and a foamy and rocky white head that takes a bit to recede leaving gobs of lacing.

It has a decent smell though not overly intense. It is very citrusy and zesty with also some herbal grassiness. There isn't much malt to the scent of this beer.

It is smooth and hoppy with a good amount of biscuity malt backing and a nice bitter finish. Luscious but insanely drinkable. This is the quintessential quaffing IPA.

The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied. This stuff is so easy to put back, it is like drinking water, far higher drinkability than a light beer especially when it is nice and warmed up.

Overall a great pick for American IPA if you want a superb quaffing beer.

crossovert, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tullip

Appearance: Pale orange and very cloudy with a very stringy white head, average to above average for a west coast ipa.

Smell: Lotsa grapefruit and florals, makes me think it'll be a bit of a bitter bomb.

Taste: Same west coast hops coming through, cascade and the like. Overall what I'd expect for an overhopped ipa. The bitterness overtakes the hop character a bit, but still not too bad.

Mouthfeel: A slight bit sticky, about average.

Drinkability: While still a typical unbalanced west coast ipa, overall this really is pretty drinkable. When I wake up and am feeling that bittery grapefruity taste...this is my go to.

BigIrishman, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of backfat
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light amber/copper with a two finger white head. smells pungent and brilliant. sharp alpha acids, tropical fruits, citrus hops, granny smith apples, and mangos. the tastes is great, with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. oily hops and huge fresh pine with a small malt base, a bit spicy. solid IPA. benchmark. this would be a great introductory beer for anyone 'crossing over'

backfat, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in imperial pint glass at Annie Bailey's.
Happy hour, $3 20oz pints of Stone, count me in! Nice looking IPA with a moderate head and good lacing. Smell is an assault to nose with a ton of citrus and a bit of pine. Taste follows with the nose plus some. A bitter-sweet citric parade fills the palate. The hop oils are ouzing out of every sip. Finishes with a perfect amount of bitterness. Dryness lingers on for quite awhile after a pint or two. Overall, a top notch IPA.

JunkYardJake, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally had a bottle of this that my parents picked up in PE and flew over at Christmas, but the bottle was a little old. Found a relatively fresh bottles at Geers in Gent, so was happy to give it another go.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thin looking white head with decent retention. Color is carrot red or orange peel with almost no carbonation. Head slowly recedes to a film and decent ring. Splotchy wisp remains, leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bold nose of pale malts, pineapple, honeydew melon and some piney notes. Some floral hop aromas and quite fruity. Very nice.

TASTE: Pale malts, pineapple again, and lots of honeydew sweetness and bitter pine. Plenty of bitterness at the finish, with pine and citrus fruits. A big, bitter and fruity aftertaste lingers and lingers on the palate. Tasty brew, and bitter in the Stone style.

PALATE: Medium-full body and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: Say what you want about their marketing, but Stone is one of the most solid and consistently good breweries in the States. This was an enjoyable and tasty IPA, and if you’re a fan of bitterness, this will not disappoint. Admittedly, the first time I had this beer many moons ago I was not all that impressed, but freshness may have been an issue there. This bottle was great, so I’m glad I was able to have it again. Well worth picking up if you haven’t done so yet. Recommended.

Jeffo, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of rrski198
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Big white head on top of a golden/amber hued transparent beer. Big time lacing.

S: Pine, citrus, grassy. Hops, hops, hops.

T: A very good representation of this type of beer. Very bitter and all sorts of hops flavor profiles coming through.

M: Good carbonation level. Dry for sure.

D: This beer is quite bitter and dry, however, it drank well enough for me to want another after I was finished. This is a typical west coast IPA, but better than alot of others I have had.

rrski198, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pretty brew pours a hazy golden to orange with a pillow-like, foamy white head that slowly dissolves to leave a generous sticky lacing.

Pine and citrus hops waft from the glass, but there is also an underlying sweetness, and further inspection reveals some grass notes as well.

The flavor is very traditional for the style consisting of pine and woody hops, and a sweet malt backbone for support.

This is a smooth brew, medium in body and medium to moderate in carbonation with only a slight drying aspect at the finish.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, great traditional aspects of the style, very satisfying, and offering great value at the store.

CHADMC3, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of obywan59
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

A somewhat tentative pour gave me only a finger and a half head and only moderate lacing. Golden in color and slightly cloudy but transparent. On the 2nd pour I went for broke and had to pause for a minute till I could get the last 2 swallows into the glass. 3 1/2 finger head in my pint glass.

A blast of hops after popping the cap that's almost as good as sex. Wonderful piney herbal aroma. Every now and then, a whiff of faint popcorn or coffee.

Nice, light sweetness, but the hops predominate. Noticable citrus early on. Long-lasting bitterness in the end. Aftertaste 2.0 kicks in with every burp, bringing the herbal vapors of the hops back to the fore.

Moderate body. Very biting early on, but mellowing out the more you drink. Slightly sticky. Nice burn down the throat.

A great drinker, but I'm finding the 6.9% ABV is slowing me down a bit.

I had thought that AB was the first Stone brew I had tried, but after reading the notes on the label concerning the gargoyle, I realized it was this beer. My feel at the time was that it was an inpressive brew, but I wasn't sure that I really liked it all that much.

Having sampled a number of Stone brews since, I have now become an official hop-head, and can accept this as the truly great beer that it is. In fact, I revel in it.

obywan59, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of nutritionalfacts
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden color with two finger white head that retreats quickly. Leaves great lacing all the way down the glass

S: Wow, Hops. grassy, citrus, pine, lemon. Great smell, one the best beer aromas ive experienced.

T: Starts off great, citrus, grass, lemon, biting hop bitterness. Bready malt comes up in the middle, nicely balanced. What throws me on this beer is the aftertaste. I cant pin it down exactly, its almost a strong yeasty flavor, combined with the malt I think that just doesnt appeal to me.

M: nice medium body, sticky, decent carbonation.

D: Scored it lower because of the aftertaste I get from this beer. But I could have a few more.

As soon as I smelled this beer I thought I was going to love it. But like I said above there is just something about the aftertaste that I dont like. However the more I drink it the more I like it, probably wont buy any more anytime soon though.

nutritionalfacts, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of jrbuch
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal, Golden Color. Not much head retention and a little lacing. Typical to style.

S - There is a pretty hoppy smell here. It has the citrus and some grapefruit, but it really smells like opening a bag of hops. It smells like hops.

T - There is a sweet malty taste, not too dry. The hops come through (there are definitely some C hops in here), and thee is a very clean bitterness in the end (tastes like Magnum). Very well bittered.

M - Good carbonation, not to light.

D - It's a good IPA, just not my favorite. It is what you would expect a Stone IPA to taste like.

jrbuch, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with 1 to 1.5inches worth of head; cloying lace.

Fresh grapefruit scent upfront, along with wet leaves (mulch) and floral pungency.

Grapefruit citrus, slightly sour, along with very faint strawberry sweetness. Grain sweetness along with hop bitterness that while overshadows the malt, still retains a semblance of balance. Hop flavor is fairly one noted.

Weighty and tongue drying and medium carbonated.

Flavor is enjoyable enough to continue to sip, and mouthfeel further augments the drinkability.

TheJollyHop, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_pours light amber color with a small frothy bone white head. Head quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Decent lacing.

S_ Straight up hops. Grassy, citrus, piney hops.

T_ Same as smell. Nothing but hops which im ok with. Basic west coast IPA.

M_ Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

D_Light,crisp, and refreshing. Easy drinking IPA.

nickadams2, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of Kitt
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Pours a nice yellow-amber color with a one-finger head. Ivory head persists with thick lacing.

Aroma a pleasing balance of sweet malt and colorful hops with a citrus-pine background.

Taste of striking hop flavors as hinted initially by the beer's aroma. Bitter hops linger nicely; however, they are not overwhelming in part due to a strong malt temperance. Straw and pines detectable as background enhancements. The hops remain as an eclectic and lively aftertaste prominent several minutes after consumption. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel smooth and of moderate weight. Carbonation moderate.

Drinkability very good, goes down rapid leaving one wanting for more.

This is an impressive IPA that lives up to all expectations - fine anytime, anywhere, with any meal!

Kitt, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy burnt orange color with good off-white foam. A bountiful hop aroma seems to alternate between citrus and pine. The taste seems to confirm this as the pine bitterness gives way to the citrus finish. The hop bitterness lingers for awhile but not overpowering. This IPA has a very smooth feel and is so well balanced that I think it is just a wonderful introduction for anyone into the IPA style. Easy drinking and complex, a great IPA for anytime, anywhere.

Bfarr, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a thin white head of foam and a fairly good amount of lacing.

Malt and grainy sweetness balanced with an assertive citric hop goodness is what I smell.

The sweet maltiness first hits the tongue immediately followed by a wonderfully bitter tang of hops. Piney and citrusy, the hops are very well balanced by the sweet and bready grains, and the slight carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of travduke
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy copper/orange body, two finger head decent lacing.

Smell: Pine, lot of grapefruit and lemon zest.

Taste: Very well balanced malt/hop profile with the bittering hops being more upfront.

Mouth/Drink: Smooth and easy to drink. I expected more out of this. Its a great beer, but all the hype it gets on here led me to believe its the best single IPA which isn't true.

travduke, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of olmatty
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Deep golden with a slight haze, a low white head.

Smell- Bitter, piney hops and pale malts

Taste-Piney hops with some citrusy and grassy notes. Malts run in the background throughout and finish dryly.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated with lingering bitterness.

Drinkability- Big hops overshadow nearly 7% ABV. Not heavy bodied, but a chunky mouthful of hops.

olmatty, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! I was hoping to make it something very special, like an Abyss that I've been impatiently holding onto, but I think this will suffice just fine. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stone straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pleasant honey-amber color that turns very yellow when held up to the light. A vigorous pour produces a two-finger creamy head that leaves an intermediate amount of lacing on the glass. It's very hazy, as well, which is what I like in my IPA's.

Smell: Stone IPA has a fantastically refreshing and zesty hop aroma to it. Fruit, and in particular grapefruit, is dominant motif in the scent. It almost smells like the hops are crusted with sugar in this one. This is probably one of the most luxurious fruity-smelling IPA's that I have come across to date.

Taste: The taste sticks very strongly to the hoppy grapefruit theme. At this point in the review, I'm noticing that this brew is about 2 weeks past it's best by date, which could explain why the hops are a bit subdued. It might be unfair to review an older example like this, but the beer is still damn good. It's sort of like biting into a grapefruit, if the grapefruit provided you with a pleasant hop bitterness towards the end. The sweet malts act to balance the hops nicely, as well.

Mouthfeel: This, for me, is the ideal IPA in terms of mouthfeel. It's thicker like a DIPA but still retains an adequate amount of carbonation. If it were fresher I'd imagine it would be a bit crisper, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt in that category.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable IPA and at 6.9% ABV is fairly low in alcohol. It's not going to bruise your palate with the hops (like Ruination might), so it would be nice to enjoy a couple of these.

Overall, this is a really nice example of the style and I would love to get my hands on a fresher version because this is a very hop-forward beer. It's not a hugely complex IPA but it's very well put-together and is something I would definitely drink again often.

zoso493, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of robertjbell
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A deep hazy amber/orange coloration with an luscious ivory head leaving a thin but enduring retention, and a lovely speckled lacing that also lingers long into the drink

Nose: WOW, this is a hop bomb, must be the dry hopping, I'm smelling definite West Coast hops, but nothing particular, probably Cascade, but also some mellower ones on the nose, such as Amarillo or Centennial. Also in the nose is a delicate balance between herbal and floral hop elements, a sweet, pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit citric hop element, and balanced by a sweet malty characteristic rounding out the aroma into one of the best smelling IPA's I've been able to lay my hands on.

Taste: A gentle malt sweetness is apparent up front, mixed with a definite taste of pine and grapefruit in CLASSIC west coast IPA fashion. Mingled in are strong citrus notes and a nice, full hop finish that doesn't blast too hard.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy, but with a nice dry bite on the finish

Overall: One of the best traditional west coast IPA's out there, hard to top.

robertjbell, Mar 01, 2010
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,155 ratings.