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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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9,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,347
Reviews: 2,808
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,304 | 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 drtth
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear peach/amber color with a ½" fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving sheets of foam on the side of the glass. Sipping leaves a sheet of ridged foam on one side that clings to the glass while on the other side the speckles and legs of lacing do their thing. The head and lacing on the glass persist for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh pine mingled with grapefruit zest. There's a mild presence of malt. I'm expecting this one is going to be all about the hops.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flavors are a nice mix of pine and grapefruit with maybe a touch of lemon in there too. While the malt backbone is present, the malt and its light caramel sweetness never really moves front and center, rather it keeps to its supporting role.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly smooth and creamy with the active carbonation. The finish is medium long and begins with the grapefruit zest showing but then trails slowly off in to dry light bitterness that just disappears.

Drinkability: I can see why this IPA regularly gets high marks. This is definitely a well-made beer that fits the style nicely. I have had this one before, am enjoying this one as each sip easily follows the one before. I certainly expect I'll be choosing this beer again in the future.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BEER Review 100!

A - Pours a light somewhat hazy gold color into my pint glass with about one finger of head moderate retention and very nice lacing.

S - Strong aroma of hops, pine and grapefruit citrus notes as well as sweet malts.

T - To me, this is a great tasting IPA. Sweet malts, followed by a very nice pine and citrus hop fusion that finishes with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Medium in body, crisp and refreshing.

D - This drinks great as an IPA, and all you hopheads out there like myself remember this is an IPA, not a double or imperial, and for the category it's in it is an awesome beer!

Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with a large head. Lots of lacing throughout. Wonderful aroma. Blend of citrus, hops, pine but no one aroma more powerful than the other. Taste is bitter with a citrus flavor to it. Good amount of hoppiness as well. Lots of flavor to this IPA. Not overly drinkable but can be consumed at a good clip.

Photo of lstokes
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Attractive, great-smelling, very tasty American IPA. It's orange with a head that fell pretty quickly but left nice lacing, and smells of wonderful citrusy hops. It tastes of them too, although the finish gets a bit piney/spicy, and has a light, clean mouthfeel with vigorous carbonation that you can't help but enjoy. This is a reliable beer, nothing particularly unique, but perfectly crafted and a must-have for IPA fans.

Photo of Dspohn
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 12/08/10, I believe this dating system for the IPA is for 3 months, making this bottle a few weeks old, a good start.

A firm pour yields a 2 inch white rocky white head on a clear light orange body. Some pretty nice lookin lacing also. The smell of this beer is a little interesting, very clean, with grapefruit and pine dominating. There is this sort of strange citrus rind almost melon like flavor and smell that I always get with this beer (Hop Czar from Bridgeport gives me the same thing). The taste is much the same, quite bitter with about equal emphasis on grapefruit and pine. No tropics to speak of. Some light malts give a little support but not much. Actually a quite bitter IPA when consumed fresh, I might actually go as far as to say this beer is more bitter than the Ruination which I find has some more sweet citrus and tropics. Pretty much the standard when it comes to IPAs, but definitely not the best. Carbonation is pretty much spot on.

The rindy/melon taste kind makes the flavor profile kind of distracting in my personal opinion. This is a beer I've had many times but is definitely not my favorite from stone. Give me a Ruination or SSR over their standard IPA any day when I'm looking for some hops.

Photo of greenbean3
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house :)

Appearance: cloudy, light golden color; lighter hue than expected for a high ABV beer.

Beautiful head, especially just after tapping this baby.

Smell: Piney hints with citrus aroma. Typical IPA scent

Taste: Great beer. Comparable to my favorite, Bells Two Hearted Ale. Citrus overtones but a decent malt balance. Dry finish

Mouthfeel: ????

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden, like all great IPA. I do not know why I keep excellent high gravity beers on tap at the house.... glutton for punishment.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little blotchy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: on the first whiff I got more sweet maltiness than hops but did manage to detect pine, bready, and slight citrus notes.

T: the hops are not that potent like the nose but it did seem to come with grassy, earthy, pine and tea like notes. I thought the malts were playing a prefect role on the balance and not overly sweet.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a grassy, piney, tea like, and very mild hop bitter pinch.

D: it drank quite well but was kind of dissapointed on the hop profile and bitter punch that was lacking especially coming from the arrogant bastards. This IPA was a west coast hop let down.

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark orange/yellow, some tan mixed with unfiltered floaters. Not much of a head

Smell - Pine, malts, grapefruit. Hops, very citrus smell.

Taste - Pretty much from the smell i knew what i was getting. Strong hoppy ipa. GRapefruit and orange is present. This is pretty strong for a regular ipa. Nice and bitter

Mouthfeel - Feels like i just bit into a grapefruit, then chased it with orange juice. Very fruity that covers mouth but doesnt ruin it.

Drinkabilty - Very high. This is near perfect unless i wanna go hop heavy, then i move up to ruination or such. You can drink 3-4 of these no problem. I always keep a six pack handy. One of the best ipa's out.

Photo of Dunkle
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to have this on tap way over here in Michigan!

A: Hazy golden orange color with an inch of white foam. Some lacing throughout.
S: Smells like citrus (especially when compared to the bottle) fruit. Some floral hops as well. Smells quite fresh.
T: Initially, I taste the citrus hops. Then come some pine hops which leave a bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced and not over-the-top.
M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied.
D: Drinkable for the style, but I've had more drinkable IPAs. One or two is enough for me.

A good IPA, but nothing too special. I would recommend this, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. It's readily available though, so bombs away!

Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance: A bit of a straw color, with a nice yellow. HUGE foamy head, that settle down nicely and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy, with hints of caramel, grapefruit, and pine from the hops.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful, the bite of the hops is there, but it's not aggressive, it's balanced nicely with the malt. Finish is very nice, and leaves a hint of pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of carbonation, just enough to feel a bit prickly, but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, but at 6.9% it would hit the head after a few. Absolutely a joy to drink

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: There's a slight haze in the copper, straw colored beer with a pretty huge slightly off white head. The head leaves behind great lacing and retains very well.

Smell: One of the best smelling IPAs I've had. There's a huge floral hop character in the smell with some hints of citrus and grassiness. There's a little sweetness in there but its pretty much all hops all the time. Incredible.

Taste: Follows the nose very well. There's some toasted malt in there but its mostly the floral hops and the citrus hops in the taste. There's some pine taste towards the end of the taste. I'm surprised to see that its 6.9% alcohol because the taste doesn't give this impression at all.

Feel: this is medium bodied tending towards light. There isn't that much carbonation but just enough. Again, you don't taste the alcohol at all considering that its just shy of 7% ABV.

Drink: very drinkable. I got to the bottom of my glass a little quickly. Its just too delicious and its not something you have to sip. I could easily see drinking this as a session beer, even with the 6.9% ABV.

Overall, one of my new favorite IPAs. This along with Smuttynose's IPA are going to be my go tos for the style. I'm surprised I took so long to try this out given that Ruination IPA is one of my favorites. Definitely do yourself a service and give this beer a try!

Photo of jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my CBX pint galss

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a huge, 2-finger sticky white head. Excellent lacing.

S - Citrus hops dominate with a bit of pine floating around.

T - Toasted malt with more floral citrus hops and pine resin in the finish. Very balanced.

M - Medium-light bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Infinitely drinkable, this is one of the standard-bearers for American IPAs. Amazing beer, amazing brewery!

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

Golden straw appearance with 85/15 beer to head split. Nice lacing that dissipates slowly.

Hoppy with lemon, lemongrass, and grapefruit notes.
Fresh and sunny appearance and taste.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with nice balance of fluid and carbonation.

An above average IPA for me with excellent presentation and drinkable because of it's restraint with the alcohol and flavor characteristics.

Photo of divineaudio
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a weizen glass. freshness date marked.

pours a standard translucent gold color with a little yellow around the edges. gave me a great big foamy head that rose above the edge of the glass before calming to a thin film. lots of sticky lacing left in my glass too. looks like it should.

big floral hop character in the nose rounded out by notes of citrus, fresh cut grass and lightly toasted bread.

taste is about what i expected. toasty malt with loads of flowery and fruity hop character. strong piney bitterness that hangs on the back of the tongue and a dry finish. nowhere near balanced, though i'm sure that was intentional.

mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium with enough carbonation to fell prickly.

pretty drinkable, but high enough abv that i really feel it after 2 of these. To me the epitome of west coast ipas and probably should be on everyone's beers to try list. i'm pretty sure this set the standard at one point, but there are certainly more exciting examples of the style out there.

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

Pours a hazy golden orange with a few fingers of off-white head that leaves sticky, resiny lacing that may require steel wool to remove.

The smell is pure IPA thoroughbred. Generous dry hopping is apparent in the heavy citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon zest as well as pine, very little malt in the aroma but who cares.

It tastes just like it smells, delicious. Very few IPAs I've tried have this delivery of hop characteristics but the retention of individual tastes and the citrus qualities of each hop variety is amazingly well blended. Finishes bitter but the malt carries it through smoothly.

Great beer to represent the American IPA style, bold hoppy flavor and boozy weighing in just shy of 7% ABV. Not a beer to session but goes well with spicy food and it's my go to for the over $10 sixer category.

Photo of glazeman
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter

A: medium orange in color with a 1.5 finger white head. Moderate retention, and mild lacing.

S: Lots of lemons on the nose, with some tangerines as well. Nice smell, but not quite as complex or intense as I would have liked.

T: Mostly a citrusy IPA w/o much pine character to it. The main flavors I get are orange and grapefruit. There's a nice bitter kick at the end as well with a little bit of earthiness to it.

M: Par for the course. Nice level of carbonation, but it doesn't have as long lasting or nice of an aftertaste as top tier IPAs.

D: Great drinkability. This beer tastes pretty good and goes down easy.

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

To me this is the trademark beer for west coast styled IPA's. It has a nice head to it and great fruity smell. The color is an almost murky gold.

This beer is not meant to be a ballanced IPA and focuses purly on the bitter. There are some hints of almost citrusy flavors but they are wiped away almost instantly by the taste of hops and even more hops.

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

Pours a beautiful pale golden-orange color and offers a dense, thick head that fades slowly, leaving plenty of lacing and a thin persistent head. Aroma bursting with hops, namely citrus, pine, and grass aromas. A wonderfully balanced flavor with just enough malt to stand up the hops, and little alcohol detectable. Overall highly drinkable, and an outstanding example of the American West Coast's world-class IPAs.

Photo of bobhits
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In most styles of beer I take a standard somewhat generic beer and I hold all others to it. The APA for example is best shown by seirra nevada. I'd never call that a great beer, it's average in most of its efforts. With IPA's I used ot judge them to dogfish head 60 minute but stone ipa honestly is easier to get and all IPAs end up being graded down because they aren't stone.

The nose is other worldly, served in a stone iPA glass the nose is just breath taking. Floral, fruity, spicy, piny, and hell if I could have this as a perfume I'd buy it for all the ladies. This is the best smelling beer I've ever been with.

The appearance is cloudy off yellow/copper, an unimpressive head on this pour but normally it does far better. Leaves a decent but not amazing lacing. Not much carbonation.

I'm an atheist, but this beer makes me want to thank god for the taste. It's citrus, crispy, with malt COMPLETELY in the back seat but at the same time perfectly complementing the hops.

Look, I've given beers 5's before. This beer is the best beer I've ever had when I really truly sit back and judge fairly. I can't give the appearance a 5 though...again a flaw in the bro's scores. Many beers have exceptional qualities. This beer in many places is perfection...and there is no 6 to give.

In the quest to try every beer on the planet one often forgets about the easy to find and cheaper offerings. Well IPA lovers...there is no better staple. There is no beer I come back to as often and trust me I've got about 40 different beers in the fridge...this one will be bought again before all of those are even sampled.

Photo of Plokhooy
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For what it's worth, Stone IPA and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are the two stalwarts of the American IPA / Pale Ale class. Stone is a very drinkable IPA that is great for both hopheads and casual beer drinkers alike. Even if you are not a big fan of "hopped up" beers, this is still a must try.

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

A - Good head after it's poured into your glass. Nice light orange color, great carbonation that leaves pretty bubbles on top.

S - Good citrus and forest floor smell. Very simple, not at all overwhelming.

T - Very nice citrus with a yummy piney bite. You can make out the malts as you swallow, with a awesome hop flavor all around. The after taste makes you want to take another drink just to experience it again.

M - Not too heavy for an IPA with medium body and a great balance of carbonation.

D - Easier to drink than a lot of the IPA's out there. Not too bitter and goes down very easy. As I said in the beginning, each drink of Stone makes you want another. This is one of my favorites. All attitude, thanks Stone!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all i love the label and spiels on the back of these bottles just stoked to be able to be drinking a brew from Stone,it pours a non see through tangello hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a nice two finger head and clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is nearly spot on with hints of pine resin,marmalade,passionfruit and lychee,it has a pleasant medium bodied mouthfeel which is lightly sticky and leaves you with tastes of passionfruit,tangerines,grapefruit,some light toffee malts and finishes with a tiny bitter tinge basically a perfectly balanced beer in my eyes that i could drink all night if given the chance and will definately revisit this fine drop.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow hue. Very little head, but what head there is stays around as a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Smells like it should, citrus and pine hops, caramel malt background. Simple, to the point.

T - Taste is a lot more citrusy than the aroma implies. Caramel malts are still there but are pushed even further to the background by the fruitiness from the hops. Pine hops are slightly less prominent than the citrus. As the initial rush of hop flavors fades, it goes more towards the sweet caramel malt base. It fades very nicely into that with a bittersweet grapefruit taste.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue. Not as oily as most IPAs, more silky. Finish is sweet with some slight citrus notes.

D - Very good drinkability, 6.9% isn't too high, but definitely not "sessionable." Not so bitter that it will ruin your palate for the night, not too sweet to give you a headache after drinking one.

Photo of BBP
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A honey gold color with fair carbonation and a massive foamy head.

S- Pine resin, citrus and hops. Not much malt to be found.

T- Leads with bitter hops and then becomes bittersweet as a grapefruit flavor begins to rush in. Leaves a very good grapefruit aftertaste. I've never been much of a grapefruit fan, but I'm starting to think that beer will make me one. A bit more hops than the average IPA.

M- Medium high body and a carbonation that goes perfect with it. Fairly creamy as well.

D- A very solid example of an IPA. To be honest, it's working it's way towards a double IPA. Very easy to down, and considerably hoppy. Would definitely get it again. More grapefruity than most though.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops, but is a little bit faint. I get some orange citrus, pine and flowery notes. The flavor is more assertive, with notes of pithy oranges and some caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and just about right for a regular American IPA. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A very good IPA.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,347 ratings.