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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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9,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,351
Reviews: 2,808
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,309 | 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 MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/08/10. I guess the freshness is pretty good for grabbing it at Giant Eagle.

A- A more yellow take on an IPA than many others. This beer is only moderately clouded by chill haze. A nice, big white head rises up and holds. Lacing is quite intense.

S- Nice and strong smelling. I am catching little wafts of oranges as it sits next to me on the desk. A closer inspection reveals a nice floral note going on. Nice strong pine that is very west-coast/Stone. A nice classic, fresh, hoppy smell.

T- Not too bitter, but slightly more bitter than most other breweries' year round IPA. Mostly pine but there is a lot of orange and grapefruit.

This beer does live up to how good everyone says it is.

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

A: nice classic bright orange color off white head fairly clear

S: citrus grapefruit orange

T: citrus grapefruit orange drys out the tongue fairly decent hop bite finishes clean makes you want to take another drink

M: light to med mouth with med carbonation

D: highly drinkable

Overall: one of the classic American IPA's one of the first craft beers I ever had about 5 years ago. Great stuff!

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a three finger head. Great retention. Lacing is also excellent. 5

S: Very floral dominated smell as well as a sweet fruit, like an apple... a pungent smell of hops was also present. 4

T: Floral, oak, and herbal flavors. Some malty sweetness. I am not a huge fan of the hop choice, they very seem pungent to me. 3.5

M: Nice smooth character, does not seem like there is too much carbonation present. Good solid body. 4

D: The only complaint I have about this beer is the hops. They seem much too herbal to me. Like one of my mom's homoeopathic concoctions.

Photo of animalchin
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Definitive body and color of solid light copper with insane amounts of sporadic, yet dense lacing all around the glass.

S - Very earthy, grassy hop aromas that team up with some malt and a clear pungent bitterness. Excellent.

T - Hot damn. Obviously plentiful in the hop category - but with it comes a crisp, citrus and herbal quality that pleasantly lingers on the tongue and palate. As with the smell - a very grassy taste goes along, but this is a good complement to accentuate the earth-like tones that distinguish this IPA from many others.

M - Very aggressive action on the tongue, but nothing out of the IPA ordinary.

One of the best IPA's I've had. Been wanting to try this for such a long time. Stone does not lie when they say that they like to go big with their beers. They don't hold back anything, yet they don't over-do it either.

Any IPA fan will not be upset by this beer.

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

A- Pours golden with light lacing and a white head. Slight haze to it.

S- Mostly citrus hops. Some pine smell mixed in. Smells like a nice IPA.

T- Very nice strong hop taste. Citrus at the front of it all. Grapefruit and pine hops mixed in as well. A very solid IPA. Not the best I've tasted but a very good hoppy IPA.

M- Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Nice bitterness to it.

D- Very solid beer from Stone. Wouldn't expect anything less from them. Not the best one I'd ever had, but a pretty damn good one.

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

A-Pours a clear golden orange with a white head that pretty much remained throughout and decent lacing.
S- piney citrusy hops dominate the nose i get a faint smell of malt in the background but not much. Pretty subdued to me

T- For a beer with such a quiet nose the taste is quite a smack in the face! Great taste of hops n malt intermingling , all the classic IPA taste with a great malt foundation. Im tasting mostly grapefruit and brown bread baked to perfection
M- smooth oily slightly watery but I cant complain
D- Perfectly sessionable .
This is a well crafted brew certainly deserving of its reverence . A perfect example of what an IPA should taste like.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a transparent slightly hazed golden orange with a good bit of dense creamy off white head that leaves a solid lacing.

S-a light bready malt lies up front with toasted grain in the middle. the hops take over with pine and citrus, notes of grapefruit, pear and appricot.

T-a lot of the same, extremely well balanced as the flavors seem to meld together in harmony, the malt base flashes quickly in the front with bready and caramel and compliments the piney hops towards the back. the toasted grain is behind the malt and adds an earthy quality that adds complexity and balance to the herbal hop presence. The citrus hops are juicy adding grapefruit, appricot, and mango. there is a moderate lingering bitterness that rolls down the back of the tongue. very well done!

M-light body, clean and crisp with a well done carbonation, juicy on the tongue and crisp in the finish.

D-this is a well balanced IPA that has malt flavors really complimenting the big hop presence. everything compliments each other so well, it has the complexity you want but the hop bomb and bitterness you need.

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Poured a pale orange-gold with a slightly hazy clarity. A creamy/frothy, one inch bright white head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap with some thick swaths and strands of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass. Nose reveals grapefruit and resinous hops notes with a trace of caramel or toffee in the background. Flavor profile is very well balanced - some citrus astringency at the start, a little bitterness at the middle and towards the back (not as piny as suggested by the nose) and a light biscuity presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an assertive carbonation that falls shy of prickly but leaves a residual tingle on the tongue after each quaff. Astringency lightly stimulates the salivary glands. A very solid and drinkable IPA with great balance. Doesn't overly assert itself in one direction which greatly accentuates the drinkability.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (August 16, 2010). "Enjoy by 10-13-10" is printed on the rear of the bottle, so this just about two months shy of the freshness date.

Eyes: A very pretty looking beer. Gold-amber in color with decent haze. A nice white colored head erupts under a vigorous pour. Lacing is significant.

Nose: Strong hops, pine, not overly complex.

Tongue: Damn this is bitter. Surprisingly heavy on bitterness and surprisingly light on flavor. I expected a rich flavor profile, but this is dominated by bitterness. Malt is sparing. West Coast IPA for sure.

Mouth: The sharp metallic bitterness leaves it's impression on every sip. Carbonation is good, but doesn't cut through bitterness.

Libation: I like this beer, but frankly I expected a whole lot more based upon reputation. It's a bitter IPA, I get that, but I'm just not getting the complexity that warrants the bitterness. I think there are better options out there in terms of delivering an interesting/complex flavor profile, which this doesn't.

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

My first taste of the stone brewery came on vacation in TX. It remains one of my favorite IPAs, and one of the best values available anywhere.

This IPA was a single 22oz bottle, poured into a 16oz wide top beer glass.

Poured typically IPA-ish in color, golden tan and slightly cloudly. The head was very thick and lasting with tons of lacing. Super-fine bubbles could be seen rising upon close inspection. A very fine looking IPA.

Smells of bitter hops and pine forest. There's an indistinct but detectable sweetness. Very pleasant but not that strong.

Tastes very, very good, and within the IPA style it's definitely a standout. I haven't enjoyed an IPA like this since I reviewed Smokestack's double-wide IPA. A complex set of flavors includes pine trees, grapefruit citrus, a complex hops profile, a nice spiciness, and a light sweetness.

Feels very nice. Mildly bitter, especially for an IPA. Aftertaste lingers slightly between sweet and bitter.

Drinks very highly for the style, and indeed for any style.

Stone remains one of the best breweries anywhere, IMO. Every beer I've had from this brewery is great.

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

Appearance- golden in color, small white head from a fairly aggressive pour, crystal clear. good lacing

Smell- hoppy pine, some wood, citrus, NICE

Taste- some sweet malt up front followed by a splash of citrus, and a nice dry hoppy pine finish.

Mouthfeel- pretty light, highly carbonated, could be a bit thicker.

Overall- this is your classic west coast ipa. not unbalanced but definitly hop forward. hops are not overwelming but stick around just long enough to keep you going back for more!

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

A flash of white through the blinds, and I know it's time to start the day. Again: shirt, pants, shoes, belt. It's too damned hot to be wearing this in the Texas heat. "That's why we have A/C at 73 in the office." Yeah well, try telling that to my car's busted A/C. Maybe they should meet up, spawn a new, working A/C for me to pitch (home brew pun) in the car.

I want to walk in the office and scream like Maldoror, curse my boss and the rest of the knee-jerk jackoffs who are laying me off. I want to "restructure" their bones.

Instead, clothes now on, I reach into the fridge and plunk down a Stone IPA. And at this moment, I feel like the gargoyle on the front really gets me, really agrees with my Maldoror impulses.

It pours a nice copper color with white, foamy head. I can smell the hops from the table and as it gets closer, I notice its fruit, citrus companions.

My brain says, "Yep, yep," and down goes the first gulp at 7:30 a.m. The taste is hop bitterness balanced in a way that only Stone seems to pull off so regularly.

It is thick and has a nice body without being syrup. The finish is fantastic, and I can't stop drinking it. I could drink this all day, but alas I have to go in to work, for at least a few more days before they finally hand me the exit.

Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased shortly after stone invaded chicago. the bottle date was current when i drank it (a while ago). found notes for this review recently. drank from a stone brewing pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent pale copper colored body with a rather large and fluffy white head on top. the head lasts for a while, and leaves behind solid rings of lacing. very nice.

S- being a stone product, the blast of hops i get when i place my nose near the glass is expected. lots of grapefruit and lots of pine. what is also expected is that the malts take a distant back seat here. a small amount of caramel comes through.

T- a small amount of semisweet caramel malts start this one out but are quickly overpowered by a solid blast of hops. tons of pine and citric (grapefruit) flavor.

M- a little lighter than i would have expected or liked. the carbonation is somewhat high. it does leave a nice bitter and dry aftertaste.

D- its a toss up between this and two hearted for my go to IPA. i usually settle for whatever one is on sale. sometimes with green flash's west coast IPA. glad this one made it here. also glad they list the freshness information on the bottle. every IPA should have that.

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

Grabbed on a whim in my never-ending search for a better American IPA.

Appearance is light amber to caramel colored. Head forms to medium height of off-white color and retreats nicely leaving its fingerprint behind.

Aroma jumps into your nose as a citrus pine combo and sets the taste buds off in wanting their turn to enjoy the party.

Taste starts off like an above average IPA but quickly shift to a great hop taste served up with a citrus exclamation point.

After-taste is pleasant and sets the stage nicely for your next sip.

Highly recommend this IPA as the Gargoyle emblem has definitely protected the hops from evil spirits that can ruin a good beer.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy gold color with a fingers width frothy head leaves a nice generous lacing.

S-Hops floral and earthy with a slight breadiness

T-Bitterness across the palate which is a bit spicy/pepperynot much sweetness or malt stepping up.

M-medium bodied nicely carbonated Hop bitterness that lingers but not too long.

D-Fairly decent effort on the part of stone I could definitely Have more than one of these..


Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden, verging on light amber. with a 1.5 finger head that has decent retention and extremely sticky lacing.
S- An aggressive hoppy aroma, with pine scents and fruit smells also permeating. a faint bit of alcohol aroma and just enough malt aroma to prove its existence.
T- Very hoppy opening, herbal and coniferic. Hits the tongue hard, but gently subsides with some malt balance and a bit of breadiness before it finishes with a drying hop flavor. The breadiness seemed a bit strange sandwiched between the hop flavors but it wasn't overly distracting.
M- Smooth and creamy before the drying hop finish sets in. Full body for the style.
D- Top notch drinkability. One doesn't even notive that it's 6.9% until he reads the bottle. An excellently crafted and flavorful ipa.

Edited 7/17/11: Doesn't quite pack the same hop punch for me now that it used to. Still hoppy and flavorful, but the alcohol seems more prominant to me now than it did the last time I had it, thus had to lower scores a little bit. Scores changed to reflect updates.

Photo of kagent777
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained during travels to S. Lake Tahoe.

Poured into a goblet. One finger wide head settles to a thin film over a hazy light golden beer.

Smell: Light solvent alcohol, pine, and citrus. My nose is not good enough yet to distinguish which ones. Not as potent as the ruination I had a few days ago.

Taste: Just as an IPA should be, this one is hoppy but also balanced with the malts. The balance is very good. The finish is longish with the carbonation perfect, not too fizzy

Mouthfeel: This one is probably a great example of how an IPA should feel.

Drinkability: If I could get these on a regular basis, I would. This is a very good IPA.

Review #2

Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty standard looking IPA, somewhat hazy orange copper with an almost white head. not quite as big a head as I would have expected, but it retains and laces pretty well.

aroma is very hoppy. pine, tropical fruit, citrus, grass. backed up a bit by some light malts.

bitter and fruity taste. grapefruit is more apparent in the flavor than the aroma, pine gives way to plenty of tropical fruit and citrus peel. malt is just noticable. a bit of a peppery spice comes through and lingers along with the bitterness for a while.

mouthfeel is very good. medium bodied with tons of carbonation and some good hop resin left on the bitter and spicy finish.

drinks rather well. You have to have a decent hop tolerance to enjoy this one, but if you do it will satisfy your hop fix very easily.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times before, never took the time to review...why not now?!

Golden straw in color, 2.5 finger stark white head, with loads of tiny bubbles. Laces the entire glass.

Smells very bitter, floral and woodsy. It's very good and aromatic, but not extremely in your face.

Taste is an initial bitter punch in the face, fading to some very slight malts in the background. Bitterness much more pronounced than in the nose. Beautiful.

Feel is lighter, crisp, and clean.

Got a sixer, it's Friday, and I'll definitely easily drink a few.

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

A- golden color with light lacing and a bright white head

S- has a strong aroma of hops and citrus. The sent has a bite to it (smells promising)

T- very simple strong taste. You will taste hops. There is a slight taste of citrus but its all about the hops. It bites at the end and overall has a good taste. It's not the best IPA I've had but it's up there.

M- medium carbonation, medium body, nice bite at the end.

D- Not too expensive when compared to other beers in its class. Its an enjoyable drink but probably not one you have more than one or two of. Overall a solid IPA but not quite the best.
Edit: also had it on tap had to change the taste up a few notches.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into teh Sam Adams pint.

A - Pours a nice strong golden color with some orange hues and a slight haze. Nice .5 inch head that is white and recedes quickly leaving a nice ring around the glass.

S - Delicious orange and citrus, very typical of a West Coast IPA. Slight biscuit malt.

T - Starts off with a refreshing and straight foreword citrus hop hint. Some nice grassy and flowery taste. finishes off with some mild bread malt and a nice dry crisp finish.

M & D - Crisp, medium body, refreshing and delicious. Great solid offering form Stone.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a vibrant golden orange, with a bright white head that dissipates quickly. Not too much lacing going on.

S: Strong presence of pine and citrus hops, with a certain sweetness. Smells tasty.

T: Very underwhelming. Not much hop bitterness, but the pine taste is very upfront. There are also great notes of juicy citrus-grapefruit flavors that saves it. Enjoyable to a degree.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation, but not as smooth as I would prefer.

D: I've had this on tap and in bottle several times, trying to get into this beer, with all the hype around it. I've been disappointed every time. I doubt it's a freshness problem (having it fresh out of a new keg), I am trying to like this, but there are too many other good IPAs out there to give it another chance. The only Stone product I never plan on buying anytime soon.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

transcribed from a super old rating.

12 oz. bottle tasted blind.

pours hazy gold with little white head.

Solid aroma of jasmine and lemon.

Unfortunately, something just tasted off and out of balance for this IPA and the bitterness just did not work for my palate.

Super dry crisp clean mouthfeel with solid carbonation and a quick finish.

Overall, a solid IPA, representative of what Stone does with hops.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-golden in color with a good head. Light lacing.

S-Really pungent and luscious. Graprefruits. I was afraid that the Ruination would blow this beer away, but it does not.

T-Super hoppy. Dry and piney accompanied with a huge grapefruit kick. Hop foward, not much malt. One sided but scrumptious.

M-Lighter in body but still slick.

D-Heavy on the bitterness but still very drinkable. Dry, fits my style.

One of the tastiest and boldest regular (non DIPA) IPAs you can get your hands on. Easily stands next to Ruination without any questions.

Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear dark golden color with a foamy white head.

Simcoe/Amarillo hops are big on the aroma, with just a slight hint of malty sweetness.

Hoppy and bitter with loads of grapefruit and citrus, yet smooth and balanced, with a subtle backbone of sweet caramel malt.

Medium bodied and crisp. Satisfies without kicking your ass.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,351 ratings.