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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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8,665 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,665
Reviews: 2,766
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 953 | 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 spointon
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very bright, slightly hazy pale golden color. Even with an insanely aggressive pour, the white head only started at about 1/2" and quickly dropped to a skim. Decent sticky lace down the glass.

S= Aromas were bursting with pine/citrus hops. Very fragrant and pleasant for a hop lover such as myself. I also detected the cracker thin malt presence in the background.

T= The front end of this beer is all hops. I found the dominant hop flavors to be citrus, pine, and maybe a bit herbal. Dryness started in the middle and didn't let up until the alcohol warmth of the finish kicked in. I am sure there were some malt flavors at work here (the beer wasn't totally unbalanced after all) but they sure hid behind those puckering hops.

MF= Medium bodied, with a relatively light feel on the tonhue. Low-medium carbonation levels throughout.

D= I loved this beer, but only someone who loves hops and off-the-charts bitterness would. A great year round session beer despite the abv (though I wouldn't plan on evaluating any other beers after this has fried your palate).

spointon, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

Medium amber colored, with a big white pillowy head that seems to be sticking around.

Aroma is piney, and citrus hops.

A lot of big hop presence here. Piney resin, minty, herbal, seem to dominate. Some citrus, grassy flavor as well. This one also has a strong malt presentation as well. Very bready and a nice balancing act for all that delicious hop flavor.

Slick and oily, but the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Wish I could really chew on it.

Overall, a very good IPA. I could see kicking back with a few of these any day of the week.

dancinwillie, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Bev Mo in Redwood City on a business trip to SF.

A - Golden with good clarity and a moderate off white head. Nice lacing.

S - Initially a mix of floral hops, yeast and malt but then it becomes all hops. Very nice.

T - A very compelling citrusy flavor with a real grapefruit bite. A bit tart and tangy. It has a good supporting malt foundation that stands its ground but knows better than to interfere with the hops. This is just my style.

M - Good body and a perfect low to moderate carbonation.

D - A fantastic beer. My first Stone experiences were with their Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard years ago. The alcohol was way too obvious in those beers and I didn't like them at all (that was then, I love them now). It's taken me a while to warm up to Stone but this IPA is about as good as it gets.

GJ40, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of bjoyce12
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

One more review after more than 1300 prob won't make a difference, but this one is worth it. A prestigious brewery like Stone wouldn't let their signature IPA fall flat. Beautiful appearance, stong nose of hops, great hoppy taste followed by an exceptional hoppy kick. Not the absolute best IPA I've ever had(Flying Dog IPA, Smuttynose Big A are slightly superior), but this could be considered the IPA standard bearer.

bjoyce12, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Fantastic beer! One of the best IPAs I've ever had - I think I only like the Stone Ruination more. Everything here is top-notch - smells great, tastes even better, and its never too strong or too hoppy. Stone may be my favorite brewer - I need to try their Imperial Stout to be sure. Like all Stone beers, this IPA is highly recommended!

prsguitarsr4me, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of MP72
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

A- Nice burnt orange kind of color with a nice white head.

S- Smells very strong of hops and citrus

T-taste was real citrusy and pinelike very tasty brew indeed.

M- was surprisingly thin compared to Victory Hop Devil which I drink often. Very good mouthfeel though.

Drinkability was a little low for me there is an aftertaste that I dont care for and would stick to the hopDevil for regular consumption.

Still a great IPA and solid all the way. I cant even imagine Stone making a bad beer.

MP72, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of association330
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Pours a deep golden amber with reddish-orange hues when held up to light. Features a two-finger head that becomes a thin, creamy cap over the course of about five minutes, with nice patches of lacing.

S - Floral hops, grapefruit rind, spices, malted grains

T - Hop spiciness up front with malted grains that add a touch of sweetness. It's followed by grapefruit and pine sap, which concludes with a yeasty, bitter finish.

M - Creamy and moderate, with a good carbonation level.

D - One of the most balanced IPAs I've had.

If you like IPAs, seek this brew out. It's a shame that I have to head downstate to find it.

association330, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Silenus89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance was yellowish hazy orange color that was just calling me to drink it.

S. just like straight hops... a bit of citrus too. how can you go wrong?

T. very piney hops that dominate my taste buds. i cant figure anything else out of this but malts too

Mf. Feels bitter on the tongue but once in your system its a very warming feeling

D. I love drinking this brew its one of my favorites and leaves me always wanting more. Check out the Ruinination IPA too it always gets me thinking about the worlds mysteries...

Silenus89, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Bright but hazy, yellow in color but throwing some reddish orange hues when admired. Head is minimal, but sticky and sappy.

S- Really fresh tropical fruits mixed with the typical grapefruits, oranges, and lemons from the hops. The caramel like backing is staying out of the limelight for sure letting the hops run the show.

T- Citrusy again, explained close to the description of the nose, refreshing and light, but piney and oily at the same time; makes a nice compliment for each other and balances the equation. The bitterness is just right blending with the sweetness of the honey malts adding to the effect.

M- Light but oily in the mouth with medium carbonation. Just right for the style.

D- Very nice brew. Refreshing and thirst quenching on a hot summer day. I like the citrus characteristics of this brew a lot.

MMAJYK, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

A copper body with a nice, big white head. Great retention. Tons of sticky lacing left on my glass. A really great looking beer.

Smells like hops. Citrus, bitter notes, grassy.

The flavor is also dominated by hops. Especially the citrus flavors. Bitterness and grassy notes are also noticeable. I can barely detect any malt at all, which is ok with me. I like IPAs and DIPAs to be super hoppy.

A dry mouthfeel from all the hops, but appropriate as far as I'm concerned.

Good drinkability, a great IPA here.

Hojaminbag, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of N8TheGreat
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Served in a Pint Glass at 48 degrees. Poured a nice golden hue with a tinge of orange in direct light. Head was thick and white and left pleasant lacing. Rough but pleasant hop notes dominate a very inviting aroma. Taste is the expected and potent smack of bitter hops with nice hint of smooth malt in the finish. This is a classic example of an American IPA.

N8TheGreat, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of youngleo
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Ale was cloudy and gold with a little brown overtones. Head was about half inch thick, but had some real nice lacing. Left rings around the glass with every swallow. Every swallow left more bubbles around the edges. Smelled of floral hops, malt and citrus. Tasted a little dry, slightly bitter, and had that pine taste. It just tasted good. Felt good in the mouth. carbonation was good. I would drink these all the time and will buy again. I couldnt make this a session beer because of the higher alcohol content. It tastes so good you just want to gulp it down. But if you want to treat yourself, its worth it.

youngleo, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of therealmccoy3
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Very good drinkability. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada; good and hoppy. Has a high alcohol content. Could not sit all day and drink them and still be able to safely use a table saw.

I would purchase this again and would consider it as a 'staple' beer for everyday drinking.

therealmccoy3, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Golden amber with a pure white head that clings to the pint glass. The aroma brings the first notion that this ale is world-class. The hops jump out at you and pull you in for the taste, which is even better. The excessive dry-hopping produces a powerful IPA-worthy bitterness that somehow manages to be completely smoothed out by the mild malt character. Medium to light body with a serene crispness. This easily makes my top 3 IPA list. There should be a picture of this brew in the dictionary under India Pale Ale. Mission accomplished, Stone.

itcomesnpints, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A- Pours a lighter golden orange color with a nice foamy creamy colored head. Head has good retention and also leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- All I can pick up is hops and I like it.

T- Nice hop bitterness. Hop dominated, the first thing I got was a ton of piney hops. Just enough malts somewhere in there to balance things a bit.

M- Medium body, nice and sticky.

D- A great beer. Recommended and easy to drink.

nrbw23, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Biggness
4.4/5  rDev +4%

This ber pours a semi cloudy amber with a 1.5 fingered white head. The smell is of citrus and malts with some fruity smells mixed in. The taste is very pleasant, a very well balanced IPA with beautiful hops flavors followed by a very smooth malt flavor. The flavor is very fruity for an ipa which is nice for a change. The mouthfeel is very nice and well carbonated. Borderline a 5 drinkabliltiy, just a wonderful brew and I will drink it more often on tap!

Biggness, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Aroma is very floral, citrusy and hoppy. Pours a darker golden color, or light orange with a moderate to small head but still some nice lacing. Crisp hoppy flavor with sweet citrus, moderate bitterness and dry. Very nice with amazing drinkability even if you are not a hop lover. One of the best IPAs around.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Head is white that really stays awhile. Color of beer is a copper almost like a really light orange.

S- I really don't get a lot of smell. I get a sniff of the hops.

T- Earthy refreshing nice.

M- Nice on the senses.

D- Very nice to drink on many different situations.

mattffrost, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of gfreed
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Nice flower blossoms in the nose with a tinge of orange and other fruitiness, and a fluffy white head that doesn't last long but sticks to the sides of the glass. A bit of malt up front offers some sweetness, then there's the giant bite as it goes down. Wonderful! Very dry, quite fizzy. Hugely bitter in the aftertaste with plenty of citrus rinds and pepper. Pretty in the glass, too. Highly recommended.

gfreed, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Loved the Arrogant Bastard so much I had to get the other Stone Brewery 650ml bomber my Whole Foods offered.

A- Amber with another BEAUTIFUL head that sticks all over the glass. Quite transparent

S- Harsh citrus spicy IPA with alot of hops

T- Taste is tangy and again citrus with a grapefruit rind punch

M- Feels better going down than it does on the tongue due to the bitterness

D- Goes great with spicy food, I'm eating mine with jalepeno/onion/ground beef/green pepper pizza.mmm

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours medium amber in color with a creamy khaki-colored head. Piney, citrusy aroma with a lot of grapefruit om the nose. The mouthfeel was much softer than I was expecting for an IPA, but I like it. The softness adds a smoothness to the drinkability of this IPA.

Based on the nose the initial taste was not quite as "juicy" was i was expecting. I was anticipating hoppy for sure, and it's there, but it strikes a near perfect balance with the malt. Piney and nice a nice blend with the malt presence in the background behind the dominating hop bitterness. Grapefruit flavors emerge in the middle. Another solid offering from Stone.

Winter, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A: Light copper color with a slight haze and a nice white head that laces

S: Basic malts and hops, nothing out of the ordinary.

T: First thing that hits you is the hops. They are present, but they are nothing noteworthy in this one. Mostly pine hops with slight citrus and a moderately sweet malt backbone

M,D: The active carbonation is great and the alcohol is hidden perfectly

treyrab, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Bounty628
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Stone IPA is brewed in the American style for an India Pale Ale and is remarkably solid IPA offering that you should try if you can find it. Fortunately for me, a smaller package store out here in eastern Massachusetts has Stone Brewing bombers on their shelves, a nice addition from the west coast to an east coast palate. The bomber version of the Stone IPA (22 ounces) is really the ideal way to drink this beer, so pick yourself up a couple for a nice weekend of quality beer.

The Stone IPA comes in with an ABV of 6.9%, so it certainly packs a nice little punch in terms of alcohol in the beer. Though it comes at 6.9%, there is a sensational drinkability to this beer and the alcohol remains off in the background and is not trying to ruin the taste by being too in your face.

Though this beer certainly could be simply a session beer and not one to serve with food, for the bombers that were picked up I decided to serve them with grilled salmon and it worked out perfectly. Seafood always seems to complement IPAs remarkably well and the spiciness of Stone IPA lent a welcome hand to the grilled taste of the salmon.

When poured, Stone IPA pours a rich amber to gold color that nicely fills the glass. Upon pour, there is more than a moderate amount of carbonation that really does not give way much but instead leads to a thick white head that holds true almost all the way through the offering. Since the large head holds steady for quite some time, needless to say there is a thick white lacing present along the glass, as well.

Stone IPA is a medium body IPA to pour and the quasi-cloudy nature of the beer remains throughout the drinking.

The rich aroma of this IPA is toward the top of the recent memory of IPA smells. An almost immediate smell of grapefruit and caramel malts are noticed once the beer is poured. From the nose alone there is every indication that this is going to be a good hop filled offering. Other citrus smells like lemons and oranges can also be found in the nose.

If you are not into hoppy beers or have no idea what a hop head is then this beer is one that you should stay away from. The taste of the Stone IPA is rich with an impressive hop flavor that is beautifully crafted as being the right balance of spice and flavor. While there is some pine noted, other than the hop taste of the beer, there are also subtle citrus tastes that also work their way into the offering.

Bounty628, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Chaz
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

A medium pour produces a pale tan head and a decent collar of lace. The brew itself is golden-amber in color, although I wanted to be lazy and just call it "orange." It's also a bit murky, with a fair amount of suspended yeast - looks good so far. Cascade hop character is fairly assertive on the nose, although there are other varieties here no doubt. I'm also getting plenty of fruit esters here, including honeydew melon and a touch of peach! It's smooth on the first sip, and the almost gentle carbonation on the mouthfeel veritably propels the malt character alongside the hops. There is the slyest wink of alcohol and an almost smokey character ascending into the aromatics -very subtle- and I am liking it. Notes of Golden Delicious apple co-mingle on the palate alongside the almost spikey, insistent hop notes, and overall this is a lot smoother and mellower than I'd anticipated (by their reputation I figured everything Stone brewed was an unrelenting hop bomb!) The finish is dry yet forgiving, as the hops do not overshadow some of the more subtle biscuit malt notes, which really take on more prominence as the drink progresses.

I am not a huge fan of American IPAs but I am definitely liking this one, and would certainly like to try it on tap. For the incredible reputation this company has achieved this is a rather laid-back and approachable rendition of the style, and that bumps my score up quite a bit.

Served chilled in a bulb.
Single purchased in Chippewa Falls ; )

Chaz, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of andyinsdca
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance: Sightly cloudy amber, good head, excellent lacing that lasted all the way through me drinking the beer.

Smell: Flowers, very fragrant, a great smelling beer

Taste & mouthfeel: A slightly hoppy, but not overpowering, west coast IPA. Some more flowers, a touch of spice. Well balanced.

Drinkability: A great beer that you can taste from the beginning of the glass/bottle to the end. Excellent flavor. A stupendous example of the west coast IPA.

andyinsdca, Aug 13, 2008
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,665 ratings.