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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

9,496 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,496
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,491 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great great ipa....very well balanced...

pours a nice small head....with great lacing....yellow orange in color....

smells like hops!....an assortment of great hops....literally smells like hop pellets!

taste is great....taste like a flower....but the maltyness comes through nice as well...

great creamy mouth feel....well carbonated...

pretty nice drink ability...prob not quite a session but close

Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy orange/copper color with a two finger white head.

S- Big juicy citrus hops, some some hints of pine. A little sweet smelling.

T- Really nice pine and citrus hops that are well balanced, nice spiciness, and a good malt backbone.

M- Nice medium body, creamy, smooth.

D- This is a great IPA and really worth trying if you like IPAs. I will definitely buy it again, but I don't see this being my go-to IPA.

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

Pours a yellow/orange straw color. Slight haze appearance, not fully clear. Small, thin white head.

Smells of hops with some citrus to it. Orange peel and slight lemon. There are grassy and floral notes to it as well.

Very nice taste to it. It's got a good amount of hops but they don't hit you until mid taste, and then it's a good mix of bittering and flavor. Does have a slight lemon hint to it. Its not overly bitter like the other IPAs are. It's got a good amount of flavor, but it doesn't demolish your tongue.

It's surprisingly very smooth. I expected a bit more harshness on the sip but its not there.

I've had a lot of IPAs lately and they all seem to start running together. The market is saturated with a lot IPAs tasting really similar. This one is very good and not overpowering. The Ruination is definitely more along the lines of what I've been seeing in the market lately, but this beer is a nice balance of body and taste. Very good.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: citrus and floral hops, slightly sweet

Ap: golden-orange with a 2 finger off-white head, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp, smooth

Af: hop notes- both citrus and floral, little bit of grapefruit shines through, slight sweetness, maybe some caramel, slight bitterness

O: easily drinkable, classic IPA style beer

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love west coast beer, especially the IPAs, so forgive me if this comes across as biased. Had this before,back in my native home state of CA, this is my first reviewing it here.

A=Light-orange, with surprisingly little head, leaving faint lacing. Not very good in appearance character for an IPA, but don't be fooled.

S&T=Nice power of hops coming at you, but not overdone, perfectly balanced with a solid malt backbone. MMMM MMMm!!!! Very Tasty.

B=Solid medium body, with good carbonation that doesn't distract from the good flavors here.

Another outstanding IPA, a good solid example of the West Coast IPAs. I miss my home state so much. Will be getting again, when I can find it here.

Photo of TheBear11D
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a solid clear golden orange with a foamy nearly white head with good lacing.

Citrus hops galore; grapefruit and orange are the standouts. The hops are extremely abundant, but not unpleasantly so, just enough to build the anticipation for the flavor to come.

The citrus hops make an amazing flavor with grapefruit leading the way. I also am picking up some orange, lime and perhaps a hint of caramel tucked in the back, but only for a brief moment. This beer is all about the citrus hops.

This is a very smooth beer with lively, active carbonation and medium body.

Thank goodness I have a 6 pack of this because just one will not suffice. Well worth the price.

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

A good, but not great IPA. Still, a good IPA beats just about anything else out there.

This is another West Coast, citrusy hoppy. beer. The taste is very good but it seems to lack a bit of body and finish. This would be a dry IPA to my taste and lacking a bit of a malt balance.

Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite all around regular IPA hands down. I'd buy this one every single time if it wasn't so expensive for a 6 pack. I understand though why it costs so much because its really top notch, top quality beer. Many IPA's use a lot of the similar American hops but for some reason the way this is brewed it comes out very unique in its smell and flavor. I can't compare this to any other beer really. The smell is just fantastic it has a huge smell of pine and this pungent perfume citrus, floral, flowery smell. Others have said this could be a cologne for hop heads and really it could. It has that sort of a thick quality hop perfume smell to it underneath the upfront pine smell.

The taste is just like the smell hitting you with crisp refreshing hops up front a surprising bready malt quality and that famous long bitter citrus/ pine finish. It's very drinkable and probably the most refreshing IPA I've ever had without being too light bodied. If you are looking for hop bitterness this one is it. This IPA has a higher bitterness than most double/imperial IPA's... not to mention a ridiculous amount of hop flavor. I just can't say enough good things about this beer.

The hop bitterness, the bready malt and the hop pine flavor is everything you could ever ask for in this style of beer. West coast IPA's usually have this sort of pungent different smelling and tasting IPA but this one nails that unique quality of a west coast beer. The only one that I've tried that comes close is Sierra Nevada's Torpedo ale but I'd say this has a richer taste to it plus more hoppy bitterness. Thank you Greg Koch for my favorite IPA to date.

Photo of Tifore
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a bright hazy yellow orange color. Almost neon-ish in the light. A crisp 2 finger head forms that is bright white in color and leaves loads of sticky lacing as the head deflates.

S - Has an amazing smell of west coast citrus hops. Very fresh and crisp smelling. Lots of green apple and some citrus tones. Smells very refreshing.

T - Taste is crazy on the palatte. A downright hop bomb that has a awesome citrus taste and great finish.

M - Lots of carbonation holds the hops up well. Has a great fresh mouthfeel and a bit of lingering bitterness but thats expected.

D - A classic definition of the IPA style. A great beer that I will definitely be having again.

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

A: Pours a hazy orangish yellow color with ample carbonation. Provides a thick white foam head with good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of floral and citrus hops. There is a slighty bready malt character, but the hops dominate.

T: A nice amount of hop character up front and throughout the whole tasting. Very bitter and tasty. There is a slight malty undertone that adds a little balance, but this is a nice hoppy beer.

M: A nice medium body with sufficient carbonation. Leaves a bitter taste on the palate.

D: This is a tasty IPA, lower in alcohol makes having multiple in a sitting easy.

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

12 oz bottle

Pours a crisp golden amber with foamy white half inch head. Very inviting. Nose is a bombardment of citrus, grapefuit some slight pine and hidden beyond a caramel malt backbone. Sip reveals a wonderfuly blended IPA, hop forward bitterness and strong maltiness mixed in. Bitterness stays into the finish which ends dry. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability and about perfect ABV. A strong offering on the classic from Stone.

Photo of begforme4484
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden white plenty of white foamy head. Very sticky and full lacing.

Lots of floral, grassy hops. Nice fruity note in there and a mild dough smell.

Slightly bitter, grassy notes. Mild sour dough flavor followed by a peppery taste. Very clean IPA.

Medium bodied, not too much carbonation, and no stickiness.

Very easy drinker. Especially when found on tap :D

Photo of TheOtherMike
3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

As a fan of Stone's Pale Ale and IPAs in general, I thought this would be much better than what I found. It is sometimes available in my area.

I would not consider this offering to be "over-the-top" for an IPA as is Bell's "Two-Hearted". But it does somehow just miss the mark for what I prefer. I think the presence of PINE is overdone.

Photo of BB1313
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this one. This is THE IPA that got me loving the style. Pours a beautiful honey color, white fluffy head, sticky lacing. The smell gets you hooked, just like a beer should smell. Fruity hoppy dry armoma just slaps your palate before you take a sip. Tastes very fruity and juicy, definitely some citrus going on. There's a nice sweetness to it as well, which is very pleasant; slightly malty. Finishes dry, but slightly juicy, enjoyable! The taste will have you coming back for more.

In the world of IPAs, this is definitely up there w/ the best, you can argue it's the benchmark. Classic IPA, classic example of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of pocwolf
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my first IPA's that I actually enjoyed. This IPA seemed to hit a good balance of malt/hop that alot of IPA's are missing. The aroma and taste were amazing. But I found myself only wanting to drink one. I would like to try this again on tap to see if it tastes differently.

Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle on my desk. i drank the first half with a big smile on my face. i have some rory gallagher playing in the backround with some great slide work on his guitar as i pour my second glass, good times. great taste for my palate with all the strait forward hop aroma and taste, overall a good beer i will purchase again soon and a good first beer to reveiw.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is bright golden, more towards a lager than most IPAs. There was no significant head. There was a spice (pepper?) and hop smell to the beer; green and sweet at the same time. Tastes of pine and hops on first taste, somehow balanced with a sweet base. The beer is smooth and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth finish. Surprisingly, there are sour notes to the aftertaste and finish. Fairly easy to drink, but the sour tones make it hard to drink multiples in one sitting.

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

Pours a hazy, golden honey color. Two fingers of white head falls to a bubbly top coating that leaves copious amounts of lacing.

Its aroma is floral with hints of pine, grass, herbs, and faint hints of sour-dough.

The flavors are herbal, and match the nose with an added peppery bite. Id love to have this fresh on tap!

It has a creamy medium body with little carbonation. It is slightly astringent.

A good beer with no freshness date.

Photo of MatthewPatthew
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a taste of this after the brewery tour.

Crystal clear.

Incredibly pungent aroma that is exceptionally floral. Very bright and airy. Taste is quite bitter, but not enjoyably so - no harshness. The hoppiness is largely in the aroma and less in the flavor.

Very solid IPA.

Photo of hawks10
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - Best by 2.16.11 - Poured into a pint glass...

Pours a clear golden amber with tons of fluffy white head, leaves tons of lacing behind...

Fairly strong floral and piny hop aroma, resinous. Strong toffee malt background...

Piny hops, but somewhat weak. Taste falls a bit thin, bitter but not much else. Malt doesn't add any sweetness in the finish...

Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Bitter lingering finish...

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

Came off the tap with a hazy orange gold. An inch of thick head that falls down evenly and sticks to the sides.

A piney resin hop punch to the face. Some toffee with grapefruit and some woodsy characteristics.

The hops keep punching you and there is a candy malt background. The hops are very piney with some citrus bringing up the rear.

Pretty light(malt) IPA with amazing hop characteristics Pretty easy to drink and leaves a nice astringency so you constantly want more. I drink this on tap a lot at a local English pub.

Photo of bdp1201
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice mostly clear amber/tan hue when poured. Pretty frothy head on top that leaves a lot of lace. The smell is mostly floral with a lot of pine. It goes down very well with a less dominant flavor (mostly pine and nice hopes) than expected from the smell. There is a nice bite as well. All around a very drinkable IPA that is one of my favorites.

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, bubbly. A moderate tan tint with a thick foam head. Lacing, especially on the side of the glass opposite the sipping side, is persistent as hell. Leaves a honeycomb pattern across the wall.

S: Piney. Strong aroma initially but fades.

T: Piney, bitter back end, flowery.

M: A bit frothy and prickly.

D: Good. Goes down easy.

Photo of Kromes
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear straw color with a thick white head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Peppery, floral and pine hops.

T: Very subdued hop flavor. Thought it was going to be very strong, but it is smooth and very tasty. Much like the nose, peppery, pine and floral hop flavor. The finish isn't all that bitter, it is actually rather sweet.

M: A very nice feel to it. Smooth and light.

D: This is good as it gets for drinkability in an IPA. Nothing too overpowering and it's light.

Photo of ms11781
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 02/06/2011 marked on bottle. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger, white head. Head quickly dies by about half, leaves a nice lacing almost immediately and continues to do so throughout the time it took me to enjoy it.

Tons of hops in the nose and it seems to have almost everything: piny, citrusy, grassy, some floral notes.

Taste is similar to the nose. All hops, more citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes than floral or piny. Real crisp, dry finish with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

Medium body and medium carbonation in this one. Carbonation seemed to fade towards the end but that may be more of a product of me taking a bit to enjoy this one rather than a characteristic of the beer.

About as highly drinkable as possible for a brew of this ABV. I've had it many times before finally reviewing it and it was a bit surprising to be reminded that the ABV is 6.9%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,496 ratings.