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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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9,606 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,606
Reviews: 2,856
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 300
Gots: 1,624 | 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 ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color, huge head, and as expected, huge lacing. Aroma is hops, hops, and more hops. It is simple, but appealing. A bit of citrus and slight grapefruit, but the aroma is of primarily hops.Bitter hops dominate the taste, with some lemon and citrus, with hop bitterness dominating the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated, and drinkability is good for a beer of this ABV. Overall a good IPA, but nothing special. Ruination is a lot better

Photo of McCrae
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- excellent golden/slightly orange color with a thin white head, only a little lacing is left on the glass

s- mostly hops with some floral aspects coming through

T- strong bitterness with hints of citrus, slightly hoppy aftertaste but all around good

m- light on the tongue, didn't realize the alcohol content was 6.9 until I read beeradvocate

d- it's a good IPA, I feel that IPA's are either your thing or not...

Photo of rll52485
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried Ruination yesterday, and now I'm trying the Stone IPA.

A - Just as nice looking golden body with a foamy white head. Dissipates quicker than expected though.

S - A beautiful blend of fruitiness and hops. Neither really overpowers the other and they blend wonderfully together.

T - A very nice citrus start with a piney but mild bitterness. Very pleasant.

M - Crisp, refreshing, lightly carbonated. I like it!

D - Very very drinkable. Stone makes very good IPAs.

Photo of veinless
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow/gold, head is white and not as plentiful as I would have expected. Whatever head was there disappeared quickly.

Smells hoppy and has deep floral notes, with a bit of honey mixed in. Simple, yet pleasing aroma.

Taste is similar, as it doesn't counter the bitterness of the hops with much of anything, but is not too bitter (in my opinion) as to be unpleasant.

Leaves a nice sticky bitter coating in mouth and is very crisp from start to finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, and each gulp does down easy. Simple, well done IPA.

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

22oz into pint glass.

A- Nice filtered orangey caramel base with a frosty white head that has some sticky icky lacing. Very nice retention. Rings all the way down the glass; a great pour.

S- Citrus blast. Nice hops in this one.

T- Bitter hops- grapefruit pith and an earthy pine bitterness that lasts for days. Great west coast flavors. Tongue-twisting bitterness.

M- Very well put-together, no off-notes, no flaws. Great carbonation.

D- Fairly high. And damn cheap. Pretty good stuff. Not top-tier, but tasty. Check the date, buy it fresh, enjoy.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice fluffy white head. The beer is fairly orange in color. Nice ABV for a simple IPA. Fairly pungent hop aroma. Pine smelling hops. The beer is fairly transparent as well. Slightly creamy. The palate could be a bit better. The beer is full of hop flavor. The dry hopping did pay off if you ask me. The bittering hop just gets all over the back of your mouth. I love this beer because the focus is all in the hops. Not really much to say about the malts. Overall, a good bitter/hoppy IPA from Stone!

Photo of Bendurgin
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks for letting me snag one of your bottles of this guy Andy! Pours a slightly hazy straw color with about a finger of white fluffy head. A big aroma of dry piney hops and citrus zest. The aroma very nicely blends dry and juicy aromas. Probably the most balanced IPA I've smelled in a while. This is like smelling a pine tree spayed with sweet tropical juice. The taste is perfect. It simply doesn't get better than this. Dry piney hops, dry bitter flavor with a lemony finish and slight citrus flavor. The mouthfeel is light and sharply carbonated. Nothing to argue with here. This is amazing. I want to be able to get this with my meal at Wendy's. I simply want this all the time. It's almost not fair that I can't drink this all the time.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold in color, lighter than many others of the style, topped by a bright white frothy head that laces like a beast.

A blast of freshly peeled yellow grapefruit dominates the aroma with a whisper of malt sweetness fighting to be heard.

A bready malt hits a barage of piney spiciness, all ending in a long bitter finish. The bitterness level is spot-on, but the dry hopping also adds a layer of complexity to the flavor invoking thoughts of lemon rind and mandarins.

The creaminess of the mouthfeel melds with the malt and helps stave off the bitterness nicely. Slightly chewy while at the same time crisp.

Maybe not my favourite IPA ever, but in terms of mass produced IPAs it's well up there. Please, someone, anyone, make this available in Ontario.

Photo of secondtooth
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy gold, with a large head of foam.

Nose is big and floral, with an unmistakable grapefruit/citrus hops character.

Taste is clean and bitter, punchy and explosive on the palate. A little sweet malt to balance.

The relatively high ABV (6.9%) is hidden well.

Packed with big flavor and freshness, this is a top-tier brew with character and guts.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Very light straw colored. There is just the tiniest bit of haze here. Large 2 finger white head. Almost as good as it gets.

Great nose that is full of citrus and rosemary. Any aroma from the malt is not worth mentioning here; it's secondary. Not too complex, but it's an IPA, it should smell like hops and it does.

The very first sip I took began with a hint of malt sweetness. After that the bitter hop finish dominated. Lots of grapefruit flavor in this one. I do not detect any sweetness the second sip and beyond. This qualifies as very dry for sure.

The carbonation is pretty high, as indicated by the foaming during the pour; possibly emphasizing the bitterness. Good drinkability on this one. It's one of my favorites.

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


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.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,606 ratings.