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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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8,776 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,776
Reviews: 2,776
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 236
Gots: 1,007 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - A very pale amber, clear, with 2 fingers of head that settles a lot quicker than I'd expect. Lacing is on the high side of moderate.

S - Very nice aroma. The grassy and herbal elements from the hops jump out first. A citrus and earthy smell blend together giving the brew an impressive backbone. Some malt peeking through, maybe?

T - The great balance is evident immediately. A strong herbal, tea-like taste is backed by a solid grapefruit peel note. A slight malt sweetness rises for just a second providing a sublime balance. Afterwards however, the bitterness grows with a very orangy, tangerine taste. Finish is grainy sweet with earthy bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium to light bodied.

D - A little strong for a session brew, but a well balanced IPA without too much bitterness. Good stuff.

PatrickJR, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of ewright
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice clear golden brew with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of my nonic.

S: HOPS! Citrus hops, grassy hops, piney hops... it's all there. Massive hop aroma promises great things to come.

T: Nice bracing bitterness, but not overwhelming like the aroma. A little grapefruit rind comes through, but there's decent amount of evergreen notes as well.

M: Nice medium body as befits an IPA, moderate carbonation. Helps keep the hop fatigue at bay.

D: This is a nice, bracing west coast IPA. NC has been waiting on Stone for more than 3 years and Stone does NOT dissapoint!

ewright, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of AChamberlain
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my first review in almost a month and my 150th. To mark the occasion I have chosen Stone IPA, a very popular and well reviewed beer. This is not my first Stone and most certainly not my last. Poured into pint glass with a purty lite amber color and fluffy, frothy off white head. Nice small bubbles throughout. Great hop aroma, with a touch of honey. Strong biting hop flavor, bitter. Great mouthfeel, chews on the tongue ever so slightly. The bitterness and hop harshness is maybe just a little too strong to make this a super drinkable beer. Great overall though.

AChamberlain, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Amber-orange in appearance, it has a one and a half finger whitish head, with decent retention and lacing.
Nose is hoppy as expected, citrusy and fresh, very pleasant, with some bready and caramel maltiness to balance.
Light to medium bodied, but pleasant on the tongue, it is amazingly devoid of any signs of alcohol - I was surprised to see it is 6.9%.
Predominantly hoppy, certainly hoppier thatn its APA, it still has a good dose of balancing maltiness.
Not the hop bomb I expected; it does have less hops than alpha king, for the sake of comparison; but it is amazingly drinkable and pleasant.

brdc, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of theghost3
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper with a thin white head. Smell is very strong of citrusy hops. The taste is incredibly abundant on the grapefruit hops there's also a slight yeast flavor. Very bitter, but not atypical of an IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, very carbonated. This is a drinkable beer, but it is so bitter and carbonated, I recommend taking it easy with this one.

theghost3, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that settles quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

The aroma features the hops. Has a strong citrus aroma with just a hint of light malt.

The flavor is likewise hop heavy. Starts with a citrus splash then finishes very bitter with resin qualities. Malt? What malt. It is just a vehicle for the hops. Very one dimension but a good one dimension.

Has a very good feel. The carbonation in this lighter bodied IPA is lively at first but let it sit for awhile and it settles down to leave a nice, somewhat creamy texture.

What is up with the almost 7% ABV? Not sessionable at all and with the overwhelming bitterness I am not sure I would want to anyway. Good for a bitter fix then move on to more balanced brews.

morimech, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of SirSketch
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A quarter inch of white, lacy head that quickly turns to a thin film soon. Very inviting, very clean, golden amber in color. I've always found appearance a little hard to judge, but it was easy to give this beer a 5 in that category.

S - Big citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, along with complex and subtle grains.

T - Pleasing bitterness, grape and citrus notes, and and interesting sweetness. Lemon comes out as well. Dry aftertaste and some residual sweetness.

M/D - Unexpected light/ med body and medium carbonation. Very easy to put back. Even though it's over 6% ABV, I could easily drink many of these throughout a night.

SirSketch, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of chrisafari
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask (hand-pump) @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Special release with Summit and Amarillo Hops. Pours light golden yellow, cloudy. Small clear white head. Sweet, orange aroma with a definite kick of hops. Starts off with sweet tangerine/lemon notes then becomes intensely hoppy with accompanying spice and Ting. Hops spread to the sides and back of the tongue. Cask gives the pallet a smooth rich texture with perfect carbonation. Lingers a long time on the back of the tongue. Great stuff!

chrisafari, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a standard pint, the beer is a golden-amber in color with a well retained white head and quality lacing

s: soft, flowery, candied tropical fruits are the dominant force here, set over a body of pale malts that carry a light-to-moderately sweet caramel aroma

m: carbonation soft and on the low side of medium, body a lighter medium and quickly clears after the swallow

t: pale barley supports a big tropical hop flavor, bitterness grows after the swallow long into the finish, quality but lacking that extra bit of either malt or hop to push it over the edge

d: a higher abv ipa, but the drinkability does not suffer as a result

overall: reminds me very much of a Two-Hearted, though not quite as good

pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

blackie, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from largadeer in our most recent trade. This one's available locally but I've never seen bottles less than 6-7 months old so one with a best by date of 6th Nov is a treat. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear orange pour with a thin off-white head that recedes surprisingly quickly. It does leave lacing, though

S: Wonderful citrus hops all the way with oranges, tangerines, a touch of honey and pine. A thin malt backbone is present with a biscuity character. Very good.

T: Starts off bitingly bitter with a solid orange zest bitterness with a lot of juicy citrus hops. Tons of orange and a hint of floral hop character on the palate. The malt backbone, for all practical purposes, is virtually absent, allowing the resiny hops to form the backbone that carries this beer into a long, dry and bitter finish. Kudos, Stone

M: Light in body, resiny with hop goodness on the palate, carbonation that works with the hops and a drying, bitter finish - I really can't ask for more.

D: Incredibly drinkable, I just might have another.

DefenCorps, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Duffman
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Nova in Hudson Wisconsin, can't get it in Minnesota unfortunately. Pours a hazy straw color. Smell has a fresh quality to it, very brisk. Mild citrus notes are present. Taste is creamy and most pleasant. The hops are of course notable plus somewhat restrained, and not in a bad way. Strawberry perhaps? Some lemon zest for good measure and a touch of mint. The finish has a nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is of a high quality. The medium and smooth creamlike body grips the palate with a kind of nonchalance. Smooth and easy drinking. All the factors come together beautifully yet it still seems short of magnificient. Lacking in the top-quality of the absolute best ipas (two-hearted, furious and masala mama notably). In the end though a really phenomenal ipa not far off the top.

Duffman, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,776 ratings.