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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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9,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,719
Reviews: 2,882
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 314
Gots: 1,736 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 9,719 | Reviews: 2,882
Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on an IPA/DIPA kick lately. I was on a barleywine run over the cold months, and the IPAs were leaving me cold. However, IPA has been my favorite style for a while now. The latest one to retry was this one. Here goes. It looks good poured. Nice head. Smells strongly of pine. Tastes piney and citrusy in equal measures. This one went down quickly. Not a strong alcohol IPA, but pretty strong tasting. Bitter just the way I like it - not as much as Ruination, which is ok. Solid all the way around. I'm sure I'll enjoy the next 5.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Mad Monk Fremantle.

A - Pours a nice orange colour with atwo fingered frothy head that retains well and laces.

S - Quite sweet piney aromas and a little malt.

T - Plenty of citrus up front with hops and pine flavours, pineapple follows and a littel grapefruit. Finishes with alittel spice and bitterness.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth, watery, and slightly dry in the mouth. Goes down smooth and crisp with a small amount of bubbles. Finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste. Perfect and exactly what you'd expect from the style.

O - A very solid AIPA but the Pliney and Sculpin have its measure

Photo of CHickman
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a massive foamy 2 finger head that faded very slowly, leaving great lacing sticking to the sides and a creamy layer on top; the lacing leaves great rings after each sip, and the beer is nice and murky.

Smells of huge hops, with floral hops, flowers, piney hops, citrus hops and just a barrage of oily hop sweetness up front; after another whiff, the other aroma’s come through like sweet malt, grains, caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper and other spices, and perhaps maybe some brown sugar, but the hops really suppress everything and dominate the nose.

Tastes like it smells with huge hops up front including floral hops, flowers, piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple or apple (can’t decide), sweet malt, grains, caramel, wet wheat bread, grass, a touch of herbs like tea, pepper and other spices, light brown sugar, and then a nice tart bitterness that tingles on the tongue before fading slowly and leaving a nice sweet hop pucker. This is what an IPA is all about, and I have always thought that this beer is one of the best IPA’s that sets the standard. The alcohol is well hidden, and there’s just a little heat from the alcohol, hops and spices which balance nicely with the malts used. Nice tart fruit flavors add to just a great overall taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy, oily slick and quite smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body that’s chewy, and a nice bitter finish that leaves a fruity pucker with a hop bite.

This beer feels light and easy to drink, even though it has some kick to it, and is so drinkable it’s almost scary; this is a top notch beer which I have immensely enjoyed for years and one that I highly recommend. This is the epitome of an IPA.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. No freshness date.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger foamy and frothy off-white head with great retention. Beer is a clear light peach-orange. Lacing is stringy and patchy with good stick. A beautiful beer overall.

S: Nose is citrus, cane sugar, fresh cut grass, and a slight resiny hop bitterness. Very crisp, simple, and appropriate but only moderately aromatic.

T: Opens citrus and piney hop bitterness with a subtle cane sugar malt backbone. Grassiness creeps in a bit towards the middle as does some grapefruit and a subdued unripened pineapple tartness. Bark and more grass towards the end, finishing with a crisp, spicy hoppiness. Aftertaste is resin and sap. Almost perfect for its style but doesn't add anything extra that would make it memorable.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth, watery, and slightly dry in the mouth. Goes down smooth and crisp with a small amount of bubbles. Finish is slightly dry with a clean aftertaste. Perfect and exactly what you'd expect from the style.

D: I can definitely see this as my go to IPA. Very well distributed. Incredible balance, great feel, and just a very drinkable beer overall. A definite staple for the style.

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

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by June 6 2011 will do!

Light brown cream white head of about three/four fingers off the pour with good retention. Nice and sticky. Body is a clear gorgeous orange amber with tiny sparse fast rising bubbles from the bottom.

Smell is a wonderful simple grapefruit and somewhat grass like hop. A little small, but very solid. A little bit of cinnamon too.

Taste is a good spiced hop profile, malt sugar body hints of brown sugar. Missing some bread action but a little on the finish, but I really like the hop feel of this IPA, it's strong but not overpowering. No hint of booze either, feels easy drinking.

Overall this is solid you just can't go wrong with it, it's also a personal fav for this style as well for me.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange amber hazy body with a large frothy white head with decent retention.

Smell - Strong grassy notes. Very hoppy, obviously. A bit of hidden maltiness though.

Taste - Slightly bitter lime peel finish and aftertaste. I consider it a slightly off flavor, but completely acceptable for the style. Can't always have your cake and eat it too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with full body and creamy carbonation.

Overall Drinkability - Good kick in the taste buds when you're craving an IPA.

Photo of Kelly88
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had On tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A- darkish orange color, almost like a distillation pot used by a certain Kentucky Bourbon distiller. Creamy and foamy dirty white head That is making the beer look great. Not really lace but the whole head is sticking to the glass!

S- one of the most floral ipas I've smelled. Tons of stone pine that I pick up in alot of their brews. Also some grapefruit That is mixing with some toffee malts.

T- piney and sweet at the same time with lots of floral hints. There are malts That back up the hops very nicely. Just a classic ipa taste That I drink alot of.

M- medium bodied that has a creamy texture. Not heavy or burdersome but not light and weak, just right. Just a faint alcohol tingle on the swallow.

Overall a great beer. Nothing is out of balance and the hops are really sharp and piney. Some sweetness brings everything full circle. Plus you could look at and drink this beer all day.

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

Had it a few months back when I was first getting into craft brew, didn't truely appreciate it then. Got a six of it with the hope to get a good taste.

Appearance: Nice 1.5 finger head, some thick small bubbles.

Smell: Hoppy citrisy goodness. Inviting, make you want to take a sip.

Taste: Beautiful hops. hops come first, bitter in the middle and a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly creamy, the carbonation is light but bites a tiny bit after a second.Very good.

Overall: Great IPA, the hops and bitterness are not quite as strong as I had anticipated.. but it makes for amazing drinkability on an amazing taste.

Photo of TheSignPost
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can you say. This is the gold standard for IPAs. Pours golden with a nice foamy head. The foam lasts and lasts. Hints of pine and citrus, with plenty of hops. Crisp and clean.
A wonderful beer. It is outdone by Stone's Ruination IPA, but that one is just crazy good.

Photo of Snow81
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light orange clean tint

Head: Big frosty white head that stays for the length of the beer

Smell: A nice bright Citric and grapefruit on the nose

Taste: Sweet malts with a very subtle citric hop

Weight: Light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: Nice bitterness creeps in and soaks into the palate with a little stickiness on the lips

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

Poured from bomber into chimay chalice glass. Freshness date 4-10-11, i was a little worried about this, but figured, what the hell, i drink this beer enough to know if it tastes right.

A: Poured a pale amber color with small spider web like head. Sticky lacing.

S: Smells like bountiful floral and citrusy hops and malt. Has that hop smell that you want west coast IPAs to have.

T: Just as good as the smell, very smooth and balanced. It's amazing how much malt really comes through even though it's a bit of a hop bomb.

M/O: Excellent carbonation, crisp mouthfeel, goes down smooth. It's been a good amount of months since I've had stone IPA; it was the first beer to truly get me into craft beers, and I felt like I had moved on. But getting back to it after having tried so many more IPAs.... I remember how amazing it really is. This is one of those beers that you have to judge everything else by.

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

Pours a beautiful deep orange color. Formed a nice head that faded away slowly and left lacing on the glass.

By far the best smelling beer I have ever experienced. It has a sweet, citrusy, hoppy aroma.

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Bitter and Hoppy but with flavors of citrus coming through.

Intense flavors, but not for the timid. If you don't like bitter or hoppy beers this may not be for you.

I found Stone IPA extremely satisfying and most enjoyable.

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

Solid IPA this beer reminds me of a way strong hop bite and aromatic Two hearted or really strong bitter women.

Nice head great lacing amber color.
hoppy strong bold one note to it.
bitter but nice crisp malt taste as well not balanced but a good west coast style taste lingers long.
good not as complex as I would like in a mouthfeel but nice enough.
Overall solid IPA can't go wrong with this although there is a lot of options too choose from craft and homebrew. A beer to impress a hop enthusiast friend.

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

It's spring, so I am ending my IPA cycle, and getting ready for another summer of wheat beer fun. The Stone IPA was a great way to end the IPA season. The Stone IPA pours a nice head that goes the distance. Aroma is just as it should be, very inviting, which foreshadows what is to come. Many IPA's start out sweet, then bring on the hop and bitter. The Stone has a nice blend of hop flavor and underlying sweetness from start to finish. Not much bitter to this brew. Very smooth, with a luscious mouthfeel. I give it high marks. So good it made me go over my one beer per night limit when I brought the six pack home.

Photo of cudmud
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger of thick white head with solid lacing. This sample has a clear honey, amber color.

Smell: This beer has a pleasant hop aroma, but I was expecting to smell more hops in this ale.

Taste: This beer has a solid hop backbone and has a grapefriut flavor. There is a hint of malt supporting the hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy

Overall: A fine beer

Photo of MattyG85
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange with a nice white head with decent retention.

Smell: Lots of citrus fruit and flowery hop aroma.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness with hints of citrus, orange, and lemon. Some light malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: A phenomenal IPA.

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

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a two-finger white head which reduces to a constant ring leaving nice sticky lace, and smells predominantly hoppy, with lots of rich citrus fruit and flowery aromas and a touch of papaya and biscuity malt. The palate's mild malty sweetness is very quickly bowled over by the resiny and very leafy hoppiness, while the nice bitterness provides the fuel for the long, dry and slightly mouthwatering finish.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very bright straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. The head dissipated quickly but came back after each swig but didnt coat the glass to any real extent.

S: Lots of lemon, orange and pale malt come through. A bit of ruby red grapefruit and wet her garden scents.

T: Hop smack upfront followed by pale malt, lots of aromatic citrus, again with the lemons and oranges and ruby red grapefruit. I get a lot of grassy character too. Huge astringent alcohol near the end before a bit more bitterness.

M: Slightly thinner than medium and quite fizzy.

O: To me this was a very lemony (but not too far) hoppy pale malt creation that works. Its bitter but balanced and not too acidic. I could drink many of these. Strangely when I had a bomber I did not enjoy it as much. Great everyday IPA.

Photo of eporter66
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Amber with a bit of a haze, 1/2 finger head with excellent lacing down to the last sip.

S - Piney aroma with a little sweetness in the background

T - still being an amateur, I tried this when it was a little too cold and got mostly a bitter hops bite with a malty backing character. As I made my way through, I let it sit and warm up and the fruit flavors come out. This has a pine hop bite up front even as it warms, but a orange/lemon flavor appears and finishes with a malt back.

M - A good beer, a little more body than other IPA's I have tried, and I like that.

O - As it warmed, the character of the beer comes out, I really enjoyed the Stone IPA, I wish there was a little more fruit flavor, but overall a very good IPA

Photo of dubinsky
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip.

A - This beer pours a honey, light amber with exceptional clarity, that is until i accidentally dumped the yeast sediment into it. The head is super white and incredibly tight and foamy, almost chunky. I really enjoy this much head retention. It just seems to linger around, long enough for me to keep typing up this review. The head is also leaving behind some wonderful lacing, what little there is of it due to the amazing retention.

S - This is definitely a West Coast IPA. The aromas are mostly of Pine, resin and citrus. I'm also picking up on some sweet notes that i cant quite identify. Overall, its a very classic smelling west coast IPA.

T - I have had this before, numerous times and decided that it was time to review it. The previous times i had this beer, it didn't taste like this. In the past it was mostly bitter, with little mouth feel. This is completely the opposite. This must be a very fresh bottle. Its incredibly balanced. There is a great amount of hop bitterness, but its also complimented with a nice sweet maltiness. Its mostly piney, and grassy with a fair amount of citrus. The finish is also pretty incredible, leaving a nice film of light bitterness on the tongue.

M - Medium body, and medium to light carbonation. This is perfect for the style.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. I'm glad to know realize that its better than i thought it was earlier.

Photo of thatlongname
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great golden brew with lots of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that sticks.

Smell: Great hop smell, maybe a little bit of lemon zest or some sort of citrus in there.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Great complex hop flavors. Right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Especially nice when the foam hits your mouth. All part of the experience.

Overall: A damn good beer.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone is always a pretty safe bet, so I was extremely excited to try their classic India Pale Ale.

Pours a golden citrus color. Smells of hop and bitters, a little citrus in there as well.

Taste is a wonderfully balanced pairing of hops and bitters. Although Stone claims its filled with hops, I didn't find it to be overly hoppy like so many other IPA attempts.

Goes down very smooth and it's a very easy drinking beer as far as IPA's go. Highly recommended.

Photo of rummy666
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good color, golden color with a nice head.

S: Nice aroma, with a gentle hoppy smell.

T: Slightly more bitter, was expecting more of a floral hop taste, however, this bitterness is not that bad.

M: Decent mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol.

O: A good brew, however, I'm not as impressed as I thought I was going to be. Could taste a little more alcohol than I was expecting. As I drink a lot of IPAs from around the country, I was expecting this to have a more floral taste, however, the bitter hoppy flavor is still quite pleasant.

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

A modest white head appears on pouring into a glass mug. Although there is limited carbonation activity while still, after a sip it rushes up to reline the top with a fresh blanket of foam. The honey yellow color of the brew has a very light haze.

The hops aroma presents itself readily, with some citrus overtones. As it hits the mouth, slightly sweet grapefruit flavors are followed a mellow grain presence softened by smooth carbonation and trailed by a bittersweet lingering hop bite.

Very good example of the style.

Photo of metter98
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of floral and grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, grapefruit flavors from the hops stand out in the taste, but these are very well balanced by the underlying malts, which have some notes of caramel. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a tad below medium-bodied on the palate and is smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a little bit of dryness.
O: The beer is extremely drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste and the hops do not overpower your palate. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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