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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

9,152 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,152
Reviews: 2,794
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 258
Gots: 1,193 | 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 beer348
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I started the evening with a black butte porter (bottle) -- great beer.. then I tried a Stone IPA. I had never had it before but I could tell after the first drink that it was good. Actually it was a great beer , very easy to drink . Can't wait to try it again . Wasn't as good the 2nd time.. seems more of a summer beer.

beer348, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of lazyslacker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try a Stone beer for a little while. Poured into a pint glass, color is straw-yellow with off-white head about 3/4 of an inch thick. Bubbling is apparent at first. It's a little hazy.

smell - amazing hoppy aroma. very piney, a little spicy, kind of bready, like Columbus. Kind of nature-y. I can't describe it better than that. It's pretty complex. I don't have a good nose. But it smells very good.

taste - Starts with a light malty sweetness then a large burst of hoppy taste. Definitely a large amount of bitterness. Really hop-heavy but very tasty just the same. More crispy, piney sort of character in the hoppy taste that persists through swallowing and the after taste. Very dry over all.

Mouthfeel - let it sit for a little while and it gets much better than when it's first poured. the carbonation leaves it to some degree and it's smooth. Very satisfying mouthfeel - a little thick but not too much. Really feels like you're drinking something substantial. However, it isn't what you would call refreshing, really.

drinkability - Not great but good. For people who are really into hops it's great. For me personally a little too hoppy to have more than one at a time. Overall very satisfying. It's very tasty. You can tell it's a quality beer.

lazyslacker, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mwa423
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bar Louie, dollar burgers on Wednesdays, can't beat that.

A- slightly hazy gold with a nice head with an excellent lacing.

S- A great but not overpowering hop aroma that makes your mouth beg for a sip.

T-very hop forward but backed up by a healthy malt backbone. This is the quintessential ipa!

M/D - fantastic, I can't say much else

mwa423, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Stone Brewing the other night and shared with fellow beer lovers.

A: One of the most impressive looking heads I've ever seen from a beer...WOW! This white butter-cream colored head, which had a soapy/rice cracker quality to it, helped enclose a golden malt body. Oh yeah...the lacing was minimal.

S: A lot of fatty/diacetyl and musky organic honey aroma. It really didn't smell like an IPA at all, due to the fact I unable to detect any strong or robust hop smells from it. It reminded of a pale ale more than anything...and an above average aroma at best.

T: Mild hop bitterness with sweet and wheat like malts to back it up; nothing to complex...but nice given that fact.

M: Nothing too much to complain about here...good carbonation and body seemed to fit the style.

D: Even though this didn't remind me of a west coast IPA, there was still a quality that was "nice" and easy to drink about this particular IPA.

Overall: Stone's IPA was one of those beers that got me into craft beer. Now, after a year or two into the beer scene...I still find myself enjoying this beer...just not as much I used too. A try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AHHH what a treat.

A: Healthy thick head that tastes very hoppy. Settles down to beautiful lacing. Just right.
Bright amber color, a bit cloudy when cold. (seems to clear up nicely when warm)

S: Slams you over the head with 100% hops. Really strong Hops aroma.

T: ALL HOPS. I really dont note the alcohol not the Malt. I've yet to try ruination, but I wonder how Stone will be able to get anything hoppier than this.
hops at the start, hops down the gullet, and a marked late hoppy after taste that is more than a bit dry.

M: full body, Plenty of carbonation.

D: This is not going to be a sesson beer...but great to savor the full clear hops flavor. This has got to be the epitome of the IPA style.
hophead's delight.
additional note: this comes in at 6.9% - and the 1 pint 6 oz bomber gave me a decent buzz. Thanks Stone!

burnerfinger, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a dark gold color that was pretty clear. It did have a nice 1-finger head.

Smell: It had a nice hop aroma with some fruit scents which I couldn't quite identify, but noticed immediately.

Taste: Not too bitter as with some IPAs. On the contrary, it's somewhat sweet and smooth with some fruit in the background.

Mouthfeel: It had a thin, but fair body from the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is pretty good. I feel I've had some better IPAs, but this one is certainly a quality beer.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of PizzaQueen1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's. It pours nicly with a great golden amber color, and if poured corectly, a nice pillow of foam for a head. The aroma is filled with citrus, florals and hops witch make that first taste a flavor explosion. Hops and Hops with a little citrus sweetness. Very Nice. As the beer warms it gets even better. It smoothes out with even my of that great sweet taste. Good feel in the mouth leaves you wanting more.

PizzaQueen1, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of oldpinecone
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pintglass.

Delicious delicious delicious.

Pours a great amber color with a nice 2 finger head that stays for a while and leaves great lacing.

Citrus smells were very apparent and gave me something to look foward to. It smelled like an orange, grapefruit and softball sized hop nugget were mashed together.

Taste was great. Super hoppy. Not as much citrus as the smell might have suggested but the hops were definetly kicking my ass. Great bitterness that stuck around. No malt tastes just pure goodness.

Mouthfeel was awesome. It was aggresive but perfectly balanced. Great for an IPA of this calibur.

Drink this beer all day and all night.

oldpinecone, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mklinger
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English pint glass.

A: Deep golden color. Extremely clear with nice amount of visible bubbles flowing through. One finger head composed of larger than average sized bubbles in the foam. Head dissipated fairly quickly & left a little lacing on the glass. By appearance, there is nothing all the great about this beer. It's fine looking, but with large bubbles and modest head.

S: Quite nice aroma. All hops, nothing really noteworthy in terms of malt, but the hops, oh the hops, smell very nice. Lots of those wonderful American hop character -- bright citrus, more orange and lemon than grapefruit, slightly sweet. An appetizing aroma.

T: Like an IPA should be, the flavor is also all about the hops. A nice balance of bitterness, which is assertive, not whap you upside the head, but nicely assertive. Well balanced with the bright dry hopping flavor. Nice bit of malt to balance it out, too. Very nice!

M: Crisp, somewhat dry beer just as an west coast IPA should be. Nice degree of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink -- ready for more of the same afterwards. Great stuff!

mklinger, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maloney's in Matawan, NJ - Happy Hour special only $2.00!!

A - Orange with two fingers of pillowy head

S - Wonderful grapefruit hop aroma

T - Tastes is an explosion of citrus hops - totally unbalanced, but does have a kiss of malt that breaks through. Delicious.

M - Very smooth, hop oils coat the mouth

D - Wow. This is a great beer on draft. Hop flavor dominates but doesn't overwhelm. More please!

FickleBeast, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of batty
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought and reviewed in boston, mass, 26 aug 2009. can't believe i haven't reviewed this yet. got NOT from my usual beer store, and was worried about the freshness, but couldn't find the date, and took my chances. I now see it's stamped on the back of the bottle near the bottom - 09 15 09. cutting it close for my blood, but should still be ok.

A: golden with just a hint of amber, bright white dense head, drops down but leaves great lace.

S: pale malt, hints of sweet orange, spicy and earthy hops - not quite as hoppy as I'd expect from the taste, but probably toned down a bit due to age.

T: solid entry-way and classic IPA, one of my favorites, especially fresh. this example has turned a bit for my liking, but still good. crisp with orange and grapefruit predomination, minimal light malt sweetness to balance

M: nice and crisp, refreshing but not over-carbonated

D: super high.. very refreshing on the hot day

batty, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz silk screened bottle poured into mug.

Appearance: Pours an actually pale color compared to most IPAS. Golden to yellow in color. Completely transparent. In the pouring process you form a nice foamy head that dissipates slowly into a rocky lacing that clings to the glass like crazy. Proper IPA stuff here.

Smell: You can really smell the hop oil on this one. Extremely floral, citrus-like, pine/pineapple. The smell is all hops. Fantastic smelling ones too.

Taste: This is a very hoppy beer indeed. You get a lot of citrus flavors, pineapple, lemon, orange. Its grassy and somewhat earthy. Its dominated by hops, but some how not too much. You don't get much from the malt, but with hops this good why would you need to. When it does warm up enough to taste the malt, its the standard high quality pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Standard IPA bitterness but not insanely bitter as you would expect from the flavor. A very pleasant beer to put in your mouth if you love big character, which I do!

Drinkability: Every company is pushing for their IPA to bigger and badder then the next. They all do it slightly differently, but stone delivers with a very hoppy IPA thats not overly bitter. It has all the flavor you want from an IPA, without any of the things many companies do wrong with this style. For me being introduced to the world of stone, I may have to reconsider my favorite IPA.

MaxBrews, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of JTWILDOATS
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of about thirty different IPAs that I have tried, this is my most favorite one. The light fruity aroma, accompanied by the rich golden hue already gives the drinker something great to look forward to (and we haven't even talked about the taste yet!). A thin layer of head stays present from beginning to end.

The taste grows as it travels from your pallet to your throat. The balanced flavor between richness and bitterness is something that many IPAs fail to achieve. This one though does everything perfectly. The bitterness immediately follows after the sip and resonates in the rear of your mouth for an extended period of time, something that is not commonly experienced.

The fairly high percentage of alcohol is not overtly present at the end of the swallow. The taste lingers until finally it concludes on its own volition. I reccommend this to anyone curious about IPAs, or are in need of trying something new and different.

JTWILDOATS, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Apellonious
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color, with a thin lace that hangs on the glass. Slightly cloudy.

A big sniff brings a grassy, hoppy smell, with some floral notes.

Tastes of strong hops, but not overwhelming. It has a sharp bite to it, but has an overall smoothness that makes it very drinkable. The mouthfeel is substantial, and the aftertaste hits the middle back of the tongue . Some slight fruity overtones (though not as prevalent as Stone's regular pale).

As the beer warms, it becomes sweeter, and more complex taste wise, but the hops are still all powerful . This the perfect beer for hop heads, or someone that after another long drudged-out work day wants that one or two beer buzz to take the edge off and settle in to relaxation mode.

Apellonious, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick layer of off-white foam. Good retention. Clear golden body. Good lacing. Looks amazing.

Smell: Like a delicious, hoppy, fruity candy. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Little bit of mint.

Taste: Orange, mint, and a little pine.

Quite possibly the best American IPA I've ever had.

BierFan, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden to amber body with a thick fluffy white head, 2-3 fingers.

S - Very piney hops with a slight hint of lemon rind. A bit of alcohol and some malty freshness. Something nice and spicy in there as well.

T&M - Smack in the tongue with the piney hops. A bit puckering, but what a wonderful flavor. Some lemon zest and rind in there that purses that lips but also refreshes the tongue, priming it for the next sip. Medium carbonation for a smooth mouthfeel that is a bit syrupy and sticky as it warms.

D - My tongue and mouth say "no more" but the tastebuds gotta have it. Wonderful flavor and not too harsh in any of the flavors. Nicely balanced.

MrIncognito, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours clear copper with a fluffy white head. The foam dies down to leave a considerable amount of lacing. Smells well-hopped, with heavy citrus. Only a hint of malt and some sweet light fruit. Tastes outright heavily hopped, with notes of dish soap predominant. Maybe it's the mixture of citrus and resin, but whatever the taste is, it's unpleasant. Gets better as it warms and as the palette gets numb to it. Pleasant sweet malt eventually shows through. Medium body. I don't know what it is about the hops Stone uses---I really enjoy other IPAs and DIPAs, but both this and Ruination have had the same soapy quality, and I'm not a big fan.

philipquarles, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big billowing frothy head makes way to a nice hazy pale golden body.

Hops explode from this beer grapefruit and citrus.

The taste is not let down by the aroma. Pine and citrus dominate with a subtle sweet malty backing. The flavors aren't too complex, but they deliver on what they promise.

A nice mild carbonation and lacy body make this one a real drinker. Not as bold and exciting as a lot of stone beers, but a very solid go to beer when in a pinch.

bfields4, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a large chilled mug.

A: Pours golden copper color with a white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight ring behind and very little lacing. Overall, very slightly cloudy.

S: Faint hops

T: Crisp and clean up front with wonderful pine, floral, and grapefruit notes followed by a great bitterness at the end that hangs around on the palate for a while.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp with a clean and lingering bitter finish.

D: ABV is too high for a session beer, but some might like this one so much they drink quite a few anyway. This is a textbook American IPA...and American IPAs rock.

Tromba, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden liquid with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S-Very good nose. Has more of a piney grassy hops character to it. Slight sweet malt finish.

T-Very good crisp IPA. The hops are pronounced thought with a good citrusy and pine flavor to them, the malt backbone could be a touch stronger. Finished dry.

M-Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Creamy, then dry finish.

O-Very good IPA, It helps me get my hp fix when I need one.

DwnTwnBwn, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of skeeordye11
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Fantastic! Beautiful clear golden straw color with a thick tan-white head that slowly falls back into the glass as it's consumed with a great amount of lacing.
S: Citrus and Pine hop aromas dominate the nose on this one with some biscuity malt in the background.
T: Pine and citrus hops predominate the flavor as well. Great hop bitterness that is wonderfully balanced with malt sweetness.
M: Rich, crisp and refreshing are the first 3 words that come to mind.
D: This is one of the best stright up IPAs I have ever had. A very easy drinking IPA. Would go great with some spicy food even just a pizza. Highly, highly recommend this one!

skeeordye11, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear yellow amber. Nice creamy head, sticky white foam lace. Excellent retention!

S: Hop aromas! Nice complex herbal / spice characters.

T&M: First thing that hits the palate is hops, some spice & hops! Herbal and piney tastes too.
Smooth and very creamy. Medium bodied. The balance and complexity of this IPA is outstanding!

Excellent IPA! One of the best.

cdizinno, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of JBmadera
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - finger of white head with a wonderful amber color

S - heavy hop aroma, with some great pine over tones

T - hoppy for sure but not overboard at all, somewhat creamy

M - lite carbonation, and a very full feel

D - YES...oh man, this bomber is going down so easy.

JBmadera, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber poured into Nonic Pint Glass
A - poured a pale golden color, with a pillowy 2 finger thick off-white head. Leaves nice clumpy lacing.

S - Strong smell of floral hops, and some fruity/citrus notes

T - follows the nose but, very strong bittering hops, nice moderate caramel malt background compliments perfectly. Hops are dominating though, along with piney/ grassy notes. grapefruit as well in the taste. Oily hop aftertaste

M - very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation. Fits the style soundly.

D - very drinkable, definitely the best IPA i've ever had so far.

Side Note: i paired this beer with some Pepper Jack cheese and the beer complimented perfectly.

BayouBengal1537, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355ml/12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pale (no surprise there) straw colour, with a decent head, however the head fades pretty sharpish. Mild carbonation with fine bubbles.

S - Clear hops, with light fruits. There is definite orange notes, and a lemony sharpness coming through.

T - The first flavours are fruity, predominantly lemon. Then it's all hops, providing a leveled bitterness to the end. The taste is quite earth, and the grassy hops add to this.

M - Quite light and fizzy on the tongue.

D - Far too hoppy for me, to the point of overpowering my taste buds. Not one of the best IPAs that I have tasted.

PartyBear, Aug 12, 2009
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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