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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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8,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,666
Reviews: 2,766
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 231
Gots: 953 | 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 RedChrome
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Slightly murky deep golden colored body. A white inch high, thick foam head took a few minutes to dissapear. Average amount of carbonation bubbling to surface. Thick clumps of lacing.

Increadibly strong aromas. A nice citric hops blend. A very nice lemon aroma gives way to a blend of tangerine and orange rinds. A very fainty earthy pine can be hinted in back of susbequent whiffs.

Very nice flavors hop around the mouth. First sip had an initial light roasted malt aroam before developing into a pine bitter finish. A hops citric aftertaste has a orange rind taste. Strong hops finish in additional mouthfulls.

An above thickness body clung to the sides of the mouth. Carbonation provides a nice tingle on the front of the tongue.

A great beer. This one is going to be one of my standard in fridge favorites. Would be a great beer with any chicken pasta dish. Kudos to the boys and girls at Stone for making yet another wonderful offering.

RedChrome, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of rarevos
2.55/5  rDev -39.7%

Poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy orange with a finger of fluffy white head that has good longevity.

S: Fruit (citrus: grapefruit, orange zest) and some light caramel malt. I'm getting some woodsy aromas as well. Not quite fully piney (like the Bridgeport IPA) but... herbal?

T/M: Oh, yikes. Way, way, way, way too phenolic. Malt and fruit suggested by the nose get totally overwhelmed by a pronounced flavor of Band-Aids. Extremely unpleasant, and somewhat greasy on the palate. I can tell that there's fruit in here, and I can sense the maltiness, but they both lose to the band-aids.

D: I drank most of the first pint, but poured the rest of my bomber down the drain. Ruination was a great beer, but this one...not so much.

rarevos, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%

Clear bright amber, with a small offwhite head that dissipates before long.

Big blast of hop aroma - green herbs with sweet spice. A little fruit is there in the background too.

On the palate, the hops hit right away, with pine, herbs, and grass. Carbonation is a little coarse, but mouthfeel is rich. Malt contributes body but not overt sweetness...I like that quality a lot.

Delivers most of the character of the Ruination IPA for a lower price point. In fact, I prefer the balance of this brew to the Ruination. A must for fans of grassy hops.

tcfishler, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of chadspivey
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

A: lighter than I expected for some reason, impressive 1 and 1/2 finger off white head.

S: hard to smell anything but hops , but it still smells like a nicely balanced IPA.

T: hops mostly, but delicous. It's hard to pick out anything else, maybe some citrusy fruits, but very faint.

M: medium-bodied, can feel the bubbles. pretty nice mouthfeel, for an IPA.

D: I want another, I could probably drink three of these bombers, just keeps getting better with every sip.

chadspivey, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of MVassar
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Slightly cloudy, with a light honey color. Impressive, dense, off-white head that lasts and lasts. Tiny bubbles with delicate lacing.

Herbal, floral fragrance. A hint of pine and lemon.

Tons of flavor. Loaded with bitter hops, sweet caramel, and a hint of grapefruit peel. Incredibly well-balanced.

Feels perfect going down. Great balance of crisp carbonation and creamy texture.

Dangerously drinkable. Feels full and rich, but not too heavy. An elegant quaff.

MVassar, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of vwcraig
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Hazy, golden-orange color. Big, impressive off-white foamy head.

Smells lemony and like grapefruit/ orange but also some sweet smells. Toasted malt smell, but mainly citrus fruits.

Grapefruit taste up front with a little sweetness switches to a big piney hop taste that lingers for a while. Big bitter bite in back of throat.

Medium bodied, slightly oily nice carbo

Very good all around drinker and IMO a staple in AIPA style. Will add to favorites.

vwcraig, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Realale
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

Clear bright gold. Very fine white head settles to an incomplete cap leaving nice lacing.

Nice mix of bready and crackery malts provide a solid base for bright citric hops. Pretty classic AIPA here!

Bright and lively in the mouth. Medium body with excellent balance of malt and hops, both of which are distinctly American in character. Good length, ending with a snappy bitterness.

Carbonation is a little high, which dries the mouth, but that's a niggle really. Very drinkable, and my favorite of the "standard" Stone offerings by far.

Realale, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz bomber.

A- Golden yellow color. Big, rocky, dishwater head. Slow rising micro-carbonation.

S- The hops are very fruity smelling. A slight dry/bitter smell towards the end.

T- Bitter to start with lots of piny taste that blooms into a warming citrus taste for the end. I like when IPA's start bitter and end sweet versus the opposite. This is great.

M- I like the mouthfeel a lot. Lots of taste and complexity but not the lip-puckering resin taste like a lot of medium to strong American IPA's have that I've tried. Easy to drink.

D- A nice treat for a few that enjoy good IPA's. The price controls how much of this slightly stronger beer you enjoy.

Rudgers73, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%

Purchased during thanksgiving in Ohio at local wine and beer store. Poured into a pint glass. A nice rich white head developed, with decent retention. The lacing has coated the glass already. The body is a warm rusty, reddish, orange amber. The smell is wonder, vanilla mixed with floral aromatic hops and mild citrus. The taste is great crisp and fresh with a very pleasant mouth feel, but all the magic comes at the finish especially after the swallow the fruit really comes out. This one also makes my burps great.The whole brew emanates a very fresh and inviting presence. Its a really subtle nice IPA.

mmcave, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Appearance: Pours a light orange body with a medium white head.

Smell: Profusely fruity hop aroma, with brilliant notes of grapefruit and golden raisins.

Taste: Generous amounts of fresh hop flavors, none of which are overpowering. Grapefruit, pine needles, and juicy orange slices progress to a light caramel maltiness. It all leads to a short-lived, subtly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a fine, resiny texture.

Drinkability: Unsurpassed drinkability! An excellent IPA charged with great hop flavors and enough malt to remain well-balanced.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Undated bomber purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip.

Clear, light copper with two fingers of white just sits there and provides ringed layers of lace.

The nose is very much west coast citrus hops with just a bit of malty sweetness poking through.

Briefr flash of the malts upfront that is quickly replaced by a juicy hop flavor that is very citric with grapefruit and oranges. This almost tastes like wet hops were used. Very juicy and tasty. Not much for balance, but that is expected given the style and the brewer.

Medium mouth with just the right amount of carbonation and the hop oils do not make me pucker and they wash away clean. Very tasty and equally drinkable.

ypsifly, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of hoggerdog
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Brilliant, light copper color with a two finger head that stays rocky across the top of the surface. Very good head retention that clings to the glass with muscle and lasts for the entire duration.

Smell: Strong and intensely aromatic hop pungency that reminds me of a damp, flowery meadow. Pine and citric hop character is evident after the floral rush. There is also an estery fruitiness that is similar to light fruitÂ… kind of like white grape or pear.

Taste: Malty sweetness and esters come through first but are almost completely overridden by the oily hop bitterness that explodes upon the middle of the tongue and lasts long into the finish. Fresh grain and hop linger in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily from all of the hop resin present here. Medium body and a healthy dose of carbonation make this so darn smooth like licking pure malt syrup; which I have done for better or worse.

Drinkability: This is an exceptional IPA that I could have no matter what time of year it is. Despite the excessive hopping rate this brew was in fact quite well balanced. The alcohol of this beer is well disguised but after a few drinks seemed even more than its stated 6.9% as the warmth overtook me.

hoggerdog, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of auntfloyd
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone IPA specialty glass.

Pours a bright, clear, golden amber, with about two fingers of white head with good retention and a fair amount of lacing. The nose is citrus-y, pine-y hops, fairly spicy, enough to let you know what you're getting in to. The taste is bitter hops, fairly spicy, but not overwhelmingly so, with a smooth aftertaste -- pretty much the dead-on essence of an IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high, especially for a Stone brew and an IPA.

All in all, this is probably the best IPA out there. It should surprise no one that Stone does an excellent IPA, and it's no coincidence that this is one of their flagship ales, not to mention a personal favorite of mine.

auntfloyd, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

It had been a while (over a year) since my last Stone IPA. I remember liking it alot. A refresher was needed. Bought a 12 oz. single at Beaumont Market and poured to a pint glass. Always love reading the back of the silk-screened bottles - this one in particular tells about the gargoyle on their logo and about their IPA. An essay-length report on both...

A: Surprisingly light gold color and clear. Frothy 1-finger off-white head dies down to a 1/4" creamy cap. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation.

S: Oh my...that's so fine-smelling. Huge sugary sweetness meld with floral, grassy and citrus hops. Perhaps the sweetest, most fragrant and salivation-worthy IPA's...my Pavlovian response is to drool. Alot.

T: Lots of malty caramel sweetness mashed with juicy citrus hops. Goes from fruity to bitter in a sneaky way. I like the fact that this beer has hops but doesn't pummel the tastebuds into oblivion; having a malt balance is really nice.

M: I love the full flavor and rich mouthfeel, but could do with out the slightly syrupy/gummy residue it leaves on my lips.

D: Overall, an excellent IPA. Cherish this beer if you can get it. If not, find a way to get some. Among my favorites of all styles, highly recommended.

msubulldog25, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of mattf311
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%

A great IPA! Pours golden / light amber. Smells of hops and citrus. The hops are balanced well with citrus flavor. Very hoppy but not out of control at all. Nicely carbonated and smooth mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable for an american IPA. A fantastic beer for a hops fix. If I have any suggestion, it would be that a bit more intensity in the hops. Don't get me wrong though, this is one of my favorite IPAs.

mattf311, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of number1bum
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Wow, this may be the holy grail of West Coast IPAs. Pours a golden color and is surprisingly opaque for a beer of such color, with a big frothy head that diminishes slowly and retains a nice lace throughout. Smell is primarily hops and it's oh so nice. Big hoppy taste up front that's beautifully balanced with malt. Very smooth and well-balanced, in fact. Hoppy, bitter finish that lasts long on the palate. Mouthfeel is fantastic; a bit thick and very creamy. I could drink this all night (or until I succumbed to the abv).

number1bum, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured out amber, copper color. Small head, but good lacing. The nose is all about big grapefruit hops, citrus, sour, bitter, sweet on the end. Smells great.The taste is again all about hops, it definitely smacks you, followed by a little sweetness from the malt. Extremely hoppy, yet balanced. Mouthfeel is very good, and this is fairly drinkable, but a bit much for an all night buddy.

dherling, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of walleye
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

got this bad boy from Ross. poured a nice amber with a off white head that left some good lacing. aroma big hops, orange and lemon, grassy, a sweetness that I cannot tell if it is honey or brown sugar maybe it is both. flavor dry hops, grapefruit with no sugar on it, pine, perfume and a slight ash tray taste but not in a bad way as it warms do get some sweetness. this is a good IPA

walleye, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

A: Pours a nice deep gold, generous thick head with excellent retention and lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Inviting citrusy hop aromas, with an spicy side present that makes for an extremely appealing whiff.

T: Heavy handed with the hops, but produces a surprisingly relaxed aftertaste. Bit of spice directly up front, with not too much bite. An amazing balance is achieved for a beer that is presupposed to one side.

M: Creamy body with oily hop feel on the palate. Not a lengthy aftertaste, but refreshing and crisp to say the least.

D: Very nice-bodied IPA, so smooth it can be enjoyed one after another, just be mindful of the abv. Other than that, an absolutely amazing IPA, one that I think for its all-around great qualities puts it head and shoulders above many others.

CharlieMopps, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

A highly unique india pale ale here. The appearance is probably the only thing close to average about this one. Copper tones with a good head. The nose is terrific! Pungent floral and citrus hops explode out of the pint glass. The taste is pure hops as well. It seems almost misleadingly subtle at first sip, until I swallow the large gulp and find a ferocious blast of hops! Not sure I've had a more powerful hoppy beer ever. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but the thickness creates an almost slimey effect, not a bad thing, just unique. Drinkability is great for one or two, but the tremendous flavor of this one would catch up to me in a hurry.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of stouty1
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%

A: Poured into my nonic tumbler with minimal head and no lacing. Retained a small fringe around the rim.
S: Flowery aromas gush at you immediately and then fade away to a hoppy smell.

T: Bland with a small hint of hops late in the drink. Not too much taste, probably due to the high carbonation washing away any flavor.

M: Fizzy with a left over dryness at the back of your mouth. Hard to swallow right away, this one needs to be dealt with by your taste buds first. Then the carbonation washes away everything.

D: Easy to drink if you can get past the carbonation. Did I say carbonation? My tongue feels numb and smooth. Not much warming from alcohol as one would expect.

stouty1, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

I've been dying to try some Stone because of the rave reviews so here we go...
Pours a pale amber color with a very nice head that really lasts.
The smell is a very nice floral/hoppy smell but it isn't overwelming.
The taste is good with that typical herbal, bitter hop flavor. I would say it is above average but not out of this world. It is very smooth and creamy for an IPA. I could definitely drink a few of these. The alcohol is very understated. It has a good mix of sweet fruit flavors with the hops kicking in to warm things up. A good example of American IPA's.

treedoctor5002, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

From a great trade with IntriqKen, thanks!! Pours a deep amber reddish color with a small head. Smells hoppy and sweet, nice combo. Great hoppy taste, very nice combo of citrus and pine with still some malt sweetness too. Overall I am impressed and wish that I could find Stone up here in Maine (just may have to go to Mass. this weekend.)

Manosbeeroffate, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of grego
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%

I poured this from a 12oz bottle. The color is sort of a straw color with very little red. One finger of head lasted quite some time with nice lacing throughout. The smell is fantastic, hops and more hops. Very citrusy with some pine but not overwhelming. The taste follows the smell very well. Beautiful hops flavor, and again not too piney. Not sweet at all but has a nice balance. The mouthfeel is great, smooth to start and dry at the end. I could drink this beer all day and/or night. This to me is the best (so far) AIPA I have ever had. Gotta hand it to Stone once again for a great brew.

grego, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of wanker
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%

This beer is definitely for hop heads.It is a complex beer, with citrus and stone fruit flavors (peach and tangerine?) underneath a serious hop zing.

To tell you the truth, the hop flavor was so strong that it was difficult for me to finish my half of the bomber I shared with my wife. I liked the fruity undertones, but the intensity of the piney hop tastes killed the drinkability for me.

That said, I'm really a stout and porter guy, so ignore this review if your tastes don't run in the stout/porter direction.

wanker, Nov 02, 2006
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,666 ratings.