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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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9,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,326
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,290 | 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 JRed
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with one finger head with a great aroma: fresh hops right off the vine, some light herbal in the background. Crisp and refreshing in taste, hops but not on the attack, slight grass and herbal notes, dry finish. Great light carbonated mouthfeel, light body. Highly drinkable for any season.

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

12 oz. bottle. across the board consistency.

a-beautiful deep golden ipa that is quite clear. i love the head...looks like i just plopped some pancake batter into the griddle. thick, white popping bubbles.

s-piney attack in the nose. very resin-y. i love the assertiveness.

t-full, well-rounded ipa i would expect...but there is a crispness that adds points. i almost taste juniper...

m-perfect. thick. thin. thick. thin. neither. both. carbonation is simply where it should be. not flat. not sparkly. where it seems thick, it's fluid....where it's thin, it's heavy, deep...what balance!

d-101%. more sips suggest insane food pairings: calamari, garlic gread, etouffe, oysters and tabasco...throw out the dixie, please...

Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright clear golden color with a large frothy head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Pungent grapefuit hops fill the nose. Very pleasant and fruity.

T- A ton of sweet citric hops. Incredibly smooth, enough malt to take the harsh edge off a brew this well hopped.

M- Very, very smooth... medium bodied, carbonation level is perfect for the style.

D- Excellent! Stone pulls it off again. They can hop the hell out of a brew but balance it out just right. This brew goes down way too easy for it's IBU and ABV levels. Without a doubt, one of the gold standard beers for the American IPA style.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep golden color with rich off white head of about 1 1/2 fingers

S: Amazing combination of fruit and floral bouquets that I don't even know how to begin describing. you gotta smell this one yourself.

T: Sweet for a moment... then hello hops! significant bittering that will stay with you after you swallow. There are underlying fruity notes of apple.

M: Smooth, medium body

D: Not for the faint of heart. This beer is definitely for a Hop Head, as it pretty much meets the perfect definition of and IPA

Photo of Jimbo87
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear coppery yellow with a whitish head.

Smell: grain and pineappley hops

Taste: similar to nose. Very tasty. Gets sweeter as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Normal of the style.

Drinkability: Standard for the style. It probably wasn't a good idea to rate this soon after Nugger Nectar, because NN kind of puts this to shame, but this is still a great beer.

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

355ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.com...

Poured a golden yellow colour... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded to decent light covering... light carbonation... good sticky lacing lines cling to the glass...

Aroma - Light maltiness mixed with a good dose of citrusy and peppery hops, pine, tart fruits (grapefruit, lemons, apples), very floral, faint honey sweetness, light breadiness, some sea salt...

Taste - Good grassy and citrus hop bitterness, light pine, tart fruits (grapefruits, apples), light sweet biscuit malts, peppery, some salty notes, floral and perfumed...

Feel - Quite smooth with a little bite underneath... light / medium body. Very, very quaffable and refreshing...

Overall - A excellent, straightforward, hoppy IPA... recommended...

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear golden color with a nice 1-2cm white head. This one leaves great lacing, even after the head has fallen down to a little ring of bubbles. Looks really great, but it seems just a little bit lighter than I'd like to see an IPA. The smell is nice, some floral, citrusy, grassy hops. Actually quite a bit of hop resin in the smell. Almost leans towards a DIPA smell. Not really much maltiness to speak of, maybe just a whiff of sweetness. It's about what anyone would expect from an IPA. The taste seems to be a bit more bitter than a standard IPA, which is my main complaint, but there's enough of the hop flavor and aroma to fill in. This one isn't incredibly balanced, I can barely detect any sweet, malty backbone, and I can't taste the alcohol at all. The mouthfeel is nice, the bitterness makes you pucker and hesitate. I think this is lost somewhere between an IPA and DIPA, I like it but I'm not sure how well to either style it actually is. This one is very dry, like I would expect, with nothing standing in the way of the hoppy taste. This one really drinks well for almost 7%. You just keep taking drink after drink, and it is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Stunner97
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my second time trying this here we go

Appearance- Golden yellow brew with thick white foamy head,light carbonation with very small bubbles running up the glass

Smell-- Citrus smelling hops, very hoppy but with def fruit notes

Taste- A deliciously hoppy beer, light and easily drinkable, each sip leaves you wanting more

Mouth- Soft light bodied in the mouth, easy going down

Drinkability- extraordinary, a great beer that is an amazing session to me even though decently high alc level, a golden example of the ipa, great beer i will always be having time to time

Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Baker's Street Grill and Bar. Poured a reddish-tan color with a decent head that left nice lacing throughout consumption. Smelled very hoppy, grapefruit, pine and sweet notes. Tasted hoppy, again sort of grapefruit, pine and almost a little too sweet. Good malt mixture in there as well. Overall a good go to IPA, however the sweetness coming off the hops makes the drinkability of it for me, a little too much to make it a staple.

Photo of jera1350
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Stone brew and what a pleasure!

Pours golden yellow with a two finger head that leaves nice lacing all the way down.

Smells of hops and lightly malty.

Taste is outstanding. Big hops with a nice bite, but also a solid malt backbone. Piney with a hint of lemongrass.

Fairly smooth with a nice moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer for this style. I could drink several of these in a row!

Overall, very pleased with my first Stone experience, will definitely have again.

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

stone ipa, finally

a 3.5 clear golden color, much lighter than expected. fairly assertive pour produces a short head that quickly dwindles in fizzy fashion to a scattered cap and ring.

s 4 distinctive chinook hops assert themselves at first, along with a flowery aroma. the strength of the bouquet dies down though. a mild sweetness is detected backing things up.

t 4 citric bitterness up front, grapefruit rind (like cascade but a deeper less aromatic and bright grapefruit). also a bit of that vomit acid quality i associate with chinook hops. not terribly complex (that i can detect at this point at least). aftertaste is not overpowering but the rind accumulates. balance is toward hops of course, yet there is enough pale malt to hold its ground in back.

m 4 medium plus fullness. there's a fair amount of unfermentable here, perhaps some crystal malt.

d 4 nice example of a chinooked ipa. not as assertive as i anticipated, but quite drinkable particularly considering the abv.

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

From 22 oz. bottle into tulip at brew pub. Clear amber color with medium off-white head. Good lacing remaining throughout. Very hoppy - pine/citrus and bitter through the finish. Review is of last half of bottle as the first pour included a slight aroma of bleach. This from a respected brew pub - I did not complain, just let it sit awhile. I will say it dampened my excitement immediately for my first taste of Stone IPA. Overall very enjoyable - Cheers!

Photo of tmoneyba
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is complex sour citrus hoppy. Poured amber color with medium head that lasted and produced good lacing. Flavor is pleasent blend of citrus hops and bitter with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Very good drinkable beer and good with mild/medium cigar.

Photo of jgap
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with kaki head that recedes but forms a nice lace. Smell is wonderful piney grapefruit. Taste is big hops instantly. Crisp and clean. Not over-the-top but hoppy. After taste is pretty peppery. Tastes like centenials which I'm kind of over. Good beer could use some variation in the hops.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden burnt yellow with a huge head. It laces all over the glass. Very nice presentation.

Aroma is forresty ( Real word?) with grassy, herbal, piney, sprucy hop notes along with citrus notes of grapefruit and lemon rind.

Taste is quite bitter, astringent and dry. This drinks like a double IPA without as much malts but still doulbe the hopping.

Mouthfeel is oily from the hops and the astringency on the tongue lasts and lasts.

Drinkability is so/so. It's hardly a session beer but great for hop fiends.

Photo of BaltimoreMike
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall it is a very good beer, BUT it's pretty pricey. Don't know what the price is where you live, but for me it was being sold for $9.99 in the same place that was selling Sierra Nevada for $6.99, and honestly I don't think Stone is $3 better than Sierra Nevada. Like I said though it is a very good beer, great taste, extremely hoppy, which is what I want in an IPA, great mouth feel and color, overall extremely well done. It's just the price that gets me. If I'm paying that much for a 6, honestly I expect something more.

Great flavor and hoppy taste, but not liking the price tag.

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing I observed was the cool looking green gargoyle bottle. Poured from that into my snifter. Golden pale color, moderate head disippating into a light layer over the brew. Smelled like hop-a-mania, very nice. The taste was even more hops, hops and hops. I agree with a few other reviewers - kind of one dimensional. Although a good dimension. Mouthfeel and drinkability were average for the style. When I'm in the mood for hops I could go for this one for sure.

Photo of Douglas14
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Phenomenal. It pours a magnificently clear pale color with an awesome head that leavs great lace and has pretty good retention. The aroma and flavor have one of the cleanest, most pure hop flavors I have experienced. It has a nice bitterness to it, which is balanced nicely with a slight maltiness. I could drink this beer all day/ night long. Perfectly balanced. Awesome.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just had an Orval, and then because of its hoppiness, went to my cellar for a Stone IPA.

Pours almost clear amber, with a wee head that goes away in no time.

Smells of hay and brown sugar.

Definitely a strong hop taste, and bitter grapefruit, but with a little sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost creamy, but low carbonation.

At 6.9 percent, you can have a few, but it is a little one dimensional with its hop focus.

Photo of gatornation
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

stone ipa looks good out of the bottle great straw/orange color with good lacing... after that everything is just a bit above average the smell and taste is ok and drinkable.. it is smooth and a good beer ... but i think it is overrated. the hops are bitter/weak and the pine, grapefruit, and citrus aromas are just not there as i would expect from a" legendary" IPA. this is still a decent IPA...just not one i would keep on rotation.. but still try it if you can find it

Photo of lonestar1836
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle

A: pours a light amber with moderate head and laceing.

S: smells like fresh cut pine with a little coppery hint

T: starts with a slight maltiness, fallowed by a rich and refreshing pine flavor, ending with a light hoppy bitterness

M: smooth with minimal fizz, but not flat at all

D: Pretty good

Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It has a decent head with a nice bit of lace. There wasn't much of a scent.

It has a nice citrus taste, fairly sweet. No after taste, it's easy on the palette. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a good beer, but it's kind of weak for an IPA.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Catalyst in Fort Collins.

Pours a pale golden orange color with great clarity but almost no head.

Aroma is subtle until I find enough room in the glass to swirl some head to life. Great hoppy smells that one expects from a West coast IPA.

Flavor is very hoppy yet balanced. Fruity and spicy in equal measures. Floral quality to it as well. Grapefruit and citrus come out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is good with medium body, light carbonation, and not too much burn from the bitterness. Drinkability is very good for the style.

I enjoyed this one from the bottle more perhaps because it was fresher. Either way, it's both smooth and drinkable without being boring. Still not as good as Ruination. I look forward to finding that on draught some day!

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the pour on this beer was simply amazing. The sun was shining directly into the glass, so the beer was a hazy saffron yellowish...a brilliant orange. Easily one of the coolest colors I have ever seen in an IPA. The head appeared creamy and white at about 1/4" thick, but dissipates to form a gracious sheet over the surface. There was good lacing left in the glass.

Needless to say, this brew smells hoppy! A great pungent aroma, and maybe slightly musty. In addition to all of the hops there is a nice malt profile...lends a mellowness.

By all means this is a pretty bitter beer. No if ands or buts here, there is plenty of lemon zest to go around. The citrusy notes are complimented by loads of pine.

A medium bodied beer that fully coats the mouth. It is remarkably smooth and creamy for such a bitter IPA. There is a nice drying on the finish.

This beer is highly drinkable...its just so smooth. The bitterness is great and what I look for in an IPA. Damn shame the beer was gone well before I had finished my review. Guess that means its time for round 2.

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

Appearance and color, just what you would expect from a quality IPA
Aroma: Wonderful, very piney hops, and even a little bit floral I would say
Taste: Better than I would expect from an average IPA, but I just cant quite taste the Hops they way I can smell them in this beer. Maybe my tongue is broken from too much Ruination.
Overall an excellent beer, hoppy to the core, a very solid IPA

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,326 ratings.