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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9,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,356
Reviews: 2,809
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,319 | FT: 5
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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 BuffaloTapHugger
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a hop lovers dream. This india pale ale truly has it all. Color, complexity, flavor, aroma, and a mega sensation on the old taste buds.

The pour: Classic golden orange haze, the perfect color for an ipa. Nice head to as well which settles beautifully.

Smell: lemon zest, orange

Taste: Big bite of hops! What else can be said. Finishes great with a nice overtone of citrus.

Drinkability: Yes. I enjoy at home to avoid repercussions. My favorite session beer to date. Goes well with or without food.

The only downside is the price tag. Would enjoy more if they were priced more along its peers (ex: dogfish). That aside, its worth every penny, therefore I splurge when the Gargoyle calls.

Photo of Packforever1976
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes. Consumed on 10-17-08

A: Light copper, great clarity. Thin off-white one finger head with little retention. Good lacing.

S: Citrus/pine hops, nice malt.

T: Big citrus hops (orange, some grapefruit). Also some nice piney hoppiness as well. Some spicyness in the back. Malts are there initially, then the hops take over.

M: A little thin for my liking. Good level of carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. Well balanced, not overpowering. Solid.

Photo of SerieDNo3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a mug

A: Pours a clear gold, with a creamy off-white head. The head dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a bit of foam in the centre, and beautiful lacing down the glass.

S: Piney hops, a slight bready aroma, and some citrus notes.

T: Crisp hops, with only just enough malts to provide balance. Lots of piney flavors complemented by some fruit flavors.

M: Crisp. Very crisp. Pretty much perfect carbonation, and a generous amount of hops, rendering this a very refreshing beer.

D: The 6.9% ABV is hidden very well. If it were a little lower, this would be a perfect session beer. I tried this awhile back, and was slightly underwhelmed, but that was probably not fresh enough. This is an excellent kid brother to Ruination. I'm going to be drinking a lot more of this in the future.

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

One of my favorites. Average for Stone's standards; big hops flavor with citrus backing that does not let up. Crisp bitter end. If you like IPA's and have not tried this, you are a tool. Go to the store now, buy one, and you will definitely enjoy it.

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

I think this beer has the best possible appearance, that's why i gave it a 5.0 score on appearance. and the smell, taste, mouthful and drinkability aren't far behind. This is, by far, the best IPA i've had in quite some time. Again, the appearance, and the way it pours into a long fluted glass, makes you want to sit down and just stare at its beauty before taking that first taste.

Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body is a clear, orange-yellow with a one finger, bone white head. The foam settles quickly, but leaves nice, sticky lace in its wake.

S - Earthy, spicy hops with some floral, juniper character and grapefruit as well. There is some malt in there as well, but it is hard to discern under the big, juicy hop notes.

T - Fruity, citrus hop flavor along with strong bitterness up front. Sweet, bready malt appears in the center in an attempt to balance things out but is quickly overwhelmed by the juicy hop flavors and strong, clean bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - An excellent, easily drinkable IPA. The hop oils are center stage in this beer and while the bitterness is nothing to scoff at, they clearly made the right decision by going for flavor and aroma instead of just bone crushing bitterness. The hop aroma and, more importantly IMO, flavor have a crisp, fresh character that keeps the beer drinkable and avoid the muddy, mouth coating hoppiness that some big IPAs fall prey to. Overall, an excellent, and unusually drinkable, example of the style.

Photo of pik5el
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Wow, this is good. Hoptastic aroma. I want to bathe in this. Pour it all over me. Taste is amazing. Heavy hops, but not totally unbalanced. Very quenching. I could drink a few, and that's what makes a great beer. I will definitely be drinking this again.

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

A - a very light shade of gold, much like the urine of a person who doesn't drink enough water. The head was small (1.5cm) and stiff. I would have liked a little more head.

S - hops, floral and citrusy/spicy

T - any touch of malt is only noticeable as a slight sweetness at the very beginning. Then comes a strong hop bitterness vary hints of citrus and spice. Finally, there's a lingering floral hop taste.

M - Good, I guess. This is my first IPA, so I'm not sure.

D - Great. This is a very easy drinking beer that I could put down quite a few times if I wanted to. The only downside is a lingering hop taste that takes a while to go away.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, since it's been a while and I've sampled many offerings since I wanted to re-review my favorite beer, Stone IPA. Text and stats on the original review follows. Long story's still right up there...

12 oz. into Duvel tulip...

2+ finger butter/eggshell head tops a clean and still honey/copper body. Head is slightly meringuish with great staying power and a lot of lacing. What an IPA should look like.

Grapefruit is subtle yet strong with slight floral notes and mild caramel malt. That's what I'm talkin' about...overall citrus is dominant but not one-sided - aroma has Beautiful Chemistry in spades.

Caramel malt comes forward in an even keel. Hoppiness manifests itself in more of a bitter citrus tone than on the nose...with a little warmth there's solid balance but the citrus and malt do quiet down rather quickly.

This achieves almost perfect balance on the palate. Malt is clean but hearty and hops provide ample bitterness and citrus. Finish is strong and even-keeled. Husky but bright. Never gets old.

One of the most drinkable beers around in my opinion and my favorite beer to drink all-around. Excellent for all seasons - hearty enough for cold, light enough for warm. Quenches thirst and provides a strong but clean flavor profile.

Original review stats and notes:

A+ / 4.85
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5
rDev: +12.2%

Understatement of the year: Over-abundant flowery hop aroma. Very clean mouthfeel with undertones of ripe citrus. Although the hops are as plentiful as can be there is no unpleasant bitter after-taste whatsoever. Out of a bottle this is absolutely as good as it gets for an IPA and, in turn, for beer as a whole. Taking the last one of these out of the fridge is always a sad experience for me, until I get more!

Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-27-2008 14:59:11

Photo of AMoceri7
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So, I just so happened to get robbed the two days ago I bought a Stone Brewing Company Stone INDIA PALE ALE and instead 4 out of the 6 were that and the other two were Stones PALE ALE. Not paying attention to the bottle, pouring it into my beautiful Rogue Revolution pint glass eager to try it I had begun to rate a Pale Ale in the India Pale Ale category. Wasn't pretty, so my apologies to anyone who read it.

A: Gold, sheer gold. Great head and great lacing to the last sip. Enough said.

S: Hops hops and more hops, but there is a distinct GANJA smell to this. This is not a mistake for hops as other IPAs Ive had dont reek as bad as this one. Probably the most potent of the smells is the weed. Has to be, of course the legal stuff. I hope... Anywho, some malt sweetness with a faint yeasty fruitiness.

T: Undoubtedly chinook accounting for most of the bitterness. But crazily smooth. Very good, nice grapefruit hop bomb flavor. A bit watery mouthfeel compared to other IPAs I've had. Cant say this is balanced, but it kicks.

M: Great carbonation jumps across the palate nicely. Leaves a mild bitterness after sipping.

D: Under par, just couldn't do more than two.

Overall: Why drink this when you could have a solid Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA? Probably wont go out of my way to buy this again. But all in all, Good.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color into my pint glass, leaving a moderate white head that lingers for a couple of minutes. Leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly hoppy, with pine and a touch of sweet malt. Not a real powerful aroma for an IPA, but very nice nonetheless. Tastes mostly hoppy, but the hops don't dominate the taste. The hops are nicely complemented by the malt and pine, and a nice bitterness follows. The taste is very well balanced and doesn't have a powerful hoppy bite. Light to medium bodied and doesn't leave a whole lot of stick in the mouth. This IPA is nice and smooth and goes down real easy. I've only recently "found" Stone Brewery and have been very impressed so far. This IPA is another great beer by Stone.

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

A - A very light, translucent copper color with a tall off white head that sticks to the sides a bit.

S - Piney and yeasty.

T - Piney hops are present in the beginning and all the way down to the bitter end. I have not had another IPA quite like this. Usually there is a citrus element to west coast IPAs, but not in this one. Malt backbone is overpowered by the hops which leaves wanting more.

M - Pretty thin, but enough to hold things together and only adds to the drinkability.

D - Very nice session beer. I am looking forward to drinking many more of these in the form of 6 packs cause a bomber just wasn't enough.

Photo of Vendetta
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
May 25, 2008

One of the best IPAs I've ever had. Pours deep and golden, leaves a thick, lingering lace. Grassy, hoppy aroma, great hoppy flavor with a slightly cheesey, yeasty finish. You absolutely must try this beer- even if you don't like IPAs you will appreciate it. The fact that these are readily available in a six pack is proof that God exists.

Photo of dolemite77
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber, with a nice white head... tons of lacing. Aroma is hops... that's about all you can say for the aroma... they are all there... floral, piney, spicy... all of them. Flavor is balanced, even though there are tons of hops... mouthfeel is just about right for an IPA... not too thin, almost syrupy with hops... a nice burn from the alcohol, carbonation, and spiciness of hops. Stone doesn't make bad beers...

Photo of hoplover82
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPAs. Stone really does a great job on hoppy beers.

It pours a beautiful hazy golden orange color with ok head retention with very sticky, off white lace.

The aroma is impressive, with strong notes of pine and floral and citrus. And I detect some biscut malts, then nothing but hops wofting to my nose's delight.

The taste is a little hint of sweetness and a lot of hop flavor. The bitterness is there, but very soft. It is far from harshness. No grapefruit, mainly pine and citrus in the flavor... something like lemon juice. And also the biscut malts come through in the flavor.

It is very smooth on the palate, with a nice lingering bitterness in the end... and a little dry, very little.

Very drinkable.

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

Ahhh...good old Stone. These guys just kick ass at just about everything they do, and they are even cocky about it. I just had a Racer 5, and wanted to compare the two to each other. Racer is super great, but I must say I prefer the Stone IPA. It is really really great, can't say its perfect, as i prefer a little more intense nose, but seriously its great! Pours a nice light copper, almost orangeish, nose is a little yeast and piney hops, and the taste rich and varied between bitter hops, and just enough alcohol to taste it, maybe some citrus fruit and light honey.

Photo of HIFF
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From what I understand this IPA is legen wait for it dary and I was not disappointed. Nice bright golden tan color with tantilizing thick head. Smells like heaven that is if heaven is a hop factory. Unbelievable hoppy, bittery flavor with hints of caramel and I think pine cones. Feels great to drink not to thick or carbonated and after you drink it you feel like a hop breathing dragon. I would like to drink these all day but in reality I could probably only handel two or three in a sitting. Looking forward to many more of these tasty treats.

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing an all-time great here. I'm admittedly biased, as the first time I had this was on my honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas. Picked up a single at Discount Liquor on a recent trip and poured into Stein.

A - Pours liquid gold. One finger of creamy head that dissipates quickly to a complex lace. I was hoping for a little more head, but perhaps the bottle was old.

S - A delicious combination of hops, grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine, and the tiniest bit of malt. My only knock is that it may be a bit pedantic when compared to all the other IPAs created since.

T - Sweeter than it smells - starts off like tangerine citrus candy, then fades into a slightly bitter hop aftertaste. There's also some floral notes in there a well.

M - Just thin enough to be eminently refreshing, just creamy enough to match the depth of flavor. A bit of carbonation to tickle the mouth.

D - Highly sessionable, even at 6.9%. I wish this could be my staple beer like it is in so many other parts of the country. Whither art though, Stone?

Awesome, cheap, and available (outside Illinois) - what more do you want from a brew?

Photo of corby112
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another brilliant brew from Stone. Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy white head. This beer is dominated by hops but is balanced out by a sweetness that doesn't make it too bitter. Not as good as their Ruination IPA but excellent for a single IPA.

Photo of sirpsycho
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Mad Mex (Monroeville, PA). Pours an amber/orange, very slightly cloudy. Aroma is the classic IPA citrus and hops notes. Hops get you on the initial sip, but in a good way, not overpowering. Grapefruit-pine-citrus-hops. Will try this one again.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

stone is not available in illinois, atleast not to my knowledge so a buddy of mine picked me up on a trip to ohio. the look of it is great, has a nice slightly orangish/gold cloudyness to it with a nice fluffy white head, and it smells flipping great, just a wonderful cascade of hop aroma, very light and not overpowering earthy hopness to it. taste is great too, just a fulll bodied flavor, not to strong, not to light flavor, it is one of the easiest to drink ipa's too, alot of your really really strong ipa's are hard to get through the bottle cause of the bitterness or the alcohol but this one is an absolute world class beer. just wish it were available locally

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

Good, solid IPA with dense head and strong lacing. Smells slightly piney but mostly beery, a little yeast. Taste is mostly hops, bitter with a slight jasmine background. Mouthfeel is great, light on the tongue, and very easy to drink. Stone makes some nice beers.

Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Skagway Brewing Company in Skagway, Alaska.

Extremely clear, pale golden yellow. Thick white head with decent retention and persistent lacing.

Floral, citrusy hop aroma, mainly, with a bit of malt noticeable. Aroma is pleasant, not overwhelming, but also not especially complex.

Grapefruity hop bitterness is prominent but not overdone. Bitterness fades some in the middle with the malt becoming more evident, then reappears at the back of the tongue, with less assertiveness, for the finish. Noticing the alcohol flavor at the finish as well. Balanced toward the hops, and not especially complex.

Moderate carbonation, a little tingling, and no discernable warming but with alcohol flavor. A bit thin.

Some may find the bitterness a bit sharp, but for many IPA fans, this could easily be a session beer.

This is a solid IPA. To me, not one to write home about, but very good. When my first homebrew IPA, based off a clone recipe for this beer, came pretty close to this I was stoked. But there are many IPA's I prefer to this one. That said, I have at least one friend who thinks it is the gold standard of the style.

Photo of Douglas88
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is awesome; loads of sweet hops, juicy and ripe. The taste is just insanely quaffable; sweet grapefruit hops, some light bitterness in the finish, very clean and super easygoing. One of the best IPAs.

Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA pours amber with yellow highlights and a rocky white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit on the sweet end, a bit of pineapple perhaps. The flavor is quite nice, the malt holds its own, but the hops are the show here. Floral and a bit piney. Very enjoyable.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,356 ratings.