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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

9,626 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,626
Reviews: 2,863
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 303
Gots: 1,645 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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

damn. the aroma came to me as soon as the bottle cap, i was removed i got hit by a hop train.
pale color with a thick thick frothy head.
sweet floral hoppy aroma, not much else from the smell.
have to say the first thing i realized was how smooth it is. the taste is of hops. must say the lacing is phenomenal and the head kind of holds its own. this beer is wonderful. i am new to IPAs, this being the first i ever reviewed and the first that i really really concentrated on analyzing it. from what i heard i was expecting overwhelming flavor, maybe too much for my young palate to be able to appreciate quite yet, but it was just right.
my first stone. must say i look forward to trying many more.
Today, i join the hophead club.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick ass white heading. Lacing rings stick around to the bitter end.

Smell is probably the most floral thing I have ever whiffed upon.Some fruitiness but it is no match for this ridiculously hopped aroma.

Taste is again extremly hopped leaves some sweetness to detect from malts but again smashed down by the overpowering hoppiness.

Mouth is medium bodied with great carbonation finishes clean and green.

Drinkability is good but I don't think this is a good session beer a bit to hoppy for my liking for a good session (heartburn even).

Photo of Walker8810
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a beautiful light copper color with an inch of light airy foam.

Aroma: huge citrusy hop nose. i have yet to come across a beer that caputures the essence of fresh hops like this one does. magnificent.

Taste: wonderfully bitter with slightly malty undertones. the hops dominate, as they should.

Mouthfeel: smooth

Drinkability: too good. even at 7% abv, they're easy to drink. i may get in trouble w/ too many of these.

Overall: easily the best IPA i've ever had. like hop flowers in a glass.

Photo of greengorilla
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is a light golden color with a one finger thick white head with excellent lacing to the end of the glass.

The smell just knocked me out. It just makes my mouth water. The floral hops smell was incredible.

The taste followed the smell. It was hops from start to finish with a hint of pine in there somewhere.

The mouthfeel was very good too. This beer is incredibly drinkable period, but insane for a 6.9% abv. I was only planning on having one, but couldn't stop.

This is a great beer. I think it is the best IPA that I have had.

Photo of adam42381
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a golden amber with a 1 inch white head. Excellent lacing throughout.

Smell: Very strong hops with a bit of citrus. Very pleasant aroma with a hint of pine.

Taste: Very strong hops up front. Very nice bitter citrus flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinakbility. Too bad the handle on my 6 pack broke while I was checking my mail, breaking all but one of these bad boys. I'll definitely be buying more.

Overall: I'd rate this very high. One of the best IPAs I've ever had.

Photo of thecarster1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bomber poured into a pint, one inch head, orangey light brown coloring, not overly carbonated, great looking bottle with the definition, really nice.

s- not overly strong, wafts of grapefruit, pine, spice.

t- soo tasty, spicy, tangy, traditional grapefruit rind and pine but kicked up a notch, with a great backbone of caramel malt.

m- medium body.

d- so drinkable, easily one of the best ipa's i've ever had, am definately planning on buying some more to stock the fridge up, i could session this almost too easily.

this is the perfect beer for my 50th review!!!

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold with perfect lacing and a perfect head that remains throughout.

S: This cask had Amarillos added to it and even the most novice of beer drinkers can smell them immediately. Fruity notes as well as herbs.

T: Hop spice up front. The beautiful thing about this cask is that by adding the Amarillos another dimension was added without obliterating the other flavors.

M: Bubbly and happy. You will feel and taste the Amarillo hops for some time after this beer is finished.

D: I marked the drinkability down half a point on this because I am not sure if I would want to drink Amarillo hops all evening.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased for $1.75 at Heinen's in Greater Cleveland into my gold rimmed Stone Levitation Ale

A Huge frothy 4 inch head leaves lacing after repeated sips over a hazy yellow orange body. Great, classic IPA look. 4.5

S Grapefruit hops predominate but there is an interesting sweetness there as well. It reminds me a lot of Levitation which I really enjoyed. 4.0

T Well the hops are delivered but in a reasonably balanced way. There is a nice sugary malt balance to the grapefruit hops that was suggested in the smell.

M Moderate as the hops beef it up.

D Good. I could have several of these.

Notes: Now I know why this beer gets so much attention from "hop heads" as it is delicious and drinkable while featuring the hops. At the risk of entering hyperbole, this is a masterfully done IPA.

Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear golden body...poured a white rocky head that fell into a spotty cap...laced the entire glass

S - Solid piney hops...not as big on the nose as I expected

T - This is a pretty balanced IPA...the hops hit your tongue right away and they do not leave...there is a constant bitterness from start to finish...but there is a very strong malty backbone...the malts play a pretty big role in this beer...but they don't steal the show...when you let this one warm up the malts knock the bitterness down actually

M - Medium bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - A very nice IPA...balanced and crisp...making this a very sessionable IPA...but if I were to chose between this and Ruination...Ruination would win hands down

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a freshly washed pint glass.

Poured a clear golden witha nice rocky 2inch head, ample lacing.

Smells of a fresh cascade and galena hop w/ just a touch of yakima magnum and ripened honey dew melon.

Taste is a sharp blend of alpha and melon rind blended with a nice cara-pil malt. Really appetizing. This would be great w/ some spicey food!

Exceptional mouthfeel and drinkability. Could down quaite a few of these.

Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good ipa, this is one i don't drink enough because it's so prevelant. I usually go for another ipa, if that's what i'm in the mood for, or another stone, if that's what i'm looking for. In any case, a very good ipa and one you should fully consider if it's available.

Photo of drabmuh
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone IPA is one of, well, it is my favorite beer. I can drink a Stone IPA and completely change my mood. Stone is probably the best example of an American IPA available. I've made IPAs a focus of my beer drinking and sampling and I can say without hyperbole, this is a great beer. Of course it is better on draught than in the bottle, but I had a 12 oz bottle of it served in my Stone IPA glass. Medium head, strong aroma of cascade hops, dark yellow, clear (although sometimes the bottles are cloudy). Excellent mouthfeel, a great amount of hops but the bitterness is not overpowering.

Photo of Lerxst
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe I've never reviewed this. Here goes.

A-Pours a cloudy gold with a nice size fluffy white head that leaves wonderful sticky lacing.

S-Nice pronounced hop nose with citrus clearly evident. Smells wonderful.

T-Crisp, spicy, bitter hop kick hits you right away, a very pleasant malty backbone is there but lingers in the background without overdoing it. Nice balance.

M-Once again crisp, yet creamy. A very nice combination. A great bitter hop bite combined with a not too sweet maltiness in the finish. Great mouthfeel.

D-Easily drinkable, I could have many of these in a session.

This is a very good IPA I have enjoyed (and will enjoy) many, many times.

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

This is in my top 3 IPAs so far.
This was very well balanced and very drinkable.
i liked the citurs in it and the fact that the piney flavor was not overpowering. not sure about the pine-sol guy who gave it a D. I mean it has alot of hops which is on style, but i thought it was balanced well, and i've tried beers that tasted like pine sap, this is not one of them.

Go buy some and drink it. You will like it.

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

A: Golden straw color with a small, very small, amount of white foam that dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation to speak of.

S: Lots of citrus, most notable is lemon. There is also a mild pine scent. Not much malt to speak of.

T: A wonderful and powerful bitterness. Very piney, but also slight lemony notes. Again, not much malt shining through.

M: Very crisp beer with a lingering bitterness.

D: Highly drinkable, but watch out for this one, it will bite when you're not looking at 6.9%.

Photo of racer2k
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to pint glass

A - Amber almost orange like with a 1/2 finger a white head which dissipates quickly leaving a very nice thin lacing around the entire glass.

S - Pine, citrus, and grapefruit with an earthy hop aroma. Hints of malt in the background.

T - Very smooth hopped taste with a citrus backbone. Plenty of pine and floral notes which round out the taste. Slight back end malt.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Bitter hops mouth feel.

D - Top shelf west coast IPA. One of the best. Great session beer even at 6.9% abv.

Photo of lweaver18240
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a $6 22 oz. bottle into a glass. Enjoyed only slightly cooled, I'd say roughly 60-65 degrees after 20 mins in the fridge. Been looking forward to trying this one...

A- Nice amber color, with 2-3 cm head which had good retention.

S- Smells like a solid IPA, very hoppy.

T- Incredibly well balanced malt and hop taste, slight fruity sweetness with lingering bitter finish that is not overpowering.

M- Medium carbonation but very very smooth, finish is dry secondary to hop profile.

D- Very good, wouldn't mind drinking this throughout the night, will be purchasing again soon. Personally I feel that this should be the gold sandard for IPA's.

Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy orange color with small head. I was not able to pick out much of an aroma. The taste was citrus and a hoppy bitterness (which I liked). I admit to not being a great IPA fan, but I did like this beer. So far, this one runs second to the AleSmith IPA.

Photo of oxnard111
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review so bare with me.

Severed on tap in a pint glass. Was served quite cold. I let it rest for about 15 minutes before smelling and tasting.

Beer poured a clear color a little lighter than honey. Pint glass was filled slowly to the top, so judging the head was hard. Once the glass was about half empty I was able to give a swirl and the head appeaedr about 1 finger tall. Head retention was good too. Stayed for good amount of time. Beer was a had a low amount of carbonation.

Smell was overall not very strong. Slight citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Pretty thin. Not thick or chewy at all.

Taste was great. Slight citrus taste. Slightly acidic with a background sweet taste. Bitterness was quite present. About a 5 out of 10 on the bitterness scale. Beer was very drinkable. Could imagine drinking this on a hot summer's day. I'm still learning about my other beer tastes and flavors.

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

The Stone IPA pours into chalice a cloudy gold color with a thin cream-colored head.

The smell leads with citrus hops and even a whiff of malts.

The taste, like the aroma, opens with a strong hoppy presence, like a less-heavy version of a dipa ... and balanced with a slight roasted malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium and refreshing and an extremely pleasant experience ... nice effervescence and dryness, yum.

This is a very drinkable, tasty brew. The dry/hoppy quality make it a super drinker on an 88-degree summers day!

Photo of terryt5231
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great beer! This is the epitome of an IPA, in my opinion.

Drank this at Holy Smoke BBQ in Mahopac, NY. Bartender knows how to pour em, too.

To be honest, was a little surprised by the alc. content and I felt it halfway through the beer.

Very happy and will certainly look for this bottled in my local beer store.

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

Pours a clear, deep, golden color with a big, foamy, white head. Head falls slow and stays. Big lace.

With the first smell I took I noticed citrus immediately followed by the huge hop aroma.

Wow. Big hop taste. Sweet in the middle with a lingering hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and very smooth in the mouth, almost chewy.

Awesome. Very good IPA.

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

Aroma- Nice golden/amber color. slightly cloudy/hazy. Poured with a 2cm head but faded quickly.
Smell- Very citrusy, grapefruit, some pineapple.
Taste- Hoppy, much like smell with the citrus and pineapple flavors. Nice bready maltines underneath the hops.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and crisp, moderate mouthfeel, carbonation right where it should be.
Overall- A very good beer, very hop forward which after reading the label is exactly what I expected " . . big hop flavor . . . big hop aroma." This is what I expect from an American IPA. Hoppy but not out of balance. Stone Brewing came through admirably.

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

Pours an amber hue with a two-finger head. The smell is dominated by hop and citrus aromas with a bit of malt as well.

The taste has a bold hop flavor with some sharp citrus flavors as well. There is a medium malt body which is only slightly overpowered by the hops. The bitterness is medium/high in a pleasant way.

The mouthfeel is sharp initially with a clean citrus/hop flavor dominating. Carbonation is medium with a medium consistency. This is a fantastic IPA and I would tend to stay with it for a session. Another great beer from Stone.

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

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Golden-orange translucent. Looks like an IPA. 2 finger foamy head that has good retention as it slides down the glass.

Smell - Tons of citrus hops, probably one of the most citrus smelling IPA's I have had. Small amount of malt scent detected. Maybe a bit of pine, but the major smell here is hops.

Taste - Great citrus tastes, grapefruit, honey, lime, lemon, I catch it all in here. Great taste from a single ipa. For its bitterness and where it is from, surprisingly balanced. The malts are nice. Little bit of alcohol on the end.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel, not amazing, maybe a bit overcarbonated. Good bitter bite for the style.

Drinkability - There is a ton of drinkability, really good session beer, I could drink a lot of these.

One of my staple single ipa's.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,626 ratings.