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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

9,705 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,705
Reviews: 2,880
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 311
Gots: 1,725 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Ratings: 9,705 | Reviews: 2,880
Photo of BigAl723
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with a ton of little bubbles racing to the top of the pint glass. A nice one inch head that seemed to linger on for a while.

S: Well, let me first say this is one pungent IPA. Very fragrant and citrus like. Big hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerines, sweet hops, pine, all of the above. A real inviting smelling IPA.

T: Such a well balanced taste right from the get go. The hops are very unique in this one. They don't overpower you like Ruination but they certainly aren't weak by any standards. The taste definitely resembles the smell. Lots of big sweet hops, fragrant citrus, pine, orange, tangerines, etc.

M: Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, a great feel.

D: Outstanding drink on this one. So well balanced. The ABV is perfect, not too high and not too low. I could've drank pints of this all night.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever come across. The only thing that makes me mad is how long it's has been since I've had one. It's a regular again on tap so I'm sure I will be denting the keg quite frequently.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that lasts for a little while before slowly subsiding.

Aroma is very citric with an emphasis on lemon.

Taste reveals a light malty profile and pine notes in the back, but the hops largely give off citrus notes all around. I get lemon from start to finish with some orange and grapefruit to a lesser degree.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Ruination may be one of my favorite beers, but Stone's regular IPA is so much lighter while still being quite flavorful. It's not as crazy as Ruination but the hop presence is still amazing and I want to drink it all day. One of my all time favorite IPAs.

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

Poured into a nonic glass it forms a 10 mm head that leaves ample lacing. The color is amber and clear. The aroma is strongly of citrus and grassy hops with little sweetness. The taste is also strongly of citrus hops and on the dry side with a little sweetness and lots of bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. One of these per evening is ample refreshment.

Photo of mbudner
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- A very inviting hazy golden color with a slightly orange tint. The head is roughly 2 fingers thick and gives a very pillow-y appearance as it dissipates leaving a nice thick lacing (more of a coating.)

S- Lemon zest, marijuana, bready malts. I'm actually getting a very slight amount of booze out of it too as it warms, but nothing alarming.

T- The "bready-ness" that I smelled in nose is the most evident player on the palate. Also, some lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue. Not much in the way of the citrusy hops that I get in the aroma (though faint.)

M- Pretty standard IPA. Possibly a little low on the carbonation scale, but nothing that detracts greatly from the overall quality.

D- Deceptively drinkable for nearly 7%. Nothing is too overwhelming, which is good except for with the hops, which I was hoping to be more prominent. All in all, a good beer and definitely one of the better of the widely accessible IPAs. I feel like this bottle might be a little older than I would have liked, but no dating system on the bottles so I don't know. I hadn't had it in months before tonight, but I remember having a bottle or two and definitely some servings from the tap that were slightly better, but my palate may has changed since then too.

Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Piraat snifter.

Pale Amber cloudy body, 3/4 finger white semi-rocky head, some lacing. Citrusy nose (grapefruit) some piney-ness, and bready malts. Taste is quite citrus, a bit sweet, meyer lemons? Above average mouthfeel and carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Maybe not as much of a hopbomb as most SD IPAs, but certainly an exemplar of the West Coast IPA style. Along with HUB and Bell's Two Hearted, one of the most balanced IPAs. Classic.

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

After recently trying some great IPA's from Smuttynose, and Dogfish Head, I was skeptical when i came across Stone IPA.
Now, all I can say is wow!!! This is a damn good IPA!!! To me it has the perfect balance of hoppiness/maltiness. Very easy to drink, and leaves me wanting more. Nice session beer. I'll definitely be purchasing more Stone IPA's in the future.

Photo of microbrew52
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazy yellow orange with a little small layer of foam at the top which will lace the glass slightly. It has a very fragrant like cologne. The taste is also bursting with flavor with lots of orange which pairs well this stones trademark hoppiness. Finishes dry and quick.

Photo of BrewitYerself
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass; 40 deg F.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a copper hue. Thin white head, disippates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is of bright fruity/floral hops, some esters, some sweet malts, perhaps some grainy/toasted malt. Hints of honey, too.

Taste is slightly sweet and fruity upfront - mainly hops and esters. Bitterness explodes on the mid-palate, through to the finish. There are some sweet/grainy malt flavors, not enough to match the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice - moderate carbonation, slight chewiness, very smooth.

This is a tasty beer packed with hops. The bitterness is a bit sharp on the finish and a bit too astringent. Throughout the sample the hop aroma gave way to sweet malt and honey. The flavors kept going back and forth between pungent, pithy hops and sweet malt. The hops are very persistent on the finish.

Photo of kingjames1
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, murky gold with little, but persisting, sticky head. Smells like citrus, grass, and a faint note of pine needles. Taste is a tart citrus, and pine. Strong hops bitterness, but sweet maltiness, without being syrupy - it is surprisingly light and extremely drinkable.

Photo of cvfish
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a deep golden color that produced a white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were hop dominated, orange, lemon and grapefruit flowers

T - The taste of this beer started with a light pale malty beginning, but soon was overtaken by the hoppiness of this beer, all the flavors that I got from the nose

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carboantion

D - I really do not know why this beer does not get more recognition, it is a great IPA and something I will be buying a lot of

Photo of spencerw
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read so many good things about Stone and this particular beer I thought I would try it. Not generally a big IPA fan but wanted to give it a shot.

A - The bear poured a very refreshed looking light copper honey, thick foam head that lasted for a minute or two then left a nice even lace along side the glass. Very good looking brew.

S - Pronounced malt and citrus smell. It was golden to the nose and smelled extremely quenching.

T - Decent malt, creamy sweetness at first then a blast of citrus hops! Very hoppy and pronounced and pretty much tingles your tongue for seconds after. Good balance and a good IPA if you like them...especially the more bitter ones.

M- Medium body, well carbonated and extremely fresh!

D- Very refreshing and could be a good session beer. I'm not even a huge IPA fan but I could see myself having a few of these. Would accommodate some great food very nicely.

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

I can't believe I had not rated this before.

A - Light orange honey, good off white head. Somewhat murky.

S - Deep malt and citrus.

T - I never really thought what a massive sweet core this one has, and so deftly squashed by the bitter of the hops. Good balance and begs for another taste.

M- Medium body, great carb and coating. Great Balance.

D - A classic. Quaffable to the extreme.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Clear golden colour with a massive crowning glory - the head lasted for the entire glass and left signature lacing

S : Lotsa hops, tropical fruits and zest. The smell really lingers on.

T : A big hug of hops up front, which eventually gives way to a nice malt balance. Can also taste some tart fruitiness at the end

M : Thin really, but the liveliness on the palate more than makes up for it. There is a lot going on

D : Great example of an IPA, so keep it coming. A great hop - malt balance really adds up to its drinkability

Photo of marvin213
2.47/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It's a murky yellow. It actually looks like a pilsner with dirt thrown in it. Were it not for the creamy white head, I'd think it's a contaminated beer. Though yellower than I expected, it's also more murky. It makes me think of cloudy piss. The lacing left as the foam settles let the hops be known.

The hops smell bitter and astingrent. The beer is straight hops. There's no fruitiness, no malty balance, and no additive novelty. It's like your original bitter. I think of liquor bitters. I think of Bitter Bill's face on the macro commercials. The nose is pure and unadulterated, but I offer no bonus points for that.

It's a plain beer and, although I love hoppy goodness, it's overly bitter and otherwise flavorless. I credit it for simplicity, but why would I repeatedly reach for plainness? It's bitter like an aspirin, and that's not cool.

The quality carbonation provides a fuzzy medium for the hops, so mouthfeel is the selling point. It's oddly the best thing about this bland beer. This is an overly simple IPA from a big-time brewery. I respect (and see most people on this site apprciate) a bland hop beer but I, for one, would like more on the medium of this feel.

I don't really like it, so I won't be drinking it much. It looks overbarleyed and tastes like a medicine while feeling as if it's soda. It's an eccentric experience--particularly for such a simple IPA--but that doesn't mean I'll revisit it.

Photo of scottyshades
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a transparent light color gold that creates a nice big, fluffy head that retains pretty damn well and leaves sheets of lacing along the pint glass.

S: Big hop profile, big malt profile! The hops are very aromatic and a lot more pleasant than I thought. They are perfectly balanced by a nice and sweet malt profile that really kicks this thing to the next level. Aside from the hops and malts, I pick up A LOT of honey.

T: Very similar to the nose. The hops are dominant, and more bittering than the nose would suggest. Malts balance perfectly. Honey is still very present, and a slight alcohol twang. Very floral, aromatic, sweet, and citrusy. I would give taste a 5 if only the alcohol was a little more discrete.

MF/D: Very smooth carbonation (perfect), medium in body, gives you that sticky mouthfeel effect, long honey/fresh hop finish!

Overall, definitely one of my favorite IPA's, and I really cannot say enough about Stone as a brewery...never a shortage of amazement

Photo of mjw2808
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a nice hazy golden. The smell is very hoppy with some citris in it. It also has a very very nice earthy smell. The taste is very hoppy, a nice bitterness to it and some citris as well. Pretty good IPA, ive had better, but this holds its own. Also, the lacing on this beer is magnificant, its in abundance all up and down the glass.

Photo of natelocc787
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well balanced IPA. Lots of grapefruit and orange character in this one. Nice head, good lacing and nice grapefruit aroma. By well balanced I don't mean malt and hops I mean citrus and pine flavors derived from the choice of hops. Okay, hops and malt too. Medium body, medium carbonation. Crisp and oily. Good solid choice but a little overrated in my book.

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2009
12oz bottles. Pours a slight cloudy yellow colour. A nice hop punch to it, quite tasty and smooth. Doesn't live up to the hype though. It was very sweet as well, almost a little too sweet. Have had better IPAs, but its still pretty good.

Photo of velosuds
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by 11 05 09. Six-pack purchased for $10.99 at Capital Market.

A-Poured a clear golden-amber hue with a two finger, foamy eggshell white head that receded into an abundant, sticky lace. Gorgeous appearing.

S-Wow. One of the most fragrant IPAs I have enjoyed. Normally, this much aroma is only found in DIPAs. Piney and citrus hops, especially grapefruit are very prominent, aggressive, and inviting.

T-Hoppy bitterness is very citric, especially grapefruit and lemony esters, and full flavored. There is also a very slight, but welcome, bready malt backbone balancing this aggressive, perhaps the quintessential, West Coast IPA.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level and complexion. Extremely well crafted for a beer with 77 IBUs and 6.9% ABV.

D-Exceedingly drinkable for an aggressively hoppy IPA. Drinks well cold and warmer. An excellent IPA, quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

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

Stone IPA pours orange and yellow with a huge cream colored foamy head. it smells of pine and citrus hops.

mostly pine and floral hops play on the tongue, citrus (grapefruit, lemon), fresh cut grass, pine trees.
there is a strong bready, toasty malt flavor that comes in strong behind the hops.the bitterness is strong but not too overwhelming.

very smooth mouthfeel, and finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterneness. this beer is well rounded and hoppy. easy to drink, it's one of my go-to beers.

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

ap. Very cloudy with a smallish off-white head and nice lacing as I drink it down. Color is deep golden with an slight orange tint.
sm. A very pleasant hoppy citris smell...maybe a touch of spice in there.
ta. Excellent. Smoothness and bitterness blended well with a hint of orange at the finish.
mf. Mild carbonation, smooth, clean, crisp.
dr. You kidding? Easy.

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

A- very light, bright, clear, light almost-yellow-but-not-yellow golden color with a near-white head.

S- lots of citric and tropical fruits as the aromatic hops dominate the nose and produce a huge bouquet.

T- much more bitter than the nose announced, right off the bat. A dash of funkiness provides a contrasting note to the tannic bitterness. Swallow is clean, and the aftertaste is lingering, floral, aromatic sweet hops.

M- good body, solid presence in the mouth, satisfying texture.

D- decent. Too aggressively hopped to be a session beer, for me.

Over-all: pretty good. Once it starts warming up, though, I think it will be too bitter for me to really enjoy.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours an unassuming golden color with a dense finger of creamy dull white bubbles. Excellent shiny lace bands and patches stick to the glass as the head recedes.

Aroma - intensely pine and grapefruit zest.

Taste - brief malt presence, slightly caramel. Zesty bitter hops, more grapefruit present than in the sniff. Very hop dominated as advertised, though not as dry a finish as I expected. Continues to increase in bitterness on the aftertaste and finish, just peeking into mediciney flavor when it fades at last. Just about ideal on hop usage I'd say. I'm more of a citrusy IPA fan but this is good.

Mouthfeel - solid body and carbonation, a touch oily. Nicely done.

Drinkability - the sixer disappeared quickly, I had to hold this last one off to review.

Photo of Offa
3.02/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is ok, slightly with some malty sweetness to round out the hoppiness. However, it is still rather simple, straightfoward in citrusy hops, and too rough on the hops, a sharp, rough hop bitterness with little real flavour taking over in the finish, drying out my mought and making my tongue and throat feel like someone energetically rubbed them with a terrycloth towel.

It orange gold, it has a thin, white head shrinking to a foamy ring and a little weak lace.

The aroma is mostly citrusy hops, especially grapefruit, with a hint of pine.

The taste is again mostly citrus - grapefruit - with pine and a light raisiny grain sweetness underneath, but not quite enough to carry it. It's far too bitter, with some malty sweetness to balance and a grain element in the finish, but too unbalanced and sharply bitter. Making a beer, even an IPA really bitter, simply does not to me equal good beer.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this when I was in WI.

A: Yellowish orange with solid, but not too much carbonation. Bright white 1 inch head on top. Drifts down to a lace quickly.

S: Tangerine and orange with a hint of pine. Slight honey sweetness. Strong aromatics

T: Beautiful hop profile with orange, tangerine, grapefruit and even some pine. Very flavorful. The malts are present, but more w/ a light, honey sweetness. Definitely a West Coast IPA. A strong bitterness in the end, but doesn't stick around too long.

M: Lighter bodied IPA w/ good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D: An exceptional IPA with fabulous flavors. Would like a hint more aroma though. The appearnce was solid, but not the amount of head I was looking for. Overall, this is a hop lovers dream, with tons of hoppy flavors. A showcase of the American hop as it should be. I will buy this again and again. Please start distributing in Minnesota.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,705 ratings.