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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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9,716 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,716
Reviews: 2,881
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,736 | FT: 9
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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: 9,716 | Reviews: 2,881
Photo of endincolorado
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- hazy pale amber with two fingers of off white head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

Smell- Fragrant floral and fruity aromas dominate the nose, followed by a nice, crisp pale malt to back.

Taste- a great balance of light, citrusy hops and some pleasant pale and caramel malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied. Pleasant texture. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- A very drinkable IPA. Refreshing and versatile. Especially good in warm weather.

Photo of Gtreid
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, deep straw/gold color with one finger of eggshell white head that leaves minimal lace. The head does retain nicely.

A: Pine and citrus hops are balanced very well with the crystal malts. Lemon, orange peel, and some pine cones are prevalent.

T: Very nice. This is a hop forward beer that gets some balance from the malt. Again, I get the citrus with some pine, and some sweetness from the malt. Beer finishes very bitter, which is nice for the style.

M; Light to medium body, good amount of carbonation gives it a little tingle.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is high due to the fact that this is one of my favorite styles and the ABV is on the low side. Sessionable. I really like this beer so I could have quite a few of these. I don't think it is on the level of Jai Alai from CCB or two hearted, but a very nice example of the style. Skal.

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

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A light amber orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Piney earthy hops with a nice biscuit malt backround.

T: Hops jump first with notes of pine, herbal floral and orange citrus. Very hoppy up front. Middle is biscuity malt that carries the hops, but this beer is all hoppy and lovin it. Finish is bitter and lingering. Nice, different than bottle.

M: Medium, dry, bitter, prickly, no alcohol detected. Nice carbonation.

D: High, drink them all day.

Overall a little different taste than bottle (better), and still a damn fine IPA. Stone knows hoppy beers, and this one is no exception. Awesome.

Photo of ecoastman
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to my beer buddy JZED for bringing this back from Boston while at the beer fest.

Appearance - an attractive clear copper ale with a nice head and light lacing. Fine carbonation keeps a thin head across the surface.

Smell - Complex with hops-o-plenty. Noticeably sweet citrus with herbal and perfumy notes. Not overpowering and one of the nicest aromas I've experienced to date.

Taste - Whoa...that sweet aroma didn't prepare me for that first taste. They weren't kidding about everything else in the world tasting bland after that. Obviously balanced towards the hop side for the extremists and sweet with nice citrusy grapefruit and lemon tones. There's a high bitterness in the finish as expected for the style. But after the first few sips the taste buds calibrate and you can enjoy the full flavour of this exceptional IPA.

Mouthfeel - Interesting since it starts with a smooth and creamy feel but finishes slightly coarse in the bitterness. The carbonation is well sustained throughout the drink.

Drinkability - I would definitely be tempted to have a second one but I couldn't make this into a session beer. But then again, I'm not a fully addicted Hop-head...yet.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle. I think this bottle that I had was a little funky. Review reflects this issue with this bottle.

A- Poured a clear deep yellow with a one and a half finger cloudy white head. Some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass after the head went down in a fashionable amount of time.

S- This is a good smelling beer. This is also a Stone smelling beer as well! Big huge citrus hop smell right off the bat with hints of pine as well. Bready sweet malts and a tint of metallic tinge to this bottle as well. Since this is my like 100th Stone IPA I realize the metallic tinge isn't suppose to be in there. Also the alcohol is suprisingly covered with the hops in this beer.

T- The citrus hops blast through the liquid onto the tounge as this beer rolls over the palate. Lots of citrus hops to be honest. The pine and malts come in next with a slight sweet malt with a semi bitter hop balance each other out nicely. There is something of an issue with this bottle as I sip on it. The taste of metal really shines through with the ending. It's very strong and I don't really like it.

M- This has a medium mouthfeel to it. The carbonation was good leaving this beer a nice dancing effect over the palate. Nice hop taste left on the tounge and pleasant hop aftertaste.

D- This is a very drinkable brew. It's a shame this beer was tainted when I cracked it. I love Stone and this beer is the only off one that I had pretty much ever from Stone. But I drink this and like it. You should too.

Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach colored body with a fat cream colored head of foam that melts slowly and leaves a good deal of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is really good on this one, fresh and resinous smelling piney hops with a touch of grapefruit rind and pineapple. The flavor mirrors the nose with nice hop bitterness that lingers long into the finish and just enough caramel maltiness to balance the flavors. Medium bodied with a slippery hop oily mouthfeel. A really great example of the style that never gets old, I can't begin to guess how many of these I've had over the years and it still tastes as good as the first one.

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

Poured a clear golden color with a decent one finger head in my Sam Adams ale glass. Medium lacing down the glass.
Smell was very cirtus-like, grass, pine, hops galour. Taste was similar; very much up front with the bitter citrus flavor, remaining bitter all the way down, as a solid IPA should.
Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable. Drinkability is good, as this one is very delicious.

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

Another delicious Stone hopbomb.

A small white head covers a dark golden brew. Decent retention and some lacing on the glass. Aromas of fresh squeezed citrus, and bready malts to balance. Very floral and delicious...I can't wait to take a sip! And when I do, it's incredibly hoppy with tons of West Coast florals and herbals. I can taste such a great amount of hops...it really dominates my palate and not much else can pull through (in the true Stone style). Medium body mouthfeel offers my mouth tons of residuals, so that I can hang on to the bitterness. I would buy a 6er of this brew without thinking twice about it. Another great Stone offering that adheres to everything expected from a West Coast IPA.

Photo of bsp77
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt yellow with foamy head and pretty strong lacing.

Smell: Pine and citrus, slightly sweet toasted malts. Some tropical notes.

Taste: Fantastic hop taste - mostly pine, citrus, mango and some grapefruit. Some mostly dry malts to counterbalance the hop explosion, but not too much. Persistent bitterness at end.

Feel: Very smooth and very dry. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: For being so hop-centric and bitter, this is unbelievably easy to drink.

This has now become one of my top IPAs, along with Celebration and Two-Hearted.

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

Hey, this Stone IPA has become my standard beer in my fridge bought by the case. While I like really hoppy and bitter IPAs, this beer is bitter enough and so drinkable. I actually look forward to popping the cap without wishing it were a different beer.

The IPA pours nicely into a glass with a great brown color. I find the aroma pleasant and the first and last taste delightful.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (enjoy by 7/8/09) poured into SN pint glass...hazy piss yellow body with three fingers of white rocky head. Decent lacing and head retention...

I love hops! Huge splashes of grapefruit and notes of citrusy hops with a touch of peppery spiciness. Some caramel and pineapple as well...

Bitter little demon! A bit bready with the slightest bits of citrus that gives way to a nice bitter finish. Minute amount of malts peaking through...

Slick and buttery with a good bite of carbonation.

Definitely a quaffer. I could do a couple of these in a sitting.

Overall, I think this one smells better than it tastes. In a world of amazing IPAs, this one is a slight step down. A great brew, however, just not a world famous IPA in my book. Drink it fresh!!

Photo of supercolter
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright so this was actually a very good beer in my opinion except the taste was a bit lacking.
Appearance is very good, nice billowing head with lots of lacing. Smell is very citrusy lots of grapefruit and lemon. There are some underlying dry hops as well. Taste was good but not great in my opinion. NOt one of the more bitter IPA's I have had. Mouthfeel was better, oily and slightly carbonated. The positive side was this was the most drinkable IPA I have ever had- it goes down so easy

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.23/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 fl oz bottle into my pint glass

Pours a very light copper color with a three inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that leave scattered amounts of lacing all throughout my glass. This is one of those heads that go down in places(like rocky).

I pick up a slight citrus smell and caramel malts, biscuit, honey with a slight pepperness s

Minimal citrus flavor with the malt character mainly dominating this one. What is it with this? I seem to have been having bad luck with IPAs recently.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Had better IPAs and wont seek this one again.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on June 15, 2009.

Omg... this is one of the best beer I drank. So nicely done.

A: Simply beautiful. A copper color with a tiny head. I bigger head would be great.
S: Strong aroma of hops which make you think the taste will be a bomb of hops.
T: Bitterness... I would say hops bitterness. The most surprising it was a medium intensity taste. The hops are piny with some citrus. Very nice tasting.
D:Very easy to drink.

Again, Stone has achieved almost perfection with this beer. One of my top 5 beers.

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

Another Stone beer that I have had many times. Reviewing from notes taken at my last Stone beer night. Poured into a Stone Pint glass. Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a frothy head, and wonderful lacing. The aroma has all you'd expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, and flowery. The taste has exactly the same qualities. There is a light caramel sweetness mixed with the huge hop presence. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy finish that I loved. Truly, one of the best IPA's.

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

The color is a bright golden-amber. The head is like a fluffy pillow that could have rested a reasonable weight without giving way and never fully dissipated, leaving small patches of thick lacing throughout the glass. It's very appealing already.
Pure, clean floral and citrus hops are straight on the nose with a bit of spice.
Hops bitterness is right up front...the pureness of raw bud is very appealing. There's a fantastic freshness in the citrus, heavily grapefruit, and pine resin. Herbal notes are strong as well and the underlying zesty spice is very nice as well. There are some grains and an herbal leaf note in a very dry finish with lingering hops bitterness that never fades.
The mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and crisp and the body is moderate. Carbonation is light to moderate, very much present without overwhelming.
I dare say this is a purist's brew and a standard for IPAs. ABV is a little deceiving, but low enough that this one can be sessioned with some frequency.

Photo of Anthony1
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a weissen glass.

It pours a great ipa amber color with a fluffy head.

I am not norally a huge fan of IPAs but wow. This is a great beer. It has a hoppy smell with some mixes of fruits, possibly grapefruit, a bit of lemon. felt like a meduim beer but flowed so smooth. the after taste was strong, but not overwhelming hops like most IPA's. It was a great mix and kept me coming back for another sip.

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

Session with this frequently, but this review was from a bomber from Stone, fresh brewed within a few days, poured into a pint glass. Not a huge difference between store-bought (granted I'm living in San Diego), but it's great on-tap, out of the bottle, etc.

Appearance: Great IPA color and head. Foam isn't overwhelming, but holds great flavor and smell as well. Definitely great, but nothing particularly outstanding or better than any other great IPA.

Smell: Good. Very nice. Light citrus notes in with the hops, and when I think IPA, it's what I think of. Having had a few more floral and fragrant IPAs of late, it's not mind-blowing, but still very good.

Taste: Great. Really like this taste. It's less bitter than some other IPAs out there, but still so delicious and well-balanced hop and barley character. The hop presence is definitely felt, but not overwhelming, just a solid and delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: What an IPA should be like, and really smooth. Crisp and opens up in the mouth well, with a nice swallow as well. Carbonation is great for the sip too.

Drinkability: Session-worthy much. Could drink this all day, but the ABV is more present here at 6.9 than I feel like Pliny the Elder is at an 8, but smooth and delicious nonetheless. Really just a fantastic IPA, and I'm more than happy if ever offered one.

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

Poured a bomber into a pint glass. A very nice, slightly hazy orange-amber ale with a thick light tan head. Seriously nice gooey-looking head with tons of sticky lacing left on the glass as it fades slowly.

A nice pine-spice aroma of hops, with a bit of the citrus touch as well. Some sweet malt and caramel backing this up, but it's mostly about the earthy hops. The taste starts with the big pine-hop bite, some malt balances this out nicely in the middle, and then the hops turn bitter and harsh towards the finish with the bitter kick lingering for upwards of thirty seconds after a sip.

Big bodied, viscous, and a fair bit of a carbonation bite in the back of the throat. Nice. All of this works very well together in this great drinkable IPA.

Photo of bum732
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish yellow, nice creamy head that leaves great lacing. Smells of very floral hops, grapefruit, citrus, pansies, orange, cannabis. Tastes of hoppy moderately sweet malt with a nice citrusy bitterness. Same aromas picked up in the taste, not too much malt. Finishes dry with a resiny hoppiness in the back of the throat.

An absolute amazing beer, so many aromas and flavors from the hops. Just enough malt character to somewhat balance the beer, but overall, hops galore. Definitely my favorite IPA.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that clings to the edges in clumps. Some slight citrus and malt scents bring great balance. Taste is just like the nose. A little citrus and piney hops along with some great malt flavors. Overall this is quite a refreshing and prefectly balanced IPA. I'm excited that they are coming to Louisiana at the end of the summer!

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

I've had this quite a few times on tap at bars and have always liked it, but this is my first 6 pack because it's a couple bucks more than many other IPAs and I'm cheap. After tasting this again, I think it's worth it.

Appearance: Pretty IPA color. Nice head gone after a few minutes, but lacing is left.

Smell: Hops... Smells like an IPA.. but a little nuttier maybe. It's a good smell.

Taste: Taste like an IPA. Leaves a bite of bitter for quite a few seconds (perhaps minutes).

Mouthfeel: Nice and carbonated.

Drinkibility: I think after a couple it would start being too "rich" like many IPAs.

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

Appearance: Gold orange color. Two finger head. Nice web of lacing that sticks around to the finish.

Smell: Hops... Pine, citrus, Hops.

Taste: Hops are what you would expect. Pine and citrus. Great balance. Lingering bitterness. Not too dry on the end.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation. Fairly light in body.

Drinkibility: I can't leave this one alone. It is a perfectly balanced IPA. I could drink this one every day.

Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass
Hazy gold in color, big, fluffy two-inch head that beckons
Aroma-Piney citrus and hops up the nose
Taste-Big,fresh, juicy hops up front, in the middle, and at the finish! Nicely balanced throughout, just a delicious IPA.
Overall this is a hop lover's IPA, and a good starting off point for a person who has never had a Stone brew (what are you waiting for??) as most of their other ale are quite assertive in character to say the least!
Get Some!!!

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

had this for the first time today--not a big IPA fan, but this is a good one that will lead me to have others.

A: nice appearance. golden color, a little hazy. nice head with good lacing. A good looking bier.
S: a very subdued smell. Other IPAs hit you from 3 feet away with the hoppy smell, this is inviting and subdued.
T: The smell doesn't prepare you for the taste! In a good way! It is very hoppy, but doesn't leave a nasty aftertaste or extreme dryness.
M: not tinny or high in acid content, a good mouthfeel.
D: I could have a few of these at a time. As I stated, this is not my favorite style, but I would not turn down this bier...

I recommend this fine bier, one of the best IPAs I have tried. Do yourself a favor and try one. PRosit!

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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