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

9,377 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,377
Reviews: 2,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,346 | 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 therealmccoy3
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very good drinkability. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada; good and hoppy. Has a high alcohol content. Could not sit all day and drink them and still be able to safely use a table saw.

I would purchase this again and would consider it as a 'staple' beer for everyday drinking.

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

Golden amber with a pure white head that clings to the pint glass. The aroma brings the first notion that this ale is world-class. The hops jump out at you and pull you in for the taste, which is even better. The excessive dry-hopping produces a powerful IPA-worthy bitterness that somehow manages to be completely smoothed out by the mild malt character. Medium to light body with a serene crispness. This easily makes my top 3 IPA list. There should be a picture of this brew in the dictionary under India Pale Ale. Mission accomplished, Stone.

Photo of nrbw23
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a lighter golden orange color with a nice foamy creamy colored head. Head has good retention and also leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- All I can pick up is hops and I like it.

T- Nice hop bitterness. Hop dominated, the first thing I got was a ton of piney hops. Just enough malts somewhere in there to balance things a bit.

M- Medium body, nice and sticky.

D- A great beer. Recommended and easy to drink.

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

This ber pours a semi cloudy amber with a 1.5 fingered white head. The smell is of citrus and malts with some fruity smells mixed in. The taste is very pleasant, a very well balanced IPA with beautiful hops flavors followed by a very smooth malt flavor. The flavor is very fruity for an ipa which is nice for a change. The mouthfeel is very nice and well carbonated. Borderline a 5 drinkabliltiy, just a wonderful brew and I will drink it more often on tap!

Photo of changeup45
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very floral, citrusy and hoppy. Pours a darker golden color, or light orange with a moderate to small head but still some nice lacing. Crisp hoppy flavor with sweet citrus, moderate bitterness and dry. Very nice with amazing drinkability even if you are not a hop lover. One of the best IPAs around.

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

A- Head is white that really stays awhile. Color of beer is a copper almost like a really light orange.

S- I really don't get a lot of smell. I get a sniff of the hops.

T- Earthy refreshing nice.

M- Nice on the senses.

D- Very nice to drink on many different situations.

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

Nice flower blossoms in the nose with a tinge of orange and other fruitiness, and a fluffy white head that doesn't last long but sticks to the sides of the glass. A bit of malt up front offers some sweetness, then there's the giant bite as it goes down. Wonderful! Very dry, quite fizzy. Hugely bitter in the aftertaste with plenty of citrus rinds and pepper. Pretty in the glass, too. Highly recommended.

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

Loved the Arrogant Bastard so much I had to get the other Stone Brewery 650ml bomber my Whole Foods offered.

A- Amber with another BEAUTIFUL head that sticks all over the glass. Quite transparent

S- Harsh citrus spicy IPA with alot of hops

T- Taste is tangy and again citrus with a grapefruit rind punch

M- Feels better going down than it does on the tongue due to the bitterness

D- Goes great with spicy food, I'm eating mine with jalepeno/onion/ground beef/green pepper pizza.mmm

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

Pours medium amber in color with a creamy khaki-colored head. Piney, citrusy aroma with a lot of grapefruit om the nose. The mouthfeel was much softer than I was expecting for an IPA, but I like it. The softness adds a smoothness to the drinkability of this IPA.

Based on the nose the initial taste was not quite as "juicy" was i was expecting. I was anticipating hoppy for sure, and it's there, but it strikes a near perfect balance with the malt. Piney and nice a nice blend with the malt presence in the background behind the dominating hop bitterness. Grapefruit flavors emerge in the middle. Another solid offering from Stone.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A: Light copper color with a slight haze and a nice white head that laces

S: Basic malts and hops, nothing out of the ordinary.

T: First thing that hits you is the hops. They are present, but they are nothing noteworthy in this one. Mostly pine hops with slight citrus and a moderately sweet malt backbone

M,D: The active carbonation is great and the alcohol is hidden perfectly

Photo of Bounty628
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA is brewed in the American style for an India Pale Ale and is remarkably solid IPA offering that you should try if you can find it. Fortunately for me, a smaller package store out here in eastern Massachusetts has Stone Brewing bombers on their shelves, a nice addition from the west coast to an east coast palate. The bomber version of the Stone IPA (22 ounces) is really the ideal way to drink this beer, so pick yourself up a couple for a nice weekend of quality beer.

The Stone IPA comes in with an ABV of 6.9%, so it certainly packs a nice little punch in terms of alcohol in the beer. Though it comes at 6.9%, there is a sensational drinkability to this beer and the alcohol remains off in the background and is not trying to ruin the taste by being too in your face.

Though this beer certainly could be simply a session beer and not one to serve with food, for the bombers that were picked up I decided to serve them with grilled salmon and it worked out perfectly. Seafood always seems to complement IPAs remarkably well and the spiciness of Stone IPA lent a welcome hand to the grilled taste of the salmon.

When poured, Stone IPA pours a rich amber to gold color that nicely fills the glass. Upon pour, there is more than a moderate amount of carbonation that really does not give way much but instead leads to a thick white head that holds true almost all the way through the offering. Since the large head holds steady for quite some time, needless to say there is a thick white lacing present along the glass, as well.

Stone IPA is a medium body IPA to pour and the quasi-cloudy nature of the beer remains throughout the drinking.

The rich aroma of this IPA is toward the top of the recent memory of IPA smells. An almost immediate smell of grapefruit and caramel malts are noticed once the beer is poured. From the nose alone there is every indication that this is going to be a good hop filled offering. Other citrus smells like lemons and oranges can also be found in the nose.

If you are not into hoppy beers or have no idea what a hop head is then this beer is one that you should stay away from. The taste of the Stone IPA is rich with an impressive hop flavor that is beautifully crafted as being the right balance of spice and flavor. While there is some pine noted, other than the hop taste of the beer, there are also subtle citrus tastes that also work their way into the offering.

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

A medium pour produces a pale tan head and a decent collar of lace. The brew itself is golden-amber in color, although I wanted to be lazy and just call it "orange." It's also a bit murky, with a fair amount of suspended yeast - looks good so far. Cascade hop character is fairly assertive on the nose, although there are other varieties here no doubt. I'm also getting plenty of fruit esters here, including honeydew melon and a touch of peach! It's smooth on the first sip, and the almost gentle carbonation on the mouthfeel veritably propels the malt character alongside the hops. There is the slyest wink of alcohol and an almost smokey character ascending into the aromatics -very subtle- and I am liking it. Notes of Golden Delicious apple co-mingle on the palate alongside the almost spikey, insistent hop notes, and overall this is a lot smoother and mellower than I'd anticipated (by their reputation I figured everything Stone brewed was an unrelenting hop bomb!) The finish is dry yet forgiving, as the hops do not overshadow some of the more subtle biscuit malt notes, which really take on more prominence as the drink progresses.

I am not a huge fan of American IPAs but I am definitely liking this one, and would certainly like to try it on tap. For the incredible reputation this company has achieved this is a rather laid-back and approachable rendition of the style, and that bumps my score up quite a bit.

Served chilled in a bulb.
Single purchased in Chippewa Falls ; )

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

Appearance: Sightly cloudy amber, good head, excellent lacing that lasted all the way through me drinking the beer.

Smell: Flowers, very fragrant, a great smelling beer

Taste & mouthfeel: A slightly hoppy, but not overpowering, west coast IPA. Some more flowers, a touch of spice. Well balanced.

Drinkability: A great beer that you can taste from the beginning of the glass/bottle to the end. Excellent flavor. A stupendous example of the west coast IPA.

Photo of AlexJ
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at JP O'Malleys Allentown, PA. Clear orange amber pour with a thick, lasting head of white that leaves plenty of lace.

Aroma is fresh and loaded with citrus and light florals backed by honey and light caramel malt.

Flavor bursts with grapefruit and tangerine peel, crushed flowers, and light pine hops. Crisp golden malt notes of light caramel and honey make it perfectly balanced.

Body merdium, creamy and infinately drinkable. I could not recommend a finer accompanimant to O'Malley's incredibly good buffalo wing

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

Purchased from my local Fred Meyers.

Aroma: Persistent but slightly subdued hop aroma, in fact a nice change from some of the over hopped ipa's out there.

Appearance: Great color, nice and clear but a bit weak on head.

Flavor: A good medium hop flavor with some fruity and piney aspects. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, a little light on the cabination and just a little thin.

Overall: Good to Great IPA

Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear amber-gold. Bubbly white head that never fully disappears.
It's a Stone beer, so the first aromas are of the hops. Grapefruit rind, pine and grass backed up by caramely malts. This is hop-forward, but reasonbly balanced aroma.
Again, hops first. Grapefruit and pine dominate with some grassiness floating around. Caramel and brown sugar maltiness helps round it out.
Medium bodied. Malts make the beer a little sticky and the hop flavor lingers a while.
OK drinkability. Very good flavors but I don't know if I could drink this all night at 7% unless I was at home or somwhere that didn't require driving.
A good representative of a West Coast IPA. This was one of the first craft beers I started drinking when I lived in CA. Glad I could revisit it in the South and can't wait until they are distributed in GA.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours golden orange with a 2 cm iff white foamy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma of hops: mostly sweet, a little piney and resins. Initial taste is citrusy sweet. Flavor balances out and becomes very dry on the aftertaste, which lasts for a long time. Light to moderate carbonation, hint of alcohol, light to medium body, and tons of lacing. Great beer, very drinkable.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the beer a number of times now- bottle and draft. This review comes from a bottle to goblet. Beautiful orange body with a nice white head that leaves lots of lacing. wonerfyul puckery citrus aroma. Very pungent. Same as the taste. Amazing for a easily fopund IPA. Great treat=- tons of aroma and flavor. citrus galore. Could drink them all nite!

Photo of nsmartell
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12-oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice gold color with a decent off-white head that sticks around for awhile.

Smell: Strong citrus and pine.

Taste: Citrus and pines again. Nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied oily feel.

Drinkability: Pretty solid IPA. With all of the excitement of this beer coming to Milwaukee, I was expecting a little bit more, but I would definitely seek out again.

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

OK, time to try this badboy. Bomber to glass...

Oooohhh....pretty. Golden orange, thick white frothy head. Second best head I ever had (wink, wink). This head wanted to hang out and have a beer with me.

So that's what hops smell like! I'll be sniffing this puppy a lot.

So that's what hops taste like! Sweet bitterness...gotta have more (like hot-wings). Still tastes minutes after a drink.

I got lost in this beer, sipping, gazing out the window, forgetting all about my responsibilities, the damaged roof, the overgrown oleanders, the crying baby, the leaky faucet, and the head is still here whispering sweet somethings...

Man, bombers rule! I'm gonna finish the first glass before the head disappears. Finally I just drank the rest and left the lacy head for the second glassful. Decent level of ABV - this beer walks right up to you and kicks you in the balls - absolutely awesome.

Overall: quite possibly my favorite beer.

Photo of flipshevanel
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this far more than the Ruination IPA. The appearance was a bit cloudy with a nice light orage/amber color. The aroma had lots of citrus hops with the initial palate being very full. I did not care for the texture being very creamy and oily but the flavor was moderate in all areas with the bitterness not being to overpowering. I also liked how the alcoholic taste did not linger as much as the Ruination.

Photo of soupyman10
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and managed to find it again today. I remember the first time I bought a sixer of these (fairly close to when I first started drinking crafts) they totally knocked me on my ass. Now, the beer is great, although certainly not quite as stunning. It's got a solid look, just like an IPA should. Fairly weak lacing on a solid head. Flavor and nose are strong on piney hops, with caramel malt and some toffee and citrus in there too to round things out. This is a highly hoppy beer, no question, bitter and drying, but delicious. Doesn't quite reach the top echelon for me (Two Hearted, Hop Red Rye, etc.), but still a very drinkable and tasty brew.

Photo of Tbn2
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A-Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze to it. A crisp white head rises to the top, dissipates, and leaves moderate lacing.

S-A big blast of citrusy and piney hops. In the background I get a good balance of sweet and pale malts.

T/M-Just like it smells. The hops are in the spotlight. Their flavor starts off more like a fresh pine and then develops more to a citrus flavor. The malts sit in the background and provide a good balance to the beer. The best part is the carbonation. In combination with the hops, it gives the beer a crisp taste.

Overall this is another quality beer from Stone. Enjoy

Cheers...

Photo of bbothen
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from 22 oz bottle.

Light orange/straw color with a 1 finger soapy/bubbly head. Plenty of sticky lacing.

Big aroma of piney & citrus flowery hops. Tangerine, lime, grapefruit, spruce. Yum.

Tastes like the aroma. Nice hop bitterness. Big pine flavors. Enough malt presence to even things out. Hops dominate though.

Medium bodied. Sticky. Oily. Lingering hop flavor.

Drinkabilty is good. Nice west coast style IPA. Others I enjoy more. But I'd gladly buy & have this again.

Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold, one finger head.

S- Very sharp citrusy hop aroma.

T- Crisp clean hop bitterness throughout, just enough malty sweetness to bring balance to it all.

M- Quite light, but not watery.

D- Sessionable, at least compared to the ruination.

While this is a really good IPA, there's just something missing for me, or maybe the hype skewed my expectations. Regardless, I'm very happy that Stone made its way to Wisconsin.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,377 ratings.