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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

9,169 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,169
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 260
Gots: 1,203 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of genog
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a golden color with a rocky 2 inch tall white head. After a few moments this head dies down and leaves a great deal of sticky icky clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is of hops, and hops! Plenty of citrus aroma making me want to dive right in. Taste does not disappoint with some pine and grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeeling is just carbonated enough to make this one bitter, yet crisp and refreshing.

genog, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, these guys know how to make beer. This is one fine IPA here.

Nice hazy golden color with a nice tight head and great lacing.

Yep, smells hoppy to me. Very hoppy.

This actually wasn't as hoppy as I thought it was going to be. I was looking for a little more in that dept. but this is still a great beer.

Is this the best IPA I've ever had? Hard to say. I tried the Rocky Mountain IPA the other day and it absolutely blew me away with a hoppy kick in the teeth that induced me to buy two sixers of it but this is still a good IPA that I will be revisiting.

Tilley4, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of phantomwyse
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium dark amber, like a light maple syrup. Thick frothy head that builds quickly and is gingerly in going away. Intense layered lacing.

S: Sweet pine, and here's my absurd connection for this one -- smells specifically like white pine. Citrus notes.

T: Bitter pine up front, dark citrus at the back of the palette. Even an earthy pine taste aftertaste. Where were these hops grown exactly? Well balanced overall. Very clean tasting.

M: Stable and slightly prickly.

D: Highly drinkable, but at the AVB, it'll catch up with you.

I'm a big IPA fan - and while I think this is excellent, it isn't as great as anticipated, although it's very refreshing.

phantomwyse, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A: Rather hazy golden under a fingers worth of white foamy head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Citrusy hops, grapefruit and lemon peel, some oranges. Overally aroma is nice but seems to disappear a little quickly.

T: A pretty "smooth" citrus quality that seems to be blend again of grapefruit and some lemon peel, slightly piney, bitterness is there but nothing overpowering. Finish is bitter with some grapefruit mixed in.

M/D: Light to medium body that is slightly watery. Carbonation is pretty high as well. Smooth and easy drinking.

NCSUdo, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bombardment of hops, sweetness and malt. What a beer!! The best IPA I have ever had and I have had over 100 easily.The only thing that touches this is Harmon IPA Tacoma. It literally was the best of the best. Poured golden, yellow a thin head, excellent stuff!!!I had this bottle and I can only imagine how it tasted on tap.

barleywinefiend, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the most flavorful yet well balanced IPAs I can recall. The cloudy, golden/orange body pours with a snow white cap of foam that recedes and leaves a thin but persistent ring of lace.

The aroma is incredibly appetizing and very well pronounced. Bright with tons of citrus and sticky, bitter hops. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and lots of fresh pine. Caramel malt and a bready goodness.

Lots of crisp, sweet citrus; again juicy orange and grapefruit. A distinct note of pine and spice. The hops are all other the place; pine, floral, big and bitter. They really blend in well with the caramel malt backbone. Buttery with lots of cereal graininess. Clean and refreshing. Rustles up thoughts of summer time. So well balanced and flavorful.

Medium bodied but super crisp and refreshing. This beer delivers the best of both worlds as far as an IPA is concerned. Bready malt with piny hops. Almost sticky sweet/bitter with crisp refreshment. So well put together. One of the best representations of the style there is.

letsgopens, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of champ103
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear copper amber color. Large, white, frothy head that leaves plenty of lace.
S: Oh ya, very nice. Plenty of hops with a complex aroma of different citrus fruits. Also has a hint of malteness to it.
T: Great, a wonderful balance between the hops and malt (something many breweries forget). There is enough hops to satisfy the hop heads, but enough malt to satisfy the malt heads (like me).
M/D: Mouthfeel is very creamy. Just the right carbonation and it coats the mouth well. Easy enough to drink. It was a little bitter and dry, and the high ABV for the style shows.

I really enjoyed this beer. IPA's are not my favorite. I prefer lots of malt in my beer, but this was really exceptional. Great balance, and very flavorful.

champ103, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A three finger wall of solid and dense foam rises above a clear light amber brew. The head is so dense and massive, that it's hard to see the individual bubbles. It just looks like a solid mass of white. Tons of nice crystal lace is left on the glass, and the head shows outstanding retention.

S - Ridiculously oily and dank hops! This has a lot of resiny herbal marijuana notes going on in addition to grapefruit and perfumed pine forest aromas. Smells amazingly fresh, like a big old handful of fresh hops.

T - This is heavily malted underneath the forest if hop goodness. Again, hop oily resin and pot make up the main flavor profile, while a load of extremely bitter grapefruit juice with a spritz of lemon rind keep it a little fruity.

M - Medium bodied, oily, and finely carbonated with a really bitter finish that isn't really dry at all.

D - Good. This is a pretty nice IPA, but I don't think that I like it as much as some other reviewers.

pmcadamis, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Jedimaster1
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pawtucket Patriot Ale novelty pint glass :)

A: A picturesque golden copper with plenty of bubbles rising to its surface. It also has a soapy white head that dissipates as it is consumed.

S: Hops! Hops! And more Hops! The smell of hops whiffs through the space with a bit of malt to back it up.

T: What can I say. This thing is a wonderful explosion of hops upfront with a bit of malt sweetness to back it up. The hops are not overwhelming, but well balanced for this brew. It is definitely at the forefront and yelling to be heard. But it is not without complexity. A sweet malty citrus sweetness resonates at the end of every sip.

M: This is one smooth beer. There is a little lingering bitterness, but this is a good thing. Plus the hoppy burps make this one a gift that keeps on giving. Well carbonated as well.

D: Although it is 6.9% ABV, this is my session beer of choice. And did I say that it is uber smooth? ;)

This is the quintessential West Coast IPA. A brilliant brew. This is an example of why Stone is one of the utmost brewers in the nation. Great brew and highly recommended.

Jedimaster1, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Doomcifer
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden color, pretty clear. Decent head leaves some lacing on glass. Smells very piney, some grapefruit, very floral and sweet smelling. Taste is extremely balanced. Piney, grapefruit notes, very hoppy balanced out by lightly sweet malts, citrusy....terrific. Great mouthfeel. Ridiculously drinkable. Immensely!

Doomcifer, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear, golden color. Small head, Medium amount of lacing.

S = Hops, white pepper, grapefruit.

T = More complex than I expected, pine flavors at first but they quickly give way to more complex citrus flavors followed by a more mellow malt, but finishing with a good bitterness and return of the hops flavors.

M = Medium to light body, good carbonation.

D = A very good choice for an IPA.

Traquairlover, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of ifixufly
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp, golden color that pours with a tight head that lingers into a light lace on the glass.
Excellent overhopped smell and taste. No lingering aftertaste. Awesome beer for just about anything and anytime.
I would recommend this beer to anyone that is able to take on a strong hoppy brew.

ifixufly, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of jkrich
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "enjoy by 12/23/07" stamped in very small print around the base of the bottle. The etching artwork of the gargoyle certainly gains your attention. The best by date should be more prominent.

This ipa poured a clear, golden color with a small, dissipating head that left nice lacing on the side of the conic glass.

When I opened the bottle, the smell of northwest, piney hops burst from the bottle and continued as I poured the ale into the glass. I thought I was smelling a Christmas tree.

With all of that superior hop flavor, the beer tasted incredibly balanced. Yes, the flavor of spicy hops dominated throughout, but the slightly sweet malt in the background certainly balanced everything nicely. I could still taste the hops on my tongue well after the first taste.

The ale was medium bodied with strong carbonation.

It is somewhat difficult to believe this ipa is 6.9% ABV; it is extremely drinkable. If not for the high ABV, this would be the ultimate session ale.

jkrich, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz at the Boise Coop for ~$1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint... still listening to Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Shorter egg shell head that fades to good sticky lacing.... a nice mess of bubbles floats atop a clear straw color body... BTW... big lacing left for the entire glass.

Very noticeable American hops burst from the glass... pine... pineapple and grapefruit... with an endearing flowery portion. Not alot of maltiness to take note of, but thats probably not a bad thing on this one.

Flavor is off the charts!! big bitterness melts seamlessly into the mix of low sweetness and American hop notes.. Actually very hard to pick apart because it is so balanced. Yeasty fruitiness is definately there... Body is lite medium with prickly carbonation... but yummy.

I've had this brew dozens of times ... but never really thought to stop and savor... this is what people are talking about when they say West Coast IPA. Fantastic and remarkably drinkable... I really like bitter beers for the most part, but for some reason, my purchases tend to linger in the bigger body/maltiness range.... but Stone has this one perfected.

JohnGalt1, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light golden brown brew with a thick white head and substantial lacing. An aroma of caramel and sweet pine hops, very appetizing. This is tastey stuff with a bitter hops base that is streaked with candied malt. It has a fine carbonation and a nice full bodied feel.. It's easy drinking but fairly heavily hopped with pine and there is a notable alcohol, but I find it to be a great blend. Another top notch effort from Stone!! IPA lovers definitely will need to try this one and should be pleased.

Durge, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with a tiny white head. Small bits of lacing down the glass. Exceptional clarity in this beer.
Aromas are all about pine and hops. Not much else sneaks through.
The flavors are bracingly bitter. A real hop bomb with some bready malts sneaking through once in a while.
The mouthfeel is dominated by a refreshing spritzy carbonation.
This is a refreshing beer, easy to drink. 6.9% is well hidden. I got one of these via trade(thanks to jcdiflorio), but I could easily have had another.
This is a beautifully done IPA. If I had to pick one beer as an example of a west coast IPA, this is the one I'd choose.

kwakwhore, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Powerful, hazy gold color with a frothy and rugged manila colored head.

Smell: Pungent hop aromas that include hints of flowers, citrus and pine.

Taste: The hoppiness is less than expected. But, the hop flavor is bold and set the brew apart from others. The complex hop flavors sit atop a nice clean malt base.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Perfect balance of dryness for an IPA.

Drinkability: Excellent IPA. Bold and hoppy, but maintains accessibility and drinkability.

SargeC, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of xare
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I've had this beer before but I just never wrote it down or recorded my thoughts on it. Appears to be a hazy light orange color with a white head that goes away pretty fast.

Smells like pine needles and hops, which is actually quite pleasing. The taste is that of spicy hops, pine needles, and citrus scents combined to create this odd amalgamation of flavors.

Definitely has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever experienced, especially for an IPA. Goes down smooth but still pokes at you on its way down. Quite easy to drink but for some reason it doesn't feel very drinkable. I'll give it another try and see if the drinkability improves at another time.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA and one that I would definitely drink a lot of if I could acquire a stash of it.

xare, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber
Pours a nice cloudy orange with a small head that seemed to dissipate, but it did leave a little lacing.
Aroma of citrus and piney hops and a nice malt backbone.
Taste was of honey and carmel biscuits, the malt profile was great. I wasn't overwhealmed by the mix of pine, citrus and the floral flavors from the hops, I like the attempt at the complexity, but the complexity came through better in the malt.
Great creamy mouthfeel, smooth and well carbonated.
I could definatly drink one of these every so often, just not my favorite as the style goes.

mnstorm99, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, amber with more orange tinge in the middle. A bubbly one finger head leaving a bit of film and plenty of lacing.

S: Plenty of Stone's trademark citrus and floral hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with floral and citrus as well as a touch of sweetness, but finishes with a strong bitter blast as it moves towards the back of your tongue. Good balance but enough kick to please the hop lovers.

MF: Smooth and crisp with a mild carbonation bite. Well masked alcohol. Somewhat dry and the bitterness hangs around for quite some time.

D: I'm still more partial to their Tuination IPA, but this is clearly an IPA for hopheads. The hops aren't overpowering, though, so this can be enjoyed by all. This beer is better in the summer as it's quite refreshing, but with it being as cold as it is, maybe time to put it away for the winter...

rxdrewthejew, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of mhaugan
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a ton but never reviewed it. This past weekend I went to King's Fish House at the Tempe Marketplace and was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap. Came in a shaker pint that had not been frozen before filling. The color is a light amber, not as rich as say a DIPA but nor should it. The aroma is hoppy, flowery and slightly herbal. The flavor is somewhat sweet along with citrus and hops. The drinkability is wonderful for an IPA.

mhaugan, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a very amber, almost orange color. It was topped with a white head that fell quickly. The body isn't perfectly clear but is extremely bright. The aroma is filled with pine, citrus, and malt, exactly like a west coast IPA should be. The flavor is pretty heavy with pine and backed up with citrus. I personally prefer the citrus to dominate the pine but this is good. The balance in this beer is perfect. This is a classic west coast IPA everything is great.

drseamus, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of blaje
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Perfect serving for apprciation.
Look: Golden yellow, small head after pooring. Disapered in two minutes.
Nose: trong pine and citrus.
Taste: Bitter hops and citrus/pine flavor (mixed with nose?). Medium bodied. Long and excellent aftertaste

blaje, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours up yellow gold with a creamy head. It is a bit hazy.
S - Piney hops are pronounced, but not overwhelming
T - Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness, swiftly replaced with hop bitterness that finishes at the back of the throat. Nice balance.
M - Moderately full bodied, thanks to the carbonation.
D - A very well made beer that could blow out your palate after three or so. But a 22 oz bottle is a perfect serving.

hiikeeba, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of Riggsy
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Pours clear and golden in color with a small but fluffy white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus hop aromas dominate the nose.

Taste: First taste is all citrusy hops. As the beer settles some malt backs up the bitterness and finishes with a sharp hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinkable and not overbearing. This is probably the standard for an American IPA

Riggsy, Nov 21, 2007
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,169 ratings.