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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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9,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,349
Reviews: 2,808
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,305 | 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 jayrod20
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.

Photo of Squelch
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. Minimal head.

Smell: Piney hop aroma with malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Piney hops with a toasted malt finish. slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Moderatly carbonated. Feels heavy.

Drinkability: Nice beer. I would buy it again.

Photo of isthisme2
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as usual stone goes 'big' with this beer, but does a great job of not getting obnoxious.

appearance - light copper. thin head that lasted throughout. visible active carbonation.

smell - pine/herbal

taste - hops of course...bitter with a medim body

mouthfeel - sharp, bitter with a lingering aftertaste.

drinkablity - yes. perfect big IPA.

Another great job by Stone, highly recommended... if you were trapped on a deserted island... and could only have one IPA... this might just be it.

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

poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a golden color with a one finger white head

S - mostly smells of hops.

T - a really nicely balanced ipa. the hop bitterness is there, but certainly not overpowering.

M - medium bodied. the carbonation isn't too strong.

D - a highly drinkable, tasty, west coast ipa. i really liked this one.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head, ok retention and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, grass clippings, pine needles, and honey, lots of hop character in there. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, pine, grass, but is also well balanced with a honey sweetness. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth with a nice crisp bitter finish. Lots of hoppy flavors, easy to drink, very sessionable, even if it is almost 7% ABV.

Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw/ golden color. Rocky white head with decent retention.

Smelled bitter with a lot of citrus and a bit fruity.

Taste was remarkably smooth for a stone beer, especially considering the usual comments about its "big character" on the bottle. Even though it was smooth, it had plenty of bitter in it. The result is a taste that is really nice and hoppy but without the face wrinkling overbearing quality that plagues many IPAs. The aftertaste is a lingering citrus flavour.

Drinkability was decent. This isn't my go to style of beer which means that I wouldn't want more than one of them in a sitting. Despite that, this is a damn good IPA, possibly the best IPA I've had yet.

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

Finally review # 200! This beer poured a golden, coppery straw color with a huge white rocky head. The smell was great! Nice typical hoppiness smells such as citrus nd pine. The taste was wonderful as well with a nice maltiness in the front followed by a proper bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was thick. Nice heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall incredible. Stone Brewing is one of the best breweries out there. Enough said.

Photo of MiScusi
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe. As common as this beer is in So. Cal I've only had it a couple times in the last 2 or 3 years since in my first couple experiences with it I just found it too "grassy" of an IPA. Well I don't know what has changed- my palate, or their recipe but this was a fantastic IPA. It had a bit of citrus in it which I never noticed before plus a load of pine. I will definitely be ordering this as one of my regular beers from now on.

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

I don't know why I haven't reviewed this beer earlier. I love Stone IPA. It's an old standard and a fantastic representation of the style. There isn't much I could complain about in this beer.

Great "C" hop aroma and flavor. The bitterness is apparent but isn't crushing. There's a small malt backbone to it, but it's not sweet even for an IPA. It finishes dry. I'm left feeling like I can, and have, consume 4 or 5 of these.

What a great example of a West Coast IPA.

Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange; BIG head; minimal carbonation; head settles into a thick cream; leaves some intricate lacing; awesome bottle design

NICE! Really pungent, floral, fresh smelling hops here; this is great!

Taste & Mouth Feel
Full hop flavor; they really did deliver on their promise of lots of hops; mouthfeel is a little thin, with not a lot of carbonation; leaves a really nice bitter aftertaste; the malt side is just present enough, though is by no means in balance with the hops, which is totally fine; gets better as it warms (malts become a little more noticeable)

Very nice! I wish I could pick this up whenever I wanted. The hops smell and taste are just so pleasing, it keeps me coming back, rushing this first bottle quite a bit!

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

A- Clear yellow orange. Minimal cream colored head

S- Citrus & pine hop with a note of malt

T- Similar to the nose. Stong cirtus & pine hops dominate with sweetness in the back

M- medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Taste lingers on the tounge

D- Excellent. "More bottles!!"

Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An organish-tint that is somewhat seethru and carbonates greatly. Received a rocky, two-finger head that dies quickly but leaves sticky lace patches. An unbelievable floral and earthy hop smell complete with fruits and spices mixed in. One of the few beers to actually make me turn away to catch my breath (it was like I had put my nose in a peanut butter jar; my breath was literally taken away). The hops dominate the tastebuds while only being slightly spicy and mildly bready, and this beer actually has a smooth finish. Don't know why exactly, thought I tasted caramel and/or butterscotch and the hops gave off some fruitiness (like apples), but a great finish to a great beer. Considering I can get this on the cheap at my local grocery store, this is a must redrink and I recommend it to any IPA drinker.

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white thick and bilowy head into a goblet. left great sheeting and lace, coating the glass throughout.
s - sweet and minty (wasn't expecting that) with grapefruit and other citrus aromas.
t - this is very balanced. sweet and malty with an understated citrusy flavor in the beginning. piney hops and more citrus flavors really come through in the finish.
m - medium thickness but really creamy and smooth on the palate.
d - wow. incredibly easy drinking ipa from stone.

Photo of dmamiano
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little hazy. Medium straw in color. Nice big head left fair amount of lacing.
Smells was a good mix of hops and malt. Very big and floral, and then again the caramel and crystal malts poked through nicely.
Taste was a well balanced pale ale. Very hoppy, but well balanced with the malt of caramel. Grainy and good.
Mouthfeel was good as well.

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

Ok, after tasting the Ruination, i had to break into the regular ipa and i have to say that im am SO glad i did. The color and smells were almost the same as ruination, fruity, red orange amber.

But the taste is much different. I realize now that the Ruination was an imperial Ipa, i didnt realize that until i read the reviews after my review of it. I am a much bigger fan of this regular Ipa. Not so much hops and none of the bitterness. Nice smooth going down and very drinkable. Bit of a bite at the back of the throat after swallowing, but not in a bad way. Definetly more of a beer for me.

Photo of nasty15108
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 6oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Golden color with slightly darker hues. Thick white foam with good lacing.

S - Hoppy, loaded with hops. Hints of citrus and spice. Very floral, smells a little like perfume.

T - Hops galore, crisp with slight hints of citrus. Dry spicy finish.

MF&D - Thin to medium bodied IPA. Spicy and flavorful finish. Highly recommended. Paired extremely well with a spicy bowl of turkey chili.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Cloudy Orange color, with good head retention and good lacing

Smell- Big citrus hop smell and some grapefruit.

Taste, Mouthfeel- Good balanced biterness and hop flavor, Medium body and carb

Drinkability- A hugely drinkablle beer, i will definately buy this beer again.

Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy honey gold with nice off-white head. It smelled like sweet pine and some roasted yeast. It tasted very sugary with some hops bitterness and mild yeast for balance. It was fairly watery with no carbonation and a gentle sweet aftertaste. Overall this was much more sweet than bitter for an IPA, but it was tasty.

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden ale, slightly hazy, pours with 1/4 inch head and leaves a delicate and inviting lace...

S - Smells like a text book IPA with the slightest hint of lemon and an even slighter hint of malt...

T - Terrific blend of hops... "Biting" in a very good way... A possible hint of grapefruit...

M - Smooth and creamy at first leaving a very dry and bitter feel in its wake... Very mild carbonation on the tongue...

D - A potent IPA... Definitely one to be savored and not rushed... Finely crafted and a joy to drink...

Photo of Hokies
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear light golden brown color with a one finger head and decent lacing.

S: Definite floral aroma with a light citrus and grapefruit aroma.

T: Very balanced IPA with a strong grapefruit taste at first that finishes clean with a light lemon taste that lingers on the tongue.

M: Smooth and creamy, very nice.

D: Very nice IPA but not a beer I could drink all night.

Photo of dnichols
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was served this beer on-tap in a chilled pint glass at Sam's Saloon in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It poured a cloudy bright orange tinged and golden body with a one finger head that supported a dense lacing.

S: It has a distinct floral hop aroma with supporting aromas of sweet citrus and lightly toasted malts. Very well balanced and refreshing aroma.

T: It was another well balanced ale from Stone. The hops and malts play off of each other presenting a creamy, spicy, and citrusy brew that was hard to put down.

M: It was light to medium bodied, creamy, smooth and finished clean.

D: This is a masterful IPA...well balanced and smooth. It is a wonderful session brew.

Photo of timbro81
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. Pours a light straw color with decent clarity and a good 1/4 inch head that settles to a fine ring that leaves little lacing down the glass. Smells of big time grapefruit with a touch of floral hops. The nose becomes maltier as it warms up. Tingles the tongue with those grapefruits right away. Some lemon and grassy notes also discernable. A pleasant dose of sweet malts all around. Well structured. Smooth oily mouthfeel. The maltiness also becomes more noticable as it warms. A great IPA that is layered nicely.

Photo of brandoneast
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Wild Bills Casino in Lake Tahoe. I found this IPA to be very well rounded with a malty slide. There wasn't much head from the bartender's pour but the color was medium amber and a spicy hop aroma. Taste was very balanced with a medium mouthfeel medium. Great finish!

Photo of rgb2807
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is light orange. This IPA is a winner, it's bitter but the malt comes through oh so nicely. Some nice citrus flavors come through with the hops. The balance is amazing, I freaking love this beer. The only problem is it's a little pricey on the east coast. Check out the Arrogant Bastard Strong Ale as well. This is a close 2nd in my favorite IPA (first is smuttynose). SO freaking drinkable, I could drink this all night, which might be a little dangerous.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Golden color with good two finger head and excellent retention. Lacing was moderate.

S - Strong hop aroma dominates the smell. Picked up a very piney scent from the hops.

T - Very strong hop flavor dominates the entire drink. Nice bitterness at the end. Just enough malts (biscuity?) to balance it out in the middle. Hops are definitely the overwhleming taste though.

M/D - Good carbonation and very smooth. Nice bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting another.

A very strong IPA and an excellent intro into the Stone lineup. My favorite from them is still the Ruination, but this is a darn tasty beer.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,349 ratings.