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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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Ratings: 9,712
Reviews: 2,881
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,733 | 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: 9,712 | Reviews: 2,881
Photo of popery
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden-amber liquid with a big white head and lots of lacing. It fits the bill for an IPA to a tee, at least the bill that exists in my head.

S: Wonderful hops produce a smell that makes me picture groves of oranges and lemons. It's fresh and clean without overwhelming. This scent nails West Coast IPA in the best possible way.

T: The flavor is hoppy with almost perfect bitterness. The malt backbone is there and provides just enough sweetness to express the hops at their finest, keeping the bitterness pleasant.

M: Creamy, sudsy, oily with hops.

D: I had to stop myself from finishing my glass before I even started writing the review. American IPA might be the single most competitive style right now in craft beer and Stone sets the bar incredibly high with their version. Stone is big (among craft brewers, anyway) for a reason. They make great beer.

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

Appearance: Poured with some foamy bubbly off white head, that dissipated leaving some nice lacing all down the glass. The beer is clear orangish-gold.

Smell: Delicious floral citrus hops, sweet caramel malt, very refreshing

Taste: Pretty intense for an IPA, citrus hops, bitter floral, some sweet malt, ending with a lemon citrus flavor and bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Bitter tingle on the tongue, nicely carbonated, light bodied, ending with a refreshing feel and some bitterness.

Overall: Pretty drinkable IF you like hops, a bit bitter but the hop flavors make up for that. This held up really well for 2 months in the fridge, the hop character is still very prevalent.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of this beer, as I loved the other offering from Stone that I had (Stone RIS). As soon as I opened the bottle, the smell smacked me in the face, in a good way. Poured into a glass with only a small white head that quickly receded into a lacing. The beer itself was a nice golden yellow (not as dark as I would expect given the strong aroma) without any haze. The aroma, as mentioned before, is strong with floral and citrus notes everywhere and in great balance. Taste is also great. The hops hit upfront and give a grapfruit and citrus flavor that forms a nice base to this beer. Floral and piney notes also offer nice flavor to this beer. There is also a less noticable malty backbone which offers a nice caramel sweetness to this beer. The aftertaste is slighty bitter and very hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice bite of carbonation. Drinakability is great as for me as I cannot get enoguh of this beer. The alcohol is not even noticable.

Overall, probably the best IPA I have ever had. Strong flavors all in balance. Just an expectional example of the style. Would have every time I had an opportunity.

Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a homebrew club meeting

A - Poured copper-gold with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nce lacing.

S - Caramel, flowers, and grass.

T - Caramel, flowers, grass, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated, slightly dry.

D - Overall good. What you expect an IPA to taste like, nothing too fancy. A bit over-hyped, but an easy to drink beer.

Photo of brow1901
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A golden straw yellow color with a white head. The beer has excellent clarity. Not much head retention but good sticky lacing down the glass.

S- The smell is a bit more interesting. Obviously there is a bunch of hops. The hops are of the piney variety, although I do smell some grapefruit and possibly grape skins. Smells really good.

T&M- The taste is alright, in my mind it's really not hoppy enough, but it could just be a really balanced beer. But it reminds me of an overly hopped pilsner. Much like the smell the hop character is more pine and less citrus hops. The mouth feel is nice and light, and it leaves the throat dry.

D- Overall this beer is a good IPA but I didn't think that it lived up to the hype. I've had better ipa's. It's very drinkable though.

Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic IPA. Great example of the style.

Appearance is a golden pale. Nice head and solid lacing

Smell is hops, hops, hops. Citrus dominate with some pine and floral hints.

Taste is hoppy, citrus, floral, bitter. Great balance between bittering hops and flavor hops. Finish isn't sweet but there is a dry malt flavor on the very back end.

Mouthfeel is very nice.

Drinkability is terrific if you are a fan of the style. If you don't like IPA's..this one isn't for you.

Great beer. It's simplistic: hops are hops and malts are malts. Not overly complex but everything is in perfect balance allowing one to enjoy this fine beer in all it's glory. Well done.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Please be aware this review comes from a non Hop Head.

Had this one on tap from the Cock and Bull in Glendale, Ohio.

A: Amber in color, possible mahogany.
S: Very citrusy, a lot of grapefruit coming through. Some pine as well.
T: The hops are huge. The citrus/grapefruit hits at first and the grapefruit sticks around and turns to the hoppy bitterness.
M: The bitterness sticks around for a while and the beer packs a nice bite. The hops and citrus flavor mask the alcohol a bit, but the tongue feels the effects.
D: If you are a Hop Head, this is a great beer. If you are not, it's worth a shot. It does what a good, hoppy beer should do. Satisfies your taste buds and hangs around on your pallete a while.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golder light-amber hued beer with a white head that leaves a nice lacing to the rim of the glass as i drink it down.

Full hoppy character by scent, no real presense of malt or anything else; grapefruity citrus effects.

The hops are very dominant in this brew, as to be expected given not only that it's an IPA but that it's from Stone. A pleasant upfront grapefruit-citrus followed by a kick of hops and a lingering dryness.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass.

A- Stone's regular ipa is a light golden pale color with a nice milkshake head from a slow pour. Nice dense blotches of lace suround the glass.

S- A str8 shot of bitterning hops with grapefruit and other citrus scents. This gets a bit earthy as well with malt smells are at a minimum.

T- Like a lighter version of ruination. A huge wave of bitter hops with pine and grass but overall bitter with citrus. Some malts here and there, I guess?

M- Has a medium bold body with good carbonation within. Bitter up front and that does not go away at all, leaving for a long after taste. Goes down easy enough but the malts are almost non existent.

D- Perhaps it's just me but stones products always leave something to be desired and in this, the extreme bitter aftertaste is a bit much. Otherwise this is a decent ipa with a low abv

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

I got this, and 4 other Stone brews. Ruination IPA, Arrogant Bastard, and Double Bastard. Im going to drink them in order of least to most hoppy. And let me tell you what, this first one has me really geared up rest.

Pale golden in color, with a bright head.

Smells piny and herbal, this is one stand out IPA

Taste is great, nice clean bitterness, with lots of flower/citrus notes. Smooth and well carbonated, overall a nice easy drinker. Its only too bad that I have to go all the way to WI for this one.

Photo of ROBORB
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced a hazy orange/gold color with a 2 finger head. There was some nice lacing present. The smell consisted of pine, hops, and citrus. I found the taste to be a bit of a let down as the malts far outweighed the hops. It was, however, very easy to drink and was still enjoyable.

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

A--Bubbly glowing amber color with a 2 finger head that dissipates down to a ring but leaves decent lacing down the glass

S--Big citrus and floral hoppiness that has me drooling to get a taste. Orange, grapefruit, even some banana in there. As big of a nose as most DIPA's, even the big boys. Great!

T--Taste is not quite on par with the nose but still, this is damn good. The big hoppiness is countered with an equally big maltiness that balances this one to the point of very little bitterness. Most of the taste is the floral hops and a slight caramel sweetness.

M--I really have no complaints here at all, this is the perfect balance between creaminess and carbonation that I look for in an IPA

D--This is so smooth that it is damn near chuggable, which isn't too smart at almost 7% ABV. A bomber might be too much at once though, I would rather just have 12 oz. and be done with it

Overall I thought this beer was spectacular. It may not quite be as good as the sum of its parts though, since the taste was the weakest aspect of it (although it was still good). I have had multiple others that taste this good, but none that are so good across all categories. I still would prefer a Two-Hearted over this, but this may be my #2.

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

12oz single, sixer shared during a lazy saturday featuring many smoked meats

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a furthermore pint, clear tangerine body, light beige froth

smell: solid citrus nose, crisp floral hops, fresh and green

taste: very nice ipa, infinite drinkability, fresh citrus hops, crisp and green, moderate bitterness. great all-day ipa

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing

drinkability: high

Photo of colts9016
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at 46 degree.

Appearance: A nice golden yellow color. There is a one finger head that is ivory and foamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice grapefruit and floral aromas. There is the malt with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: A very nice rich grapefruit and floral notes. There is a very nice malt backbone with just a touch of sweetness.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly astringent. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is bitter, but in a good way. I am big fan of Stone Brewing they have never let me done so far. This a very round well bodied IPA with great flavor. This the way an IPA should taste.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Albanian Brewing Company pint glass.

A: burnt, glorious orange hue topped with a thin, bubbly white head about 1 finger thick that quickly dissipated. Rings of lacing appear on the side of the glass like notches as I slowly take on this IPA.

S: Good lord! A powerful floral aroma from hops; strong hints of pine; tangy, citrus notes, like fresh grated citrus rind; very herbal. This beer smells like it is about to wreck hoppy, spicy devastation on your tastebuds. I might be in trouble as this is my first real IPA!

T: As the nose foreshadows, this IPA opens with a surge of hop bitterness up front! Zesty, tangy citrus (orange rind, grapefruit) and pine flavors take hold of my tastebuds. After sitting and letting the flavors settle on my palate for a few minutes, I'm convinced that I just drank a gin and juice - piney, resiny, spicy. The finish is dry, kind of reminiscent of a spritzy wine. This beer is big, sharp, tangy and bitter; the malts are completely subdued by the strong-arm grip of the hops, and don't really contribute much in the way of balance.

M: The carbonation induces a prickly sensation on my tongue. Yet as I let this beer rest on the palate, I can't help but notice that it reveals a slightly syrupy texture.

D: So this is what IPAs are all about. Huge flavors, but at 6.9% ABV, only one bomber and I'm good to go - between the massive dose of pungent hoppiness and the nice alcohol presence, this is quite the assault on the senses. The only reason I dropped the drinkability on this beer is simply because of its effect on your palate - I couldn't taste much of anything else besides hops and pine for the rest of the night.

I've only really tried one other IPA (it was a Goose Island, and I polished off half of a bottle that a friend opened but disliked and I really didn't think much about it other than I'll be damned to let a craft beer go to waste at a restaurant). This Stone IPA was something else though. A good introduction to West Coast IPAs? It is a style that is clearly popular, but I'll have to seek out more examples to see if it grows on my palate.

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

Aroma: I can smell the pine trees in this beer. There are hints of grassy and maybe some citrus notes.

Appearance: It's clear, medium gold with a tall white head. The head crashed quickly leaving thick lacing in the glass (gorgeous).

Flavor: It's a hop forward taste. The initial bitter bite carries through the tasting experience. I can taste the malt, but the flavor is balanced towards the hops.


Mouth feel: It has a medium body

Overall Impression: This is definitely an IPA; the hops smack me in the taste buds. I was surprised aroma was not stronger (the hops seem muted) until I looked at the "Enjoy By" date and it read 03/31/09. This was a bit surprising as I purchased the beer in mid-March (09). I guessing the hop aroma diminished over time. Even being old, I am still enjoying the beer.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone IPA 12oz. bottle.

A- Pours a nice burnt orange with hues of hops and nice half inch head. Head quickly dies down but lace retention is very thick. Note that the beginning head is still stuck to the top of glass half way though this brew.

S- Is a nice relaxing scent of grassy, floral, and earthy notes hit my nose first. This is followed by a light malty kick.

T- The taste is what makes this one a excellent session beer. Mild hop bitterness at first that smooths out at the end to a refreshing perfectly balanced finsh.

M-D- Very easy on the taste buds not one sign of anything that would offend my buds! Extra smooth finishing make this one of my choice beer to consume alot of.

Note: At 11.59 a six pack here in jax Florida its not the cheapest though.

Photo of greenjeff4141
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice rich gold with not much head but good lacing. The smell is like being in a field of hops.

I took my first sip-- smooth as silk. Giant hop flavor, very mellow, and great balance. Not too bitter but tons of hops. Unnaturally easy to drink. Hands down my favorite IPA to date. If you don't like hops try a different brew.

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

Stone IPA pours golden orangish color with a nice sized cream head. It has a pungent hop aroma with a bit of sweet malt. It has a very herbal, piney hop flavor. There is some citrus flavor in there as well. It rocks. Has a very crisp, refreshing medium mouth feel to it and it is pretty drinkable, although very high in abv for a single IPA. I would almost put it in the DIPA range if not for the brewery already having a different brew in that category.

Photo of projectflam86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours beautiful orange color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Strong hoppy nose with floral and fruity ester scents.

T- Hops come crashing through with the initial taste. Citrus flavors add to the complexity along with a bit of spice and little bit of pine flavor. There is some malt in the backbone to balance the hop bitterness.

M- Big and smooth. This one has some bite!

D- Wonderful all around brew. Lots of big hop flavor for the hopheads but it is balanced well with the malt and citrus flavors.

Photo of aristeros
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Two fingers of thick off-white head lingered and left thick lacing that followed the beer down the glass. Yellow, visible carbonation, can see right through the other side.

Tons of hops in the nose, some malts, some bitter citrus. Not overpowering.

Bracing pine hops, resins, and maybe a little biscuit, especially on the back end. Moderate carbonation impacts the mouthfeel, and hampers the otherwise good drinkability just a little.

Bitter fruit rinds linger, so you'll definitely want to cleanse your palate if this isn't the last beer you're drinking. Great pale ale, and I'm resisting the urge to go and get more of it right now.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice golden color into the glass with very little in the way of head. Looks nice and crisp, not a bit of haziness.

S: Smell is nice, sweet hops, maybe a little pine thrown in for good measure.

T: Taste is straight up IPA, no frills, no punches. There's a nice amount of hops, but not overly hopped with just a bit of grapefruit tartness thrown in at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Carbonation level is good.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I could probably drink a couple of these on a summer afternoon. It's just plain good.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber.

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange tinge, ample head that fades at a decent enough rate and leaves some good patchy lacing on the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not overly so, decent malt backbone.

Taste has a nice balance between hops and the malt, not overly hoppy as to "ruin" your taste buds but enough to please, easy to drink, above average for an IPA although nothing truly stands out.

Photo of Spikester
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a huge three finger head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is big bready and citrus hops. Taste is big citrus hops, grapefruit rind, some pine and resins. Malts are there but definately bringing up the rear. Mouthfeel is good very crisp, but slightly excessive carbonation. I may have served this a bit too cold. Overall an impressive IPA and just what I look for in a modern West Coast version. Drink 'em fresh for best results.
Just had an old version and had to add these comments:
Enjoy by date was July 4, 2013. so this is Oct. 17, 2013.
Piney resins have assumed control of this beer. No citrus left at this point. A slight amount of malts remain and the beer is cloudy. Head was minimal but fair amount of lacing survives.
So the moral of this story is drink fresh!

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

This beer poured a cloudy copper color with orange highlights and a fluffy single-finger head. The smell is all different kinds of hops, it's herbal, floral, citrusy, and spicy along with a little bready malt. The taste starts off with some spicy hops that give way to some citrusy hops that give way to some piney hops that fade away into a surprisingly clean finish. The whole time there's also a sweet malt backbone that helps balance out the hops without overshadowing them. The mouthfeel has a little bit of thickness and and just the right amount of carbonation. One of the big surprises for me is how drinkable this beer is. Even though it's definitely hoppy I couldn't imagine holding on to a six-pack of this brew for more than an afternoon. A fantastic beer, a must try for anyone on this site.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,712 ratings.