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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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94
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9,488 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,488
Reviews: 2,832
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 286
Gots: 1,485 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of cvstrickland
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a hazy golden-orange body capped with a thick lid of fine-bubbled, bright white foam. The head recedes slowly into a chunky sheet that leaves plenty of fine lacing spattered all over the glass.

The smell is sweetly hoppy, with leafy grassy notes and grapefruity citrus. The barest hint of sweet malt lurks underneath all the alpha-acid fireworks.

The taste is punctuated by a bright, citrusy bitterness that plays well with a dry biscuity malt backbone. A hint of sweet orange is layered in, deep beneath the mostly herbal bitterness that continually threatens to dominate the drink, but the brew is rescued from the imperious bitterness by a mild silky caramel maltiness that works hard to peek through the hoppiness. Fruitier and more citrusy as the drink warms, with a citrusy hop-oil linger in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied with fine carbonation, Stone's IPA is all that I've heard it was, and everything it should be. Superb drinkability.

Photo of Spidey13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone IPA pours a hazy, pale gold color with a large, white head. Lots of sticky lacing stays on the glass while drinking. The nose is mostly sweet, grapefruity hops.

The taste has a bit of that grapefruit in it, along with lots of earthy hop flavors; a bit like dirt and leaves if dirt and leaves tasted good. The smooth bitterness shows up quickly and sticks around for a while. The mouthfeel is nice and full with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a really good beer, though I wasn't quite as impressed as I expected.

Photo of tjbartjr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured it from a bomber into my accomdating beer stein; a nice, cloudy amber color, with a nice thick head that lasted for several minutes. Good lacing on the glass too as the beer was quaffed.

The taste was good; the hops had a nice inital bite, and then mellowed off. Good hoppy scent as well. Very flavorful. The hops were strong, but not overpowering.

Pretty good drinkability; I think 2 bombers would be my limit for it over the course of an evening.

Definitely an easy beer to recommend, and I'd buy/drink it again.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a good quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, with a hint of citrus. Not overwhelming, but nicely done.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected - I guess they save that for the Ruination IPA. Still, very tasty. Also had citrus elements and a tinge of malt.

M: A vibrant, high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.

D: Like most of the Stone beers I've tried, this is very drinkable. It goes down easy and has a well balanced taste.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Color is a hazy amber color with a nice 1/2" head. Very nice floral and citrus hop aroma with a excellent malt balance. Taste is a nice smooth hops /malt flavor, mouthfeel is nice & clean a very drinkable brew.

Will have another!

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

A - Pours 1 1/2 fingers of white head that leaves tons of lacing. It also has a good retention, eventually turning into a ring. The beer is a hazy copper color.

S - A pretty hoppy aroma, a mix of citrus and pine. There are also light caramel notes.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a pretty creamy feel to it. It has a dry finish to it.

T - A little bit of citrusy hops followed by a barrage of piny hops creating a grapefruit taste and leaving a nice bitterness. There is also a subtle malt presence throughout.

A hop heads IPA for sure. It goes down very easy which makes it a great session brew.

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

I would agree with others who've called this beer balanced. This is a really easy-drinking IPA that I could probably drink all night. I love variety and beers that are extreme, but I'd buy a six-pack of this to drink at a party or wherever...there's been a lot of talk about "session" beers on this site, and I'd nominate this one.

Pours an amber body with good head. Aroma is distinctly hoppy, but not over the top. There is some light sweetness and citrus notes. Flavor is hoppy with a significant malt backbone. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Very drinkable, but not too unusual or exciting. Still good though.

I'd buy this again and recommend it. SurlySober left this at my house, and I have no idea where he got it.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. One of the many Stone brews no available in SC.

A. Beautiful light amber brew with a healthy 3 finger head that slowly dissipates.

S. Wow, this is where the beer starts to make itself known. Very aromatic floral hops, citrus hops and even a HINT of malt in the end.

T. Much as it smells, this has a strong, agressive hop presence. While the malt is there if you search for it, this is a hop bomb. The hop burps have been enjoyable as well.

M. Very clean finish. Moderate oily finish with strong carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. This would be a great beer with a very spicy meal. This will be a staple in my fridge!!!

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

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a nice golden brown with 2-finger head, great lacing.

S: Frech, crisp bright hops. Slight grapefruit, but not as much as expected.

T: Hops. Sharp, crisp hops dominate the palette, yet give way to a subtle sweetness beneath. A definite hop-head beer.

M: Medium-to unexpectedly-light bodied. I like my IPAs a little thicker, but thats my opinion. Aftertaste/feel slightly reminds me of post-mouthwash gum tingle.

D: Goes down rather smoothly, though full of hop bitterness (which is boasted about on the bottle). Given it's 6.9% ABV, i could probably have 3 or so, then the flavor would probably become a little intense. An excellent sipping beer ideal for warmer months.

Photo of TerjUGA
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very bright golden color with a quarter inch white head with nice lacing. smells of very strong hops, lots of citrus, grapefruit , and pines aromas going on. Taste is very hoppy all the way through, taste really resembles smell on this brew. Lots of grapefruit and citrus notes, just the way i like it! Oh and there is definitely a lot of hops in this one, its great. This beer is great! easy to drink, great taste all the way through, i would recomend this to anyone, great brew!

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

22oz bomber. Pours a medium golden with a nice head that show alot of retention and lacing. Just slightly hazy.

Smell is great. Full hops, fruity and flowering. Even some nice sweet malts smell at the end of the nose.

Taste is a little tamer than most IPAs. Sweet malt base, breads, and a little yeast up front. Hops show up early in a little sweet fruit and then a bitter finish that fades quickly. Surprisingly the malts almost win here, but lose out at the very end.

Mouthfeel is great for the style. Seems light and bubbly with justa little hop slickness.

Drinkabilty is very high for an IPA. I might think this was closer to an APA if it wasn't for the very end of the finish.

Photo of BrewMichigan
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at the Epic Bistro in Kalamazoo

I got a pint of this and after the first smell I knew I was going to enjoy this. Not as highly hopped as it's IIPA brethren but still reeked of centennials. The tasted was exceptional and the drink ability of this beer was incredible. I had one but I felt like I could have had 10. The bitterness imparted by the magnum hops was so smooth I couldn't believe this had as many IBUs as advertised.

The six packs in my area are a little pricey but it's worth the price. Get this one for a nice treat, you won't regret it.

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

Slightly cloudy pale orange with decent head and good lacing.

Smells of fresh, floral hops.

Heavy citrus hop flavor, mainly grapefruit, and even some lemon? Nice balance though - the hop bite is present without being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel oily, carbonation medium to light.

This is a very nice IPA. I just had the Ruination the other night, which may have ruined me for anything less luscious, as I prefer that to this. Can't go wrong here though.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - A very pale amber, clear, with 2 fingers of head that settles a lot quicker than I'd expect. Lacing is on the high side of moderate.

S - Very nice aroma. The grassy and herbal elements from the hops jump out first. A citrus and earthy smell blend together giving the brew an impressive backbone. Some malt peeking through, maybe?

T - The great balance is evident immediately. A strong herbal, tea-like taste is backed by a solid grapefruit peel note. A slight malt sweetness rises for just a second providing a sublime balance. Afterwards however, the bitterness grows with a very orangy, tangerine taste. Finish is grainy sweet with earthy bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium to light bodied.

D - A little strong for a session brew, but a well balanced IPA without too much bitterness. Good stuff.

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

A: A nice clear golden brew with a thin layer of off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of my nonic.

S: HOPS! Citrus hops, grassy hops, piney hops... it's all there. Massive hop aroma promises great things to come.

T: Nice bracing bitterness, but not overwhelming like the aroma. A little grapefruit rind comes through, but there's decent amount of evergreen notes as well.

M: Nice medium body as befits an IPA, moderate carbonation. Helps keep the hop fatigue at bay.

D: This is a nice, bracing west coast IPA. NC has been waiting on Stone for more than 3 years and Stone does NOT dissapoint!

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

This is my first review in almost a month and my 150th. To mark the occasion I have chosen Stone IPA, a very popular and well reviewed beer. This is not my first Stone and most certainly not my last. Poured into pint glass with a purty lite amber color and fluffy, frothy off white head. Nice small bubbles throughout. Great hop aroma, with a touch of honey. Strong biting hop flavor, bitter. Great mouthfeel, chews on the tongue ever so slightly. The bitterness and hop harshness is maybe just a little too strong to make this a super drinkable beer. Great overall though.

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

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Amber-orange in appearance, it has a one and a half finger whitish head, with decent retention and lacing.
Nose is hoppy as expected, citrusy and fresh, very pleasant, with some bready and caramel maltiness to balance.
Light to medium bodied, but pleasant on the tongue, it is amazingly devoid of any signs of alcohol - I was surprised to see it is 6.9%.
Predominantly hoppy, certainly hoppier thatn its APA, it still has a good dose of balancing maltiness.
Not the hop bomb I expected; it does have less hops than alpha king, for the sake of comparison; but it is amazingly drinkable and pleasant.

Photo of theghost3
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper with a thin white head. Smell is very strong of citrusy hops. The taste is incredibly abundant on the grapefruit hops there's also a slight yeast flavor. Very bitter, but not atypical of an IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, very carbonated. This is a drinkable beer, but it is so bitter and carbonated, I recommend taking it easy with this one.

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

Pours a light golden color with a small white head that settles quickly. Some lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

The aroma features the hops. Has a strong citrus aroma with just a hint of light malt.

The flavor is likewise hop heavy. Starts with a citrus splash then finishes very bitter with resin qualities. Malt? What malt. It is just a vehicle for the hops. Very one dimension but a good one dimension.

Has a very good feel. The carbonation in this lighter bodied IPA is lively at first but let it sit for awhile and it settles down to leave a nice, somewhat creamy texture.

What is up with the almost 7% ABV? Not sessionable at all and with the overwhelming bitterness I am not sure I would want to anyway. Good for a bitter fix then move on to more balanced brews.

Photo of SirSketch
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A quarter inch of white, lacy head that quickly turns to a thin film soon. Very inviting, very clean, golden amber in color. I've always found appearance a little hard to judge, but it was easy to give this beer a 5 in that category.

S - Big citrus hop aroma, grapefruit, along with complex and subtle grains.

T - Pleasing bitterness, grape and citrus notes, and and interesting sweetness. Lemon comes out as well. Dry aftertaste and some residual sweetness.

M/D - Unexpected light/ med body and medium carbonation. Very easy to put back. Even though it's over 6% ABV, I could easily drink many of these throughout a night.

Photo of chrisafari
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Cask (hand-pump) @ Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens. Special release with Summit and Amarillo Hops. Pours light golden yellow, cloudy. Small clear white head. Sweet, orange aroma with a definite kick of hops. Starts off with sweet tangerine/lemon notes then becomes intensely hoppy with accompanying spice and Ting. Hops spread to the sides and back of the tongue. Cask gives the pallet a smooth rich texture with perfect carbonation. Lingers a long time on the back of the tongue. Great stuff!

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

a: served in a standard pint, the beer is a golden-amber in color with a well retained white head and quality lacing

s: soft, flowery, candied tropical fruits are the dominant force here, set over a body of pale malts that carry a light-to-moderately sweet caramel aroma

m: carbonation soft and on the low side of medium, body a lighter medium and quickly clears after the swallow

t: pale barley supports a big tropical hop flavor, bitterness grows after the swallow long into the finish, quality but lacking that extra bit of either malt or hop to push it over the edge

d: a higher abv ipa, but the drinkability does not suffer as a result

overall: reminds me very much of a Two-Hearted, though not quite as good

pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

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

12oz bottle received from largadeer in our most recent trade. This one's available locally but I've never seen bottles less than 6-7 months old so one with a best by date of 6th Nov is a treat. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Clear orange pour with a thin off-white head that recedes surprisingly quickly. It does leave lacing, though

S: Wonderful citrus hops all the way with oranges, tangerines, a touch of honey and pine. A thin malt backbone is present with a biscuity character. Very good.

T: Starts off bitingly bitter with a solid orange zest bitterness with a lot of juicy citrus hops. Tons of orange and a hint of floral hop character on the palate. The malt backbone, for all practical purposes, is virtually absent, allowing the resiny hops to form the backbone that carries this beer into a long, dry and bitter finish. Kudos, Stone

M: Light in body, resiny with hop goodness on the palate, carbonation that works with the hops and a drying, bitter finish - I really can't ask for more.

D: Incredibly drinkable, I just might have another.

Photo of Duffman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the Nova in Hudson Wisconsin, can't get it in Minnesota unfortunately. Pours a hazy straw color. Smell has a fresh quality to it, very brisk. Mild citrus notes are present. Taste is creamy and most pleasant. The hops are of course notable plus somewhat restrained, and not in a bad way. Strawberry perhaps? Some lemon zest for good measure and a touch of mint. The finish has a nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is of a high quality. The medium and smooth creamlike body grips the palate with a kind of nonchalance. Smooth and easy drinking. All the factors come together beautifully yet it still seems short of magnificient. Lacking in the top-quality of the absolute best ipas (two-hearted, furious and masala mama notably). In the end though a really phenomenal ipa not far off the top.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This ale poured a very bright, slightly hazy pale golden color. Even with an insanely aggressive pour, the white head only started at about 1/2" and quickly dropped to a skim. Decent sticky lace down the glass.

S= Aromas were bursting with pine/citrus hops. Very fragrant and pleasant for a hop lover such as myself. I also detected the cracker thin malt presence in the background.

T= The front end of this beer is all hops. I found the dominant hop flavors to be citrus, pine, and maybe a bit herbal. Dryness started in the middle and didn't let up until the alcohol warmth of the finish kicked in. I am sure there were some malt flavors at work here (the beer wasn't totally unbalanced after all) but they sure hid behind those puckering hops.

MF= Medium bodied, with a relatively light feel on the tonhue. Low-medium carbonation levels throughout.

D= I loved this beer, but only someone who loves hops and off-the-charts bitterness would. A great year round session beer despite the abv (though I wouldn't plan on evaluating any other beers after this has fried your palate).

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,488 ratings.