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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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8,997 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,997
Reviews: 2,784
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 247
Gots: 1,111 | 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 EvilKeith
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a hazed golden caramel color. The head began as two fingers of frothy white foam, that fell to a wispy cap. The cap became a halo of fine bubbles along the glass.
By the end of the glass the clarity had improved greatly and any remnants of head had disappeared.
The smell is big up-front citrusy hops, grapefruit, and sweet malty goodness.
The taste is suprisingly malty sweetness, piney, and dry bittering hops.
Medium bodied, Moderate carbonation.

I am actually beginning to really enjoy IPAs. DIPAs I'm still working on. This was actually enjoyable and not overpoweringly hopped or dry.
I felt the lack of sustained head or any measurable lace detracted from my numbers. Not bad overall.

EvilKeith, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orangy color with a nice foamy head.

S-Not very aromatic. Mellow hop with pine and lemon zest.

T-Sweet, citrus taste with pine-hoppy aftertaste. Bitterness stays but never becomes too much. Very balanced and not over the top like many IPA's. Very smooth and I can't detect the high ABV at all.

M-Good carbonation. The piney hops come back for round two with each appreciative belch from this brew. Medium without the bitter aftertaste to weigh down the palate.

D-This isn't an IPA that scares me. I like hops but not in the quantities that most IPA's use. This is just right. Very drinkable and would be a session beer if the ABV wasn't so high. Bottle is just as good but has a more acidic quality in the hops and slightly quicker bitterness build-up. Both are good, I just prefer the draft..

teg8612, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Liquids
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright orangey yellow, with a one finger head that holds. Notably vapid carbonation. Teh aroma reminds me of 60 minute a bit, sweet, with floral and piney hops...smells complex, which for hops is a good thing. Taste is grapefruity bit penetratingly bitter. Not killer in it's bite, but the bitterness does linger. It's in amount of bitterness here not type, thing more like a lot of lower alpha bitterness rather than less high alpha bitterness...and its, again, complex with multiple kinds of hops I'd guess. Similar in style to 60 minute bit more straight bitterness and less in aroma. Leaves a tang on the tounge but it's not so cascade-like where it might linger infinitely past the point of enjoyment. Mouthfeel is not overwhelming but a bit high on carbonation, good for most. When I let this one stick around and decarbonate thought, I realizzed that it tasted mostly like hop water. the malt here is not that present. The complexity of the hop profile is what shines, and the alcohol is well hidden. This has good drinkability for an IPA, but one is plenty for me. I prefer 60 minute, but to each their own.

Liquids, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, I think this is more bitter than Arrogant Bastard, but hey! It is definitely the best IPA to have ever graced my lips. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber with Stone's trademark ripping on the BMC idiots into a hefe glass and was pure orange with a nice head. In fact, the top half was all cream. Upon first whiff, it is all hops, wondering if you can finish the bottle! But you do because of the citrus and hop character found in about no other beer. The taste is amazing. The hoppiness lingers a good 30 minutes after you drink it (the buzz is another thing!). I was amazed at how well the head held throughout a whole 22 oz. bottle. It never dissipated to a ring, but left a good 2 cm of off white on top at all times, and I was very impressed by that. The mouthfeel is great and bitter, a definite sipper over time. That’s where the drinkability takes a whack, but the taste is by far the highlight of the beer! I am fast becoming a Stone fanatic, and living in San Diego is living the dream! Everyone needs to try this. An awesome, possibly elite? form of an IPA. And if you plan on drinking the bomber, have someone drive home!

MusicmanSD, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with 10th anniv. crown

decants a pale shade of orange, pumpkiney and crystal clear, into my bass imperial pint glass. head is a finger plus, and sits even. slowly, pockmarks grow creating a hilly, marshmallow texture to the solid head. for the most part, this beer maintains a ballsy image. bubbles flow and thick foam caps the baby off. a little too clear for something with schnuts, but i won't hold that against it quite yet.

this is not the most aromatic beer. slightly resinous, some lemony pine and perfumey notes. candied ginger hint. very mellow yet detectably hoppy.

taste.. well, this is certainly a west coast creation. big sweet grapefruit gulps and pine tree burps follow. bitterness builds slowly like a habanero heat but never overwhelms the happily acidic hop profile. there isn't any chalkiness here to speak of.. the green hops stand alone to create a juicy lupulific experience. it's very silky going down with the perfect amount of carbonation.. i just wish it was a bit more dense. maybe something to give it a little hazy kick, a homebrewy feel or something similar. although, at nearly 7%, i am able to consume this in record time.

i can see why this is a staple beer for many people, especially west-coasters.. and i'd love to try it on tap. good drink.. just not any better than local favorites including abijah rowe and hopmeadow. still, recommended session ipa.

goodbyeohio, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of mherring
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a weekend back home and found this at a local beer bar. When I ordered a Scottish started going crazy about how IPA's were his favorite type of beer. As a side note he also did very good impressions of Fat Bastard, and did more and more of them as the night wore on. Back to the task at hand though. I've never had an IPA before but knew it to be very well hopped. This was no exception to the style and was a very good beer by my standards. It poured a nice goldish orange color and I was immediately taken in by the nice smell of citrus and hops. The taste was awesome. It had a very crisp feel to it and the hops definitely came through. This is a style of beer I think I could grow to love very easily if they are all as drinkable as this beer.

mherring, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Beer was gold and faintly orange, slight haze may have been due to chill. Good size, off white head. Scent was of hops, with orange as the primary, but citrus in general. Malt was very faint. Taste was similar, but more balanced. Hops hit you first and well, but malt is sturdy and had a bit of honey in it. Body seemed medium to light, with medium carbonation. Very slightly drying. Overall and excellent beer, but not as hoppy as I expected given Stone's other offerings. I wonder if the sixer I purchased had some age on it. I have a bomber also on hand, I may just have to try this again.

, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of loving44
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured gracefully into a Stone IPA tulip glass. Gear froamy head that lasted for quite a while with nice lacing.

Smells of.... HOPS!! Wonderfully fruity wihn hints of citrus. also sweet pine.

Tastes nice and bitter but very well balenced with citrus and malt, leaves a twinge of hop bitterness at it leaves the back of your tounge. A real treat from sip to sip.

Nice light mouthfeel with the finish of a big beer, it coats the tongue.

I could drink a couple bombers easy or tackle the whole six pack if I was so inclined. This would make a great session beer on it's own or paired with the less hoppy Stone Pale Ale, yet is great as a stand alone beer when you just want to sit back relax and have a beer that's truely special.

loving44, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of jackorain
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the fridge poured into pint glass. very nice painted brown bottle with a gargoyle and description of how very hoppy and bitter this beer will be.

A-Poured a nice golden to copper color, not crystal clear, a little cloudy. head was 3/4 inch thick billowy and long lasting. After 3 minutes, half of what poured originally was still ther. good lacing to start.

S-Mild citrus hop aroma, also some green hop also.

T-Great, balanced hops with citrus, green and pine all evident. Malty sweetness on also comes throgh. Great oveall balance.

M-Light body maybe a little watery. But still good with some hop olis that coat the tongue.

D-Very Drinkable, would go nice with many strong flavored food, chili, mexican, hot sausage and pepper sangies. Also could be a nice session, albeit it a short one.

Real nice selection by a member of my beer club that I had no confidence in to make a good choice.

jackorain, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of tesguino
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best inheritance than learned the Americans of the British, an excellent formula done by one micro of the best ones in the USA, incomparable, special flavor, defined, feel as if they were chewing "literally" hops, exquisite for my taste, of the best thing than the gringos do, special for great occasions, recommendable 95%.

tesguino, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big pillowy and foamy head with a perfect golden and clear color with a strong lacing.

Smell is of sweet hops with some pine and sweet dark plum.

Taste is great, just not very complex and very light on the palate without almost any aftertaste. It's hoppy and smooth, not too bitter.

Very smooth and soft on the palate.

Very drinkable, If I lived in CA, this would be my session beer.

Erdinger2003, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light orange with a huge white, thick 3" head that disapates very slowly, leaving a decent amount of lacing. I'm not kidding when I say thick, this thing looks like bubble bath. It almost started flowing out of my glass and I even stopped pouring early. Very impressive. Quite a few little bubbles can be seen racing to the top.

S: Very stong smell of sweet fruitiness and lots and lots of piney hops.

T: This is a very aggressivly hopped beer. There is a little bit of sweetness in the first taste, but it is immidiatly overtaken by the hops and dosn't come back. The piney hops are there from begining to end and even in the aftertaste, although the aftertaste didn't linger very long which kind of surprised me.

M: Extremely smooth, small bubbles rapidly dance on the tongue while you take in the flavor. Goes down very easy.

D: This is a damn good IPA and very easy to drink. It goes down so smooth and taste so good I'm tempted to chug it like Gatorade. This is the essential summer beer. Tasty and very thirst quenching. I couldn't ask for more in a beer.

MLegendre, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy copper/straw color. Medium white frothy head dispersed quickly, leaving a persistent lacing.

Aroma is pure malt, mingled with hoppy goodness.

I’m an IPA fanatic and after a recent string of Belgium samplings, this was a nice homecoming. Stone IPA has a big pine/hop taste that balances well with a sweet malt and citrusy fruit flavor. This leaves only a slight bitter aftertaste when compared to the Arrogant Bastard and the Ruination IPA.

This isn’t the "death by hops" experience many IPA fanatics drool over but it is an excellent IPA to be enjoyed by both fanatics and neophytes to the style.

Estarrio, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased with my first beer from Stone. Pours to a golden orange, with thick off-white head that lingers and excellent lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus fruits.... grapefruit, lemons and oranges. Flavor of hops and fruits, and excellent finish, which actuaally included a warming sensation from the alcohol. I was expecting a lot from this IPA, and was not disappointed at all.

kimcgolf, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite beer right now if it were not for the severe expense that it can have on your wallet. $5 a 22 oz bottle, and $11 for a 6 pack of 12oz. If anyone knows were to get this cheaper please email me.

To say i could drink this beer all day it a severe understatement. Great hops character and aroma, beautiful amber color and a great mouthfeel. Make me want to try every Stone beer out there.

TrickKnee, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of variousartists
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Unbelievable IPA. Hoppy is all hell. This beer doesn't need much description because it is damn near perfect. The best description of it would be this: Hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops and more hops. Nice color, thick head sticks to glass. Excellent almost permanent retention. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste hops again. Although for the amount of hops it has, it is still remarkably balanced. Nice medium to full bodied feel. Carbonation on par. Drinkability is great as long as you like hoppy brews. Awesome IPA.

variousartists, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Matthew
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a orange bronze type color with a decent sized white frothy head.
Some big hoppiness in the nose, fairly citrusy, kind of earthy.
Sweet malt backbone with big hop character. Citrusy, earthy, big bittering quality. Pretty well balanced though.
The mouthfeel is pretty disappointing....very little carbonation, almost a flatness.
The drinkability is pretty good but I may have to drink this again and assume that this bottle may have been a little old due to the lack of hop character I remember and the poor level of carbonation.

Matthew, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first IPA from Stone. Maybe the Ruination is better, but I've not had it yet.

Decent colour with a thin, clinging white head. Orange-amber, but maybe a little too light on the colour. Floral, hoppy smell. Lemon and citrus notes, with a yeasty-bread and malt hint and a very faint trace of grassiness. Very pleasant aroma, light on the nose and not cloying.

Great taste. Malt in the background with a definite hop bitterness. Lemony/floral hops flavours with a definite bite. This would accompany curry or any spicy food quite nicely. A not-unpleasant hoppy malt aftertaste. I've had some "big" American IPAs, but this is by far one of the most well-balanced, great tasting ones I've ever had.

Decent mouthfeel, but sometimes it feels a bit too carbonated. Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer night like tonight. I look forward to one day trying Ruination.

BDTyre, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured orangish/copper with a thin, but well-retained white head.
The smell was of citrusy hops. Very clean and inviting.
The taste was of crisp, citrusy hops on a background of creamy malt. It was medium to thick bodied. Although hoppy, it was very well-balanced for the style. The hops were smooth and tasty.
(Were it not for a touch too much salt, it would be perfect tasting.)
The feel was a bitter sharpness balanced by a creaminess that left a refreshingly bitter feel.
The alcohol is very well-hidden. Overall, it is a smooth, hoppy - but, not ridiculously so - so the balance is wonderful - A great brew and a near-perfect example of the style. Very enjoyable!

jwc215, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of BabaJohn
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's official: I'm on a bit of an IPA kick. Had a delicious home brew at a wedding a week or two ago and tried a Stone at Sunset the other day. Enjoyed it so much I had to get another and review it.

Pours clear amber with some hints of deep orange. A nice head leaves shapes and patterns clinging to the side of the glass. The nose is straight up delicious with some fruity, herbal, IPA fragrances. The bitter hop taste is the focus of this beverage, though it is balanced a bit by sweet citrus. This taste keeps growing and changing as you drink. Mouthfeel = smooth and wonderful. Just a note: this is not necessarily a quick drinking beer and due to it’s intense bitter flavor some timing is necessary in regards to accompanying food and the beers to come. I’m certainly contemplating breaking out a bit of cheese.

BabaJohn, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of rkowalick
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. Gorgeous off-white clumpy head that made me smile with glee. A rich golden amber color, definately screams "I'm an awesome IPA, drink me NOW!" The smell was what I imagine a hops field smells like. Very grassy, hoppy, with that little hops citrus kick. The taste was AMAZINGLY delicious. The hops attacks, smooths, cools, chills, whatever. I loved it. it was so deep, citrusy, grassy, and all of the above. SO MUCH HOPS. The mouth feel was heavy, and dark. I loved it. The drinkability is way too high for something this hoppy. Glad I have 5 more, and a liquor store with half a dozen more six packs!

rkowalick, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of gnoff
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of a friend, traded from the USA.

Clear orange color, tan head.
Very hoppy scent, sweet sticky with a hint of alcohol.
Big mouthfeel with fairly low bitterness (for this type).
Hoppy and sweet taste, bitter aftertaste.

gnoff, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I have reviewed this beer. Poured a lightish amber color with a white head. Head lasted for most of the beer with fairly good lacing. The smell was a strong hoppy smell, different from what I expect from and IPA, not the typical cascade hops.

Taste was a strong hop flavor, similar to ruination but lacking the malt of ruination. There were some hints of citrus and tart malt. The mouthfeel was good, carbonation was just right, and the thickness was perfect.

All in all a really great beer that will probably become one of my standards.

BradBLR, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber-yellow with a small white head.

Smell was quite hoppy with hints of pine, apricots, citrus and mild spices.

Taste was similar to smell but more pronounced - clean and clear, rich and flavorful. Alcohol was very well hidden and definitely crept up on me later in the drink. With so much hop flavor and such a generous ABV, it was incredible how it lacked the bitter finish and relative harshness of many other IPA's.

Moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable.

This beer sets the standard of a great all-around IPA.

Damian, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber smuggled back to Madison from Lake Havasu Cit, AZ over Spring Break. Cracked open over the World Cup 3rd place match b/w Germany and Portugal.

Pour is a light, vibrant golden yellow with a generous couple fingers of snow-white head and lacing even Grandma would be proud of.

Nose is ripe with dripping grapefruit/piney hops, apricot, and husky malt.

Taste starts off with vanilla/caramel malt, juicy citrus/pine resin bittering hops and just a hint of that 6.9% booze.

Nice and light in the mouth, slick with moderate tingling carbonation.

Just a fantastic IPA here. Drinkable beyond belief, refreshing as all get out. Impossible to complain about. Stone, you distribute in Wisconsin RIGHT NOW!

Golden2wenty1, Jul 11, 2006
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 8,997 ratings.