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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9,371 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,371
Reviews: 2,812
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,338 | 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 sfoley333
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

TTried this one a millon times. Used to work at the brewery and dont know how many growlers, kegs, and bottles I have of this stuff. This time off tap into a pint glass. Poured a golden orange color with a thick white head. Smell is of citrus hops and pine mixed with yeasty malt. Taste is well balanced hop bitterness profile with a little grapefruit and pine again. Mouthfeel is medium body with great carbonation. I can drink this beer forever, but the next day sometimes it feels like my intestine is going to explode after a binger of this IPA.

Photo of svingo23
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. chilled bottle in a pint glass.as an american and india pale ale fan..this rates amongst the best i've ever tasted in the pale ale category. i would love to try on draft.i tell ya,cali. makes some good pale ales!(stone and sierra nevada). drink carefully, they do creep up on you!

Photo of n0315
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, I love hops. If you're differnt than me, this review is not for you, nor is this beer.

Starts out with a nice amber color with a STRONG smell of hops, but not overpowering. Head sustains for a bit, a nice thick white head. The taste as ALL stone brews do knocks you off your feet. Others say there is good balance, I would not say GOOD, but decent. Hops is insane through from the time it touches your mouth until the finish. A strong brew thats turns out to be a great IPA. I'll drink one to it!

Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful amber, just shy of a two finger, pretty caramel head. Lots of lacing. A very nice looking brew.

S: This one packs a nose-full. Sharp & crisp, piney, maybe the slightest bit floral.

T: Hops galore. Bitter hops all the way down, pine, a touch woodsy and again the slightest floral taste, as well as smell. Finish seemed a touch buttery, though I didn't notice other mention of that. Quite nice.

M: Pretty much perfect for my palate... touch of carbonation on the tip of the tongue which compliments the hops flavour very nicely. Simmers to a light fizz over the tongue, allowing for a good swish to take in the taste... and smooth finish.

D: Very high, overall. I could see the hops becoming a little much, personally, but otherwise it's a very smooth and friendly drink. Definitely something I will be getting again.

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

I was with family in fabulous Las Vegas and was able to sample this fine IPA. I was served in a bottle with no option for a glass. I was at the Red, White & Blue in the Mandalay Bay Casino and Hotel on the south end of the strip.

Appearance - The bottle is classic with the label panted straight on. The graphics are white and green.

Smell - The strong aroma of hops fills my nose with each subtle sniff.

Taste - They aren't kidding when they say this beer has hops. It's firm and tasty. I wish I could have enjoyed more than just one.

Mouthfeel - It goes down very well. The texture is smooth considering it being an IPA, which in my experience tends to lean toward a course feel.

~ I wish I could get this beer in Wisconsin. If I could the brewery would be on my list of must hits after tasting what they did with this beer. Looks like I'll just have to take another trip to Vegas and bring home a sixer next time.

Enjoy WJVII.

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

HUGE thanks to jasonjlewis for this bottle!

Pour a hazy orange hued yellow, big white head and a fair good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma of hops, citrus hops, piny hops, spicy hops and hopy hops. Flavor seems quite balanced, a firm bitterness is quite present from the start but does not come off as harsh. Burping this ale is quite a pleaserable experience!

Yeah, I'd do this one again!

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

22oz bomber into my Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass.

A: Orange copper color with 1 finger of white head. Tons of lacing.

S: Citrus (grapefruit) hits you at first. piny hops next. Malt is in the back.

T: Nice piny citrus taste. What I like about Stone's IPAs is the balance. This is not a death hop bomb. Not being a hophead I want something like this every once in a while. Very well done. One of my favorite IPAs.

M: Med body with a slightly syrupy feel. Totally coats the mouth and throat on the way down. Carbonation is on the light side but works.

D: Very drinkable. IN fact for an good IPA this is about as drinkable as you can get. At almost 7% you would have no idea. Another great Stone beer.

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

On tap at Naja's.

Amber color with a 1 finger head of white foam. Lace is very sticky and dense.

Aroma is of hops hops and hops. Piney and herbal, raw.

Taste is predictably hoppy with pine and spicy notes. A dry leafy flavor comes through as well. Malt is barely detectable as a grainy bready note. Good balance between flavor and bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, dry bitter finish. Pretty definitive west coast IPA.

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

Pale copper in color, painfully clear with carbonation shooting through the glass leading to a huge head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is citrusy hops with just a hint of the malt.

There's some good malt in the flavor for a nice semi-balance, but the hops are in the lead. What's nice about the hops is that they are complex. There are some tart, citric flavors as well as just enough bitterness at the end. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel is a little high on carbonation but nicely drying and just a tiny bit sticky to leave you some flavor.

I can't get this in NC but my in-laws live in TX, so I buy this every time I'm there. Great stuff.

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

L: Birhgt orange color. The head wa sa bright white 1 finger that dsiapates quickly.
S: I picked up a sweet peach? A bit of a candy smell as well.
T:a very faint citry grapefruit/orange. Sweet apricots up front with the hops coming in on the back.
M:Very sharp little fizzy bubbles. Less syrupy than many other IPA
D: Very good example of the style

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kudos to Stone for creating such a fine tasting IPA. The beer looks and smells great, but the taste was the memorable and unique aspect of the beer. Well balanced and the hop flavors were both subtle and substantial, if that makes sense. You can definitely taste the hops, but not in an overwhelming manner. Definitely recommended drinking and not only to IPA fans.

Photo of Ryanbob
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance was deep, slightly cloudy orange. Nice head that lingers on the glass. Smell was fresh hoppy and bright. Taste was fresh popping citrus and hops, very balanced bitterness. Some malty, toasty flavors in the background. Hops settle down for a clean aftertaste. Nice creamy mouthfeel, the beer rolls around and feels smooth. Overall a very drinkable, distinct IPA on par with the best I have ever had. I would definately recommend this beer to others, even those who are not huge hops fans.

Photo of billybob
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a honey golden color with a large white head and lots of sticky lace nice aromas of piney hops and fruit and spices. taste is fruity and sweet with hops from begining to finish. medium body good carbonation smooth and well balanced. great tasting beer will be looking for more.

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

A - Clear gold with a moderately thick but creamy head.

S - Some rubber, pine, jiucy citrus and and malt.

T - Assertive bitterness, a thick piney flavour and fresh citrus.

M - Slick, soft, syrupy mouthfeel with a low a nice carbonation.

D - A solid every day IPA - big, hoppy, flavourful, but maybe a little one dimensional.

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

Pours a light golden hue with a huge two fingered head that leaves sheets of lacing on my pint glass. A fantastic floral bouquet filled with scents of citrus fruit, sweet malt, and a second dose of grapefruit scent just to make sure you know the hops are in your face. It smells like I have fistfuls of hops cones. The taste is really impressive with the citrus, floral, sweet malt, and bold hop character playing off each other and never really dominating each other. The flavor profile just melts together on your palate and makes for a nice drinking experience. This beer is medium bodied with medium carbination. Alcohol is very well hidden and I didn't really ever notice it. This beer is highly drinkable and should be on the list to try for all hop lovers.

Well done Stone, and I award you with always having a sixer in my fridge of this tasty brew.

Photo of mattster
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened 12oz bottle and poured into pint glass.

Nice light golden brown color, somewhat hazy but still translucent. Very little head that dissipates quickly, light lacing on top.

Smell is hoppy, slight citrus notes. Taste is even hoppier, also with a good hints of citrus and a little spice.

Little aftertaste, pretty pleasant brew. After consuming most of the beer, I noticed that it was stamped "enjoy by 12/11/07" but I've had this brew before and didn't notice any major change. Generally, IPA's are made to last for longer periods of time. I feel comfortable saying that this brew would probably still taste good a month from now.

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

22 oz. bomber

Pours a cloudy gold with a one finger head. Smell is highly sweet with a touch of lemon. Flavor seems somewhat light but thick with personality at the same time. Starts off slightly in citrus and delivers a high level of bitter into your mouth. Gets smoother as time goes on. Smooth, but a bit strong on the mouthfeel. Highly drinkable.

Photo of NJBeerFan
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured half the bottle (1 pt 6 oz) into a snifter glass.

Appearance - About a 1 inch head. The color was a dark gold - light amber. There were many little bubbles supporting the head, which maintained for most of the time it took me to finish my first glass.

Smell - Very hoppy smell. There was a slight piney smell. After my first "whiff" I expected the beer to be extremely bitter.

Taste - The hops were detectable upon tasting. However, the smell of the beer gave me the beer would be much more hoppy than it actually was. The hops were more present as an after taste than overpowering on the first sip.

Mouthfeel - Very refreshing and surprisingly smooth. The beer was carbonated well, but not overwhelmingly bubbly, making for a light taste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. You will have to watch out with this one as the alcohol taste is not noticeable and you can slug a few of these back before it catches up to you.

Photo of peck95
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a golden color reminiscent of a wheat beer. There is an excellent head and good retention.
I love the aroma of this beer its a perfect blend of pine and citrus.
hops, spices and a slight pineapple taste, very good
a good body pretty smooth with a slight detection of alcohol
there is a slight malty after taste that dissipates after several drinks, this beer also lingers in the mouth reminding the brain of how awesome this beer taste and forcing the drinker to take another drink and then causing sadness when this beer is all gone.

Photo of Trueant1
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter color than any other stone beer I can remember. A bit thick looking. A nice white frothy head that leaves sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Note: This one looks like "pee". I like my beers to look darker. Wish this one was just a HINT darker.

Smells of grassy,piney hops. Lots of pineapple smells in this one.

Tastes like the smell but the taste goes deeper. A nice hop bitter aftertaste. Lots of spice in this one. As Jason says...this one is zesty. Some alcohol burn in mid pallet through the swollow.
Mouthfeel is about perfect. A little sweet and sticky but not over the top, the hop bitterness balances the sweet malts that taste like pineapple juice.

I love this Stone. I love all Stone brews. Great brewery.

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

My first Stone Brew!! Im so excited. pours out to a golden straw color. Big fluffy head, long retention. The first thing I noticed was the piney hop scents that filled the room. Deep citrusy scents, pine, hops,hops. Flavor is very reminescent of the smell. Ver hoppy,yeasts citrus. overwhelming onthe palate basically. overpowering mouthfeel,kicks you around, I love it. Makes this one definatley a sipper.

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

Out of a bottle. Really glad I can get this while visiting home!

A - golden, amber, beautiful, really great big head with excellent lacing

S - cirtus, hops

T - hops, citrus, finishes sweet but eventually gives way to a really nice bitterness in the aftertaste

M - nice, medium-light bodied, good carbonation, goes down smoothly

D - off the charts! What an IPA! Stone isn't available in GA, so whenever I visit home for the holidays I pick up some right away. I could drink this all night. If you haven't had this get it ASAP. Definitely worth trading for as well if you're into that sort of thing.

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

Pours a pure, light gold with good effervesence and a sizable, diligent head. Light hitting the glass shines in many directions. Ahh, the smell of hops invades the nose with a bittersweet complexity that makes the mouth water. The smell fades to a honey-like scent after a few sips. The taste is no secret, a bombartment of hops that come at you from all directions, but pleasantly. Strongly bitter finish and aftertaste. Biting in the mouth so you remember it sip after wonderful sip.

Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first-ever brew from the famous Stone company... their big, bold, aggressive marketing style works really well, and after sampling their IPA, I must say it is full of flavor and strong character that really shows... Appearance was a nice bronze color with light carbonation visible... aroma was hoppy, tinged by a faint smell of caramel and vanilla... taste strongly complements the aroma, being a solid brew with a strong hop character... slightly bitter finish but definitely full of flavor and really robust... I am eager to try more brews from this company, as I was really impressed with their rendition of an IPA... a good, solid brew... Recommended...

Photo of Tolann
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber/blond in color with a white head that disappears quickly. Clear not hazy. Few bubbles of carbonation continue to slowly rise.

S - Soft piny hops.

T - Very nice pine hops. Almost too easy for an IPA. Not too sweet.

M - Bitterness hangs on the back of your tongue. Light-medium body. Not dry and not overly carbonated.

D - Pretty easy drinking. This would be a good session IPA

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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