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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,496 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,496
Reviews: 2,835
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,492 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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 MinorThreat
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle from Little Raven Vineyards; your the man Peter.

A- Crystal clear golden amber with a head that reduces to a skim while leaving nice lacing

S- Nice balance of citrus/grapefruit, grassy, lemon and caramel malt.

T- This one does it for me. Great hop character, good underlying bitterness with the fresh aroma ultimately affecting the taste in a positive way. The malt back bone holds it all together very well.

M- Sharp CO2 that almost cleanses as it goes down

D- Don't kid yourself this is a big beer. With that being said it goes down easily. I don't see myself drinking this as a session brew but I love to mix in two or three if I am on a mission:)

Photo of lowbrau
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber color. Thin white head with some lacing and plenty of large bubbles.

Smell: Cascade (?) hops up front balanced by a brown sugar or caramel like sweetness.

Taste: Very sharp and clean. Little malt character comes through, but the hops are excellent. Strong bittersweet floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Ideal lever of carbonation. Finishes very clean with only hops in the aftertaste. Dry.

Drinkability: It's delicious, but a bit of a palate buster. I'd like to drink more, but I think I'd lose the ability to taste them.

I think Stone beer only just became available in Wisconsin, and I was really surprised to find it.

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

Seriously This stuff is wicked good! The aroma alone is absolutely gorgeous. A wonderfully sweet fruity hoppiness, roasted nuts, and caramel is indescribable. Appearance is an orangish/ amber color with a small white head. Flavor is big on the hops, pine, and a subtle caramelized malt note. Palate is bitter/sweet and last quite a while. Overall, This is one damn good beer.

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

The Stone IPA is simply an excellent embodiment of this beer style. The IPA is my favorite style and Stone perfectly nails it. You usually need to go to a brewpub to get an IPA of this quality. It has all the elements essential to an IPA.
A good beer is much like a good woman; simple, clean, hard-working, and affordable--that is the Stone IPA.

Simply sublime!!!

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

Pours an almost neon orange/peach body with thick head that stays until the end.

Smell is almsot a benchmark West Coast IPA. Very big punch of resiny pine and cut grass attack the nose leaving little room for much else. I like this, being a hophead, if you are not, stear clear of this. The taste is suprisingly balanced in comparision to the nose. Still very hoppy, but more of a citric quality, great grain and biscuit malt background make this easier to handle. Feel is a bit sticky, but right on for an IPA.

Very good and even though the ABV is a 6.9% I would like to call it sessionable from the ease of drink. Real good IPA here.

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

I have yet to run across a Stone brewing that I have disliked!
The beer poured a light golden color with a bit of a head, about roughly 2 fingers. The head gives way to a lacing that remains throughout the entire beer.
This is a decent IPA. Unlike some other IPA's the bite doesn't come until the very end. It's a great easy taste to it followed with the bite of a hops that you would expect from an IPA.
This is a great beer, just one more from Stone to look for!

Photo of jdubjacket
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm... I love the Stone products I've been able to get my hands on. Brought this one back from Batavia, New York when I was up there.

Pours a very pale yellow. The color is a shade above Budweiser. ALOT of carbonation in this one. Poured down the side of the glass slowly, and this one still bubbled over. Smell was slightly underwhelming. Some citrus and hops, but it was relatively subdued. Taste was overly hoppy and was not as balanced as I was hoping for. Mouthfeel was too bubbly for an IPA. Overall, this is an average IPA at best, and definitely not one of Stone's best offerings.

Photo of elniko
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint

A: Good looking deep amber, half finger of head with nice lacing. Good looking brew.

S: Wonderful smell, not overpowering with hops. Very fruity, citrusy smell.

T & M: I am biased going in because this is by far my favorite IPA that I have had. Perfect hops concentration, gives the brew the necessary IPA bitterness but also gives some fruitiness quality that makes this brew a step above the average American IPA. Mouthfeel is top-notch, this is a beer that lingers on the tongue and leaves you wanting more.

D: Highly drinkable for IPA, reasonably high alcohol content is completely non-apparent. I have yet to have a Stone beer that left me at all disappointed.

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

Slightly darker than amber, head is light and fluffy with great retention and lots of lacing down the pint glass. This one is clear, no chill haze.

Huge aromatics, strongly of classic west coast citric IPA flavors. This one is dank, great power that's extremely pungent and inviting.

The citrics are really lead by the grapefruit zest, also orange and lemon peel are in there. Piney dark side emerges as well, with a strong herbal component. The malts are out of the way but quite full. At least, full enough for me. Some may say unbalanced..

The finish is solid as well, slightly dry with a strong bitter flavor. Every bit as good as the bottle, and a joy to be had every time.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful light amber with some orange and golden highlights. A large, three-fingered frothy off-white head slowly settles to a nice foamy covering. Some nice, thin sheets of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Initially I got some piney hop aromas, but after the head settled I was blasted with grapefruit, lemon, and pineapple flavors. Fruity esters from the sweeter malts blend nicely with the citrus hop aromas. It continues to develop and impress throughout--I'm constantly smelling and inhaling the aromas this gives off.

T&M: Herbal, grassy, floral and light citrus hops across a biscuity/bready malt base. Some non-hop fruity esters blend in, as well. A wonderfully complex, hop-tastic flavor. The finish is lightly drying with the malty sweetness cutting the hop bitterness nicely. Body is on the heavy side of medium with a light, zesty carbonation that really works well.

D: Stone IPA is a masterfully crafted beer. All facets of the experience are top-notch. The higher ABV limits drinkability a bit, but not much. I'd definitely try to session this one (don't know how much success I'd have, though!).

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

Bottled on 5/30/2008 and consumed on 6/9/2008.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear light gold color with a moderate sized head that settles to a thin layer. Each sip leaves some cool looking lacing on the glass.

S- Spicy, crisp, and clean aromas of piney and citrusy hops are backed up by a bit of sweet malt and some alcohol as the beer warms. A very green aroma of pure, raw hops.

T- A moderate hop bitterness is balanced out nicely by some cereal maltiness. The finish is dry and the lingering bitterness on back of the tongue is rather mild, which adds to the drinkability. This beer is aggressively hopped yet extremely well-balanced.

M- The mouthfeel has a lush and full-bodied texture with mild carbonation.

D- Outstanding drinkability. This is the most sessionable IPA I've had, even with the 6.9% ABV.

A fantastic example of an American IPA. Highly recommended.

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

On draft at the Dilly Deli.
One of these beers that I've drank quite a few of in the past and never rated.
Pours a light gold in color with a nice frothy inch of head. Smell is crisp, piney and floral hops. Taste is clean, refreshing and more floral hops. Not over the top, but a nice easy drinking, solid IPA. This is an easy warm weather beer. This is too easy of a drinker. Very smooth and nice.

Photo of RomanW70
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shaker glass. Pours golden with a thick frothy head. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Big malt taste right up front, followed by a big bitter finish. IO was expecting to be blown away by the bitterness, but they only present strongly at the finish. One of the best IPA's I've had.

Photo of marc956
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The long sought-after answer to my beloved Lagunitas IPA that I sadly can't get down here!

Just got a 22oz bottle at my local HEB, this beer
has a ton of flavour and hops which isn't for all
of us, but if you like good beer + don't mind the
extra alcohol (6.9%) I highly recommend this one!
Probably too strong for a session beer but if you
are having one or two it will satisfy most any1's
taste buds. Cool bottle too.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 22 oz bomber from my local liquor store. Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard are the only 2 Stone brews available in Texas, so I tend to take these beers for granted.

Poured a 1 finger head into my imperial pint glass.
Color is light amber.
Aroma is floral citrusy, powerful for an IPA.
taste is just the right balance between maltiness and hop bite that I expect from an IPA.
Drinkability: I could drink a lot of this but I usually get a lower abv ipa for a session beer.

Extremely well balanced.
Stone, you haven't let me down yet.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a huge three finger white head. Great retention.

The aroma holds some great hop notes. A big piney/citrusy feel.

The taste is quite nice. A slight hop bitterness with some piney hops. Feels kind of earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low levels of alcohol and simple but pleasing flavors make for easy consumption. An enjoyable experience.

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

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of wonderful citrus hops and more glorious hops

T - Has a very good taste citrus hops with a touch of pine

M - This is a medium bodied beer with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of the most flavorful IPAs that I've had I could drink this all night long definitely worth going out of your way to find

Photo of witster18
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy Gold with a 3/4" head that holds moderate and then has some nice inconsistent spotty lacing. The bubbles are sticky and prickly like the hoppy taste. Nose has Lime, Grapefruit and well,..somebody droppped a canadian spruce in here.... Taste is very clean and crisp with a slight alcohol warmth with lighter colored malt and those fruits. FInishes bitter hop but cleans up very nicely. Easy drinker...especially in the warm months... actually the warming effect would make this a nice year round brew now that I think about it.... so glad to see this only .5mile from my home...and kept cold....

The IPA is my favorite from this brewery.
"oaked"ABA is my second favorite.

Photo of gford217
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, bright golden with a big puffy white head that lingers for quite a while. Lacing is really nice on this one.

S: The aroma is all about the hops with citrus hops, mainly grapefruit and lemon zest, and floral resiny hops dominating the nose. There is a noticeable, if light, bready malt backbone as well.

T: The flavor is a more subdued version of the aroma with citrus and floral hops playing their part. For me, the sweet, bready malt backbone is more evident in the taste.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light but creamy. The finish is extremely crisp and clean with only a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: The light and crisp mouthfeel on this one make it extremely drinkable and would be an ideal spring and summer IPA. I could see this being a staple in my fridge if I had access to it.

Photo of montageman
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

What is there that can be said about this beer that probably hasn't been said already? This has to be the quintessential American IPA. Perfect taste and near perfect everywhere else. Stone never ceases to amaze me. This will become one of my go to beers. Absolutely awesome. Highest recommendation.

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

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a solid 1 finger foamy white head that retained well leaving a fair to good broken sheet lacing behind.

S: citrusy with grapefruits and fresh flowers against a semi-sweet toasted caramel backing.

T: nicely balanced in regards to the malt and hops with some spicy citrus and grapefruit notes more focused more on flavor then tongue numbing bitterness. The hopping was sharp and clean in nature with light sweet toasted caramel. The finish was very smooth, even toned thoughout and pleasant as it faded off the tongue with a slight dry flowery presence.

M: crisp, dry and felt very nice.

D: Classic example. A good solid example and hard to go wrong here or find reason to fault. A worthy recommend and nice try.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $9.29 for a 6pack of 12oz bottles from BevMo in Gilroy, CA. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours really well, leaving a fizzy 1.5 inch white head after a gentle pour. Nicely carbonated. Light yellowish orange color. Quite cloudy. Nice lacing. Minimal head retention.

Smells quite hoppy for a single IPA. Citrus, orange/grapefruit with hints of pine. West coast style. Malts are there, but are well taken over by the hoppiness.

Taste is nice and hoppy - grapefruit citrus mainly, but the malts back this one up nicely - actually more than my nose would have predicted.

Medium bodied. Mild creaminess to the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated and VERY drinkable.

Photo of sml505
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

A - Golden amber. White frothy head.

S - Heavy hops - pine, grapefruit, resin. Toasted grain, malt

T - Heavily bitter with light sweetness. Grapefruit, pine. Bitter finish.

O/ M - Great IPA! Velvety, creamy medium mouthfeel and body. Very smooth for IBU of 70+. One of my favorites!

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

a: Golden yellow body, thin white head, patches of lacing.

s: mmmm....citrusy, herbal, grapefruity hops.

t: caramel malt is swept up by bursting citric hops. The flavor is perfumey almost, very herbal and piney. A terrific IPA, bitch-slaps the palate.

m: syrupy, creamy and smooth.

d: I'll quote todd here, "Simply put ... this is one insane IPA, and not for the weak palate. To compare it to other IPAs would be silly, however I think this sums it up ... Once Stone comes into a new market it's like a challenge to other brewers in the area: "I know my big beers are bigger and better than yours, but let's see yours anyway. I promise not to laugh." Oh ... and this is just their standard IPA doing the speaking."

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

The color reminds me of clover honey with a short, bubbly white crown that dissipated pretty fast and left moderatley sticky lacing behind and spot-on carbonation level.

The aroma is pungent with deep fruity and resiny hops, like pineapple, strawberies and pine trees. Mild but sweet pale malt way down.

The flavor is a big, tart and bitter hop attack...the palate needs time to recover after the initial first taste. There's a pine-tree resin sharpness that mellows slightly to become fruity, but mostly fruits high in citric acid's like pineapple. The malt profile is a bit low, that's why I love the Ruination, because of it's thicker malt that balances out the bitter, sharp hop effect. The feel is crisp but sharp, due to the elevated heat at 6.9% and the bitter hops. Still, there's a pleasant smoothness as it goes down. Good depth and complexity in the hop flavor.

This is a classic Left-coast IPA with very agreesive hops and plenty of tongue-numbing bitterness. A hop-heads dream I suppose.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,496 ratings.