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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

9,630 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,630
Reviews: 2,864
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,647 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MtGoat for including this as an extra in out trade. 22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and bright golden amber with lighter yellow highlights and topped with an inch of thick and creamy sandy white head. Head could stand to last a bit longer, but there is still some decent lacing here.

S: Sweet and fruity and intensely bitter. Bright fruit aromas shine thought like the sun: pineapple, sweet, slightly roasted malt, heavy pine and sweet grapefruit. Fresh or on cask, this beer must be ambrosia.

T/MF: Intense pine and fruit flavors coupled with a bright alcoholic heat, these are the first things that come to mind on my initial sip. Honey and heather also so up along with a sweet, almost sugary/ fruity grainy finish, I mean the finish almost tastes a little like Fruit Loops, I'm serious. There is actually some pretty nice balance being displayed here, I mean for a Stone beer, the hops are still the forefront of the beer, but the malty aspect is pretty strong as well.

D: A solid and highly drinkable IPA but I just want something more, maybe it's just heightened expectations for the beer, but I swear there are better IPAs out there than this one. I mean it is still a great beer, but there are better ones out there and closer to me.

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

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a nice thick creamy foam that recedes to a cap. Good retention, and lacing all the way down. Excellent looking as the beer progresses.

Aroma: Citrus hops, grapefruit...pine scents.

Taste: The hops give a good amount of bitterness balanced with a sweetness from the grapefruit side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, coats the mouth, creamy and so on..and has good carbonation. Goes down very nicely

Drinkability: High ABV but still tasty and medium bodied so its easy to have more than 1. Was surprised how easy this was to drink. Recommended

Photo of paulman86
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA REVIEW

on tap oct 20 2008 BJs Cupertino

a: golden color, slightly cloudy , scant lacy head

s: not a big nose on this pint for me. Unlike some other reviewers. Guess I drink too much Pliny!

t: very nice balanced hops , pine and grapefruit notes. Bitter citrusy hop finish without much /any maltiness.

M: good overall body, with feel of effervescense on the palate.

Overall a very nice example of a west coast IPA.

Photo of FACSman
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden hued, slightly cloudy with a thin, wispy head

S - Nice malty, hoppy aroma.

T - Wow, exactly what I would expect from a perfect IPA. Great hop flavor that balances the malt nicely. Finishes crisp and clean with just a pleasant amount of bitterness on the tongue.

M - Light mouthfeel with modest carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, goes down well alone or with food

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

Cloudy and sedimented gold with a one finger frothy white head; some lace observed.

Scent is grapefruit and citrus hops.

Taste is grapefruit hops and hints of orange, lemon and other citrus. Light pine oil notes emerge as I continue to sip. Characteristic Stone west coast bitterness. There's a slightly sweet and bready malt underneath which engages as the beer warms. I think I may even taste a hint of pineapple somewhere in there.

Mouth is coating and creamy with a relatively low carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good.

Though a toss up, I think I might just prefer Smuttynose or Founder's Centennial; of course my Smutty's are fresher since they don't travel across the country. Regardless, a lovely IPA and one I'll certainly enjoy again.

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

Pours a nice hazy golden amber with a thick, buttery, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is hoppy to the point of being piny. Flavor is rich and seriously hoppy, pleasantly bitter and evergreenish with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is edgy and lively. A hop lover's delight.

Photo of nc41
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is an edit just to be honest.

This one seems all over the place , perhaps it's me and exposure to more IPA's out there. At one time it was my standard IPA. Decent stuff I suppose, but I don't like the nose and the taste is onlt slightly above average. Honestly I prefer a simple Hop Devil to Stone, and Racer 5, and Modus, 2 Hearted blow it away. I'd take a bottle, but won't buy another 6, Ruination although a Double is far superior. Maybe it's just inconsistent or badly handled, could also be a Total Wine problem they buy in such volume no telling how long it sits is a hot warehouse or trailer. Maybe a Bestway trip is needed.

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

I forgot how good this beer is. I just popped a bottle and poured a nice amber fog into a Stone IPA glass (go figure).
I was mesmerized by the pale and crystal malt aroma which somewhat masked the hops at first. Honey notes. First sip revealed a perfectly balanced beer with a simple recipe behind it. The malt and hops were balanced beautifully with the yeast.
I felt the beer was dry, but not overly so, which certainly highlighted the hops. It has a slight bready quality that reminds me of Anchor or Bear Republic pales. Perhaps they use the Liberty yeast. Not sure. Good beer; really good.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used a mug. And if you've ever googled the word "beer" (as we all have) and saw a photograph of the perfect mug with a deep amber/orange (slightly hazy) body and a huge frothy head that stayed almost forever... That's what this looked like. It was love at first sight. Hops immediately present in the nose with a rich body (chomping through all the remaining foam) and slick, full mouthfeel. For an IPA, this was not overly hopped. In fact, I commented on the remarkable hops presence that is perfectly balanced with a rich buttery malt underneath. These guys deserve their reputation. This beer is marvelous.

Photo of Casey10
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA pourd to a unmarked chalice. Very smooth and tasty.

Very drinkable and any fan of IPA's will love this beer.

Pours about half finger head smells of pine and fruity aroma.

A excellent session beer by any means

Greatful that the Stone series is available in Maine.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber.

Poured the color of a mild copper with two to two and a half fingers of frothy head and lacing.

Very rich hop aroma, mainly a pine fragrance.

Interesting flavor and balance, the whole experience seems back loaded with only a tingle on the tongue until it hits the back of the throat and then once there it exudes and exceptional hop flavor with just a mild aftertaste.

Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Definitely a quality IPA, not overpowering in the hop category but enough to let you know they are there. Several other subtle nuances that I cant quite put a finger on.

Photo of ralree
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pretty clear, with a white head that recedes quickly. Light gold color.

S: Really grapefruity with a strong hop backing. Pretty piney.

T: Well-balanced. The hops bring the bitterness beautifully, and the fruit gives it just enough sweetness to bear. Not as sweet as some other IPAs, but very good. A little more fruit would have actually been good. Bitterness coats the tongue well.

M: Perfect carbonation, very clean and dry, medium-light bodied, just a touch watery. A little astringent.

D: Drinks well. I could definitely go for this with or without food, but it would accompany a good meat and bread feast nicely, such as a good burger.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange-gold with three-finger, soapy white head. Great bubble-bath lacing and good retention to boot.

Smell: Strong citrus and pine, toasted caramel malts, and crisp hop bitterness.

Taste: Caramel and warm bread, citrus (lemon, orange peel), pine, nuts, and oily hops. Very well balanced. Finishes fairly clean with a good dosage of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a surprising amount of chewiness. Nice warming sensation. Creamy feel with average amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A go-to IPA for any occasion. Represents the west coast well.

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

Bomber into a pint glass. I was surprised I hadn't reviewed this before, but alas, here it is.

Appearance: Lighter golden yellow with hints of copper and a rich foamy white head with nice retention.

Smell: Earthy hops, grains, and caramel malts. Nicely balanced, with some cherries in their and fruit creeping in as it warms, and the hops striking a nice point between flowery and bitter citrus.

Taste: A rich balance of earthiness, grains, and sweeter caramel malts and mild chocolate, along with the pungent hops, somewhere along flowery perfume, citrus rinds, and candied fruit. Long finish which features a balance of both very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though on the lighter side, with good carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the staples, and one of the best-balanced IPAs out there, with lots to admire on both sides, and enough bite to keep the hopheads happy.

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

A: Pours a light golden/deep orangish yellow with an off-white head that dissipates gradually.
S: Smells of floral hops and faintly of caramel/sweet malts.
T: Tastes predominately of floral hops. Was expecting this part to be a bit more tangy than what I was met with, not that this was a disappointment. Has some sweetness to it that I was also not expecting, but not sure how to describe the flavor. The finish uniquely maintains both this sweetness and the hoppy bitterness simultaneously but independently.
M: Not too think or thin--good balance.
D: Good example of the style, will get again. Only had a half-pint with dinner at a cafe near my place, so I definitely want to revisit my review after another try.

Photo of Yesac
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-cloudy golden, fading bright white head

S - burnt hop smell - very unique. Some sourness and skunky smells as well.

T - overload of hops! Like the smell, a sour hoppyness with a slight bitter finish

M - Not to thick or sticky

D - If you're a hop head.. this is for you. Wow. easy drinking not to bitter.

Photo of icemonkey908
4.87/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a wonderful copper with a fairly substantial head. aroma is very pronounced, mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste is bold and hoppy, but just the right balance for an IPA. This beer is a perfect example of the style as far as I am concerned. Will get it whenever possible.

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!!!

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,630 ratings.