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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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9,717 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,717
Reviews: 2,881
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,736 | FT: 9
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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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Ratings: 9,717 | Reviews: 2,881
Photo of SykDoc
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint. This beer pours a reasonably clear golden color with a nice level of viewable carbonation. A bried head is formed that gets up to about an inch and then recedes to a full covered lacing.

The aroma is as expected with a nice combination of hoppy citrus and pine. There is a malty sweetness, as well.

The taste is, as it smells. There is a heavy level of hops although it is not overwhelmingly bitter. The malt again comes through mildly, but nicely. It finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is pleasant from the dryness and lack of too much bitterness. However, it does seem that it could be a little thicker to me. Carbonation is quite good for the combination.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer if you like hops. It gives the exact components of a good IPA and I will enjoy this again when I can get my hands on it.

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

A - slight haze, very light orange, billowy white head, leaves some ok lacing.

S - clean citrus and pine, tropical sweetness,

T - explodes with citrus and tropical hop flavour to start, but still a decent malt backbone in there, firm with a balancing sweetness, but it's quickly overcome in the finish with bitter grapefruit. Bitterness is not huge, but still no complaints in that department.

M - Creamy, but with a mild hop astringency, finish is dry and lip smacking, no alcohol presence, med body and carbonation.

D - a well executed IPA, though I'd expect a touch more bitterness for it's size.

Any complaints here are minor quibbles really, but this beer just doesn't have the intensity of their Ruination IPA, even though it's not that much smaller. I'd order the Ruination over this anytime, but it's still a very good second choice.

Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Que Bueno in Westminster, CO of all places.

A: Cloudy gold with moderate carbonation. Pillow like white head has great retention and leaves heavy lace.

S: Very fruity and floral, with scents of grapefruit, lemon and apples.

T: Lots of hop flavor without too much bitterness. Citrus flavors of grapefruit and lemon dominate, but there are enough other floral and fruity hop flavors going on to keep things interesting. Malt adds a slight caramel sweetness. Finishes very tart and dry.

M: Medium body feels oily. Carbonation level is right on.

D: A very nice IPA. I hope to visit this one again.

Photo of heinekenike
3.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave this low marks because the taste just was not there, but after reading other reviews, I realize I must have gotten a bad batch or something. NY is far from CA, I don't know...

Appearance seemed normal, smell very good. The aroma promised a nice, full hoppy taste. But the taste was lacking. A very light hint, and then a little stronger taste of hops on the aftertaste, but pretty weak for any beer.

Like I said, this was not the same beer that everyone else here tasted. I will definitely try this one again, and give a fairer review.

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

Seeing as I've been liking IPA's lately, I thought I would give this one a go.

Poured from a bomber into pint glass.

This sucker poured a very nice straw/gold color with a decent a decent head and retention.

The aroma of this particular IPA is aggressive with lots of hop character, citrus notes and spices. Although it is aggressive, it is still very inviting.

The taste of this was for a lack of better words "off the hook". Starts out with intense flavors of hops and grapefruits. Very complex with a bread and biscuit finish that is so clean and smooth. One of the things I really enjoyed in this beer was the fact that the taste wasn't lingering for very long. Made take multiple sips to get the full effect.

The mouthfeel was good as well with decent carbonation and medium body. One of the best IPA's I've every had.

A very high drinkability, I could put away a few of these easy.

Photo of noknife83
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All bow down to the beer gods...Thank you Stone for this, this liquid poem of great beer. I wish I could put into words how much I love this beer. It is my all time favorite beer. Everything about it is great, the slight caramel taste it starts with, followed by a twinge of metallic, finishing with a slap in the face of hops...Also got to love the fact that its 6.9 abv. I love that 2 or 3 of these and I'm feeling really good...Thank you Stone...

Photo of Brewnami
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite IPA right now. Very clean, sweet, and hoppy. Nice citrus and hop aroma. Cloudy light amber color, almost looks like a hefeweizen. Moderate carbonation. I cant express in words how much I love this beer. If you don't like this IPA, buy a six pack of Smirnoff Ice and rent The Notebook.

Photo of Samminator
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale, hazy copper. One-finger head fades to a ring and sheeting lacing.

S: Brawny "C" hops - Pine Sol all the way. Aroma is so aggressive as to be a huge factor in taste; you can't get your mouth near the liquid without receiving a snootfull of hop aroma.

T: These hops are sparkle-bright. Almost no malt flavor detectable, though there is sufficient malt backbone to support the extreme bitterness. IBUs attack the roof off the mouth first, then the spiky tingle spreads over the whole tongue and mouth-floor.

M: What's the mouthfeel of hot sauce?? What's the mouthfeel of hydrochloric acid?? It's an unknowable entity; your brain doesn't register mouthfeel because your taste buds are being pulped and shredded. Same with this IPA - mouthfeel is simply not a factor here. Post swallow, a thick hop stickiness lingers for a FULL 25 seconds or more - remarkable!

D: I am enjoying this beer so much, that I was ready to rate the drinkability extremely high. Then I looked at my half-full pint glass and half full bomber and realized that this beer will take me a while, probably leaving me exhausted and not wanting another tonight.

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

Served in straight pint glass. A beautiful bright, clear gold color. Minimal head that dissipated quickly, leaving a very sticky lacing. Pleasing floral hop aroma. Flavor has a strong, smooth, even hop presence. This is not a bitter IPA, but still delivers a strong hop blast. One of the strongest points with this IPA is balance. The body is just slightly on the thin side.This beer has the backbone to stand up to the hops. This a very drinkable IPA that, due to the smoothness and balance can truly be sessionable. This is not a tongue-burner, you won't suffer from palate fatigue as with lesser IPAs. This is a go-to beer for me, it can always be counted on to deliver a great beer experience.

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

Always exciting to try a new Stone beer. Poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into an oddly phallic-shaped glass that should perfectly enhance appearance, head formation, and aroma of beer. A great, strange $2.00 find indeed.

Pours a slightly-hazed golden amber with a billowing white cloud that settles slowly and leaves huge sheets of stick all the way down the sides of the vessel.

A bright nose is composed of citrus hop aromas, with notes of grapefruit and orange, with a hint of fruity esters, including notes of apricot.

Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. A touch of sweet caramel malt flavor appears up front, driving right into a huge wall of hop flavors, with grapefruit citrus notes combining with herbal and somewhat fruity-bitter notes, all laid out over a bed of bread-like malt flavor. Finishes with a lingering bitter citrus flavor.

Delicious and an outstanding pick for a hophead. Highly drinkable, this one is yet another great offering from one of the most highly-rated breweries in the country.

Photo of JBogan
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a large white crown which left good lacing behind.

Smelled of hops and citrus along with a malt backbone.

Tasted of hops and grains, with a citric tartness at the tail end. The malt doesn't come into play as much as it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium bodied with a good clean crispness about it. Smooth and refreshing going down.

This was a good IPA. Not the best I've had but certainly close to the top tier.

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

A: A somewhat hazy golden-orange color with a fairly large, fluffy and frothy white head with excellent retention. Lacing is quite good.

S: Spicy, intense herbal and somewhat grassy hops. Also touches of pine and orange. Orangey and other fruity, estery aromas as well. Some bready background malt is detectable also.

T: Big, spicy herbal hop flavor and bitterness up front. The hops are far from one-dimensional, however, with piney and citric undertones. Some darting, fruity ester flavors that are certainly appealing. A bit of biscuity malt and some grassy flavors at the finish. Some yeast, alcohol, and soft metal in the aftertaste.

M: Rather full-bodied and crisp, with a robust but well-controlled bitterness. Dry in the finish, as you'd expect. Fairly smooth, all things considered.

D: This tastes awesome, and is a big, aggressive beer. My first Stone product and I'll be very curious to try the rest of their line after this first foray. A sipper, but an easy sipper all things considered.

Photo of jayfarley3
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, poured a hazy golden color with a frothy white head. smells strongly of hops and a bit of spices. taste is mostly of hops, citrus, spices and a little bit sweet. mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied, this beer is very drinkable and the almost 7% abv is hardly noticeable.

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

From cask, pumped into a pint glass. This brew pours a hazy golden yellow in color with a full inch of head, reducing UP to a half inch of head as the beer settles. I say this as the froth of the beer engine did resemble a nitrogen pour initially. Offers strong retention and good lacing.

Smell is very clean and hoppy, with a touch of malt undertones. The Centennial hop seems well suited to the cask as I've had other, more citric/floral IPA's on cask which didn't fair as well and seem better suited to regular draft.

Taste follows suit and offers a wonderful texture on the feel. Any bitterness is put on the shelf per se and well masked behind the yeast and cask influence. Nice drinkability but limited a bit by the underlying beverage. I've found Stone IPA to whither out before the end of the glass in the past, but the cask version does seem to hold on just until the end, but not by much.

Quite nice and much preferred over the more available standard draft given the body of the beer.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.98/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I went to Richmond and visited total wine witht the intention of tasting some brews I cannot get in Missouri-where I go to school. Anything from Stone was high on my list. This ale did not live up to its reputation. Apearance and smell were average. A nice hoppy aroma was very apparant signalling a good IPA. The taste was average as well. The ale seemed to possess no balance. The consistency was very light,which I did not like. It was hoppy enough for an IPA, but something did not click for me. Other IPA's, such as those put out by Great Divide and Avery, are more to my taste. I was excited about this ale and almost wonder if I got a bad bottle of the IPA and Smoked Porter, considering the rave reviews they recieve.

Photo of beerman21
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA much more drinkable then celebration ale. Golden in appearence nice head rentation when poured aggressivly. Very sticky. smell is very nice prototypical extreme IPA. Spicy hops, grapefruit, pinnapple, kind of a medicinal sent. Taste is spicy hops and fruit. Warms you up pretty good half way through consumption. recommended IPA and i would go as far as saying its just a little bit better then celebration due to its drinkablity.

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

I got to pick up a 6 pack of this on a recent trip out west. Great IPA, lots of hops up front and lingering afterwards. It is one of the lightest colored IPAs I've drunk, nice and bubbly in the glass. In spite of almost 7% alcohol it was very drinkable; polishing off a couple before dinner only whet the appetite for more. I'd buy this often if it were available where I live.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great IPA. Pours a nice hazy golden amber with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled head that laces the glass nicely as I drink. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of pine to it.. Flavor is rich and very hoppy, pleasantly bitter and pineish with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is edgy and lively. A nice hoppy beer.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip; no freshness date

P: Pours deep straw from the bottle, and sits honey gold in the glass. Tall, statuesque white head thats rocky and comprised of medium-sized bubbles. Very good retention, and finally settles to form a halo with a thin film in the middle. Great lacework!

A: Toasty malts, mouth-watering pungeant hops that come off citrusy, piney, and a bit floral. Also some honey and grass underneath.

T: Obviously, the hops dominate throughout. But there is a nice, toasted bready malt spine that sets a solid foundation. Hop flavors consist of grapefruit, orange, lemon and some flowers. Some grassy notes are buried under there as well, and there is some honey that seems to flash towards the back end. Each sip is magnetizing! Finish is exquisitely dry and features some great hop bitterness to play off of some of the sweeter notes. Some hop oil residue is left on the tongue that leaves my whole mouth tingling on the way out. Absolutely outstanding!

M: Medium-full bodied, a bit creamy, smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: Drinkability is just plain great! How could this not be easy to drink? A 22 oz. bottle just ain't enough.

Notes: This is one fantastic IPA. Once again, Stone doesn't disappoint. Hop domination is the goal here, but the underlying malt makes it all possible. Delicious hop flavors just seem to dance on the tongue, but isn't one-dimensional due to the supporting flavors that add some depth. Highly recommended

Photo of JollyToper
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at AJ's Grocery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Appearance - Cloudy and golden. Not bottle conditioned. Very easy to get a nice two finger head. Shrinks fairly quickly but not completely. Leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Wow! Hops! Very nice.

Taste - As promised on the bottle and expected from the smell, lots of hops but a little malt balance in the end. Would never guess that it was 6.9% ABV from the taste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - It's a big beer with lots of hops but very smooth. One really hoppy beer usually satisfies my hop yearning, but I could do one or two more of these right now.

Photo of erz316
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours something like a dark cadmium orange deep, very cloudy, with a white head that quickly dissipates, leaving substantial lacing.

S - wow. just from pouring I could easily smell the delicious bitterness of the hops. I am also picking some spicy esters behind the over powering hops.

T - one hardly notices the near 7% abv with this smooth and crisp brew. The smell and taste of hops combine together in the drinking experience (assuming you are not congested) to make something wonderfully uplifting for the palate, with a bitter, and then later spicy aftertaste

MF&D - a full feel to this beer, not as thick as a grade A syrup, but far from water; it lets you know you are drinking something good. the slight cripy-ness to the carbonation makes me (and even my mother!) coming back for more, very smooth and more than a pleasure to drink.

I wish I wasn't reviewing the last bottle of my 6-pack!

Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy amber-orange with a small foamy white head, good lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, dry leaves, hops, a touch of citrus, and grass.

taste is creamy yet crisp, grapefruit, lemon, bitter hops, slightly metallic, grass, and danelion, bit on the watery side as it warms, leaves mouth dry, ends bitter.

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

Appearance: Hazy golden amber color with a decent head.
Aroma: Very hoppy aroma. Citrus, spicy, pine, with a hint of honey.
Taste: Very hoppy flavor. Citrus (grapefruit/orange peel), floral, spicy, pine, sweet maltiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, very nice fruity aftertaste.

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

A - Hazy yellow orange with a milky white clumpy head. Very nice sticky lacing - typical for Stone.

S - Heavenly Hops. Citrus, Grapefruit, and a hint of Pine.

T - More heavenly hops. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and some pine. Very sweet. Where is the bitterness? How did they make this beer so hoppy without the bitterness...

M - Very creamy and smooth - not a whole out of carbonation.

D - Very tasty and easy to drink.

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

A golden straw color with a fluffy white head,some soft lazy carbonation.Big hoppy aroma of floral citrus and spice .Big hops on the flavor,strait to the point some grapefruit,pine nuts,and orange zest,enough malt to make a showing here,nice fat crisp mouthfeel,with a hop coating. A thing of beauty

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,717 ratings.