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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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9,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,334
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,294 | 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 biboergosum
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, procured off-ramp somewhere in Idaho or Washington last month.

This beer appears a lot lighter in the glass then I had expected, but was still a nice clear, pale golden amber colour, with two healthy fingers of a puffy, foamy, and cloud-like creamy head, which leaves some spectacular coated lacing around the glass, almost to where it was opaque - cool.

Smell, oh, the smell - white grapefruit and navel orange citrus, acridly leafy and piney hops, all duly in attendance, right where they should be, alongside a gritty crackery, caramelized malt, um 'sweetness'. The taste follows through in concert, as the bitterness ramps it up a notch or ten, the pine outweighing the citrus for the most part, a bit of sour lemon arriving on the scene, and the maltiness playing the stunned post-apocalyptic shock victim.

Stone IPA displays a firm and taught body, nicely balanced, with sufficiently fizzy carbonation, and finishes near-dead dry - oh, and can an IPA such as this be called silky smooth? I put forth exhibit A in the affirmative, without really understanding why.

Wow. There are very few (ok, no, really) similar offerings to compare this to in my neck of the woods, so I feel like I've been enlightened, or something. The biggest thing I take away from this experience, however, is that I bought this at a Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington, during a recent wine country tour, and they even sell this stuff in gas stations south of the 49th - lucky freaking Yanks.

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

Recently, this has been my default IPA.

While I miss the IPA by Smuttynose (not available in Southern California), this beer by Stone has provided a good alternative, along with their Ruination IPA.

The Stone IPA is very hoppy, with citrus (grapefruit) accents, and a well-balanced overall taste and mouthfeel.

Slightly bitter, as I expect from a good IPA, but a great overall taste, and pleasant aftertaste.

If you drink this often or exclusively, be prepared to be disappointed by the so-called "standard" beers! ;-)

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

Great IPA.It was a suggestion from a bartender at a great place in Boyertown Pa. called union jack's.It's down a dirt road and you would never expect it to be there.They have over 250 bottled beers and 25 or so on tap.I have had alot of great IPA's at this place ,but stone is my favorite.

Photo of Ryan4
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA has a very floral scent that is quite pleasent. At first drink this beer seems a little more carbonated than most IPAs I have had. Not lacking any taste, but certainly not too overpowering, it is very refreshing and is extremely drinkable. I definately recommened this as an everyday IPA.

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass. First thing I notice is the color, a crystal-clear golden orange. Excellent thick head with great retention, leaves behind tons of lace. Almost "ring like" as each sip it takes there is a ring left to mark the previous level. Smell is of piney hops (cant distinguish much more with a slight sinus issue). Taste is terriffic. One of the best IPA's I've had. Hard hitting hops, piney and crisp. Smooth going down and leaves a bitter and dry aftertaste. Also something I really havent noticed in some other IPA's which I guess must be the hop oil. A somewhat "slick" feeling present as well. Good carbonation leads to a light mouthfeel making this an easy drinker. Overall a great beer!

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

Pours a surprisingly clear amber/orange color, with a nice thick head that settles rather slowly to leave behind a well defined lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, with equal parts citrus and pine. Most balanced aroma i can recall. Taste is faint citrusy hops, along with a sweet finish, pineapple perhaps? Hmm.... Mouthfeel is likewise excellent, very smooth, slightly sticky finish, not an obscene amount of aftertaste. Goes down way too easy. Before i knew it it was gone. Wow! Well done Stone.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle (since the local bar no longer carries this on tap) sports the typical Stone arrogance and poetic comedy defining a gargoyle, an IPA and their philosophy.

Vigorous pour into a tulip glass produces a large creamy off white colored head that rests above a clear pale orange beer. Nice thick lacing, too.

Smells of citric grapefruit like hops. These hops are large and in charge and nothing else really comes into play, except for a lingering impression of a faint sweetness lurking in the background.

Tastes less hoppy than I remember on tap and the hops seem to fade instead of biting back at the finish. Grapefruit hints are there and its definetly for hop fans, but I recall this being better on tap.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and the carbonation serves the hop oils nicely. Drinkability is great even if the abv is on the higher end for single IPAs. Enjoyable, but look for this on tap where I feel it would be better.

Photo of weiserr
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

glorious 12 oz. presentation that's ultimately defined by its etching, in a standard format. once poured, an enviable copper consumes the glass topped off by two-finger head. retention is way above average w/ patterns of lacing marking their territory throughout the enjoyment. substantial effort was put into this offering.

hybrid of pine and citrus takes center stage. soft hints of floral spices linger in the background. this is the smell i often dreamed would result after a summer rainstorm. insane.

one of the most balanced tastes for IPAs to date. everything was measured w/ precision and it shows, better yet tastes, in this first-rate offering from stone. hops speak volumes as they should; the malt is sweet, not overbearing, yet the perfect compliment. balance is the operative term when summing up this IPA.

my mouth underwent a massage. the palate is pleased by an unparalleled texture, low carbonation and residual finish.

one of the best IPAs i have had and deserves any accolades bestowed present or future. hops aren't as complex as i would prefer, but i can't complain about a beer that defines balance and registers perfect enough to the taste, that it demands to be consumed all night long.

an elite IPA.

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

i'm not gonna glorify this any more than i have to. the best IPA i've ever had.
'06 vintage.

A- 1 1/2in off white creamy chunky build-able foam has great retention settling to 1/4in disc leaving lots of sticky lace in waves and tabby cat spots and stripes over the hazy vibrant orange apricot colored elixir.

S- bready and sweet with spicy fruity citrus and tropical notes, starfruit, guava, mango, melon, and banana come to mind. the best part is the milky toffee cream marshmallow in the thick dense aroma. it's unlike anything i've ever imagined.

T- bittersweet citrus, grapefruit herbal pine, orange cream with a tropical tart cranberry splash, grains, cashew, aromatic wood, lightly toasted malt, earthy meaty spiced pork, pine sap, and a warm creamy fruity buttery bakery fresh yum. this is way too complex, i believe it exceeds that arrogant bastard. herbal lemon pineapple resinous hop aftertaste lingers for a while before transforming into a smooth cured tobacco dryness that doesn't go away. perfectly blended and full of character.

MF- soft and creamy and silky smooth, medium carbonation, like a beautiful goddess is making love to my face.

D- the only things that would stop me from drinking this exclusively are:
1) availability
2) i still wanna try everything possible
3) i wouldn't wanna "get used to" the subtleties and amazing nuances this shit has got goin on let's have a round of applause for STONE (again) everybody.

EDIT: i dug another one out of my secret stash, this one has the date 21.1.05 debossed into the bottle so that makes it 3 years old! math! head was less vigorous, made about 1/2in settles fast but left alot of lace. where's it come from? same marshmallow milky toffee fruity hop aroma, but in the taste hops are more subdued, but much more developed and complex. as are the malts but the hops are the star from start to the long dry finish. cocoa butter sandalwood tropical fruit and alcohol! i really hop i can find some more of this shit.

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

Had on draft at Frisco's Grille & Cantina, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep gold with a thick snow-white head of foam.

S- very floral hop aroma, citrusy, and inviting. A true West Coast IPA through and through.

T- Very refreshing, a very strong citrus-grapefruit flavor the hops are strong, but not astringent. Overall, very well balanced.

M- Medium to thin in body, well carbonated.

D- A fresh, hoppy beer, that is a welcome flavor. The alcohol and flavor aren't so strong as to prevent enjoying this beer all evening.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass to form a perfect 1" white head over a clear golden beer. The head stayed around and left very pronounced lacing all the way down the glass.

The aroma was VERY NICE!.... definately a nice floral hoppy smell with some nice malt to balance.

The taste was milder than expected.... of course it's no RUINATION... It was still nice and flavorful with a hoppy tinge nicely balanced by a toasted malt. There was also a bit of a tangy citrus to add to the complexity.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Appropriate carbonation and a smooth feel to this beer.

Drinkability: Well, I was left wanting more.... I only bought a single 12oz. just to try it.... But this would be good all day long. I do prefer the DOUBLE IPA of Ruination though...

Photo of kenito799
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

20oz pint poured ice cold at Suspenders, NYC Financial District.

In a frosty pint glass, I couldnt get a great look at this beer but the peachy amber color with rocky head looked nice. Lacing down the glass.

Wonderfully floral and sweet aroma wafted towards me, despite the overchilledness. As it warmed some (it was too good for me to let it last long enough to really get warm), the aromas became more complex, yeasty, fruity, piney, and a touch funky.

This beer is definitely in the running for my favorite American IPA. It is a kaleidoscope of flavor, all manner of hoppy bitter fruity piney flavors, balanced from start to finish with just the right note of sweetness...this is not a sweet beer by any means. It is a fabulously flavorful bitter beer. But sweet notes peek in just when they are needed to provide the perfect balance. Insanely drinkable. Now I know exactly what to drink when I am on Wall St.

Edit: From a bottle the promise is upheld. Notes I didn't mention: the fruit is definitely pineapple and grapefruit. Fantastic beer!

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

Pours a bright transparent copper color, with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a generous lace behind all the way to the bottom. Big floral hop aroma pretty much tells the story here....yep, it's an IPA. Taste begins with a subtle buttery malt flavor, followed by a serious rush of evergreen and floral hop flavors. Very crisp and to-the-point....no dickin' around here. As another BA noted before, the hop bitterness is very prominent at first, but fades quickly as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is a little sticky, with a hop aftertaste that lingers for quite a while...just keeps you sippin' away. I could drink this all damn night! Great IPA!

Photo of PhageLab
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle. As always the flavorful text on the bottle is a must read. Features a definition for not only a gargoyle but the beer itself as well.

A - Very pleasing to the eyes, a glowing golden hue with hints of orange. Just a fingertip of head that rides all the way down. Nice lacing as well.

S - A lot going on here, almost too much for my sense of smell. The hops profile is ever-present, and comes off quite citrus-like.

T - It is entirely impossible to taste everything in one sip. Each time I can detect a different profile shining through, and the bitter characteristics fade as it warms up. Too bad I only purchased one! The complexity of this brew deserves more than one downing.

M - Very sharp, and yes, crisp. Body is medium/heavy, and fits the taste profile perfectly.

D - Quite well I'd say, I could definitely use another. I will revisit this one rather soon I can tell, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good IPA.

Photo of snpub540
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost orange hue with a clingy white head. It was a little hazy and had just the right amount of carbonation.

The smell was all hops just the way an IPA should be. Citrus and grassy aromas were dominant in this one.

The tasts was amazing. Grapefruit and pine were the main hop flavors. There was a dry and bitter finish that just makes you take another drink. There was a nice malty backbone to hold up to the hops and it was very balanced.

I could see this beer being a session IPA. It is not overly hoppy and the alcohol is subdued. This is my favorite example of an IPA.

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

I poured this from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass and had a golden hue - a bit lighter in color than I had expected. The head was about one finger thick and remained intact for some time. It smelled great, like citrus, and the hoppy aroma imparted a fresh, spring like quality. The taste is truly exceptional. A perfect balance of bittering hops and flavoring hops make this one of the best examples of an American IPA. Hoppy! The drinkability is great and could easily be a quenching session beer.

Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and strong with hints of grapefruit and floral notes. Taste is nice and hoppy upfront with the aftertaste being one of grapefruit. Really nice aftertaste that is not too dry or bitter. Malty too as well. Very smooth and well-balanced. Goes well with the pizza I'm eating. Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had.

Photo of sessycuban
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Stone favorite that I've never bothered to review until now. 12oz bottle poured into my Stone IPA glass.

A - The beer pours a medium golden color. It is a little bit above standard for an IPA, with fluffy head and great lacing.

S - I'm getting pine, citrus, grapefruit especially, floral hops, and even caramel. This pretty much has everything one would want in an American IPA.

T - Wonderful! Hops, hops, hops. Lots of citrus with some carmel sweetness. The beer finishes slightly minty, with plenty of lingering bitterness. Very good.

M - The beer is medium bodied. You can either make this one a sipper or a swiller; it is very versatile.

D - This beer is incredibly drinkable. I, for one, am very happy that Stone decided to sell these in sixers. One of Stone's finest brews.

Photo of funkengruven
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a slightly cloudy orange with a finger thick head, lots of lacing. Smell is a hop bomb, a little piney with a touch of grapefruit. The grapefruit is prevelant in the taste, with a slight malty hint in the aftertaste, very tasty. Strangely this brew is actually refreshing and enjoyable to drink which is unusual for heavily hopped brews.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and will get more on my next trip south.

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

Had a glass of this on draft at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a solid orange color with a very creamy, persistent white head. The beer has very good head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose one gets a lovely aroma of orange citrus with just a hint of ginger in the background. This smells very, very nice. On the palate I immediately think "West Coast" IPA. The beer has very nice orange citrus with above average bitterness in the finish. The beer is not overly sweet, and the finish is light and fairly dry. The beer comes across as light, crisp and refreshing, just the sort of IPA you could sit down and pound a couple of pints. The beer has a nice mouthfeel, coming across as light and airy.... the finish is just seamless. Abv. is very unobtrusive, though you know the alcohol is there. Drinkability is quite good.

This is a very solid IPA.

Edit from 12/12. Tasted again recently at Piper's pub and Smokin Joe's in Pittsburgh, and as it has been over 5 years since I reviewed this beer, I figured an update was in order. What amazes me about this beer, is how consistently good it is. Even 2000 miles from where it was made, this beer was light, crisp, slightly tropical, yet refreshingly dry and bitter. This is a beer that is easy to take for granted (especially given all the other great beers Stone makes), but it's really something pretty special. Just an altogether excellent, well made IPA.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is loaded with citrusy hops with a slight grassiness.No malt smells detected. Smells very fresh.

Bold citrusy hop flavor, with just a slight grassiness. Medium bitterness, very restrained bite - very balanced bittering. No real malt character to speak of, but the delicious hop flavor stands on it's own quite well. Very fresh tasting.

Rather light body, well carbonated.

A very nice IPA overall, and another winner from Stone. Completely sessionable, this beer really showcases a bold use of flavoring hops while maintaining balance in bitterness.

Photo of pwoods
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-Tap at Dilly Deli poured into a pint. Reviews based off notes.

A: Pours golden orange and coppery. 1+ finger head that reduces and stays at about a 1/4 inch. Patchy lacing.

S: Strong floral hops and fresh piney scent. Makes my mouth water thinking about whats coming. Alcohol stays hidden nicely. Slight nutty malt aroma peeks through toward the end.

T/M: Strong peppery spices and amazing hop bitterness. I love this in bottles but its AMAZING on top. Getting a piney/sappy bite. Nutty, buttery malts show their face just before the end. Medium body that turns slightly creamy at the malts and finishes bone dry.

D: If I hadn't had a big lunch, I would probably have to stop after 2 or so, but I could really drink this for quite awhile before experiencing palate fatigue. Extremely tasty and easy to drink. Without a doubt one of my favor brews.

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

Great golden color-somewhat on the darker side of gold. Nice white head on top with some great lacing on down the glass. Big aroma of fresh cut grass and grapefruit. Huge hop blast of flavor. Definate tongue stripping sensation here. Just a touch of sweetness to balance the hops. Great mouthfeel. Terriffic beer overall. I think this might shape up better then the Ruination for overall drinkability. Great beer-well balanced.

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

I've longed for Stone for some time. An unexpected business trip to San Francisco gave me the opportunity to pick up the IPA and a couple of other Stone brews from BevMo to bring back to Georgia and enjoy. Enjoy I am! Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle, with the cool Gargoyle that "wards off modern day evil spirits" painted on bottle, into my new Sam Adams glass. This IPA is one outstanding brew for my taste. The hops are there but do not over-power my palate. The brew has the expected floral, grapefruit impact one would expect from an IPA. Do not have the lingering bitter taste and oily mouth-feel that I sometimes experience with other beers of the same type. The alcohol is faintly noticeable but masked well. Everything that I have read about Stone is true! I could drink this magnificent brew until I fell off the couch! Wish I had more than 2 bottles of the IPA ;( Wish I could get this in Georgia!!!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with not quite an inch of white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and hoppy (but not strong), mainly citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel) and piney hops, with a bit of malty sweetness too. To me it tastes the same way it smells, mostly citrus and pine hops with some malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and a bit slick. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very easy to drink. I think this is a very solid beer, I'll definitely have to buy it more often.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,334 ratings.