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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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9,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,171
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 261
Gots: 1,205 | 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 barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick white head – some lacing. The smell is very hoppy. It also has a spicy aroma. The taste is very hoppy with enough malt to keep it just in balance. There is a bit of a bitter taste and aftertaste – but is quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is full and the carbonation gives it a little something “extra”. I find this an enjoyable IPA that will be at the top of my preferred list when I’m in the mood for one.

barefootbrewer, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the Ruination, so I finally got around to giving this a try too.

Pours a dark blonde or very light amber color with a nice, white head. Good retention and lacing.

Hoppy, spicy, pine aroma. Not as citrus/tropical fruit as some IPA/DIPA's I've had recently. I liked that it had more of these other hop qualities in addition to the citrus. Much like smelling fresh American hops.

Taste is sweet, then quickly bitter with a piney hop flavor. This is followed by some bready malt and finishes dry and balanced.

Mouthfeel is nice and medium-light bodied. A very drinkable IPA that goes down easier than 6.9% might suggest.

AaronHomoya, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served in my new Stone IPA glass at Market Cross Pub on pint night. Nice head and light honey orange in color.
Smell: A nose load of hops that are complex and one of the best ever sampled. Very fresh smelling.
Taste: Light alcohol in the taste, but is overrun by the hops that are spicey and floral and a balanced sweet malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Drinkability: A solid IPA that I'm sure I will be drinking again.

Schwarzbart, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of cooncat
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle well within date, and served in a pint glass.

A vigorous pour produces a beautiful 2 fingered creamy head, slightly off-white, which produces great sheets of sticky lacing all the way down the glass. The color is a deep gold, very deep, almost to the point of copper.

The nose is wonderfully hoppy, and I detect loads of piney and citrusy (orange peel) hops. The nose is HUGE.

At the top of the glass, you are first assaulted by the strong piney/citrusy hop character, which, to me, is what you should expect from a good IPA. Carbonation is right on, not too fine, or not too bold, but just right. Midway through the glass, as the beer warms, a gentle hint of bready maltiness makes itself apparent. It is, in my opinion, a wonderful balance. As you finish, the dry hoppiness prevails, but it is not objectionable, and the bready maltiness is still there. The finish is "picture perfect", with no lingering bad after taste, and a fresh dryness one expects from a good IPA. IPAs are one of my favorite styles, and this one might be the best IPA I've ever had (and that's saying something!) Drinkability is exceptional. I could drink these all night long, but would savor each and every sip. A truly wonderful IPA experience to be appreciated by all.


cooncat, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably my, what, fiftieth go-around with Stone IPA? Stone's beers (I'm not complaining) are extremely easy for me to come by. That being said, I recently held myself to stop my recent round of "coveted rare beerz" reviews and start reviewing those favorites I have tried, but didn't review. So this review is in that spirit.

Appearance: Pours with a one and half finger lively frothy head. Lacing is about medium-level quality - doesn't always catch, but when it does, it produces some wonderful patterns. The body is probably the let-down - no beauty to speak of, unless you like yellow straw. Still, it's a session beer, not a masterpiece.

Smell: Aroma is lightly and freshly hoppy. Grassy hops are the most prominent aromas, followed by pine. Citrus is very subdued, I've found, in Stone IPA relative to some other IPA's, but it's there. There's also a barley/straw/corn scented malt backbone that lightly holds up the hops. A clean aroma.

Taste: Citrus is more prominent in the flavor. Light orange rind, followed by some pine-y and slightly grassy hop flavors. A little fruity citrus backbone that melds with the existing malt. A bit more impressive than the aroma, but again it's light, clean, refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Essentially how a beer "should feel" in terms of carbonation. There when you need it, hidden when you don't want it to overpower your taste buds. Frothy.

Drinkability: A massively sessionable IPA that, I would argue, is the flagship session beer of the craft beer world. It gets the point across - this is a sessionable beer that does not yank or push, but retains a sense of easibility and likeability.

RidiculedDisplay, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. The bottle displays the Stone gargoyle in the standard painted on label.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 inch of almost pure white head. This settles slowly into a thin coating of foam and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is light amber in color and fairly hazy.

Smell: Smells strongly of dry hopping. Floral hop aromas icluding lemon, orange and honey.

Taste: Upfront floral hops with a citrus bite. Good malt undertones, almost a little sweet. FInish is biiter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less than average carbonation level. Body is average to a little thin.

Drinkability: A well balanced drink, suprising from Stone. A good example of the style without falling prey to the notion that everything must be extreme.

beveritt, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of rallison
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Light golden color with a two finger white head that really stays around.

S: Wonderful citrusy hops are on the forefront of this. Very fresh smell also. Definitely smells like a West Coast IPA!

T: Very clean, fresh hop flavor. Definitely hop-forward with piney/citrusy hops. Not much in the way of a malt backbone - just enough to push the hops forward. Not aggressively hoppy - just enough to showcase them. Clean taste too. Very nicely done, and very west coast.

M: Lighter body, with a nice level of carbonation to carry the flavors. Dry finish. Makes this refreshing and very drinkable.

D: Eminently drinkable. You won't get tired of drinking this.

Stone's IPA is a classic West Coast IPA. There may be IPAs I enjoy more, but this is basically a flawless example of the style.

rallison, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

09/04/08 22oz

I had to re-review this to be fair. The only hop presence seems to be a very strong bitterness. Maybe I got a bad bottle but this sure was a disappointing IPA and I used to really like it.

12 oz bottle which I poured into a ruination mug. The color is dark yellow and almost clear. The smell is wonderful but not overwhelming. I think I can smell grapefruit, but better than grapefruit (cause I don't like grapefruit). The taste is slightly bitter and the mouthfeel is pleasant. This beer goes down way too easy and that is why it is one of my favorites. This is yet another winner from the good folks down in San Diego.

ArrogantB, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a frothy white head that leaves some decent lacing. The smell is of orange and grapefruit citrus with a little bit of spiciness. The taste is mostly spicy hops up front and some attenuated malt at the finish. A bit grainy, but fairly balanced. The hop profile doesn't blow me away,but its solid. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and with a good carbonation level. Its a little rough in the mouth, it could stand to be smoothed out a bit. Good solid IPA, quite drinkable.

Georgiabeer, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice bubbly golden, slight chill haze, may have been the glass, white foam with decent retention.

Smell: If you're in the mood for an IPA, this hits the spot. Hop oils are about all I could smell, nice juicy hops.

Taste: Malt is not very present, the juicy hops consume the palette and stay for the whole ride. The hops are not too spicy, they're smooth and bitter, cut right through whatever you eating.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and full bodied, carbonation is fizzy and cleansing.

Drinkability: Top notch IPA, stands out for the hops, not much toastiness or other flavors, this beer is about the hops. It went very well with my rack of herb crusted lamb, it cut through the fattiness.

guitarmage, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of westweasel
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle.

Appearance - The beer poured out a nice hazy, golden, light amber color with a one-inch bright white head that sticks to the glass on the way down.

Aroma - I'm getting a soft citrus scent - grapefruit - and a light floral smell. the smell is predominantly biscuits and bread.

Taste - This beer is very well-balanced - It has a strong bitter aftertaste, that reminds me of noble hops. I'm also getting a light lemony taste. The majority of the up-front flavor is a strong malty bread taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium with a noticeable bitter dry finish.

Drinkability - Very good. I'm not a big noble hops fan, so I probably wouldn't drink many of these at one time. Good beer.

westweasel, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright amber with orange hues around the edge of the glass. A huge fluffy white two fingered head stays for the entire pour. Sticky lacing is all over the glass.

S: Soft perfumed flowers. Citrus and pine resin. Wet hops.

T: Juicy wet citus and pine hops that blast into a medicinal or bitter herb bite. Grassy or earth like residue. Citus fruits are followed by a perfect blending of malts. Yeast or biscut like finish and more wet hops.

M: Smooth and very clean. Medium carbonation. Dry and clean.

D: This is a classic West Coast IPA. Rock solid in the balance catagory. Insanely drinkable! Highly recommended.

Tyrawlings, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of kevinhulit
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

goldish-yellow in color with a mostly white head, then simmers quickly but not before you can taste its airy, piney flavor. looks very mellow, little carbonation.

smells good, nothing out of the ordinary for an IPA.

Tastes very good.... balanced, not too too hopped as i was expectioning (like an IPA Tripel or something), but hoppy enough.

great mouth feel, light or airy, and it coats everything (much like while in the glass also) which is nice because you don't have to chug it down for satisfaction, although i am.. (again- it's good).

highly drinkable. i know of a place where it is on tap and i will be putting in a session on it soon. Stay tuned!

kevinhulit, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy amber with a 1 1/2 finger head that retains forever.

S: Strong grapefruit initially. As it warms aromas of orange, peach, and pine emerge. Mildly sweet malt in the nose as well.

T: Huge bitter citrus (grapefruit, lemon, orange) up front. Nice resinous pine sap hop presence in the middle and finish. All this bitter goodness is kept in check by a sweet yet dry biscuit malt flavor.

M: Dry and oily. The hop resins coat EVERYTHING in the mouth. You taste this beer long after the last drop.

D: Whew, scary. Goes down too easy!

GbVDave, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice amber with a 1/4" of very fine white head. drops quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. orange and grapefruit and pine. bit of alcohol. biscuity malt.

taste is great. nice moderate bitterness level - assertive, but restrained. more orange than grapefruit. bit of resiny pine presence too. nice biscuit malt. bit of caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. great moderate carbonation level and nice body.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very enjoyable brew. i've had this one several times and just finally getting around to reviewing it. great stuff.

grub, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on tap from my draft system, on for about a month, poured into 20oz. nonic glass.

Clear,copper/amber color.Dense,creamy white head as tall as you want it to be.
Some tightly knitted strings also a few straggling bubbles rising to the surface
Very good retention,the foam coats the glass all the way down.

Clean,piney and fruity together make for a very pineapplely aroma,very pleasing.Burnt carmell aromas with a bit of nuttiness.

One of those beers that tastes about the same way it smells,no complaints here.Burnt carmell,very piney,nutty,fruity taste that turns grapefruity.Finishes clean,sharp some tartness leaves a lot of grapefruit flavors lingering on the palate.Very good and pleasing taste with a nice balance.

Medium mouthfeel,very tangy,syrupy,fairly smooth with good drinkability.Very good on tap seemed to like the bottled version a little better. Liked my last keg of Bell's two-hearted better.

jcdiflorio, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out with a wheaty head- not much lacing to speak of. Smell is very floral. Taste is grapefruit and pineapple. Medium carbonation with a refined moutfull- smooth malts and that great fruit hops. Aftertaste is all hops.

All in all this is a class leading IPA. I could drink this the rest of my life and be a happy guy. Too bad the closest distriution is a several hundred miles away.

oakbluff, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Eirerate
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. into a favorite mug producing a nice, thick, foamy head which stuck around for most of the drink. The aroma was a very strong citrus aroma (which though not my cup 'o tea was still pleasant. Mouthfeel was very pleasant with just a hint of alcohol warmth. Love the taste which only got better as the drink went on (not surprisingly) This is a very good beer that I would gladly have more of.

Eirerate, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Huge egg-white frothy head that lasts. This beer has a beautiful light-amber color that is crystal clear. Looks very drinkable in the glass.

S: Wow! This beer fills the room with its aroma. Limes, citrus, and pine. This brew has an incredible aroma.

T:Taste follows the aroma with a huge hop presence. Citrusyand piney from the hops, and sweet from the ethanol.

M:Medium body with slick mouthfeel. Carbonation tingles on your tongue,, a nice complement to the hoppy bitterness.

D: If I had the money, this beer would be in my house at all times. A must try.

Avagadro, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i've been holding off on reviewing this, in order to consume it a number of times, and form thoughts independent of hype. speaking of the hype -- does the beer live up to it? if not, then damned close.

appearance is classy, a pale apricot/brassy complexion, with a fluffy white head and significant lacing. smell is of very fresh, very citric hops, and toasted malts as an afterthought. taste is fresh, and pretty wonderful. the hops are bitter/strong/refreshing, but they don't mask the fact that the ale underneath is of fine quality, with plenty of toasted bread yeastiness. i wish i could try the ale in its early formulation, before getting its hop fix! light and crisp in the mouth.

interestingly, the toasty ale flavors seem to finish on at the front of the tongue, with the hops finishing in rear corners of the mouth. seeing that this is precisely how taste buds work naturally, i think this is a ringing natural endorsement of this beer and its ingredients.

schusterbauer, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, clean, amber/copper with a thick frothy white head. Good retention. What you expect from Stone.

Sweet piney hops with a citrusy back burst. Hops are really sweet and flowery and gives the impression that this is going to be a resiny hop coating palate drencher. Can't wait! Hints of malt on the underlyings as well.

Very fruity. Full of ctirusy, floral hops with hints of grassy, pine on the back mid palate. Nectarine, mush melon, slight mango. Balanced by a thin layer of malt that endeavors a clean integrated finish. Speaking of the finish, nice length, not overly bitter, so fruity it gives the impression there is some RS. If there is it's not much.

Medium carbonated and prickly mouthfeel. Delicously drinkable.

mcallister, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Appearance-big headed goodness comes out of the bottle, light color head booms up but remarkably settles afterwards into the glass, good looking beer.

Smell-hoppy as all get out, alcohol is totally hidden by hoppiness no other aromas to speak of, smells like it was just brewed a second ago.

Taste/Mouthfeel-amazing, easy drinking, substantial hop flavor but no burn or rashness, balanced with a dash of malt, maintains a light texture but still substantial. Even those who don't like hoppy beers or are just starting on them would probably like this.

Drinkability-easy to drink, clean finish except for a small trace of hops, just how you would want to do it, 7% alcohol for those who don't know.

Overall-Simply put one of the best IPAs I've ever had, it's taken me forever to try Stone beers and now that I've had one I can't wait to try more. Astoundingly good.

TheDeuce, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bigreduw64
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber into a wide bowled wine glass. Pours a golden amber color. The aroma is of straight up hops. It smells as though I will be eating hops, it makes me a little afraid for what it will taste like.

Surprisingly the taste is not as hoppy as the smell lets on. It is very balanced, but still has a strong hop flavor.

I enjoy this beer and when in the mood for an IPA this would be on my list of ones to buy.

bigreduw64, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bringonthehops
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

And now to write my very first Beer Advocate beer review...and about maybe the most dependable American IPA out there, nonetheless!!

Serving: 12 oz bottle (strong) poured into a Stone pint glass

Appearance: Quite clear, more so than I prefer my IPA's to be...butterscotch color with an off-white foamy head (my strong pour gave me almost 3 fingers).

Smell: Aaahh! This is what an IPA should smell like!! Grapefruit, with floral undertones. Before you even taste a sip, it's readily apparent that this beer is heavily hopped!

Taste: If you don't like "bitter" beers, you can stop reading this review right now. For the rest of you, here we go: this is what IPA should taste like. Being the average hop-head, I make it my mission to try every single IPA that I come across. Although I've technically had "better" IPA's, all of the "better" IPA's I've had have been specialty brews. This is the best regular-ol'-IPA that I've ever had. Bitter hops wrap around the tip of your tongue before exploding across the rest of your mouth. The only other regular-ol'-IPA I've had that rivals this one is Bell's Two-Hearted Ale (brewed out of Kalamazoo, MI). Since I live in CA, I have constant access to this brew. Despite this, I find myself always coming back to it (and that's high praise from someone who prefers to try something new rather than stick with "the same ol'." But this IPA is just so good you can't resist buying it again and again and again.

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter than some of my other favorite IPA's, but what's lost in body is made up for in drinkability. The hops are most predominate on the front palate.

Drinkability: Considering this brew clocks in at 6.9% abv it's quite amazing that you can find yourself dissapointed they don't sell beers in 7-packs! Very drinkable for an IPA -- I attribute this beer's easy drinking to the fact that it is only medium-bodied, and not heavy, like some other great IPA's.

If you live in CA and reading this review, you probably already know about this beer...if you live outside of CA and can get your hands on this stuff, do it.

bringonthehops, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a bottle of this once before, but now it's time to sit down with one of my own and really see what this beer's got.

APPEARANCE: Pours a somewhat hazy gold into my Stone pint glass. Not much of a head despite a vigorous pour. The head dissipates quickly but leaves a thin collar and large patch of lace.

SMELL: Bitter, pungent hops dominate the nose. Pine, flower, and grass can all be detected. This one smells like it packs some serious bite!

TASTE: Quite tame at first, but the hops aren't far behind. And boy do they show themselves! The same pungent smells carry over into the flavors with the addition of some bitter citrus. The bitterness quickly fades though, and transitions into a very clean finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied with a nice level of carbonation. This one doesn't leave a sticky film in your mouth like some other IPAs. Very nice.

DRINKABILITY: The clean finish and light body make this one very easy to drink. Maybe I'm so used to Double IPAs that this beer seems like nothing in comparison. But it's certainly far from nothing. This really is a great brew.

Stone comes through again. I've never had a beer of theirs that I didn't love and this is no exception. The hops show off their bitterness much more than their flavor and sweetness, and I can appreciate that. I'm just glad I had my own bottle this time.

jmalex, Jan 31, 2007
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,171 ratings.