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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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9,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,503
Reviews: 2,836
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 290
Gots: 1,502 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of tronester
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a crystal clear golden orange, with a pure white, rocky head. Smells citrusy and piney. Taste is quite dry, with an herbal and citrus hop flavor, as well as a tiny bit of malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is great, carbonation levels are low. I could drink several of these, they taste wonderful, one of the best American IPA's I have ever had.

Photo of jscondon
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely golden hue with a decent head and a nice level of carbonation. The smell is not distinctly hoppy, i am thinking that this bottle might be oxidized because i do detect some cardboard. I have had the beer before and will give the brew the benefit of the doubt and blame the packy for poor turnover. When I drink the beer it is real nice, it has a flowery flavor up front with a mild middle and a decent hoppiness to the finish. Decent thickness to the mouth.

In all I think this one is pretty good, but I wish the bottle was not oxidized.

Photo of ams0286
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Personally I hold a special spot in my heart for IPA's. Unfortunatly due to the shortage of hops this year I am scared that premium IPA's such as Stone's will increase even more in price. This is one of those "once it hits your lips" beers, in fact you feel that way even before you taste it.

A - A golden slightly hazey color characteristic of the style with a thick, foamy, long lasting head. Lacing remains in the glass until the last drop.

S - This is where the pleasure truely begins. Immediatly hops come through with undertones of fruit (pineapple/citrus). This aroma is very fragrent reminding me of perfume. Along the same lines as Southern Tier Unearthly, however not as pungent and offensive, more appetizing.

T - Immediatly the hop bitterness comes through and then it is softened by the frutiness of the beer. Very smooth, mouthwatering and long lasting taste. As you continue to drink you feel the warming sensation, fragrent perfume continues to linger in the mouth. Not overly hopped and very well balanced.

M - The mouthfeel on this IPA is full bodied, almost boardering on syrupy. Carbonation helps to disperse the flavor and aroma however it is mostly covered by the hoppy bitterness.

D - This is deffinetly a big beer. It leaves you wanting more however it would be difficult to make this a session beer with such pronounced aroma and hoppy flavor.

This is one of the best IPA's I have had in a long time and I look forward to sampling their other varieties of IPA. I highly reccomend this to any hopped beer lover and I know I will be consuming several in the near future.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.93. No freshness date on the bottle. I've had this before a couple of times, but always on-tap. In fact, I bought this because I've never seen a bottle of it before.

Not a terribly promising pour. It came a slightly darker shade than most macro-lagers, with a skiff of white foam. Fortunately that foam then expanded into a decent inch or so. Spotty lace.

I may be crazy (most would say there's no question), but I swear this smells like lime. I'm used to IPAs with a citrusy charcter, but I've never got lime from them. Also a peppery spiciness is present.

The taste is a mixture of juicy citrus fruit and bitter hoppiness. A very shy caramel-like malt sweetness can be gleaned, but it's way in the background. Finish is pleasingly dry.

Mouthfeel is oily with hop resin, but the body is sufficiently light to not come across as thick or cloying.

A very tasty IPA that I could definitely have several of if the occaision allowed it. Needing to shove off for work soon precludes that, sadly. I definitely will drink this again, however.

Photo of jaxon53
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce bottle.
Appearance: Pours out a cloudy golden orange color. Beer was capped by a thick, frothy two finger white head. Head settled rather slowly, and left generous streaks of foamy white lace. Not a real lot of visible carbonation.

Smell: Great nose here. Tons of resiny floral hop aromas. Lots of thick citrus aromas, mainly grapefruit, and orange peel. Bready and malty with some yeasty notes. Maybe just a bit of pine buried in the background. Very earthy.

Taste: Nice juicy, yet bitter hops. Almost a medicinal like flavor to the hops. Also some grapefruit, lemon zest, and some orange flavor this brew nicely. All of this piled on top of a thick malty backbone. Finishes yeasty and smooth with a bitter hop bite. Not much noticeable alcohol. Pretty good flavor, and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodies mouth fell that is quite pleasing. Nice bit of tongue tingling carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good drinkability. Very clean and crisp and quite refreshing.

Photo of jph424
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BirdsVsWorms for this one:

A - Poured a beautiful copper color with a 3 finger white head that has great retention and left peaks

S - Whoa, can smell a huge hop aroma right when I opened the bottle. All I pick up is straight floral hops

T - This is a delicious balanced hoppy IPA. I love this beer!

M - Medium bodied with very light carbonation

D - This one is so very drinkable. I could drink these all day

Excellent beer that I really wish we had here in Georgia.

Photo of 1PA
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this beer makes my mouth water.

Well rounded with a nice finish. They balanced the bitterness very well. Even though is well balanced, it is still a bit heavy so 1-2 is enough for the night, but its all about quality, not quantity. I strive to one day brew 1/2 as good beer as this.

I hope they brew this in heaven.

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

Initial strong aroma of hops that settled down to a more subtle hop aroma after a minute. Poured with a golden color, and a frothy head that was still a half inch thick a few minutes after pouring. Very well-balanced flavor with a mellow hop bitterness and a good amount of hop flavor that melded very well with the malt backbone. Rich mouthfeel that felt almost creamy from the fine carbonation. The beer coated the mouth for several seconds after each sip. This evolved into a pleasantly ligering aftertaste that was a good mix of bitterness and hop flavor. This is an excellent, well-crafted beer.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper to gold brew, a gigantic head and a good amount of broad lacing. The body of the brew is still, there are no bubbles of carbonation moving through it . . . interesting.

S - Hops. Predominantly a blend of fragrant pine and spicy white pepper with some citrus pith and faint earth. There is even a hint of cracked grain.

T - There are some bitter hops kicking in the foretaste even, although there is still a good amount of peppery hops and a touch of a light caramel malt. The bitter hops (still peppery) dominate the aftertaste with a hint of some honey and biscuits.

M - Pretty smooth, thin, a little refreshing, could easily be better (especially considering I was in one of those "I could REALLY use a beer" moods when I poured this).

D - Pretty good. Easy to drink and pleasant. I'll have again, likely. Stone is really up and down for me - but this one actually struck toward the middle.

Photo of WJVII
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My BA friend (cdkrenz) brought this back for me from Vegas.

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a clean gold color that was minimally transparent. Very little head.

The aroma was overwhelmingly HOPS, but in a good way. It also boasted a sweet smell as well.

In taking my first sip I was expecting a very bitter taste, but there was actually a great balance of hops and a sweet maltiness. There was just the right amount of carbonation to give this a great mouthfeel yet leaving it with a clean crisp aftertaste.

This is a very solid IPA. You can tell this beer is made of high quality ingredients. I will look for more from Stone brewery.

Photo of Matty1918
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've heard alot about this IPA and finally bought a rack to try. I like IPAs....they're my second favorite type of beer.

No freshness date on the bottle but it was stored in the beer cooler.

I poured the first bottle in a frosted pint glass....not much of a head ( the second was poured into the same pint glass and a much better head was expereinced) it poured a cloudy honey color.

great aroma...HOPS HOPS and more HOPS

A great first sip...a little bitter and you taste the hops with a hint of caramel malt maybe

A great IPA...I'll have to sample other brews from STONE

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear golden amber, decent head that slowly shrinks to thin layer. some lacing but a bit scraggly.

intense fresh, resiny pine aroma. hint of citrus rind and caramel, maybe slight yeastiness.

more pine in the palate, very strong, but gives way to some citrusy zest and then a faint malt background. bitterness is aggressive throughout, into a resinous finish that hints of fruit.

slightly thinner than i expected. hop pucker and astringency.

just wish there was a little more fruitiness and a little more malt. otherwise a bold american ipa

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

Pours from a 12oz brown bottle with a pry-off cap. Freshness date is present on bottle. I love these bottles.

Pours a somewhat dark, golden amber color with a white head about one finger thick, or more depending on how you pour it. Leaves a good amount of lacing that sticks around for a while on the way down.

Smells of citrusy, and piney hops. A lot of hops present in the nose, and a mild spiciness here.

Hops everywhere. In just the right amount too. Not enough to want to call it a double IPA, but perfect for an IPA. Taste of citrusy mainly, but with a lot of piney hops coming in afterwards. Has a good malt base to balance things out. Good amount of bitterness to finish things out. Alcohol isn't very noticeable at all.

Great mouthfeel; oily and creamy. Great level of carbonation.

Very drinkable for an IPA.

Notes: Probably the best example of an IPA I've ever tasted. I've had double IPAs before which lean towards the extreme side, but if you're not looking for extreme amount of hops, but still want a good fix, this is your brew.

Photo of JDV
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich honey to amber colored pour with relatively short lived head. Smell at first is big bold fresh hops, but in a matter of a couple minutes, the hops dissipated dramatically, and turned into a lightly aromatic honey and caramel with the faintest hint of alcohol. I've never noticed the hops aroma fading, or especially that quickly. Taste was actually rather smooth, sweet, and very mildly bittered and flavored from the hops. My girlfriend who can't normally drink IPA's from the bitterness actually liked this one. I was expecting a huge wack in the mouth from hops in this one after reading the bottle's description but it just didn't happen. I happen to like the milder side of IPAs rather than overly extreme, so it was nice, but I'd think some might be dissapointed. For 70 IBUs it was a cinch to drink, very enjoyable and worth getting again

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

A: blonde in appearance with big head and great retention

S: a little more floral than expected with some sour citrus and bready notes

T: hops bite a little at first but then the bread and citrus come to the rescue and balance this out for an incredible experience

M: very carbonated and dry, crisp and refreshing, not as heavy and oily as i would like

D: i would love to have a six of this after working outside, great crisp/refresing IPA

Photo of Lothar666
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Head was white, creamy and a full finger thick. This was set atop a beautiful golden orange amber body that was very cloudy. A sticky white lacing is left on the rim of the glass as I drink.

S- Strong citrus- grapefruit, orange and a bit of lemon. Pine and hops tingle in the nose.

T- Very clean taste with a delightful hoppy flavor. The grapefruit and orange that was present in the nose makes its appearance here as well, though the most obvious flavors were pine and hops. A most delightful session IPA; one of the best.

M- The delightful hop tingle makes this a much better choice than most session IPA's I have had. The mouthfeel is very clean and dry without making any sacrifices in strong hop flavors. Absolutely excellent.

D- It would be very easy to drink and enjoy several of these, as the abundant hop flavor never gets tiring and leaves the mouth wanting for more once the first brew is finished.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer, a hefty golden color. Just barely cloudy. Pours with a small rocky white head that goes completely away. Good lacing. Smell is heavy if not harshly hoppy with pine and grapefruit. Also a myriad of other smells, rasin, raspberry or cassis, apple, a little oak and some honey. extremely refreshing taste. Starts bitter and ends with a sweetish note (for an IPA). Average duration. Palate was light, dry, and a bit metallicy, but only enough to stimulate the senses, still a joy to take down. Soft carbonation, very enjoyable brew.

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

a: This one is a slightly cloudy medium golden yellow. It pours with a big white head that has decent retention.

s: Smells of citric hops with a bit of pine as well. Some sweet malts also.

t: As expected, grapefruity hops dominate. I like the fact that the hops are allowed to shine without much malty interference.

m: Lively and sticky, very nice!

d: I'll stick to locals to ensure freshness, but this is a very good IPA.

Photo of Lothore
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, clear orangey tangerine color with a fairly small white head, not very much carbonation visible.

S- Smell is floral piney hops with a sweet, bready malt backbone.

T- It's easy to say there is strong hops all the way through this one but it seems that it starts off with a strong malt base thats sweet with light fruit notes and an earthy fullness and moves into a bitter piney hop flavor. The hop bitterness lingers long after the brew has been swallowed.

M- Semi thick, a bit resiny, perfect amount of carbonation.

D- This is dangerously drinkable. It's not that the alcohol is particularly high but I think the dangerous part about it is it is so tasty and easily sessionable. I could go through a few of these without even blinking an eye.

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

This sticky lacing monster hangs around for the entire show. The aroma has big grapefruit,pine,and some herbal notes. The taste: big sting of hops that has multi levels of flavor like Grapefruit and lemon with a grassy/ herbal overtone.This fades into a sweet fruity backbone that can only fight off the brutal hop onslaught that rides to the finish.
The funny thing is this IPA is just there entry level beer available in 6 pks.Can't wait to try there anniversary ales!!

Photo of atrus138
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a 22 oz bomber. Poured a clear light amber color with a fluffy looking snow white head. Very sticky lacing. Smell is extremely sweet. Lots of fruity smells. I detect strawberry over top of the citrus genre of lemon, orange, and pineapple. Taste is as delicious as it is complex. Very fruity at first, as the smell indicated. Citrusy and sweet. Then it's the malt's time to shine, with a delicious bready flavor. To top it all off is the satisfying finale of bitter hops. Quite a show! Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium body. Heavy enough for the flavor to stick around, but light enough for it to not be a burden. Not too carbonated. Very well done.

Seriously, even Stone's standard fare is amazing. One of the best IPAs I've had.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber in color clear with no haze. Smell pinny zesty and a bit of a floral hop aroma. Taste is exceptional a touch of sweetness with a nice grapfruit, pinny, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel medium in body carbonation was modarate. Drinkability I could have more than one this could be a new favorite IPA.

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

If I had to just list off the top of my head, my top 5 ipas, this would assuredly make the cut.

It pours a light amber color, not to thick or cloudy.

now upon taking a whiff of this one, you are not bombarded with the scent of hops. No, no, the aroma is actually rather subtle. A slight hint of citrus is also present in the smell.

Although the your nose is not blasted with hops, your mouth will be. There is that bit of citrus in there, but the hops are what you taste the most.

This is a delight to drink. Of course I am a lover of IPAs, but this is probably subtle enough for the casual IPA drinker as well.

Photo of cerveza5150
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been a fan of Stone Brewing Co. for a few years and everything I've had from them has been excellent. So here goes with the IPA:

An excellent ale through and through. Also, every bottle is fairly consistent. Lacing is present all the way down the glass, but the only knock I would give is that the head is a little soapy and didn't have that great retention. Other than that, a solid ale from a solid San Diego brewery.

Photo of yourefragile
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Sadly, probably my favorite part of this beer this time around. A clear golden amber with a bubbly white head that is very sticky and bunches up on the glass. Slight greenish tint around eges.
S: Nice aroma of hops, slightly bitter. Light citrus and floral notes. Slightly thin however, at least from what I was expecting.
T: Hop bitterness is first thing that hits and doesn't let up much throughout. Not the type that digs into the tongue or destroys the palate. Any pine, citrus or floral flavors are very subdued. Slight malt flavor to balance hops and finishes with a dry, grainy taste.
M: Light carbonation, relatively smooth, medium body. Overall left with a slightly thin feeling, like the smell.
D: A great IPA and standby on tap. Very strong hop flavor but very easy drinking. Alcohol isn't really detectable in taste but has pleasant warming effect. Personally, I prefer Two-Hearted over this.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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