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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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9,620 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,620
Reviews: 2,861
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 304
Gots: 1,636 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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 techdiver
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw with substantial white head that dissipates slowly.

Nose of piney grapefruit hops, very inviting.

Very smooth and creamy taste. Nice balance for an IPA.

Very drinkable. It's been a while since I had this. Good stuff, don't plan on waiting so long to have it again.

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

Yet another west coast brewery I've seen in the beer stores for some time but passed up for one reason or another. IPA's hurt my stomach to some extent but knew I had to try this one at least once to put on my beer dossier, so I tried out a bomber from the San Diego boys.

A: Poured into Cheers mug to produce an amber/golden color, 3/4 finger frothy white head. Crescent and spotted lacing to put a smile on my face and strong retention.

S: Powerful and pungent citrus of the grapefruit. At first I thought it was the abv stinging my nose hairs until the overall citrus boquet expanded. Pine, and citrus peels of perhaps orange and lemon to add the mix. I really enjoyed the esters from the sweet malts that come in a distant second but keep your neck bending to smell the beer one more time.

T: A measured hop strenght that I am not familiar with but quite happy to drink. The sweet malts along with a cracker foundation at the back end do a masterful job of ensuring the hops don't make the beer to acidic. In addition, a grass/wheat and herb presence comes about just when you thought you had all of the tastes recorded.

M: Medium to thick bordering on chewy with dry and mighty bitter finish.

D: I will pull for this one without reservation. Stone has changed my opinions on IPA's or at least the American style. While the hops were quite strong as advertised on the bottle, the remainder of the receipe was a perfect blend to ensure full enjoyment to the very last drop.

Photo of TonyT
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My Benchmark Calli IPA...This was the beer that made me fall in love with hops...Thank you Stone...If I ever make it out to Calli, I will be there...The Crisp finish with the high dryness makes you remember how it tastes the next day...after the gig....

Photo of Beefeater57
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid gold color, white sudsy head with a lot of lacing.

S: Hops are very noticeable in the smell. A little earthy, but it has a sweet smell that is subtle but really nice.

T: A very complex hop character. The bitterness of the hops comes in layers and builds in the taste. Some malt sweetness comes in the beginning real quick then is taken over by the hops. The hops give a definite earthy character and the aftertaste leaves a strong bitterness with hints of mint.

M: Really good body, no complaints with the mouthfeel at all.

D: An excellent complex IPA. The hops are definitely there..I could smell the hops from my glass on the table. The high alcohol content (6.9%) keeps me from pounding a 6pk but it is really drinkable. Great example of the style...

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

I've been enjoying this fine brew for a few years now, and since it happens to be one of my personal top ten beers, I felt it warranted a review.

This beer pours out with a slightly hazed golden copper colour and a nice foamy 1-2 finger head. Very nice!

The hop aroma is very distinct from the moment the cap is rendered from the bottle. Very floral as most "left" coast IPAs tend to be.

The taste of this ale is incredible. Hopped & bitter, but with a nice mellow malt backbone for balance.

Mouthfeel, for me at least, tends to be the weakest side of this beer. The density of the hops seem to dry the palate after a few pints.

Easy to drink... goes down smoothly and sometimes you forget the 6.9% ABV contained in this fine Cali IPA.

One of my favorites. Enjoy!

Photo of robbyc1
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear orange/yellow with a nice fluffy white head, leaves some lace on the glass, stays on for 3 -4 minutes.

Nose has grapefruit for sure, smells very fresh and refreshing, some nose of limes as well, no malt smell but good.

Nice grapefruit flavor, signs of limes, refreshing and balanced, not sweet, but little malt to balance the hops. In addition, the mouthfeel is not as heavy as I would like, (see Two Hearted). Nothing wrong, just not great.

Low bitterness so an easy drinker, again very refreshing, would take this over most summer styles, if I was on the west coast I could keep a six pack of this, but Bells and Goose have ones as good so no problem.

Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Consumer Beverages. Bright orange color with a nice head. I like the color of this. Aroma is fruity and floral with some sweet malts. Starts out with lots of malt sweetness but gets more bitter and dry towards the finish. Not bad, but a pretty average IPA.

Photo of sorryaboutbrooks
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer into glass. Definitely a little cloudy for an IPA (maybe a chill haze goin on?). Pours a yellowish or light copper. Not much of a head, but keep in mind I use glasses washed in the dishwasher with detergent. Amazing citrus smell. First sip catches you off guard as it is not what you would expect, but it is a great unique citrus flavor. The citrus (orange like flavor) is not over powering, but balanced very well with the rest of the beer. Great beer.

Photo of LunaChick
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For what it is, its a good IPA. But its by far not nearly what I expected.
Medium golden color with about a 1 finger head that left lacing to the bottem of the pint. Smells strongly of pine, citrus and alcohol. What got me about this was there was no depth to the flavor. It was a big hoppy start and then very little in between or in the end even. The overall flavor was decent--nice strong hop flavor, bitter orange peel. A very easy drinking IPA--would be easy to have 2 or 3 even. Nice carbonation, soft mouth feel and generally a clean finish. I guess I like my IPA's to leave a strong flavor on the back of my mouth and this doesn't. Overall its a good beer but not one I'd regularly reach for.

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

Got this in a trade with kylightzone, thanks brother.

Serving type- Bottle with no born on date poured into a regular pint glass. No activity present in beer after pour.

A- Poured a brilliant golden yellow. With a nice white lace that stayed around to the finish.

S- First thing that hits you is the STRONG hoppy alcohol smell. Also hints of herbs and spices but my rather untrained nose cannot decipher them specifically.

T- Once again the hoppiness hits you upside the head. You taste the hops throughout, which is a good thing because it helps balance out the strong alcohol flavor. Overall a great tasting and strong hoppy beer.

This is a great IPA and I am only sorry that I cannot get this around my area. I am just now getting aclemated into the stronger and hoppier beers and I can see why this is a good representative of the genre. I truly hope that Stone comes to NC soon like the rumours that are going around are stating. Otherwise I am gonna have to keep trading to get my hands on this.

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

Poured a slightly hazy orange color with a thick and frothy off white head. A good amount of carbonation stuck to the side of the glass. The frothyness of the head leads to some awesome clumpy lacing. Floral and pine treeish aroma. The flavor is similar but with an awesome breadiness to it. This is very well balanced. There is some malt in there. There is a pleasant dryness to the brew.
The feel is kinda slick and moderate. For an IPA this is one of the the most balanced and drinkable ones ive had.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Very nice slightly cloudy golden-orange color with two finger off-white head that sticks around. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

Aroma is pretty straightforward for an IPA. Citrusy and piney hops. A bit of biscuity malt way in the back somewhere.

Flavors are basically exactly what I expected from the aroma. Citrus and pine again, somewhat grassy. Nice bitter finish with a little bit of biscuit malt.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Nice medium-light body in combination with good carbonation really lets the hops shine.

As for drinkability, let's just say that I could drink this stuff all night. It's hoppy as hell, yet still seems to be balanced nicely. Definitely one of the better IPAs out there.

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

22 oz Bomber poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a rich dark gold with small white head and decent lacing and retention.

S - Nice citrus hop smell in the nose with a slightly biscuit aroma on the end.

T - Really nice hop kick noticed immediately with the malt balance smoothing out the end. Makes for a great burp!

M - Nice and light with good carbonation tingle.

D - At just under 7% a couple of these bad boys will do.

Photo of Buebie
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took a trip to Wisconsin for this.

Poured from a 12oz bottle with expensive looking screen printing on the bottle.
Into a 12oz pint glass.
Color is mildly hazy with a golden amber color and good carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass.
Head is fluffy and white with a cream like texture. Retention is great and sticks around nicely with nice lace drapage.

Aroma's are big and hoppy, citrus, pine, grapefruit, floral dry hop aroma. Some malty sweetness but mostly big hop aroma.

Nice smooth flavor, well blended hops to malt. A bit bitter, but delicious. Wallop of bitter piney flavor mixing well with the other hop flavor of grapefruit and malty sweetness. Heavy on the hops, but the malt still comes around.
Finish and linger of a spicie hop note.

Mouthfeel is definatly not watered down, good thickness with a tad bit of creamy like texture and a good dose of carbonation.

Great brew, definatly recommend.

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

A- Crystal clear amber with a half finger head that fades slowly leaving a thin film and some lacing.

S- Hops, some fruits, and just a hint of butter.

T- Follows the smell profile, but with a long dry hoppy finish.

M- Thin with some carbonation.

D- A decent IPA, but there are better examples out there. It's very balanced, but I think that I would grow weary of it after two or three pints. Still though, it's a good beer and worth a go if you haven't had it before. Cheers!

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

A-pale golden body with great clarity. Topped with a fluffy thick head that leaves walls of lace.

S-Nice dose of herbal citrus hops. Not the huge fruitiness that I was expecting. In terms of IPAs, I have come across many more with a bigger, more well-rounded, hop punch. Slight doughy, malt in the background. Very clean overall.

T-Big tangy bitterness all the way through. There is a decent balance between the aggressive hops and a sweet caramel malt backbone. A bit tart in the finish.

M-Great hop bitterness, but the body was a little thinner that I like in a good IPA. Although the hops come on strong, they are not cloying.

D-Overall a good IPA, but there are a lot of good IPAs on the market. Nothing about this is bad, but it doesn't stand out more than the others. I am just a little torn about this one. The hype of this beer may have upped the bar a bit. Easy to drink and a pleasure for hop heads. Good, above average American IPA

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

A brown bomber of this brew. Beer is an orange-amber color, slightly hazy, with a modest lonely centimeter of foam that quickly dissipated. A big citrus and hoppy nose on this one. Some malt does manage to get through. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate. Bitter throughout, building toward the finish. Pine and citrus hop flavors culminate at the end to assault the palate. Slightly balanced by some malt graininess, but mostly bitter.

A good refreshing American IPA. More bitter than most, but not in a bad way. Stone has another winner in this one.

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

One of the first west coast IPAs I had back in the day. Pours a medium straw yellow with a white head. Pine resin and citrus hop aroma that plays out in the taste which is bitter, grape fruity, with
some malt sweetness in the finish. Carbonation is medium, but I find the mouthfeel to be medium-thin. Drinkability is very good-but this is not a session beer.

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

A: Light copper with tints of orange. Bit frothy head that laces the glass on the way down. Very nice.

S: Big hop aroma. Pine, citrus, earthy hop oil. Carmel malt and bisquits in the background.

T: Big hop flavor to match the aroma. Grapefruit, lemon, some pine. Well balanced as the malt kicks in with some carmel and sweet bread. Delicious.

M: Moderate carbonation. Very smooth, but a bit watery.

D: Outstanding IPA. Could easily drink these all night long. I drove an hour to a liquor store in NY to get a six pack of this and it was well worth. Too bad we can't get this in CT.

Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was supposed to be a smokey indian growler.... come to find out it is just indian, no smokey. I guess I will have to suffer. Happy 4th.

A- Pours a clear, bright golden orange. Sizeable white head that turns into clingy, sticky lacing.

S- No surprise here strong aroma of 85 percent piney resin 15 percent citrus. Some hidden sweetness, like caramel.

T- The signature Stone in your face over the top hops is clearly here. The bitterness is once again mostly piney. Hard to pick up the balance of malts.

M- This is a strong component of this beer. Firm body with great carbonation. Very refreshing.

D- I don't consider IPA'S to be my session beer, but this one is very good.

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

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale). 6.9%ABV

Appearance - buttery, light in color. Nicely laced head. Good effervescence.

Smell - Citrus, pine, and lots o' hops. Light and fresh.

Taste - fruity notes followed by the spice of the hops. Well balanced with good aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp. Very viscous (i.e., it goes down very smoothly).

Drinkability - High. I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile based on the ratings here at BA and am glad I finally did. Great tasting and with no chemicals and preservatives I can say I'm drinking healthy!

Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

An aggressive pour results in a nice white pillowy head of about an inch or so which sticks around for a few minutes. When I look through the glass I see a crystal clear straw-colored beer. Great hop character on this! Ohh yeah, this is something I can get behind! Flavor is big with plenty of grapefruit hops which provide for an excellent taste. Medium bodied with light carbonation helps this one become a very drinkable beer.

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

Pours a great copper color with good head and nice lacing. It has a wonderful floral, hoppy scent that fills the air. It has a great taste, very light malty tones with a wonderful hoppy overtone, nearly too much, but it's great. It goes down very smooth. An absolutely wonderful IPA.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap @ Sugar Maple on 6-27-08 and presented in a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale copper color with a thin, eggshell-colored head with good retention.

S: Subtle hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus.

T: Opens with floral hops and spice, followed by a malty middle punctuated with notes of pine and citrus rind. Finishes crisp and dry.

A well-balanced IPA offering, but too subtle in character to be considered distinctive of the style. Not in the same echelon as Furious & Masala Mama.

M: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated.

D: Good.

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

Served from a 12oz bottle from Little Raven Vineyards; your the man Peter.

A- Crystal clear golden amber with a head that reduces to a skim while leaving nice lacing

S- Nice balance of citrus/grapefruit, grassy, lemon and caramel malt.

T- This one does it for me. Great hop character, good underlying bitterness with the fresh aroma ultimately affecting the taste in a positive way. The malt back bone holds it all together very well.

M- Sharp CO2 that almost cleanses as it goes down

D- Don't kid yourself this is a big beer. With that being said it goes down easily. I don't see myself drinking this as a session brew but I love to mix in two or three if I am on a mission:)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,620 ratings.