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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,327 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,327
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,292 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of mdm46410
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer poured a clear light amber color with a thick bubbly head that slowy faded away leaving some thick lace on the glass. Carbonation is noticable. Aroma is all citrus hops. Flavor is caramel malt with some spice notes. Undertones of grapefruit and pine are also present. You feel a nice spicy hop bite on your tounge. The beer is medium-bodied. It ends with a very dry, bitter finish. This is an above average IPA, but for me I would prefer a little bit bigger flavor to go along with the excellent hop kick.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice golden hazy color. Aromas of hops, and it tastes pretty darn good. It is a great IPA for all occations. I feel that it is almost a bit session-ish, well at least for me. It is one of the few beers that I can never get tired of, or ever stop drinking.

Photo of Cascadia
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone hits this one out of the park. Very good IPA and very drinkable. If it was a little cheaper for a six pack, I'd have this one all the time. Great everyday beer for the fridge. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favortie beweries. I've been on the lookout for some "oaked" stone six packs in Oregon, but haven't been able to find any. This is a taste beer. Did I mention this was a good beer?

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a dense, thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Has a nice lightly sweet citrus aroma, with a pine/juniper hop overtone that adds some bitterness.

Taste: It's quite like the smell, as far as the different flavors go. Well-balanced, though the finish and aftertaste is definitely on the bitter hoppy side.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied -- a bit too light, I think. Very minimal carbonation. Quite smooth, though it has that mild grainyness present in many IPAs.

Drinkability: Strong, but not excessive. And it's well-balanced too, so the hoppy bitterness of the aftertaste is offset well.

A nicely balanced beer from Stone. I would like it a lot more if it didn't feel so light-bodied and if it weren't so lacking in carbonation, but it's still one of the better American IPAs I've had. This is a must to try if you like IPAs, and recommendable in general as well.

Photo of eberkman
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy-amber orange with a sticky, thick off-white head with excellent retention. The smell was dominated by piney, grapefruity aromas giving good anticipation of hoppiness. The taste was a knockout. wonderful grapefruity hoppiness balanced beautifully with a pungent malty sweet/sourness. Nice quenching, dry finish. Became much more bitter as it warmed up. Good crispness in the mouth. Not as sessionable as some other IPAs because of the slightly higher ABV, but enjoyable nonetheless. I look forward to having this again and again -- definitely worth the 20-minute trip to Julio's for this one!

Photo of Stoneman78
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the four "Stone Core" selections. Received from a friend, this is from the older Stone brewery in San Marcos, so it is a little aged. . .

A- Pours a clear light orange hue; large creamy white head that is mostly sustaining; moderate lacing throughout

S- Nose is dominated by citrusy hops and slight pine tones, classic west coast IPA. . .

T- Crisp and smooth taste; subtle hops initially followed quickly by citrus tones; aftertaste is rather short-lasting and the hops are not quite as bitter as similar IPAs; slight maltiness that is nicely balanced

M- Smooth and watery mouthfeel; nice creaminess and lively carbonation

D- This is a great example of a west coast IPA that is easy-drinking and full of hoppy goodness that is far from overwhelming. It falls a little short of its cross-town IPA cohort at Alesmith, but still a great choice!

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

Pours a clear light amber color with better than a full finger off white head that fades to surface fairly quickly. Some lacing present.

The smell is on the subtle side. Floral, sweet malt and citrus.

Medium to light bodied, the mouth feel is adequately carbonated but uniform.

The flavor is lightly hoppy and on the sweet side.

Drinks like a session beer but at 6.9% ABV i won't be knocking these back. This one is nice but not living up to the hype.

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

pours a nice somewhat transparent light orange. not much head but laces down the glass. nice dry hopped aroma.

The taste is balanced. for a hop head, too balanced. i was hoping for more bitterness, but without a doubt a good brew. the first flavors i taste are the slightly sweet malts, but then the hops kick in and make it what it is. a good american ipa.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottle marked "best before 06/27/07".

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a solid off-white head. A nice 1/4" thick head remains on the brew throughout. Very good lacing as well.

S: Lots of pungent hops in the form of mostly pine with a touch of citrus.

T: First to hit the tongue is a big smack of bitter hops. This is followed by a touch of citrus in the form of grapefruit and orange. Not as much fruit as some other IPA's. The aftertaste is that of dry bitter hops, it lingers on the tongue for quite a while and puckers the mouth. The hops/malt balance is decent, definitely tilted towards hops. A touch of malt sweetness as well.

M: Big, smooth, and slightly creamy due to the ever present head, nice level of carbonation.

D: A very quaffable IPA. It goes down easy and smooth even with all the dominant bitter hops present in the brew. A big IPA, not for those that not like hops shoved in their mouth. A very solid and very good IPA.

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

V.07
Light copper, medium carbonation, and thin rimmed head.
Nose is a pleasant, but subdued citrus makes you wish for more pronounced aromatics.
Easy drinking with a crisp, mildly bitter and dry finish. Pine & citrus, light malt. Very nice, and you can't go wrong with this as far as a standard IPA is concerned. Recommended.

Photo of sstackho
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a light bronze with notable carbonation. Aroma is divine with the smell of fresh hops - going so far as to remind me of the aroma of some cask ales. Flavour is heavy hops on the piney side. Bold and full hoppy aftertaste. Rewarding. RE-RATE: Just had a fresh bottle. Absolutely outstanding. The fresh hops weren't as piney as I previously found.

Photo of kajerm
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, pours pale amber and slightly hazy, with a big white head and signficant lacing. There are a lot of beers that smell and taste hoppy, but this is one of a very few beers that looks hoppy-- if you look at the glass closely, you can see clouds of emulsified hop oils; pretty cool, and maybe a little ominous.

The aroma is loaded with pine and citrus character-- the dry-hopping really shows here. As far as I can tell, they didn't use cool hops (although it smells like there MIGHT be amarillo in there somewhere), but this doesn't smell as mundane and straightforward as a lot of west coast IPAs.

Opens up with citric hop flavor and some nondescript fruitiness. The finish is intense bitterness that sucks your soul out through your tongue. Bittering seems even more over the top since this beer is so empty mid-palate, and because the malt backbone is light to nonexistent.

Mouthfeel is thick and resinous, with low carbonation.

I looked forward to relaxing with one of these (and pairing it with some spicy chicken arabiatta), but the balance is no good-- bittering is out of control compared to the rest of the beer.

It's a damn shame too, because it smells so nice.

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

On-tap at Heroe's last night. Same glowing appearance, but not as much head. The dry-hopping isn't as overpowering as it is from the bottle, but the flavor isn't as bitter, more sweet citrus. This makes the beer much more drinkable and refreshing on draft compared to the bottle.

Photo of gunnerman
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into my arrogant bastard specialty glass, pours an orange rustic color with a fluffy foamy head that stays the entire time and leaves some lace on the glass. Smell is pretty hoppy citrusy and grassy. Taste is bitter like grapefruits and also some citrus hops in the mix, I do enjoy this brew but other bottles that I have had seemed to taste a bit better, this is still an extremly good brew and a damn fine IPA plus stone has the coolest bottles ever.

Photo of Graham21
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden apricot color with a two finger head that recedes to about 1mm. Smells of hops and pine. Unlike the rich hoppy scent, this beer seems to be lacking on the IPA flavor. Its not as sweet as I expected and the malt was lacking . I did pick up coraiander, spices, apple, and citrus fruits along with hops and a bit of alcohol. The carbonation was good and the body was medium. Although not bad, being an IPA lover this one didn't do it for me

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

A- Light golden, the perfect pale ale color. fluffy off-white head that pours four fingers thick and then lasts as a half a finger for the life of the beer... and laces beautifully.

S- Peaches, pine, some faint yeast, caramel, a hint of citrus and a very faint hint of alcohol.

T- Sweet caramel goodness up front, then light, piney, bitter hops in the back... a wonderfully well-balanced IPA.

M- Smooth, buttery, and then light and a smooth finish. Medium carbonation and a bit of astringency at the end of each sip.

D- Because of the balance, this is one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Good in the hops, wonderful malt. mmm.

Photo of mobud
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Dark yellow with light white head that slow disappears.

S- Slight citrus with a little pine underneath.

T- The citrus hop taste was first and formost for me. The taste stayed balanced and there was a slight bitter aftertaste that remained.

M- Medium. The beer did not linger too long and gave enough on the frontend that made it enjoyable.

D- Very. The 6.9% alcohol would prevent me from have too many, but the ones I did have would be fun. Another fine Stone product!

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

The Stone IPA is a great beer, but not the perfect example of an IPA. Poured into a glass it's slightly cloudy, with a golden tint. The aroma is citrusy with a good load of hops, although not as much as I expected. While clearly a hop-based beer, the IPA is lacking slightly in the truly bitter hops experience I expect from a west coast IPA. There is little (but noticeable) malt flavor, but the hop intensity just isn't there. The citrus and bitterness is prevalent, but the bitterness quickly subsides to a mild bite. Although this detracts from the expected IPA characteristics, it makes the beer very drinkable. Highly sessionable, but not the best example of an American IPA. Still a great beer.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a hazy golden color with a thick head that has decent retention. Citrus-like hops dominate the aroma, but there is some malt noticed. The taste is mostly spicy American type hops with a nice malt backing it up. It has a nice citrus-like hop finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a very tasty IPA. It's hops are the star here, but the malt is very tasty as well.

Photo of cbreitro
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Stone, in part because they are not afraid to go heavy on the hops. Because of that I was a bit disappointed with their IPA. I guess they make it more in the British style rather than American, which tends to be heavier on the hops.

The appearance was a nice copper color, and it is clear, not cloudy like many IPAs.

The taste was very good, but I was expecting more of the hoppy bitterness. That being said, it is very drinkable, and if I was not expecting more bitterness I would probably rate it higher.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves about one finger of a white head that has excellent retention, and leaves excellent lacing. Body is a golden amber.

Smell - citrusy, floral, and piney hops fill the nose. Where's the malt ?

Taste - as promised by the smell. Citrusy, floral, and piney hops, and only the slighest hint of toasty malt biscuits. Very unbalanced in favor of the hops, although I do like it.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, foamy with a great deal of hop oil slickness, and semi-dry from the hop bitterness.

Drinkability - this a very good AIPA, one that showcases the hops, if maybe neglecting the malt. It is also sessionable.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Hazy golden with a thick lasting off white head and sticky lace.

Aroma is citrus and floral hops with a good dose of caramel.

Flavor is piney, grapefruity hops, balanced with some nice caramel sweetness.

Finish is long and mildly bitter. yum

Photo of ttu94
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer. I got it based on its beer advocate rating of 91. Pours a hazy gold with a good head. The smell has an almost orange aroma to it along with hoppiness. The taste is fantastic. More orange flavor and again big hops. It also tastes a bit creamy to me. Finishes very clean and crisp. I need to get some broken halo IPA from Widmer and see which I like better.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's in Syracuse.

A different sort of IPA, which is very welcome. I didnt get any distinct malt profile of this one, but the citrus hops were an interesting mix of smooth flavor and powerful bitterness. This, with the lack of malt flavor, make the mouthfeel seem a little empty while making it more drinkable at the same time. Huh. Try it anyways.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy yellow-gold with a thick head. Good lacing to the end.

The aroma is very hoppy with a combination of citrus and pine. The presence of malt must be noted.

The combination of citrus and malt is very nice. There is a strong bitterness present towards the end.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

This is a decent IPA. Not the best I've ever had but not one I would kick out of bed either.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,327 ratings.