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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

2,863 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,863
Hads: 10,161
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 357
Gots: 2,184 | FT: 7
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 Beertsipper
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite Stone offering after Enjoy By. Very light drinker for a 6.9% IPA. Smell and taste is floral, some citrus, bready. I can pound these all day. (160 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber with little head or lace, which is a surprise as the HB lidded stein usually promotes head formation.

The aroma is filled with pine tar, followed by citrus and an unexpected sweetness. Light floral notes are released with warmth.

Bitterness is substantial, while caramel, pine, and orange rind follow long into a lingering, bitter finish. This IPA is crisp and clean with grassiness middle to end that is accentuated with warming.

A well carbonated, full body with light alcohol, a satin texture and moderate astringency.

This IPA works well while sitting under a shade tree on a cool summer day. This is a fine relaxing beer that would work well after a day of yard work. (693 characters)

Photo of morris786
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light amber color with perfect amount of foam after pour. I will note that this beer is very hazy and had more sediment than I assume the beer normally has. The flavor is very appealing, better then your average IPA. It is decently balanced with slightly bitter floral citrus flavors forward followed by mellowing out in the middle with a slightly bitter hop finish. (366 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour cloudy orange with 1 finger fluffy white head.

Aroma yields big pine and dankness.

Taste follows the nose. Big hit of pine, light citrus notes, followed by a massive hit of hop bitterness.

Overall solid IPA. However it isn't the best IPA I have tasted from stone. It is a tad bit unbalanced leading to an overagression of pine bitterness that could be toned down with a kiss more malt. I could see pairing this with a nice bbq pork chop glazed with bbq sauce. It gets a 90/100. (486 characters)

Photo of Das_Reh
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good IPA, classic West Coast notes of grapefruit and pine with just enough malt to keep it from being hop tea. Would definitely drink again, I can't believe I passed it up for so long. (192 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow like color. Little to no aroma that I could detect. Taste was extremely balanced, a little hoppy/citrusy with a tad bit of bitterness. Little bit of carbonation. Overall, an extremely smooth finish, an excellent IPA that I would definitely buy again. (270 characters)

Photo of Zaktcc
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a semi-opaque dark golden color. Fluffy, 3 finger head, with good retention, a lot of lacing present.

S - Bitterness and hops are the main aromas of the beer. The bitterness is not to overwhelming and is mitigated by the sweet malt presence; well blended. A blend of citrus and various other fruits appear present; most dominantly grape. Hints of coffee aromas present as well. Very interesting, complex scented beer.

T - Very fresh, smooth and fairly straightforward tasting beer. A solid blend of hops and coffee notes finishing with various spices.

M - Light to medium bodied beer, averagely carbonated. Fresh and crisp finish with a mild hop aftertaste.

O - Great beer overall from a great company. A solid, bitter IPA that pairs well with a steak or burger. (779 characters)

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

I may have actually given this one better reviews, but Stone is one of those breweries that I hold to a higher standard. This is a good beer, but not nearly as good as most of stones offerings. (194 characters)

Photo of Dynobolt
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent IPA. Nice head, lacing, smell, and very drinkable. Had it on draft and taste so much better then bottle. Impressed with this drink and I'll defiantly try it agian. (174 characters)

Photo of mkeith14
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA embodies the American style IPA. It has a definite hops flavor to it giving it that nice bitter IPA taste. It's a very stripped down IPA so if you're into the sweeter IPA's or the stronger citrus notes there probably not going to be found in this beer. Overall a really good IPA. (288 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops at the forefront, in both aroma and taste. Piney aroma on top of hazy golden body with medium, creamy head. taste is astringent and bitter, and stays on the palate. Some lemony citrus notes are in the background. Excellent. (228 characters)

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

Across the board great beer. Couple I like better but solid. Slight malt and perfect blend of hop character. Not bitter at all on the finish. Overall a great Stone classic. (172 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy by" date 6-25-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark golden color with one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is a moderate amount of lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: flowers, sweet honey, citrus/grapefruit, pine, bread, very pleasant to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet honey and citrus then an assertive piney hop profile that really lingered.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is my second beer from Stone, the other was pale ale and I disliked it so much I avoided all their other beers until now. Clearly, that was a mistake, this is a very good IPA, it's more assertive than most but would appeal to anyone who enjoys the style, I would have this again for sure and will try more from this brewer. (901 characters)

Photo of Godfatherbob
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I get it, it's very hoppy.. I'm an IPA person, but once you peel back all the hops from this there really isn't much there. Don't get me wrong, I love Stone and will drink these all night, but it's just not a particularly tasty beer. (233 characters)

Photo of 11BIRD11
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Initially it is overwhelming, but that is what they are going for. Feels like I'm drinking a pine tree. After the first one, they are delicious. Just as any Stone beer is. (171 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Four Firkins in Minneapolis. The best by date suggests it's still good for another three weeks. Poured right from the fridge into my pint glass.

L: Pours a warm honey amber with about an inch-and-a-half of white, dense head that sticks around for a nice bit and leaves some cling on the glass. Clear, with lots of specks of particulate and moderate carbonation visible.

S: Pine hops are the prominent notes in the bouquet, along with some grapefruit and orange/tangerine. Some bready malt notes lingering underneath it all. Not a huge aroma to this one.

T: Assertive pine hop notes right out of the gate, with the caramel and bready malts working to keep things in check. A bit of citrus as the taste moves to the middle--some orange and grapefruit. There's also a bit of clear alcohol as it moves into the back. The close is probably my favorite part about this beer: there's nice resinous pine and much more assertive grapefruit rind that have a little stick and carry the aftertaste for a good long while.

F: On the heavier side for a single IPA, this one makes you feel like you're drinking a substantial beer. It's got smoothness/creaminess, but that quickly turns bright/bitter by the back end, leaving some substantial bitter on the palate. The carbonation is spot-on.

O: I wasn't sure if this one could live up to the hype for me, but it definitely did. This is an expertly crafted IPA that has beautiful straightforward hop flavors that really hit the tongue hard. For all of the big flavor, it still manages to deliver some complexity. I will definitely revisit this one again when I have the chance. (1,633 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with a two finger high, white head.

Nose: Citrus, pine grass and grapefruit.
Taste: Caramel malt, pine, grass, grapefruit and lemongrass.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Great IPA! (228 characters)

Photo of bkkt
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn near perfect IPA. I don't know what a perfect IPA taste like but I'd imagine this is pretty close.
The smell is fantastic and so aromatic. The pines and hops hits all your senses and begs to be drank. Tastes is perfectly balanced of floral, hops, citrus, grapefruit, pineapples, too much shit to name. I've been drinking this for years and buy in bulk. (357 characters)

Photo of slyme
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- exactly what you expect from a miraculous ipa. Dark golden in color, lacing down the glass, and a medium thick pillowy head. Very inviting.

Smell- smells baseline. Underlying citrus but primarily floral, hoppy notes. To be honest, as spectacular as the taste is, isdexpect a more intense, piney smell. That being said, it smells like an ipa.

Taste- this is where this beer becomes legendary. When you order an ipa, you have certain expectations. Strong flavor, beautiful bitterness, and a smell that utters "buckle your seatbelts, this is about to get real." Stone ipa reminds you of why you avoid domesticated beers, and thrive for artistry. This beer, my friends, is one that you can consider one of the "royal ipa's"

Feel- Incredibly intense floral notes, yet this beer is incredibly light, and easy to drink. High carbonation, relatable to a cold soda on a hot day. This may not fall under feel, but this beer takes me back to my first ipa experience and caresses me at all the turns it first took me on.

Overall- Great beer. If you're new to the ipa realm or a well travled ipa veteran, Stone IPA hits on all the qualities you want it to. Expect nothing but greatness from Stone! (1,219 characters)

Photo of Pantalones
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My third bottle of this one from the six-pack, has the numbers "24 15" with a squiggle or symbol of some sort between them... bottling date or best-by date of some sort? I saw a 6 on one, and numbers like 24 and 26 on others, so I'm guessing this means the best-by dates are toward the later end of June 2015.

Anyway, on to the beer. Looks dark gold, bordering on orangey, mostly clear with lots and lots of tiny little bubbles coming up. Nice head of almost-white foam on top, which is gradually shrinking but hasn't quite gotten to "thin coating at the surface" as of my writing this. Leaves a whole lot of lacing behind as it goes, too -- the inside of my glass seems to have been painted to resemble a white kitchen sponge in some places, there's so much of a foam trail covering it. Bottle/"label" design is neat too, I don't see many of the "printed directly onto the glass" labels like this.

The smell is really great on this beer. Hoppiness the moment you open the bottle, and while pouring. Mostly citrusy, which is an interesting change from the way so many IPAs seem to have a lot more pine in them to me. There's a bit of a piney, leafy thing going on when I take a sniff now (the initial citrus blast fades a bit as the foam on top shrinks) and some other fruitiness coming in, but the citrus is still the primary smell.

Taste is nice, too. A lot of citrus, and there's more pine than in the smell but it's not as dominant of a flavor as in several of the other IPAs I've had. Bitterness is significant (but not overwhelming) and has a bit of a leafy thing to it, hangs around for a just a bit at the end. I get just a little of a bread-crusty sort of malt flavor here and there, but the hops are definitely the primary flavor, as expected of an IPA. In the previous bottle I occasionally picked up something that reminded me of cinnamon, oddly enough. I got just a hint of this with my last drink from this glass, too, actually. In previous bottles I've also picked up on something that reminded me of walking through the woods in a way, I'm guessing a combination of piney/leafy hop flavor and maybe something else? Wasn't getting quite as much of that this time (more citrus, pine, leafy) but it stood out to me in the previous bottles I've had, so I figured I'd mention it here.

Feel is good too for the most part. Maybe just a tad bit more fizzy/bubbly than I would've liked, but very drinkable (while still feeling more substantial than water or lighter beers.) The near-7% alcohol is completely undetectable, I can't pick up on any mouth-warming or alcohol-type flavors at all. Overall feel is nicely "in-between," not too light and dry but not too heavy and sticky either. Overall leaning a bit more toward the dry side.

Overall, this is probably my favorite IPA so far. The smell is great (especially the initial citrus blast when pouring) and I'm really liking how there's a bit more complexity going on in the flavor rather than just an explosion of hops (though that's certainly there too!) -- it's like someone took the things I like about "regular" pale ales scaled all that up to IPA-strength. Which is exactly what an IPA is supposed to be, isn't it -- a bigger, hoppier, higher-ABV version of a pale ale? Very nice first impression from a brewery that's only recently appeared in the stores around here -- I will be trying more of their lineup (and probably more of this one) in the future for sure. (3,455 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

18oz poured on tap at the local Bier Markt one day for lunch. Saw this and figured it was a must have as otherwise accessibility to this heralded beer is non-existent in Ontario.

Appearance - Bright golden color, with some bronze hues. Poured a respectable one finger of head, with decent retention and a nice soapy collar left behind afterwards. Cloudy in appearance but not hazy.

Smell- Delicious blend of lemon, graepfruit some malty sweetness, combined with a sweeter tropical fruit and some mandarin orange. Very enticing and among the best smelling IPA's I've had.

Taste - Wow this was good. Starts sweet, very juicy and fruity with the sweetened grapefruit and something like an unripe strawberry flavor, before the lemon starts to control things and ends rather bitter (and tart). Yet there is some maltiness in the back to prevent this from being too unbalanced, but the juicy fruit flavors are the star. A bit boozy towards the end of the glass, prevents this from getting a 4.5.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and very crisp with the most invisible and seamless level of moderate carbonation I have ever experienced. Great feel.

Overall - a great IPA, one that I would certainly enjoy with more accessibility and a phenomenal (and unique) blend of hops and fruit flavors. A west coast IPA at it's best. (1,308 characters)

Photo of krbrevard
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: no head, golden copper color. Probably a little old.
S: A nice hop presence, pine pine pine
T: Not very balanced IMHO- not that its a bad thing, but i'm getting a ton of pine foretaste and aftertaste. Malts come through just a few times and are isolated, the rest of the time they are overpowered by hop which is sort of the point.
M: crisp, very crisp
O: A solid west coast style IPA. Not the best I've had but a standard nonetheless.

I have been to the brewery and must say when the fresh cascade batch is available, watch out! Friggin' killer... (556 characters)

Photo of kgammell1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More citrus than pine which I prefer. Medium to high carbonation which was quite refreshing. Dry, lingering finish with a pleasant orange zesty bitterness. Very, very, nice. (173 characters)

Photo of nelsonhf
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: clear, golden with a thick foam; smell: nice, floral, light; taste: some bitterness, good balance; fell: smooth; a great session beer, if you like them a bit bitter and can hold your alcohol (it's 9.7%!) (209 characters)

Photo of derekgw123
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I only really like a few IPA's. I'm really picky when it comes to these kinds of beers. This wasn't bad, just a little bitter initially. Almost like aspirin. Got better. (169 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,863 ratings.