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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)

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The IPA That Launched Generations of Hop Fanatics
First Release: August 1997

By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale—and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of rustymoore
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love Stone's stuff more and more everytime I drink it. Pours a reddish amber in color with a thick creamy head. Smells of strong hops and citrus with a hint of pine. Taste is bitter and has a fairly strong alcohol flavor. Very crisp and refreshing though. Mouthfeel is very carbonated but more balanced than most IPAs. Very drinkable if like a good IPA as well as being moderately affordable.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How the hell did I not review this brew by now? Guess it was so good I didn't think of writing anything. Crispy light drinking but in the end it becomes dry. Flowery hop profile. A bit thin in the mouth for most of the pull. Highly filtered. waves of carbonation fill the glass.

Notes: One of the best IPA's I've ever had. Milder than the big freakshows

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Photo of etaggie09
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey gold, with an off white head that has great staying power. Wonderful Clarity. Where are the carbonation bubbles?

Aroma: Classically hoppy. Like a citrus earth perfume. There is malt in the background to give this beer just a nice thick aroma. Very wonderful.

Taste: Whoo, boy. This one is all about the hops. Interestingly enough though the malt comes through at the end. I've never had a beer that went from bitter to sweet. Very interesting. Its got a grassy hop flavor with a nice bitterness and an earthy malty finish. Scares you at first with the bitterness, but suprisingly, it isn't overpowering. Fairly well balanced actually. Hop forward most definately, but that is what the American IPA is all about. Man these guys at Stone sure do a great job. Some toastiness is evident as this beer warms. Gets a little sweeter too, which helps.

Mouthfeel: A Medium body with a crisp carbonation bite. Although, I would rather see less carbonation in this one.

Drinkability: I wish I had more than this bomber.

Notes: I have come to love IPAs and I must say that this is definately one of the better ones I've had. I like an IPA that has more sweetness to balance the hop bitterness, which is why I love Dogfish Head's 90 minute, but this one does a great job for the style. The appearance of both of the Stone beers I have had were superb, and their flavor is excellent. Definately one of the best breweries in America.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

so far, this is the best IPA ive ever had. just a great all round beer. heavy on the hops, but not as...raw, as its arrogant bastard cousin, much smoother. pours a light, pure gold color...taste-bright, citrusy hops take the lead, and not much else is prominent, yet somehow it seems really balanced; it starts off really good and stays interesting throughout. as usual though with hoppy beers after a while i get all hopped out and dont want anymore. excellent mouthfeel;the aftertaste is hoppy but not as bitter as others in its class.
im no hophead, but i will definitely pick up this one again on occasion should i feel the need for a hoppy beer.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle pored into my favorite stone 9th anniversery pint glass. it pores a clear but slightly hazzy golden color with great head retention threw out the time. smell is just pure hops, nothing else. the taste is as of no surprise - great hops. a great balance between the hops and malts. no bitterness at all. just pure hop sweetness to my tounge. everything about this beer i love. it is allways a regular in my fridge. this beer will be near my side in my coffin.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

folks we have a winner.

appearance: i'd to give higher marks here, i really would. However the beer just looks "thin". about like water. the head doesn't last to long in big form, but settles into a solid cenimeter that never leaves. the color is light orange....but again it's very, very clear. no trace of chill haze, a change of pace from anderson valley's cloudy beers.

smell: ah there it is. some nice creamy hops. there's not much malt besides base malt is this sucker...you can tell that by the color. This leaves us with the pure hop. werd over the campfire, these the hops are Ahtanum, an offshot of casade, like cascade but a little different. I like that. That last 5 ipa's i've had have had some sort of malt character, and I've complained in a big(great devide) to a small(green flash, ok the malt actually works in that one) way. My wish for a maltless IPA has been granted here.

taste: hops and nothing but the hops. like bitting into a hop. yet, there is a certain, refined holding back here, despite the label. The hops provide 100 percent of the flavor here, and yet they didn't go overboard. On the spectrum of malty ipas with 1 being super malty and 10 being hoppy this is a easy 10. And yet, I guess I grew to like some malt in my IPA's. However this is a kick ass ipa, this is why I love craft beer, the diviserity. oh yeah the actual flavor? more fruity that piney, tons of grapefruit. the heaviness of the hop flavor actually completely overwhelms the bitterness. This could be an older sample,(but it's still tastalicious. man this beer has the greatest aftertaste. (again, reviewed in style for a non-malty ipa. imho they are two different stlyes, malty and non-malty)

mouthfeel: well it's watery. funny thing is I can taste hop oil. no really. like the hops added some body. since this beer is a hop deliverly system, it works

drinkability: yeah, drink up. yes it's drinkable. the body is light, but within reason. when you set your glass down, you start thinking about another sip. remember those bitter beer face comercials? this was the beer. ok i'm bored half way threw the second beer, better to spread the sixer out, rather than try to drink a sixer in an eve.

My favorite stone beer i've had. wait, i forgot about the Russian imperial stout. anyways, the only ipa that is perhaps better than this, is Racer 5 or mabey the russian river ipa( a draft verus bottle comparison isn't fair). or green flash, or anderson valley. uh yeah all those are good... stone, once tasted never forgotten.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a half inch yellow head. Head falls fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Strong aroma of Piney hops and lightly burnt caramel. Some sweet citrus.

Nice strong hop flavor but a lot more going on with this beer. The caramel flavor and sweetness are very smooth and balance the hops perfectly. The hops really stick to your tongue though and stay with you.

Creamy medium body.

This in my view one of the best IPAs out there. The hops in the aftertaste taste great on the first one, but I think sometimes it can add up to be a bit too much after a couple/few, which is the only (and very minor) downside in the drinkability of this spectacular brew to me.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass:

A light tan head almost 1.5" tall. Good sticky lace and retention on a bright copper body. Gentle carbonation. Citrus west coast hops with a hint of pine followed by a solid carmel malt aroma. Has a medium body with enough carbonation to move things along. The hops of course are up front and last to the finish. Overall I'm a bit surprised at the balance of this beer. Not overly aggressive but no wimp by any means. It is a Stone afterall.

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Photo of skizziks
3.04/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thick antique white head starts off around an inch and fades to a bare skim on the surface. The beer is a slightly cloudy gold. Head leaves just a little spotty lacing.

Aroma is predominantly hop, backed by a mixture of fruit, apple, banana, a little fresh baked white bread. It's nice but all pretty faint. I really have to stick my nose in and swirl to get it.

Taste is almost all hop, a little like sucking on a hop cone (and I really don't recommend sucking on hop cones). An astringent bitterness right up front. Again, a little apple and bread under the hops. Just enough malt to let you know that this isn't just a fizzy tincture of hop, but not nearly enough to provide any balance. Finish is dry with more bitterness sticking in the back of the throat. It'll be there for a long time. That's not necessarily a bad thing in my book, but I wish there were more malt to fill things out. The result is that it all comes across as harsh and thin. I think I like what their yeast is doing, it would be nice if it had more to do. There is some sense of the alcoholic strength near the end, but very understated, doesn't seem like a 6.9% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thin, a little watery. It helps drinkability, but is a little unsatisfying. I doubt I'll bother getting another one.

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

Pours out that nice IPA color - A slight haze that could be from chill, a light amber with an eggshell head. The head fizzes up to a finger thick then relaxes to a nice eggshell scum, leaving behind curvy, intricate, lazy lacing.

Smell - woo, yup, that's my Stone IPA, for sure. The scent is like a fist made out of grapefruits punching you in the face while holding a slice of grapefruit, its squirting juice stinging your eyes and skin. Mmm! There are slight tinges of orange and lemon peel, but it's all citruis, both sweet and bitter.

As this warms, the creaminess, the smooth vanilla-ness of the malts really gets more and more refined and more tasty - it continues, despite the temperature, the be followed by a slap of deep, groovy hops, grapefruity as they smell.

Nice crisp carbonation is followed by a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that leaves behind a relatively crisp aftertaste for an IPA.

Yum yum. This IPA could be other companies' DIPAs. It's such a wonderful definition orf the style, it deserves to be recognized as one of the best.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a nice bright bronze-orange. It is almost clear. The head is big and bubbly. The smell and taste are both great. There is a floral and citrus hops aroma, a sweet bread malt smell. The taste includes these flavors as well. The mouthfeel is perfect, not watery, not thick or oily. There is plenty of carbonation. It is incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Mt. Dragon in snowmass, co last weekend. Very nice

Poured amber to bronze in color with a tight/white 1 finger deep head that stuck around most of the pint, bubbles cling to the side of the glass and dance of the head with every pour. Good lacing

Smell: Fruitiness/biscuitty smells and piney hop odors

Taste: Fruitinesss and citrus and pine hops war for your attention, but in dignified manner. Not as in you face as most stone ales I've had & I appreciated the subtle yet powerful tastes showcased. Dry sweet/piney finish with hints of alcohol as it warms

MF: Extemely well balanced with good carbonation. Smooth and moreish

Extremely quaffable, drinks about 2abv lower than listed. Will get some bottles soon to compare, don't remember it being as tasty. I usually like draft better most of the time

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pale orange/yellow. Pours a big head. Some Lacing. Really cool bottle.

Smell – An assault of fresh woody and piney hops.

Taste – Strong piney hops and other varieties. Spices. Balanced finish. There is a lot going on, I enjoyed letting it linger on my tounge.

Mouthfeel – Full body, solid malt backbone. Ripe carbonation.

Drinkability/notes – A serious IPA but still drinkable. Will satisfy a hop craving or the need for a nice sipping beer on a warm day. (no freshness markings)

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Photo of sloejams
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lately I've been such a hop whore. I crave them all day, I'm a fucking fiend. So to be certain, I drink this shit all the time.

The copper color has a nice frothy head (yeah, I pour this shit right!). The hop character is full - some floral, some citrus. It packs a nice bitter punch - initially it's all hops but complex maltiness finishes with some sweetness. A loverly beer.

I know "session" beers usually refer beers under 5% ABV. I could session this beer all day and all night.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very lovely copper coloration. The head was off white slightly honey colored. The head was thick and had good retention. Very nice streaks of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: This beer is a hop bomb on smell. Spicy floral hops on a bed of malty citric sweetness. Dam this is good stuff.

Taste: The beer punches with intial spicy hops slightly piney notes. Then there is citrus goodness. This breaks into malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The beer is meduim bodied and has a slightly oily texture to the mouth.

Drinkability: This beer is just an excellent IPA all around. The taste is very well balanced. I am looking forward to more.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - Copper color with foamy head and constant rising bubbles. Moderate lacing

s - Spicy floral northwest hoppy aroma

t - Prominant taste of cascade hops hops, you know, pine and grapefruit. Nice bitterness mellowed by the spiciness

m - Rich oily feel with good carbonation.

d - Stands up nicely to food and good by itself. Since I found this beer I have been drinking it regularily. It is currently my favorite regular beer.

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Photo of danielocean03
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, amber toned copper color from a 22oz bomber. White half finger head diminished quickly to white light lacing. Aroma is fresh, floral and citrus hops, a hint of piny hops along with some stronger grapefruity smells present as well. Taste is a very balanced hop and malt infusion, yet allows a nice bitter hop bite at the end, tastes sweeter just before it bitters. This is an absolutely outstanding IPA, I love this brew. Mouthfeel is superb, carbonation is just where it should be, this brew slips off the tongue and leaves you wanting more. Highly drinkable, I could drink these all night long, given the chance. Would most definitely seek out again in the near future.

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Photo of kcsc007
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppery appearance, like lightly steeped peppermint tea. Smell is mild, fruity almost with hints of mellon. When I first opened it, the taste was much more fruity and light than I expected given its overwhelming support as a top notch IPA. Definitely sweet and malty for an IPA, lacking in the resiny floral taste of my more favorite IPAs. Light and mellow, very drinkable and accessable. Very creamy mouthfeel, full bodied with a lingering moistening effect on the mouth and tongue. After a few minutes (head gone), the hoppy strength increased and really won me over.

One of the best IPAs I have had, surely a top 5.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a orangey color ale with a medium head with standard retention. The hops and their nice floral aspect overpower aroma. Taste is quite bitter with some lingering sweetness in the back of the palate. Good body and alcohol level does a good job of keeping this beer together. Not my favourite style to begin with but this was very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Bcant
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone’s IPA pours a very nice golden/straw color with excellent clarity and the faintest hints of red when shown to the light. It has a nice head, very easy to adjust depending on how it is poured. I poured a 1.25 inch rocky white head.

The aroma is so appetizing. Very strong hop smells: pine and grapefruit. But there are also some sweeter hints of a well balanced malt, I get some delicate strawberry notes.

This is a big complex, and well balanced IPA. The hop profile is long and intense but that does not mean that the malts are overpowered. Indeed there is a very soft, sweet almost buttery under-character to this ale. The finish is very dry and crisp; exceptionally refreshing.

Very soft and smooth in the mouth, almost viscous. The carbonation is not sharp and the alcohol is not biting.

Note: freshness really matters with this brew. When an older bottle is not going to be terrible it is really not the same beer as a fresh one. If you get it at a bar or store with low turnover/infrequent restocking you might not be getting the best Stone IPA available.

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Photo of JayQue
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one pours a clear, light amber color with minimum carbonation and a 1 inch off-white head that melts down to a long lasting quarter inch. Lacing is very pronounced, like a ladder pattern on the glass. The smell was strong, some hops, but also the type of fruity smell that I usually associate with hefe weizens. No hefe weizen/astringent taste though. Definitely a hops leaning taste, but not an "in your face" hops flavor like Hop Hog or Big Foot. The predominant tastes were hops and citrus, not much of the SNPA type pine aroma/taste. Mouthfeel is what I would expect in an IPA. Drinkability is high!! No hint of the ABF, a nice balanced (I call "leaning towards hops" balanced!) taste. This is something you could cheerfully swill until it catches up with you.

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Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from a case I bought at the Beer Mart in Reading, Pa. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date on the bottle, and bottled date on the case. Great!

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a one finger head of white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with great lacing. Carbonation looks low to medium.

Aroma is huge grassy/citrus hops, with smells of hay, grapefruit, and lemon. There is a big, bready pale malt aroma, and something very perfumy in there, also.

Flavor is big grapefruit, lemons, and grass, perfumy as hell, with a strong bready malt character. The malt is very clean and bright, not caramel-y at all. Hop bitterness is high but well balanced with the malt. Aftertaste is citrus and freshly mown grass. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy for its size. Full bodied, with a high level of residual sweetness. Resiny feel on the tongue, mouth puckers from bitterness. Wonderful! Finish is bitter and dries out a little.

One of the best IPA's I've had. Hops are in the spotlight, front and center, but the malt backbone is quite substantial. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Suprisingly this poured with little to no foam head, although it appeared there was adequate carbonation going on in the glass. The color was golden, leaning toward copper, with just a faint haziness. The smell was rich. Sugary malt aromas blended with dank resiny hops. Mmmmm. The taste was not as sweet as I expected though, the flavor is mostly domintated by the hoppiness, leaving behind a strong bitterness. The alcohol is readily detectible at times also Mouthfeels is OK, somewhat thin and with decent carbonation. A very drinkable beer for hop lovers, but I was expecting more balance for a Top 100 selection...

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange, thick white head forms, laces nicely, with good retention. Smell is citrus, pine and floral hops, a little caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is caramel, some wheaty dryness, grains, then a whack of citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Has a considerable bitter kick in the finish, I was expecting a bit more from this one for its high rating. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of jed
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Comes a brown, 12 oz bottle with the normal "painted" Stone artwork. As always, the label text is quite funny, if not as outlandish as it's big brothers Arrogant Bastard or Ruination. Enjoy by 1/19/06, so only has about two weeks left.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, light brown/orange copper. About one finger's worth of head, which quickly disappears. Tons of cloud-like lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Clean, herbal hop aroma, with surprisingly restrained hints of pine and citrus. Some spicy alcohol lurking in the background, along with bready notes.

Taste: Neutral mouth quickly gives way to a wallop of hoppy bitterness. As the beer warms, some malt sweetness helps to balance the taste, but the main flavor is still enjoyable citrus and pine notes from the hops — almost spicy at times. Finish leaves behind lingering, sticky hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with plenty of carbonation up front but nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: The 6.9% alcohol can sneak up on you, given how addictive this beer is. Probably a bit heavy for a session, but it tastes good enough that you'll be drinking until you see the gargoyle.

My local bar rotated Stone IPA into their taps, so I've been happily drinking this in place of Racer Five for a few months. The bottled version lacks some of the initial bitterness of the draft version, possibly due to the freshness of this sample. While Stone gets more attention, and rightfully so, for bigger offerings like Arrogant Bastard, this more balanced but expertly crafted IPA sometimes gets overlooked. A strong offering worthy of the gargoyle.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,934 ratings.