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

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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7,474 Ratings

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Ratings: 7474
Reviews: 2707
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of HappyHourHero


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful citrus hop aroma, almost candy like, some grapefruit and oranges, damn! Half inch head, whitish yellow in color, leaves a smattering of broken lace above the clear, deep golden colored beer. The flavor is pretty intense, and actually increases after its swallowed. Light to moderate body with a pretty clean taste, the beer stops just short of being really bitter. Piney, citrus hop flavor up front , finishes like a bitter sugary grapefruit. At 6.9% abv it does a pretty good job of warming up my stomach. There’s a lot of flavor and aroma packed into this smooth drinkable beer, a really good (American) IPA. Hopefully once Stone is widely distributed in central NY the prices will come down because $5/22oz is a bit much to drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 03:24:08 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of watermelonman


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

This is a great beer. It's very hoppy, but it doesn't punch you in the face like many other beers that advertise themselves as such. Both the hops and alcohol content are potent, but very well blended. Drinkability is outstanding.

This is my favorite IPA to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 22:30:08 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours a clear copper color and is topped by a off white head. An immediate big hop aroma jumps from my glass and overpowers any malt presence that this beer might have. The aroma is grassy, herbal, citrusy, & it has a sweet hop nectar character. Quite simply, as I take my first sip, I know this is a hoppy bitter brew. The hops explode on your tongue. There is a balancing malt sweetness here that is required to carry this hop bomb. The hop character has strong notes of bergemot as well as some resiny overtones; this is just pure hop nectar. A very fruity beer, made more so by the citrusy hop character. Quite over the top in it's hoppiness. This beer is just damn good & I am so happy to get this on tap on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 06:31:57 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of LuckySevens82


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to JTFest for hooking me up.
22 oz bomber, emblazoned with the stone brewing gargoyle, somewhat unassuming, but I'm still looking forward to it.
Pours a crystal clear orange. I'm having a hard time remembering having an IPA that was so clear. The head dissapates somewhat quickly, but the lacing stays.
Wow, that is a great IPA. Bitter, floral and smooth.
The smell is extremely hoppy and somewhat deceptive because the taste isn't that strong.
Not quite as tart as some IPAs which is, IMHO, a good thing for this beer.
This is just a great beer, I look forward to trying the Ruination to compare the two.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 02:46:46 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of ngandhi


4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*In celebration of my new (and first) salaried job*

Served chilled with chilled San Pellegrino on the side.

Aggressively carbonated with a beautiful mousse on top, Stone IPA looks like the perfect pale ale.

The nose is citric and tropical in the tradition of west coast pales, tinged by an intriguing and mouth watering spiciness, with complimentary notes on the palette that open up to grain and a surprisingly balanced bittering. The finish is all mangoes, soon to wash out, with the bittering mysteriously missing.

It's unsatiating to get a beer from Stone that isn't so torturously bittered. This is, however, very much to style. The malts supply ample body, sweetness, and grain, but are a touch too concentrated for the hops. I'm picking hairs, however, between greatness and perfection.

Among American-style IPAs, this is one of the finest, but I would have liked to have seen more from the hops than the simple (and expected) fruits and less from the malt. More to the point, there's a paradox in this beer -- a touch too malty on the mid-palette, yet too thin on the finish.

But Stone IPA is only an interpretation of a style and to hold it to strict standards is foolish. Above all, this beer is confident -- more confident, I'd say, than their bigger beers because it is so true to form, so willing to rank itself against other IPAs. And that kicks ass.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 21:38:30 | More by ngandhi
Photo of BitteBier


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

Pours a slightly hazy golden apricot color. Topped off with a reasonable amount of head that lasts and laces in pretty typical fashion. A surprisingly well-balanced nose for an IPA (though after drinking an Arrogant Bastard Ale beforehand, everything is relative). Floral hops are offset by plainly detectable light malts. This balance carries over to the taste, where the hops and malts play well together. Crisp, clean and very drinkable, this is a really nice IPA all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 21:05:20 | More by BitteBier
Photo of AllThingsNinja


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This golden beer almost looks a bit too light under a modest white head. It offers a very hoppy aroma, which hints at the initial tastes - a symphony of well-blended hops. Unfortunately, the brew doesn't maintain it's complexity throughout the tasting, as it finishes thin and bland. For an IPA, the brew is a bit light but it is still quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2004 20:01:40 | More by AllThingsNinja
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a clear filtered? yellow with a small white head, this could be a pilsner and giving it 3 makes me wonder if I'm too kind just because it's Stone. Aroma is hop essence literally.. with a hint of fuel and quite salty as well together with the more traditional citrus, lemon and grapefruity profiles. A good sniffing which appeals me by its originality. Taste surprises right away being very citric. I simply don't understand how so many people can love it that much since it's so distracting? Neverthless, there's a touch of honey malt and it's very clean. Talking about balance is totally out of place though and it didn't seem particularly pleasant. The body is honest, a solid medium body, but not as mouth-filling as other Stones I've had. Basically, this was totally blown away by the Lost Coast Indica we've had just before. Just altogether way too citric sour for my liking, possibly the tartest IPA I've had to date and while it's a characteristic I truly love in many belgians, it didn't seem to fit here. Thanks Martin!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 18:39:39 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of gotbeer


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

Appearance- Golden, and kind of thick looking. Had a good head, and left almost a perfect lacing on the glass

Smell- Citrus, and hops- very nice

Taste- This is one for the hop heads. Great citrus hops, but balanced well with the malt. Powerful taste. Much better than most IPA's and has more character to boost. A big ale for sure with a huge hop profile.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy hop profile hits the mouth first, but this is balanced fairly well with the malt. Not for the faint of heart, or weak of taste.

Drinkability- High ABV, but it doesn't show in the taste. Great tasting, but be aware of the alcohol content.

Great beer altogether. It may be the best IPA I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 23:43:16 | More by gotbeer
Photo of Ahhdball


3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt orange with a gracious head. Stringy lace accompanied me the entire 16 oz. Nice looking IPA.
Nice floral aroma high citrus with a sweet smell of caramel.
Nice measure of both hops and malt. The hops (of course) coming on strong and lasting straight through the finish, ending nicely with the malt. This is a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 02:53:01 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of Gusler


4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, as I just received my set of “Stone Glassware”, one must properly “Baptize” them, so the India Pale Ale glass gets a Stone IPA.

The beer as it cut and runs from the bottle a transpicuous golden amber color, the head supererogatory, the texture semi-creamy and the color a bright white, as it slowly erodes the lace forms a sticky sheet to smother the glass. Hop floral at the start, the middle sweet malt, citrus crisp, fresh and ever so inviting, a true portent of things to come this nose, start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its carbonations, the hops forthright in their spiciness; powerful but pleasing, aftertaste is desert dry, somewhat bitter, quite long lasting. One of several “Stone” beers I always have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 00:35:41 | More by Gusler
Photo of Ilacquin


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I am far from being a hophead, and IPAs are not my favored style, but I do like variety.

Appearance started out grand, deep orangish/gold color. A little cloudy with a thin white head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma is the first thing you notice upon pouring, even before the head begins to form. Definitely lots of hops here. A little flowery and for lack of a better term "green". Reminded me heavily of evergreen trees. Just a little malt sweetness in the aroma to balance things out.

Taste was suprisingly smooth for the amount of hops present. Plenty of hop flavor and bite, with just a slight lingering aftertaste that was not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel was suprisingly full, not at all watery or thin.

As I said, this is not my favored style, my tastebuds were a bit burned out on the hops by the time I was finished. Still an outstanding beer though, can't wait to try it again around mid-summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 23:23:53 | More by Ilacquin
Photo of smcolw


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden in color, slightly cloudy in clarity, this brew lent itself to an awesome two-finger, cream colored head. The aroma is excellently balanced between the flowery (not bitter) hop and the coy, slightly sweet malt. Interestingly, this beer tasted opposite of most--the hop was up front followed by malt. The beer was balanced throughout the tasting.

This is a full body ale with wonderful carbonation. This may be the best IPA I've ever enjoyed. I am drawn to getting another even though I prefer variety.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 03:37:30 | More by smcolw
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Pop the Cap Winter Warmer Event, 1/31 at Tyler's.

I take pretty fondly to Stone's brews--that much is apparent. But what should I expect from one of their lesser-hyped, not quite monster brews?

The answer, I found out, is pure excellence.

Stone IPA poured a bold golden color with orange hues and a thin, quickly disappearing white head. The powerful floral aroma is detectable from more than a foot away, as pure hops brilliance dances into my nostrils.

This is a gorgeous beer. It has the perfect balance of hop bitterness, floral hop sweetness, and overall crispness, as well as true depth in an IPA. With every sip, I discovered a new, brilliant element. Simply awesome.

Bar none, this is the best IPA I've ever had. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 01:16:52 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of PSUDREW


3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice (light) amber color. It had a modtly hop flavor to it right off the bat.the malt IS there, but this, by defiination is a hoppy beet. Smells nice a citrusy on the the pour, and it has a nice follow thouw when you go through it. All in all it has the prolific hop flavor that most Stone products have, and, all in all, it is a very nice brew, Find, and enjoy, it if you can

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 05:12:42 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of Jables


4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light, clear copper colour, with a decent head. A little more clear than what I had expected.

Smells, well like an IPA should, clean and crisp of citric hops.

Taste is strong of citric hops with a lightly sweet malt background continuing throughout.

Mouthfeel I found disturbingly thin, not because it is really thin but because it was thnner than a well built pale ale, and I expect an IPA to have a heavier mouthfeel than an APA.

Overall this is a good, well-built beer, just not as good as expectation and hype. I'd drink again, most definitely, but I won't hold this up as the best IPA I've ever had, it's not.

Special thanks to Bditty for this bottle I got on trade.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 00:30:49 | More by Jables
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

tried this one on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC, wow, awesome brew..minimal head, nice lacing .nice nutty malt center,very hoppy, alot of citrus and a snappy hop nose and finish, tiny bubbles, pleasantly low carbonation, soft mouthfeel, a pleasure on the toungue. IPA lovers should get to know this one!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2004 12:00:15 | More by Billolick
Photo of Suds


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma: “Wow….there’s some hops in here.” Floral, fresh, spicy, musty…shove a hop flower up your nose. It’s really something. The hops hit you as soon as you crack open the bottle.
It’s a very attractive beer: pale golden-orange color, with small bubbles of carbonation throughout. Big white head that quickly settles into lace-producing wisps and rings.
Taste is dominant hops. At times it’s tongue numbing…maybe the slick oiliness of the hops? However, there’s an underneath sweetness and malt backbone. It’s not what I’d call achieving balance, but it adds a nice smoothness to the experience. Just enough to take the edge off the hops. The finish is moderately dry, subtle and floral…this is not an overly bitter beer. Well done.
Full, heavy, substantial mouthfeel.
Gotta have another…

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 02:54:30 | More by Suds
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured a crystal clear golden color. The head was white, compact, but lasting and laced the glass.

The aroma is pure heaven. Malty aromas in the background, hop aromas in the front. The hop aromas are floral and citrusy.

The flavor is bitter yet balanced with malt so as not to be too agressive. The hop flavor is spicy and citrusy.

The finish is crisp and dry bitter, the aftertaste is a pleasant hop dryness. The body is medium.

Very nice beer, great drinkability.

12 ounce bottle (stenciled).

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2004 00:53:58 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of palliko


4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a complex beer! A lovely copper-red color, a cream colored head, a lasting lace work on the glass, great humor on the bottle, massive grapefruit-rind hops, aromatic esters, a medium-light bodied ale, rich flavor, nicely malted, slightly sweet toasty flavors, followed by a dry knockout perfect bitter finish. Perhaps too strong for some, maybe not a session beer, but MAN! is this fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 18:44:22 | More by palliko
Photo of John1985


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep golden color with a white fluffy head. Detailed lacing goes down the glass as you enjoy this fabulous ale. Spicy hopped aroma hits your senses like a sledgehammer. The flavor hits the perfect balance between rich malt and bitter hop flavor. The flavor has you by the throat but the funny part is that this is the most drinkable IPA I have EVER tasted. You could drink this for hours contently except for the manly 6.9% ABV. Wow! This may be the most awesome ale ever except for SN Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 02:03:02 | More by John1985
Photo of waughbrew


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A light gold color with some haze floats a very impressive, creamy, sticky, retentive head. The aroma makes me giggle like a schoolgirl. Huge grapefruit with noticeable peach and some resiny pine. Flavor is all about the hops. Sure, there is some breadiness, very light caramel flavor, and a certain sugariness, but the hops are clearly the focus. Very fruity in a citrusy way. The bitterness is surprisingly not harsh in any way, rather well balanced. Feel is extremely smooth, a bit creamy, and a hint of slickness. Alcohol is present mostly in its warming sensation. In the end it feels like sugary hops are stuck to your teeth. As with most hoppy beers, I enjoy this beer much more when served rather warm.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 18:54:38 | More by waughbrew
Photo of canoehornpoint


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking painted (probably stamped) bottle. Pours with a slight haziness, golden amber but more golden. rich head. Aroma reminds me of raisins and citrusy mix. Tastes of a floral plum currant hoppiness finishing with a bit more maltiness. This is very close to Arrogant Bastard with less taste of alcohol. Very full bodied hitting hardest toward the back of the tongue. more drinkable than the arrogant bastard.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 02:26:43 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of bditty187


3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold-copper-bronze hue with amber highlights, there is a slight haze to the color; the off-white head is creamy, about a finger in height. When the head collapsed a bubbly collar developed around the edges, sparser in the middle. As I sipped away, lace was created in good amounts. The nose casts no doubt as to the style of this beer, IPA. Hoppiness reigns supreme, grapefruit flesh up-front, rinds in the middle, flowers at the back, juicy throughout. Good potency. For those who enjoy hops you really want to take a drink, so I do. Hop smacking good palate, upfront it is very lightly floral but that quickly is dispelled but spicy hot hop bitterness with biting alcohol and citrus notes. The palate is plenty raw, a bit too much for my tastes because any attempt at balance is obliterated by the hops. I do realize that balance is not the goal of Stone. It seems to lack a little crafting, I’m not complaining; as this is a very tasty beverage but a boatload of hops with little else doesn’t really impress me. The hop burps don’t let me forget what I’m drinking, which is cool. The lack of malt characteristics are depressing, the hoppiness is so strong, so powerful it makes for a one-dimensional beer. The aftertaste is dry and cleansing, typical of many hoppy beers, this one is really well done. Stone IPA is very appetizing and “more-ish.” The high alcohol induces a pleasant belly warming sensation. All a whole this is very good IPA, plenty bitter, it freaking sticks to your lips(!), I’d like to feel a heartier body, this one is hovers around medium, low and perfect carbonation, slightly slick mouthfeel. A solid IPA, it didn’t blow me away however. I’m glad I tried it.

12-ounce bottle, acquired via trade, thank you francisweizen!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 19:49:51 | More by bditty187
Photo of Crosling


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA pours much clearer and lighter than the Stone Pale Ale. Pours a light golden peach with a fine tantalizing white head that just coats the entire glass with sheets of beautiful lacing. Fuck, this is amazing.

Aroma is dry, crisp, spicy and fruity with pancake batter, citrus flavor and peaches. Obvious dry hopping (I hope) with some other tropical scents.

Honey, lemon, wheat grass, grapefruit with a sweet cedarlike finish. This is fantastic! I had never known what wonderful flavors that little hop flower could bring to beer until I tried this. I really enjoyed this!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 18:33:07 | More by Crosling
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
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