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

2,849 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 2,849
Hads: 10,073
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 344
Gots: 2,095 | 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 Bruiser81
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a light orange color, almost completely clear. I poured aggresively but still didn't get a very large head. Still looks tasty though.
The aroma from this beer is probably the best I've encountered or my sense of smell is really on today : ). First hit is a huge wallop of citrus. Has a little bit of grapefruit but it doesn't make up the bulk of the citrus. It also seems like their is a friggin huge bouquet of flowers in there somewhere. Light carmel malts and slight hints of pale malt as well, along with subdues alcohol spices.
Taste is delicious. Seems to very well balanced. Strong malt presence up front. Slight hints of carmel. This is quickly met by a huge hop explosion which tastes strong at first but ends up smoothing itself off by the aftertaste. Hops are floral and sort of piney. Not as much citrus in the taste as in the smell but still some. Alcohol spices are somewhat present on the finish but lightly so.
A medium-light mouthfeel. Extremely easy drinking.
Big Thanks to Quaffer hooking me up.

I just got my hands on another one and it was every bit of delicious as before. Had to come bump the scores a little bit. (1,157 characters)

Photo of twilight
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum city, but with some reservation.

Pours a dark orange/ medium yellow witha head that ends up coating about half of the beer to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is malty, kind of like sticking your nose into a bag of dried malt extract, but it also has that sting of hops there in the background. Taste is- taste is malty, but immediately goes to the hops and just lingers there on your tongue, producing an aftertaste of sweet, sweet hop goodness.

I truly love this one, but it's even better on tap. The hops are much fresher and the taste is cleaner, but that's a different review. Still a great tasty brew, and I love having it at home. (645 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was light amber almost bordering on copper. It had a good three quarter inch head, thick and foamy, that quickly dissapated to a light beige ring around the beer. This ring held on throughout the glass.

The smell a mix of floral, fruit and spice. The tip of the nose picked up a light floral kick. The rest of the nose picked up an apple scent mixed with heavy hop spice.

The drink started with a slight sweetness, followed by hops, hops, and more hops. The hops were nipping at the tongue really from start to finish, but they weren't so overpowering that it was undrinkable. The finish was borderline clean, just a slight lingering hop taste.

All and all a very drinkable beer with great mouthfeel. As it warms it gets more and more character. What I liked about this beer was the fact that it was agressively hopped, but no so much that the hops took over the taste totaly. A very enjoyable beer. (917 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 22oz bomber of this from Ziggy’s in Chattanooga. I have to make a pretty decent trip to get anything over 6.0% abv but it’s usually well worth it.

This pours out a very lightly murky, pale yellow/orange. A beautiful bubbly head rolls up 2 ½ fingers high. Small zippy carbonation bubbles rise rapidly to the top. Lacing forms in rings and clings beautifully. Appearance is well in order for the style.

As soon as the bottle is opened the odors rush out and roughly massage and entice my sense of smell. God, I love the way this beer smells. Like standing in the middle of an orange orchid or something. A sweet malty smell is detectable in the background but those fresh, delicious smelling hop fragrances take center stage.

This beer absolutely makes my mouth water. Just enough sweet malt background here to keep this from tasting overly-hopped. Taste is astringent as it plays across the front of my tongue, then a mild sweetness glides over but is put in a choke hold by the diversity of hop flavors I detect. Apricot notes/strong citrusy fruity notes as well as juicy pine and floral flavors dance over my tastebuds. Aftertaste is dominantly citrus. Mouthfeel is refreshing and dry without being a cotton-mouth choker. No alcohol taste is present to me at all.

This is one of my favorite beers, definitely the best non-imperial IPA I’ve tasted to date. To be honest with you I like this one just about as much as Ruination depending on what I’m in the mood for. This one being a little more balanced and aggressively hopped yet still sessionable without destroying my taste buds or dehydrating my tongue. If I was rating strictly on enthusiasm Stone IPA would get straight 5’s. (1,713 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden body with a massive beige head that refused to die due to nice natural carbonation. Aroma is floral, grassy, piney hops with an infusion of yeasty bready malt. The taste is a wonderland of hops with spicy-hot pine resin like quality to the beginning of each sip. Following that first assault by the hops, there are additional waves of grapefruit rinds, black pepper, marigold, and orange blossom. The malt adds a butterscotch like sweetness to the mix, and the yeast adds a grittyness to the mouthfeel. This is one of the absolute great IPAs anywhere. I look forward to the day when I can get this at my local store. (628 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold brew.

Smell is malt and sharp citrus like hops.

Taste is sweet from the malt and medium bitter. The hops level in this enough to start numbing your tongue. Tasty and not quite hopped to the point it is the only flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable brew it is almost too much in the hops department. (330 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like living outside the U.S. I spend a lot of time "overseas" and rarely regret it. There are times, however, when something happens that tells me, "Lord, I need to go home." Drinking Stone IPA is one of those moments. Purchased in the DC area by a friend, and hand delivered to Moscow by a colleague, I sit here on a rainy Saturday afternoon nurturing this lovely brew and thinking about all the great IPAs I'm not getting here. Sigh.

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper hue under an off white 1 finger head that lingers for a bit before settling to foam. There are some lace rings on the glass, but not much. The aroma is full of sweet flowery hopes - really full. Mouthwateringly full. The mouth is medium-bodied and slightly carbonated. The taste? Gosh, it's pretty good. Lots of sweet flowers and bitter hops, with a quite noticeable malt backbone. The finish is quite bitter, leaving a wonderfully crisp aftertaste that combines the malt with a hoppiness that makes you want to chew. Although I've had beers I thought were more bitter, this is definitely my kind of beer, and I can't get it where I live. Time to move! (1,130 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is succulent. It oozes like a ripe tomato.

Hazed. Head is kind of fascinating. Lightly clings to the sides of the glass like thin white crystals rising up from the beer. Piney intense hop nose backed with a bit of Cracker Jack.

Completely hoppy. Grapefruity all the way. Certainly crisp and appropriately taste bud annhiliating. But this has a real complex fruit presence, and the alcohol, perhaps, lends a hint of sweetness that more brutal, unforgiving IPAs lack. This is still a big beer, but somehow they manage to make it more quaffable. As a non-IPA lover, I say this is a damn fine IPA. (609 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a bright orange color with a slight haze and a thin head. There is some decent lacing. The aroma has a lot of hops and some fruity grains. The bitterness is up front. The medium body is slightly grainy and sweet. It finishes with alingering dry bitterness. One helluva IPA. (282 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

Apperance: Head was thick, white and laced very nicely. The color was inviting. It was gold or mild apricot. The head lasted a while, but not long enough. It gave way to a patch-worked head. Some think parts and some thin parts. the rings were nice.

Nose: Man! Stone brews have the best smells. This one was all hops malt and a bit of fruit and flowers. It was hoppy at first and sweet at the end.

Taste: Carbonation was not rough, but opened the palate very well. Again, I get hops, a lot of malt, and some fruits at the end. The end leaves you with an organic leafy type of taste in the mouth. Very nice.

Notes: This is sooo drinkable. Not too bitter, but very malty. (695 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a modest but lasting off-white head. The smell is overwhelmingly citrusy hops as an IPA should be, but not far behind it is a nice biscuity malt and a light sweetness as well. The taste is , whew!, a very sharp citrus hop bite that hangs around but slowly lessens to reveal the fresh baked bread flavored malt that stands distantly behind. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes almost brutally dry.

Notes: This one is just about the hops IMHO. Have you ever chewed on hop pellets...this is what it's like. I tried it at 50 degrees and on and off all the way to 60 degress and I can't get more of the malts. If you like balanced brews, this one is not for you. These kinds of brews are not hard to produce. It is okay, but not real good. It is rather one dimensional to come from a brewery of this caliber. Shocking to me that it is top rated when there are so many more complex beers out there. Cheers! (950 characters)

Photo of proc
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent IPA.

This one poured out of its 22oz. bottle to a golden-amber in the glass with a decent head. Some light particles of suspended yeast present in the glass. The aroma is that of grapefurit, hops, sweet malt and marshmallows...yes, marshmallows. The taste is superb and perfect IMO as far as balance between hops and malt. As hoppy as this beer is, there is an excellent malt presence that makes this oh so drinkable.

Yet another fabulous beer from this brewery. Greg...get this to Michigan, my friend... ;-) (527 characters)

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

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer was a glowing, golder-amber color. It was surprisingly light, not being much darker than some of the more robust macros out there, such as Stroh's. The clarity was amazing. A nice, two-finger, eggshell head rose up and lingered for a long time. As it settled it became rough and fluffy, until there were just some thick patches left floating on the liquid. These eventually thinned out as well, but there was always a thin cap of foam laying over the top of the beer. Lots and lots of lace was left behind, which was really cool.

Smell: Right after the pour, this brew was pure, unadulterated, raw hops. As the beer sat, this developed into a juicy, citrusy hops smell. This was joined by the aromas of caramel and caramel malt, roasted malt, and crackers. Add in hints of vanilla and orange, and the aroma became very full and complex. Nice and round and warm smelling. Extremely impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. It flowed easily through the mouth, with just a hint of a coating effect. There was no roughness at all, being silky, almost buttery, at times. Occasionally, I thought that this beer seemed almost too smooth for the style.

Taste: Almost immediately, after an initial hit of sweet malt, a big herbal hops flavor rose up to dominate the taste. The hops added a lot of bitterness as well, though it didn't compare to the amount of flavor that they provided. Underneath the hops were some sweet malt and hints of roasted malt. The more that I drank, the more the roasted malt came through, which did wonders to balance out this brew. On the finish, the malt flavor became more caramel-like without becoming any sweeter.

A great beer that was more balanced at times than others. Some mouthfulls seemed to be all hops, and others seemed to balance out perfectly. Those that fell into the latter catagory were absolutely wonderful. I just wish that the citrus characteristics of the hops that came through in the aroma would have made it into the flavor. The flavor was all herbal. (2,060 characters)

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

It pours a rich clear amber, with ascending rivulets of carbonation. Two fingers of ivory head slowly settle down to a thin foamy pillow. There's stringy valances of lacing along the glass's sides.

On first whiff, a dense thrust of hops hits the nose, delivering dry citrus, flowers, and pine in seemingly equal strong parts. Far below, a sweet tinge of caramel glazed malt meanders.

Upon tasting, the hops fly in on many levels. A resinous deciduous character arrives first, with pine and a glimpse of juniper. A dry citrus note of grapefruit makes a swirling appearance. A fainter floral tone cedes to a gently overmatched toasted malt essence of caramel and biscuit. The malt's role is brief, soon stepping aside for a less distinct general hops bitterness at the finish. The malt is a real underling here, but the hops worrk very well as the boss.

Pretty much medium bodied, the oily hops lubricate every surface in the mouth, depositing clinging flavor everywhere. The heavy hops profile leaves a long-lasting glow as the tingle lingers.

Absolutely, the hops are where it's at. The malt provides a notably subtle sub-layer, but it's there only to keep the hops from sucking the skin from the inside of your mouth. Still, for all the hop oils present, the bitterness is deliciously manageable. No person who craves hops could stop at one of thse, and in fact, I'm not stopping and refuse to count how many I've had. How many just doesn't matter, because satisfying a hops addiction is a timeless, unquantifiable joy when this nectar is around to do it. (1,572 characters)

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

on tap at the gingerman: slightly hazy pumpkin orange-tinted brown. big creamy off white head the stayed around the whole time. tantalizingly huge spruce hop aroma with light fruity esters and citrus in the background. this is a very appetizing beer to look at and just inhale. perfect level of carbonation...sturdy medium body that is nice and chewy yet still perfectly crisp. crystal/bready malt flavors hold up rather well to an enormous pine needle hop bite. citrus tones are there but take second fiddle to the resinous piney taste. dry hopped to perfection. finishes super clean and dry and enjoyably bitter. hop burps last for hours. this is one helluva an IPA, i think i enjoy this one even more than the ruination. seems crafted with surgical precision, a hop-head's quaffing delight. delicious. (804 characters)

Photo of krberg
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice bronzy color with a very small, white head that fades very quickly.

Smells like an IPA. Tangy hops, but not a huge amount of them.

Smooth. Great hop-malt balance. Where's the craziness? Sure this is a solid beer, but I'm left looking over my shoulder expecting to be blindsided.

Feels fairly thick in my mouth. Almost creamy. Feels almost perfect for the hop level.

No doubt about it, this is one damn drinkable beer. It never assaults the palette, thereby staying a pleasure to drink swig after swig.

Honestly, I was very underwhelmed by Stone's IPA. I guess I expected their signature (and wonderful) over-the-topness (yeah, I'll make up words, who's gonna stop me?). Once I got over that, I came to realize that this is a great beer meant for drinking, not knocking you on your ass. If this is locally available, you are lucky. If you are me, you have to drink 2 hours to get some more. (909 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see this in the 12oz bottles that have surfaced lately. Pours out a golden yellow with a stiff white head. Aroma of grapefruit and apricots. The hop flavor of this beer is tremendous, and should be a decent intro to hops seeing as the flavors are at the forefront, not the bitterness.Nice citrous hop blast with a mildly bitter aftertaste. There is some maltiness in there, but it provides a good base, not flavor. The Hops take over in this department. This is probably the best straight up IPA on the market for any hophead. Mouthfeel is slick then dry, and I could drink this all night. Top Notch!!! (610 characters)

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

For a west coast pale ale, a surprisingly light, clear, golden appearance--like a lager. However, it's quite handsome actually, with a creamy, pearl-white head, good retention and lacing. The nose on this one is gorgeous, with a perfume-like intensity. A strong smell of pine sap dominates, mixed with notes of grapefruit and perhaps orange zest. Very fresh, bright and green. The flavor follows suit with leafy, spicy, green hops dominating. Despite the intense green hop element, there is a certain "butteriness", along with fruitiness (bubblegum) and a sort of peaty quality. Finish is clean and bone-dry with a slight cookie-like aftertaste. Drinkability is good, despite the high hopping rate and high abv.

The "green-ness" of this beer reminds me of Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, but this one is much better balanced. Yeah, its pretty much a one-note song--hops--but its balanced nonetheless. Exciting stuff. (915 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.31/5  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. (624 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.
ng (1,407 characters)

Photo of BitteBier
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (352 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,849 ratings.