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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

2,862 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,862
Hads: 10,157
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 356
Gots: 2,182 | 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 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)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.01/5  rDev -29%
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! (1,037 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of Ilacquin
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
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 (389 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (303 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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… (812 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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). (519 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,862 ratings.