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

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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 gmoneyproductions
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

had this one many times and decided to sit down and write a review after having it last night
pours gold/amber with a thick white head
smell is initially malty and hoppy then slighty fruity
taste initially citrusy, then piney/resiny then better at the end
feel crisp, slightly astringent with a dry bitter finish
overall decent
not my go to by any means as i like many of stones other beers better but not bad

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Burnt orange/gold, a little hazy with a finger or so of bubbly head. Good lacing. Very appetizing.

S: Orange, candied sugar, grapefruit, sweet malt. Very nice set of scents.

T: Oh gods yes. The fruit from the nose returns up front, but soon opens up into a spectacular array of grassy, resiny, sharp hop flavors and spices. Bitterness is high throughout, but the fruity and malty sweetness balances it rather well while still allowing it that nice "sting". Very drinkable.

M: Mid-light bodied and nice carbonation. Pleasantly sticky. Goes down smooth.

O: Yes yes and more yes. A fantastic example of what an American IPA can be.

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Photo of BeerANDvinyl
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is usually my go to IPA when I'm on a tight budget. My local liquor store sells a 6-pack for around $8.49, which is fairly cheap for a decent IPA. I wish it had a little more Alc % but otherwise no complaints here!

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Photo of Dave97
4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poor - From a 12oz bottle - Nice frothy poor. Nice 2 finger frothy head that settles down to a thin top lining. Very nice lacing.

Appearance - Nice 24k gold/amber. Nice haze, no particles. A Gorgeous beer. Not a lot of carbonation.

Nose - Beautiful nose. Not huge like some DIPA's, but very nice nonetheless. Dank, tropical, pine, resin, citrus. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body, Not fizzy, dry and crisp. Very easy drinking.

Taste - Loads of spice; nutmeg, ginger, cardamon and clove. Very nice sweet malt backbone, but not too much. And of course tons of hop bitterness. Might as well just be chewing on some hops; Sour, bitter, herbaceous, piney and resiny.

Finish - When closer to room temperature, there is an actual crystallized sugar/malt on the finish and taste. This is a personal distinction I've made about this beer only. The main reason that keeps me coming back to this one over and over. The finish is long and delicious. Sweet/sour on sides of tongue and nice granny smith sour on the back of the throat. Overall a lasting sour lemon.

Overall - This is my double IPA. I'm not a double IPA drinker, they are all too over the top for my personal taste. I also don't like a total grapefruit bomb. This definitely has a little grapefruit but not ALL grapefruit. All in all just a juicy, dank, piney, delicious IPA. This one of my all time favorite beers.

Food pairings - hot red curry. Pizza with sardines, Clam bake with chorizo sausage, Spicy Mongolian, and most especially without a doubt mussels and pasta in red pepper and garlic sauce.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a pale goldish color; one finger head; good lacing

A - Aroma is not strong; resiny...I've started this review 5 times expecting to catch something I'm missing

T- resiny with a strong floral aftertaste

F- Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall - It's a good IPA. I like the flavor and floral notes. I am always a little disappointed when a beer doesn't have a strong aroma and this one definitely is not strong; however, there is no discounting the drinkability, can definitely have a few each time.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 3/22/12

L: Pours a pale goldish color. This beer is rather opaque.

S: Resinous and citrusy hop aroma with a bit of malt to back it up. Although faint, the smell is rather pleasant.

T Pretty hoppy and dry upfront, with a surprisingly malty finish. The hops are citrusy. Despite the lofty commercial description, this brew is pretty damn smooth; I could easily see myself drinking a few in one sitting. Stone’s website lists this as 77 IBUs; I wouldn’t have said more than 65 or 70.

F: Medium body and medium carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Overall Impression: A very solid IPA and with Stone’s freshness policy you can generally expect it to be real fresh. It’s really one of the best widely available American IPA’s though it's gotten pricey in recent years.

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Photo of kitch
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled date of 21th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 19th October 2015. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden copper colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and leaves nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Fainter than I expected but starts with tropical mango and pineapple before turning to pine, grass and citrus lemon zest.

Taste: There was none of the tropicalness from the smell, but strong lemon zest, hop bitterness, floral and grassiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: This was only just ok for me. It wasn’t bad and I would drink it again but for example I prefer Stone’s Go To IPA.

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Photo of 50wolves
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours golden straw, minimal head that does not retain. Lacing holds well along the sides. Extremely minimal bubbles. Aroma - floral. Taste - bitterness present however not overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel - cool and refreshing, astringency almost completely absent. Overall - fairly basic beer with minimal other elements beyond the bitter element. Refreshing and simple.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8-10-15, enjoy by 11-8-15. Tulip.

A: Pours a clear, orange-tinged gold with ample carbonation and a one finger foamy and rocky just off-white head. Nice spotting, but not much true lacing.

S: A bold, but vague citrusy tartness. Some ale yeast esters. Some mild resin. A little disappointed in this department, actually. Bottle's only 33 days old.

T: Dry, clean arrival, balancing malt across the middle with moderate bitter pine and resin; closing out to a dry, lingering medicinal hop finish.

M: Lighter side of midweight, less carbonation than the appearance suggests; quite slick on the finish.

O: Now THIS is what I consider a West Coast IPA. There is very little fruit on the nose, and very little sweetness on the palate. It is clearly imbalanced in favor of hops, but strangely, it works. Though so many try to do this and fail, Stone succeeds. Is it a go-to IPA for me? No, I was disappointed with the nose; I like more than just a little vague tartness; I also like more fruit-forward and sweeter/maltier IPAs. Not offputting at 70-some IBUs. But I could definitely see this being a regular buy in the summertime.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.92/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My search for an IPA I like continues. Purchased a non-refrigerated 22 ounce bottle of this one from Whole Foods, chilled it to what I believe was a couple of degrees below 50 and poured it into a pint glass. Found the beer to be overwhelmingly hoppy. I see the beer is dry hopped. Maybe I need an IPA that's not dry hopped, if there is such a thing. Maybe it's California IPAs that I don't enjoy. I believe that's all I've tried so far. Maybe I ought to try a "session IPA". If I am anything, it is persistent. I will keep looking.

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

Poured from a growler into IPA glass
A: Transparent orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Comples and pure with some stone fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and hints of citrus and pine
T: Tropical fruit, stone fruit, citrus, and a bit of earth
M: Medium-bodied, dry
O: Definitely a solid IPA. For being a CA beer this isn't the usual west-coast style but is complex, tasty and recommended

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Photo of LanceA
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a refrigerator-cold bottle into a pint glass. Light amber color with a foamy head. Intense carbonation. My nose is not the most sensitive, but the smell was faint for an IPA: a hint of citrus and pine. The taste was bitter in the beginning, middle, and all through the long finish. IPA is not my favorite style, so keep that in mind. Fans of bitter hops will love this beer. Personally, I like a more balanced IPA, with a bit more sweetness and less bitterness.

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Photo of LennyOvies
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Bright clear golden body, small white head. Not much even after vigorous pouring.
S- Very fresh hops, malts and some sweet citrus.
T- Hops, hops, hops. Floral bitter aftertaste. Balancing malts can be identified and some orange peel.
F- Full, solid, rich.
O- Very good powerfull and straightforward IPA, lacking a bit on smell.

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Photo of codekiln
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Trader Joe's, poured into a 4-inch snifter

Look--
Bright, yellow, transparent, clear; very few bubbles, not much lace, barely any head

Smell--
sweet, resinous

Taste--
The hops throws you a curveball but it doesn't strike you out! Hops are more present on the tongue after the beer is downed... an incredible floral taste unlike anything... so flavorful you just want to keep drinking to reaffirm the experience

Feel--
Carbonation unzips your tongue

Overall--
An exemplary beer! Will go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've seen reviewers ragging on Stone IPA as not sufficiently extreme. Then they praise Firestone Union Jack which is way over the top. The point of an IPA is not to be extreme. It's not a double IPA. The point of an IPA is to be enjoyed to the maximum extent. Stone is working some sort of gargoyle magic on this brew. It's excellent.

The look is everything an IPA should be. It's nothing unusual. Nice color and plenty of head. The head retains well and laces down the glass, showing a quality malt.

The smell is everything an IPA should be, and nothing it shouldn't be. You don't have to vent excess pine to keep your eyes from watering from fumes (I'm looking at you Rebel) or to catch the underlying complex bouquet. It's got everything - spice, fruit, pine, but nothing is overwhelming. It's a righteous aroma and not at all too much.

Now, it's Stone and you can look up the IBU and see it's 70. You'd think it would be like trying to drink a pint of lime juice, but it isn't. The flavors of spice, fruit and hint of pine combine with the flavors to make it right. The taste is just what IPA should be. That's all.

The bitterness comes into play when it comes to feel and finish. It's clean. In the bad old days of my youth, you might drink a corn-laden Miller or Michelob, and after a few maybe they didn't want to stay down as that corny malt feeling set in. You could kill myriad of the relatively bitter watery-rice Budweiser's, though. It's like this: bitter makes it clean. Now, at Stone's brilliant level, the bitter makes it clean. It finishes clean. Stops on a dime. Time for another.

This is good stuff. It's also widely available, at least in California, although not cheap.

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Photo of VegasBrewer1
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this thinking it was considered a great IPA. I didn't get that at all. Extremely bitter, no hop aroma and very little flavor. As if all they added were the bittering hops. Consumed about 1 month after being bottled, perhaps that explains the loss of hop aroma and taste. Not for me, despite the rave reviews.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl.oz. bottle. BB 08/09/2015. Poured into tulip.

A: light amber. Clear. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Intense citrus aroma. Little grassy.
T: lemon. Grassy. Moderate bitterness. Mildly sweetness. Dry finish.
M: light bodied. Refreshing.
O: Excellent IPA even I drank it on non-fresh time. Too pricey at my place though.

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Photo of jhavs
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap served in pint glass at Murphy's in Hanover, NH.

A= Amber with a bit of haze, pure white foamy head, settles and rings the glass. Fine lacing clings.

S= Pine and citrus hops at first with more tropical notes hiding deeper.

T= Lots of big hop flavor pushes to the forefront. Good level of bitterness and hop flavor balance, grapefruit, earthy pine, and tropical bits.

M=Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= I think everyone has had this, and I would assume could agree this is a nice representation of the style. Doesn't push the envelope, but does not make any mistakes (they have plenty of other IPA's that can try and push the envelope).

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the benchmarks when it comes to West Coast IPAs. Liberally hopped with the most pine and citrus hops available, this is a thing of beauty. While it may not best some of the West Coast greats like Pliny, it's availability is something to mention. By far one of the best IPAs that you can pluck off of any shelf in the US. Great beer.

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Photo of mrcharlie
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive bitter assault and nothing else for me. Choked it down with the help of some spicy food. Not too fond of other Stone offerings either, other than their pale ale. Maybe I'm just a sissy.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from the LCBO; best before Sept 9 2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy golden-amber colour, resulting in the production of a modest-sized, half-inch head of white foam. It dissipates relatively rapidly, lasting no more than a minute or two until it has been fully replaced with a thin collar and bubbly film, along with a small curtain of lace. Average-looking. The aroma includes a fruity mélange of juicy tangerine, grapefruit zest and apricot notes, with more subdued suggestions of pine resin, tropical fruit and doughy, biscuity malt sweetness.

As you'd expect, Stone's IPA is really quite unabashed about its bitterness - the backbone of doughy, biscuity malts and caramel sweetness, though detectable, has little chance of holding out for long. Juicy peach/apricot shows up soon enough, along with slight hints of pineapple by mid-sip. From this point on, your tongue takes a serious beating from the hops - it is highly bitter, with lots of orange and pithy grapefruit citrus astringency. It becomes more floral and increasingly resiny as you approach the finish, ending with a lingering pine oil bitterness and a slight hint of boozy warmth. Medium-bodied; perhaps just barely leaning toward the fuller side, with restrained carbonation levels and a smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of a slick/oily feel behind on the palate after each sip. I find it to be much more drinkable than a 6.9% beer really should be, but to be fair, non hop-heads will probably come away with a different assessment, because the bitterness really is kind of relentless.

Final Grade: 4.14, a very respectable A-. Stone IPA is one of the grand-daddies of 'em all. I had a sip of this, many years ago - I think the product placement on "Weeds" made me curious about it - but at the time, it was just way too god damn bitter for me to tolerate. After years of blatant hop abuse, however, I'm finding it to be a much more agreeable tipple. For a beer that is only three weeks from expiry, it is drinking fairly nicely, though I would argue that several domestic brewers have been making IPAs that equal (and occasionally, surpass) the irrefutable quality of this flagship offering. Of the three Stone beers that are currently available in Ontario (this, Cali-Belgique and Arrogant Bastard), I am least-enamoured with this one. It's still really good - just not $9 a bomber good.

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Photo of akolb
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 0z bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled on 7/10/15.
L: Huge white head over a copper bottom. 4.5/5
A: Prominent grapefruit. Smells like you imagine a classic IPA should. 4/5
T: Bitterness jumps out in front and lingers. More bitter than the average IPA. Good hop flavor that follows the aroma. 4/5
M: Medium-high carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary. 3.75/5
O: A lovely, bitter beer that exemplifies the West Coast IPA. 4.25/5

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice golden color with a fluffy white three finger head. Smell is grapefruit and pine along with sweet malts. The taste continues the nose, a prominent hops bitterness along with that malts sweetness. Feel is medium with medium carbonation. Finish is on the dry side.

It wasn't the best IPA I ever had, but it also wasn't the freshest, so I feel that may have affected my perceptions. All in all an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $9.00 for a 650ml bomber. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within a minute. Medium gold color and filtered clear

S- Good hops. Not a lot of them but it's there.

T- Good hops and some malt. Not a big blend here. Not a wonderful IPA, just average and compares to a SN more or less.

M- Dry

O- Oh hum. Nothing worth the hype people have brewed over this beer. Will not buy again as there are dozens, nay thousands of beers better and at a better price point.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with....... Chicken wings with medium BBQ sauce.

Enjoy

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,928 ratings.