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

2,850 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 2,850
Hads: 10,078
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 346
Gots: 2,097 | 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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Reviews: 2,850 | Hads: 10,078
Photo of Joe_Howard
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off one of the coolest bottles I have seen, the painted on logo is pretty cool. It pours a bright somewhat haze gold with a big frothy white head that is very enduring. The smell is intense with floral and pine aromas with vague hints of citrus. The taste reflects this, lots of hoppy goodness with a little malt to back it up. In my opinion this is definitely a hop forward beer. Definitely refreshing after a long day. Usually I like my IPAs more on the citrusy side rather than floral or piny, but for this I will make an exception. I understand why this is a world class beer. (586 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Stone India Pale Ale glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Floral and pine, light citrus, a little dankness, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, spicy, some citrus, grapefruit, lemon, a little orange, floral notes, a touch of herbal dankness, and light caramel malt sweetness. Bitterness lingers.

M: On the fuller end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Was a bit worried because this bottle was pushing it's best by date, but it has held up very well. Properly hoppy, shows why it's a true standard for the style. Still not my favorite, but a solid classic. (663 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a thick head. Smells like pine, fruit and citrus on the nose. Tastes bitter on the back but hoppy and the smell compliments the taste. A fantastic IPA (175 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Comes a straw color with a creamy head, good retention and lacing. Nice spicy, pine, citrus hops in the nose and on the palate with just enough malt for balance. A great example of the style. (206 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into shaker. Pours clear orange-amber with a solid two-finger white head. Lots of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is a powerful hop blast: citrus, floral, and pine. A fair amount of caramel and bread malt lies below the hoppy aroma. Taste is medium-high bitterness from citrus peel, pine, and flower hoppiness supported by a nice malty sweet ribbon through each sip. Medium body, slick and creamy, average carbonation, long, bitter finish. Nice to finally drink an archetypal IPA from a bedrock craft brewer. (521 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at bar hop. welcome to ontario, stone. lightly tropical aroma consisting of mango, pine, and some grapefruit. taste follows the nose with a solid bitterness on the back end. hops are the showcase. not getting much malt flavour. medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. a bitter and unbalanced but hoppy and delicious IPA (325 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: nice golden and amazingly clear brew. It starts of with a decent fingernail length head and dissipates into a frothy thin lice that retains throughout.
Smell: initially did not detect much of an aroma. However, after a few sips I became aware of a sweet aroma that becomes more and more pronounced as the drink warms. Lots of fruity esters, particularly pineapple, bannana and pear.
Taste: the taste is, for me, quite a contrast to the aroma. Hardly any of the tropical fruit sweetness, instead, the bitterness of the hops hits you upon first taste and retains throughout. The finish is bitter and yeasty. There are also herbal, spicy and piney elements to the taste. If you are a hops head, this is the one for you. The only thing that I would have liked to see was for the sweet aroma to be more prominent in the taste and provide some balance to the hops.
Feel: smooth, creamy and drinkable.
Overall, a kick ass brew that I will seek out when I am specifically seeking hop bombs with little to no sweetness in the taste. (1,035 characters)

Photo of Jrhockney
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Few regular IPAs are as angry as this one. A Pine hop citrus monster with not alot of sweetness but usually very refreshing. Its not always consistant on tap, but its more consistant than most. If O'Dells IPA and Firestone IPA are running too sweet on tap for my mood, I'll usually end up drinking this. If it's stone, its going to be hoppy or alcoholic. (354 characters)

Photo of JBraz
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Tawny-yellow, straw like. Thin lacing, that fades quickly.

S: Oily hops on the nose. Not much else.

T & M: Moderate body with a bitter hop bite. Very well balanced.

O: What I consider a true representation of the style. A solid offering and go to beer for me. (278 characters)

Photo of frankie818
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is everything an IPA should aspire to be. One of my favorite. Light yellow appearance and a crisp , ultra fresh taste. The price and lower abv makes it a perfect "everyday" IPA or the go to after a stronger beer. (220 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very clear copper color in a Speigelau glass with a 3F head which quickly resolved itself in a few minutes. Carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: lemon, grassy, and strongly floral. Not overdone- just right.

Mouth feel is very hoppy.

Taste: wonderful lemon and grapefruit with a hoppy, spicy finish.

Overall: excellent IPA. Lots of character in a relatively low ABV beer. I especially like its floral, spicy, and hoppy character. Often, IPAs miss out on a strong floral notes. This beer is very well done and balanced just right for hop and citrus flavors. (589 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: apricot 1 1/2 finger foam lacing till last drop
S: grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit zest little hop
T: grapefruit, hops , little pine
F: nice creamy
O: taste like grapefruit I personally likr the black ipa better (216 characters)

Photo of SWPA_Brew
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting more out of this. I've had it in the past prior to my craft evolution and thought it was better then. Palate has definitely changed over the years. (163 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

Appearance - Pours a hazy apricot with a finger of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), citrus, grapefruit peel, hint of pine resin, bready caramalts.

Taste - Starts off with a nice pungent hit from the citrus and piney hops then goes into the tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango), citrus, grapefruit peel, bready caramalts and hint of pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant lingering bitterness from the citrus and piney hops.

Overall - A stellar American IPA. A solid hop profile. This is my kind of IPA. All the hopheads out there will be happy this one. (681 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a snifter.

A: Deep orange with slight haze. A thin head forms at the top.
S: Strong smell of orange peel and other bright citrus.
T: Starts off sweet with a strong malt base. Citrusy hops coming in midway. Dank hop flavors peek through, bringing in added pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Finishes dry, leaving an aftertaste for a few seconds.
M: Medium. Aftertaste lingers a little longer than expected.
O: Very nice strong IPA. Reminds me of a weak Imperial IPA. (500 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly aggressive pour from a bomber into a shaker pint produced about a one inch chunky, sticky head that really sticks to the glass. The beer is a hazy, ruddy golden and moderately carbonated.

It doesn't have a super strong hop bomb aroma- more like a complex, unique blend of floral characters, star fruit, pineapple and citrus. The tropical fruit flavors also shine through in the flavor. Underneath everything is a nice malt base suggesting light caramel. It's medium bodied with a lingering herbal bitterness in the aftertaste.

Even though I complain alot about American IPAs, I sure seem to drink plenty of them. This is a subtle and unique example and well worth a try. This bomber was marked down from about 5 1/2 bucks down to 4 bucks. (755 characters)

Photo of DoctorEvil
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good and balanced IPA...with above avg ABV... I heard they are opening up a brewery in Belgium...wow... I admire the cajones, and I do think it will do well over there... maybe after some initial resistance... there is not much they can pick apart in this IPA if they actually taste it... (295 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Thanks, John M.

A: Opaque gold with an off-white one-finger head with retention. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Piney hops, grapefruit, light malts.

T: After reading the description, I was a bit leery of the bitter hop action. But this IPA is very smooth and balanced and highly drinkable. Grapefruit and pine slide in with a malty backbone. Citrus-y with some fruity notes. Just terrific. Very sessionable.

M: Medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Another gem from the Gorgoyle. Sold, smooth and easy to swallow. More, please. (575 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark gold with a one finger white creamy head that just stays there throughout. Lacing is fantastic. Hard-pressed to find a better looking beer (especially the head).

Smell - notes of grapefruit, citrus, raisins, and bready maltiness.

Taste - the hops didn't really hit me up front. Goes down very smooth. The finish is very long-lasting and bitter hops really come on here. Nice bitterness that persists for a very long time.

Feel - you can argue about what the finish does for you. I find it savory for a while but it goes on a bit long for my taste, resulting in an interesting mouthfeel. I feel like it desensitized me from what could have been the full experience. My only major complaint.

Overall - one of the best looking beers you will find. I'd definitely drink it again many times over but I prefer other IPA's and other Stone offerings out there. They are a fantastic brewery. (961 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic in the west coast IPA style, light on the malts and a heavy dose of bitterness that lingers from the hop profile. Glassy, green, fresh taste with a grapefruit flavor. Great sipper but the bite of the beer can sometimes fatigue the pallet. (250 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almost hard to believe I've never said anything on this beer until now.
I've always had this in a pint glass and for today once again, yes in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light foamy lacing clings but trickles after a while.
The smell had a sharp pine assault of bitter hops with a light spice intertwining in and out on the aroma.
The taste copied the smell and carried a nice bitter pine into the spice of this beer. Light pine to spicy aftertaste lead to a dry finish.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium bodied sessionable dry spiciness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I say this has and always will be a go to for me as an AIPA. Its hard not to find practically anywhere. (792 characters)

Photo of Southerndiscomfort
2.54/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Its alright. Don't understand the hype but they are a top notch brewery this just ain't enough citrus or any fruity hop presence enough for me to purchase again. (161 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is another brand that bills itself as quite possibly the best IPA in America. It isn't. This isn't either. But it comes damn close. The one that started the hop addiction in San Diego and beyond is just a world class IPA, though.

Poured from a tap at some unmentionable chain that thankfully has decent craft brew on tap. Pint glass a little too cold (in a chain restaurant, really?). Beautiful orange hue with what was likely a white head that was gone by the time I got it. Once at temp, the hop aroma was just delicious. Some mild citrus and pine with a floral backing. The flavor matched perfectly with a more intense version of the aroma, only this was balanced by some nice maltiness that did just that: balanced without taking over. Understated nicely, not lost, to let the hops serve as showcase.

Seriously, world class stuff. (842 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as part of the sampler pack but having tried this before I knew it was the quintessential West-Coast IPA.

A - Bright orange color. Slight chill haze from the dry hops with a perfect white head and nice lacing.

S - Pleasant and strong hop fragrance with citrus fruit, pine, and some dankness. Just an amazing hops showcase plain and simple. If you want to be picky there maybe some malt and ale character present but only after you pry apart the aroma.

T - Great flavor with the strong citrus hop character predominant with some resin, dank, and pine notes in the middle. The hop bitterness is also present but not in contention with the citrusy hop flavor. There are also light malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops. Really a delicious IPA.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. This one is just perfect for drinking after a long day because it is very flavorful but not overwhelming in any way.

Overall, an amazing IPA. Definitely makes since why there is such a market for this beer with all of its flavor and drinkability. I would never turn this beer down whether it's 100 degrees or 10 this beer is a winner.

Glass- Tulip (1,182 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of reviews so far, so - Cliff notes review:

Fairly malty for an IPA, especially from Stone, but outstanding. Still plenty of biting hops.

Biggest complaint is the carbonation. Mine seems a little flat. The head was non existant with a hard pour, and whats there comes across a little soapy. Maybe a bad bottle? (320 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,850 ratings.