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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2,848 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,848
Hads: 10,063
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 344
Gots: 2,086 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 2,848 | Hads: 10,063
Photo of Niceroad77
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This is as close a beer I've ever tasted to my favourite IPA, Driftwood's Fat Tug. That said, it is absolutely great! Great balance between the citrus and pine aromas and flavours. Not much for tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and else. So not an easy juicy IPA by any mean. This one is for the IPA connoisseur! (316 characters)

Photo of Riggintrav
4.75/5  rDev +12%

One of my favorite IPAs. Has a great hoppy flavor, which is just the right bitterness. I also appreciate the label, the gargoyle is pretty BA. If you like hops, you'll like this IPA (181 characters)

Photo of TBoneJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint pour: Fairly clear, healthy golden color with done visible carbonation and a fair white head.
Aroma, I pick it up from afar here. Terrific hop scent of pine and dank grapefruit. Some malt lurks beneath that as well.
This is a citrus delight of a west coast ipa. I'm surprised I haven't tried it in a long while after only tasting it once prior. Now that I've sampled over a hundred varieties of ipa, I can revisit this here and appreciate the standard. Sweet and sticky grapefruit and pine resin is the impression, and the hops shine like the golden sun. Bitter big time, yet not ending as dry as many would. Creamy medium feel.
Smooth drinking for all this is, which is a perfect example of a beer for those who enjoy hops without much else getting in the way. Not overly complex. Highly drinkable. Grade A stuff. (822 characters)

Photo of Jmac55
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is great. Amazing flavor with a lingering back end bitterness that seems to affect the mouth increasingly as the time between sips increases. Similar to getting out of a pool when it's cold. The flavor Keeps you coming back for more. So jump back in that water because it gets cold when you're out too long! (317 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar style mug (yeah, yeah, I know!). A classy light copper color with frothy beige head leaving nice rich lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbal and spicy, with some grapefruit, zesty orange, papaya, and pine undertones. Deep, rich hop flavor and a smooth, near-creamy mouthfeel. Herbal and earthy rather than aggressively fruity, although certainly there are clear citrus, peach, and pineapple notes. This fits the hop bill, heavy on Chinook and Columbus. Extremely drinkable despite the bitter resinous punch. Getting almost a cola-like brown spice in the dry herbal/woody finish. Some bready caramel malts lurk beneath the hops and this sweetness becomes more pronounced as one's tongue acclimatizes to the bitterness. Leaves a very pleasing impression of complexity and poise. Deserves its good reputation and does offer something different from other west coast IPAs. (921 characters)

Photo of daveg36
1/5  rDev -76.4%

99? What? I love Stone beers, but hate this one. Mine is fresh according to the bottle, but WAY too grassy, and off putting. Just a nasty beer, and I don't get the fan fare with this. Where are the grapefruit, piney, citrus notes that you get in a West Coast IPA? Just completely non-existent with my particular beer. (317 characters)

Photo of willsting8
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

One of the many great beers floating in the sea of IPA's. It lacks the citrus flavor that many IPA brews house, yet it isn't too bitter. It never fails to disappoint. (166 characters)

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

You can never go wrong with Stone IPA. Such an excellent well balanced delicious beer that is widely available. Always my fall back crutch for beer when I'm in a hurry or just wanna get something I know I'll like. Love it (222 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Pours a light gold with a two finger, white head. The aroma is very hoppy. Lemon, orange juice, grapefruit, pine, sap, and a little malt sweetness. The flavor follows the nose very closely. There is a bit more of a malt presence, but that is very well balanced by the high IBUs. I've had so many IPA lately, this is better than I remembered. (342 characters)

Photo of m_hall
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint. Clear amber color with a thick, lingering 3 finger cream-colored head which eventually receded into a fluffy layer on top of the beer. Left abundant lacing as it was consumed

Aroma is classic IPA- pine-y hops and floral undertones, bright and invigorating.

Upfront the taste has just a quick dash of malt sweetness before that is overwhelmed by a tsunami of hops- resinous pine and grapefruit tart Cascade hops. Finish is very dry, almost astringent. The massive bitterness of the hops will linger on your palette for some time, so if tasting with other beers, I'd definitely save this one until the end.

Mouthfeel was excellently balanced- refreshing but substantial enough that you won't think you're drinking bitter water. Carbonation is on the light side.

Overall this is a prototype California-style IPA. I personally really have to be in the mood for IPA, and when I do partake I tend to prefer the east-coast styles for their more apparent malts (Dogfish Head 60-Minute, for instance.) However this beer's reputation is well deserved, and I could definitely see myself enjoying this again. (1,153 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours a pale amber with an ample white head. The head has a good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Bright citrus and floral notes followed by a resinous pine scent in the nose.

Sweet citrus ripped away by bitter pine and bitter herb rounding back to a bread malt background with some sweet mango notes. A very aggressive and complex brew. A very solid IPA that can run with the big dogs, but is not leading the pack. (425 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Recently rediscovered this very widely available classic. Definitely a little bit of an acquired appreciation with this one. Clean, original and dare I say dank. Gosh darn good craft brew, and at 6.9 percent I can actually enjoy more than one. Way better than ruination imo. (274 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass, how fancy! (I didn't have any of my beer glassware available to me.)

A- Somewhere between gold and brass. Half inch, foamy white head. Great lacing.

S- Sweet, fruity bread balanced with citrus, earth, and pine.

T- Pine is the prominent hop flavor in this one. Some citrus, and still a solid backbone of bready malt.

M- Medium body, carbonation is fine, and a very dry finish.

O- Delicious. This one is very well balanced, considering the roar of the hops in there. It's a classic. (526 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma includes lots of fresh pine with a grassy touch; there's a twang of lemon and orange; some subtle cookie sweetness rounds it all off. The body is a somewhat hazy dull orange. Sweetness hits the tongue first but is quickly overrun with bitter, resiny hops; the hops also have a slightly fruity quality in the vicinity of peach; the 6.9% ABV is quite noticeable. Despite the level of alcohol, the finish is only somewhat dry. The mouthfeel is otherwise smooth and medium-bodied; the hop bitterness produces a slight sting.

Intense but flavorful and reasonably well balanced. The alcohol and hop qualities are slightly attenuated by some malt sweetness and smooth carbonation, but the former still verge on overwhelming. (729 characters)

Photo of DiggerDahl
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

This may be my favorite IPA now! Stone Brewing makes some very good beers. Very assertive front taste and smooth finish. Nice golden hue coloring with very little head. Very crisp to taste, small bite at beginning and like I said smooth finish. (248 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This pours a semi-clear golden yellow color with a slight head. The aroma is bold with hops. The taste is bitter, dry, and perhaps one of the best IPA brews on the market. Outstanding and a must try! (199 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

From notes on 4/23/14

Slightly hazy straw colored body. Good amount of white fluffy head. Pungent hoppy earthy aroma. Very bitter flavor. Lots of citrus flavors. Tasty! (169 characters)

Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.75/5  rDev +12%

This is a delicious, super smooth IPA. Very drinkable with only a little bit of bitter aftertaste. It smells and tastes pretty grapefruit-y. The bitterness is well balanced with some sweetness, like fresh citrus zest and pith. It's surprisingly refreshing. I could drink this one every day. (290 characters)

Photo of kellyej
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

A: Cloudy; dark gold color; weak head
S: Dank, cat pee, pine, caramel
M: Medium body, dry, low carbonation
T: Pine resin, bitter; aspirin/medicinal linger (157 characters)

Photo of zeronumber
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Amazing Amazing Amazing

oh you don't know? but it is my friend, it is.

smacks of hops. smooth start to finish. and within twenty four hours , your palate will be hankering for another nip. Hop-a-delic! And a serious and quite available winner. (251 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a Bomber into a Pint Glass.
Aroma- A knockout of hops, floral essence, citrus and grass.
Appearance- Poured a copper to amber color with a large white head.
Taste- A fantastic flavor! Citrus and hops perfectly balanced.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation, nice dry finish.
Overall-A world class IPA. This is the gold standard for IPAs. (368 characters)

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

Appearance: Clear amber with a white head.

Smell: Moderate piney hops, some pine and some other smells that blend together well enough I can't pick them out.

Taste: Bitter piney hops up front - pretty strong for a standard IPA. The dry malt backbone is substantial enough to give some relief. Ends with a mild lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and good thickness. Crisp but still thick enough to feel hearty.

Overall: Solid IPA. This is one that I enjoy even past the best by date - the nose fades, but the underlying taste is still good. (569 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A: Yellow-golden and very clear. White head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Floral bouquet and massive hops.

T: Awesome: Grapefruit and citrus, lots of fresh fresh fresh pine, floral tones, and a crisp bite. I love how clean yet hoppy this is.

M: Medium and crisp. Oily from the hops. Just lovely...

O: A great IPA. This is definitely one of the top of the style that I've had. (387 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Pour is golden with a modest touch of amber. A medium to thin head reduces at a quick pace to leave sticky lace coating the glass. The nose is robust and smells of hop and touches of citrus and earthy grasses and pine abound. Bitter hops greet the pallet as do a moderate but appreciated malt under current. This IPA is really quite gentle on the tongue which makes it quite easy to enjoy more than one. A nice dry finish rounds out this quality beer. (451 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%

The nose is of the piney and forest like hops I've come to know and love on the west coast.

Taste keeps the hop nose very well but with a huge malt characteristic followed by a very bitter end. Honestly too much of an off putting bitterness at the finish. I can take bitter all day but this was not exactly in the right direction, and it's surprising because Stone always has a good malt backbone to balance things out.

It's still a very good IPA but of course Enjoy By and Ruination are a bit better in every way. (518 characters)

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