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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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9,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,326
Reviews: 2,806
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,290 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold color with a dense/rocky stark white head, a few big bubbles near the top. Very pale golden color, excellent lacing that sticks nicely to the side of the glass, interesting pattern.

S: Hops, slightly musky and piney, grassy, some nice maltiness in there too, almost similar to a yellow cake batter? interesting things going on here. Hops are really the stand out note here, and are perfume like.

T: Nice malty sweetness up front, hops are balanced and peppery in their flavor. Not incredibly bitter, nice balance and an excellent lingering bitterness. Sadly, not as good from the bottle as on tap, still a very solid beer though!

M: Nice and balanced, slightly over carbonated for my taste, nice lingering bitterness, flavors coat the mouth and stick around for a while. Pretty thin, excellent really.

D: Hands down my favorite session IPA very delicious, nicely balanced, and downright tasty. I like it a lot more on tap than from the bottle, but it is still a great beer.

Photo of chaunur
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

First, I an NOT a hophead so this isn't a beer I would purchase, it was given to me by a friend who didn't like it. Having said that this wasn't a bad experience. It poured an slightly hazy orange tan into a pint glass, produced a nice 2 finger head that stuck around for awhile. Of course it had a very hoppy aroma with overtones of floral and citrus. I was surprised by the flavor, while the hop flavor was pronounced it was well balanced by a touch of malt sweetness.Thought the carbonation was on the spot and the brew went down easy. But I dont think this a beer I could drink more than one or two of in a sitting.

Photo of wescj
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light honey-orange, slightly hazy. Starts off with a nice half-inch of white head. Retention isn't so great, though. What's left is a "partly cloudy" surface which leaves a moderate lace.

Smells citrusy, a bit sweet. Hoppy and spicy.

Tastes great. Has great hop character, which is balanced out more so than other IPAs. Typical grapefruit, but a decent amount of pineapple and herbs as well.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. A nice hoppy dryness which isn't overpowering.

Very drinkable. This breew exemplifies the excelence I've come to expect from Stone.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good Beer. Pours a nice hazy golden amber with a thick, buttery, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is hoppy with a hint of pine to it.. Flavor is rich and seriously hoppy, pleasantly bitter and evergreenish with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish is edgy and lively. A nice hoppy beer.

Photo of Onenote81
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the IPA that all others measure against. Pours a murky deep orange with only about an inch's worth of head. This dissipates to a thin sheet. Excellent rings along glass edge.

Smells of very strong hops and floral and definitive citrus. Nice crisp scent.

Strong smack of grapefruit hits the palate. Nice crisp hop bittterness. This is a great IPA. This is the quinticential crisp bitter ale.

Not too bad of a mouthfeel. Crisp, clean, tasty.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Yard House in Phoenix, AZ.

Color was a nice clear brown color, almost like apple juice! Good head and lacing throughout most of the drinking experience.

Distinguishing hops aroma - there's no mistaking an IPA here, Ray Charles could spot that.

Good sweet malt taste but it is quickly overtaken by the strong hops. Hops dominate this brew. Oddly balancing, not overly bitter.

Very good mouthfeel, very refreshing. The hops stick around and dance around on your tounge. Medium bodied for such a high abv (6.9%).

Very drinkable if it weren't for the high alcohol content. I wouldn't have more than two in a night - I don't want that Stone gargoyle laughing at me.

Photo of Soonami
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

This is the beer geeks IPA. It's a hop punch combination to the face, with jabs of sweet and grass followed by a haymaker of bitterness. A slightly reddish hazy beer with medium, full body and pleasant carbonation. For me it's hard to really make out any of the malt characteristic as the hops are such an affront to my taste buds, but there is some sweetness from the malt and it clearly makes up the body of the brew.

I can drink a couple of these in a session, but then it just ruins my palette for any beer that doesn't pack the same wallop as this.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 11/1/2005 (bottle):

The pour creates a body that is amber in appearance, and has an average off-white head. A very hoppy aroma with some floral scents. Has a malty flavor, is slightly sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very hoppy taste. Damn good!

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Vibrant orange in color. A little hazy, as if it were bottle-conditioned, but I don't think it is. Not a lot of head, even with a semi-aggressive pour. Decent amount of lacing considering the lack of head.

4.5 S: My my my, this is screaming deliciousness at me. Big citrus hop aroma followed by spice and fruity esters. Sweetness and bitterness marry as if you hybridized an orange with a grapefruit.

4.5 T: A lot of hop flavor, maybe even more than hop bitterness. I'm loving it. Grassy, citrusy, woody hops make up this flavor. There's a sweet and sour fruitiness and a biscuity character from the malts. Very good hop/malt balance.

4.5 M: Medium body, creamy as all hell. Very nicely done.

4.5 D: This is the kind of beer I want to drink when I hit up a bar. The beer is the centerpiece, not the people there. Big, bold flavor keeps me coming back for more.

I've never enjoyed an IPA so much that didn't qualify as a double/imperial.

Photo of zeff80
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, burnt orange hue with a foamy, bubbly, white, two finger head. It left sticky patches of lace on my New Belgium goblet.

S - Aroma was fantastic! It was an assault on your senses of citrus and floral notes. There was an underlying roasted malt nose, too.

T - It tasted of citrusy hops that provided a mild bitterness. The roasted malt brought a caramel sweetness to balance out the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding IPA. It really is masterfully balanced for a great taste.

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light brown with a lacy tan head. The nose has a nice collection of floral hops and sweet fruity malts. Well balanced flavor profile. The malt variety really compliments the bitter hops. Medium body is well carbonated. A great IPA from Stone.

Photo of ruck304
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A legend has been born. I have finally found this wonderful brew after looking for it in at least 10 stores. Lowe's Foods! haha

A: Rich, cloudy orange/yellowish hue. Froth is even a slight yellow color that hangs onto the side of the mug.

S: Sweet smell. Definitely floral, can't place the fruit or the smell exactly.

T: A lot of flavor. Somewhat bitter, yet very strong. A great IPA. One of the strongest I have tasted.

M: Starts really smooth and then there is a quick bite. Nice and strong.

D: Great IPA. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada but stronger.

Reviewed on November 4, 2008 while watching McCain get whooped. This country is going to hell!

Photo of Pleepleus
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to Mug a dense cloudy apricot color with a thick cream head that settled to a 1/4 inch throughout with heavy lacing. Smells of sweet fruity hopsice. Taste is heavily hopped but the bitterness is minimal and it is very smooth. I will have this again and again. Stone is one of my top 3 breweries in the US and this one confirms their supremecy.

Photo of DeepSix
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Not sure how well I did this, because I believe they have yeast in this bottles, but I just poured the whole damn thing in, not sure if that's how I was supposed to or what, oh well. Light amber color but very cloudy (guessing that's the yeast) And about an inch and half of head and laced along the glass.

A lot of citrus smell with hops and minor tones of malt.

Damn hoppy but not too bitter, the malt counterbalances it well, but still keeping it as a true "IPA". A noted carbonation here, medium body and some bitterness here. Its more better in mouthfeel then the taste.

Damn god American IPA here, maybe one of the better I've had. Really wanna try it on tap, to get away from this yeast in the bottle thing I'm unfamiliar with. While a lot of other people are saying this is a session beer and/or they could drink a shitload of these. They should note the fairly high 6.9% ABV and probably limit themselves :) Its a great beer though and one could find it easy to overlook this logic.

Photo of bacabuck
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Could this be heaven in a bottle? I think it might just be.

A: Rich, clear golden hue. Tall oatmeal colored head with tight froth that continues to lace down the sides of the glass

S: Big hoppy must with lots of yeast

T: Wow. Bold and rich. Finishes with a nice clean bitterness that you would expect

M: Smooth

D: Pour me another. One beer can easily turn into a session.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester, Maine. Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a thin film of off-white head that leaves some lace. Smells amazing - orange, grapefruit etc hops dominate for sure with just the slightest hint of malt. Bright citrussy hops dominate the flavor - orange, grapfruit, and slight pith. Slight caramel and biscuit malt help to make the hops not overpowering. Nonetheless, hops dominate and create perhaps one of the finest hop flavors in any beer I've ever had. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. An easier drinker than expected, considering the ABV and big flavor. Perhaps one of the finest IPAs I have ever had. Phenomenal in almost every way.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this on tap at my local pub, i have had it before in a bottle when i lived in california. The color is a orange almost red and smells citrusy with a hint of pine in there...i love stone and there ipa is my favorite so this is a great beer. the taste is great also

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this one from a short pilsner glass. It's a medium-dark golden color with a surprisingly thin light beige head. A lighter color than most IPAs.

Citrusy hops are the most apparent trait in the nose. There are definitely some light malty scents in there as well, delivering a slightly earthy, biscuit like aroma. Nose is somewhat muted and more balanced than many a west coast IPA.

Mmmmm, more of a grassy hoppy flavor than the citrusy nose indicates. I taste alot of hay and biscuit flavors. A very approachable and drinkable IPA. I like it! I can see why they did the Ruination...while this might not satisfy the uber hopheads of the world, it is a very tasty beer and I could see this as a great introduction to the world of big, super hoppy beers.

I really like this beer. It is well balanced and highly drinkable. It will be hard to keep this on hand as it is oh so tasty.

Photo of xsists
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very light golden yellow. Quite clear. My pour had a small amount of head but it stuck around for a while.

S - Huge floral smell. Slight piney smell. Quite sweet.

T - Huge flavor. Very hoppy with a slight citrus flavor. Has great bitterness.

M - Light mellow feel that somewhat tickles your tongue. Smooth all the way down with a nice bite to finish.

D - Love this beer. Definately will pick up a 6 pack or two next time I goto the store.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone's IPA ranks neck-and-neck with Bell's Two Hearted as my absolute favorite beer. The only difference between the two is availability. At any given time, I can go to numerous liquor stores (or even my own workplace) and pick up a sixer of Two Hearted. On the flipside, I can get 22 oz. bombers of Stone's IPA at something like two liquor stores on my side of town. Oh well. I guess this stuff makes for an immaculate treat.

Like Two Hearted, Stone IPA pours a hazy copper with a slightly off-white head. The lacing is all over the place.

The aroma is goddamn glorious. Floral hops out the ass. If I could get air freshener that smelled like this, I'd gladly buy a case.

The flavor reflects the smell. The floral hops are massive and bitter and Jesus tapdancing Christ, it's delicious. And like Two Hearted, there's just enough smooth maltiness to balance things out. And man, oh man, is it dry. We're talking Oscar Wilde dry here.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and about as good as it gets.

At 6.9%, I would still drink this stuff all night if I could just get someone around here to carry the elusive 6-packs. I can never have enough of this amazing stuff.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer.

Beer poured with a creamy white 2 finger head. The head did slowly fade back into the beer and left an 1/8th inch skim across the top. Nice ribs of lacing all the way down the glass. Very clear golden amber color. Slight visible carbonation.

Aroma was spot on. Spicy, Floral and citrus notes. (Grapefruit) very fresh scent.

Flavor was approaching perfection. Nice citrus spicy bite out of the shoot. Then a moment of spiciness. White pepper. Then a nice malt sweetness that is followed by the hop bitterness that lingers. Just a joy to drink front to back. A slight spicy tone sticks with the hop lingering effect. You can almost feel the hop oils on your tongue.

Mouth feel is light in body but BIG on flavor. Smooth feel to the beer and the drinkability is amazing.

This is among my favorite IPA's.

Greenflash, Smuttynose and Stone IPA. Don't miss any of these.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MtGoat for including this as an extra in out trade. 22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear and bright golden amber with lighter yellow highlights and topped with an inch of thick and creamy sandy white head. Head could stand to last a bit longer, but there is still some decent lacing here.

S: Sweet and fruity and intensely bitter. Bright fruit aromas shine thought like the sun: pineapple, sweet, slightly roasted malt, heavy pine and sweet grapefruit. Fresh or on cask, this beer must be ambrosia.

T/MF: Intense pine and fruit flavors coupled with a bright alcoholic heat, these are the first things that come to mind on my initial sip. Honey and heather also so up along with a sweet, almost sugary/ fruity grainy finish, I mean the finish almost tastes a little like Fruit Loops, I'm serious. There is actually some pretty nice balance being displayed here, I mean for a Stone beer, the hops are still the forefront of the beer, but the malty aspect is pretty strong as well.

D: A solid and highly drinkable IPA but I just want something more, maybe it's just heightened expectations for the beer, but I swear there are better IPAs out there than this one. I mean it is still a great beer, but there are better ones out there and closer to me.

Photo of kshankar
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a nice thick creamy foam that recedes to a cap. Good retention, and lacing all the way down. Excellent looking as the beer progresses.

Aroma: Citrus hops, grapefruit...pine scents.

Taste: The hops give a good amount of bitterness balanced with a sweetness from the grapefruit side.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, coats the mouth, creamy and so on..and has good carbonation. Goes down very nicely

Drinkability: High ABV but still tasty and medium bodied so its easy to have more than 1. Was surprised how easy this was to drink. Recommended

Photo of paulman86
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


on tap oct 20 2008 BJs Cupertino

a: golden color, slightly cloudy , scant lacy head

s: not a big nose on this pint for me. Unlike some other reviewers. Guess I drink too much Pliny!

t: very nice balanced hops , pine and grapefruit notes. Bitter citrusy hop finish without much /any maltiness.

M: good overall body, with feel of effervescense on the palate.

Overall a very nice example of a west coast IPA.

Photo of FACSman
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden hued, slightly cloudy with a thin, wispy head

S - Nice malty, hoppy aroma.

T - Wow, exactly what I would expect from a perfect IPA. Great hop flavor that balances the malt nicely. Finishes crisp and clean with just a pleasant amount of bitterness on the tongue.

M - Light mouthfeel with modest carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, goes down well alone or with food

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,326 ratings.