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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

9,716 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,716
Reviews: 2,881
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,736 | FT: 9
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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Ratings: 9,716 | Reviews: 2,881
Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew.

A: A deep and golden honey color, with a very airy 2 finger head that dissipates to a thin, but appreciable head.
S: Hops. Citrusy and woody.
T: Hops. Lots and lots of hops. Finishes with an essence of citrus and pine.
M: Medium carbonation. Fairly unexciting.
D: Very high drinkability, but not one to throw back. Definitely a beer for sipping and savoring.

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

The pine and grapefruit is apparent in the flavor. Smells very hoppy. The head looks soft and pillowy, like a really comfortable mattress, like I could sleep on it. A hoppy cloud. Super clear beer. The taste sticks around in my mouth, which is a good thing.

Photo of philbertk
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarks
12 oz. Bottle.
Mild lacy head. Clear bright rich gold color. Rich hop front. Dry sweet citrus caramel crisp Pils malt body. Clean rich tangy hop spice end.Hoppy clean balanced mild sweet IPA. Deceptively rich and smooth. Classic West Coast San Diego IPA.

Photo of jantonius
2.72/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice Golden Color with thick creamy head

S: Big Hops. Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons....Very Strong Nose.

T: Really nice California IPA, great citrus tones with a grapefruit finish

M: Medium body, slightly above average carbonation

D: Very well balanced beer from Stone, one of those beers that go well with anything. Nothing that impresses, but definitely consistent.

Photo of SammiJo
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Golden color, clear body, fluffy white head, lacing down the glass

S-Piney hops with a touch of sweetness.

T-Hop flavor is multi-dimensional sweet citrus and piney at first with a bitter yet pleasant aftertaste. Malt flavor is not overly pronounced, but backs up the hops nicely. There is nothing unpleasant about the taste.

M- Balanced. There is a medium amount of carbonation. Not too heavy and not too light.

D- Very drinkable for any IPA lover. After finishing one, I could definitely have another.

Photo of Fillpott
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this from bottle bought at a local store. Poured it into a pint glass. It made a 1/8" off-white head that left a lot of lacing down the sides of the glass throughout the drinking of the beer. The smell was pine, citrus w/ a faint malt that is easily over-powered by the assertive hop smell. The taste is more hops. It is bitter, but the bitterness mellows quickly. This beer has a bitter, pleasant aftertaste. Despite the bitterness and assertive hops, the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. I find it very drinkable.

Photo of mfkr
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden liquid that is a bit hazy, with a pure white head that leaves little lacing.

S - Hops, sweet malt, citrus, a hint of oranges, faint hint of grass.

T - Really hoppy, some sweet malt, citrus, some spices.

M - Thin body and weak carbonation.

D - A really nice IPA

Photo of Mistofminn
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard unmarked pint glass. I picked this up in Hudson and enjoyed it while cleaning out/organizing the cellar.

The color is a deep golden color with a light tan fluffy head that has great retention and leaves lacing on the side of the glass.

The nose is very hoppy, citrus and grapefruit and floral hops all shine in this one. It also gives off a strong cannabis like smell. This is pretty dang good.

The taste is dominated by hops, much like the nose, but there is also a significant malt backbone that comes through at cellar temperature. Very hoppy and straight forward, but very balanced and complex. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light appropriate carbonation. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is a staple in the world of IPA's. It's affordable, and widely distributed (but not widely enough!). It's good enough to hang with the big boys (Sculpin, Pliny) and cheap enough to win out over them most of the time. What a great brew.

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

A--golden apricot color. Chunky snow white head. Clings to the glass with every drink.

S--big classic Stome hop profile. Piney and dirty with a hint of citrus.

T--very balanced IPA with crisp but bitter earthy flavored hops. The smooth malt profile give the beer a refined subtle nature without taking away from the hop show.

M--medium bodied, but almost chewy mouth feel. Smooth and not overly oily finish.

D--so good, could put these away with predjudice.

One of the tip top IPAs, but these days the price is getting prohibative per 6 pack so it's becoming a treat rather than a regular.

Photo of haddon
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours amber in color but when held to the light looks a lighter golden wheat color. frothy head that retains well. good lacing down the glass.

S- usual ipa smells that are a little more faint than others... hops, orange peel, pine & spice.

T- pine, bitter hops, citrus & grapefuits. light and crisp with a sharp bite on the end.

M- light body with not much carbonation

D- nice session beer. clean and crisp and a little subdued for an ipa. really enjoyed this beer...has the right mix of hoppy bitterness and pine for my palate

Photo of feelmefoam
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a a Stone Pint.

Pours a nice hazy straw color with a finger of milk-white foamy head that leaves a nice bit of lace as you drink.

Smells mainly of fruity, piney hops that pretty much dominate the nose.

A really nice bouquet of fresh, piney and spicy citrus hops that are dripping with flavor, then balanced by a slight bit of malty breadiness. Awesome flavor.

Thin but oh so smooth mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I could certainly drink several of these in one sitting. A lot of positive qualities about this IPA, and yet another solid brew from a very solid brewery.

Photo of BigAl723
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with a ton of little bubbles racing to the top of the pint glass. A nice one inch head that seemed to linger on for a while.

S: Well, let me first say this is one pungent IPA. Very fragrant and citrus like. Big hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerines, sweet hops, pine, all of the above. A real inviting smelling IPA.

T: Such a well balanced taste right from the get go. The hops are very unique in this one. They don't overpower you like Ruination but they certainly aren't weak by any standards. The taste definitely resembles the smell. Lots of big sweet hops, fragrant citrus, pine, orange, tangerines, etc.

M: Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, a great feel.

D: Outstanding drink on this one. So well balanced. The ABV is perfect, not too high and not too low. I could've drank pints of this all night.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever come across. The only thing that makes me mad is how long it's has been since I've had one. It's a regular again on tap so I'm sure I will be denting the keg quite frequently.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium lightly hazy golden color with a thin white head that lasts for a little while before slowly subsiding.

Aroma is very citric with an emphasis on lemon.

Taste reveals a light malty profile and pine notes in the back, but the hops largely give off citrus notes all around. I get lemon from start to finish with some orange and grapefruit to a lesser degree.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Ruination may be one of my favorite beers, but Stone's regular IPA is so much lighter while still being quite flavorful. It's not as crazy as Ruination but the hop presence is still amazing and I want to drink it all day. One of my all time favorite IPAs.

Photo of rfabian
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass it forms a 10 mm head that leaves ample lacing. The color is amber and clear. The aroma is strongly of citrus and grassy hops with little sweetness. The taste is also strongly of citrus hops and on the dry side with a little sweetness and lots of bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. One of these per evening is ample refreshment.

Photo of mbudner
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- A very inviting hazy golden color with a slightly orange tint. The head is roughly 2 fingers thick and gives a very pillow-y appearance as it dissipates leaving a nice thick lacing (more of a coating.)

S- Lemon zest, marijuana, bready malts. I'm actually getting a very slight amount of booze out of it too as it warms, but nothing alarming.

T- The "bready-ness" that I smelled in nose is the most evident player on the palate. Also, some lingering bitterness on the back of my tongue. Not much in the way of the citrusy hops that I get in the aroma (though faint.)

M- Pretty standard IPA. Possibly a little low on the carbonation scale, but nothing that detracts greatly from the overall quality.

D- Deceptively drinkable for nearly 7%. Nothing is too overwhelming, which is good except for with the hops, which I was hoping to be more prominent. All in all, a good beer and definitely one of the better of the widely accessible IPAs. I feel like this bottle might be a little older than I would have liked, but no dating system on the bottles so I don't know. I hadn't had it in months before tonight, but I remember having a bottle or two and definitely some servings from the tap that were slightly better, but my palate may has changed since then too.

Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Piraat snifter.

Pale Amber cloudy body, 3/4 finger white semi-rocky head, some lacing. Citrusy nose (grapefruit) some piney-ness, and bready malts. Taste is quite citrus, a bit sweet, meyer lemons? Above average mouthfeel and carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Maybe not as much of a hopbomb as most SD IPAs, but certainly an exemplar of the West Coast IPA style. Along with HUB and Bell's Two Hearted, one of the most balanced IPAs. Classic.

Photo of UncleBubba
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After recently trying some great IPA's from Smuttynose, and Dogfish Head, I was skeptical when i came across Stone IPA.
Now, all I can say is wow!!! This is a damn good IPA!!! To me it has the perfect balance of hoppiness/maltiness. Very easy to drink, and leaves me wanting more. Nice session beer. I'll definitely be purchasing more Stone IPA's in the future.

Photo of microbrew52
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours hazy yellow orange with a little small layer of foam at the top which will lace the glass slightly. It has a very fragrant like cologne. The taste is also bursting with flavor with lots of orange which pairs well this stones trademark hoppiness. Finishes dry and quick.

Photo of BrewitYerself
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass; 40 deg F.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a copper hue. Thin white head, disippates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is of bright fruity/floral hops, some esters, some sweet malts, perhaps some grainy/toasted malt. Hints of honey, too.

Taste is slightly sweet and fruity upfront - mainly hops and esters. Bitterness explodes on the mid-palate, through to the finish. There are some sweet/grainy malt flavors, not enough to match the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice - moderate carbonation, slight chewiness, very smooth.

This is a tasty beer packed with hops. The bitterness is a bit sharp on the finish and a bit too astringent. Throughout the sample the hop aroma gave way to sweet malt and honey. The flavors kept going back and forth between pungent, pithy hops and sweet malt. The hops are very persistent on the finish.

Photo of kingjames1
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light, murky gold with little, but persisting, sticky head. Smells like citrus, grass, and a faint note of pine needles. Taste is a tart citrus, and pine. Strong hops bitterness, but sweet maltiness, without being syrupy - it is surprisingly light and extremely drinkable.

Photo of cvfish
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a deep golden color that produced a white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were hop dominated, orange, lemon and grapefruit flowers

T - The taste of this beer started with a light pale malty beginning, but soon was overtaken by the hoppiness of this beer, all the flavors that I got from the nose

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carboantion

D - I really do not know why this beer does not get more recognition, it is a great IPA and something I will be buying a lot of

Photo of spencerw
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've read so many good things about Stone and this particular beer I thought I would try it. Not generally a big IPA fan but wanted to give it a shot.

A - The bear poured a very refreshed looking light copper honey, thick foam head that lasted for a minute or two then left a nice even lace along side the glass. Very good looking brew.

S - Pronounced malt and citrus smell. It was golden to the nose and smelled extremely quenching.

T - Decent malt, creamy sweetness at first then a blast of citrus hops! Very hoppy and pronounced and pretty much tingles your tongue for seconds after. Good balance and a good IPA if you like them...especially the more bitter ones.

M- Medium body, well carbonated and extremely fresh!

D- Very refreshing and could be a good session beer. I'm not even a huge IPA fan but I could see myself having a few of these. Would accommodate some great food very nicely.

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

I can't believe I had not rated this before.

A - Light orange honey, good off white head. Somewhat murky.

S - Deep malt and citrus.

T - I never really thought what a massive sweet core this one has, and so deftly squashed by the bitter of the hops. Good balance and begs for another taste.

M- Medium body, great carb and coating. Great Balance.

D - A classic. Quaffable to the extreme.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Clear golden colour with a massive crowning glory - the head lasted for the entire glass and left signature lacing

S : Lotsa hops, tropical fruits and zest. The smell really lingers on.

T : A big hug of hops up front, which eventually gives way to a nice malt balance. Can also taste some tart fruitiness at the end

M : Thin really, but the liveliness on the palate more than makes up for it. There is a lot going on

D : Great example of an IPA, so keep it coming. A great hop - malt balance really adds up to its drinkability

Photo of marvin213
2.47/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

It's a murky yellow. It actually looks like a pilsner with dirt thrown in it. Were it not for the creamy white head, I'd think it's a contaminated beer. Though yellower than I expected, it's also more murky. It makes me think of cloudy piss. The lacing left as the foam settles let the hops be known.

The hops smell bitter and astingrent. The beer is straight hops. There's no fruitiness, no malty balance, and no additive novelty. It's like your original bitter. I think of liquor bitters. I think of Bitter Bill's face on the macro commercials. The nose is pure and unadulterated, but I offer no bonus points for that.

It's a plain beer and, although I love hoppy goodness, it's overly bitter and otherwise flavorless. I credit it for simplicity, but why would I repeatedly reach for plainness? It's bitter like an aspirin, and that's not cool.

The quality carbonation provides a fuzzy medium for the hops, so mouthfeel is the selling point. It's oddly the best thing about this bland beer. This is an overly simple IPA from a big-time brewery. I respect (and see most people on this site apprciate) a bland hop beer but I, for one, would like more on the medium of this feel.

I don't really like it, so I won't be drinking it much. It looks overbarleyed and tastes like a medicine while feeling as if it's soda. It's an eccentric experience--particularly for such a simple IPA--but that doesn't mean I'll revisit it.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,716 ratings.