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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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9,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,338
Reviews: 2,807
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 273
Gots: 1,294 | 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 Ben4881
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
Stone Brewing Co.

This beer is translucent straw yellow color with suggestions or orange. The color is much paler than I expected. There is a frothy white head that dissipates quickly, but not entirely. Minor traces of lace stick to the glass.

Nothing complicated here. All I smell is piney hops. Nothing fancy, nothing unexpected: right on the mark.

Similar to the smell in that it's very well executed. The taste is smooth and refreshing up front with the flavor or oily organic hops. The kickback upon swallowing is slow, creeping, bitter, and piney. The aftertaste continually becomes dry and cottony while the pine needle flavor tingles and tickles the tongue.

Stone IPA has a light to medium body. Adequate carbonation gives it some levity and airiness. The aftertaste leaves a sticky cottonmouth feeling.

This is a solid IPA. Nothing overpowering and nothing complicated. This beer is a welcome companion on a long morning, afternoon, or night.

Photo of Bitzy
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA! I usually don't drink very bitter beers like IPA's, but this one really impressed me.

Appearance: cloudy golden color with a 1/4 inch head that slowly disspates, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Although the hops jump at you, the sweetness of backround flavors of citrus and cloves are apparant and inviting.

Taste: The different hops combined in this fabulous brew lend themselves to a sweet and floral twang that tickles the taste buds. The hops are delicious and balanced by the sweetness of the malts. Also, the bitterness is perfectly placed in the overall taste experience of the beer.

Drinkability: Although this beer is delicious, I could not drink more than one at a time. I split a 22oz. bottle with 2 other friends and slowly sipped it and enjoyed all its complexities.

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

good ipa. Smells like one as you open the bottle you are looking forward to a good beer. As you taste it the hops are right there on top and a decent follow through. However, there are just simply better IPA's our there including hop devil and dogfish that I have had. Certainly would buy it and you will not be disappointed, but you might do better.

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

A. 3 finger head with nice retention. Appears like a pale ale, which is what it is afterall.

S. Very notable nose of sweet juicy hops.

T. Surprisingly well balanced hops and sweet malt. Slightly sweet and a tad bitter. As it approaches room temperature the sweetness comes out a bit more and reminds me of pineapple juice. Just delicious.

M. Light and crisp, leaves the palate wanting more.

D. Just purchased a case, forgot how good these were.

Overall: Possibly my favorite IPA, the hops are top notch yet not overpowering. A very tasty well balanced brew.

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear light gold, forming a thick creamy 1 inch off-white head, with light spots of lace along the glass. Heavy and rich hop aroma dominates the nose. Citrusy and slightly fruity. The taste doesnt dissapoint. Suprisingly smooth thick hop flavor up front, followed by a noticeable malt presence in the finish. Alot smoother mouthfeel and finish than expected. A highly drinkable IPA! Overall, this was much better than I expected. I assumed that this would shred my tastebuds with all the hops, but it turns out that this is a very well rounded beer. Not that I have anything against extremely hopped up beers, but there are times when highly hopped but smooth beer sounds good, and this is it.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic west coast IPA. Golden orange body, with a thin cap of creamy foam that retains itself and laces well.

Light citrus in the aroma, fresh with a touch of green hops. It's not as pungent as I expected, but it's certainly pleasant. Pale malt and vegetal notes come out later as it warms up.

Bitterness is not to an extreme level, but it's up there. Not mild by any means, the bitter hop notes come out more in the aftertaste. There's some grapefruit/citrus rind, balanced by a tasty light maltiness. Very quenching and easy to drink, i've gone through two bombers this week, and Ruination is on deck after this one...

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

Nice head from an aggressive pour into my pint glass. Only modest retention. Slightly cloudy appearance when cold.

Taste is smooth and hoppy, but not overly so. As it warms up, the taste really smooths out a lot and mellows, becoming much less bitter. Don't drink this too cold, it is much better a bit warm.

A classic IPA.

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

Bottle into mason jar.

A: Golden amber with nice 2 finger head.

S: I can tell this is a stone beer. Supper orangey beeswax yumminess.

T: That hoppy orange-beeswax Stone flavor. Super bright. Very hoppy but not unpleasantly bitter. A perfect IPA.

M: Medium body on this yummy lass.

D: A one!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic for a good session.

Stone IPA pours a slightly cloudy orangey yellow with good white head. Nose is balls out citrus hops. Taste pretty much follows, super west coast grapefruit citrus hops with somewhat of a malt backbone, but the hops overpower them by far. The mouthfeel is good, drinkability is pretty good too. Overall this is a great session IPA, but it is quite unbalanced on the hop side of things. Personal preference would be for just a touch more maltiness in here, but overall it is a great IPA.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour is a nice light golden/orange color with white head. Scent is big on hops with some orange peel, lemon, and lime and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is overflowing with hops, some spice and a faint citrus sweetness. The mouthfeel is great with the huge bitterness, pretty smooth. Drinkability is as high as it gets, just amazing.

It's hard to believe that this is an IPA; it is strong as hell, and it kicks the ass of almost all of the IPAs I have had before it. With it's alcohol content and drinkability, it is both a blessing and a curse to not have any more at the moment. I've had some mixed feelings about Stone's brews, but between this and Ruination I will gladly buy their beer for as long as I walk this earth.

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

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into standard pint glass. Heavy handed pour yields 1 finger head, of nice white foam. Head diminishes somewhat quickly leaving moderate lacing . Beer itself is an orange amber, beautiful in color. Smell is all hops, piny resiny citrius hops. First sip perfectly echos the aroma . A very nice hop bite on the tongue, citrius and pine resin. Body is a bit thin afet the hop explosion. A very nice drinkable IPA.

Photo of Fireal1222
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this is my first review.

this is simply one of the best beers i've ever had.. but reader beware because this brew is not for the weak at heart.

this beer is bitter. and i mean bitter. with an aftertaste of citrus and flowers.. trust me. this brew is hopped up to the extreme. even the gargoyle on the front of the bottle is telling you to step down.. but the beer is just too great.

all of stone's creations are magnificent.. my favorite being this or the oaked arrogant bastard..

if you are an IPA fan. i highly recommend this beer. its the best IPA i've had. and most people agree that its one of the top 3 out there.

Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TexasStout for this bomber of Stone IPA.

Appearance gets an appreciative nod not only for the gorgeous golden color but for that absolutely freakin' cool Stone bottle. You could leave a row of these up as art in your house with no one the wiser. Smell's a slap in the nads even a full arm's length away, all roses & hops.

This is a good IPA. There's lots of sweet in the back as the beer goes down further, the hoppy bite is there, & the malt in the background. It doesn't wow the tongue like it grabbed by nose, but good stuff nonetheless.

A little too much ABV for a session beer, not in my top tier of IPAs. I could drink a glass or two, but would switch out to something either more wicked or subtle.

All in all something I'm glad to have tried.

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

A: Impressive silk screened brown bottle, freshness indicator stamped on glass. Aggressive, multi-staged pour to form pretty off-white "ice cream cone" head in a standard pint glass. Rich golden honey color tinted with amber, sporting a slightly sexy haze. Solid head retention, forming sponge like puck with sticky lacing down the glass.

S: After a couple of swirls to break up the puck like settled head, the nose released a sweet floral hop aroma, followed by some citrus notes, very pleasurable. After some whiffs there was a detectable sweetish malt base.... A harbinger of what was to come.

T: This is where this brew shines. Unbelievable hop profile, pronounced yet still subtle. Citrus, grapefruit up front followed right behind with wonderful floral notes filling in, then just the right amount of bitterness grabs your tongue. A malt backbone supporting the whole hop extravaganza is there but defiantly takes a back seat.

M: Decent carbonation, not as thick as I expected but certainty not thin, again the hops just stick all over you with their tasty goodness. Defiantly a pleasure to have in your mouth.

D: Well what can I say, with almost 2000 reviews at this time, I'm just adding to the legend, throwing another log on the fire. So here we go.... Extremely drinkable, a classic depiction of the style, west coast all the way, top notch hop profile that grabs you by the face, but doesn't over power, showing its complex hop flavor but not lacking in bitterness or ABV and just enough malt to not be forgotten. A wonderful IPA, and a fine beer period, I can see why Stone gets may accolades, well done indeed!

Photo of jayrod20
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium cloudy honey color in the glass, but without much of a head. It smells of citrus, alcohol, hops, and apricot. It's a pleasant, fresh smell. It tastes crisp and properly-balanced in terms of hops and fades to a sweet flavor alluding to the complex makeup. It's pretty dense in mouthfeel with good carbonation. This is a good beer, and nicely exemplifies this style.

Photo of Squelch
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. Minimal head.

Smell: Piney hop aroma with malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Piney hops with a toasted malt finish. slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Moderatly carbonated. Feels heavy.

Drinkability: Nice beer. I would buy it again.

Photo of isthisme2
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as usual stone goes 'big' with this beer, but does a great job of not getting obnoxious.

appearance - light copper. thin head that lasted throughout. visible active carbonation.

smell - pine/herbal

taste - hops of course...bitter with a medim body

mouthfeel - sharp, bitter with a lingering aftertaste.

drinkablity - yes. perfect big IPA.

Another great job by Stone, highly recommended... if you were trapped on a deserted island... and could only have one IPA... this might just be it.

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

poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a golden color with a one finger white head

S - mostly smells of hops.

T - a really nicely balanced ipa. the hop bitterness is there, but certainly not overpowering.

M - medium bodied. the carbonation isn't too strong.

D - a highly drinkable, tasty, west coast ipa. i really liked this one.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head, ok retention and good lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, grass clippings, pine needles, and honey, lots of hop character in there. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, pine, grass, but is also well balanced with a honey sweetness. Medium in body with good carbonation, smooth with a nice crisp bitter finish. Lots of hoppy flavors, easy to drink, very sessionable, even if it is almost 7% ABV.

Photo of GeoffW
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy straw/ golden color. Rocky white head with decent retention.

Smelled bitter with a lot of citrus and a bit fruity.

Taste was remarkably smooth for a stone beer, especially considering the usual comments about its "big character" on the bottle. Even though it was smooth, it had plenty of bitter in it. The result is a taste that is really nice and hoppy but without the face wrinkling overbearing quality that plagues many IPAs. The aftertaste is a lingering citrus flavour.

Drinkability was decent. This isn't my go to style of beer which means that I wouldn't want more than one of them in a sitting. Despite that, this is a damn good IPA, possibly the best IPA I've had yet.

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

Finally review # 200! This beer poured a golden, coppery straw color with a huge white rocky head. The smell was great! Nice typical hoppiness smells such as citrus nd pine. The taste was wonderful as well with a nice maltiness in the front followed by a proper bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was thick. Nice heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall incredible. Stone Brewing is one of the best breweries out there. Enough said.

Photo of MiScusi
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe. As common as this beer is in So. Cal I've only had it a couple times in the last 2 or 3 years since in my first couple experiences with it I just found it too "grassy" of an IPA. Well I don't know what has changed- my palate, or their recipe but this was a fantastic IPA. It had a bit of citrus in it which I never noticed before plus a load of pine. I will definitely be ordering this as one of my regular beers from now on.

Photo of TheEremite
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why I haven't reviewed this beer earlier. I love Stone IPA. It's an old standard and a fantastic representation of the style. There isn't much I could complain about in this beer.

Great "C" hop aroma and flavor. The bitterness is apparent but isn't crushing. There's a small malt backbone to it, but it's not sweet even for an IPA. It finishes dry. I'm left feeling like I can, and have, consume 4 or 5 of these.

What a great example of a West Coast IPA.

Photo of JEdmund
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange; BIG head; minimal carbonation; head settles into a thick cream; leaves some intricate lacing; awesome bottle design

NICE! Really pungent, floral, fresh smelling hops here; this is great!

Taste & Mouth Feel
Full hop flavor; they really did deliver on their promise of lots of hops; mouthfeel is a little thin, with not a lot of carbonation; leaves a really nice bitter aftertaste; the malt side is just present enough, though is by no means in balance with the hops, which is totally fine; gets better as it warms (malts become a little more noticeable)

Very nice! I wish I could pick this up whenever I wanted. The hops smell and taste are just so pleasing, it keeps me coming back, rushing this first bottle quite a bit!

Photo of Avryle
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear yellow orange. Minimal cream colored head

S- Citrus & pine hop with a note of malt

T- Similar to the nose. Stong cirtus & pine hops dominate with sweetness in the back

M- medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Taste lingers on the tounge

D- Excellent. "More bottles!!"

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,338 ratings.