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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

9,602 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,602
Reviews: 2,855
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 302
Gots: 1,621 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Imsothirsty
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance and color, just what you would expect from a quality IPA
Aroma: Wonderful, very piney hops, and even a little bit floral I would say
Taste: Better than I would expect from an average IPA, but I just cant quite taste the Hops they way I can smell them in this beer. Maybe my tongue is broken from too much Ruination.
Overall an excellent beer, hoppy to the core, a very solid IPA

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small head of lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, oranges, and pine resin. The taste like the aroma with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a nice IPA. It doesn't really stand out from most other IPAs, but it is bold and flavorful which is enough for my liking.

Photo of gabe23
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloudy amber color with a large, rocky white head. Scattered lacing throughout the glass.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and grassy notes. Rather mild for an IPA, but quite nice.

T - Sweet on the tongue to start with mild citrus and breadiness. Bitterness takes over after that, leading to a dry finish with a serious alcohol kick. I was surprised by the ethanol - it seems much more noticable than in other 7% IPAs I've had.

M - Somewhat thick but smooth with moderate carbonation.

D - This is a nice drinking beer, but the alcohol hit means I'd probably only drink a couple at a sitting. Still, a very flavorful brew as I always expect from Stone.

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

A - Pours a gold to amber color, clear. Head is good. Foamy and persistent. Leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Dry hops. Hops and more hops here. Citrusy and earthy. Background caramel malt.

T - Matches the smell and has a strong bitterness that I like.

M - Biting in a good way. Moderate body. Bitterness lasts. Warm on the way down.

D - Good beer. Highly drinkable. Will have to watch myself with this one due to the higher ABV.

Overall - a good American IPA. Hops dominate as they should.

Photo of jamesdantes13
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale amber with a nice white head. Good retention and lacing.

Strong hop aromas: citrus, pine, and fruit.

Bitter hop flavors dominate the palate: spicy, piney, and a bit of fruit. Finishes with bready malt that helps give this beer excellent balance. Full-bodied beer that has smooth texture and finishes dry/crisp from the hops and carbonation.

Very drinkable and refreshing. Alcohol presence is minimal but is packed with flavor.

Photo of mltobin
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Spitzer`s Corner in the Lower East Side of Manhattan during happy hour , 3 bucks.

The appearance is a light brown with a one finger head.
The smell is of flora, some citrus and a fair amount of hops.
The taste is a well balanced ipa with some of those IBUs but not too many where it is overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a spicy, with some faint fruit flavors coming through, like orange, evening out the balance. Drinkability is good on the Stone IPA, however I do not understand why some hype this selection from them. Very good brew, but not great.

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

Pours a nice caramel/orange color and hazy with a one finger head that keeps a good lace. Almost all hop smell with a little trace of citrus
Fresh hoppy taste that follows with a dry bitter finish that stays in the back of the mouth
This is a great IPA, I love the crispness of the taste and the serious hops.

Photo of raoulduke37
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden with orange hues, similar to a good cognac.

S - Definite hop scent here, pine, citrus

T - Good citrus flavor, lacks some complexity, bitter hops are not evenly balanced by malt.

M - Smoother than most IPA's I've had, nice carbonation but not overwhelming.

D - Dry finish leaves you a bit puckered, wouldn't be easy to drink too many of these in a row.

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

Golden/Orange body with a solid white head on top. Chill haze.

Aroma is nice and earthy with grass and pine.

Flavor is bittersweet and balanced. Aggressive hops are met with a bready grain bill.

Standard carbonation. Head retention gives it a creamier mouthfeel than most IPAs.

This is the real deal. Nothing out of the ordinary, but flawlessly crafted.

Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this steadily at Twain's in Atlanta for the past week.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin layer on the top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells great. Loads of hops - citrus, pine, floral, it's all there. It's backed up by a solid malt aroma.

Tastes just how it smells. Loads of hop flavors with a hint of spiciness, yet the malt flavors still manage to make their way out and balance the beer. Ending is as close to being too bitter as a beer can get without being so.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation does a good job exploding the flavors.

Drinkability is great. I could drink entirely too many of these.

Overall there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said. If you have access to Stone do yourself a favor and revisit this beer.

Photo of joshuadlight
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a bomber.

A - Deep, cloudy amber-orange. Tall white head that clings right away.

S - Outstanding. The bottle says that the "dry-hopping" causes the aroma, and it is a beautiful one. Sweet tangerine, orange, anything citrus fills the nostrils and won't let go. You don't smell beers like this everyday.

T - Initially spicy and spicy in the end along with a nice bitterness that prolongs the hop flavor. The flavors are the same in the mouth, but are spicy where they were sweet in the nose.

M - Nothing offensive in the mouthfeel, an average amount of carbonation, not too watery, not too thick.

D - If you love hot hops, you wouldn't want to stop drinking this west coast offering.

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

Bottle.

Pours slightly hazy gold with a hint of orange and a small but creamy white head.

Nose is big on citrus - pineapple, grapefruit, orange all come through, sweet but clean.

Taste starts off with clean, lightly sweet caramel malt and lightly astringent hops, with a finish that allows the fresh citrus to really shine, and a lighter than expected bitterness lingering on the palate. The overall result is an utterly fantastic IPA - not overpowering, refreshing, flavorful, and one of the most drinkable IPA's I've ever had. Emphasizes the flavor of the hops, rather than just the bitterness. Superb balance.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light gold with a thick and solid white head. Aroma is hoppy, light grapefruit and candied sugar notes mixed with piney resins, a bit light for the style. Taste is the same, light and bitter, but not as big or bold as some other beers of this style. The citrusy bitterness is a bit restrained but gives a nice kick at the end.

For the strength of this beer, I was expecting something a bit bigger, hoppier and bitter. Ruination pulls off the style a bit better, but this is still a good brew.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 12 Oct 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint. Medium off white creamy colored head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy deep gold color. Perfumy aroma, sweet and floral. Starts moderately citrusy, bitter, becoming maltier throught the middle. Mild ethanol. Finish is citric and floral.

Photo of liquidnoise
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer.

Perfect mouthfeel and appearance.

Perfect hop flavor. Not too weak, not to bitter. If you like really bitter stuff, try Stone's ruination IPA or Arrogant Bastard. For me, though, this is perfect.

Also, moderately priced in the "bomber" section, especially when lined up against all the Belgians that, IMHO, don't taste as good.

Outstanding.

Photo of aforbes10
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a single 12 oz of this at the Davis Co-Op today because i realized that i'd never actually tried it and i thought that was a little odd. Pours a yellowish orange, with a lower level of carbonation and a shorter head than i had expected. Head is only about an eight of an inch and very white. Smells of clementine juice, hop oils and lemons. Flavor is everything i would assume...perfect balance of citrusy hops on a nice soft malt backbone. Bitterness is there, but that's not the defining character of the beer, more of something that creeps in later, to remind you to take another sip. Its all about the delicious hop flavors and they get it perfectly right. mmmm. Smooth, medium body. Drinks like a dream. Excellent.

When my dad (who loves IPAs) comes out from Philly to visit, Ill have a sixer of this as well as Firestone IPA and Green Flash IPA waiting for him. Cream of the CA crop, IMO.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head with some decent lacing.

Smell is grapefruit and citrus and a little malt.

Hop hop hop grapefruit and bitterness -- that's the taste. Finishes a little biscuity/light toasted grain.

Medium body, some good chewy texture here.

Well, the alcohol is a kick in the balls. Couldn't decide on this or Ruination and chose this because of alcohol level. Well, that was dumb, as another 1% wouldn't have mattered. I'll have one more out of the six and be done with it tonight. If a little less boozy, this would be a regular for me.

Photo of RichT73
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I certainly enjoyed this beer, but to be honest I would save a couple bucks and pick up Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale for a much better taste and a more drinkable offering. This beer can be described in three words: spicy, spicy, spicy. I drank two of these on Saturday night and that was about all I could handle. The spice is just slightly overwhelming for me. Maybe I'm not as much of a hophead as I thought. There is a very obvious scent of grapefruit. You can certainly taste the alcohol, and it does kind of hit you after a couple. All in all, I wouldn't buy this beer again just because it isn't overly drinkable. But, once again, I wouldn't turn down a free one.

Photo of bamadog
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can I just say, I love Stone Brewery and everything they do :) I've tried a lot of their selection but it dawned on me that I hadn't tried this one yet and it was everything I hoped for.

Appearance: Light coppery in color with a 1 and 1/2 finger pillowy head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Hoppy and bitter - perhaps a slightly floral bitterness in there as well.

Taste: Awesome - everything I hoped for. Wonderfully bitter but not like an extreme type of hopped beer, so it's got a great balance. Normally I'd expect a bit more of a citrusy flavor in there, but it seems absent to me in this instance.

Mouthfeel: It goes down quite smoothly, a little sticky and creamy in the mouth and definitely leaves the mouth feeling sticky. Perfect.

Drinkability: I live a good IPA, so I would put this high. I don't know how much I'd care to drink in one night at 6.9% ABV, it'd likely knock me over.

Photo of righlander
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful deep gold with a pillow like fluffy white lacey head that stays.
Smells is....Oooo so nice. Piney leafy aroma grassy citric goodness. Some sturdy malty smells in there too but overpowered in to submission by the wonderful hops.
This beer smells great!
taste... Nice hop punch right off the bat, lovey citrus earthy green but not chewy grainy. Nice toasty pale malt and crystal malt presence. Very big beer in taste, but not too thick in any way at the same time. they really dialed in the hops to malt ratio on this one to make a very fine American IPA.
Mouth feel is nice too...very soft pillow like carbonation, sits nice on the tongue and lets the tongue know it's still alive at the same time.
Drinkability is...eh..a bit too high of an ABV to make it a session beer for me. After 4 I would be pretty drunk.
I will definitely buy this again!

Notes: A wonderful AIPA! This is like perfect! A very impressive beer. Right up there with Titan IPA in my opinion

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

golden color with a nice white head that leaves minimal lacing.

smells and tastes of hops and citrus fruits. fruit sweetness up front with a bitter hop end that leaves you reaching for more. lots and lots of hops in this one.

medium bodied and has fantastic drinkability.

one of my favorite all-time beers. definitely recommended.

Photo of mullenite
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy gold color with a 1/4 finger white head that made it's exit rather fast and left nice ring around the glass. Lots of sticky lacing despite this however.

Strait up hops in the nose, I'm almost afraid to try it as I wanted to review Vitus tonight as well. More citrus hops than I expected, I was thinking this would be very piney and floral for some reason.

Not as much of a hop bomb as the nose was leading me to think it would be. The hop presence is strong with little balance but not overwhelming. Some of the pine and floral tastes I was expecting in the nose do make an appearance with the grapefruit/citrus rind bitterness that was there.

A lot of sharp carbonation that I'm not too fond of but it doesn't really effect things too much. Fairly light bodied and easy to drink.

Overall this is a decent IPA, not my favorite but by no means is it as offensive and damaging to the palette as I thought it would be.

Photo of Lambstrong
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden hue and cloudy (unfiltered?). Slight white foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing.

There is an upfront intense hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit notes. One of the best aromas I've smelled in a beer.

This beer is beautifully balanced between the sweetness with lemon/grapefruit bitterness.

Lastly, this beer had perfect carbonation and the bitterness lent itself to a slight chewiness.

Photo of cpn920
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a big frothy head that leaves great lacing on my pint glass. Smell is of citrusy hops and a little malt. Taste is good with a big slap of hops and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Very nice beer that is very drinkable.

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

A - Hazy golden orange with 1.5 finger thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Characteristic floral hops and citrus.

T - Great hop bitterness, perfect amount of sweetness to balance the hops and not destroy the palate.

M - Smooth and filling. Thick for an IPA, almost creamy. Good presence but not overly bitter on the palate, which is tough to accomplish with an IPA.

D - Being thick and full of character, I could only have a couple of these - but in the way you would a decadent dessert.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,602 ratings.