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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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Reviews: 2,911
Hads: 10,437
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 387
Gots: 2,480 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

The IPA That Launched Generations of Hop Fanatics
First Release: August 1997

By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale—and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.
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Photo of jkrich
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "enjoy by 12/23/07" stamped in very small print around the base of the bottle. The etching artwork of the gargoyle certainly gains your attention. The best by date should be more prominent.

This ipa poured a clear, golden color with a small, dissipating head that left nice lacing on the side of the conic glass.

When I opened the bottle, the smell of northwest, piney hops burst from the bottle and continued as I poured the ale into the glass. I thought I was smelling a Christmas tree.

With all of that superior hop flavor, the beer tasted incredibly balanced. Yes, the flavor of spicy hops dominated throughout, but the slightly sweet malt in the background certainly balanced everything nicely. I could still taste the hops on my tongue well after the first taste.

The ale was medium bodied with strong carbonation.

It is somewhat difficult to believe this ipa is 6.9% ABV; it is extremely drinkable. If not for the high ABV, this would be the ultimate session ale.

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Photo of SuncrestBeerMen
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA. One of my favorite and I have tried quite a few. Come to think of it, I think its time for another. It definitely has a big hop flavor yet the aftertaste is not overlingering as some heavily hopped IPAs tend to be. The aroma is also very nice. Overall a very drinkable IPA when you want to sit down, relax and enjoy a quality beer.

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Photo of intensify
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im going to keep this short so I can enjoy this soley!

The pour was a nice golden, burnt orange color. Tall and heavy head stuck around for some time and leaves lacing as I gulp it down. First off, the nose is amazing. Potent hops, resiny aroma, strong pine, orange peel and some more of that medicinal marijuana smell. Not a big hop monster but definately a piney one. Very well balanced and ends semi dry. Medium bodied delight in a bottle.

A must have. I expected greatness from Stone Brewing, but they have brewed a top contender here.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-thick dark gold with a thick and foamy off-white head. some lacing.

S-the second i started to break the seal, i could smell those grassy hops. it has a bold scent of stale grass smelling hops. smells wonderful and strong!

T-comes in with a wonderfully strong hit of grassy yet citrusy hops. has almost an orange flavor to it. transforms in to a really great and clean bitterness. the after-taste is really citrusy and great as well. this is an instant classic. i love this taste so much. it has so many layers of quality to it.

M-great creamy and medium carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-wow i could drink this all night long. you know, i've seen this beer so many times and always passed it up because it was always there no matter where i was, i never had a sense of urgency to buy it. i regret turning my back to this beer for so long. this is amazing! i love it! it has a perfect ABV as well. i hope to have this again and again!

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Photo of BigHead
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I felt like I was strolling along a hop field when I pour this beer and got a hint of the aroma. Hops, hops, hops, the floral bouquet of the hops are awesome!! The beer looks great as well, a good head on top of the golden brew with a slight cloudiness. Oh man, the taste is gooood. The character of the hops just taste fresh and citrus aftertaste with a feeling of hops blossomming on the roof of my mouth. The citrus and floral tones feel like a slight burn but a good one. The beer is very drinkable and a great IPA.

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Photo of rangerred
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thick white head. Awesome lacing.

The aroma smacks you in the face with piney citrusy hops. There is also some earthiness along with caramel.

The flavor is pine and grapefruit but giving way to some caramel. There is a certain earthy flavor present as well. Strong bitterness throughout leading to a drying finish. Mouthfeel is good for the style.

Overall this is one of my favorite IPA's. It is extremely smooth and each sip leaves you wanting more. It would be easy to down several of these in a sitting.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber with a pure white head that clings to the pint glass. The aroma brings the first notion that this ale is world-class. The hops jump out at you and pull you in for the taste, which is even better. The excessive dry-hopping produces a powerful IPA-worthy bitterness that somehow manages to be completely smoothed out by the mild malt character. Medium to light body with a serene crispness. This easily makes my top 3 IPA list. There should be a picture of this brew in the dictionary under India Pale Ale. Mission accomplished, Stone.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip; no freshness date

P: Pours deep straw from the bottle, and sits honey gold in the glass. Tall, statuesque white head thats rocky and comprised of medium-sized bubbles. Very good retention, and finally settles to form a halo with a thin film in the middle. Great lacework!

A: Toasty malts, mouth-watering pungeant hops that come off citrusy, piney, and a bit floral. Also some honey and grass underneath.

T: Obviously, the hops dominate throughout. But there is a nice, toasted bready malt spine that sets a solid foundation. Hop flavors consist of grapefruit, orange, lemon and some flowers. Some grassy notes are buried under there as well, and there is some honey that seems to flash towards the back end. Each sip is magnetizing! Finish is exquisitely dry and features some great hop bitterness to play off of some of the sweeter notes. Some hop oil residue is left on the tongue that leaves my whole mouth tingling on the way out. Absolutely outstanding!

M: Medium-full bodied, a bit creamy, smooth and moderately carbonated.

D: Drinkability is just plain great! How could this not be easy to drink? A 22 oz. bottle just ain't enough.

Notes: This is one fantastic IPA. Once again, Stone doesn't disappoint. Hop domination is the goal here, but the underlying malt makes it all possible. Delicious hop flavors just seem to dance on the tongue, but isn't one-dimensional due to the supporting flavors that add some depth. Highly recommended

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this when I was in WI.

A: Yellowish orange with solid, but not too much carbonation. Bright white 1 inch head on top. Drifts down to a lace quickly.

S: Tangerine and orange with a hint of pine. Slight honey sweetness. Strong aromatics

T: Beautiful hop profile with orange, tangerine, grapefruit and even some pine. Very flavorful. The malts are present, but more w/ a light, honey sweetness. Definitely a West Coast IPA. A strong bitterness in the end, but doesn't stick around too long.

M: Lighter bodied IPA w/ good carbonation. Crisp and clean.

D: An exceptional IPA with fabulous flavors. Would like a hint more aroma though. The appearnce was solid, but not the amount of head I was looking for. Overall, this is a hop lovers dream, with tons of hoppy flavors. A showcase of the American hop as it should be. I will buy this again and again. Please start distributing in Minnesota.

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Photo of KKB
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – A gorgeous hazy orange-yellow with a very large, very nice eggshell head that leaves just beautiful lacing. She’s a looker this one.

S – This is one of the best smelling IPAs I have ever smelled. Really, one of the best smelling beers I’ve ever smelled. Clean and super-hopped with a fragrance that just explodes into your nostrils. The hops smell juicy and biting, citrusy and fruity and highly floral.

T – The flavor is idyllic. This is just a model IPA, grapefruit and lemon, grass and pine, and a lovely bitterness that just makes you want to stand up and give an ovation. Just a glorious IPA, bravo Stone.

M – The mouthfeel is medium in body and the carbonation gives it a silky smooth aspect; it is lightly sticky as well and dwells on the tongue and palate for a moment before going down. Great mouthfeel. Playful, fluffy, lush, dry finish.

O – This just so completely wonderful. One of the best IPA’s I have ever had, and, in my opinion, one of the standard bearers for IPAs. I love stone. I love this IPA. Go beer!

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Photo of thourgood
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - is excellent. Thick but pale. Moderate but lasting head
Smell - hop heaven
Taste - wonderful. My goto IPA. I think there's something missing but I don't know what... Like I haven't tasted it yet
Mouthfeel - very enjoyable. Not overly viscous.
Overall - for me the standard of well-hopped medium-strong beer.
Analysis - great. Could be better but not much. What is missing?

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle at home. The gargoyle is still one of my favorite brewery mascots.

A: Bright amber/gold with a little chill-haze. Nice thick head - lots of retention.
S: Perfect for an IPA. All hops in the nose, pure and fresh - floral and citrus scents abound.
T: Super hoppy, very bitter, piney. Lots of spiciness. The hop oil is the first to hit, followed by the strong alcohol - 6.9% is a lot for a straight up IPA. The malt sweetness comes through a little bit toward the end - some bready and sweet yeast flavorings.
M: Oily and mouth-coating. Not so much a chewy feel usually found with a ton of malt. This one is more crisp. Very refreshing.
D: Very easy. Only the high ABV keeps this from being a true session ale.

I love this beer.

I have to rank this as the best IPA I've reviewed so far.

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Photo of MisterSH
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no freshness date. I like stone's labels but on an overly critical note, I must say the font they use on the bottle's neck is a little bit corny-looking.

Pours a straw/gold, with an exceptionally long lasting 1.5 finger head, leaving some of the most amazing lacing I've ever seen. This beer looks fantastic.

Aroma is dominated by resiny pine, with some citrus notes and whiffs of a fruity malt.

First taste impression is of spicy, pungently bitter American hops. Grapefruit is present , the malt backbone of the beer is strong and steps into the forefront in the second act, offering a bready, distinctly earthy finish that is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is on point, moderate carbonation, very clean, fairly light in body and not overly oily.

I have not had this old favorite in some time now, and tasting it again I find it every bit as delicious as I remembered. Exceptionally delicious, it is crisp and ideally balanced. I find the malt profile of this beer slightly unusual with a welcome earthiness, rounding things out perfectly and setting this brew apart from its peers. In my mind an exemplary American IPA.

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Photo of errantnight
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the short list of my favorite beers. This one was a 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a gorgeous, absolutely clear, and incredibly rich, gold. With lively head and lacing. This baby clings all the way down.

The nose is incredibly floral, with citrus and berry notes. This is what hops smell like! Ok, that might be a lie... but this is what hoppy beer smells like! When it's Stone IPA! I love this... it doesn't quite enter the realm of some more potent DIPAs (or other styles with more intense yeast notes)... but it's slightly sweet and so, so so enticing.

And this is the IPA by which I judge all others. It is clearly of a different beast than Masala or HopDevil (with their toasted malt flavors and richer flavor), on the light side of medium bodied and with very moderate malt notes. which really just provide enough body and hint of sweetness to bring out the hop flavors. This beer really exemplifies the glory of hops. There's floral (particularly rose) hints all over the place, the citrus flavor is very mild (I get very little acid/ester here, considering), and the finish is clean, and there's a slightly sweet aftertaste (the only minor notch I take off on the drinkability side, there are slightly "cleaner" IPAs... although when the beer tastes this good, I'm ok with less than clean). The carbonation is medium to strong, but it breaks mid-swallow and is EXCEEDINGLY smooth on the back end. Where I've found other IPAs to reach an almost oily consistency, this never sticks out to that extent, but really smooths things out.

A great summer beer, or spring beer, or fall beer, or anytime beer. There's enough complexity to pair with a wide variety of offerings (although I'll always be inclined to think Mexican as a top choice). An absolute must for any hop fan, or anyone who's past the all-macro stage.

Heaven in a bottle. And it tastes better (that I can detect) from a bomber. And it's better than that on tap.

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Photo of jdg204
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally pulled the trigger on a 6-Pack of my first Stone product, after having a hankering for some IPA. There was a lot of hype with these products, could this brew live up to the high standards?

Appearance - Just gorgeous, rich orange color with a deep cloudy textrue. Lovely, thick white head tops it all off.

Smell - Very nice floral, citrus aroma with a deep spicey undertone.

Taste - Fantastic bold grapefruity/orange flavor with superbly balanced hops. The hops really do a great job of balancing the sweetness/power of the fruit flavors with a great bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The consistency of the flavor is great and the aftertaste really leaves the mouth satisfied. The brew really packs a punch without being too "in your face".

Drinkability - This brewhaha just flat out ruled. Definetly going to have to check out the rest of the Stone line of ales after this winner and on a side note the bottle is top quality too (etched graphics over a pasted label=top notch). I look forward to pairing this bad boy against a local fav Hopdevil Ale from Victory next week. Enjoy!

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Photo of BrewMichigan
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this one on tap at the Epic Bistro in Kalamazoo

I got a pint of this and after the first smell I knew I was going to enjoy this. Not as highly hopped as it's IIPA brethren but still reeked of centennials. The tasted was exceptional and the drink ability of this beer was incredible. I had one but I felt like I could have had 10. The bitterness imparted by the magnum hops was so smooth I couldn't believe this had as many IBUs as advertised.

The six packs in my area are a little pricey but it's worth the price. Get this one for a nice treat, you won't regret it.

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Photo of bort11
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my very first Stone beer. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one.

Very cool silkscreened 12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Wow! This is a beautiful beer. The color is a warm hazy golden honey yellow. Active carbonation streamers dancing in the center. The head starts off as a bright white inch and a half cap and never recedes to less than a 1/4 inch. The lacing is a joy to watch. In fact, I think this is one of the most perfect examples of lacing I've seen. Each sip leaves a spider web on the glass. Small chunks of foam cling to the glass and slowly drifts itself back down to the beer, glittering in carbonation the entire time. Absolutely beautiful.

Smell is very grassy/piney bitter from the hops. Quite aromatic, I can smell it from a half arms length. Taste follows smell and then some. The bitterness is floral and citrus combined. Tiniest of malt sweetness lingers in the background. Added bit of spice for kick. It is very full and works itself from front to back of the mouth, leaving a crisp pucker.

I am left feeling bitter that Stone beers are still not available in Missouri

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Photo of ONUMello
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a growler into the SN/DFH IPA glass
A: Gorgeous. Golden-orange color that almost glows, a solid two-finger head and light carbonation bubbles
S: When I think IPA this is exactly what I smell. Hop-forward, mostly pine but some grapefruit as well, and a nice malt backbone with a hint of caramel
T: Also hop-forward with nice balance of the pine & grapefruit, fresh malt & a bit of caramel on the midpalate then a lovely spice-floral finish that lasts quite some time
M: Tastes fresh. Medium-bodied but bold, again a pleasantly long finish
O: One of the hoppier IPAs out there then again this is Stone; it almost tastes like a DIPA but not quite as much alcohol which lets the flavors show more on their own. Fantastic balance and a wonderful beer

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Very light straw colored. There is just the tiniest bit of haze here. Large 2 finger white head. Almost as good as it gets.

Great nose that is full of citrus and rosemary. Any aroma from the malt is not worth mentioning here; it's secondary. Not too complex, but it's an IPA, it should smell like hops and it does.

The very first sip I took began with a hint of malt sweetness. After that the bitter hop finish dominated. Lots of grapefruit flavor in this one. I do not detect any sweetness the second sip and beyond. This qualifies as very dry for sure.

The carbonation is pretty high, as indicated by the foaming during the pour; possibly emphasizing the bitterness. Good drinkability on this one. It's one of my favorites.

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Photo of michaelpcarney
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5







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Photo of timus19
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into chilled pint glass,still my go to ipa,alesmith & racer 5 close seconds,stone has that hop bite and full mouthfeel that satisfies completely!! still want to try pliny the elder,and bells two hearted ale....thank god for craft beer!!!!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Com'es in a 22 oz. bomber. Pours a very carbonated light copper with a pillowy head. Smells very fruit and hoppy. A georgous boquet. An amazing amount of hops greet your mouth at first, very overpowering and tasty. Finishes suprisingly malty for an IPA/ Round this brew off real well. Nice and bready. Feels creamy in the mouth, and wonderfully drinkable. Could drink this one all night, finding new nuances every sip. Excellent.

Thanks to HardTarget for sending me this one.

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Photo of Gusler
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, as I just received my set of “Stone Glassware”, one must properly “Baptize” them, so the India Pale Ale glass gets a Stone IPA.

The beer as it cut and runs from the bottle a transpicuous golden amber color, the head supererogatory, the texture semi-creamy and the color a bright white, as it slowly erodes the lace forms a sticky sheet to smother the glass. Hop floral at the start, the middle sweet malt, citrus crisp, fresh and ever so inviting, a true portent of things to come this nose, start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its carbonations, the hops forthright in their spiciness; powerful but pleasing, aftertaste is desert dry, somewhat bitter, quite long lasting. One of several “Stone” beers I always have on hand.

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Photo of aalappatel
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I absolutely love this beer. The aroma is very piney/citrusy which is very typical for a West Coast microbrew. Carbonation was excellent and the lacing was good too. The color is almost golden. The taste is very malty with very prounouced hops. All in all, this is over of my favorites that I always keep stocked in my fridge. I would highly recommend this very balanced beer.

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Photo of JayQue
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another great IPA. This one pours a clear, light amber color with minimum carbonation and a 1 inch off-white head that melts down to a long lasting quarter inch. Lacing is very pronounced, like a ladder pattern on the glass. The smell was strong, some hops, but also the type of fruity smell that I usually associate with hefe weizens. No hefe weizen/astringent taste though. Definitely a hops leaning taste, but not an "in your face" hops flavor like Hop Hog or Big Foot. The predominant tastes were hops and citrus, not much of the SNPA type pine aroma/taste. Mouthfeel is what I would expect in an IPA. Drinkability is high!! No hint of the ABF, a nice balanced (I call "leaning towards hops" balanced!) taste. This is something you could cheerfully swill until it catches up with you.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.