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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

7,432 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 7432
Reviews: 2703
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%


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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a nice, fluffy white head. Nose is of citrus and floral hops. Taste is quite bitter along with citrus and floral notes blending together quite well, with the floral notes taking the lead--very nice in the sense that it's different from many of the better IPA's, which are typically loaded solely with citrus. Great carbonation and excellent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 21:13:22 | More by Thorpe429
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jamiesessions

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper colour with a white head that leaves a nice-looking lacing. The smell is truly something to behold. All kinds of fruits and flowers come together to form a bouquet of brilliance that is hard to describe using only the words in our English language. Suffice it to say that the smell is so powerful that I almost feel as if drinking it would be an affront to my nose. The taste, while by no means as affront, simply doesn't live up to to the nose. That, however will be the only negative thing you will hear me say about this. It tastes wonderful, with a hops taste, and a malt finish that creates a wonderful balance, while still maintaining the bite and bitterness that a good IPA should have. Feels wonderful, with a great body, and I could drink this all day. A great product that I'll be glad to have another of.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2010 19:05:25 | More by jamiesessions
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The standard for SoCal ipas. Copper pour, looks beautiful, aroma, big bold citrus hop, taste, more of the same. Amazing finish, leaves little to no aftertaste, just hits big all over the tongue. Must be some real crystal malt or something

Can't really faultthe mouthfeel for going away, it would be worse if it didn't. Very drinkable. Example: Got a keg of this in Reno for graduation 10 years ago, when just about nobody (especially college age) had ever had it.

Lots of pukey chicks at the end of the night, who didn't realize that this stuff has some kick. I had never seen chicks drink anything so good and bitter. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 02:35:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Large frothy head from the pour. The head was bone white and diminished fairly quickly leaving excellent lace. As I continued to drink I realized the body didn't have any stick to the glass and left spare to none lacing. The body was an amberish-yellow (clear with just a little haze) and I swear there were barely noticeable green highlights. Huh.

S: Average malt bill. Grains and biscuits. The hops were indeed fresh. And heavy! Floral, herbal, grassy and just a smidge of citrus. There was a small yeast contribution to the aroma, that of sweat and must.

T: Pretty average but some pretty decent flavors come through. Mango, honey, light brown sugar, pepper, coriander and other spices, tobacco and a bit of some cardboard.

M: Again, nothing to write home about. Semi creamy texture with lively/prickly carbonation and a big, not quite heavy bitter finish.

D: Drinks pretty well but not much better than your average, baseline IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 16:14:36 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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BigAl723

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 15:48:08 | More by BigAl723
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BeerSingh

India

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 12:18:44 | More by BeerSingh
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear bright amber color with lively carbonation. Thick fluffy white head with lots of sticky lacing.

Floral scent, as well as a variety of spices, and some fruit.

Herbs and spices were most notable at first, a little piney, some grains, and very hoppy.

Medium bodied, creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

This is an excellent beer all around, very complex and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 20:45:39 | More by BeerCon5
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northaustin

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a schnifter. pours a light copper with about a finger of medium bodied white head which disappears quickly and leaves stringy lacing.

smells very yeasty, a bit of malt sweetness with an alright piney hop presence.

tastes only a tad piney. very well balanced malt and hop flavors. was hoping for more hop flavor in a ipa though. still not bad

this is one of the best beginner beers out there as it is readily available almost anywhere and is relatively inexpensive. not one of the best ipas but it certainly has earned its reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 06:23:51 | More by northaustin
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birchstick

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on tap at Spitzer's in NYC.

A - poured a golden copper with a very nice head

S - smelled of sweet malt and a load of hops

T - the malts that are present are quickly overtaken by the piney, bitter hops. This was pretty unbalanced and too bitter to make it enjoyable.

M - goes down smoothly and a little thin

D - average drinkability. If you dislike super bitter IPAs, stay clear of this one; otherwise, I think you'l enjoy this one. Personally, I thought this was okay - it was very bitter at first but after a couple of drinks the bitterness became tolerable. Definitely not a bad IPA, just okay.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 15:18:10 | More by birchstick
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beer348

Oregon

5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I started the evening with a black butte porter (bottle) -- great beer.. then I tried a Stone IPA. I had never had it before but I could tell after the first drink that it was good. Actually it was a great beer , very easy to drink . Can't wait to try it again . Wasn't as good the 2nd time.. seems more of a summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 08:33:28 | More by beer348
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mwa423

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bar Louie, dollar burgers on Wednesdays, can't beat that.

A- slightly hazy gold with a nice head with an excellent lacing.

S- A great but not overpowering hop aroma that makes your mouth beg for a sip.

T-very hop forward but backed up by a healthy malt backbone. This is the quintessential ipa!

M/D - fantastic, I can't say much else

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 22:58:25 | More by mwa423
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OlieIPA

California

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Stone Brewing the other night and shared with fellow beer lovers.

A: One of the most impressive looking heads I've ever seen from a beer...WOW! This white butter-cream colored head, which had a soapy/rice cracker quality to it, helped enclose a golden malt body. Oh yeah...the lacing was minimal.

S: A lot of fatty/diacetyl and musky organic honey aroma. It really didn't smell like an IPA at all, due to the fact I unable to detect any strong or robust hop smells from it. It reminded of a pale ale more than anything...and an above average aroma at best.

T: Mild hop bitterness with sweet and wheat like malts to back it up; nothing to complex...but nice given that fact.

M: Nothing too much to complain about here...good carbonation and body seemed to fit the style.

D: Even though this didn't remind me of a west coast IPA, there was still a quality that was "nice" and easy to drink about this particular IPA.

Overall: Stone's IPA was one of those beers that got me into craft beer. Now, after a year or two into the beer scene...I still find myself enjoying this beer...just not as much I used too. A try it beer. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

08-31-2009 00:13:02 | More by OlieIPA
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PizzaQueen1

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's. It pours nicly with a great golden amber color, and if poured corectly, a nice pillow of foam for a head. The aroma is filled with citrus, florals and hops witch make that first taste a flavor explosion. Hops and Hops with a little citrus sweetness. Very Nice. As the beer warms it gets even better. It smoothes out with even my of that great sweet taste. Good feel in the mouth leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 19:41:06 | More by PizzaQueen1
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maloney's in Matawan, NJ - Happy Hour special only $2.00!!

A - Orange with two fingers of pillowy head

S - Wonderful grapefruit hop aroma

T - Tastes is an explosion of citrus hops - totally unbalanced, but does have a kiss of malt that breaks through. Delicious.

M - Very smooth, hop oils coat the mouth

D - Wow. This is a great beer on draft. Hop flavor dominates but doesn't overwhelm. More please!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 20:04:55 | More by FickleBeast
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours clear copper with a fluffy white head. The foam dies down to leave a considerable amount of lacing. Smells well-hopped, with heavy citrus. Only a hint of malt and some sweet light fruit. Tastes outright heavily hopped, with notes of dish soap predominant. Maybe it's the mixture of citrus and resin, but whatever the taste is, it's unpleasant. Gets better as it warms and as the palette gets numb to it. Pleasant sweet malt eventually shows through. Medium body. I don't know what it is about the hops Stone uses---I really enjoy other IPAs and DIPAs, but both this and Ruination have had the same soapy quality, and I'm not a big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 03:51:55 | More by philipquarles
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a golden liquid with a 1.5 finger fluffy white head. Good amount of lacing.

S-Very good nose. Has more of a piney grassy hops character to it. Slight sweet malt finish.

T-Very good crisp IPA. The hops are pronounced thought with a good citrusy and pine flavor to them, the malt backbone could be a touch stronger. Finished dry.

M-Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation. Creamy, then dry finish.

O-Very good IPA, It helps me get my hp fix when I need one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 18:56:17 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle N Hum.

Golden pour with a nice, thick white head, which laced and lasted well. Great citrus and floral hop aroma combined with some sweeter caramel malts. Wow, full on grapefruit in the flavour produces a hop explosion in the mouth. Even with the hop profile a little past its peak this beer still produces big time, resulting in pretty high bitterness. It actually still tastes really fresh to me (because of the dominance of the hops, and there's a nice resin aftertaste. Thankfully, the flavour is nicely balanced by caramel malts (what a classic combo grapefruit and caramel has become!). Medium body, with a prickly mouthfeel which helps to accentuate the bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2009 13:43:23 | More by bobsy
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright gold with perfect lacing and a perfect head that remains throughout.

S: This cask had Amarillos added to it and even the most novice of beer drinkers can smell them immediately. Fruity notes as well as herbs.

T: Hop spice up front. The beautiful thing about this cask is that by adding the Amarillos another dimension was added without obliterating the other flavors.

M: Bubbly and happy. You will feel and taste the Amarillo hops for some time after this beer is finished.

D: I marked the drinkability down half a point on this because I am not sure if I would want to drink Amarillo hops all evening.

Serving type: cask

07-27-2009 14:43:29 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden straw color with a small, very small, amount of white foam that dissipates quickly. Not much carbonation to speak of.

S: Lots of citrus, most notable is lemon. There is also a mild pine scent. Not much malt to speak of.

T: A wonderful and powerful bitterness. Very piney, but also slight lemony notes. Again, not much malt shining through.

M: Very crisp beer with a lingering bitterness.

D: Highly drinkable, but watch out for this one, it will bite when you're not looking at 6.9%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 00:34:38 | More by womencantsail
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oxnard111

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer review so bare with me.

Severed on tap in a pint glass. Was served quite cold. I let it rest for about 15 minutes before smelling and tasting.

Beer poured a clear color a little lighter than honey. Pint glass was filled slowly to the top, so judging the head was hard. Once the glass was about half empty I was able to give a swirl and the head appeaedr about 1 finger tall. Head retention was good too. Stayed for good amount of time. Beer was a had a low amount of carbonation.

Smell was overall not very strong. Slight citrus aroma.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Pretty thin. Not thick or chewy at all.

Taste was great. Slight citrus taste. Slightly acidic with a background sweet taste. Bitterness was quite present. About a 5 out of 10 on the bitterness scale. Beer was very drinkable. Could imagine drinking this on a hot summer's day. I'm still learning about my other beer tastes and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 17:57:05 | More by oxnard111
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terryt5231

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great beer! This is the epitome of an IPA, in my opinion.

Drank this at Holy Smoke BBQ in Mahopac, NY. Bartender knows how to pour em, too.

To be honest, was a little surprised by the alc. content and I felt it halfway through the beer.

Very happy and will certainly look for this bottled in my local beer store.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 01:16:11 | More by terryt5231
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this IPA on tap at the Batdorf Restaurant in Annville, PA.
Served chilled in a standard pint.

A - a mango nectar hued ale w/ 1 1/2 fingers of smooth snowy suds cap the beer. Mild haze w/ moderate lace on the glass the IPA has a fine bead

S - The scent of apricot + lychee w/ a floral note and grapefruit accent. The nose has a light herbal odor w/ a lot of citrus carrying the smell into west coast hop realm that is familiar and fragrant

M - A sharp hop bitterness is abrasive at first, but in a good way. Well seasoned w/ a spicy, highly bitter, focused feel but hey it's an IPA

T - A sweet tea like malt followed by a grapefruit rind w/ mellow tropical elements and grassy hop acidity that is lasting. The balance is not a word this Ipa ever heard of. The taste of dry apricot w/ a dry herbal/spiced taste that is crisp and allows for a lasting bitterness in the taste. The alcohol flavor comes forward as the glass nears 1/2 full, but still in check w/ a gently creamy malt layered under a dense array of hop flavors

D - A great West coast IPA one of the best w/ a dry and highly drinkable quality. The taste is still not intense for the sake of intensity -this is a classic example of an American IPA w/ a more bitter hop focus. I enjoyed this IPA it is easy to take large gulps of this, it is refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 16:32:32 | More by Slatetank
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A light amber orange with a one finger fluffy white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Piney earthy hops with a nice biscuit malt backround.

T: Hops jump first with notes of pine, herbal floral and orange citrus. Very hoppy up front. Middle is biscuity malt that carries the hops, but this beer is all hoppy and lovin it. Finish is bitter and lingering. Nice, different than bottle.

M: Medium, dry, bitter, prickly, no alcohol detected. Nice carbonation.

D: High, drink them all day.

Overall a little different taste than bottle (better), and still a damn fine IPA. Stone knows hoppy beers, and this one is no exception. Awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 17:20:28 | More by Kadonny
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arizcards

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler Thursday at the brewery for $8.

Beer poured a light orange with a nice white head. Nose is huge with floral northwest hops. Taste is grapefruit hops, pine, and a hint of mango and bread in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and is leaving a resiny layer on my palate. Drinkability is quite good, this is still one of my favorite IPA's!

Serving type: growler

05-31-2009 21:32:09 | More by arizcards
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kels

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recently had an opportunity to try this on tap with dinner at the Cock & Bull in Cincinnati.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely bright golden yellow with a short, quickly fading white fluffy head. Slight lacing and loads of carbonation in the clear liquid.

Smell: Not very much to tell at all. Hints of crispy malts, grains and slight hops come through, but not what I expect in an IPA. Really mild and not very hoppy aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Little hints of the alcohol come through light toasty, crispy malts and piney hops. The balance is very good while still allowing the bitterness to remain the focus. The feel is great - really full and rich and really enhancing the overall taste of the beer. It is bright and very well carbonated. Little aftertaste, and a fairly clean feel remain on the palate.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a really enjoyable, basic IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 13:39:01 | More by kels
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,432 ratings.