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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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7,471 Ratings

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Ratings: 7471
Reviews: 2706
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 7,471 | Reviews: 2,706 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of DannyHartman

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What more can I say about this particular India Pale Ale other than it's amongst my favorites.... This is one of the hoppier I.P.A. brews I've ever had.... I can honestly say that I love everything that comes out of this San Diego based brewery.... Stone I.P.A. has such a perfectly balanced hoppy taste along with a perfectly hoppy nose to match it.... With my increased pallete for beer over the years (generally, only giving beers of a 7.5 ABV or higher a chance), this is one I can always go back to because of its increasing availability.... Love it !!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 18:47:59 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of JamesMN


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this one, got it on tap with a good two finger bubbly white head.

Appearance: Semi-translucent golden straw color. Seems very light in color for an IPA.

Aroma: Citrus and passion fruit hops. Can definitely tell it is West Coast influenced.

Taste: Good bitterness, present but not overwhelming. Lots of grapefruit flavor from the hops. A little malt in the background. Definitely hop dominated, which hits all the right notes here.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium body which makes it superbly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: I've been eager to try Stone IPA for a while and didn't miss the opportunity when I saw it on the tap list. Lived up to all my expectations and then some! Really great West Coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 05:28:40 | More by JamesMN
Photo of 57md


4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is copper in color with over a finger of fluffy head that retains itself well. The nose is hoppy with fresh citrus notes. The taste is crisp and hoppy throughout with an outstanding bitter finish.

Here's a rare IPA that can hang with the DIPAs - one of the best single IPAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 07:26:56 | More by 57md
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

cruising around the hotel in vegas and saw this on tap so I braved a pint. classic semi transparent color with a finger plus of filthy white foamy head. visible bubbling could be seen and nice lacing on the plastic pint glass. smells of dank west coast hops. taste is also a hoppy bouquet of happiness and the finish is soft bitter. really solid aren't ipa. tastes pretty fresh. nice treat in a hotel where everything seems to be BMC.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 19:43:14 | More by cosmicevan
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District of Columbia

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

Appearance: This beer was served in a 16-ounce pint glass. When poured from the tap a handsome, ivory white head formed the width of two fingers and held steadfast for a delightfully pleasant amount of time, which allowed me to fully immerse myself in the consumption of this divine nectar.

Smell: At first, one might assume that the aroma emanating from the beer is just like every other IPA they have ever had and they would be utterly and completely correct! There is so much complexity in the odour of this beer but it still has been crafted with an uncanny sense of refinement. These guys knew what they were doing; so much so that they bottled it and sold it and the rest is history.

At first you get hops, beautiful hops, spicy hops, earthy hops, piney hops, fruity hops. Mostly, hops….

Taste: The taste of this beer is utterly and perfectly sublime. The hops, much like greed in the politics of today, been ubiquitous throughout every aspect of this beer and the flavour factor is no different (77 IBUs!). Think of this beer as a massive earthquake formed deep in the ocean that generates a tsunami with each subsequent after-shock continuing to create wave after wave for a significant period of time.

Immediately, your mouth puckers and is slammed with a tidal wall of spicy hop flavours (thank God for the colonization of India and the invention of dry-hopping). After the initial onslaught, the aftershocks, while not quite as intense, come in waves of varied hop flavour for several minutes after the first drink. As the spice begins to give way, there is a sense of floral earthy flavours, and a hint of citrus, a beautiful creation, indeed.

Let’s not forget the little guys who make this whole process possible, our yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae give a tremendous finale, imparting their own unique flavours amongst the hop invasion. The malt is in perfect harmony with the hop characteristic, moderately sweet in comparison to the hops.

Mouth-feel: The feel of this beer as it is consumed should not be compared to a tsunami nor an earthquake but to that of a baby’s bottom. While I have never actually felt the aforesaid, I have heard tale of the unequaled smoothness of such and this beer is no different, smooth. In fact, it is absolutely the smoothest liquid I have ever consumed. The finish leaves your feeling like you just spent the day wandering in the desert but at 6.9 ABV that is expected.

Drinkability: Many a night I have slumbered yearning for just such a beer and, seemingly as a phantom, this beer, doesn’t seem real. The Holy Grail, seemingly something not quite attainable for any brewmaster, those Arrogant Bastards at Stone must have found the chalice and used it in the crafiting of this beer. It is addictive and their creation continues to haunt my palate every second I deny myself of it. Simply put, once consumed it will consume you.

Served on tap from Kilted Mermaid of Vero Beach, FL for a price of $4

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 02:58:11 | More by RppIII
Photo of calicaliente

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

Pours a light copper color with a thick and foamy white head that quickly dissapated to a ring around the beer and nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is of floral, fruit and spice. Taste has a slight sweetness, followed by lots of hops. However seemed to be well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 23:33:34 | More by calicaliente
Photo of blindpiglet

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange yellow color with a small white head that laces well. Aroma is of piney high alpha acid hops; floral and spicy with a definitely malt back bone. Flavor is upfront spicy and hoppy (grapefruit and spruce) and caramel sweet. Moderate ester profile to complement the hops and malt. Finishes dry and crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 07:28:17 | More by blindpiglet
Photo of DM1293


4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whenever I think Stone, I think big bold strong, sometimes bitter flavors.

This IPA contradicts that. While beers like Ruination and Arrogant Bastard do everything they can to hit your palate, this one is rather subdued and lets the classic flavors of an IPA play on the palate. Not so much a citrusy hop than a piney grassy one, with a very mellow bitterness on the backswing. More of a plain malt on the front. A really good mix of flavors from beginning to end.

Overall, maybe not an iconic IPA, but definitely a good benchmark. I'd like to think of this as an introduction to Stone, because its still a pretty strong hoppy-flavor compared to other IPA's I've had, and this is the weakest of their stuff I've had so far, relatively speaking of course.

Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 06:47:54 | More by DM1293
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. A two finger tall foamy off-white head is present and there is excellent head retention with about 75% of the head remaining throughout the drinking of the beer. Significant lacing is also observed.

S: The aromas I typically associate with a west coast IPA, citrus and pine hops and a lot of it.

T: Wonderful hop flavor to this beer and a lingering bitterness in the finish. Lots of citrus and pine notes.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and very refreshing on this unseasonably warm evening in early March in NYC. Definitely a session drinker and one that I enjoy - and plan on having again in the future. Great flavor and a lovely aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 14:12:23 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BillH200174


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial strong aroma of hops. Poured with a golden color, and a frothy head that was still a half inch thick a few minutes after pouring. Very well-balanced flavor with a mellow hop bitterness and a good amount of hop flavor that melded very well with the malt backbone. Rich mouthfeel that felt almost creamy from the fine carbonation. The beer coated the mouth for several seconds after each sip. This evolved into a pleasantly ligering aftertaste that was a good mix of bitterness and hop flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 16:10:50 | More by BillH200174
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came in the glass a cloudy yellow colour with a small white head.

Smell was very faint I could get hops along with grapefruit.

The taste with pretty bitter with some hops and malts.

Felt very smooth in my mouth with very little carbonation.

I tried this right after drinking a bear republic racer 5 for the first time and thought the racer 5 was slightly better. I want to try this again on a fresh palate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 19:21:39 | More by Dave1999
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4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites - drunk it forever, realized I never reviewed it:

An inviting light orange in appearance - crystal clear and well carbonated. Head retention is wonderful on these.

The smell is herbal and of pine; like being on the edge of a field with your nose in the forest.

The taste is sensational - one of the most iconic American IPAs available. Completely balanced, drinkable, and hoppy - this has served as a "gateway beer" to many of my former non-beer friends.

Long live Stone and this all time great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 04:05:52 | More by demuzik
Photo of damndirtyape


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

On tap at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. Served in a globe pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange/yellow/copper color, with lots and lots off-white foam and persistent lacing. Persistent head and the lacing came in strands and sheets. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mostly orange citrus, with a hint of pine thrown in and maybe, just maybe, some grapefruit, but mostly orange citrus hop smell dominating here. A highly pleasant orange smell to boot.

Taste: The perfect blending of orange citrus hops and malt sweetness to balance it out. Hoppy, but just right hop bitterness to come out as refreshing, but not crisp. Very solid malt backbone in here.

Mouthfeel: Just right carbonation, not terribly thick, and not a lot of hop oil sticking to the teeth (to my surprise). Nothing amazing, but certainly good for the style.

Overall / Drinkability: A very good AIPA and quite drinkable. I had two of these in short order with a grilled salmon and crab cake dinner. I could even argue dangerously drinkable as after two I wouldn't mind a third but I know better. A very fine AIPA. I can see why it is rated as high as it is, and I think on tap it's even better than it is in the bottle from when I previously reviewed it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 03:42:36 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Merkur


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

Had on tap at the Stone Brewery.

The beer pours a nice, rich amber color with a bit of white head.

The beer smells very strongly of hops and piney notes.

The beer tastes extremely hoppy on the first sip. Very crisp and refreshing. There is also a nice bit of bitterness on the sip as well.

The beer is a very light on in body. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very good IPA

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 16:14:54 | More by Merkur
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint on tap. Arrived with a billowing head that was exceptionally thick and creamy. It left loads of sticky lacing.

Citrus hops with traces of alcohol and malts in the nose.

The beer also has a strong citrus component on reaching the tongue, but this becomes more piney mid-taste. Strikingly sweet when it hits the tongue, with no immediate hop hit following ... this does appear in the surprisingly hoppy finish. Thus, this IPA creates a striking and unusual (well, exaggerated) flavor dynamic.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 19:56:59 | More by chinchill
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a regular pint glass.

A- Dark orange with a one finger head. lots of hop haze, cant see through this well.

S- Lots of bittering hops and citrus tastes. Variety of oranges and grapefruit with a little pine.

T- This is an assault on your tastebuds. A ton of hops and pine tastes. Very citrusy, grapefruit and some lemons.
M- Slight textured feel, goes down smooth. Leaves your mouth with a hoppy and bitter taste which basically means to me that this IPA did its job. Medium carbonation keeps the taste alive.

O- A fantastic american IPA that just seems to do it all right. Its a benchmark of what this style of beer should be, I said that about Southern Tier's IPA and i think this one is actually a little better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 02:54:30 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap today for lunch at the San Jose Cheesecake Factory.

A - Served a pale light orange, slight haze, lots of light passes through and makes the edges look almost yellow. A huge foamy cream-colored head sits on top and lingers for a long time. Rings of lacing form after each sip.

S - Lots of hops here. A earthy grassy tone finds my nose first, then some bitter citrus, close to lemon.

T - Similar to the smell. Citrusy, pine, grass, and a touch of tart orange. Not much of a malt balance, but that doesn't bother me.

D - A touch of a bitter bite, light body, good carbonation.

O - A nice lighter ipa with a nice hop kick.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 22:53:59 | More by HuskyinPDX
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New Hampshire

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

Good for the style, just a little too much for me. High marks for quality, low on drinkability. Pour is a slightly cloudy hay yellow. Thin crown dissipates quickly. Alpha hop is strong and forward, not the balance I enjoy in singles.

Another good Stone offering, just marked aggressiveness for a single-IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 21:03:15 | More by tylerss20
Photo of MattSweatshirt


4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft into a pint glass.

A thin white head sits atop a golden glass of beer. Lots of lace is left around the glass.

Big notes of citrusy grapefruit and orange hops jump into your nostrils.

The citrusy hops are prevalent in the taste along with some pineynes.

It is smooth, dry, with a medium - full body and a slight carbonation that feels nice on the tongue.

I'm fairly new to the IPA game and this thing knocked my socks off. More please.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 02:20:19 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tonight over an awesome burger at Red Robin. Pours a beatifully inviting, frothy glassful of welcome. Nose is dominated by bitter citrus flesh, red grapefruit rind, citrusy hops. Taste follows the nose perfectly. Perfect carbonation. Goes down way too easy. Could drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 03:54:08 | More by gregb13
Photo of Murrhey


3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken several days ago. Served in a Schooner at The Iron Mule in Lake Forest. Disclaimer: not a fan of IPAs.

A: My glass had minimal head, and poor lacing but a nice light orange color. I might attribute the head to the bartender.

S: Hoppy, crisp.

T: Hops present, obviously. Not as strongly and bitter as I usually get from IPAs. I enjoyed it.

M: Great consistency, great feel.

O: New go-to IPA. Nice job Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 05:33:21 | More by Murrhey
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Playa Grill & Margarita Bar in San Diego, Calif. Color was orange blossom honey, kind of clear. Not much head when I got it, but probably originally an inch. Bubbly white lacing on the top. The film was scattered throughout.

Smelled of citrus hops with light lemon leading the way. Some bitterness at the end.

Quick citrus up front, giving way to a sharp and strong alcohol bite. Crisp, clean and some bitterness at the end.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

A pretty good beer overall. I’d definitely give it another go.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 08:27:29 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of emmasdad


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

I had this one on tap the other night. Poured a clear golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, skunk bud, orange, tropical fruit and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest and light tropical fruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter grapefruit finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 02:58:53 | More by emmasdad
Photo of brewpig


4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap @ pj's dwnngtwn,pa ...now i'm somewhat new to the craft beer scene and i also work within 2 minutes of victory brewing (oh yes constantly filling growlers there) but i must say this was exceptional.

orange,spice,lemon and grapefruit that perfectly complements the hops and subtle alcohol warmth.

i could drink this all day, every day and would have huge stupid grin on my face !

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 17:22:46 | More by brewpig
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2.58/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draught into a generic beer glass at The Lab in Los Angeles (by USC). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice soft cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a hazy light gold.

Sm: Light floral and banana notes, some bubblegum, and orange peel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Admixtures of the notes on the nose form a bad balance. Structurally, it's problematic, with no satisfying climax. Poorly built and balanced.

Mf: Sharp, coarse, and wet. Terrible. Doesn't suit the body at all. A classic example of the problem with IPAs.

Dr: I was disappointed having heard such great things about Stone Brewing. I paid 5 USD in LA, which isn't terrible, but I won't be having this one again.


12/05/13: It's been over 2 years since I sat down with this beer, and I figured I'd add some truncated notes since my palate's probably developed.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a conical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live. Enjoy by: 12/24/13.

Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show.

Pours a 3 finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy. Okay creaminess. Decent thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is above average - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of above avg vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Standard fare for an IPA overall. Not unique or special.

Sm: Plenty of generic floral hop character. Pale malts. A hint of grapefruit. Pine. Some mango. Maybe even passionfruit. Fairly grassy. Plenty of hop bitterness is detectable, and the malts seem inadequate to balance it. I'm really concerned about the balance. There's maybe a brief hint of crackery malts.

A clean aroma - no yeast character or alcohol presence is noticeable.

T: Hop character: primarily floral, with some lighter notes of pine, mango fruit, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit. The pine is nice I guess. As it warms, I pick up a stale orange juice note - one of the off-notes that indicates a subpar IPA.

Pale malts. Maybe some caramalt.

The hop bitterness overwhelms what little malty sweetness there is, resulting in an annoying imbalance. I do like some of the fruity notes here. It has a loose cohesion, but feels a bit thrown together. Too bitter on the finish. Not gestalt, unique, special, nuanced, intricate, complex, or subtle. Average depth and duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, wet, rough, unrefreshing, and overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay. Doesn't seem at all custom-tailored to the taste.

Dr: Downable but problematic. Stone, as usual, displays little awareness of balance with this beer. I won't be buying it again, nor would I recommend it to friends. I remain shocked by this beer's high ratings. It's by no means world-class, or even above average. I stand by my initial rating.


Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:44:29 | More by kojevergas
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,471 ratings.