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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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7,474 Ratings

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Ratings: 7474
Reviews: 2707
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
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Photo of stegmakk

New York

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

Poured a nice deep copper with off white head...a good head retention and nice lacing made this an attractive beer
Aroma was mostly piney hops (big hop flavor overall)...
Taste was very hoppy from start to finish...pine earthy were bigger flavors ending bitter yet crisp...kind of oily/butter hint of flavor and texture as well...
I didnt find much malt...but there might have been some in there to mix the flavors together...there was a touch of sweetness to it to so I think this is where the malt poked through...
This now ranks as 1 or 2 on my IPA list...mmmm...good stuff

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 20:22:15 | More by stegmakk
Photo of aaronh


4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-amber with an off white head. Good head retention for an IPA. The head fades to a thin film of foam on the surface of the beer. This is usually a good indicator of a malty beer. The aroma may be the sweetest floral smells I've ever experienced in a beer. I have a fragrant rose in my garden called "Seattle Scentsation". It may be the best rose aroma I've ever experienced. This beer reminds me of that scent. Wow!

The hop florals carry over into the taste as well. Very bitter, very good. And there is a substantial malt base to support all the hops. A hint of sweetness slides in the finsh, possibly caramel notes. Also a bit of ale "fruitiness", which I only noticed later in the glass. But the hops just blow me away. I'll revisit this beer at a later date when I'm slightly less in awe.

The mouthfeel is also very full for an IPA. The beer seems to expand to fill your mouth, and gets silkier the longer it's on your tongue. Mmmmmm, goooood. It finishes rather cleanly, with a good hop kick to cleanse the palate.

6.9% ABV? You have got to be kidding me! I could tatste no alcohol notes, and could drink this beer for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and supper and still want a few that evening.

I can't believe I waited a couple of weeks to try this beer after I bought it. I'm buying more on my next beer run. This beer could temper my desire to try new beers somewhat. It is one of the best I've ever experienced flavor-wise, and is very drinkable. Not just a hop-head's IPA. It's a beer lover's IPA. Dare I say it's my new IPA? It will be when I can get it.

** 7-8-03** This beer is still awe inspiring. One of my favorties. Greg is a Beer God**

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 21:30:58 | More by aaronh
Photo of chilidog


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I agree with most of these reviews, Wow!! I think this is the best IPA i've had to date. Im not one to seek out this style just for the hops and abv. I found this to be so well balanced and easy to drink, I beleave I found my new home stocker of this style. It pours a cloudy orange amber with a one & half inch white head. Lace is very good and sticks all glass long. The taste is hoppy yes, but not over bitter, but rather smooth. Stone takes thier time in the brewing process, and it shows. From the first aroma of floral citrus hop to the mouth that is left alittle tart, but not dry. Wow, a very drinkable IPA to be had.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2003 07:32:04 | More by chilidog
Photo of AaronRed

New York

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

Nice golden color upon pouring this beer- the creamy white head has tight little bubbles that stay untilt the last drop. A clear hop aroma emerges as soon as I poured it. A nice strong bitter punch hits you as first, just to let you know there is an abundance of hops here. Citrus like flavors are balanced well with a slightly sweet malt and candy like flavors- but only for a moment. This beer is all about hops, but it backs off just enough to make this a great beer to drink anytime. Goes extremely well with spicey foods.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 08:30:26 | More by AaronRed
Photo of FranklinPCombs


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

The Stone IPA pours with a vibrant orange color, which is slightly clouded in appearance. the thick foamy white head leaves a thick, clinging lace around the glass. The first smell immediately presents a sharp hoppy scent surrounded by soy and citrus rind, with an underpinning of apples, pine and malt. The mouthfeel is smooth, although contrasted by the play of carbonation on the middle of the tongue. The taste is subtle, while not at all lacking. Starting with a fruity maltness, it builds to a hoppy bitter within about 5 seconds, with some citrus hints lingering. It blends to a bitter hoppy aftertaste which makes one want to eat something salty, which of course makes you want to drink more. This, of course, is always good. I put this ale high on my list.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 15:55:35 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of usualpulp


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

WoW. This is one amazing beer. I had been waiting for a while for more Stone brews to come to Texas, and got very excited when I saw the IPA at the store, sadly there was only one bottle left. The beer pours a nice golden color with a white foamy head. The beer is very bubbly and makes it quite nice to look at after it is poured. The smell of the beer is great, very very hoppy, with a fruit smell, possibly grapefruit. With the first taste the hops hit you like a hammer, then the fruit kicks in, all of the flavors meld terrific.The beer is dry yet wet at the same time, making this one great beer for hot weather. This goes on my list as one of my top beers. Hopefully more Stone brews become available here soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2003 18:15:40 | More by usualpulp
Photo of TXHops


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABV: 6.9%

Mmm—Stone IPA… This was the first non-Arrogant Bastard Stone beer I tried. I bought a boat load of Stone on a trip to Arizona, and drank the IPA first for two reasons—I expected it to pale in comparison with the likes of Old Gaurdian and Ruination and because at the time (March 2003) it was due to be available in Texas within days. Well, it’s mid-June and IPA is finally here! Anyway, I’m sorry I so under-estimated this beer, because it might just be my favorite Stone. The brilliant, clear gold body sports a stylishly-contrasted white, creamy head and a massive aroma of fruity PacNW hops OTHER than Cascades. The nose isn’t one-dimensional either, just like the beer itself. Under the fresh, floral, green hoppiness is a touch of earthy maltiness and a soft, fruity sweetness. The flavor is identical, with the bitterness being far from assertive, allowing the hops to be flavorful, not astringent. The pale maltiness shows even more of the fruitiness in the flavor than it did in the nose. The velvety smooth fruitiness glides effortlessly past the initial hop smack and doesn’t end until a touch of alcoholic warmth reminds me that this is almost 7% ABV. How a beer that’s this hoppy can maintain this kind of balance and still be as quintessential an example of an American IPA as I’ve tried, I honestly don’t know. Masterful brewing, simply masterful.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 20:29:30 | More by TXHops
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Stone IPA pours a clear gold, bordering on orange-yellow. The white head is small but leaves a visible lace as the glass is drained. This is a very bright beer.

The aroma is extremely hoppy and spicy. I can tell by the aroma (and the Stone name coincidentally) that this is a hoppy brew. Upon forst taste, I am amazed that the hoppiness is not more intense. Now, come on, I didn't mean that this is not an intensely hoppy beer. It is. I'm just surprised that the over-the-top Stone has brewed an IPA here that is rather well balanced, although very heavy on the hops.

I can taste a malt foundation with a tremendous hoppy body. The floral-citrus bitterness dominates to be sure, but there is far more flavor than you'd think. Although I am not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers, I believe I could have more than one of these. An amazing thing that I never would have guessed.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 16:13:38 | More by kindestcut
Photo of longpondbeerman


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

I had to wait a while to get my hands on this ale; then, lo and behold, I go into Half Time Beverages in Poughkeepsie, NY (see beerfly reviews--this place is awesome!) and not only can I pick up bottles of this, it's also on tap. So I get a six-pack and a growler--I mean why not? Right now, I'm reviewing the bottled one, though they're not too different (a better mouthfeel from the tap, I think). Anyway, this pours a medium gold with a noticeable off-white head that left a modest intricate lace. The smell was complex--hops for sure, but balanced by just the slightest citrus and some sweetness, but I could not figure out from what. I was intrigued. The first taste was brash, good and powerful hops, but it mellowed quickly, too quickly even, as the finish I thought was nondescript. Nevertheless this has a pleasant, light mouthfeel (on tap there seemed to be just a bit more body). Very drinkable for an ale with such high alcohol content, so be cautious.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 03:54:44 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of WanderingFool


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being a big fan of both IPA's and Stone I was psyched when I found a bottle of their IPA. It pours a slightly hazy golden blond color with a thin white head that faded to a ring around the beer. The aroma is mainly citrus, but I detect some toasted malts there as well. Each sip is packed with flavor. Toasted malts, citrus and a hoppy bitterness complete each sip. A slightly sticky palate and linger hoppy flavors remain behind.

This beer is very drinkable and hides it's 7% abv very well. I can't wait to get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 14:32:21 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of Stingray5

New York

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

Pours a golden orange with a big white head that lasts and lasts. Beautiful spicy, floral aromas with hints of pine and grapefruit. Taste is all hops but with some nice, sweet malt undertones. Very earthy.

My second Stone experience, the IPA is a different beast than the Bastard, but just as respectable. I've been spoiled, and it's going to be tough to go back!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 19:42:04 | More by Stingray5
Photo of OatmattStout


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop head heaven. This beer had more hop flavors than any other IPA I have tasted. To start it poored a nice deep amber coloer and had a nice rich head. From the first sip you get a srucy, and piney and bitter hop taste. Oh yeah there is substantial malt backbone here to even off. This beer for me not being a true hop head yet but enjoying more and more powerful IPA's, started off bitter but by the end i thought it was great and was sad to see the bottle empty. I will have this one again when I can get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 19:00:32 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of kmo1030


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

This is a great beer. I am new to stone brewing company ( i got my first 6 pack yesterday), but this beer was impressive. it is a hazy light orange color with a substantial not quite white head. the smell is awesome, something like citrusy freshly cut grass. the taste had a slight carmel nut malt flavor, that balances more than it first seems. hops dominate the middle and end coating your mouth with a big resinous spicy grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied, with a drinkabilty that, in my opinon is very high. i noticed it was very smooth for a bottled beer. a very, very good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 21:05:53 | More by kmo1030
Photo of jeffboo


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

It's hop time. This hop monster looks great in a pint glass, and I'm glad that the bottle will top it off for a little while longer, I love the looks of this one: very orange in color with big,puffy foamy top that sticks around for the ride. The bouquet is citrus and flowers, many different kinds, with a good amount of malt in the backround. The flavor follows the nose's lead with a good dose of malt balanced nicely with a floral,citrus hop flavor. A very complex hoppiness about it, the malt could use a bit of complexity, but hey , that's what the Arrogant is about. The texture is nectar-like, which I love but may be thick and chewy for some. A great beer for the hop fix!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 19:45:45 | More by jeffboo
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured a really nice peach color with small but rocky head that stuck to the glass,wow the smell,first whiff is freshly mowed grass it hits ur nasal passages like a freight train.Very citruisy taste hits u first but the maltiness in the background really balances this out nicely.Iam sometimes leery about getting west coast IPA's but this one is nicely balanced.Stone has to be a world renown brewery by now their beers are just so world class.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 11:42:04 | More by oberon
Photo of jcalabre


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is another world class beer from Stone. Take it out of the fridge, let it sit on the counter for ten minutes or so before opening it, then lavish yourself in the beautiful floral aroma of hops. It's readily available in six packs in my area, so I'm spoiled. It has the hoppy, citrusy flavors one would expect from a west coast IPA. I've used this beer on four occassions to introduce a BMC type to real beer. Each time was successful.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 08:01:42 | More by jcalabre
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

The grim, growling gargoyle glares at you from the label, both offering protection from all things bland and dire, and also daring those not ready to indulge in a torrent of flavor to begone, and be untroubled by these blissful beers.
Appearance: a perfect, peachy hue, and a good, frothy white head.
Nose: somethin' else! A panoply of fruit, a citric cornucopia! Peaches and apricot, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, berries, and more, all in one little aroma!
Alert and lively, zesty, generous, and gorgeous!
Taste: superb! Fantastic flavor, yet none too bitter. A huge blast of hops jumps on the tongue, but not so severely. A firm body, also, excellent balance and malt backbone.
More of a piney feel comes through as we drink, but it's a minor note among so many others. Finish is medium, but tasty and satisfactory.
This is an IPA the way they are supposed to be!
If these excellent ales were available in my area, you can be sure that my fridge would be stocked well with these! Tasty, and drinkable, and rewarding!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 20:16:29 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of dwarbi

New York

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

Pours a creamy, white head, that's uneven and thick and provides excellent lacing. The beer itself is a nice golden color. The aroma is strongly hoppy, and it tastes much the same. The mouthfeel is a little odd: somwhat cakey and off. It stils feels good on the palate, and is very drinkable. This is a very strong and imposing beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 19:30:08 | More by dwarbi
Photo of Reidrover


4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in the ubiquitous 22 oz brown bomber..with as always the imformative back panel.
Ok this is simply a marvelous IPA to just look at..a work of art it seems a shame to have to drink it! Hazy light amber colour with a fantatsic large creamy white head..even the carbonation strings seem perfect!
Well the aroma of the hops is also great..its a treat to the nasal passages, quite flowery but yet not sweet smelling.
well what can is ay about the taste but hops, hops,hops yet it alo has a creamy sweetness..that isnt completelly over whelmed by the hops ( this must be a Stone thing, I tasted the same in the 03-03-03 Vertical)..very nice.
Great feel in the mouth with just the right amount of hop aftertatse to keep one coming back for another sip.
Most drinkable IPA I ever had..very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 23:46:01 | More by Reidrover
Photo of TPoling


4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imagine walking through a field of flowers. See the cool colors amid the green. Take in the fresh scents. Now drink it. That is the essence of Stone IPA.

This India pale ale from Stone Brewing Co. is the second of the company's well-respected beer line to make it into Texas. It follows the strong and malty Arrogant Bastard Ale, which endears itself to drinkers by declaring the prospective drinker is not worthy to drink it and probably won't like it.

Stone IPA is a little less heavy on the malt and leaves a crispness that lets the Chinook and Cascade hops shine through. This would stand up great to Mexican food, with the hops cutting through the heat of the chile and is refreshing enough not to add to the heaviness of the abundance of melted cheese, meat and lard-laden refritos. The bad news is they probably don't sell this in the same places you can buy a No. 2 dinner.

The first time I opened this beer -- with great expectations of taste -- it took a full five minutes before it passed my lips because the scent was so intoxicating. Even my wife, who does not drink alcohol, was pleased with the nose. Car air fresheners could be right around the corner.

If I could afford a case of this stuff at $3.79 a bottle, this would be my summer drink of choice and share a special place of honor next to the assortment of hefe weizens that crowd the beerarator when the thermostat gets over 90, usually beginning in March.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 13:59:45 | More by TPoling
Photo of BierReise


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice IPA but with the high ratings over this one I expected something more than exceptional. Has a nice marriage of malt/hop flavor and only a slight bitterness compared to most other IPA's I've had over the years. I still think the Alesmith beats this one though. I will definately drink it again, but there are many just as good as this one and better.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2003 09:33:34 | More by BierReise
Photo of MJR


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

Appearance: Pours a pale copper with faint gold edges. Good clarity. The head is a sticky, thin cap that leaves lots of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is raw and pungent with hops leaping out of the glass. Pine, grapefruit rind, and a touch of citrus are the strongest scents. There's a decent malt backbone, but it merely serves to hold up the hop profile. I barely pick up on a whisper of caramel.

Taste: Hops, hops, and more hops! No surprise there... This one has a nice firm bitterness that tends to overwhelm the malt base. Is that apple I detect? The grains comes across as a bit fruity and more caramelly than anything else. There's a touch of alcohol on the tail end. Starts bitter, finishes bitter...a well done IPA.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat medium in thickness with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Small swipe of alcohol on the finish. I really wish Stone would bottle-condition their beers...

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style. Believe it or not, I expected this brew to be bigger and with more hops... I much prefer their Ruination IPA to this. Still a damn good IPA though...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 18:52:24 | More by MJR
Photo of dmarch


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

Although this is a wonderful beer,this is certainly not the best Stone has to offer. Then again, at the time of this review there are 5 stone beers in the top 50 so that's not really that negative of a comment. It's a golen color with a large white head. The aroma and taste is all hops. No surprise there. In my opinion, this isn't top 50 material. I always expect something big from Stone, but this is just simply a solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 16:44:39 | More by dmarch
Photo of Darkale


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange, full hops aroma, a short head with light lacing which revives with a quick shake.

Taste is not surprising. Hops, hops, hops! And just a bit less creamy sweetness than their Ruination IPA. But, still, more than enough malt to keep the hops from overwhelming the beer.

Aftertaste is a shade sharp and bitter from the hops, and lasts longer than the Ruination.

Hoppy, hoppy, joy, joy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 18:36:23 | More by Darkale
Photo of BigHead


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 17:46:56 | More by BigHead
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,474 ratings.