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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

7,465 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 7465
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
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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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DrunkenMaster

California

3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Consumer Beverages. Bright orange color with a nice head. I like the color of this. Aroma is fruity and floral with some sweet malts. Starts out with lots of malt sweetness but gets more bitter and dry towards the finish. Not bad, but a pretty average IPA.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2008 15:34:39 | More by DrunkenMaster
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m1ked

California

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

This was supposed to be a smokey indian growler.... come to find out it is just indian, no smokey. I guess I will have to suffer. Happy 4th.

A- Pours a clear, bright golden orange. Sizeable white head that turns into clingy, sticky lacing.

S- No surprise here strong aroma of 85 percent piney resin 15 percent citrus. Some hidden sweetness, like caramel.

T- The signature Stone in your face over the top hops is clearly here. The bitterness is once again mostly piney. Hard to pick up the balance of malts.

M- This is a strong component of this beer. Firm body with great carbonation. Very refreshing.

D- I don't consider IPA'S to be my session beer, but this one is very good.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2008 20:25:37 | More by m1ked
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rowew

Colorado

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

Growler filled at the brewery. Despite a day in the growler it still poured with a great head, and nice retention. Left a nice lace down the glass. Aroma and taste are predominately hops, but there is enough malt to make this a nicely balanced beer. Amazingly smooth for a 6.9 % ABV beer. If you are a hop-head, this should be a staple .. otherwise avoid it.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2005 00:06:11 | More by rowew
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Zach136

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, best by 6/15/14. Reviewed live from an IPA glass.

A - Deep yellow, light white pillow, excellent lacing.

S - Light melon fruit and pine.

T - Nice balanced pine and fruit tones. Bitter enough, but not too astringent.

M - Crisp, light, drinkable. Very refreshing IPA.

O - An archetype of the West Coast style. What more is there to say?

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 02:00:37 | More by Zach136
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - This beer pours up golden copper, nearly clear. White head, dense bubbles that pillow out to a thin layer, with extravagant lacing. A beautiful pour indeed.

S - Bright citrus notes, heavier toward lemon and orange, with pine resin, and a slight pepper and grass close.

T - Following the nose, with big lemon and orange zest, leading into citrus flesh as the sweetness of the malts links up. The pine and resin comes out in the middle, and it runs into the close, where the bitterness swells and holds for a while after the swallow. Along with the bitter, there are hints of pepper spiciness and sour lemon.

M - Light, but with a chewy back-end and considerable building dryness. This is not a gentle IPA - it gets in there to do some damage.

O - This is one I've been meaning to try, but it wasn't until the 4-bottle box, when I got a couple along with all the other options (all of which I've bought separately), that I finally tried one. The beer is very good rendition of the style, and well worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 18:39:41 | More by Tsar_Riga
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 6/12/14 Freshness date. 6.9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a bright medium orange amber. Very clear. Fluffy two finger head that hangs around.

Smell- Tropical notes of orange and pineapple. Quite floral as well.

Taste- Pine and grass notes up front blending quickly into a biscuit malt flavor. The earthy hop finish is pronounced. The bitterness lasts awile for a dry hop wrap up.

Mouthfeel- Slick and moderate in body. Not thin. Ample carbonation.

Overall- A basic IPA that is solid. Not out of this world but a fine creation of the style indeed. The quality Stone puts into their beers is a reflection to this flagship IPA of theirs.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 03:42:33 | More by PA-hunter
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Ohiolager

Ohio

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

Stone IPA 6 pk bottles $10.99(OH)

12 oz brown painted label bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. Fresh by date printed in yellow just below the neck.

pours a dark gold, light amber color. A three finger thick peach white head that lingers for a while. gives way to impressive spiderweb lacing all over the bulb of the glass.

The aroma is that of an IPA. Nice and strong citrus up front. strong grapefruits, a nice lemon tang, followed by a slight piney smell.

Taste follows the nose. A nice citrus grapefruit taste at first, followed by a big hoppy flavor, finishes with a nice piney surrounding that is slightly bitter.

the mouth feel is rather light for an IPA. I have no complaints though, all the tastes cling to your mouth. A medium body IPA. At the end a piney bitterness lingers.

Overall a great IPA however i have had just as good or better for cheaper. Commodore Perry is still my number one go to IPA. Would I buy this again? Probably not. It's not that this IPA is not good. It's just that it's over priced. Commodore Perry is 7.5% ABV, two bucks cheaper and is just as good if not better.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 06:34:44 | More by Ohiolager
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CTbrew32

Connecticut

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep golden amber color with barely a finger of head. The aroma is amazing with a big burst of pine and citrus. This was one of my first ipas ever about a year ago, and it was extremely bitter. After a year of letting ipas wreck my palate this still packs a punch, but it is a much more enjoyable bitterness. Honestly I wish more ipas were still this bitter to me. Besides the bitterness the taste overall is amazing with citrus, bready/caramel malt, and BIG pine which helps amplify the bitterness. Overall, this is a great ipa and one that got me into loving the style. This is the perfect beer for the ipa lover, but if your new to the style the bitterness could be overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 01:33:59 | More by CTbrew32
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ssteakley

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Difficult one for me, I have become accustomed to PNW brews and this hangs way over on the citrusy side, from the aroma to the taste I just live n a different part of the world I bought this due to the BA rating so I respect where it comes from but there are just to many better options so I will not return to this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 02:35:31 | More by ssteakley
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MaineBrewing

Maine

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

Decided to do a ruination and stone IPA vertical. I have always had these on separate occasions and failed to really noticed much difference. I was quite wrong.

A - poured a slightly hazy golden orange with one finger frothy head, nice cap of foam remained, and a little lacing.

S - pungent piney nose, bright citrus, almost lemony. Cereal malt notes round it out, slight grain character.

T - hop nose carries over to the taste, very piney resinous and lemony citrus. Very crisp malt character provides a great balance. Finishes with ample hop bitterness, very dry and clean.

M - on the thin side body wise but still has some stickiness, well attenuated and crisp.

O - overall this is a great American IPA, great hop flavor and balance with a nice crisp dry finish. Regarding my verticle with ruination, this doesn't have nearly the hop flavor, or malt sweetness, but provides a little more balance, certainty two very different beers as this is more lighter and crisp.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:48:14 | More by MaineBrewing
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Robjm1987

Connecticut

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

Perfect hoppy, mix of pine and lemon. My favorite IPA by far, west coast has it.

SERVING: TAP AND BOTTLE. I prefer tap.
Appearance: Golden with white top
Smell: Piney, strong hoppy.
Taste: Zesty, with lemon plenty of hops.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing.
Perfect IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 14:15:49 | More by Robjm1987
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Paincane

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden nicely carbonated with a white head and generous lacing.
S: Citrus and floral nose. Smells clean with pine presence.
T: Lemongrass and piney hop notes among the flavors. Hop forward in every way.
M: Crisp, clean body with a dry hoppy finish.
O: Very nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2014 22:06:51 | More by Paincane
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itsscience

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy light copper with a finger of soapy head that sticks around. Classic IPA smell: A flowery aroma with some grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, and clean crackery malt. Stone touts on the label, "to say that this gem of an IPA is 'hoppy' would be putting it modestly." Maybe that was true with this beer debuted, but to the modern palate, the hop level here is manageable if not average. That's a good thing for those of us who like balance in a hoppy beer. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a citrusy payload, a neutralizing malt backbone, and an oniony, earthy character that lingers in the background. I think one of the most underrated aspects of drinking beer is the aftertaste you get when you breathe out through your nose after a glass, and Stone IPA is the best beer I know of when it comes to these bonus flavors: it has a nice herbal and flowery aftertaste. Overall it's my favorite of the Stone offerings that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 03:58:57 | More by itsscience
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Seanem44

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Light orange with a nice off-white head that dissipates into a nice lacing.

S: Inviting without being overwhelming. A little deceiving.

T: Very tasty. Hops are not overwhelming at all, but still very flavorful. No hint of alcohol.

M: I really like how this feels. Thick, rich and smooth. Doesn't feel watery. Very full and fulfilling feel on the palate.

O: Stone continues to impress me. This is an outstanding and easy to drink IPA. Very similar to the Enjoy By IPA I recently had but lacks the overall freshness, but to be expected. At $9.99 for a six pack in most places, you can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:37:59 | More by Seanem44
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kcrosson492

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thus far, one of the best IPA's I have had in a long time. It has a fantastic hoppy flavor that manages to still be smooth. You could easily drink this one over and over while maintaining a full flavor IPA. Good beer for party or casual drinking....

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:20:54 | More by kcrosson492
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davidsumner

Virginia

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

This is my favorite IPA and a goto beer for me.

Pour - excellent voluminous, frothy pour; leaving a gorgeous three finger, frothy, sea foam head.

Appearance - Very nice, clear amber. Lacing is outstanding.

Nose - The nose is not powerful, but does bring up a nice light grapefruit/pine/resin scent.

Taste - Yummy. Not thick and or over the top; but rather a perfect balance. Ruby Red grapefruit juice, pine resin, yummy sweet malt.

Finish - perfect. Bitter, long lasting, citrus sour.

This is truly a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 19:43:24 | More by davidsumner
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle with a hazy golden yellow color and a decently foamy white head. Has a very nice hoppy floral aroma. Taste is kind of sweet up front, dominated by floral notes with touches of citrus. The finish is a surprising amount of bitterness that lingers a while. The beer has a nice full body feel with some carbonation. This is very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 03:18:03 | More by brutusmuktuk
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light amber to brown in color. A minuscule bit of white head partially covers the top of the beer. A bit hazy with Brussels lacing. Incredibly enticing aroma of pine like hops reminiscent of pineapple greets me. The mouth is a little sticky and the bitterness prickles my tongue. When I take a sip I get a short but sharp burst of pine like hops and then some light malt to back it up. I get a nice gentle bitter fade.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 16:19:41 | More by Franziskaner
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Beer4B

Florida

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: straight from the bottle yo, my bad.

S: delightfully crisp

T: very smooth and drinkable IPA

M: light and hoppy

O: this was a decent IPA at a great price and availability. I much prefer the Ruination but this is a very good and like-minded substitute for when that is not available.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 16:52:54 | More by Beer4B
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THE-DUDE

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid IPA. Not as overly floral as some IPAs. Very well balanced. Citrus grapefruit smell and taste. Very smooth, the 6.9% can launch a sneak attack without warning. Even though this beer was released more than a decade ago and was ahead of the curve at the time, it still holds its own very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:27:09 | More by THE-DUDE
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dank203

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a pretty clear golden color. good amount of head. looked good in a pint glass. very light fluffy feel, lot of candy and citrusy grapefruit notes, fair amount of lemon. good earthy aroma, a little musty and dank. very bitter though, not for all .

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 22:35:16 | More by dank203
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arc0042

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a solid West Coast IPA, and easily one of my top 10 IPA's.

The malt bill is rather subtle, but definitely proficient enough. I would describe it as a wonderfully crafted loaf of bread, with hints of brown sugar and caramel. It isn't deep at all, leaving a crisp, not overwhelming taste of just absolutely wonderful malts on the tongue. I wouldn't consider this malt bill aggressive at all, but as I said it is definitely proficient.

Stone absolutely nailed the hop bill on this beer. When they state that both bittering hops and aroma/flavor hops are well balanced, they are 100% stating the truth. The fresher you get this beer (always check the best by date), the more pronounced the bittering hops will be. If you get an older batch of this beer, the bittering hops probably have settled and you will be left with a sweeter IPA (which some people like). This last batch I got however is dated best by 05/04/14, and it is 02/26/14. I would consider this rather fresh, but not as fresh as I would like.

I've tried probably close to 20 6-packs of this beer, so I feel as if I'm rather qualified to rate it.
The hop profile is rather complex....I see that a lot of people describe the hop profile as "citrusy", but honestly that isn't what first comes to my mind. The forward hop flavor in this beer, to me at least, is a variety that is PUNGENT in humulene and low in alpha acids (such as a noble hop). I'm rather sure they don't use noble hops for this beer, but that is what the flavor reminds me of, which leads me to believe the primary flavoring hop is rather low in alpha acids and high in beta acids, particularly humelene and myrcene. With this being said, I do taste a slight citrus note, but it isn't the predominant flavor. It is a rather bitter grapefruit/mango/papaya type flavor. The dominant hop flavor I get from this beer is that of an herbal variety. I mean very herbal, almost like a lemon thyme/rosemary/spearmint flavor. Either way, I fully approve of this hop profile. The bittering hops and flavor/aroma hops they chose beautifully compliment each other, making this one of my favorite IPA's.

I don't describe the pour of this beer because I don't pour IPA's. I think that the carbonation snap that is achieved directly from a bottle is essential in a proper tasting. Pouring these beers releases important volatile essential oils into the air, many of which are important to the final characteristics of the beer.

Cheers people!!! This one gets an easy 4.5/5, and that is being stingy!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 22:24:25 | More by arc0042
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PBIU

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stone first came to Chicagoland in the Spring of 2010.

This was about the time I was beginning to expand my craft beer horizons and Stone was a great brewery to dive into.

Not quite sure why some video reviewers knock on this IPA (thinking Better Beer Authority) here. Although those guys are a bit goofy at times and I find myself disagreeing with them about 80% of the time.

So here is the review. Had this beer on-tap from my basement kegerator (many more pints to come).

Appearance is a bit orange with a nice bright look. Nice lacing on the glass when swirled and about a two finger head.

Smell is citrus focused with a bit of carmel malt at the tail end.

Taste is very smooth. Well balanced play with the hops and malt here where one does not overpower the other. Dry finish. Typical West Coast IPA taste and from the guys that really invented the San Diego IPA style in the 90s.

Mouthfeel is not what you would think with this. Coming in at 6.9% one would think a heavier syrupy mouthfeel would be present. Stone IPA is light and smooth. Some may say a bit watery for the style, but I think it works well with this offering.

Overall just a good solid beer. Stone delivers and I can see why they have such a cult following.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2014 18:22:07 | More by PBIU
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Golden copper with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Funky hop extraction and mild pepper in the nose, and at that moment I knew that this wouldn't be the IPA for me

Taste: Syrupy hop extraction and a hint of malts with the pepper that puts me off.

Mouthfeel: Goes down smooth with subtle bitterness.

Overall: Did I get a bad batch? Coming from Stone, I was underwhelmed to say the least

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 06:13:03 | More by Bone53
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,465 ratings.