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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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2,888 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,888
Hads: 10,318
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 377
Gots: 2,336 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 2,888 | Hads: 10,318
Photo of CIBoy10
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - poured from 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark gold with a one finger white creamy head that just stays there throughout. Lacing is fantastic. Hard-pressed to find a better looking beer (especially the head).

Smell - notes of grapefruit, citrus, raisins, and bready maltiness.

Taste - the hops didn't really hit me up front. Goes down very smooth. The finish is very long-lasting and bitter hops really come on here. Nice bitterness that persists for a very long time.

Feel - you can argue about what the finish does for you. I find it savory for a while but it goes on a bit long for my taste, resulting in an interesting mouthfeel. I feel like it desensitized me from what could have been the full experience. My only major complaint.

Overall - one of the best looking beers you will find. I'd definitely drink it again many times over but I prefer other IPA's and other Stone offerings out there. They are a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic in the west coast IPA style, light on the malts and a heavy dose of bitterness that lingers from the hop profile. Glassy, green, fresh taste with a grapefruit flavor. Great sipper but the bite of the beer can sometimes fatigue the pallet.

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

Almost hard to believe I've never said anything on this beer until now.
I've always had this in a pint glass and for today once again, yes in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light foamy lacing clings but trickles after a while.
The smell had a sharp pine assault of bitter hops with a light spice intertwining in and out on the aroma.
The taste copied the smell and carried a nice bitter pine into the spice of this beer. Light pine to spicy aftertaste lead to a dry finish.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium bodied sessionable dry spiciness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I say this has and always will be a go to for me as an AIPA. Its hard not to find practically anywhere.

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Photo of Southerndiscomfort
2.54/5  rDev -40%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Its alright. Don't understand the hype but they are a top notch brewery this just ain't enough citrus or any fruity hop presence enough for me to purchase again.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is another brand that bills itself as quite possibly the best IPA in America. It isn't. This isn't either. But it comes damn close. The one that started the hop addiction in San Diego and beyond is just a world class IPA, though.

Poured from a tap at some unmentionable chain that thankfully has decent craft brew on tap. Pint glass a little too cold (in a chain restaurant, really?). Beautiful orange hue with what was likely a white head that was gone by the time I got it. Once at temp, the hop aroma was just delicious. Some mild citrus and pine with a floral backing. The flavor matched perfectly with a more intense version of the aroma, only this was balanced by some nice maltiness that did just that: balanced without taking over. Understated nicely, not lost, to let the hops serve as showcase.

Seriously, world class stuff.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this as part of the sampler pack but having tried this before I knew it was the quintessential West-Coast IPA.

A - Bright orange color. Slight chill haze from the dry hops with a perfect white head and nice lacing.

S - Pleasant and strong hop fragrance with citrus fruit, pine, and some dankness. Just an amazing hops showcase plain and simple. If you want to be picky there maybe some malt and ale character present but only after you pry apart the aroma.

T - Great flavor with the strong citrus hop character predominant with some resin, dank, and pine notes in the middle. The hop bitterness is also present but not in contention with the citrusy hop flavor. There are also light malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops. Really a delicious IPA.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. This one is just perfect for drinking after a long day because it is very flavorful but not overwhelming in any way.

Overall, an amazing IPA. Definitely makes since why there is such a market for this beer with all of its flavor and drinkability. I would never turn this beer down whether it's 100 degrees or 10 this beer is a winner.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of reviews so far, so - Cliff notes review:

Deel gold. More clear than opaque.

Huge foamy off-white head. Lacing monster.

Plenty of bitter hops up front that linger throughout. Grapefruit sourness, but tastes equally like pine.

Slight resin feel. Medium bodied.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Total pillar of the style for me, perfectly exemplifying the grapefruit + pine note classic hop combo that works so well. Despite Stone's aggro marketing, this is totally approachable and even has a bit of malt sweetness to it. Everything is complementary here, even down to the perfect carb levels and body. Hope they never see fit to change the recipe on this bad boy.

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Photo of AndreRus
3/5  rDev -29.1%

I like other Stone products but this IPA is really nothing much. I've had much better IPAs for this price (Anderson Valley comes to mind). Definitely would expect more from west coast brewers. It is especially strange because their Ruination IPA is just delicious! My advice: go with Ruination IPA

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Photo of DerekB_
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is a pretty hoppy and bitter beer and it is honestly a lot better than I though it was going to be. This s the first beer I have had from Stone Brewing and it certainly won't be the last!

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice standard go to IPA. Nothing that blows you out of the water, but it is nicely executed and keeps the hops front and center. A definitive example of the west coast style IPA.

Would purchase again.

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Photo of psychoticpilgrim
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

This is a true IPA. If you don't like IPA's then you will not like this beer. Some friends who claim to like IPA's have tried this and not been happy. This one separates the pretenders from the advocate.
Tasty stuff, but get the Ruination for a dollar or two more

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

not gonna go into too much detail on this one, it's very interesting I tried this after having sculpin for the first time, and the bitterness was indeed refreshingly bitter as greg koch described it (not this beer specifically but craft beer in the early days as a reaction to big brew swill) in a talk he gave I found on youtube. this is a very good beer and one i can see myself going back to, it's certainly not as vicious the bottle would lead you to believe but it's a very good beer and better for being a little less bitter than described

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Photo of Taybeh
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at the hotel bar, into a tall pokal style glass

I've had this from bottles a number of times, but on tap, this is extra nice. There is a dank weedy hop presence on the end that I'm really grooving on.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

This is as close a beer I've ever tasted to my favourite IPA, Driftwood's Fat Tug. That said, it is absolutely great! Great balance between the citrus and pine aromas and flavours. Not much for tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and else. So not an easy juicy IPA by any mean. This one is for the IPA connoisseur!

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Photo of Riggintrav
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

One of my favorite IPAs. Has a great hoppy flavor, which is just the right bitterness. I also appreciate the label, the gargoyle is pretty BA. If you like hops, you'll like this IPA

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pint pour: Fairly clear, healthy golden color with done visible carbonation and a fair white head.
Aroma, I pick it up from afar here. Terrific hop scent of pine and dank grapefruit. Some malt lurks beneath that as well.
This is a citrus delight of a west coast ipa. I'm surprised I haven't tried it in a long while after only tasting it once prior. Now that I've sampled over a hundred varieties of ipa, I can revisit this here and appreciate the standard. Sweet and sticky grapefruit and pine resin is the impression, and the hops shine like the golden sun. Bitter big time, yet not ending as dry as many would. Creamy medium feel.
Smooth drinking for all this is, which is a perfect example of a beer for those who enjoy hops without much else getting in the way. Not overly complex. Highly drinkable. Grade A stuff.

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Photo of Jmac55
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is great. Amazing flavor with a lingering back end bitterness that seems to affect the mouth increasingly as the time between sips increases. Similar to getting out of a pool when it's cold. The flavor Keeps you coming back for more. So jump back in that water because it gets cold when you're out too long!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 12 oz. bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar style mug (yeah, yeah, I know!). A classy light copper color with frothy beige head leaving nice rich lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbal and spicy, with some grapefruit, zesty orange, papaya, and pine undertones. Deep, rich hop flavor and a smooth, near-creamy mouthfeel. Herbal and earthy rather than aggressively fruity, although certainly there are clear citrus, peach, and pineapple notes. This fits the hop bill, heavy on Chinook and Columbus. Extremely drinkable despite the bitter resinous punch. Getting almost a cola-like brown spice in the dry herbal/woody finish. Some bready caramel malts lurk beneath the hops and this sweetness becomes more pronounced as one's tongue acclimatizes to the bitterness. Leaves a very pleasing impression of complexity and poise. Deserves its good reputation and does offer something different from other west coast IPAs.

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Photo of daveg36
1/5  rDev -76.4%

99? What? I love Stone beers, but hate this one. Mine is fresh according to the bottle, but WAY too grassy, and off putting. Just a nasty beer, and I don't get the fan fare with this. Where are the grapefruit, piney, citrus notes that you get in a West Coast IPA? Just completely non-existent with my particular beer.

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Photo of willsting8
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

One of the many great beers floating in the sea of IPA's. It lacks the citrus flavor that many IPA brews house, yet it isn't too bitter. It never fails to disappoint.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You can never go wrong with Stone IPA. Such an excellent well balanced delicious beer that is widely available. Always my fall back crutch for beer when I'm in a hurry or just wanna get something I know I'll like. Love it

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours a light gold with a two finger, white head. The aroma is very hoppy. Lemon, orange juice, grapefruit, pine, sap, and a little malt sweetness. The flavor follows the nose very closely. There is a bit more of a malt presence, but that is very well balanced by the high IBUs. I've had so many IPA lately, this is better than I remembered.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a slight orange with a thick white head. looks just fantastic in my glass!

smells of faint citrus, i smell some lemon and grapefruit in it. nice smell but not a strong smell.

tastes light and citrus-y. clean tasting.

goes down very smooth, could drink many of these. very bitter as well, especially at the end. one of those tongue coaters, in a good way!

overall a fantastic IPA that is easily available. the first time i ever had this was last fall out of a create-your-own-6pack and i didn't like it. i think it was a combination of it being an old beer and me just beginning to drink IPAs. i enjoyed this greatly in the spring of 2015. now i'm finally reviewing it. a great IPA, BUT it's not the best IPA i've ever had. it's very good and i enjoy it but there are many great IPAs out there i would prefer.

it's incredibly solid, hell it's great! but i prefer other top IPAs. Ruination and Enjoy By, on the otherhand, are 2 of my favorite beers. easily top 5 for me

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Photo of m_hall
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint. Clear amber color with a thick, lingering 3 finger cream-colored head which eventually receded into a fluffy layer on top of the beer. Left abundant lacing as it was consumed

Aroma is classic IPA- pine-y hops and floral undertones, bright and invigorating.

Upfront the taste has just a quick dash of malt sweetness before that is overwhelmed by a tsunami of hops- resinous pine and grapefruit tart Cascade hops. Finish is very dry, almost astringent. The massive bitterness of the hops will linger on your palette for some time, so if tasting with other beers, I'd definitely save this one until the end.

Mouthfeel was excellently balanced- refreshing but substantial enough that you won't think you're drinking bitter water. Carbonation is on the light side.

Overall this is a prototype California-style IPA. I personally really have to be in the mood for IPA, and when I do partake I tend to prefer the east-coast styles for their more apparent malts (Dogfish Head 60-Minute, for instance.) However this beer's reputation is well deserved, and I could definitely see myself enjoying this again.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,888 ratings.