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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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Reviews: 2,888
Hads: 10,317
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 377
Gots: 2,335 | 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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Photo of wordemupg
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip july12 2010

A on first look it's a clear golden orange but then I notice there's a large number of very tiny suspended particles that are slowly being moved around by the bubbles. The foam takes up the top three fingers of my glass for a minute or two leaving a few rings of lace as it falls to a 1/4in film that still manages to leave some patches of lace

S lots of caramel and biscuit to go along with some orange peel a little grapefruit and pine, a nice balance between malt and hops and the booze is well concealed

T all I smell but the flavors blend quite well together forming a nice balance of citric hops and malty caramel

M medium bodied and enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, there's a mild bite that works well for it and you can taste it for a while after it's in your tummy

D a solid beer with no doubt, well rounded brew not lacking in any area. went down pretty quick for a 6.9% beer

I wish this was available here in Alberta I would have less money but would be drinking great beer, try this if you can

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

A: Dark gold color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Citrussy hops. Also pine and floral notes.

T: Citrus and pine hops up front. Bready malts in the foundation. Evenly bitter in the finish.

M: Light to medium body. High carbonation. Resiny hops linger a bit in the finish.

D: As sessionable an IPA as they come. Not quite the complexity or big malt foundatiton as its big brother, but I could drink a few of these.

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

Pours a clear golden orange, thick white head forms, laces nicely, with good retention. Smell is citrus, pine and floral hops, a little caramel and a little alcohol. Taste is caramel, some wheaty dryness, grains, then a whack of citrus and pine hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Has a considerable bitter kick in the finish, I was expecting a bit more from this one for its high rating. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a deep golden with orange tinting. A slight bubbly off-white head. Nice lace patterns develop on the sides of the glass as I drink. Citros, lemon rind, grafefruit and slight pine on the nose. This is a very balanced IPA in taste. the hops do not overwhelm, but rather, they are firm in their presence. The hop-attributed tastes are lemon rind, citrus and pine. There's some nice bitterness, but not quite enough for my liking. Very quaffable IPA.

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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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: citrusy, resiny American hops dominate with sweet malt in the background mellowing the hops and giving depth. Appearance: Hazy amber with a white creamy head and medium lace. Laces the glass all the way down. Flavor: starts with a blend of fruit, malt and hops and then the hops grow to dominate the finish with strong grapefruit flavors. There is malt sweetness and sweet fruit in the background. Very pleasantly flavored with a nice balance between the hops, malt and yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, refreshing, Overall: I would drink this again.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a massive size creamy and frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - caramel, hops, pine, citrus zest

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a very full bodied taste and feel. There is a lot of hop taste and pale malts mixed with caramel, citrus zest and pine. The beer finishes with a very hoppy and slightly woody aftertaste.

Drink - Another one of Stone's beer that I really enjoyed. It is a really hoppy/citrus based IPA that isn't too sweet - which I like. It's a must try for all the IPA fans out there.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with not quite an inch of white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and hoppy (but not strong), mainly citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel) and piney hops, with a bit of malty sweetness too. To me it tastes the same way it smells, mostly citrus and pine hops with some malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium and a bit slick. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation to make this very easy to drink. I think this is a very solid beer, I'll definitely have to buy it more often.

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

Thanks once again Kahn's of Indianapolis.

Appearance- Great, thick eggshell colored head. Concrete like retention and great foamy film. Sluggish bubbles slowed down by the resiny hops I bet. Great mild amber that for some reason makes me think of spring time.

Aroma- Great notes some slight citrus in the hop, but more earthy aromas and a medium scent of pine. Not overpowering in hops. I like the subdued nature of this aroma. Some mild malts balance out the aroma very well.

Taste- Starts with some pine needles and hop floweration in the front. The middle lets the malt give a hint of caramel to the earthy textures of the bitterness. A little resiny and sweet. Almost like tasting a mix of cascade hops in a light corn syrup.

Mouthfeel- A little resiny, but not boggy like some IPAs. This beer is pretty easy to drink on taste and palate. The alcohol limits it's sessionability.

Great beer. Can easily see why Stone is touted for their IPAs.

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Photo of dgilks
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, golden colour with a nice white head. It dissipates somewhat quickly to a nice film over the beer. There's a touch of haze but it's fine.

The aroma is dulled a bit. I don't know how old the bottle is but it doesn't quite strike a chord with me.

Decent flavour. Nice, mild malt flavour with moderate bitterness. A touch of resinous hop character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A tasty beer. I like it.

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma is nice and strong with hints of grapefruit and floral notes. Taste is nice and hoppy upfront with the aftertaste being one of grapefruit. Really nice aftertaste that is not too dry or bitter. Malty too as well. Very smooth and well-balanced. Goes well with the pizza I'm eating. Definitely one of the better IPAs I've had.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 10-06-10. This is literally the freshest bottle I found in almost 3 states of the midwest, so I am rating this since I cannot find anything fresher in all the stores I have visited.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow/orange color that produced a huge foamy/fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of lacing left behind as it very slowly dissipated.

(S)- A huge burst of pine-like citrus with some lemon and lime fruits. Slightly dry, but otherwise the piney hops take center stage.

(T)- A dry pine-like wood profile up front. Some minimal lemon and lime citrus behind that. Very subtle honey-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A decent balance, but it really is primarily a very dry bitter pine profile of a beer.

(D)- I can see how this can be a good IPA, but it would be nice to see how it is fresh since I am unable to find it as such in either IL or WI where I have gone.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass. As with all Stone products, I like the illustrations and smack talk on the bottle.

Appearance: Transparent yellow amber with a thick head.

Smell: Strong hops and esters. This smell is addictive.

Taste: Definitely hoppy and mounth-watering. This is an IPA at its best.

Notes: My favorite Stone product. And I like every Stone beer that I've sampled.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Yellow orange in color with hazy color.
S - Grapefruit and piney hops.
T - Oh man wow! One of the greatest hop bite beers of the night!
M - Harsh yet drinkable and crisp.
D - It would have to be my go to IPA but now I have to try Arrogant Bastard to see which one is more hoppy!

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Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange; clearly unfiltered, or is that haze from the dry hopping?

Aromas begin with typical C-hops, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Definitely floral and juicy as well. None more dominant than the other. Light pale malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with abundant amounts of spicy, juicy hops. A full body supports this heavy load of hops with some bready malt flavors present to give this brew some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Big and full and the finish is as smooth as silk. No alcohol, mild carbonation and a hop bite come together to form a deceptively smooth and refreshing finish.

Overall this is a good IPA but not my favorite. A bit too much on the bitter side with a lacking hop flavor. Kind of forgettable and a bit of a palate wrecker because of the lack of a malt presence to balance the abundant West Coast C-hops.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An organish-tint that is somewhat seethru and carbonates greatly. Received a rocky, two-finger head that dies quickly but leaves sticky lace patches. An unbelievable floral and earthy hop smell complete with fruits and spices mixed in. One of the few beers to actually make me turn away to catch my breath (it was like I had put my nose in a peanut butter jar; my breath was literally taken away). The hops dominate the tastebuds while only being slightly spicy and mildly bready, and this beer actually has a smooth finish. Don't know why exactly, thought I tasted caramel and/or butterscotch and the hops gave off some fruitiness (like apples), but a great finish to a great beer. Considering I can get this on the cheap at my local grocery store, this is a must redrink and I recommend it to any IPA drinker.

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Photo of glid02
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking this steadily at Twain's in Atlanta for the past week.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin layer on the top leaving sticky lacing.

Smells great. Loads of hops - citrus, pine, floral, it's all there. It's backed up by a solid malt aroma.

Tastes just how it smells. Loads of hop flavors with a hint of spiciness, yet the malt flavors still manage to make their way out and balance the beer. Ending is as close to being too bitter as a beer can get without being so.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and the carbonation does a good job exploding the flavors.

Drinkability is great. I could drink entirely too many of these.

Overall there's not much else I can say that hasn't already been said. If you have access to Stone do yourself a favor and revisit this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a good quarter inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma of hops, with a hint of citrus. Not overwhelming, but nicely done.

T: Not as hoppy as I expected - I guess they save that for the Ruination IPA. Still, very tasty. Also had citrus elements and a tinge of malt.

M: A vibrant, high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Pretty full-bodied.

D: Like most of the Stone beers I've tried, this is very drinkable. It goes down easy and has a well balanced taste.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a light gold semi clear with a big white and very good lacing.

Its aroma is very hoppy with light notes of honey and citrus.

The taste is just overwhelmingly hoppy. Thats all that dominates throughout the whole tasting instead of a very nice bite at the end. Just too bitter to be a great IPA.

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Photo of Gusler
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, as I just received my set of “Stone Glassware”, one must properly “Baptize” them, so the India Pale Ale glass gets a Stone IPA.

The beer as it cut and runs from the bottle a transpicuous golden amber color, the head supererogatory, the texture semi-creamy and the color a bright white, as it slowly erodes the lace forms a sticky sheet to smother the glass. Hop floral at the start, the middle sweet malt, citrus crisp, fresh and ever so inviting, a true portent of things to come this nose, start is nicely malted, somewhat sweet with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its carbonations, the hops forthright in their spiciness; powerful but pleasing, aftertaste is desert dry, somewhat bitter, quite long lasting. One of several “Stone” beers I always have on hand.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper penny color with a foamy half inch cream head that dissipates at a moderately quick pace, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma erupts as soon as the bottle is opened, with huge notes of pine, resin, and fresh cut grass dominating. Dank cannabis, citrus fruit, and caramel malt add complexity.

Caramel malt forms the backbone and is far more prevalent than anticipated from the aroma. Flavor is sweeter than expected, throughout. The finish is pretty bitter and herbal tea-like and resiny, with pine in the aftertaste. Dank cannabis and fresh cut grass hit mid palate and hold on for the duration. There's an initial citrus character, showcasing muted grapefruit and lemon. More complex tropical fruits emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate, with a corresponding amount of carbonation, and slight alcohol warmth.

Much more floral and grassy hop character in the flavor than I recall. Citrus is fairly subdued, but bitterness is not. Not an offensive bitterness, but too much for my liking. Good malt presence, though perhaps a little overboard.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-golden in color with a good head. Light lacing.

S-Really pungent and luscious. Graprefruits. I was afraid that the Ruination would blow this beer away, but it does not.

T-Super hoppy. Dry and piney accompanied with a huge grapefruit kick. Hop foward, not much malt. One sided but scrumptious.

M-Lighter in body but still slick.

D-Heavy on the bitterness but still very drinkable. Dry, fits my style.

One of the tastiest and boldest regular (non DIPA) IPAs you can get your hands on. Easily stands next to Ruination without any questions.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/9/2011

A: citrus and floral hops, slightly sweet

Ap: golden-orange with a 2 finger off-white head, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp, smooth

Af: hop notes- both citrus and floral, little bit of grapefruit shines through, slight sweetness, maybe some caramel, slight bitterness

O: easily drinkable, classic IPA style beer


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

12oz single, sixer shared during a lazy saturday featuring many smoked meats

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a furthermore pint, clear tangerine body, light beige froth

smell: solid citrus nose, crisp floral hops, fresh and green

taste: very nice ipa, infinite drinkability, fresh citrus hops, crisp and green, moderate bitterness. great all-day ipa

mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing

drinkability: high

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