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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

9,484 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,484
Reviews: 2,832
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 285
Gots: 1,480 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Quaffer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer was a glowing, golder-amber color. It was surprisingly light, not being much darker than some of the more robust macros out there, such as Stroh's. The clarity was amazing. A nice, two-finger, eggshell head rose up and lingered for a long time. As it settled it became rough and fluffy, until there were just some thick patches left floating on the liquid. These eventually thinned out as well, but there was always a thin cap of foam laying over the top of the beer. Lots and lots of lace was left behind, which was really cool.

Smell: Right after the pour, this brew was pure, unadulterated, raw hops. As the beer sat, this developed into a juicy, citrusy hops smell. This was joined by the aromas of caramel and caramel malt, roasted malt, and crackers. Add in hints of vanilla and orange, and the aroma became very full and complex. Nice and round and warm smelling. Extremely impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. It flowed easily through the mouth, with just a hint of a coating effect. There was no roughness at all, being silky, almost buttery, at times. Occasionally, I thought that this beer seemed almost too smooth for the style.

Taste: Almost immediately, after an initial hit of sweet malt, a big herbal hops flavor rose up to dominate the taste. The hops added a lot of bitterness as well, though it didn't compare to the amount of flavor that they provided. Underneath the hops were some sweet malt and hints of roasted malt. The more that I drank, the more the roasted malt came through, which did wonders to balance out this brew. On the finish, the malt flavor became more caramel-like without becoming any sweeter.

A great beer that was more balanced at times than others. Some mouthfulls seemed to be all hops, and others seemed to balance out perfectly. Those that fell into the latter catagory were absolutely wonderful. I just wish that the citrus characteristics of the hops that came through in the aroma would have made it into the flavor. The flavor was all herbal.

Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden orange color only slightly hazy, fairly clear when warming up. Very appetizing look and smell. There are aromas of citrus and spicy herbacious pine over a sweet maltiness.
Sweet maltiness and mild grapefruit leads to herbal spiciness in the hop finish. Nice soft mouthfeel keeps the hop acidity from being overwhelming. While not a well balanced IPA overall (definately leans towards hop bitterness), Stone IPA seems to be more balanced than many hop-bursting American IPAs. I find this IPA a little easier to drink than some of the more heavier-bodied IPAs... gets me the hop fix without filling me up on 1 pint (or 22oz bottle)!

Photo of 1fastz28
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

stone is not available in illinois, atleast not to my knowledge so a buddy of mine picked me up on a trip to ohio. the look of it is great, has a nice slightly orangish/gold cloudyness to it with a nice fluffy white head, and it smells flipping great, just a wonderful cascade of hop aroma, very light and not overpowering earthy hopness to it. taste is great too, just a fulll bodied flavor, not to strong, not to light flavor, it is one of the easiest to drink ipa's too, alot of your really really strong ipa's are hard to get through the bottle cause of the bitterness or the alcohol but this one is an absolute world class beer. just wish it were available locally

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Stone IPA has a nice fruity/malty aroma. It’s a nice golden copper color with some mild carbonation and a thin flat white head that look really tasty. It hits your tongue with a nice crisp taste that is followed up by a thick malty flavored aftertaste that has a hint of sweetness to it and goes down quite easily.

Photo of nkeckhar
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a modest but lasting off-white head. The smell is overwhelmingly citrusy hops as an IPA should be, but not far behind it is a nice biscuity malt and a light sweetness as well. The taste is , whew!, a very sharp citrus hop bite that hangs around but slowly lessens to reveal the fresh baked bread flavored malt that stands distantly behind. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes almost brutally dry.

Notes: This one is just about the hops IMHO. Have you ever chewed on hop pellets...this is what it's like. I tried it at 50 degrees and on and off all the way to 60 degress and I can't get more of the malts. If you like balanced brews, this one is not for you. These kinds of brews are not hard to produce. It is okay, but not real good. It is rather one dimensional to come from a brewery of this caliber. Shocking to me that it is top rated when there are so many more complex beers out there. Cheers!

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is copper with a thin white head. Smell is very strong of citrusy hops. The taste is incredibly abundant on the grapefruit hops there's also a slight yeast flavor. Very bitter, but not atypical of an IPA. Mouthfeel is crisp, very carbonated. This is a drinkable beer, but it is so bitter and carbonated, I recommend taking it easy with this one.

Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Pillowburn
1/5  rDev -76.3%

Photo of AKuehn47
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of cwelsh55
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of markcp
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Franchise
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden honey color and leaves a very thick white lace that clings to the side of the glass. The floural hoppiness is ever so present along with the citrus, grapefruit, honey, grassy notes and cloves. This beer starts with a grapefruit hoppy bitterness on the palate then slowly takes you to a smooth sweet honey clove flavored finished with a mild citrus squirt. This beer is well rounded and amazing, by far one of the standards for American IPA.

Photo of stevehagy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of cmq103
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour produced a favorable 1/2" clingy off white head with lacing that stuck to the side of the glass with ease. A golden color with a hint of haze. Again, sticky lacing is apparent.

Smell: Citrus pine hops up front, followed by mildly sweet malt. A clean and refreshing aroma that entices the nose.

Taste: Malty sweetness, followed by a distinct and noticeable citrus pine. Tangerine and grapefruit mix is what I sense. Not an overly bitter finish but there is no mistaken your drinking an IPA. I really like this one a lot.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation is present for this moderate body beer. All of the flavors blend so well across the tongue. I'm left with sweet malt at the finish when I was expecting the normal IPA bitterness. I definitely prefer the Stone finish.

Overall: In my opinion, this is one mighty fine tasting IPA. Though my favorite IPA is still Dogfish Head 60 minute, this definitely comes in a close second. Another fine beer from Stone Brewing Co.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of beertaster13
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I now pray to the gargoyles of stone. This IPA is a powerhouse, steroid pushing machine that is off the charts terrific. Of course had this in the standard 22 oz bomber bottle. Pours a cloudy hazy gold with a cream white froth of a god head. Smell is potently hoppy, hops blast your nose, might singe the nose hairs right off, cleary sinuses for sure. Light citrus as will. The taste is a perfect balance of bitter and smooth. Fruity tones and a hop blast that blends perfect with the fruit and malts. Feels full and crisp and could drink and drink and drink. The beer was so special the moment of putting it to my lips will last a lifetime.

Photo of malty
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly chilled hazy golden orange with a thick white 1" head. Nice lacing.

Gloriously balanced sweet & tart scents of pale malts and lots of fresh hops. FRESH amarillo (?) & cascade (?) hops floating above a bed of sweet fresh whipped cream and vanilla. Probably the best smelling IPA for me to date.

The flavors of the hops are well developed and extremely fresh, lingering and tingling my gums way past the finish. The sweet malty flavors are a bit more in the background, different than what I expected from the smell. Citrus flavors and melon rind are prevalent with a juicy finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly making this a highly drinkable ale. Medium bodied with a long flavorful finish.

Thanks to mattcrill for this gem. Wish I could get Stone in Michigan. I would definitely like to put a sixer of this in my fridge, alongside Two Hearted (it's that good). Bravo to Stone!

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stone IPA is one of the flagships for American IPA's in my humble opinion.
The beer pours out a beautiful gold color with the tiniest bit of orange tint. A 1" creamy white head rests on top. The head recoils to about 1/8" and leaves great lacing on the glass. This is how a beer should look!!
The nose is a masterpiece. Pine, spruce, citrus, orange peel, something candied in there. Very appealling.
The taste is wonderful with a bright hop explosion midway through the mouth. The citrus notes from the aroma carry over into the taste. The beer rolls over the tongue into a bitter, long hoppy finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and creamy and not highly carbonated.
Stone IPA is wonderfully drinkable. It is "The Nectar". The English soldiers in India would have been ecstatic to pull this IPA off the boat!!

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,484 ratings.