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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

9,626 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 9,626
Reviews: 2,863
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 303
Gots: 1,645 | 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 BeerZack
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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
4.77/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of nkeckhar
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jcb7472
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of simont1
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Zach122
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Boca-X
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Sin City Brewing Co (Nevada) pint glass. Light head, faded fast, light lacing, lasted throughout drink. Golden, honey orange...a little cloudy to the eyes.

Slight hops on the nose, orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine...what you would expect from an IPA.

Mellow pine, citrus...a hint of candy cane and dark/burnt coco on the front of the tongue. Extremely smooth. The finish tastes of bitter lazy grapefruit. Bitter finish is fast, then gone...probably why so many people like it?

I've had the Bastard and thought it was very good. This is extremely balanced and smooth, making it very drinkable, if you enjoy IPAs you'll like this. Honestly, it isn't much different from lots of very good beers in this style? I will drink again...it's good...close to great...but...?

I'll come back to it and review it again in the summer...maybe the change in weather will help? I must say I've been drinking a lot of very hoppy IPAs lately, so my buds are all juiced up!

Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BeerAngel
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
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!

Photo of theghost3
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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 McBraniel
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Pillowburn
1/5  rDev -76.3%

Photo of teraflx
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of AKuehn47
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

The logo for this San Diego brewery is a gargoyle, those eerie stone creatures one sees perched along the roofs of great cathedrals, where they serve as rain spouts. Why? This is unimportant; what is important is that Stone produces great craft brew; this IPA is one of the best.

It begins in a luxuriant froth, spongy and shimmering, and slowly subsides beneath the glass rim, forming a sudsy crown atop a cloudy pool of gold. The nose detects faint whiffs of apple supplemented by myriad notes of butter.

However, the action occurs on the palate; there is an initial citrus explosion, containing various shards of lime and orange, which fades in a quick, but intense, bitterness provided by the generous dry hopping. Pleasant well-balanced mouthfeel brings to close a satisfying quaff and an important reminder of how great craft brew should taste. Still, you gotta love them gargoyles.

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 DCgolfpro
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of jkrich
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "enjoy by 12/23/07" stamped in very small print around the base of the bottle. The etching artwork of the gargoyle certainly gains your attention. The best by date should be more prominent.

This ipa poured a clear, golden color with a small, dissipating head that left nice lacing on the side of the conic glass.

When I opened the bottle, the smell of northwest, piney hops burst from the bottle and continued as I poured the ale into the glass. I thought I was smelling a Christmas tree.

With all of that superior hop flavor, the beer tasted incredibly balanced. Yes, the flavor of spicy hops dominated throughout, but the slightly sweet malt in the background certainly balanced everything nicely. I could still taste the hops on my tongue well after the first taste.

The ale was medium bodied with strong carbonation.

It is somewhat difficult to believe this ipa is 6.9% ABV; it is extremely drinkable. If not for the high ABV, this would be the ultimate session ale.

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
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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!!

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big pillowy and foamy head with a perfect golden and clear color with a strong lacing.

Smell is of sweet hops with some pine and sweet dark plum.

Taste is great, just not very complex and very light on the palate without almost any aftertaste. It's hoppy and smooth, not too bitter.

Very smooth and soft on the palate.

Very drinkable, If I lived in CA, this would be my session beer.

Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 9,626 ratings.