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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

2,911 Reviews
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Reviews: 2,911
Hads: 10,437
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 387
Gots: 2,484 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

The IPA That Launched Generations of Hop Fanatics
First Release: August 1997

By definition, an India pale ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale—and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well-respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy, piney hop flavors and aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.
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Photo of kcr357
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark copper with two generous fingers of foam and spotty lacing. Color is ominously close to Budweiser, but dark enough to tell the difference.
S-Faint undertones of a normal IPA, then the hops gloriously hit your nose like a freight train. Light undertones of caramel and malt.
T-Quite bitter as it should be, but there seems to be an odd or off flavor that does not belong, but dissipates after a few swigs.
M-bubbly with a feeling that it coats the tongue; a bit syrupy.
D-Good beer, originally gave it a lower d rating, but after 4 they are still going down easy. Very surprising d for a hh and h alc beer

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Photo of e11a627
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12oz. delirium tulip glass and shared with hu4om.

A: A nice yellow-gold color. Looks very light.

S: Hoppy, citrus - strong grapefruit aromas.

T: Perfect amount of hoppiness that stays on your tongue. Not too intense of a flavor at all, not too complicated.

M: Smooth but with a nice tongue tingle. Tasty carbonation.

D: Good, clean IPA. Would have this again - could be a session beer for me. A simple and yummy IPA. love.

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

Pours a light copper color with a thick and foamy white head that quickly dissapated to a ring around the beer and nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is of floral, fruit and spice. Taste has a slight sweetness, followed by lots of hops. However seemed to be well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium.

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

Orange yellow color with a small white head that laces well. Aroma is of piney high alpha acid hops; floral and spicy with a definitely malt back bone. Flavor is upfront spicy and hoppy (grapefruit and spruce) and caramel sweet. Moderate ester profile to complement the hops and malt. Finishes dry and crisp.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good and balanced IPA...with above avg ABV... I heard they are opening up a brewery in Belgium...wow... I admire the cajones, and I do think it will do well over there... maybe after some initial resistance... there is not much they can pick apart in this IPA if they actually taste it...

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

Bought a single at St. Mark's Market.

First thing I noticed was the tart grapefruit smell coming off, never smelled anything like it, esp. from an IPA, I knew this one was going to be special. The smell was almost phenolic. The head was very thick and chunky and the lacing was pretty good. It was a clear blonde color.

The taste was huge. Good on many different levels. The alcohol was well covered and the balance was nice. Hops were apparent but not overpowering. The mouthfeel was great,very smooth going down. Crisp finish. Only problem was the aftertaste stuck with me all night.

Shouldve def bought a sixpack, Probably my favorite IPA right now.

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Photo of variousartists
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Unbelievable IPA. Hoppy is all hell. This beer doesn't need much description because it is damn near perfect. The best description of it would be this: Hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops hops and more hops. Nice color, thick head sticks to glass. Excellent almost permanent retention. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste hops again. Although for the amount of hops it has, it is still remarkably balanced. Nice medium to full bodied feel. Carbonation on par. Drinkability is great as long as you like hoppy brews. Awesome IPA.

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Photo of efhart
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hey, this Stone IPA has become my standard beer in my fridge bought by the case. While I like really hoppy and bitter IPAs, this beer is bitter enough and so drinkable. I actually look forward to popping the cap without wishing it were a different beer.

The IPA pours nicely into a glass with a great brown color. I find the aroma pleasant and the first and last taste delightful.

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Photo of RRoeb1123
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance: A bit of a straw color, with a nice yellow. HUGE foamy head, that settle down nicely and leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Very floral and citrusy, with hints of caramel, grapefruit, and pine from the hops.

Taste: Absolutely wonderful, the bite of the hops is there, but it's not aggressive, it's balanced nicely with the malt. Finish is very nice, and leaves a hint of pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A bit of carbonation, just enough to feel a bit prickly, but not overbearing.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day long, but at 6.9% it would hit the head after a few. Absolutely a joy to drink

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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 mattgert
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent IPA. Nice citrus/hop smell, pours amber/gold with nice head and lacing to the end. Has a great bitter hop smack with refreshing citrus notes followed by a malt backbone to balance things out. For an IPA I think this is a little on the mild side for hop bitterness. Very well balanced and exceptional in every aspect. So glad to have found this one!... especially since Three Floyds is on standby in Cincy...

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

This is my favorite beer.

Perfect mouthfeel and appearance.

Perfect hop flavor. Not too weak, not to bitter. If you like really bitter stuff, try Stone's ruination IPA or Arrogant Bastard. For me, though, this is perfect.

Also, moderately priced in the "bomber" section, especially when lined up against all the Belgians that, IMHO, don't taste as good.

Outstanding.

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Photo of BladeRunner
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/orange body, with a small white head. Head is rather sticky all the way down.

Smell is of floral, pine and citrus.

Tase is strong in hops, but not as crazy as Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Some spice going on, and again piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a nice crisp attack, with a bit of a bite. Though, it has an overall nice finish.

Drinkability is rather high I would say.

Another great product from the Stone Brewery.

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Photo of Glazed144
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent brew, what less could you expect out of Stone. Lacing like whoa, not the most powerful of aromas though. Nothing like ruination. Good balance, smooth beer. Mouthfeel was pretty good, but sometihng wasnt sitting well with me, cant put my finger on it. Tastes a nice bit of hoppiness but nothing to overwhelming. Bit of an alcohol presence unfortunately, which surprises me since Stone Ruination is nearly a percent higher, and I just finished one of those and tasted no alcohol. Oh well, very good beer nonetheless, but this will be my last today cause Stone’s other quality is they get you drunk fast... God Bless Hops.

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Photo of BlankFrank
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look of the beer is really nice: orangey amber with a great, thick white head that leaves lace all over the glass.

Grapefruit hops and some floral sweetness fill the nose. The smell really comes at you, but it's definitely welcome. I really don't think that there is a single flaw in the aroma, and I could sniff this all day.

From the appearance and the smell, the taste has a lot of hype to live up to, and it does. A very commanding bitter hops flavor dominates with crisp grapefruit, resin, and a little sweetness. Grains come in at the aftertaste to balance things out, followed by a some more hoppy bitterness.

The body is medium with an appropriate amount of carbonation. You can feel it as it goes down, which is nice.

This is especially refreshing on a hot day, and I could drink more than my fill of it. However, I don't think that such an assertive beer can be enjoyed to its fullest at just any time or place. Then again, I'm glad the intense flavor wasn't compromised so that anyone could chug it down like Bud, Miller, etc.

Stone has certainly set a high standard for IPAs everywhere. This will probably turn anybody into a hop-head.

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Photo of Sticket
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- a declared 6.9% abv in a 22oz brown bomber bottle.

A- pours a crystal clear, golden beige color with a modest fluffy amount of white head and good lacing.

S- fruity esters with strong herbal hops.

T- slight background of sweet malts covered with strong herbal hops.

M- smooth, just the right balance of carbonation to move the flavors and oils across the palate creating a wonderful experience.

D- a great beer for hops lovers, a great beer for beer lovers, this one can be enjoyed by all.

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Photo of TerjUGA
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very bright golden color with a quarter inch white head with nice lacing. smells of very strong hops, lots of citrus, grapefruit , and pines aromas going on. Taste is very hoppy all the way through, taste really resembles smell on this brew. Lots of grapefruit and citrus notes, just the way i like it! Oh and there is definitely a lot of hops in this one, its great. This beer is great! easy to drink, great taste all the way through, i would recomend this to anyone, great brew!

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Photo of jantonius
2.72/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice Golden Color with thick creamy head

S: Big Hops. Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons....Very Strong Nose.

T: Really nice California IPA, great citrus tones with a grapefruit finish

M: Medium body, slightly above average carbonation

D: Very well balanced beer from Stone, one of those beers that go well with anything. Nothing that impresses, but definitely consistent.

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Photo of cozmohollis
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Orange in color with a white head a really good lace.

S: Citrus scent.

T: Orange and other citrus flavors with a good amount of hops from beginning to end. Really clean and smooth.

MF: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, smooth and clean with a hoppy feel the whole time. Drinkable with a light and dry finish.

O: One of my favorite IPAs. I love how there are hops all throughout this beer but it doesn't over power it. A good IPA for any time, even summer.

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Photo of Keithstone44
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The beer is hazy-golden in color, with a slim 1-finger head. This is a very aromatic beer with lots of floral and citrus notes; I also detect a little honey at the tail end. At first taste, the grapefruit and citrus flavors are very evident, as well as a noticeable hop-bitterness that is strong but not overpowering. The body of this beer is exceptional, for it accomplishes being creamy yet highly-drinkable. The carbonation is a little much, but the taste outweighs this minute flaw. In comparison to other trademark IPA's. this brew holds its own with ease.

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

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an everyday drinking glass.
A- My extreme aggro pour eventually produced about a quarter inch of the thickest egg white consistency head I've seen in a long time. Looks like beaten egg whites. Pours an orange, gold, slightly hazy beauty.

S- Honestly it didn't smell too fantastic. The bottle I got was about 3 months out of code so it might have been off. But this smelled like a Budweiser. SorryT

T- This tasted like an IPA for the masses. Like an "all day IPA" or a watered down Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It tastes delicious, hoppy and bright. Nice sweet malt to balance it out and bring it home. But maybe I've been enjoying too many insane IPAs lately but this was kinda AAL style or something. It tastes great. But its definitely not as pungent as some other nice brews.

M- Mouthfeel was watery. Under carbonated and thin.

O- I find it hard to believe this is a "World Class Beer". Its good. Damn good. But so short of its full potential. I had a Stone IPA about 4 years ago in the hot Houston summer. I remember it being very flavourful and refreshing. Now it just seems watery.

HTTR!!!

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Photo of SDbrewerJake
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Usualy on tap around my parts... Real nice orangey gold with a light cream/white head. Very fruity up front with some of stones Special B trademark flavours. If there are all the light lager beers on tap all over the place I am almost sure to see this guy hidden in the mix. Stone is a benchmark for craft breweries in SD and deserves to be beside the "giants" dt its stand for craft breweries... Dont be surprised if Stone is the first craft brewery gone wild.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit bitter, but I believe this is the best I've had by Stone yet. They seem to be a little hit and miss, but when they hit, they HIT. bottled 12/14/15. The only word that comes to mind is DAMN. I will have to come back to this and leave a better review another time.

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

I had a weekend back home and found this at a local beer bar. When I ordered a Scottish started going crazy about how IPA's were his favorite type of beer. As a side note he also did very good impressions of Fat Bastard, and did more and more of them as the night wore on. Back to the task at hand though. I've never had an IPA before but knew it to be very well hopped. This was no exception to the style and was a very good beer by my standards. It poured a nice goldish orange color and I was immediately taken in by the nice smell of citrus and hops. The taste was awesome. It had a very crisp feel to it and the hops definitely came through. This is a style of beer I think I could grow to love very easily if they are all as drinkable as this beer.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,911 ratings.