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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

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7,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 7456
Reviews: 2705
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.4%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of ifixufly


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

Crisp, golden color that pours with a tight head that lingers into a light lace on the glass.
Excellent overhopped smell and taste. No lingering aftertaste. Awesome beer for just about anything and anytime.
I would recommend this beer to anyone that is able to take on a strong hoppy brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 03:16:49 | More by ifixufly
Photo of tjbartjr


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured it from a bomber into my accomdating beer stein; a nice, cloudy amber color, with a nice thick head that lasted for several minutes. Good lacing on the glass too as the beer was quaffed.

The taste was good; the hops had a nice inital bite, and then mellowed off. Good hoppy scent as well. Very flavorful. The hops were strong, but not overpowering.

Pretty good drinkability; I think 2 bombers would be my limit for it over the course of an evening.

Definitely an easy beer to recommend, and I'd buy/drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 18:02:23 | More by tjbartjr
Photo of mcnkuckles


3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good solid IPA from stone, but wants to grow up to be the Runition IPA, as this is a far superior IPA from the same company, and worth every penny! The regular Stone IPA has an average amount of hoppiness/bittering, but not overwhelming. Consistency is very light, and the flavors will not blow you away. All in all it is rather forgetable, and does not compare the to the other IPA's by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 19:37:52 | More by mcnkuckles
Photo of kramerboy


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

Found a single of this in my local supermarket. I was purchasing a different six pack but thought I'd try this one and compare.

Wow, this one did not disappoint. The smell was an intoxicating mix of hops and citrus. Exactly what I look for in an IPA. I will seek out a six pack of this on my next trip to the store.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 19:34:47 | More by kramerboy
Photo of greenbean3


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house :)

Appearance: cloudy, light golden color; lighter hue than expected for a high ABV beer.

Beautiful head, especially just after tapping this baby.

Smell: Piney hints with citrus aroma. Typical IPA scent

Taste: Great beer. Comparable to my favorite, Bells Two Hearted Ale. Citrus overtones but a decent malt balance. Dry finish

Mouthfeel: ????

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden, like all great IPA. I do not know why I keep excellent high gravity beers on tap at the house.... glutton for punishment.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 03:16:11 | More by greenbean3
Photo of politicsandbeer


4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's IPA is the darling of hopheads far and wide. It's so adored I feel like I'm venturing into the lions den with this one. So here's my confession: I've tried it multiple times on draft at the beer wonderland Redbones in Davis Sq, Somerville and it totally failed to impress every single time, to the point where I'd had sworn off trying it anymore. Until now. I threw a 12oz into my 6-mix in a last ditch effort to find something endearing.

The pour was thick and with a solid head of foam. I can't even begin to describe the aroma. Well here goes: Fantastic! Deep green hops! Velvety sweet, soft and wonderful! If the beer stopped here I'd be happy. It smelled freaking awesome!

Ok, so I was damn impressed from the beginning. But the next hurdle was the taste. First sip was an assault of nasal filling hoppiness that zig-zagged all over my palette. Very hop oil heavy, some serious pine sap, grapefruit, minor citrus and it got greasy and a little leafy. Thankfully there was a solid amount of sweetness to back it up but it definitely didn't eclipse the hops.

Another attribute that really made this ale such a success was the thick, creamy mouthfeel while the carbonation kept it feeling a little frothy.

The aftertaste was full of little pinpricks of piney bitterness on the palette, like little electrical charges "fzzzting" and crackling. The oil left a really nice coating on the tongue. Visually, a heavy lacing clung to the glass the whole way down.

After I was done with this glass I was absolutely craving another one. I'll have to stick to bottles for this puppy from now on because this was one helluva great ale.

Speaking of bottles, they have very unique labels, or lack thereof. I looked into it since it's obvious they don't glue paper labels onto their bottles. Instead they use a process called Applied Ceramic Labeling which consists of silk screening their logo onto the bottle and then firing it at @ 1150 degrees so the color actually becomes part of the bottle. Über nifty!


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 17:31:13 | More by politicsandbeer
Photo of billybrew21


4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the DFH snifter.

Appearance is translucent deep amber/copper with a thick, condensed whitest of white heads (great retention throughout) - truly a good looking beer. Smell contains strong citrus notes, some floral and some toastiness as well, I can't quite put a finger on it. Up front the taste is herbal and piney...hops are there, but not full blown...flavor is great and the bitterness comes through on the finish. Mouthfeel is what I like to call snappy. Decent carbonation that tickles your mouth, not too thick, not too thin. The balance of this beer is the ultimate strength but the complexity makes for an intriguing experience. Just a great beer overall with great drinkability.

To sum up in three words: Dry hopped awesomeness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 08:12:50 | More by billybrew21
Photo of SilentBrew


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

An excellent IPA.

The 6.90% abv blends very well with the abundance of hops flavor. The citrusy flavor reminds me of Columbus hops, with the possibility of Simcoe and Centennial.

From the bottle, the beer pours a fairly heaving beer with a medium head. The beer is clearer than the taste would lend you to believe with a very full mouthfeel.

The malt-sweetness melds well with the hops bittering while the aroma returns the experience to sweetness.

It goes down easy for a bigger beer, and is deceptively strong for those not paying close attention.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 19:49:41 | More by SilentBrew
Photo of bluto25


3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-This beer generated about two fingers of fallen that diminished to about one finger after 3 min. it had a light amber color and was cloudy.
S-Smell was fruity with a slight bit of malt.
T – Hops taste was quite strong and remain for a while. Slight astringent flavor.
M – Mouth feel is good and a little bit on the thin side.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 16:35:29 | More by bluto25
Photo of davidsumner


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

This is my favorite IPA and a goto beer for me.

Pour - excellent voluminous, frothy pour; leaving a gorgeous three finger, frothy, sea foam head.

Appearance - Very nice, clear amber. Lacing is outstanding.

Nose - The nose is not powerful, but does bring up a nice light grapefruit/pine/resin scent.

Taste - Yummy. Not thick and or over the top; but rather a perfect balance. Ruby Red grapefruit juice, pine resin, yummy sweet malt.

Finish - perfect. Bitter, long lasting, citrus sour.

This is truly a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 19:43:24 | More by davidsumner
Photo of JamesTurkey


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours golden-amber and develops a nice head upon agitation. Pretty clear and crisp looking too.

Smell: Citrus. And berries... like, those mixed berry gummi candies. There's some pine too, but it doesn't overpower the fruit.

Taste: Lots of citrus and juice. There are occasionally hints of dried fruit (especially apricot, one of my favorite hop flavors), which is really spectacular. Leaves a slight lasting bitterness, like a lover's scent.

Mouth: As it gets warm, it gets thick and creamy. Not incredibly carbonated either, which is nice on the palate.

Overall, this is a damn fine beer. Damn fine beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:34:02 | More by JamesTurkey
Photo of DentistDave


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Beer Advocates review...

From a bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a 1 finger white head that was well retained. Lacing is present and beautiful. A very nice beer to look at.

Smell: Hoppy, slight grapefruit and other citrus.

Taste: Great bitterness, a ton of hops. Grapefruit comes through even more than in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, a slight tingle on the tongue.

Overall: I really loved this beer...might be one of my favorite IPAs to date. Two Hearted Ale is still my top IPA, but this is right up there. I'm glad I bought a six pack and am really glad that we can get Stone beer in Iowa now.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:16:57 | More by DentistDave
Photo of Azntaiji


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight out of bottle - didn't have the luxury of a glass at the time.

A - Good noticeable head in the bottle. Can't comment on appearance much otherwise until I get the chance to pour into a glass.

S - intense aroma of hops. A slight citrus smell?

T - right off the bat, intense hoppiness and floral taste. Amazing. Quite bitter but the taste doesn't linger for too long.

M - perfect amount of carbonation, which compliments the bitterness.

O - A great beer, highly recommend it. Especially for an IPA, it's well balanced. At almost $12 a six pack it's pricey but you get what you pay for. Will definitely be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 06:49:33 | More by Azntaiji
Photo of PADIV

3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lager style glass

A- Pours with a light orange appearance having a very small, quickly dissipating head

S- Has a strong hops smell and is inviting. Actually made me salivate prior to tasting.

T- A hoppy somewhat bitter bite. A very crisp full bodied IPA

M- Refreshing, crisp and light mouthfeel.

O-Overall a tasty IPA that I would not shy away from.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:19:33 | More by PADIV
Photo of danfisher1


3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz poured into a DFH tulip.

Appearance: pours a light hay-amberish color. There is a 3-4 finger head after a vigorous pour. Lacing is extensive and dissipates slowly. Beautiful lacing left behind. Head is made up of micro bubbles but is billowing on top like sea foam. Beer is clear with a small amount of bubbles emerging from the bottom.

Smell: a sign isn't hop presence from the moment the cap Is popped. With a few swirls of the glass different characteristics begin to emerge. On the inhale vibrant tropical notes dominate along with the classic west coast hop varietal essences. It's gets interesting on the exhale green apple peels with a tropical twist. Hop forward but not over powering with a slight hint of the 2-row graininess is back there somewhere.

Taste: heavy hop bitterness upfront, dry with a malty a hint of alcohol warming. Aftertaste is long and astringent almost like bile. Orange rind definitely not a palette cleanser.

Mouthfeel: silky and surprisingly juicy since the finish is so dry. The aftertaste is overwhelming.

Overall: stone is a west coast and craft classic. I feel as though the main purpose of these early ipas was to simply use the grain bill as a medium for the hops. I think if stone revisited this they would seek a certain type of balance. It's just that the battering hops dominate more than anything else. Still a good beer but not compared to others west or east coast.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 01:38:40 | More by danfisher1
Photo of Robjm1987


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

Perfect hoppy, mix of pine and lemon. My favorite IPA by far, west coast has it.

Appearance: Golden with white top
Smell: Piney, strong hoppy.
Taste: Zesty, with lemon plenty of hops.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing.
Perfect IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 14:15:49 | More by Robjm1987
Photo of jpwild240


4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small bottle sits with slight condensation appearing around the bottom of the bottle. I crack it open with my copyrighted "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" bottle opener. The strong hiss makes me wonder if I shook it up too much on the 8-foot trip from fridge to computer. I pour it into a traditional American Bell Pint glass. Beautiful amber color with minimal white head seems inviting.
The hop aroma is nearly overpowering! This reviewer has never experienced an essence of such strong hopping before. I'm almost a little intimidated. Almost. Regardless, I dive right in expecting something decent from Stone.
Wow! Boom-pop in your mouth! Low carbonation but the wet hopped ale hits your mouth smooth but lingers long enough to encourage you to wait a tick before then next sip. Every sip hits your nostrils as the heavily-hopped brew is agitated. I should mention the malt, because it is done healthily in this case. It balances out the outrageous hopping without becoming too 'pleasing' to the palate.
Beautiful white lacing appears around the glass with each sip. (Should one expect less from Stone?)
Overall, the best IPA I've ever had. Forget my allegiance to the Stone brewing company... this is a solid, GREAT IPA. If you're in the mood for a hoppy IPA and haven't tried this yet, buy yourself a couple!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 05:47:46 | More by jpwild240
Photo of kcsc007


3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark coppery appearance, like lightly steeped peppermint tea. Smell is mild, fruity almost with hints of mellon. When I first opened it, the taste was much more fruity and light than I expected given its overwhelming support as a top notch IPA. Definitely sweet and malty for an IPA, lacking in the resiny floral taste of my more favorite IPAs. Light and mellow, very drinkable and accessable. Very creamy mouthfeel, full bodied with a lingering moistening effect on the mouth and tongue. After a few minutes (head gone), the hoppy strength increased and really won me over.

One of the best IPAs I have had, surely a top 5.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 02:42:58 | More by kcsc007
Photo of tonloco


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

One of my absolute favorites.

Classic American IPA Golden Orange, if not a little more vibrant and Cloudy than most.

Very Hoppy, Citrus and Grapefruit Dominate.

Smooth, Delicious, and I always want more, but the 6.9% keeps it from being a session beer, usually 2-3 pints and you are done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 01:48:22 | More by tonloco
Photo of raid765


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

Pours a golden haze, with an unexpectedly dense head that holds it own all the way down the pint glass. The smell reveals the lemony character of the hops, which are well placed and bold, but not overpowering. A subtle malt undertone creates a complex balance between the two that gives the beer a great drinkability. Carbonation is lower than most IPAs. The depth of the malt/hop balance, along with the smooth delivery, make for a very enjoyable brew. The aftertaste is a ringing endorsement of the lemony character present in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 02:41:12 | More by raid765
Photo of LoboLikesBeer


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

A: Impressive silk screened brown bottle, freshness indicator stamped on glass. Aggressive, multi-staged pour to form pretty off-white "ice cream cone" head in a standard pint glass. Rich golden honey color tinted with amber, sporting a slightly sexy haze. Solid head retention, forming sponge like puck with sticky lacing down the glass.

S: After a couple of swirls to break up the puck like settled head, the nose released a sweet floral hop aroma, followed by some citrus notes, very pleasurable. After some whiffs there was a detectable sweetish malt base.... A harbinger of what was to come.

T: This is where this brew shines. Unbelievable hop profile, pronounced yet still subtle. Citrus, grapefruit up front followed right behind with wonderful floral notes filling in, then just the right amount of bitterness grabs your tongue. A malt backbone supporting the whole hop extravaganza is there but defiantly takes a back seat.

M: Decent carbonation, not as thick as I expected but certainty not thin, again the hops just stick all over you with their tasty goodness. Defiantly a pleasure to have in your mouth.

D: Well what can I say, with almost 2000 reviews at this time, I'm just adding to the legend, throwing another log on the fire. So here we go.... Extremely drinkable, a classic depiction of the style, west coast all the way, top notch hop profile that grabs you by the face, but doesn't over power, showing its complex hop flavor but not lacking in bitterness or ABV and just enough malt to not be forgotten. A wonderful IPA, and a fine beer period, I can see why Stone gets may accolades, well done indeed!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 04:42:28 | More by LoboLikesBeer
Photo of paulman86


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


on tap oct 20 2008 BJs Cupertino

a: golden color, slightly cloudy , scant lacy head

s: not a big nose on this pint for me. Unlike some other reviewers. Guess I drink too much Pliny!

t: very nice balanced hops , pine and grapefruit notes. Bitter citrusy hop finish without much /any maltiness.

M: good overall body, with feel of effervescense on the palate.

Overall a very nice example of a west coast IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 00:01:43 | More by paulman86
Photo of buckobrock

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass

Bottled on ?

Consumed on 13 March 2009

A - Poured relatively hard into a 16 ounce, unlabeled pint glass. The head is somewhat delayed, and then rises to form a minuscule "half-finger" head. It's golden, very transparent - I can see the ACC tournament on TV through the glass - and the lacing is thin, having a hard time holding onto the glass. The carbonation is low, there's little bubble activity that I can see.

S - The first thing I pick out is pine needles, although not overpowering, it's just the first thing that sticks out. After a second whiff, I pick out some bread, a little orange peel, a slight lemon zest, and a graininess.

T - It has a strong malt backbone, but the malt is rather grainy rather than the mellow toasted malts I'm used to in an IPA. I sense some lemon zest, a lot of pine, and a little bit of biscuit from the yeast. The bitterness doesn't really come through until towards the end of the swallow. Upon second and third sips, I get a taste similar to butter or margarine. This beer is not as "West Coast" as a lot of other IPAs that I've tasted.

M - The mouthfeel is light to medium. It's very crisp, not as creamy or frothy as a lot of other IPAs. It's light on the tongue. These factors do contribute to a high drinkability, however.

D - Although not the best IPA I've had, it's a quaffable brew nonetheless.

Notes: I drank this side-by-side with a Bell's Two Hearted. Similarities include their reliance on citrusy hops for aroma and taste, while the floral hops are not present. Differences include the Stone's grainy malt backbone compared with the toasted malts evident in the Bell's brew.

Overall a solid, drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 20:19:31 | More by buckobrock
Photo of Rangermonk


4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial Pint glass, from a six-pack

A- Nice clear gold, with a chunky white head

S- Hops, wonderful hops. Citrusy, with a resin background.

T- First gulp, the hop aroma delivered into the taste. Second taste, well balanced bitterness, citrus with pine notes coupled with caramel. Pleasant after taste.

M- Not thin, well carbed and with a stickiness from the malts

D- Very drinkable, after the first taste I noted to myself, "save some bottles for tomorrow".

Had to fight off my hophead cat, who couldn't keep her nose out of the glass(a high mark of approval)

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 16:48:59 | More by Rangermonk
Photo of tw0st3p


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

Poured into a 12oz pint glass @ ~45deg.

A: Pours light amber with a great 1-2 finger fluffy head. Lacing follows the beer all the way down the glass, incredible lacing.

S: Killer hops, piney/floral/citrusy, hard to explain, almost overpowering but not quite.

T: Catch a lot of the floral hops and some caramel malts? Mainly catching a lot of hops.

M: Not super thick on the mouthfeel but not too thin either.

D: This one will catch up with you if you dont keep it in check.

Perfect beer for any hop jockeys out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:38:27 | More by tw0st3p
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 7,456 ratings.