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

2,852 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,852
Hads: 10,082
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 346
Gots: 2,099 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-25-2001

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Photo of kgrober
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw appearance with 85/15 beer to head split. Nice lacing that dissipates slowly.

Hoppy with lemon, lemongrass, and grapefruit notes.
Fresh and sunny appearance and taste.

Mouthfeel is refreshing with nice balance of fluid and carbonation.

An above average IPA for me with excellent presentation and drinkable because of it's restraint with the alcohol and flavor characteristics. (395 characters)

Photo of lweaver18240
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a $6 22 oz. bottle into a glass. Enjoyed only slightly cooled, I'd say roughly 60-65 degrees after 20 mins in the fridge. Been looking forward to trying this one...

A- Nice amber color, with 2-3 cm head which had good retention.

S- Smells like a solid IPA, very hoppy.

T- Incredibly well balanced malt and hop taste, slight fruity sweetness with lingering bitter finish that is not overpowering.

M- Medium carbonation but very very smooth, finish is dry secondary to hop profile.

D- Very good, wouldn't mind drinking this throughout the night, will be purchasing again soon. Personally I feel that this should be the gold sandard for IPA's. (657 characters)

Photo of RevereBeer
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a really nice hazy yellow/orange with a 1 finger white head. Head has mild retention but nice lacing all the way down.

S: Citrus and some piney as well as floral hops. Faint sweetness from the malts.

T: Strong citrusy flavors with some piney and sweet malt undertones. Well balanced with a hop kick and a dry finish - great for the style.

M: Medium carbonation. Sticky but with a drying finish.

D: Great for 6.9%. Don't think I could get through more than 22oz, but the hops aren't overwhelming. (554 characters)

Photo of Diesel76
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of IPA (and a fan of Stone in general) this is a good but very mild IPA. Its taste is mild and smooth. I would have loved to have had some more hop flavor... it has the look and smell of a good IPA.... but, could use just more... oomph! That said, I have had it a few times, when I am in the mood... (308 characters)

Photo of Alexandrecunha
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sensacional, como todas da Stone.

Coloração dourada translúcida.

Espuma branca de média formação e duração.

Aroma bem proeminente do cítrico-frutado de maracujá, com notas florais.

Sabor bem pegado dos lúpulos, com notas herbais, frutadas-cítricas de maracujá..

Textura aguada.

Carbonatação e corpo moderados.

Excelente. (342 characters)

Photo of happybear
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this in bottle (live on East Coast) and on tap in San Diego. Excellent IPA with good balance and hop bite. Head disappears quickly and a good session beer for the experienced. A few in my party in San Diego had to stop at one and return to their yellow fizzy beers. Always a good pick on tap or bottle. (315 characters)

Photo of cbrakel
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently, this has been my default IPA.

While I miss the IPA by Smuttynose (not available in Southern California), this beer by Stone has provided a good alternative, along with their Ruination IPA.

The Stone IPA is very hoppy, with citrus (grapefruit) accents, and a well-balanced overall taste and mouthfeel.

Slightly bitter, as I expect from a good IPA, but a great overall taste, and pleasant aftertaste.

If you drink this often or exclusively, be prepared to be disappointed by the so-called "standard" beers! ;-) (522 characters)

Photo of DGryger
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Aggressive pour into pint glass yields coarse three finger white head above a hazy golden straw body. Decent lacing and head retention.

Smell: Heavy resinous hops with slight fruity notes. A little grassy as well.

Taste: Pleasantly hoppy without being overly bitter. Big notes of oily pine resin backed up by fruity citrus. Slight spice and pepper notes. Slight bitter tea with hone and lemon aftertaste. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very light and almost witte-like. A little too sharp on the palette, carbonation could be turned down a little. Crisp.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, I think that this is a beer that I could get used to drinking on a regular basis. (684 characters)

Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic brew.

A: A deep and golden honey color, with a very airy 2 finger head that dissipates to a thin, but appreciable head.
S: Hops. Citrusy and woody.
T: Hops. Lots and lots of hops. Finishes with an essence of citrus and pine.
M: Medium carbonation. Fairly unexciting.
D: Very high drinkability, but not one to throw back. Definitely a beer for sipping and savoring. (386 characters)

Photo of Hollybee
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tap into a pint:
Appears a glowing beautiful gold, head thin (this could have been from a poor pour on the bartender's part) dissipates quickly, leaves very little lacing.
Smell is hoppy of course, honey, pine, caramel
Taste is sweet, existing mostly at the far back of the tongue and the sides. Bitter to finish.
Mouthfeel- sticky, resin left behind, a medium body to it. (377 characters)

Photo of kazmaniac
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Nice generous fluffy head with small tight bubbles. Cloudy amber appearance.

Smell - Citrusy hop aroma that's noticeable from a distance.

Taste - Pleasantly dry and bitter with intense hops that tend towards a pine-grapefruit flavor. Enough malt to balance the taste although definitely leans towards the hops. Finishes well with a clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body.

Drinkability - Surprisingly easy to drink and a great beer for an introduction to IPAs. Not as many complex flavors as some others but a great everyday IPA. My initial thought when drinking this beer is that it falls short in comparison to other more complex IPAs but then I found myself unable to put this beer down. (710 characters)

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, bubbly. A moderate tan tint with a thick foam head. Lacing, especially on the side of the glass opposite the sipping side, is persistent as hell. Leaves a honeycomb pattern across the wall.

S: Piney. Strong aroma initially but fades.

T: Piney, bitter back end, flowery.

M: A bit frothy and prickly.

D: Good. Goes down easy. (345 characters)

Photo of BLove
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Thick creamy off-white head with good lacing on the glass. Beer is a clear to slightly hazy, butter yellow or light orange hue.
S. Pungent hop aroma
T. Fruity, crisp hop taste; didn't get the sweet malt taste others have described
M. Medium mouthfeel, hop flavor bitterness from start to finish. Pleasant aftertaste.
D. Although Stone IPA is highly-regarded, I found it to be ok, but there are other examples of the style I'd reach for first. (445 characters)

Photo of Melikeydahop
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you would like to know how this beer tastes, looks, or smells please feel free to read the 2500 reviews that came before mine. What I can say is that the only beers I keep in my fridge with the exception of some Hoegaarten (for my wife..she likes it with lemon) are APA's and IPA's. Me likey me ales pale and hoppy. I'm no expert but I've tried many of them and I know what I like and what I do not. And I like Stone IPA. For you IPA newbees don't be scared off by the 6.9% abv, it's pretty much unnoticeable.

I'm a huge proponent of putting APA's and IPA's in the freezer for about 15 minutes before drinking them. There is just a crispness with these type of beers that is accentuated by drinking them very very cold. However, by the end of the beer, when it warms up a bit you really know what you have. Lesser quality APA's and IPA's tend to lose that crispness as well as show their alcohol content once the beer warms. So if it still tastes good and not so boozy when it warms you have yourself a real winner. And that's what you have with Stone IPA. Super delicious when ice cold..still pretty darn good when piss warm...can't say that about many beers. If you haven't tried it and enjoy hoppy beers, get on it my good people, you'll be glad you did. Good thing about this one is that you can find it at almost any liquor store. Which, in my book certainly adds a notch or two to the rating. (1,403 characters)

Photo of thepitch
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always been skeptical about the Stone beers, but the Stone IPA is starting to turn me into a convert.

Poured the beer into a pint glass, it had almost no head and the off-white head that did form was gone in less than 30 seconds. The color is a light, golden brown.

I love the smell of this beer. It is just oozes thick, rich, hoppy, DANK, aroma. One of the better smelling beers I've encountered (keep in mind California IPA's are historically my ideal beer).

The overall flavor is excellent. It is bitter, spicy, hoppy, dank, full-bodied with an aftertaste that lingers in a good way. No alcohol flavor, which is surprising considering how strong this stuff is. I would have ranked it higher, but I did notice a slight mildew flavor in the finish, which may be the brew, or perhaps a slightly off batch. Pleasant, spicy mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Solid Effort. (892 characters)

Photo of jerrymiller
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal clear and orangeish with a thick, bright white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell is powerfully hopped and with some significant citrus.

Taste is gloriously bitter and crisp. This is a consequential IPA.You aren't left wondering where the hops are. Let it warm up a little and the flavors come to life even more.

Mouthfeel is satisfying. It always seems to be highly carbonated and active.

Drinkability is its strength. I feel fortunate that I can buy this beer whenever I feel like it at the grocery store here in Vegas—that is—when it isn't sold out. (614 characters)

Photo of TheFeintingGoat
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Goldstein's Deli - Wilkes Barre PA.

My first Stone offering here and with much to-do a pouring was made.
A - Starts out a peach-amber color then warms up to a light copper with hints of melted caramel. A decent head lasts reduces, but lasts through the sitting.
The smell is of mild peach and hops, with some raw bitter honey in there too. Aromatic Bitters can also be found.
When taken in, the beer is quite mild and almost coy, but in a few seconds the tounge is "bitten" by this gargoyle. The swallow is where this beer shines with mint, resin, and arid textures coming out to play. Coming back up is a nice hop movement, which you can really feel in the chest area. The bites and pricks of this beer become more evident when kept in the mouth (good thing).
I wanted to like this beer and, for the most part, i was not dissapointed. The beer was a bit watery in the front, and compared to something like 90 Minute IPA, wasn't near full bodied--it needs something beside that punch, which the whole beer seems to reside around, to engage the drinker. This accounts for my drinkability deductions. As for drinkabiliy, it does leave the mouth a bit dry, which I'm not taking off for, as this is the aim of this beer: to be aggressive and attack the mouth.
I wish there was a style points catagory, as the beer seems to be like a Gargoyle swooping through the night, jumping off, falling, and then spreading his wings to soar upward. I may have gotten a less then stellar bottle, and I'll definiatly give this a shot again (if I did or didn't), but I"m sure this tastes much, much better on tap. Nice beer, and makes me look forward to the Arrogent Bastard sitting in my fridge. (1,712 characters)

Photo of calebmills
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright ill get straight to the point. I love this beer! Im already a fan of hoppy ales/lagers especially IPAs and this is by far one of the best out there in my opinion. Pours that classis IPA orange color. Smells of wonderful hops. The taste is great you have the classic crisp hoppy flavor and its not overwhelmed by the alcohol. I could enjoy this one year round for sure. When i compare it to the ruination IPA from stone i like this one better suprisingly because of the lower alcohol that doesnt take away taste from all the hops. But if your looking for a little extra buzz go with the Ruination. You wont go wrong either way trust me. Oh and this ones a little bit cheaper as far as i know. Once again props to stone. without them and other micro's we would be stuck in piss water hell with bud,coors, and miller (821 characters)

Photo of xsists
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very light golden yellow. Quite clear. My pour had a small amount of head but it stuck around for a while.

S - Huge floral smell. Slight piney smell. Quite sweet.

T - Huge flavor. Very hoppy with a slight citrus flavor. Has great bitterness.

M - Light mellow feel that somewhat tickles your tongue. Smooth all the way down with a nice bite to finish.

D - Love this beer. Definately will pick up a 6 pack or two next time I goto the store. (446 characters)

Photo of FACSman
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden hued, slightly cloudy with a thin, wispy head

S - Nice malty, hoppy aroma.

T - Wow, exactly what I would expect from a perfect IPA. Great hop flavor that balances the malt nicely. Finishes crisp and clean with just a pleasant amount of bitterness on the tongue.

M - Light mouthfeel with modest carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, goes down well alone or with food (375 characters)

Photo of ruck304
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A legend has been born. I have finally found this wonderful brew after looking for it in at least 10 stores. Lowe's Foods! haha

A: Rich, cloudy orange/yellowish hue. Froth is even a slight yellow color that hangs onto the side of the mug.

S: Sweet smell. Definitely floral, can't place the fruit or the smell exactly.

T: A lot of flavor. Somewhat bitter, yet very strong. A great IPA. One of the strongest I have tasted.

M: Starts really smooth and then there is a quick bite. Nice and strong.

D: Great IPA. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada but stronger.

Reviewed on November 4, 2008 while watching McCain get whooped. This country is going to hell! (651 characters)

Photo of JollyToper
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle purchased at AJ's Grocery in Scottsdale, AZ.

Appearance - Cloudy and golden. Not bottle conditioned. Very easy to get a nice two finger head. Shrinks fairly quickly but not completely. Leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Wow! Hops! Very nice.

Taste - As promised on the bottle and expected from the smell, lots of hops but a little malt balance in the end. Would never guess that it was 6.9% ABV from the taste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - It's a big beer with lots of hops but very smooth. One really hoppy beer usually satisfies my hop yearning, but I could do one or two more of these right now. (630 characters)

Photo of BrewitYerself
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass; 40 deg F.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a copper hue. Thin white head, disippates quickly. No lacing.

Aroma is of bright fruity/floral hops, some esters, some sweet malts, perhaps some grainy/toasted malt. Hints of honey, too.

Taste is slightly sweet and fruity upfront - mainly hops and esters. Bitterness explodes on the mid-palate, through to the finish. There are some sweet/grainy malt flavors, not enough to match the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice - moderate carbonation, slight chewiness, very smooth.

This is a tasty beer packed with hops. The bitterness is a bit sharp on the finish and a bit too astringent. Throughout the sample the hop aroma gave way to sweet malt and honey. The flavors kept going back and forth between pungent, pithy hops and sweet malt. The hops are very persistent on the finish. (858 characters)

Photo of boyfromthenorth
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK- what is it about this beer that people like so much? Ok, so was at the brewery and man is it cool. One of the coolest in America but this beer was just bitter at the finish. Not balanced, off aroma etc. And, normally when I am at a brewery everything just taste so much better. They have Gardens , FIRE, Water, Fire in Water you name it but I judge a brewery by their IPA and this didn't do it for me. Obviously, 2000 other reviewers disagree but I oh well. (461 characters)

Photo of neilgavigan
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear reddish amber with thick white head. very small amount of haze.

S - sweet toffee malt aromas under a sharp citrus and pine from the hops. also fruity esters. very well balanced hops don't overshadow the other aromas

T -immediate hops bitterness along with hint of malty sweetness. dry finish with pine and no spiciness.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation are to style and help to balance any spiciness form the hops and alcohol flavors

D - Overall a fine example of a West Coast IPA. Great showpiece for american hops but still well balanced and not overdone, so the other flavors and aromas can really be noticed (637 characters)

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.