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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

2,909 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 2,909
Hads: 10,423
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 20.09%
Wants: 388
Gots: 2,472 | 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy light amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of various hops, but is a little bit faint. I get some orange citrus, pine and flowery notes. The flavor is more assertive, with notes of pithy oranges and some caramel malt. The bitterness is about medium and just about right for a regular American IPA. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A very good IPA.

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

tried this one on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC, wow, awesome brew..minimal head, nice lacing .nice nutty malt center,very hoppy, alot of citrus and a snappy hop nose and finish, tiny bubbles, pleasantly low carbonation, soft mouthfeel, a pleasure on the toungue. IPA lovers should get to know this one!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized white ehad that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Aroma's of grapefruit pith, lemon zest, pine and resin with a faint bready caramel to provide a hint of balance. The flavor is sweet with light bread and caramel with a pleasant hop flavor and bite. Citrus and pine mingle in a crescendo of flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. I've had this many times before and I can't believe I hadn't reviewed it yet. Great beer, and I'd drink it all the time if Stone could get it to my store before its close to or expired.

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

It was a night of drinking bottles of brews I have already had on tap. This was number 2, after Rogue Choc.Stout.
Pours a nice, semi-hazed, crisp looking amber. Medium head, white, that oozed citrus aromas.
Taste is very clean, not an overwhelming citrus flavor to it, but enough to convince you that it's an A-IPA. Floral whaffs also affect the taste buds. Really nice balance considering the style between the hops, malt and their by-product offerings.

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Photo of Gavage
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on two bottles, and my expectations were high. It poured a nice golden orange color with a 1/2" head. The head slowly disappeared to thin trails on top of the beer. The aroma was phenominal - strong floral with a sweetness that left me inhaling a few times before the first taste. The taste brought immediate bitterness that mellowed to a slightly bitter and sweet malt on the tongue. This lasted for a good minute or so. The hop and malt balance is perfect, even though both are bold. Being a regular Hop Devil drinker, this IPA is in an elite league.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz fresh bottle into a Philadelphia Flyers pint glass.

A- Stone's regular ipa is a light golden pale color with a nice milkshake head from a slow pour. Nice dense blotches of lace suround the glass.

S- A str8 shot of bitterning hops with grapefruit and other citrus scents. This gets a bit earthy as well with malt smells are at a minimum.

T- Like a lighter version of ruination. A huge wave of bitter hops with pine and grass but overall bitter with citrus. Some malts here and there, I guess?

M- Has a medium bold body with good carbonation within. Bitter up front and that does not go away at all, leaving for a long after taste. Goes down easy enough but the malts are almost non existent.

D- Perhaps it's just me but stones products always leave something to be desired and in this, the extreme bitter aftertaste is a bit much. Otherwise this is a decent ipa with a low abv

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Heroe's last night. Same glowing appearance, but not as much head. The dry-hopping isn't as overpowering as it is from the bottle, but the flavor isn't as bitter, more sweet citrus. This makes the beer much more drinkable and refreshing on draft compared to the bottle.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's in Syracuse.

A different sort of IPA, which is very welcome. I didnt get any distinct malt profile of this one, but the citrus hops were an interesting mix of smooth flavor and powerful bitterness. This, with the lack of malt flavor, make the mouthfeel seem a little empty while making it more drinkable at the same time. Huh. Try it anyways.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer is bright golden, more towards a lager than most IPAs. There was no significant head. There was a spice (pepper?) and hop smell to the beer; green and sweet at the same time. Tastes of pine and hops on first taste, somehow balanced with a sweet base. The beer is smooth and full bodied in mouth, with a smooth finish. Surprisingly, there are sour notes to the aftertaste and finish. Fairly easy to drink, but the sour tones make it hard to drink multiples in one sitting.

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

Pours a clear copper color and is topped by a off white head. An immediate big hop aroma jumps from my glass and overpowers any malt presence that this beer might have. The aroma is grassy, herbal, citrusy, & it has a sweet hop nectar character. Quite simply, as I take my first sip, I know this is a hoppy bitter brew. The hops explode on your tongue. There is a balancing malt sweetness here that is required to carry this hop bomb. The hop character has strong notes of bergemot as well as some resiny overtones; this is just pure hop nectar. A very fruity beer, made more so by the citrusy hop character. Quite over the top in it's hoppiness. This beer is just damn good & I am so happy to get this on tap on a regular basis.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden tangerine orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little blotchy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: on the first whiff I got more sweet maltiness than hops but did manage to detect pine, bready, and slight citrus notes.

T: the hops are not that potent like the nose but it did seem to come with grassy, earthy, pine and tea like notes. I thought the malts were playing a prefect role on the balance and not overly sweet.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a decent amount of carbonation which had a grassy, piney, tea like, and very mild hop bitter pinch.

D: it drank quite well but was kind of dissapointed on the hop profile and bitter punch that was lacking especially coming from the arrogant bastards. This IPA was a west coast hop let down.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a tumbler,

A: Orange-yellow, with a white head and rings of lace around the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Hops upfront, with some malt bringing up the rear.

T: Piney hops form the first attack, with grapefruit and citrus coming second, malts taste of freshly baked bread. Slightly sweet in the end, with some ethanol character.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, resiny, very enjoyable.

D: Very good for an IPA, and easily available at almost every corner liquor store in Huntington.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Sadly, probably my favorite part of this beer this time around. A clear golden amber with a bubbly white head that is very sticky and bunches up on the glass. Slight greenish tint around eges.
S: Nice aroma of hops, slightly bitter. Light citrus and floral notes. Slightly thin however, at least from what I was expecting.
T: Hop bitterness is first thing that hits and doesn't let up much throughout. Not the type that digs into the tongue or destroys the palate. Any pine, citrus or floral flavors are very subdued. Slight malt flavor to balance hops and finishes with a dry, grainy taste.
M: Light carbonation, relatively smooth, medium body. Overall left with a slightly thin feeling, like the smell.
D: A great IPA and standby on tap. Very strong hop flavor but very easy drinking. Alcohol isn't really detectable in taste but has pleasant warming effect. Personally, I prefer Two-Hearted over this.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the four taps at Pay and Take, Flagstaff.

Came in a pint glass, slightly cloudy and orange in colour, more orange than the amber body I was expecting, full white head at first, soon only a wisp and collar.

Very hoppy in aroma and taste, the citrus smells from the aroma hops disgiuised the bitterness that was to follow in the taste.

I quiet enjoyed the beer, the bitterness continued throughout the tasting, even the aftertaste was all hop and no hint of any malt content could i find anywhere within the brew.

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

Tasting the Stone IPA as my first beer on this glorious Saturday evening. The beer is quite good. The color is a hazy orangish with white foamy head that is lacing. The smell includes fresh pine and bitter citrus fruit. The taste is quite good. It starts with a nice citrus and pine push then a malt takes over then a bitterness, then the pallat clears with more malt. It is quite an interesting beer. The mouthfeel is very good and I probably could have a couple before running out of steam; higher ABV makes it tough. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. 3 finger head with nice retention. Appears like a pale ale, which is what it is afterall.

S. Very notable nose of sweet juicy hops.

T. Surprisingly well balanced hops and sweet malt. Slightly sweet and a tad bitter. As it approaches room temperature the sweetness comes out a bit more and reminds me of pineapple juice. Just delicious.

M. Light and crisp, leaves the palate wanting more.

D. Just purchased a case, forgot how good these were.

Overall: Possibly my favorite IPA, the hops are top notch yet not overpowering. A very tasty well balanced brew.

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

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - A medium yellow with hint of amber. Small amount of creamy white head.

S - Bitter citrus hops dominate the nose. Not much else here.

T - My pint was like a tale of 2 beers. The first half was just hops - mostly citrus with some piney notes and very bitter with next to no malt profile at all. Dry, bitter finish

About half way through this all of the sudden started to sweeten up. There was some sweet caramel malt flavour to balance out the bitter hops, especially those on the finish. I really enjoyed the second half of my pint.

M - Light to medium body. Lightly carbonated.

D - A good IPA but not a favourite. I really want to try this one again because the second half of my pint was very, very good but the first half was too bitter. Overall, review is based on the second half and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Kelp
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy yellowish color with a decent amount of head to the beer. A nice white head with a bit of lacing left behind.

Floral hops smell dominate some citrus smells to it grapefruity. A malt and pine smell on the end.

A hoppy, bitter taste to the brew. Very one sided and ends with a citrus/grapefruit finish that lingers for a while on the tongue. Definitely has a better smell than taste to it.

A smooth beer with a medium body to it and a bit underwhelming carbonation.

This is a decent IPA at best to me. Too bitter for my tastes. I can drink, but usually would chose not to if I have any choice in the matter.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Immediate one inch head in a tulip. Head is thick and frothy. The beer itself is a cloudy light orange with very fine suspended sediment. Excellent lacing and head retention.

S- Huge citrus nose.

T- More bitterness than your average IPA. Balanced pine and citrus flavors. Lemony aftertaste. No real boozyness.

M- Somewhat watery actually.

D/O- Not my favorite IPA, would place it in the top of the second tier. An enjoyable experience for certain though. Thanks PTMcB.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold brew.

Smell is malt and sharp citrus like hops.

Taste is sweet from the malt and medium bitter. The hops level in this enough to start numbing your tongue. Tasty and not quite hopped to the point it is the only flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable brew it is almost too much in the hops department.

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Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light honey

S - Pine, resin, light citrus.

T - Piney, resiny. Touch of white bread.

M - Light. Moderate carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

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

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice head, some carbonation, but not much lacing at all. Very hoppy with some sweet, citrusy scents. The taste is sweet and hoppy with a little bite at the end. Light to medium body. This ale is very drinkable. Glad to have found it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz at the Boise Coop for ~$1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint... still listening to Digweed's Transitions V.3.

Shorter egg shell head that fades to good sticky lacing.... a nice mess of bubbles floats atop a clear straw color body... BTW... big lacing left for the entire glass.

Very noticeable American hops burst from the glass... pine... pineapple and grapefruit... with an endearing flowery portion. Not alot of maltiness to take note of, but thats probably not a bad thing on this one.

Flavor is off the charts!! big bitterness melts seamlessly into the mix of low sweetness and American hop notes.. Actually very hard to pick apart because it is so balanced. Yeasty fruitiness is definately there... Body is lite medium with prickly carbonation... but yummy.

I've had this brew dozens of times ... but never really thought to stop and savor... this is what people are talking about when they say West Coast IPA. Fantastic and remarkably drinkable... I really like bitter beers for the most part, but for some reason, my purchases tend to linger in the bigger body/maltiness range.... but Stone has this one perfected.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a frothy white head that leaves some decent lacing. The smell is of orange and grapefruit citrus with a little bit of spiciness. The taste is mostly spicy hops up front and some attenuated malt at the finish. A bit grainy, but fairly balanced. The hop profile doesn't blow me away,but its solid. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and with a good carbonation level. Its a little rough in the mouth, it could stand to be smoothed out a bit. Good solid IPA, quite drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It almost seems funny to say about a beer from sunny San Diego, but Stone IPA leaves my glass looking like the scene of a snowball fight. There's spatters of white crystals formed everywhere... except, ironically, on the top of the beer. That is largely barren. Perhaps its beaming golden radiance melted it all? It otherwise does look like a warm weather beer.

This is a bold, characterful brew with a big hoppy bite - this aroma is like the ‘beware of dog’ sign on the gate. Bitter but tropical resins radiate from the glass; pineapple, grapefruit, papaya and tangerine are experienced in high-def 3D vision and full on Dolby surround sound. It's hops on the big screen! And to think the show has yet to really even begin...

There's plenty of toasty, lightly biscuity, underlyingly sweet maltiness in there but for some reason with each sip I can't shake the image from my brain of a bunch of bare-footed San Diegans in a giant wooden vat stomping on a mound of hop cones. The fruity and floral and grassy (and brutally bitter) hop oils are overpowering in both quantity and quality.

Stone hardly keeps it a secret that they revel in their love for big, characterful brews and, likewise, their beers aren't exactly discreet either about their big, characterful dispositions. Every single one of the 77 IBUs registers on the palate; it's as if Stone rung out like you would a wet shirt every last drop of bitterness from each individual hop.

Stone claims their IPA is a good example of a style that (they define) as being "highly hopped and high in alcohol". More accurately, it's the benchmark of a style that Stone themselves pioneered and popularized: a hugely hoppy ale that is stingingly citric, brutally bitter, tremendously tropical, remarkably refreshing and candidly characterful.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,909 ratings.