Stone IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #66
Ranked #1,393
4.22 | pDev: 10.66%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Stone IPAStone IPA
Notes: One of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavor and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character.

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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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leah and I are wondering if this comes from an old keg. Salty and lemon up front. Dry finish. Average IPA to us. Had at Annie Bailey's Irish Pub in Lancaster, PA

Jul 27, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

1.88/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

let be totally honest ..I am not a fan of IPAs but wanted to give this one a try. I must say it was very hard to finish...i had to force it down. I hate giving poor ratings and to be fair if i was an IPA fan this might have been a great beer. I will stick to Stone lagers

Jul 26, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From gas station 19.2 oz can, about 3 months after canning date.

L: Sunset orange, fluffy thick head, sticky lacing that clings throughout the drink.
S: Pine, citrus , sticky hops.
T: Classic West Coast flavor, biting bitterness balanced by sweet malt; stone fruits, some light candy sweetness.
F: Thick mouthfeel, but enough carb to dart through it.
O: So refreshing after an onslaught of NEIPA candy and hop burn.

Jun 28, 2020
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AthltSpirit from Washington

4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best tasting beer I’ve ever had. The aftertaste is honestly the best part. Smooth and creamy and leaves you wanting more. A near perfect blend of hops, bitterness and malt. Couldn’t ask for anything more out a beer

Jun 18, 2020
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NateGamer from New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

IPA favorite you are at the grocery store.. Foamy moist head, sticks on frozen mug wall...I drink from a frozen mug okay, even if it's prefered only for Lagers. It's got a punch of hops but with a cool sweet butterscotch pudding after taste from the Jello pudding pop commercials. Can't even taste the 6.9 percent, it it hidden by the great taste and unique flavors from this great American IPA.

Jun 15, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Medium gold color with a large head and good lacing. Hoppy pine aroma with accents of citrus. Hop taste dominates early with the malt backbone becoming more prominent as it warms. Nuanced aftertaste. Refreshingly bitter finish.

May 25, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A go to whenever I want a WCIPA. Consistently good ale from a consistently good brewer. I had this out of a can, poured into a pint glass. I'll review this again when I have it from a tap. I will have it from a tap. Great hop finish.

May 20, 2020
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James94 from England

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Slightly hazy golden colour, initial two fingers of head with bumpiness, some lacing
S: Pineiness, mango, lime, grapefruit, passion fruit, hints of malt, slight ginger
T: Zestiness, bitterness, wafers, citrus finish
F: Refreshing, balanced carbonation, light-medium bodied

O: 4.5

May 09, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely. Nothing else really can be said about this classic IPA. If you're new to the style it is a high ABV IPA, to say the least, but the flavor is still muted along the line of what to expect for the style. it is both malt forward and hoppy in its same regard. What makes this great is the overall balane between both mediums. You're getting a WET IPA with west coast style and less caramel malts that you'd find in a pale ale from other west coast offerings. The taste is similar to the smell but you get a lot more of that dry hopped resin in the final notes. Carbonation is average and the notes of grapefruit, toasted grain, and even a bit of peanut are enough to be lip-smacking. Great beer.

May 05, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

*Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass at 45F*

I've tried a lot of IPAs before, but when I drink this one, the word 'average' comes to mind. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

This poured a slightly hazy copper look. Has a nice diversity of rocky and micro bubbles with a white half finger thick head with a medium retention.

Nosing the glass, this had a decent amount of hop aroma. The hop presence here wasn't massive, but it wasn't necessarily subdued either. It was about 70/30 in terms of hops and malt presence respectively. I wasn't overwhelmed with hop aroma, but it wasn't necessarily balanced either. The aromas covered a good range of citrus notes such as oranges, grapefruit, a little bit of lemon with notes of pine and tropical notes like mangoes.

Tasting the beer, I felt there was more of a balance in the taste between the hops and the malt. Upfront I can taste a medium grapefruit bitterness, then it develops in the middle to a more malty sweetness. Then the pine and the other earthy tones of the hops shine in the end with a mild amount of an alcoholic taste, leaving a lingering bitterness in the end.

The feel of this was a mellow medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. Not much to say here, other than it was pretty normal/average.

Overall, this was a decent IPA that's pretty good for its ubiquity. Definitely not bad by any means, but it doesn't necessarily stand out by any means. Still, I would have no problem drinking this any day of the week.

May 02, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap and paired with banana pepper and steak pizza. Delicious!!

Look: Honey amber color with steady carbonation. Hazed from the incredible hopping. Off white, almost light khaki-colored head with excellent retention. A plump, creamy cap of foam lingers until the end of the glass.

Smell: Rich with tropical and citrus fruits including pineapple, mango, clementine, pine, orange, honey, and caramel from the malts. The delicious and fruity aroma that welcomes the senses.

Taste/Feel: A silky smooth and clean mouthfeel carries waves of tropical pineapple, pine, orange peel, caramel, and honeysuckle malts that provide impeccable balance alongside the delicious fruity hops.

Overall: This beer is so balanced and delicious. Very smooth and drinkable. Excellent work Stone!

Apr 27, 2020
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timon from California

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer. I hoped for a bit more. Taste is a bit like lemon zest and orange in a dark bread. Good balance of bitter and dark, but nothing too groundbreaking or delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit light for me, but not bad. I like a thicker mouthfeel, but if you like thinner mouthfeel or medium this is great for you. The smell is meh. Very light and not too interesting. Look is a nice copper with sparkling lacing and medium head. Overall, it's drinkable and OK for $10 a sixer. There are deals I like better and better IPAs for sure, imho.

Apr 17, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice bright, medium to dark gold color, perfect clarity, creamy white lacing on top with great head retention, carbonation is light and steady.

S - Light caramel malt with a piney, citrus presence on the nose.

T - Strong caramel malt backbone up front until midway through when the pine and citrus roll in like a freight train and continues to roll even far past the sip down the 'ol pie hole. Long lingering pine bite with some citrus washes away and malt sweetness that was experienced up front. On the very, very back side some of that malt tries to resurface but with little success.

M - Big and full and the tongue with light carbonated pricklies and finishes dry on the back of the tongue.

O - A classic that never gets old.

Mar 31, 2020
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caligman from California

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I consider Stone to be the canonical West Coast IPA. While others have played with the formula, I rely on Stone's hoppy bite to reset my palate. This beer pours into a coppery haze and smell, with no attempt to negotiate with me. This means that the pine and citrus notes are understated in comparison to today's experiments. The hops leave a lasting impression.

Mar 27, 2020
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral, citrus, clean and crisp. I don't think this wows me with anything, but certainly has a different take on west coast ipas. Usually I get more of a malty backbone to the west coast brewskis but this has the chewing on a flower taste, feel and smell. good bbq beer but as a standalone, it's not something I'm begging for.

Mar 10, 2020
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: 4 Liquid Gold with a tight head
S: 4.25 Citrusy and hoppy
T: 4.25 Bitter. Yummy.
F 3.75 Not the easiest going IPA but that's not what to expect from the West Coast style
O: 4.25 an OG IPA. Can be expensive, but very much worth a try.

Mar 09, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color with full head. Scent is of citrus and hops, which transfers to the taste. Hop bitterness comes in on the backend. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that ends with moderate bitterness

Feb 27, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this was my the first IPA I tried. I remember skating my boy's half pipe then stealing one these from his dad's mini fridge. They have a complex and delicious flavor with a strong bitterness. Definitely an acquired taste but this is a prime example of a west coast style IPA.

Feb 27, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at the office on a lovely Friday afternoon.... holds a beautiful color, solid taste with good bite and a crisp finish. Well balanced, mass produced IPA. On Par with Harpoon, not quite up to the standards of the true craft beers. Would order again if it’s on tap somewhere and I’m looking for something with horsepower. Not going out of my way to buy it, though.

Feb 21, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass from bottle. About a centimeter head, dissipates quickly. Has a slight hazeyness to a yellow color. Can't really smell much, a slight citrus odor. Taste is another story, this one will really peal your wig back. Bright tropical fruits, tons of hops and fairly bitter. Crisp and tingly on the palette with a clean finish. Overall, most excellent! One of my favorites by Stone Brewing Co.

Feb 20, 2020
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a fresh batch from the cooler and fell in love. The beer touch all my senses the way I like it. Crispness was perfect. The head topped off nicely in a chilled mug. The aroma was inviting to my nose. The taste....very excellent taste of what I really love in an IPA. It left me wanting more after each swig. Not trying to sound like a connoisseur, but You do not need to be one to enjoy a few pints of this brew. Good job Stone. I have a new favorite.

Jan 21, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle, bottle dated 10/19/19, tasted 12/28/19.

Pours a dark orange/light amber color. Head fades quickly but does retain a little bit. Lacing is pretty good.

In the aroma, pine, orange peel, and grapefruit jump out immediately. That is all I can make out since my sense of smell is weak and the aroma is not super powerful.

Taste - LOTS of pine in this one. I expected some piney, hoppy bitterness, but it was a bit overpowering for my taste. Aftertaste lingers for a while, and the malt shows up for me in the finish.

Feel - very crisp and refreshing. If this was a beer I loved, I could probably session it pretty well.

Overall - I generally prefer New England or Imperial IPAs over West Coast. That said, this one was decently enjoyable and easy on the wallet. If West Coast your thing, I am sure you will like this. Even if it’s not your thing, it’s worth a try.

Dec 29, 2019
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a variety pack from costco.
Drank from the bottle because I felt like it, apologies for no comments on the look, but plenty of other reviewers here have provided that information. I have had this beer so many times in the past I do know what it pours like however.

I have to say, as soon as I pop'd the top, the aroma jumped out at me. It wasn't wildly complex or so pungent you could smell it from across the room or anything, but you could definitely smell it waft through the air initially.

Aroma: Even from the bottle the aroma is better than a lot of other beers of the style poured into a glass. Pine sap, rolled oats, caramel malt, toasted almond, mild wintergreen, slightly spicy grapefruit peel and tangy, savory orange.

Taste: Upfront just the slightest amount of prickly heat from the alcohol bill. Goes bitter with gentle waxy tangerine peel and dry grapefruit rind. Transitions beautifully, following the nose, into flavors of malty toasted almond and granola with honey - before fading out into orange marmalade and bitter spruce.

Feel: For the style, light body with moderate carbonation. Very crushable and sessionable, even at 6.9% abv.

Overall: This is probably one of the most well rounded, modestly priced, readily available and iconic american IPAs out there. An excellent introduction to the style for newbies, while offering a solid amount of bitterness and drinkability for veterans alike. Stone has perfected this beer to the letter, and I always find myself coming back to it.

Dec 13, 2019
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle sometime in 2019
Pours crystal clear, mild head that hangs in a bit, just like the lacing. Smell is oily pine, light citrus and mild malts. Taste is bitter, very piney, and earthy. MF is pretty smooth, mildly carbonated.

Very balanced, very good.

Dec 08, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is great! Pours amber color with a good head. Smell is probably the only downside for this IPA, not much of a hoppy odor. Tastes great, like bitter hops and has a slight marijuana aftertaste. Feels smooth and refined and enjoy every sip of it. Overall if you're an IPA lover I highly recommend it.

Nov 11, 2019
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