Stone IPA
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From:
Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #118
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,901
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 10.71%
Reviews:
3,226
Ratings:
8,540
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 04:16 AM
Added:
Jan 25, 2001
Wants:
  507
Gots:
  3,477
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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Rated by tyden46

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fruity at first, then a hoppy bitterness with some pineyness. I liked the sweet malt aftertaste. Better than voodoo, not as bitter of an aftertaste.
Yesterday at 04:16 AM
 
Rated: 3.5 by Crabmando from Ohio

Jan 28, 2023
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Clear amber with plenty of foam in the big Duvel tulip. Aroma of resins and mango. Slightly sweet with a substantial malty body. It seems to have enough hops for a Double IPA. Tastes of bitter citrus and something scorched, with grapefruit peel aftertaste and a dark woody aftertaste. Overall this is the dark and glowering side of IPAs. Bitter, urelenting, acidic. On the plus side the fruity aromatics stay with you while your tongue is being scraped. From the 12 oz bottle purchased as part of the supermarket 12 IPAs pack.
Jan 22, 2023
 
Rated: 4.17 by dylandrinksbeers from Missouri

Jan 09, 2023
 
Rated: 4.14 by LA2ED7

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and earthy hops. Tastes of citrus hops with nice floral notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Dec 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Griffin2 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy whit head that dissipates slowly.
S - Smells of citrus
T - Tastes of grapefruit with a nice bitterness.
F - Medium body and carbonation
O - very tasty IPA
Dec 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Ananabiya

Nov 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 23, 2022
 
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle mfr date 8/25/22 from the STONE 12 Day of IPA 2022 Xmas variety pack into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
L: Pours transparent amber w a thick 1" off white head w excellent retention, very well carb'd, head gets a bit pillowy, some sticky lacing.
S: Bready, citrus, caramelized malts, lightly floral, melon, grapefruit, "spicy" hops, very slightly dank (like .5 of a point), a hint of alcohol w warming.
T: Bright citrus, caramelized malts, lemon drop, a hint of bread, lightly grassy, bitter hops, citrus zest, pine resin, melon, grapefruit, a long citrus zest linger. Well balanced tastes.
F: Stately w a gentle and crisp bite at first, med bodied w a moderately robust mid-section then a drying finish w a long linger. Med-long taste overall and smooths out over time.
O: A beautiful American WCIPA. Hop fwrd, a bit sweet w a bitter finish and long linger. Fairly big, fruity taste, drinks easily and is outstanding in its style.
Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by Beergod420 from Texas

Oct 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.19 by AndyHYD

Oct 16, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap at Chili's of all places.

On the pour I watched da pretty enormous head form that the bartender poured up to just 1 finger. After a few minutes, the head shrank to a thin covering and ring around the rim. Body is a pale gold, with plenty of fine carbonation. Light but refined lacing is left.

Aroma is mostly citrusy with a great big hit of bright grapefruit. A slight alcohol note is present with some sweetness coming from light malts in the background.

Taste is bigger than the aroma, at least at this temp, but this is a sweet citrusy dank IPA. Pretty standard, but better than voodoo ranger with a bit more depth and bite. Some alcohol is present, and this one is a solid west coaster with a big hit of bitterness that comes with a bit of darkness as well.

Feel is big yet refreshing. With a fine but powerful co2 bite and a long finish with a mouthcoating feel. The bright flavors do a lot for the feel with bright grapefruit rindy notes sticking round through the finish.

Overall this is a classic IPA that has become a benchmark for WCIPAs. It does its job pretty damn well with nice hoppy bitter yet inviting fruity notes, without being tropical, and maybe even being a bit dank.
Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
First actual American IPA for ages...never heard of this one before...

Amazing head...a little bubbly...intense colour.

Aroma is phenomenal...melon is dominating. But not as deep and complex as many IPA's or Belgian tripels...

Wowow...this taste is off the scale. After 2 pilsners this literally sets my soul alight. Mouth feel is like an explosion, one of the best that I have ever experienced. Sweet melon, followed by the bitter hops that literally assassinates the melon and creates a ying yang experience...

This is amazing and I totally love it. I'm buying all of the cans in the shop next to me that sells it. As soon as they open.

How could it be improved? I'm not sure...the ying yang between the melon aroma and the mega bitter aftertaste is unparelleled in my decades of beer tasting (drinking till I forget everything) ; )
Aug 11, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Just a good, classic, standard west coast IPA.
Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by jonwiseman from Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Vintage in this category and still one of the best ipas ever brewed. Can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said. Is it bad that I’m drinking one at $13 in Chicago airport at 9:55 AM? Kinda days it all
Aug 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by Taenim from New Jersey

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 2.99 by selekt0r

Aug 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear gold, nice frothy white head that retains well, sip by sip lacing. Citrusy hop bomb. Medium body, xlnt carbonation. Bitterness is a quality hallmark for my taste, so Stone IPA really delivers, without going completely dank. Well balanced everyday quaff, plus it’s readily available everywhere at a reasonable price point.
Jul 13, 2022
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Reviewed by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A gift from Bret, with a connection to UCSB. Thanks! Really pretty to look at, but I don’t see the business of taste as all that special. I guess it is just too long on bitter without much extra nuance.
Jul 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Jul 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by sherrymj from Ohio

Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Robertas from Lithuania

Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.22 by Sethw400 from South Carolina

Jul 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by brewskis from Indiana

Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ammo1

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One of my early go to IPAs. After many years, I've found Odells, Ballast Point, and Elysian provide citrus and floral hop notes that I prefer depending on the mood. Stone has a special place in my heart, a bit one note and not the absolute best. The price is right and is still in the rotation, sometimes for the memories it conjures up. Don't change it Stone!
Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.55 by wdavis47

Jun 27, 2022
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Reviewed by zman1974 from Florida

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
It's a high quality, well made beer. Just not for me. The finish is bitter to the point of being off-putting. I just do not want to take additional sips.
Jun 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by Gu_re_gu

4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The original and still one of the best. Haters gonna hate.
Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jun 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.41 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

May 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by raust from Texas

May 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
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