Stone IPA
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IPA - American
Ranked #68
Ranked #1,454
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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Olsonhead from California

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is one of my favorites. Outstanding from pour to finish. Perfect head. Smooth finish. Year-round beer. Great for winter, not too heavy for summer (in California).

Jan 08, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Light brown to amber, quite cloudy. Darker ale color with a tall and tight bright white head.

S: Malty with hints of lemon, a pine forest backdrop. Rather dry yet appealing.

T: Surprising orange kick. Highly bitter but balanced by a malt finish. Citrusy throughout.

F: Medium to heavy mouthfeel that lingers at 6.9abv. One pint would be a load, somewhat oily.

Jan 05, 2021
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 10/8/20 poured into a Teku on 12/16/20.

Pours a 2" creamy white head. Light amber, golden color. Nice sticky lacing.

Smells like pine needles with some dank, grassy, and citrus notes. Slight biscuity malt flavor.

A strong pine flavor up front gives way to bitterness in the finish. Nicely balanced hop and malt flavors.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Astringent and well-carbonated. Some oily, resinous stickiness.

Very delicious, well-balanced beer. The hop-heavy pine upfront is nicely balanced with malt flavor.

Dec 31, 2020
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IBU_Hunter from California

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decent IPA at reasonable price, but harshly bitter for no reason. If you dislike the hoppy aftertaste, please not buy this. Better Alternatives: Racer 5 IPA, Firestone Union Jack, Russian River Mind Circus, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.
*Looks: good 1 finger head, golden/light amber, semi-clear
*Aroma: mild citrus, piny, hoppy, slight lemon
*Taste: Well balanced alcohol with significant hoppy aftertaste. I wish there was more maltiness as opposed astringent bitterness, which is a turn off for me for single IPA. The balance is missing.
*Final Verdict*: solid, good, well-crafted IPA but not the best. Harshly bitter, unnecessarily. They need to make this similar to the a single IPA version of Stone Enjoy By! That would make it better towards perfection.

Dec 29, 2020
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MaxHops from California

4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential west coast/San Diego IPA. Defining the dry (for an ale) citrus/pine hop attack with oh-so light subtle malt making the perfect balance. 6.9% abv keeps it out of the heady range and if not exactly sessionable, much more so then ales only 1/2% to 1% higher can be. Reall y the standard by which I judge all west coast IPAs.

Dec 26, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

C: Golden, clear with a little haziness, excellent tight head that comes down to a cap. long lasting lacing that develops on each sip, and surprisingly not much carbonation (medium to slow rising bubbles) I was expecting more based off of the head.

S: Piney, resiny, citrus, slightly fruity, very hoppy smell, with a slight biscuit smell, smell increases significantly as the beer is getting warmer

T: Pretty bitter hoppiness with the hop and fruity citrus character upfront, followed by an increasingly malty, bready, piney flavor. Very accurate for an American IPA, 6.9%ABV and very unnoticeable. Really good for it's style. The Esters are strong in this beer.

F: Light, not much effervescence, yet not creamy, very balanced beer, with a soft feel not much sticking/ coating of the mouth.

Overall: This beer was Canned on 11/04/2020 and was 19.2fl oz., 6.9% ABV, 51ºF. This beer is very good it represents it's style very well and there is really nothing to complain about. I picked up a self-serve can for around $3 or something, the flavor is amazing, it is fresh, the smell and alcohol content is great and not overwhelming for being around 7%. Very great beer, I give it a 98.

Dec 22, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pellucid, pollen gold under a slim head of fuzzy, whipped cream white. Low retention, stringy lacing.

Mild Citra hops up front, followed by fresh bread and a passing thought of lemon rind. There’s a teensy tang of pine hiding in there while, now and again, honeysuckle flits by like a hummingbird. Unlike most IPAs, the fragrance gains potency with time.

Smooth and clean as marble with a nip of crisp carbonation in the linger.

Like biting into a juicy wedge of hoppy grapefruit. A wave of pungent, earthy pine flows over it; its advance slowed by caramel malt sweetness that abruptly ends, washing you up on a sunny, dry shoreline... still soaked in all the pine and grapefruit that tumbled you here. As you air off, mango, orange, and honeysuckle begin to chime in.

Dec 07, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can to tulip glass a big 3F head of soft beige foam forms. Nice loose lace from the high point is visible as it settles slowly to a 2F head. Color is gold with about 90% transparency.

My nose detects faint pine and citrus hop, a touch of malt and not much else.

On the palate a soft interesting fruit note sits atop the light malt. The malt is moderated by the slightly bitter hops midway to the finish. Notes of subdued orange and grapefruit sneak through the hops which are pine and grapefruit pith in flavor.

Mouthfeel is lighter in body than I expected. Light carbonation adds some tang to the slight citrus notes. The finish is bitter and slightly thick from the light astringency.

This beer drinks lighter than the taste would infer. It has a good balance of light malt with aggressive bitterness that makes it appealing. It has more pine sharpness than Odell IPA but both are growing on me.

Oct 01, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-deep orange, subtle haze, minimal head
S-Grapefruit and pine
T-Grapefruit and pine. Appropriately bitter.
M- Medium/full body for the style, Average carbonation. Pretty darn smooth. Clean dry finish
O-winner winner WCIPA dinner. Close to Sculpin in taste and mouth, just not as refined

Sep 18, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle a translucent orange with a small head.

Had a pine aroma. Malt and hops taste. Some fruit notes. Dry finish.

Light body and carbonation.

Nicely made west coast IPA

Sep 17, 2020
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entheos from California

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an exceptional beer. It is a very flavorful west coast IPA that is fully hopped and delicious. An underlying roast brings out the grain and hop. The feel is a bit harsh, but worth the drink.

Sep 06, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

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

The 6-pack was packaged on 6/3/20, so just over 9 weeks old at the time of this review (on 8/8/20).

Aroma is orange - almost sweet, hints of piney notes accompanying. A light toasty aroma underneath.

Orange-amber color, with a chill haze, ample rising bubbles to a creamy off-white head with very good retention. Nice-looking disconnected lacing. The chill haze eventually dissipates to a clear amber color.

Taste has the citrus rind (orange) biting up front, backed by some floral and orange juice flavors. The floral appears mostly as aroma that accompanies each swish in the mouth. There is sufficient malt presence, toasty bread, to provide the needed balance, but clearly the hops are the name of the game with this beer. The beer is not bitter for the first sip or two, but the bitterness builds with each successive drink to become a quite bitter beer. The aftertaste lingers for a long while and is intensely bitter.

The beer has substantial body for the style.

Overall, a very good IPA, and deserving of its iconic status in the West Coast substyle. To my palate, the bitterness is most evident in the lingering aftertaste than in the flavor of each sip itself. The bitter aftertaste comes to dominate everything before you are finished.

Aug 25, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a beautiful cloudy yellow with a creamy white two finger head. Smells heavily of pine, earth, floral notes & hops. The taste follows the nose, very heavy on the hops, but ends with a perfect malt sweetness that makes you appreciate the bitter even more. This beer is so crisp & delivers a clean IPA taste. It goes down exceptionally smooth with its medium-bodied carbonation. This is by far in my opinion one of the best IPA's out there, it's not to heavy, but it's definitely full of flavor & a proper ABV.

Aug 11, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

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

popped a can to celebrate the 23rd birthday of the O.G. that launched it all. strong, pungent earthy pine and grapefruit hop up front and center. caramel malt sweetness stops to wave hello before surfing on by and leaving you on the beach with a clean dry finish soaked in grapefruit and pine again.


Aug 10, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am no big fan of Stone's but I have to admit, this is a very nice IPA.

Pours a crystal clear brilliant golden color. Nice 3 or 4 finger head settles in then quickly dissolves leaving just a mound ring of foam along the outside of the beer. Not a ton of lacing is left behind.

Aroma has bright notes of grapefruit, pine, dried grass, and a bit of sweet light malt.

Taste follows the nose with notes of pine, pine needles and grapefruit, with again, a bit of that malt peeping through. So far this has been the "maltiest" of the beers I've tried over the last day and a half, but lets be honest, it is by no means a "malty" IPA. Pronounced bitterness tarts on the back end and lingers into the finish.

Feel is light to medium bodied, pretty dry throughout producing a coating sensation in the mouth.

Overall its a really nice IPA and a worthy example of the style.

Aug 09, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An easy pour yields two fingers of eggshell white, creamy and soapy foam that lasts and turns lumpy.
Clear orange-straw color, yellow gold in bright light. Stick sagging arches of lacing.

Piney hops greats the nose with grapefruit and toast, pale malt and residual yeast in the background. Alcohol is noticeable from a deep inhale.

Semi-dry with high bitterness. Salty and spicy piney bitterness dominates the taste. The grapefruit is now a light general citrus taste, almost sour adding zero sweetness. There is a sturdy malt backbone that keeps the dryness in check.
The finish is lengthened by the bitterness, the malt and citrus drop off. The aftertaste lingers on, hoppy and bitter.

Medium-light bodied, busy abundant carbonation. It would be smooth if not for the bitterness. The alcohol is warming yet it does not get to big as the Beer warms. Not quite session-able but by no means a sipper. West Coast all the way.

Aug 08, 2020
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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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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330ml can: Very hoppy and bitter flavour with a dry finish. You can almost taste the alcohol in a not so pleasant way imo and just a bit too heavy (almost harsh) for my taste.

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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