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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

2,958 Reviews
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 teg8612
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orangy color with a nice foamy head.

S-Not very aromatic. Mellow hop with pine and lemon zest.

T-Sweet, citrus taste with pine-hoppy aftertaste. Bitterness stays but never becomes too much. Very balanced and not over the top like many IPA's. Very smooth and I can't detect the high ABV at all.

M-Good carbonation. The piney hops come back for round two with each appreciative belch from this brew. Medium without the bitter aftertaste to weigh down the palate.

D-This isn't an IPA that scares me. I like hops but not in the quantities that most IPA's use. This is just right. Very drinkable and would be a session beer if the ABV wasn't so high. Bottle is just as good but has a more acidic quality in the hops and slightly quicker bitterness build-up. Both are good, I just prefer the draft..

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold with a 1 finger frothy white head. Nice grapefruit and slight sweetness in the aroma. Excellent flavor of grapefruity, piny hops with just enough malt to balance but still let the hops shine. Nice smooth medium body. This is an excellent example of what and IPA should be.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/28/08. Bottle. Pours a clear, light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops. Flavor of nice citrus hops. The bitter hops were balanced nicely with a strong malt base. Not as bitter and powerful as Ruination, more light bodied. The strong point of this beer was its nice malt/hops balance. Still, I would have liked to see a little more flavor. A very good IPA, though not my favorite.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of beveritt
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. The bottle displays the Stone gargoyle in the standard painted on label.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 inch of almost pure white head. This settles slowly into a thin coating of foam and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is light amber in color and fairly hazy.

Smell: Smells strongly of dry hopping. Floral hop aromas icluding lemon, orange and honey.

Taste: Upfront floral hops with a citrus bite. Good malt undertones, almost a little sweet. FInish is biiter, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel: Slightly less than average carbonation level. Body is average to a little thin.

Drinkability: A well balanced drink, suprising from Stone. A good example of the style without falling prey to the notion that everything must be extreme.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Pours a nice, quite clear, golden yellow color. A finger of head sits at the top of my glass. As the head dies down with the amount of beer in my glass, I'm left with with a few bubbles on top that look mouth drooling hop oily. Oh, and the lacing on this is covering my glass. A good sign.

Smell: The nose is fantastic. A very strong citrus aroma is hopping out of this beer. A mixture of orange and grapefruit, but mostly grapefruit on this.

Taste: A nice blend of caramel malt makes its appearance first. Following the malt comes a wave of hops and their oils. A mixture of orange and grapefruit make their appearance. I'm left with a nice hop aftertaste which is mostly earthy, a blend of pine, soil and some grapefruit zest. Then comes the alcohol. Is it supposed to be shining through like this? I doubt it. The alcohol aftertaste is really showing its head, and this is only a high end six percent beer.

Mouthfeel: I really wish there was just a tad less carbonation on this. This beer goes down smoothly, but when it first splashes across the palate the carbonation is a bit much, and I wish it was just a tad less to make it a little more creamy.

Drinkability: An IPA with a great look, nose and initially a great flavor. It's too bad the alcohol showed its head so much. Nonetheless, an IPA that will end up in my crate again in the future.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden ale, slightly hazy, pours with 1/4 inch head and leaves a delicate and inviting lace...

S - Smells like a text book IPA with the slightest hint of lemon and an even slighter hint of malt...

T - Terrific blend of hops... "Biting" in a very good way... A possible hint of grapefruit...

M - Smooth and creamy at first leaving a very dry and bitter feel in its wake... Very mild carbonation on the tongue...

D - A potent IPA... Definitely one to be savored and not rushed... Finely crafted and a joy to drink...

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Photo of MASSHLE
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a Trillium pub glass. Golden in color, much less hazy than many of the beers I've been seeing lately. Smells pleasant, noticeable hop smell, but nothing too heavy imo. The bitterness at the end caught me off guard first sip, but I am enjoying the heck out of it now. Not overly carbonated, great mouthfeel, almost creamy. Leaving heavy lacing left behind. Overall, I am happy to have grabbed a 6 of this very well crafted beverage, at a price I felt was fair.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: clear Amber with an orange hue. soapy, rocky 2 finger head.

S: bright lemon zest citrus. oranges and grapefruits. very floral. honeysuckle a nd spearmint. grassy. very acidic.

T: bright citrus. grapefruit. floral. dried apricots. caramel malt and a little bread.

m: easy drinking. medium lingering pine with light carbonation.

o: a very sessionable ipa. very floral a nd citrus driven. /87

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours up yellow gold with a creamy head. It is a bit hazy.
S - Piney hops are pronounced, but not overwhelming
T - Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness, swiftly replaced with hop bitterness that finishes at the back of the throat. Nice balance.
M - Moderately full bodied, thanks to the carbonation.
D - A very well made beer that could blow out your palate after three or so. But a 22 oz bottle is a perfect serving.

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Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 08-16-2013
Freshness: Best by 08-20-2013
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a hazy golden colored beer with a nice sized off-white head. Head retention is very good with excellent lacing.

Smells have citrus and piney hops in the forefront, with elements of grapefruit and other tropical fruits, with a slight sweetness. Very pleasing aromas

The taste consists of a sharp hop bite, with bitter grapefruit flavors. I get some alcohol warming as well.

Medium-bodied and highly carbonated, the finish is quite dry and has bitter aftertastes of pine and citrus hops. I get some astringency as well.

Overall a well-crafted IPA except for some issues in the finish.

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Photo of Hornet2003
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not as amber as I was expecting...More a dark yellow than anything.

Smell: Whoa hoppy. I was wanting to get kicked in the teeth with hops and Stone doesn't disappoint on the aroma front. All citrus. I imagine this is as close to essential hop oils as you can get in a 12 oz bottle. cascade, chinook, the like...

Taste: Bitter. Very beautiful grapefruit flavors that leave a resounding bitterness on the sides...More sweetness after the hops have had their say...Overall, however, very hop-forward.

Mouthfeel: Great. no complaints. Perfect amount of carbonation and there isn't a sticky mouthfeel that you get with some other IPA's.

Drinkability: The hops assault your taste buds such that 2 is the limit to truly appreciate the flavors in this beer. After that, give yourself a rest and wait until your tongue comes out of its coma. Also, the alcohol(6.9%) can get you if you aren't careful.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head with some decent lacing.

Smell is grapefruit and citrus and a little malt.

Hop hop hop grapefruit and bitterness -- that's the taste. Finishes a little biscuity/light toasted grain.

Medium body, some good chewy texture here.

Well, the alcohol is a kick in the balls. Couldn't decide on this or Ruination and chose this because of alcohol level. Well, that was dumb, as another 1% wouldn't have mattered. I'll have one more out of the six and be done with it tonight. If a little less boozy, this would be a regular for me.

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Photo of Juggernaut
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice copper color, and has a nice white head that dissapated fairly quickly. Very good, strong hop aroma. You can definitely tell hops make up a big part of this brew, though there is also a very nice malty/citrusy smell balancing it out.

Taste is very hoppy, with a fairly strong up front bitterness flowing into very nice hop, malt, and slitely citrus flavors. Bitterness resides quickly and it has a good body and great mouthfeel, with great overall balance.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy light orange. There is little head or lacing to speak of.

Scent is all hops here. Smells crisp, and a bit citrus-like.

One sip of this and there is no doubt about it being an IPA. A strong hop bitterness washes over the palatte and makes it beg for mercy. There is little malt to speak of.

This beer is medium bodied. It feels slightly creamy. Alcohol is noticeable and leaves a tingling on the tongue. The finish is not clean and leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue (I'm not saying its a bad thing).

A very good IPA, but one I don't think I'd drink all of the time. Be warned, this one is all hops. If you don't like bitter beers you'd better stay away.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with small head. Smells of lemon and resin. Strong hop tastes with pine and orange/ lemon rind with strong hops. Nice malty, syrupy undertone. Sufficent carbobation.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant yellow, and I mean yellow snow yellow. Chill hazed with a cakey, puffy white head. Sheets of lace that are quite pretty and a sight for sore eyes. Ring solid lacing.

What I smell is not extreme that's for sure. Floral with solid citrus backbone. Lemon and grapefruit. A little mowing, fresh grass cuttings.

Citrus rind and piney bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional but done well. Mirrors the nose. A fruity, honey'd finish. the bitterness hits more up front and it finishes sweeter with not much lingering bitterness. Apricot, green apple.

Velvety soft. Not much carbonation feeling on the tongue.

A bomber is tasty, I'd come back to it if I knew I was buying very fresh beer. This seemed like it had too much age on it for an IPA.

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Photo of moodenba
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Case of bottles Stone IPA purchased at big box store in NY state 6/27/16.

45-50 F temperature bottle poured into a highball glass. Big lasting head on top of a light amber brew.. Aroma from a distance was strong and beery. A close sniff yielded a fine delicate hop aroma. Taste was a powerful bitter blast of hops

My preference these days is for a maltier, more balanced brew, with a similar color to this one. Stone IPA probably has some of the character of the old Ballantine ale from Newark (pre 1970). The Ballantine had a similar color, a rocky, long lasting head, big aroma, and possibly a bit more malt character.

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Photo of Squelch
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colored. Minimal head.

Smell: Piney hop aroma with malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: Piney hops with a toasted malt finish. slightly astringent.

Mouthfeel: Moderatly carbonated. Feels heavy.

Drinkability: Nice beer. I would buy it again.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light orange with 2 fingers of fluffy white head with good retention and some lacing. Some sediment seen in the glass.

S: Some citrus hops.

T: Grapefruit with a nice lingering bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel and carbonation are both perfect for an IPA.

D: Excellent, a crisp refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for sharing this with me!

Appearance - A very opaque golden straw yellow. Cloudy and appears to be well carbonated. A nice sunset orange.

Smell - Smells quite hoppy. Slight malts and grass notes.

Taste - A complexity of floral notes swims with delicious abd fresh hops. Quite a solid IPA. Caramel notes and slightly sweet on the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite smooth with a bit of orange zest. Very crisp, drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoy by 9/9/14

re-reviewed from 11/5/11, coz I like to think I know more now. (Jury still out on that)

Golden yellow with a small white head. Good carbonation & lacing.

Not getting much of anything on the nose.

Taste was a very good blending of the hops and malt, just enough of a hop bite to let you know it's there, with a sweet malt wash throughout the mouth.

Mouth was medium with a persisting sour bitterness on the back of the mouth.

Overall, a good and tasty IPA

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Photo of kush6875
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden orange slightly cloudy with a nice off white head, good lacing

smell: pine and fresh crisp hops

taste: look up IPA in webster's and you have it. the is hop-heads must try. sharp fresh hops dance on the palate!!

mouthfeel" is just what it should be; smooth and crisp begging you to take another swallow.

drinkability: this is an IPA lovers dream could drink this all day!! very thirst quenching, goes great with spicy dishes.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a three finger head. Great retention. Lacing is also excellent. 5

S: Very floral dominated smell as well as a sweet fruit, like an apple... a pungent smell of hops was also present. 4

T: Floral, oak, and herbal flavors. Some malty sweetness. I am not a huge fan of the hop choice, they very seem pungent to me. 3.5

M: Nice smooth character, does not seem like there is too much carbonation present. Good solid body. 4

D: The only complaint I have about this beer is the hops. They seem much too herbal to me. Like one of my mom's homoeopathic concoctions.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good IPA but not up to the fundamental stone standard of bitterness. Or maybe this is their attempt to attract the masses.

It's a light bodied IPA (I would argue a pale ale even) with some citrus character up front. A fresh pour of this is quite good and shows bright ruby red grapefruit with minimal malty sweetness to balance (read as not overly bitter but dry finishing). This is a good intro to IPA beer, A gateway beer if you will.

Also the price is right, and ya gotta love that.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks cloudy orange with a 1 inch creamy head, leads on buttery biscuit with hints of citrus and pine, it has a lot going on in aroma and taste, very complex. taste has a bitter end with a bready initial taste. the bitterness is more piney than citrus. the mouthfeel and the flavor go along together.
at 6.9 abv this certainly is very drinkable. however at 11.99 a 6'er around here. i can pick out about 20 beers that are cheaper and better.

pick some up if you're rollin in the dough.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.
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