Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
BEER INFO

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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,969
Ratings:
10,740
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
20.09%
 
 
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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Brewing Co. - Stone IPA. 6.9% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Vibrant golden straw body.

Smell: Strong pine resin and hops, with some citrus backing it.

Feel: On the lighter side of feel.

Taste: Hops and pine resin leave a lingering bitterness, with the subtle fruit flavors appearing within.

Overall: Had a the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. I am surprised I haven't had this yet, since I see it all the time at the store. Regardless, I haven't and I saw it, so I tried it. Judging from Stone's style, I am not surprised this is bitter and earthy, but definitely good.

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Photo of Riff
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear orange color with less than a half finger of head that quickly faded away. Smells of oranges, tropical fruits, and pine. Flavor is primarily pine and bitter with a small amount of malt to it. Body is medium light with a small amount of carbonation. Flavor finishes quickly. Easy drinking, refreshing beer.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a bottle of this from a Cellar 70 in Wausau, WI. Stone IPA pours a golden hue with a nice head and an even nicer lacing. The aroma has some hints of pine, a touch of citrus and a bit of caramel malt. The flavor starts out piney and a bit fruity but finishes with a heavier bitterness than I was expecting. Overall this is a good beer but not quite up to snuff with the very high score in my opinion.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pale golden color with good amount of head. Nose strong pine, earthy and a little citrus. Taste very hip forward with notes of orange peel, spice and a bit tropical. Nice lingering finish. Great IPA. Never been disappointed with the stone lineup. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear straw color.
Lasting thick head.
Nice, mostly floral aroma but some bright citrus notes.
Very hoppy, with very little malt sweetness.
Piney and resinous but bitter fruits present.
Complex hoppiness and bitterness that lingers.
Satisfying IPA and hoppy classic.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold in color with two fingers of white head. Foam is sticky and viscous, retains and laces very well. The aroma is nicely hop forward, with mostly pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and a slight spicy earthiness. The hops come through even more on the taste, with all the flavors mentioned. Enough malt flavor for balance. Mouthfeel is medium-light with moderate-high carbonation. Very smooth drinking and a bitter, balanced finish.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear orange amber color with one and a half finger foamy white head, it has good retention and leaves lot of lacing patch and spot once gradually dissipated along with everlasting frothy sheet atop.

The aroma is predominated by hops with a citrus, lemon, piney, spicy, and herbal notes. There is also some sweet bready malt in the background too.

Hops forward in the taste disclosing many characters ranging from spicy, bitter, piney, citrusy, lemony, and herbal. That is so great hop profile. A flash of malt is in the flavor compartment too but in subtle fashion while hops still continue to dominate and wrap all the things up to make a robust yet clean bitter finish.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel along with a touch of lively carbonation through the palate, crisp and refreshing, finish is dry.

Example of classic American IPA, no need to add in any twist or experimental ingredient, it is just great by the simplicity and great hoppy profile.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the more drinkable (without being watery) IPAs I've ever had. Pretty almost orangish color with a thick slightly off white head. The smell is more subtle than most west coast IPAs, as is the taste. The bitterness is muted (somewhat) and it's missing the intense grapefruit of many west coasters. Complex yet drinkable. I could drink all night.

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Photo of citizencane
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An iconic beer, I know, but once you have so many of the incredible IPAs that are being churned out, this one is just 'meh'. Not bad, but not exceptional, and a bit too carbonated and boozy for my liking.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptionally tasty, smooth IPA. In all reality there's nothing particularly special about it except that it nails the style (at least in its west coast form). It is on the darker side for an IPA--more of a deep amber--but still within the range of normal. The smell is citrusy and dank, and the taste has that light-ish, more aromatic than bitter profile that characterizes west coast ipas.

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Photo of jonb5
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Third of a litre at the Celle Bierfest, served in a Stone snifter. Brewed in Berlin.

A: Golden amber colour, slight haze, one finger sized head, moderate retention, decent amount of lacing.

S: Citrus and grapefruit, Cascade bomb.

T: Wheat, pine and grapefruit. High on bitterness but kept it subtle and balanced.

M: Low carbonation, medium body, went down well.

O: I can’t really add too much to what has already been said, but the quality of Stone beers brewed in Berlin has held up. This is a classy American IPA.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is just a really great West Coast IPA--pine and grapefruit with malt playing a background role. More hoppy than balanced, but in the best possible way. Solid, delicious.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The poster-child for west-coast IPAs, and for good reason. Great drinkability, with a mid-level alcohol feel and pure centennial hops at the forefront.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on a 4oz flight sampler.

Body is honey-amber colored with the typical distinct IPA lacing.

Aromas of orange, grapefruit, and pleasant cracker malts.

Very strong notes of pine and a pleasant under layer of onion. What surprises me here and what brings a welcome appearance is a nice malt backbone to balance things out.

A crisp carbonation follows through on the feel and provides perfect stability for the flavors.

Overall, Stone IPA was better than anticipated. I was expecting an onion bomb but pleasantly surprised here. Will have again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a barely hazy pale orange with a medium well sustained head. The offers up caramel, orange peel, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, and a huge dose of dank herbal and piney notes. The flavor starts with some quick citrus, followed by a much larger wallop of dank herbal notes and a lot of dark pine, and finishing in a mellow but bitter caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is full but refreshingly fizzy. Overall this is an awesome beer. While caramel-pine west coast IPAs are not my favorite, it is impossible to ignore how well this beer is done. The caramel tones are present but not overwhelming, and there is a great dose of bitterness to compliment. Really a standout in the corner of the IPA world.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a hazy amber orange color with a soapy bone colored head.

The smell is an IPA smell of pine and floral with some mustiness.

The taste was a piney somewhat bitter taste with some light malt backbone.

The mouth feel is actually nice and light, easy drinking with a crisp finish.

I really liked this IPA offering from Stone. High points for me were in the taste and mouth feel. This beer is tasty and easy drinking giving some good happy points. The downside to this one is the price point. And I know that may be knit picking but I can easily find some good tasty IPA's for quite a bit less. And that just hurts a bit because if the price were a bit lower I could see this one in my shopping cart more often.

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Photo of Sexmortus
1/5  rDev -76.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst beer I have ever had. It nearly made me throw up because it just tasted like shit. Not smooth, just awful. Stay away! Not good tasting at all. Not smooth, doesn't smell good either. The taste is dreaful.

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Photo of luisitoelmatador88
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my first IPA ever consumed, had it for the first time about 12 or 13 years ago.
I grew up in SD not too far from classic iconic breweries such as pizza port, port, lost abbey and of course STONE. Here is my first time reviewing the beer:

Appearance. Yellowish Orange, Gold hues and not exactly amber. Decent little white head. Small bubbles shooting towards the surface.

Aroma: get a little pine, a little grapefruit, bready malt characteristics with an evident caramel sweetness

Taste: its crazy how after years of acclimating the palate with hundreds and hundreds of IPA's this particular beer is not super bitter, super hoppy or super aggressive at all, the way I used to perceive it back in the day. It tastes very balanced. The Hops, the yeast, the Malts all come together in a highly drinkable brew but its not super impressive the way I used to think it was. It's a solid go to but doesn't have much depth or any distinct highlights worth discussing. It is lemony and citrusy of course and a dry decent finish.

Mouthfeel: it's pretty light, its got that standard carbonation. Holds itself together nicely but yea about a light medium feel.

Overall: I respect this beer. It's a pioneer and a game changer. This bitter grassy piney bomb changed the way I started drinking, purchasing and talking about beer. Cheers mofos.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
04/20/2013
Hops, slight Ginger. yellow color, nice white bubbly head.Very Crisp and smooth flavor, alcohol is present but not offensive..Smooth. Finally an IPA I can get into. Excellent Beer.
**

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, but I most recently was fortunate even to visit San Diego, and I sampled this tasty beer in a tulip glass while at the San Diego Airport (Stone Brewing in Terminal 2).
Appearance: Golden/orange in color. About 1.5 fingers of white foamy head
Smell:Plenty of hops aroma with a mix of citrus.
Taste: Complex mixture of balanced bitterness and sweetness. Goes down pretty easily with only a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
Overall: Along with Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA, this is the gold standard of IPAs that I compare all other IPAs to. Great beer overall.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one from the last mix six, bottled on 01/23/16. Chilled to 39 degrees, allowed to sit for 5 minutes at room temp, poured into a large, stemmed wineglass.

Look: Slightly hazy straw gold color with a 3/4" foamy white head that held up well, eventually reducing to a 1/8" foam ring that lasted to the end due to a light but constant carbonation. Strong lacing throughout.

Smell: Sweet floral, pine and citrus hops with a damp earth undertone. Pleasant maltiness

Taste: Flavors of grass and pine resins, solid malt back end but hops dominate.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, slightly oily and smooth

Overall: Kick ass IPA, reinforces my love of Stone Brewing Co. This one hits on all cylinders, I could drink this like a session beer but with. 6.9% ABV I would (gladly) pay for it later.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a medium head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose is classic pine and citrus. Flavor follows...really a classic west-coast IPA. Just drinking this beer brings back memories of when Stone was cutting edge hoppy. Good stuff.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yardhouse in a pint glass L: clear straw color with a thin soapy head and a fair amount of lacing A: west coast piney hop resin T: piney and bitter M: crisp and carbonated with a dry finish O: good west coast IPA. great draft beer.

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Photo of davidperez
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker, it pours a golden orange color, with an outstanding clarity and a medium size foamy head with decent retention and good lacing.

The bouquet is citric, piney, floral and herbal, and it gives a slight hint of diacetyl after an energetic swirl.

Upfront you get to enjoy the carbonation and a perfect mixture of the malty sweetness, citric, herbal floral and piney flavors and the abundant bitterness. Starts off balanced, but the bitterness begins to kick when it heads to the finish, which is long. The hoppy flavors are very assertive all throughout this beer, which is scrumptious. You do get a little bit of the alcohol.
Medium body, smooth and silky.

Excellent beer.

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Photo of zhooker
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid. Given the expansion of the style since its debut, I'll even say it's downright ordinary by now. But that doesn't make it bad. Pours light, crisp, clear, and golden. Tame nose with the requisite pine and lemon notes. Bitterness hits you in the back after a clean, smooth, and refreshing front end. I can't complain, yet I'm not quite ready to celebrate.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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