Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

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 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 altctrlsdelete
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent gold with a fluffy, sticky white head, with lots of bubbles racing to join it.

A symphony of hops fills the nostrils with a dominant piney, resiny note. A sharper hop tone than other examples of the style, done very forcefully and very cleanly. A joy to behold.

Smooth, mellow hop flavor that is as balanced as you want an IPA to be (or at least as balanced as *I* want an IPA to be). The pine and resin notes aren't as prevalent on the palate as they are in the air. The sweetness of the malt is there, but it's been beaten bloody and left to die in the street by the gang of vicious, delicious hops.

A creamy, slightly tingly feel in the mouth leaves you ready for the next sip. I can't imagine how it could be any better in this regard.

The alcohol content leaves this as an iffy choice for a session beer, unless your liver happens to be pickled; however, it's certainly one you can enjoy to kick off or wind down your evening, and one you'll definitely enjoy (unless hops aren't your thing).

As an aside, I really need to do a side-by-side tasting of this and Smuttynose's IPA offering, because each time I drink one, I swear it's better than the other. Hooray for both.

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Photo of BabaJohn
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's official: I'm on a bit of an IPA kick. Had a delicious home brew at a wedding a week or two ago and tried a Stone at Sunset the other day. Enjoyed it so much I had to get another and review it.

Pours clear amber with some hints of deep orange. A nice head leaves shapes and patterns clinging to the side of the glass. The nose is straight up delicious with some fruity, herbal, IPA fragrances. The bitter hop taste is the focus of this beverage, though it is balanced a bit by sweet citrus. This taste keeps growing and changing as you drink. Mouthfeel = smooth and wonderful. Just a note: this is not necessarily a quick drinking beer and due to it’s intense bitter flavor some timing is necessary in regards to accompanying food and the beers to come. I’m certainly contemplating breaking out a bit of cheese.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: It pours a beautiful golden color with a ton of little bubbles racing to the top of the pint glass. A nice one inch head that seemed to linger on for a while.

S: Well, let me first say this is one pungent IPA. Very fragrant and citrus like. Big hops, grapefruit, orange peel, tangerines, sweet hops, pine, all of the above. A real inviting smelling IPA.

T: Such a well balanced taste right from the get go. The hops are very unique in this one. They don't overpower you like Ruination but they certainly aren't weak by any standards. The taste definitely resembles the smell. Lots of big sweet hops, fragrant citrus, pine, orange, tangerines, etc.

M: Medium to medium heavy mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, a great feel.

D: Outstanding drink on this one. So well balanced. The ABV is perfect, not too high and not too low. I could've drank pints of this all night.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever come across. The only thing that makes me mad is how long it's has been since I've had one. It's a regular again on tap so I'm sure I will be denting the keg quite frequently.

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Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

An aggressive pour results in a nice white pillowy head of about an inch or so which sticks around for a few minutes. When I look through the glass I see a crystal clear straw-colored beer. Great hop character on this! Ohh yeah, this is something I can get behind! Flavor is big with plenty of grapefruit hops which provide for an excellent taste. Medium bodied with light carbonation helps this one become a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of TeddyBG
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Light copper color with 1/2" off-white head that dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and pine. Cannot pick up the malt.

T: Citrus up front with a hint of malt. Good bitter finish, that is not overwhelming.

M: Thick but not heavy. Very good carbonation.

D: I could have a few of these no problem. The 6.9% ABV is a little high, but I'll step-up to the challenge.

note: Not the best american IPA that I have sampled, but a very good one.

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Photo of jamespub
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle in a newcastle glass

A- light amber, ever-so-slight haziness. Beutiful creamy white head that lingers. lacing is sticking to the glass.

S- hops...i'm not getting a whole lot more due to my sinus congestion. sorry for the lack of specificity.

T- Hop heavy with little to no malt balance. This is my father-in-laws favorite beer for this reason. he loves hops but does not really want it to be balanced with malt. It is very refreshing and there is absolutely NO bad taste in this brew. Hops are the highlight and they are done fantastically. Pine, mild citrus/grapefruit, with a good resin taste that sticks to the tongue.

M- Resin and a lingering aftertaste of hops. Oily finish. very crisp and very refreshing after a day with a heat index above 103*

O- A fantastic IPA that I can find no fault with. No taste detracts from the overall flavor. i prefer my IPA's a little more malty, but for what this is, it is fantastic. if you prefer hop heavy beers, but don't want to break the bank and you want more than 3....try stone's IPA

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Photo of donovanneb
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the standard for an everyday drinking IPA. The flavors are pouring out as soon as you dispense it into your favorite glass. The taste is an excellent hoppy, fruity, flavor that lingers in your mouth. Clean, incredibly well made, it’s a beer that I drink weekly and will continue to buy until they retire it, which I doubt will ever happen.

People need to understand that you don't need an overly hopped out beer in order to make it a good IPA. Reminds me of the wine industry and highly alcoholic wine with pruny, raisin flavors that so called wine drinkers started flocking to in the late 2000’s. This is an excellent IPA, well structure and just as advertised. Those looking for something overly hopped out in order to “get” this beer don’t understand the elegance that goes into beer making and IPAs.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle decanted into a shaker pint.

Pours a honey colored yellowish with tones of carbonation bubbling up, capping with a 1/4 inch of thin but sticky foam that forms a reverse meniscus. The head is attractive, but otherwise looks tame. Grapefruit and orange hit the nostrils first with a bit of toasty, cracker-like malt peeking through. Again, nothing earth-shattering. Oh, but that first sip certainly suggests something out of the ordinary. The grapefruit hinted at in the nose is there in full force in a bitter, piney onslaught. The middle is a lovely, cracker flavored joy. For a brewery that prides itself on monster hops, I am surprised to see the amount of delicious malt that is present. Its a beautiful counterbalance. Ah, the appearance gets better as it goes along. this is some of the stickiest, prettiest head I've seen, with waves of lace latching onto the side of the glass. Lovely... The aftertaste is dry and sweet and fairly long-lasting. I've had Ruination, which is a hop-bomb to say the least. But this is remarkably balanced for a west-coast IPA. Definately a treat.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pawtucket Patriot Ale novelty pint glass :)

A: A picturesque golden copper with plenty of bubbles rising to its surface. It also has a soapy white head that dissipates as it is consumed.

S: Hops! Hops! And more Hops! The smell of hops whiffs through the space with a bit of malt to back it up.

T: What can I say. This thing is a wonderful explosion of hops upfront with a bit of malt sweetness to back it up. The hops are not overwhelming, but well balanced for this brew. It is definitely at the forefront and yelling to be heard. But it is not without complexity. A sweet malty citrus sweetness resonates at the end of every sip.

M: This is one smooth beer. There is a little lingering bitterness, but this is a good thing. Plus the hoppy burps make this one a gift that keeps on giving. Well carbonated as well.

D: Although it is 6.9% ABV, this is my session beer of choice. And did I say that it is uber smooth? ;)

This is the quintessential West Coast IPA. A brilliant brew. This is an example of why Stone is one of the utmost brewers in the nation. Great brew and highly recommended.

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Photo of yankiac
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a vibrant golden color with subtle shades of amber. A nice lace that lasts throughout the session

S - Piny hop aroma.

T - Piny hop flavor with undertones of citrus. Didn't have a strong malt flavor

M - Light and dry.

D - Its light enough to drink all night, but be careful because it hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of pandashaver
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden orange with 1.5 finger thick white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Characteristic floral hops and citrus.

T - Great hop bitterness, perfect amount of sweetness to balance the hops and not destroy the palate.

M - Smooth and filling. Thick for an IPA, almost creamy. Good presence but not overly bitter on the palate, which is tough to accomplish with an IPA.

D - Being thick and full of character, I could only have a couple of these - but in the way you would a decadent dessert.

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Photo of dankbrew21
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just released in MO today. Poured into my tulip...

A- Beautiful finger length frothy head. Plenty of lacing. Nice orange amber hue.

S- Piny, hop flower, citrusy

T- Sweet and well balanced. Slight bitterness, nothing overwhelming. Goes down smoothe and easy. Lots of citrus, some grapefruit

M- Slightly syrupy, medium feel.

D- High.

So glad Stone is finally here and that I can mark this occasion with a staple IPA. JAH BLESS

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Photo of KenC411
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I heard tell of an urban legend. A beer so great that all bowed before its mighty taste. After ten reviews, I have finally decided to try some its glory for my self.

Appearance: Honey colored with a powerful two finger head that refuses to quit. Very few bubbles can be seen through the glass. With drinking, a thick lace forms on the side of the glass coating it.

Smell: Enormous citrus smell, like a mix of grapefruit and orange. A bit of buttery notes in the background. Unfortunately, the beer happens to remind me of the dish soap that I use, although I never have used soap in this glass. Though I do not think of it as the fault of the beer, but more of an unfortunate coincidence.

Taste: Amazingly complex. Initially it is sweet like honey, then the citrus taste bites in the back of the mouth. You can taste the alcohol a bit, though it is not off putting.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a proper amount of bubbles. The flavor dances around the tongue without forcing you to swallow.

Drinkability: A great beer. Blends honey and citrus in a creamy warming beer. One bottle is enough for me with the higher alcohol content and massive bottle.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank goodness for the publick house, finally you can buy a great single beer without some jerk doubling the price on you, or the beer being 2 years old

A- Very pale colored, this beer starts off with a decent head which eventually vanishes, holds its lacing nicely, pleasant appearance but not the best quality of this brew
S- It smells like a forest of hops, I can't explain it is the smell of a stone beer, ruination has that same smell, only stronger of course

T- Just citrusy hops that overtake the tastebuds, so good, not excessively bitter which makes it easier to drink, good balancing act by the malt but that is all, so fresh and delicious I ended up drinking this too fast

F- Slightly seltzery mouthfeel with a crisp carbonation finish, medium body, good for the style.

D- With its crisp finish, delicious taste, and a not too heavy feel I could easily have a few of these, but not worth having more than 3 as the delicious taste will be for not after you have burned your taste buds

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Photo of MattFrenzy
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous screen printed bottle, but thats irrelevant. Light orange kind of cloudy appearance, thin white head. Smells of hops hops hops and spice. Mmmmm. First one knocked me on my ass, second and third became tasty, after the fourth I found myself craving, and the fifth and sixth had me singing praises of Halleluiah Stone!

What a great IPA. More drinkable than other beers of its style, for instance Magic Hat's HiPA. Alcohol is masked by the intensity of the hops. Dry and crisp, another beer that goes well with spicy food. Not overly carbonated, which is great. This beer is a work of art... now to find some ruination...

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Photo of treedoctor5002
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been dying to try some Stone because of the rave reviews so here we go...
Pours a pale amber color with a very nice head that really lasts.
The smell is a very nice floral/hoppy smell but it isn't overwelming.
The taste is good with that typical herbal, bitter hop flavor. I would say it is above average but not out of this world. It is very smooth and creamy for an IPA. I could definitely drink a few of these. The alcohol is very understated. It has a good mix of sweet fruit flavors with the hops kicking in to warm things up. A good example of American IPA's.

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Photo of bacabuck
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Could this be heaven in a bottle? I think it might just be.

A: Rich, clear golden hue. Tall oatmeal colored head with tight froth that continues to lace down the sides of the glass

S: Big hoppy must with lots of yeast

T: Wow. Bold and rich. Finishes with a nice clean bitterness that you would expect

M: Smooth

D: Pour me another. One beer can easily turn into a session.

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Photo of al3
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gotta love the Stone bottles. "enjoy by" date is about 5 days from now. Gold with a nice frothy/foamy top. Good lacing and retention.

S - Citrus sweet, some pine, all hops

T&M - semi-sweet upfront with a mild citrus note then a strong herbal hop bite that lingers on the finish. Med to med thin feel.

D - Not bad, I'd have another..

A good IPA, would try again on draft or a fresher bottle.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 22 oz bottle

Appearance: Golden. Like a real beer should.

Smell: astringent clean hops.

Taste: I think they put some hops in here. Bitter but not too bitter. Nice edge, makes me remember why I like beer.

Overall: Nice worthwhile beer. Good to share with a buddy and talk beer. As much as I try to find other alternatives other than Stone, I always come back here. Wanna feel like a real man? Drink Stone IPA.

Good stuff!

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent nose ..very citrusy and clean. malts integrated but not pushy. overall hop dominated. very nice summer beer, it cools you off. lingering chewy pine aftertaste but not palate wrecking easy to drink. high acidity from hops. alcohol well hidden at 6.9% abv. nice head until the end. good pub or outdoor beer; only improves as it heats up.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've seen reviewers ragging on Stone IPA as not sufficiently extreme. Then they praise Firestone Union Jack which is way over the top. The point of an IPA is not to be extreme. It's not a double IPA. The point of an IPA is to be enjoyed to the maximum extent. Stone is working some sort of gargoyle magic on this brew. It's excellent.

The look is everything an IPA should be. It's nothing unusual. Nice color and plenty of head. The head retains well and laces down the glass, showing a quality malt.

The smell is everything an IPA should be, and nothing it shouldn't be. You don't have to vent excess pine to keep your eyes from watering from fumes (I'm looking at you Rebel) or to catch the underlying complex bouquet. It's got everything - spice, fruit, pine, but nothing is overwhelming. It's a righteous aroma and not at all too much.

Now, it's Stone and you can look up the IBU and see it's 70. You'd think it would be like trying to drink a pint of lime juice, but it isn't. The flavors of spice, fruit and hint of pine combine with the flavors to make it right. The taste is just what IPA should be. That's all.

The bitterness comes into play when it comes to feel and finish. It's clean. In the bad old days of my youth, you might drink a corn-laden Miller or Michelob, and after a few maybe they didn't want to stay down as that corny malt feeling set in. You could kill myriad of the relatively bitter watery-rice Budweiser's, though. It's like this: bitter makes it clean. Now, at Stone's brilliant level, the bitter makes it clean. It finishes clean. Stops on a dime. Time for another.

This is good stuff. It's also widely available, at least in California, although not cheap.

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Photo of ThePold
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know, straight fives, but I find it hard to imagine a better IPA. This is the one against which I measure all others Especially now that we have it coming from the Richmond brewery. So this one was fresh, in a proper IPA glass, lovely lacing, wonderful aroma and mouthful, all that you want from a hoppy San Diego style brew.

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Photo of rugger
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love IPA's and especailly big ones, however I know this one isn't a big one, but it comes across as a great one. There is nothing that I can find wrong with this beer. I tried to find something that I didn't like, but I couldn't find it.
Pours a beauty of a light copper color with a nice head and some nice lacing. The smell is of a nice hoppy citrus that when you smell you can't help but to say AAAHHH. The taste is smooth and hoppy which is what you want however here we have a nice balance and before you know it you are looking for another one. I only scored this one higher than the arrogance because it is a little lower than alcohol and I could probably drink several more of these before I started forgetting things. Stone Brewery I love you. Please come to Arkansas soon.

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Photo of tboom29
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light copper. The head was simply beautiful, thick, creamy, and cloudy-looking. Lots of lacing around the glass as I drank. Very thick and constant.

The nose was nice and light. Quite hoppy. Herby and piney, some sweetness also. Both the appearance and smell really make you want to drink the beer.

The first taste is sweet up front. Nice and malty and spicy. Although very hoppy, I think the malt balances the hoppiness very well. There's a little citrus as well. This is a stronger beer, but not heavy in the least. As hoppy as it is, you'd think there would be more aftertaste, but there is not. Overall an outstanding IPA.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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