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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Reviews: 3,006 | Ratings: 10,894
Photo of kcrosson492
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thus far, one of the best IPA's I have had in a long time. It has a fantastic hoppy flavor that manages to still be smooth. You could easily drink this one over and over while maintaining a full flavor IPA. Good beer for party or casual drinking....

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At first sip I was a little worried that I might not like this one as much. But as I've gotten accustomed to the flavors and let the beer warm up a bit, I have come to really enjoy this beer. The smell is pretty dang hoppy in my opinion. I can smell the malt for sure, along with some earthy and citrus, floral hops. Now the taste is the best part. It's like the flavor just comes out of nowhere. The bitterness is there and delicious. You can taste hop resin, a little citrus, and again, the floral notes. The malt sweetness is definitely there as well. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is perfect. Overall, this beer is great and I will drink this resinous babe again.

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Photo of codekiln
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at Trader Joe's, poured into a 4-inch snifter

Bright, yellow, transparent, clear; very few bubbles, not much lace, barely any head

sweet, resinous

The hops throws you a curveball but it doesn't strike you out! Hops are more present on the tongue after the beer is downed... an incredible floral taste unlike anything... so flavorful you just want to keep drinking to reaffirm the experience

Carbonation unzips your tongue

An exemplary beer! Will go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of LiamStLiam
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber.

Pours a wonderful orange with a half-inch white head, and leaves tendrils of white down the glass as you drink. Cloudy and hard to see through.

Very sweet at first and loaded with hops.

An extremely intense beer and one you really have to pay attention .

The hops grab your tongue and pull it out. Long finish without much of the metallic taste.

Yes, it's as good as folks say.

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Photo of jsbrendle
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a nice fine-bubbled white head over a good coppery colored liquid, very inviting. The aroma is full of hops (floral or grapefruity). The initial taste is also of aggressive hops (in that "west coast" sort of style). The hops are balanced with a good amount of sweet malt character. Very nicely done, big & bold but smooth. The beer suffers a little on drinkability because it seems to be too much (too hoppy, too malty) & too strong (perhaps a % pt. too high) to make a good session beer if that's what you're looking for. Still, a very enjoyable pint (or two, they're small) to have during an evening out.

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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 MisterSH
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no freshness date. I like stone's labels but on an overly critical note, I must say the font they use on the bottle's neck is a little bit corny-looking.

Pours a straw/gold, with an exceptionally long lasting 1.5 finger head, leaving some of the most amazing lacing I've ever seen. This beer looks fantastic.

Aroma is dominated by resiny pine, with some citrus notes and whiffs of a fruity malt.

First taste impression is of spicy, pungently bitter American hops. Grapefruit is present , the malt backbone of the beer is strong and steps into the forefront in the second act, offering a bready, distinctly earthy finish that is crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is on point, moderate carbonation, very clean, fairly light in body and not overly oily.

I have not had this old favorite in some time now, and tasting it again I find it every bit as delicious as I remembered. Exceptionally delicious, it is crisp and ideally balanced. I find the malt profile of this beer slightly unusual with a welcome earthiness, rounding things out perfectly and setting this brew apart from its peers. In my mind an exemplary American IPA.

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Photo of Tromba
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a large chilled mug.

A: Pours golden copper color with a white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slight ring behind and very little lacing. Overall, very slightly cloudy.

S: Faint hops

T: Crisp and clean up front with wonderful pine, floral, and grapefruit notes followed by a great bitterness at the end that hangs around on the palate for a while.

M: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp with a clean and lingering bitter finish.

D: ABV is too high for a session beer, but some might like this one so much they drink quite a few anyway. This is a textbook American IPA...and American IPAs rock.

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

I've read so many good things about Stone and this particular beer I thought I would try it. Not generally a big IPA fan but wanted to give it a shot.

A - The bear poured a very refreshed looking light copper honey, thick foam head that lasted for a minute or two then left a nice even lace along side the glass. Very good looking brew.

S - Pronounced malt and citrus smell. It was golden to the nose and smelled extremely quenching.

T - Decent malt, creamy sweetness at first then a blast of citrus hops! Very hoppy and pronounced and pretty much tingles your tongue for seconds after. Good balance and a good IPA if you like them...especially the more bitter ones.

M- Medium body, well carbonated and extremely fresh!

D- Very refreshing and could be a good session beer. I'm not even a huge IPA fan but I could see myself having a few of these. Would accommodate some great food very nicely.

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Photo of mash4077
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz to glass

A- Clear orange, with a finger of white, bubbly foam (as in more medium sized bubbles).

S- Orange smells strike first, with citrus hops, and even a hint of banana. Light malt scents. Some floral hops, and just a little bit of caramel or molassas scent.

T- Wow, very well balanced. I've heard this has a reputation for over the top hoppiness but I just don't see it. Brilliant hops, citrus flavors, and enough mellow malts to keep it smoother than expected. I had this a long time ago, and loved it then. It's even better than I remember it.

M- Nice, good carbonation. Just a tad on the watery side.

D- Probably the worst aspect, but certainly not bad for the style.

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Photo of thatlongname
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great golden brew with lots of carbonation bubbles. Thick off white head that sticks.

Smell: Great hop smell, maybe a little bit of lemon zest or some sort of citrus in there.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Great complex hop flavors. Right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Especially nice when the foam hits your mouth. All part of the experience.

Overall: A damn good beer.

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Photo of jj139
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A - Hazy amber color, eggshell 2 finger head and long lasting lacing.

S - Piney hops with citrus/grapefruit notes

T - Big hops right off the bat then the citrus kicks in. Hints of malt in there as well.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Well balanced and very refreshing.

O - A very, very enjoyable American IPA. One sip leads to another and another.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a light copper color with a medium sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smell is floral hops. Some pine, some grapefruit.

Taste is nice, fresh hops with a dry biscuity character. Good amount of bitterness at 70+ IBU's, but so well balanced that it doesn't overpower the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall, a classic West Coast IPA that everyone should try.

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Photo of rgrace99
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Nice thick frothy head that reduces to a thin line of froth with lots of lacing. Nicely efferevescent with excellent mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor were a wonderful citrusy hop flavor with a little bit of sweetness in the end. The hop flavor isn't as aggressive as in Ruination but excellent and well balanced. High ABV is the only thing keeping this from being an excellent session beer. Another great offering from Stone.

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Photo of sirpsycho
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Mad Mex (Monroeville, PA). Pours an amber/orange, very slightly cloudy. Aroma is the classic IPA citrus and hops notes. Hops get you on the initial sip, but in a good way, not overpowering. Grapefruit-pine-citrus-hops. Will try this one again.

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

I forgot how good this beer is. I just popped a bottle and poured a nice amber fog into a Stone IPA glass (go figure).
I was mesmerized by the pale and crystal malt aroma which somewhat masked the hops at first. Honey notes. First sip revealed a perfectly balanced beer with a simple recipe behind it. The malt and hops were balanced beautifully with the yeast.
I felt the beer was dry, but not overly so, which certainly highlighted the hops. It has a slight bready quality that reminds me of Anchor or Bear Republic pales. Perhaps they use the Liberty yeast. Not sure. Good beer; really good.

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Photo of charliedango
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone IPA is by far one of the finest india pale ales that I have ever had. It has the heavy hops one comes to expect from an IPA, but it's smooth and far less abrasive than other brewers takes on IPA. It's a drag that you can't get Stone in Illinois, but well worth the drive to pick up a few bombers.

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Photo of oldpinecone
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pintglass.

Delicious delicious delicious.

Pours a great amber color with a nice 2 finger head that stays for a while and leaves great lacing.

Citrus smells were very apparent and gave me something to look foward to. It smelled like an orange, grapefruit and softball sized hop nugget were mashed together.

Taste was great. Super hoppy. Not as much citrus as the smell might have suggested but the hops were definetly kicking my ass. Great bitterness that stuck around. No malt tastes just pure goodness.

Mouthfeel was awesome. It was aggresive but perfectly balanced. Great for an IPA of this calibur.

Drink this beer all day and all night.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Baker's Street Grill and Bar. Poured a reddish-tan color with a decent head that left nice lacing throughout consumption. Smelled very hoppy, grapefruit, pine and sweet notes. Tasted hoppy, again sort of grapefruit, pine and almost a little too sweet. Good malt mixture in there as well. Overall a good go to IPA, however the sweetness coming off the hops makes the drinkability of it for me, a little too much to make it a staple.

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Photo of Brewnami
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite IPA right now. Very clean, sweet, and hoppy. Nice citrus and hop aroma. Cloudy light amber color, almost looks like a hefeweizen. Moderate carbonation. I cant express in words how much I love this beer. If you don't like this IPA, buy a six pack of Smirnoff Ice and rent The Notebook.

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Photo of realmpel
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an old standby, a crisp and clean IPA with a bit of a sweet finish. Appearance is a deep straw color. It has a somewhat passive aroma but a big flavor. It's always in the running for growler fills when I'm down at Stone.

Pairs extremely well with burgers and fries.

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Photo of CONOR8832
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Wonderful appearance, light amber/caramel color, with one hell of a white fluffy head when poured into a glass.

S - Excellent aroma, good citrusy smell, wonderful fresh hoppy scent.

T - The taste will blow you away, the flavors that you smell carry over to the taste of this beer. Nice hoppy flavor that turns sweet and citrusy.

M - Very light on the palate but medium bodied, doesn't leave the mouth feeling overly dry after you drink one, good amount of carbination.

D - A good everyday, drink a few after supper kind of IPA. One hell of a brew!

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Photo of CountJustinian
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a hazy orange glow and a foamy head of at least two inches. Head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Nose is very hoppy with an herbal and fruity smell. Taste is hoppy with mildly fruity malts. Medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with restrained bitterness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Sdesenberg
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at a local liquor store for about 12 dollars. For that price I expected something really spectacular and the 95 overall ranking made me think "oh boy, this is going to be great!". If I'm honest, it just isn't. It's TOO bitter. It tastes like what I imagine grapefruit peels to taste like. If you puréed them with some pine needles. Hopslam is way better for my palate any day of the week. Ugh.

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Photo of devo1980
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Just fantastic. With so many junk IPAs out there - this sets the standard of what an India Pale Ale shoud be. Tons of flavor and the bite is just right.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.23 out of 5 based on 10,894 ratings.
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