Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

10,994 Ratings
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 aleā€”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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Ratings: 10,994 |  Reviews: 3,029
Photo of Nachojon
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice 1 finger white head. Orange citrus peel gold color. Hazy and good lacing. A nice looking beer for sure.

S- Nice citrus hop aroma. Warm grass and some dirt. Smells nice.

T- Nice citrus here, grapefruit, lemon and a lot of zest. Warm hops along back with warm grass and even some grain. So drinkable but nice and hoppy. Not too malt forward.

M- Crisp, nice tongue burn. Carbonated really well in balance with the flavor.

O- Part of my search for an everyday beer in absence of Zombie Dust lately, this might be my favorite six pack in the past couple months.

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Photo of aranton
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Zone_Fighter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Hophead21
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of cleve1212
1.5/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of jonziefle
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy dark gold, with a one finger white head. Reduces down to a thin, bubbled layer in not much time. Not much visible carbonation at all. Good lacing, but not extreme.

Smell: The nose is completely dominated by fragrant, fruity hops. Grapefruit and pine are the strongest scents, with other hop smells intermingling. The hops are strong, but not bitter or aggressive. Sweet, but not syrupy. Little in the way of malts; only if you smell deep down.

Taste: A nice hop bite to start, but, overall, the hops don’t taste as strong as in the nose; it’s a little deceiving. They’re good, and you can taste the grapefruit and pine, but more indescript than the nose as well. Malts are much more present in the taste, providing a bready backbone to the beer, as well as, lingering a bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Good bite up front, with a good linger at the end. Quite easy drinking.

Drinkability: A very good IPA. Good hops, with good malt balance. I would have preferred the taste to be closer to the smell, in relation to the hops, but it doesn’t disappoint either way. Easy drinker; definitely sessionable.

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Photo of JayNH
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a bright clear golden color with a large frothy head. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S- Pungent grapefuit hops fill the nose. Very pleasant and fruity.

T- A ton of sweet citric hops. Incredibly smooth, enough malt to take the harsh edge off a brew this well hopped.

M- Very, very smooth... medium bodied, carbonation level is perfect for the style.

D- Excellent! Stone pulls it off again. They can hop the hell out of a brew but balance it out just right. This brew goes down way too easy for it's IBU and ABV levels. Without a doubt, one of the gold standard beers for the American IPA style.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of fastsrt
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 ounce bottle in duvel tulip
A: Opaque golden orange, stiff frothy head lots of loose bubbles
S:lots of citrus hops, grapefruits.

T: good hop flavors but they are more on the piny earthy side, then the citrus comes through a little bit. this beer is liquid hops and there is not a solid backbone but it is good none the less.

M: light, smooth refreshing, leaves a snappy bitterness that finishes dry and inviting.

D: it is up there but I like the sharp citrus hops better, for me it lends to more drinkability.

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Photo of doof116
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Boy the just off white head won't quit.
thin copper color.
there's a glistening spruce forest in my mug from the smell of it.
Ooh, needles the palate with a hop portfolio. Fantastic mouthfeel. There's grapefruit rind, and juice. White peppercorns. A malt wash, like a water color of malt. As it warms the malt is still present as a color almost as much as a sweetness. Hops mellow to a vapor. Man this is great with salty hot dogs and hot banana peppers.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of lhaqq
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden/deep orangish yellow with an off-white head that dissipates gradually.
S: Smells of floral hops and faintly of caramel/sweet malts.
T: Tastes predominately of floral hops. Was expecting this part to be a bit more tangy than what I was met with, not that this was a disappointment. Has some sweetness to it that I was also not expecting, but not sure how to describe the flavor. The finish uniquely maintains both this sweetness and the hoppy bitterness simultaneously but independently.
M: Not too think or thin--good balance.
D: Good example of the style, will get again. Only had a half-pint with dinner at a cafe near my place, so I definitely want to revisit my review after another try.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Backlog. 12 oz bottle. Smells of apricot, citrus, pine. Amber-gold color. Not much head or lacing. Nice bitterness. Tastes of fruit, pine. Low on the carbonation end. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a generous white head with great retention. Lots of lacing down the glass makes for a pleasing visual experience. The smell is out-of-this-world good. Loads of citrus hops hit the nose with a wallop. The taste is all hops. Delicious grapefruit flavor with touch of pine. Plenty of bitterness makes this a hop-head's dream, and not for the faint-of-tongue. If there was ever a beer deserving of being called exceptional, this is it.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 10,994 ratings.
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