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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
11,085 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 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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Ratings: 11,085 |  Reviews: 3,044
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first sampling from the Stone brewery. Needless to say, I was more than impressed.

22 oz. brown bottle with all the printing etched into the bottle in green and white lettering. 6.9% alcohol. It's nice to know that the gargoyle on the label "wards off modern day evil spirits such as chemical preservatives, additives, and adjuncts." Who wants evil spirits in their....spirits?

Appearance: Poured a clear dark copper with a generous 2" thick frothy white head. Stuck to the sides of my glass quite nicely.

Aroma: Hmmmm.....how should I put it? Hoppy. Yes. Hoppy. Citrus-laced hops nuking your nose. Does that adequately describe it?

Taste: As can imagine, the hops win the "hops vs. malt" contest in this offering. Very crisp and decadent hop character drenches this beer. If you don't like (an obscene amount of) hops, then avoid this beer. An outstanding IPA. Definitely my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Excellent.

Drinkability: For a 6.9% beer, I could drink this all day. There's a little warming effect from it, but nothing to keep you ordering another...and another...and another.

I can't wait to try the other Stone beers I recently purchased. With an arrogant bastard, double bastard, and ruination IPA waiting to be consumed, I may be bitter the rest of this year.

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Photo of Brewzzle
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As one of my favourite styles of beer this certainly ranks up there with the best I've had.

The first thing you notice when you pop the bottle is the aroma, wonderfully clean with a very strong hop profile. The aroma just get stronger as it pours, in fact I was not sure if I would spoil the moment by actually drinking the beer. Well, I am glad I took a taste, it has well rounded body, full of malt, hop bitterness and too many other delicate flavors my palate couldn't discern. The overall feeling it left me with is that it is well made, everything in proportion.

If it weren't so expensive I think I could just drink this IPA and be completely satisfied.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you've been to D's in Pittsburgh a couple times Im sure you've met Mike, hes a regular there and he recommended this to me early tonight. This IPA gives an exceptionally strong floral fragerance with a hint of citrusy scents. Head is white, fluffy, and disapates rather quickly. Its color is lighter than that of other AIPA's such as HopDevil. Flavor is very hoppy. First sip just smacks your face with the taste of hops and lingers throughout the bottle. Very hoppy beer. Taste is slightly bitter but very pleasant and tasty. A hophead's beer...Im gonna have to try arrogant bastard soon, which was characterized to me as 'similar to this but on steriods'

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Stone product. Run down in Ohio by my pal John Neil. Thanks!

Gorgeous, viscous, brilliant amber liquid. Super rich, concentrated ripe grain aromas are overcome by deliriously fresh, sticky hop fragrances. The greens lean toward the "lemonade" side of the spectrum. Overt nose on this one.
Fluffy on the palate. Perfect carbonation here. Intense flavors of sheep's milk ricotta, lemon, egg pastries, heavily toasted, and graphite dust...maybe even a little charcoal. Edgy, forward and commanding. Good entertaining beer. True to its genre. Maybe one of the best.

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Photo of Zraly
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This has exceeded my expectations.

For one, I'm not a huge hophead. I'm more of a malt gal. Just as I prefer particular genres of music, I prefer particular structures of beer...high on the malt, medium on the hops. My usual preference (in terms of music) is either heavy, moody guitar rock or old Delta-style blues. But, this is not to say I do not appreciate other makes of music...because I love music in general. So, when I hear Bach or Dr. Dre, although they are not in my "favorite" style(s) of music, I appreciate their offerings. They do what they do and they do it well.

Stone is like Bach/Dre to me; overly hoppy beverages are not my first choice. But, I know a good one when I taste it. And Stone's IPA is a case in point.

The head poured rich, creamy, and fluffy . The beer itself was a beautiful, deep gold with a touch o' amber. The smell was hop heaven...like I just opened a pouch of fresh hop flowers. The smell was also tinged with a note of citrus...which carried over into the flavor.

As well as the citrus note, there is a spicy undertone that comes along with the malt hints, it is a sweet spice, or a spice that would compliment a sweet flavor. (Perhaps it is cinnamon I pick up on?)
What amazes me most is, beside all the flavor and hoppy goodness...this beer finishes incredibly smooth, clinging to the glass all the way to the bottom. It's crisp and snappy. And so damn refreshing.

This is a high quality brew. It doesn't get much better than this.

This beer goes exceptionally well with shrimp and spicy cocktail sauce.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber gold color.Wasn't much of a head,but left trace amounts of lace.Head dissolved quick to almost nothing.Has an immediate hop smell.Taste of hops is unmistakable and hefty.A medium body with an unusual high ABV for an IPA.The finish is very bitter with no presence of an alcohol taste.Leaves a dry feeling on the mouth.You'll be burping up hops for awhile with this brew.

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Photo of Viking
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange-amber brew with a few lazy trails of C02. Nice, thick white head. Head fades a bit quickly, but leaves plenty of lace on the glass, and atop the beer. Smell of piny-grapefruity hops is strong. I didn't notice any malt in the aroma. Taste is a wonderful bitter hop bit, citrusy and herbal with a bit of caramel malt to keep it from being 2-Dimensional.

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Photo of maxpower
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, light orange -copper color with a white frothy head, nice lacing. Clean citrus-pine aroma, medium body malty with a strong hop profile, nice balance, One hell of an IPA.

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Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm... hops. This IPA pours a golden copper color with excellent clarity and a frothy, off-white head which holds up well. Nose is dominated by citric, floral hops. With 60 IBUs, the taste is big on hops, as well, with some nice malt support. Not overpowering, but rather fairly well balanced with a definite nod to the hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is smooth overall, and is fairly easy to drink for a brew of its ABV. Stone produces an upper-tier American IPA with this one.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden color with a good head. The first sip signalled what was to come as the taste of hops filled my mouth. Not extremely bitter, but pleasantly biting. The ABV could be felt as I continued to consume. Quite a pleasant IPA, and I will be buying more in the future.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is really a unique IPA. Pours out beautifully with a nice white head and golden yellow body. I expected more hop aroma but it was there along with a buttery malt nose. Light bodied while going down but the aftertaste is buttery with caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla flavors dominating. A cedery hop flavor is there and the bitterness complements the malt very well but does not overwhelm. When this beer warms it takes on belgian ale qualities which I am guessing comes from the type of yeast they use. A very fine IPA.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a top notch IPA. Aggressively hopped. A wonderful hop aroma abounds. Very good flavor with the hops dominating, yet very drinkable and not too bitter. If you're a hop-head you need to find this one.

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Photo of doerickson
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper in color with a smallish white head. Hop aromas of pine and citrus fill the nose. Light carbonation. The hops bite you right away and don't let go, although there is some toasted malt flavor to keep the hops from completely having their way. I haven't tasted many American IPAs that were better than this one.

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Photo of Todd
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Fancy painted label with loads of definitions and the usual (nice bottle), but no freshness date. Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, but thick looking, brillian amber with a good 2-3 finger clumpy, fluffy, creamy, sticky white foam lace. Excellent head retention! I recommend that you pour this beer hard, but controlled for max. eye candy.

Smell: Hop aromas are off the hook! Wonderfully aromatic, a bit pungent, with strong herbal / spice characters. Loads of thick fruity esters join the fun, too. I think Stone should bottle this scent and market it as a beergeek cologne.

Taste: First thing that hits the palate is hop spice. It's herbally and there's lot of it -- a bit piney, too. There's a background peak of grassy hop flavours, and a near puckering effect -- I know George Carlin hates this word (screw him), but this beer is "zesty!" and one hoppy-ass beer, to say the least. (drink this beer and burp ... gotta love that)

Mouthfeel is so damn smooth, very creamy, a bit syrupy and big all around.

Malt-wise, things get nicely balanced with a very full and rich body and moderate sweetness, in comparison to the hops. Middle fruity flavour, akin to pineapple. Big bready and yeast-like finish (a tad too much, but forgivable), going dry with residual hop flavours still kicking ass all over your palate.

Notes: Simply put ... this is one insane IPA, and not for the weak palate. To compare it to other IPAs would be silly, however I think this sums it up ... Once Stone comes into a new market it's like a challenge to other brewers in the area: "I know my big beers are bigger and better than yours, but let's see yours anyway. I promise not to laugh." Oh ... and this is just their standard IPA doing the speaking.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive hops aroma assaults the senses after pouring this appealing amber brew. Puts other IPA's into another category.
The nose says all hops the taste says big, grainy, caramel malt underlying the big time Pacific Northwest hop profile. The hops are so flavorful, bitterness doesn't really come to mind. The citric, piney adjectives don't seem to capture all the different complexities available in this brew. Anyone who loves hops and thinks they've had it all should try this beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the Stone Ruination I thought things could not get any better. How Wrong could I be? the Stone IPA is even better than the Ruination!. The trademark 22 fl.oz bottle contains yet another masterful brew, with more charisma than the Annual convention of Conceited Egocentrics.
It poured with a reasonable head, which quickly rescinded to a modest ¼” covering. Little carbonation once things calmed down, with the head later breaking up to reveal just a “halo-head” clinging to the edges.
A Golden Amber Color that had a feint orangey glow at times. The aroma is totally inescapable unless you have no nose, or burnt out your septum doing Coke. According to the “blurb” on the bottle, this is because of 2 weeks of dry-hopping. It works and gives a very pungent fresh hop nose, extremely floral in character, just like walking through a Kent Hop field after it has rained (yes I have done this!). The hops continue into the taste. A stunning hoppy, citric bitterness introduces the beer. This is SO fresh, I expected to find hop cones inside the bottle. There is malt hidden in the background that defers to the higher authority of the hops, and a very mild sweetness does help to balance the beer at the end. You would not believe this beer is 6.9% ABV, there is little or no alcohol character to this beer at all – it is all about Hops. Just as it should be. The “normal” Stone IPA, as I now see I incorrectly referred to it before I tried it tonight, has a much better overall balance than the Ruination.
It’s Drinkability? Well, it is simply only limited by that of your own Capacity!!. This is THE sign of a truly Great Beer in my very humble opinion, and one which I rarely encounter. Simply an Exceptional IPA, which has the ‘edge’ on its more famous stablemate Ruination I think.
I am beginning to have the utmost respect & highest regard for Stone. I have limited experience of US Brewers, but if there are better ones out there– I can’t wait to try them!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a hazy deep peach in color, topped by a frothy white head that holds well and leaves some excellent "sticky" lace. The aroma is of a fruity, sweet (almost sugary) malt, and bold floral & citrus hops (that combine with the sweetness to offer alot of pineapple - but also some lemon). The body is medium/full with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gives a light zest on the tongue and then becomes quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor offers a blend of rich, sweet, fruity, and lightly caramel & bready malt, and loads of citrusy, floral, piney & grassy hops backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes with a lingering combination of sweet floral malt flavor and dry bitterness. Although the bitterness is hefty, it's not overwhelming, and the sweet malt remains evident throughout the glass. The alcohol is beautifully cloaked, revealing only a light touch of "spiciness" in the flavor. This is a really unique and exceptional beer that's well worth seeking out. Well brewed. Outstanding.

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Photo of jackndan
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone IPA: Not Ruination, but rather Stone’s everyday IPA, bought in a six pack. Very nice amber color, with a very thick sticky head. The aroma was hops, the taste was a mildly pleasant hops tingle and the aftertaste was a very nice hops, with a slight residue of hops oils. Very nice, with a decent alcohol warmth as well. Very nice example of an IPA.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is Stone's IPA light when compared to the Ruination IPA, but don't think this is anything light. Stone's IPA also has a strong hop pressence in it's taste. The appearence is a bit cloudy, yet still has that copperish ale look to it. The hop pressence is obvious in the aroma, so don't say you were not warned when you drink it. This is a good beer by Stone, although, I'm a bit confused as to why they would have 2 full-time IPA's on the market...not unless this is the budget version when compared to the Ruination.

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Photo of hyuga
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big, impressive froth that almost refuses to settle (which, of course, is a good thing). Leaves nearly enough lace to make it look like it didn't even settle! Copper to orange color. Absolutely beautiful hoppy aroma. Tons of floral and citrus character. In fact, it jumps out at you before you even finish opening the bottle. More citrus-like hop bitterness in the flavor, with some hints of spiciness and great malty undertones. Hops make it very smooth and crisp, and the bread-like maltiness underneath rounds it out quite well. Great balance of bitterness and sweetness as well. Dangerously drinkable! This is one wonderful brew. I'm loving every Stone brew I try with a passion! If you're just starting to love hops, this is a great step up from their pale ale if you're not quite ready for "ruination". And for the seasoned hophead, this is a wonderful treat and an exceptional brew all around! No matter who you are, try this! It will not fail to impress.

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Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy golden - hue topped by a thick, heterogenous head that leaves lace. Aromatic citrus rind and pine hop nose perhaps from a Cascade / Chinook combination. Malt aroma is subdued, and only a light caramel sweetness can be discerned. The clean, but sharp hop bitterness upfront gives slowly gives way to honey - like sweetness and light bready grain, but hops nonetheless dominate overall. Hop flavor is wonderfully all American, being comprised of pine, grapefruit & even a hint of lemon. Although secondary to the hop profile, there's sufficient malt foundation to keep this AIPA from being one - dimensional. Finishes pleasantly bitter. A definitive American IPA. Hops dominate, but they aren't overbearing or astringent. Surprisingly "balanced" for a brew by Stone. Reminescent of Ruination IPA "light." Stone IPA is well crafted and very tasty.

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Photo of cokes
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wohoo! This is an IPA I can dig into!
Pours a deep golden body. White head is thin. Fades to a laces and sticks around. There are actually hops specks in my glass.
The nose is literally blasted with the aroma. Lemon and grapefruit. Pine and tropical fruit. Heavenly!
Taste is big on the hops, but well-balanced. Starts with some grapefruit and pine, then segues to some carmel and toasted notes. Finishes up with some sap-like hops. Lingers in the mouth long after the sip.
Fills the mouth with flavor. Nothing obscene or offensive. Just solid IPA goodness.
Makes me wonder what some of Stone's other IPA's are like.

Thank you very much, Bighuge. This was worth the 250 mile trip in itself

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Photo of Brent
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some beers are big, but this one is gigantic. Pushes the hops envelope with gusto! Fantastic aroma of grapefruit with a tinge of sweetness (pink grapefruit/tangerine?) Hops stake a claim in the flavor right from the start, but then back off just enough to let the malt shine through, then the hops settle back in for a slow, bitter finish. Not over the top with hops, but teetering on the edge. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is unbelievable...fresh and spicy with some floral notes...the incredibly complex aroma of this beer is definitely a highlight of it..I could smell this damn thing all night without taking a sip..Taste is very goo..Definitely leans to the bitter side quite heavily, but there is a good malt backbone with some soft caramel undetones...strong bitterness on the long finish...taste doesn't quite match the smell but still very good overall..

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Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I probably should have drank this first. It seems almost boring after the Ruination. Less floral than Ruination, with an intense smell of a christmas tree sap. Smell almost gives me a headache. Stone makes pretty beers and this is one of them. Good head with nice retention, good color. Flavor is surpisingly malty, nutty. Hops strong from the beginning and very short finish.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,085 ratings
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