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 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 MmmIPA
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Very clear for a ipa.Nice thick creamy head.Alot of bubbles ,nice retention.

T-Nice and hoppy,very Citrusy and a faint aftertaste of a flowery taste.

S-Very flowery and citrus(grapefruit and maybe oranges)

M-Great! Everything I love in a ipa, this beer has.

D-Recomended to anyone that loves a nce no thrills ipa.

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

One of my absolute favorites.

Classic American IPA Golden Orange, if not a little more vibrant and Cloudy than most.

Very Hoppy, Citrus and Grapefruit Dominate.

Smooth, Delicious, and I always want more, but the 6.9% keeps it from being a session beer, usually 2-3 pints and you are done.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a creamy golden orange with a frothy off white head. An outstanding looking beer. The smell is all hops. The citrus hop aroma totally dominates this beer. Grapefruit or orange are the citrus smells that are the most strong. The tatse is really in your face hops. The crisp bitter hop flavor is really amazing. Smooth and refreshing, this beer could be a session beer if not the higher alcohol. The m/f is light with all the flavors blending well. An excellant beer that should not be missed. Cheers.

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Photo of ellisdee97
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange, nice carbonation. Light egg shell white head leaves a slight ring and nice lacing.

S: Strong musky hops with an excellent malt balance. Citrusy floral hop notes come through as it airs out.

T: Hops bite hard up front with a dry malt and hop finish. Sweet malt balance lingers.

M: Carb bubbles hit the throat, then hops dry it out. Last you get a sweet malt aftertaste.

D: Insanely drinkable for the amount of crisp hop bite. One of the best IPA's ever IMO, but for the style alone it is an IPA on steroids.

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

A- 1 ½” just off white head. Could see quite a bit of carbonation. Had a copper color and was very clear. It looked really “crisp”. The lacing covered the top and stuck to side of glass.
S- Very hoppy smell. Floral hops. Kind of fruity. Could smell a hint of pot in it. Little malt in background
T- Floral hops first taste with little bitter bite. Didn’t taste much else and had a medium bitter aftertaste.
M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Full flavor.
D- Very good but prefer the Ruination. Not bitter enough for me either.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark straw color with a two finger frothy white head. Retent is awesome, and there is plenty o' lace on the glass.

S- strog strong citrus scents, some pine smell in there too, if there was anything thing else to sniff in there i didnt get it cause i couldnt bring myself away from that wonderful citrus scent.

T- plenty of hop flavors in there including citrus, pine, and grassy. Malt sweetness as well. bitter citrus finish, very nice and intriquing flavor. Sad that it loses intensity of it gets warmer.

M- smooth with a near dry finish, medium to light body. fantastic

D- Hophead or not, try this beer its a masterpiece. Since Hop Knot by Four Peaks (in Tempe,AZ) is on tap only, i will be spending time with this IPA in between visits to AZ. Would love to put this and Hop Knot head to head.

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Photo of dfried
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden, slightly orange in color. Frothy 2cm off white head. Some sweet malt in the background of the aroma, but its mainly floral and citrus hops, along with some other fruity notes. The taste is very similar to my favorite IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale (regionally biased opinion of course.) Just enough pale sweet malty backbone to balance out the outrageously awesome hops. They are mostly floral and perfume-y up front, but with a lot of citrus, orange and grapefruit, as well as some apricot. A few pine-y notes come as the beer goes down. Great silky smooth mouthfeel. Awesome representation of my favorite style? Of course I could drink these all night.

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Photo of jlmjl
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont love the bottle, actually, Ive seen these type clear labels (recently on a Heiny bottle), not my favorite. It screams new technology and cheap. the Gargoyle stuff is cute,

A - Very odd actually, its that cloudy. Lacing is minimal in the beer I just poured. It didnt have too much of a head either, although as I write this, it has clearly maintained its' 1/4 inch head. The one thing I noticed, it bearly has any carbination (until I give it a good swirl)

S - It smells hoppy, buy by no means overly hoppy. Im not sure if I smell a mild citrus or taste it.

T - Awsome. Again, no question your are drinking an IPA but the hops is not overdone. This beer has a great balance to it. You alos know you are drinking a beer with some booze in it. Awsome. The taste lives up to the hype

M - Creamy is the only thing that comes to mind.

D - I have only had two of these so far, but there is no doubt this is a session brew.
Great choice, who picked up this beer ?

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Photo of riversider76
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich gold. One finger plus head, goes into a nice lace. Smell hits you as soon as you open the bottle. Pine,and citrus hops. Very nice. Body is fairly light, with just the right amount of carbionation. Taste is a smooth balance of hops and malt. This i the best IPA I've tried to date. Wow!

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a hazed golden caramel color. The head began as two fingers of frothy white foam, that fell to a wispy cap. The cap became a halo of fine bubbles along the glass.
By the end of the glass the clarity had improved greatly and any remnants of head had disappeared.
The smell is big up-front citrusy hops, grapefruit, and sweet malty goodness.
The taste is suprisingly malty sweetness, piney, and dry bittering hops.
Medium bodied, Moderate carbonation.

I am actually beginning to really enjoy IPAs. DIPAs I'm still working on. This was actually enjoyable and not overpoweringly hopped or dry.
I felt the lack of sustained head or any measurable lace detracted from my numbers. Not bad overall.

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Photo of teg8612
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an orangy color with a nice foamy head.

S-Not very aromatic. Mellow hop with pine and lemon zest.

T-Sweet, citrus taste with pine-hoppy aftertaste. Bitterness stays but never becomes too much. Very balanced and not over the top like many IPA's. Very smooth and I can't detect the high ABV at all.

M-Good carbonation. The piney hops come back for round two with each appreciative belch from this brew. Medium without the bitter aftertaste to weigh down the palate.

D-This isn't an IPA that scares me. I like hops but not in the quantities that most IPA's use. This is just right. Very drinkable and would be a session beer if the ABV wasn't so high. Bottle is just as good but has a more acidic quality in the hops and slightly quicker bitterness build-up. Both are good, I just prefer the draft..

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Photo of Liquids
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright orangey yellow, with a one finger head that holds. Notably vapid carbonation. Teh aroma reminds me of 60 minute a bit, sweet, with floral and piney hops...smells complex, which for hops is a good thing. Taste is grapefruity bit penetratingly bitter. Not killer in it's bite, but the bitterness does linger. It's in amount of bitterness here not type, thing more like a lot of lower alpha bitterness rather than less high alpha bitterness...and its, again, complex with multiple kinds of hops I'd guess. Similar in style to 60 minute bit more straight bitterness and less in aroma. Leaves a tang on the tounge but it's not so cascade-like where it might linger infinitely past the point of enjoyment. Mouthfeel is not overwhelming but a bit high on carbonation, good for most. When I let this one stick around and decarbonate thought, I realizzed that it tasted mostly like hop water. the malt here is not that present. The complexity of the hop profile is what shines, and the alcohol is well hidden. This has good drinkability for an IPA, but one is plenty for me. I prefer 60 minute, but to each their own.

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

Honestly, I think this is more bitter than Arrogant Bastard, but hey! It is definitely the best IPA to have ever graced my lips. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber with Stone's trademark ripping on the BMC idiots into a hefe glass and was pure orange with a nice head. In fact, the top half was all cream. Upon first whiff, it is all hops, wondering if you can finish the bottle! But you do because of the citrus and hop character found in about no other beer. The taste is amazing. The hoppiness lingers a good 30 minutes after you drink it (the buzz is another thing!). I was amazed at how well the head held throughout a whole 22 oz. bottle. It never dissipated to a ring, but left a good 2 cm of off white on top at all times, and I was very impressed by that. The mouthfeel is great and bitter, a definite sipper over time. That’s where the drinkability takes a whack, but the taste is by far the highlight of the beer! I am fast becoming a Stone fanatic, and living in San Diego is living the dream! Everyone needs to try this. An awesome, possibly elite? form of an IPA. And if you plan on drinking the bomber, have someone drive home!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber with 10th anniv. crown

decants a pale shade of orange, pumpkiney and crystal clear, into my bass imperial pint glass. head is a finger plus, and sits even. slowly, pockmarks grow creating a hilly, marshmallow texture to the solid head. for the most part, this beer maintains a ballsy image. bubbles flow and thick foam caps the baby off. a little too clear for something with schnuts, but i won't hold that against it quite yet.

this is not the most aromatic beer. slightly resinous, some lemony pine and perfumey notes. candied ginger hint. very mellow yet detectably hoppy.

taste.. well, this is certainly a west coast creation. big sweet grapefruit gulps and pine tree burps follow. bitterness builds slowly like a habanero heat but never overwhelms the happily acidic hop profile. there isn't any chalkiness here to speak of.. the green hops stand alone to create a juicy lupulific experience. it's very silky going down with the perfect amount of carbonation.. i just wish it was a bit more dense. maybe something to give it a little hazy kick, a homebrewy feel or something similar. although, at nearly 7%, i am able to consume this in record time.

i can see why this is a staple beer for many people, especially west-coasters.. and i'd love to try it on tap. good drink.. just not any better than local favorites including abijah rowe and hopmeadow. still, recommended session ipa.

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Photo of mherring
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a weekend back home and found this at a local beer bar. When I ordered a Scottish started going crazy about how IPA's were his favorite type of beer. As a side note he also did very good impressions of Fat Bastard, and did more and more of them as the night wore on. Back to the task at hand though. I've never had an IPA before but knew it to be very well hopped. This was no exception to the style and was a very good beer by my standards. It poured a nice goldish orange color and I was immediately taken in by the nice smell of citrus and hops. The taste was awesome. It had a very crisp feel to it and the hops definitely came through. This is a style of beer I think I could grow to love very easily if they are all as drinkable as this beer.

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Photo of
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Beer was gold and faintly orange, slight haze may have been due to chill. Good size, off white head. Scent was of hops, with orange as the primary, but citrus in general. Malt was very faint. Taste was similar, but more balanced. Hops hit you first and well, but malt is sturdy and had a bit of honey in it. Body seemed medium to light, with medium carbonation. Very slightly drying. Overall and excellent beer, but not as hoppy as I expected given Stone's other offerings. I wonder if the sixer I purchased had some age on it. I have a bomber also on hand, I may just have to try this again.

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Photo of loving44
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured gracefully into a Stone IPA tulip glass. Gear froamy head that lasted for quite a while with nice lacing.

Smells of.... HOPS!! Wonderfully fruity wihn hints of citrus. also sweet pine.

Tastes nice and bitter but very well balenced with citrus and malt, leaves a twinge of hop bitterness at it leaves the back of your tounge. A real treat from sip to sip.

Nice light mouthfeel with the finish of a big beer, it coats the tongue.

I could drink a couple bombers easy or tackle the whole six pack if I was so inclined. This would make a great session beer on it's own or paired with the less hoppy Stone Pale Ale, yet is great as a stand alone beer when you just want to sit back relax and have a beer that's truely special.

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Photo of jackorain
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the fridge poured into pint glass. very nice painted brown bottle with a gargoyle and description of how very hoppy and bitter this beer will be.

A-Poured a nice golden to copper color, not crystal clear, a little cloudy. head was 3/4 inch thick billowy and long lasting. After 3 minutes, half of what poured originally was still ther. good lacing to start.

S-Mild citrus hop aroma, also some green hop also.

T-Great, balanced hops with citrus, green and pine all evident. Malty sweetness on also comes throgh. Great oveall balance.

M-Light body maybe a little watery. But still good with some hop olis that coat the tongue.

D-Very Drinkable, would go nice with many strong flavored food, chili, mexican, hot sausage and pepper sangies. Also could be a nice session, albeit it a short one.

Real nice selection by a member of my beer club that I had no confidence in to make a good choice.

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

The best inheritance than learned the Americans of the British, an excellent formula done by one micro of the best ones in the USA, incomparable, special flavor, defined, feel as if they were chewing "literally" hops, exquisite for my taste, of the best thing than the gringos do, special for great occasions, recommendable 95%.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big pillowy and foamy head with a perfect golden and clear color with a strong lacing.

Smell is of sweet hops with some pine and sweet dark plum.

Taste is great, just not very complex and very light on the palate without almost any aftertaste. It's hoppy and smooth, not too bitter.

Very smooth and soft on the palate.

Very drinkable, If I lived in CA, this would be my session beer.

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

A: Pours a light orange with a huge white, thick 3" head that disapates very slowly, leaving a decent amount of lacing. I'm not kidding when I say thick, this thing looks like bubble bath. It almost started flowing out of my glass and I even stopped pouring early. Very impressive. Quite a few little bubbles can be seen racing to the top.

S: Very stong smell of sweet fruitiness and lots and lots of piney hops.

T: This is a very aggressivly hopped beer. There is a little bit of sweetness in the first taste, but it is immidiatly overtaken by the hops and dosn't come back. The piney hops are there from begining to end and even in the aftertaste, although the aftertaste didn't linger very long which kind of surprised me.

M: Extremely smooth, small bubbles rapidly dance on the tongue while you take in the flavor. Goes down very easy.

D: This is a damn good IPA and very easy to drink. It goes down so smooth and taste so good I'm tempted to chug it like Gatorade. This is the essential summer beer. Tasty and very thirst quenching. I couldn't ask for more in a beer.

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Photo of Estarrio
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy copper/straw color. Medium white frothy head dispersed quickly, leaving a persistent lacing.

Aroma is pure malt, mingled with hoppy goodness.

I’m an IPA fanatic and after a recent string of Belgium samplings, this was a nice homecoming. Stone IPA has a big pine/hop taste that balances well with a sweet malt and citrusy fruit flavor. This leaves only a slight bitter aftertaste when compared to the Arrogant Bastard and the Ruination IPA.

This isn’t the "death by hops" experience many IPA fanatics drool over but it is an excellent IPA to be enjoyed by both fanatics and neophytes to the style.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased with my first beer from Stone. Pours to a golden orange, with thick off-white head that lingers and excellent lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus fruits.... grapefruit, lemons and oranges. Flavor of hops and fruits, and excellent finish, which actuaally included a warming sensation from the alcohol. I was expecting a lot from this IPA, and was not disappointed at all.

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

By far my favorite beer right now if it were not for the severe expense that it can have on your wallet. $5 a 22 oz bottle, and $11 for a 6 pack of 12oz. If anyone knows were to get this cheaper please email me.

To say i could drink this beer all day it a severe understatement. Great hops character and aroma, beautiful amber color and a great mouthfeel. Make me want to try every Stone beer out there.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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