Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)
11,067 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.

Added by kbub6f on 01-25-2001

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 11,067 |  Reviews: 3,042
Photo of asparkoflife
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ROGUE16
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of SmokeyJoesCafe
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ThirdEyePA
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BrewinHeadBanger
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of jilly425
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of bierbrauer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle brought back from visit to Southeast. Freshness dated, "enjoy by 02/05/11," bottled 90 days prior on 12/05/10 -- exactly a year ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Very cloudy light amber; persistent effervescence; 1-1/2" white head that falls quickly and leaves hardly any lacing on glass sides, but a white slick and white solids on surface.

S: Grapefruit is up front; some lemon and underlying malt sweetness.

T: Sharp, juicy citrus and pine; smooth caramel malt; growing bitterness that lingers with pine resin flavor.

M: Medium body and medium/high carbonation; creamy; dry finish; slight alcohol warming.

O: Surprising presence of hops after a full year in the bottle. I'll look forward to tasting a fresher example of this hop-forward West Coast I.P.A. More difficult to obtain since Stone dropped distribution in WI last May. Complex and delicious.

 873 characters

Photo of bkisliuk
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Kevin79
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of JazzIPA55
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of futura123
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of shwhat
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of murphius1118
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dvanhandel
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Kgrubb1224
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of bigred89
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ejw127
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of rapayn01
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent IPA and I look forward to finishing the remainder of the 6-pack. I poured the 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass and took note of the nice foamy head -- about an inch in all. The beer is amber-colored.

As others have written, it is a very well-hopped IPA with a nice citrus aroma and taste. I actually did not find it all that bitter, but my taste buds are used to drinking beers in this genre. In any case, I found the hops to be sufficiently balanced to take the most bitter edge off of the hops. It still tilts generously towards the hops, but it has a very pleasing taste.

 597 characters

Photo of alemiester
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev -5%

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

A - Golden brown color, and very hazy. Great head retention and frothy lacing that sticks to the glass nicely.

S - Tons of resiny, piney hops, and strong citrus overtones. Reminds me of DFH 60M Minute with lots of grapefruit. I also smell some fresh bread, too. Really digging this. Smells like it's true to it's name: how hoppy can we brew a beer?

T - Really refreshing IPA with an outstanding hoppy bite. Tons of bitter citruses (lemon), as well as a cranberry aftertaste (really subtle). This is a huge flavored IPA.

M - Nice balance of carbonation and malt-smoothness. A resin aftertaste gives a big, sticky mouthfeel, which may turn off some - but, we're drinking a big IPA here, what did you expect?

O - This is a great effort from Stone. This is right up there with DFH in terms of my favorite IPAs - big hoppy flavors, tons of citrus, and a nice refreshing malt-y finish with a good carbonation balance. Excellent brew.

 933 characters

Photo of LJCoviello
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of chicagogirlie
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 11,067 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.