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 SethB2
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a semi-transparent orangish color with nice fluffy head that retains for what seens like forever. When it finally does calm a bit, it leaves evidence in the form of sticky lacing down the walls of the glass. Smells great. Grapefruit and pine hops up from followed by malty sweet goodness. Flavor is just as nice as the smell. Hops dominate, but this beer is exceptionally well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkablity are both excellent. I would love to have another .. and I think I will.

I could easily give this beer fives across the board, and might update it later. Until then, I'm still searching for the perfect IPA, but I think I may have already found it. Great beer.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beer pours a nice light orange, very clear, nice white head that lasts a long time.

aroma is totally dominated by American hops, smells very appealing.

taste is also dominated by hops, although not nearly as citrusy as many American IPAs, there is a nice malt element as well. overall a very delicious IPA

mouthfeel is medium viscosity, very nice.

Drinkability is pretty good although one or two is enough for me.

overall, one of my favorite IPA's very very nice, if i had access to this in Michigan i would buy it regularly.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with an nice white head that eventually just leaves a film. Medium carbonation. As expected, good aroma of pine, citrus, and resin. Quite a bit less than the Ruination. Overall, this is a good IPA, but not as good an IPA as Ruination is a DIPA.

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Photo of burnstar
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a big rocky white head that leave fantastic lacing on the glass. Aroma is powerful citrus hops. Taste - wow this is some intense citrusy hop flavor! There is some great sweet malt backbone here too but I wouldn't exactly call it balanced but it's an IPA after all and it doesn't have to be balanced to be delicious - which it is. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and creamy, nicely carbonated. This is a great beer and is quite drinkable despite it hugeness.

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Photo of artusory
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a big white head that fades to a light cover. Nice lacing. Aroma is pine and grapefruit, with some malt underneath. The flavor is good on the citrus and pine with a nice caramel malt backbone. Good balance and very easy drinking. Not quite up to the level of the top IPAs however.

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

Stone IPA

Appearance- light mahogany brown with a touch of orange and a huge white head. Decent lacing throughout.
Smell- sweet candy malt with a nice touch of grapefruit rind .
Taste- Sweet malt blended with a pine hop. Strong pine with a citrus taste slighty overpowered by the malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front but a nice bitter dry pine flavor in the backend.

Overall- Another good IPA that I didn't fully appreciate in the past. I've since come around and can't get enough of these full bodied IPA's.

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Photo of funkmaster229
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Irecently re-discovered this beer and was reminded, as I took my first sniff in awhile, why this is my standard for american ipa. With fresh bottles easily accessable and exceedingly more bars carrying stone products on draft there's no excuse for any to miss out on this one.

color: straw to gold with a peachy hue. tight, white head.

aroma: slightly sweet initially, but immediately slapped me with fresh hoppy funk and a little estery zest.(chinook? galena?) In the back I find mixed nut and old hop/cheese notes.

taste: exploding with fresh and seperate malt and hop flavors. beautifully balanced in the mouth and at the finish leaving a brand of that hop profile seared into the brain for days. I love the fact that I'm intrigued, but not overwhelmed with complexity. One with a more tuned pallate could peel away at this one for a while, but you still can't help needing to just drink the damn thing.

In THIS style, I find myself hard-pressed to find a better beer.
I think I'm going to need some cashews and stilton cheese with this one next time.

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

Many thanks to jhammerly for providing this much anticipated offering.
Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with a 1/2" sticky white head. Sticky white lace lines the sides of the glass. Classic IPA look.
Smell: Wonderful floral hop aroma. Smells better than a new spring garden.
Taste: The hops hit you up front and they hit you hard! Piny and grassy hops with a mild sweet malt and alcohol finish to kind of clean the palate for another gulp. Delicious!
Mouthfeel: Sticky oily hop mouthfeel.
Drinkability depends on how much you like the hop bitterness. If you are not a hop head then this would be a sipping beer. But to hopheads this is a gulping beer.
Overall a highly recommended IPA that is the standard for the style.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with an orange tint and excellent clarity. A white, one finger head of semi-dense foam shows good retention and leaves sticky lacing. Big american hop aroma of chinook and cascade like grapefruit/citrus with a mild grassy tone; background toasted pale malt. First sip is sweet toasted pale malt, followed by a rush of herbal hop bitterness. Slightly fruity, but not estery at all which I like. The aftertaste is dry and bitter with a fresh cut whole hop flavor. The pale malt is simple but strong enough for a great balance against the complex hop character. The flavor is dry, bitter, sweet and fruity all at once. Mild carbonation and medium bodied for a smooth mouthfeel that breaks up the bitterness without being overly carbonated. The finish is dry with a hop resin taste and alpha acid bite, but it fades quick enough and retains a high drinkability. A wonderfully satisfying American IPA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice to be able to use the Stone IPA glass I got for Christmas for its intented beer.

Pours a bright gold with a bit of haze, topped by thick column of soft, very bubbly, pure white froth. Excellent lacing.

Nicely assertive citrusy nose - grapefruit, orange, lemon, bit of apricot.

Sweet caramelly malt gets a big foot in the door first, but very quickly the hops are there to slather on like suntan lotion on an Irish guy at the San Diego beach. That's not to say it isn't balanced though. Hoppy yes, but the malt side lurks about through to the finish.

Good mouthfeel, substantial. Excellent drinkability.

An all around winner of a west coast American IPA. As Bob Dylan would say: "Everybody must get Stone."

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

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, this beer is a cloudy golden color with two fingers of off-white head which sticks around for a few minutes. Very nice rings of lace left behind on the glass. Nose is full of flowery and perfumy hops, slight amount of citrus, and a hint of doughy biscuits. Taste starts out with a rather sweet malt and then hits you with loads of flowery hops giving way to a gently bitter finish. Very nice delicate hops meld well with the strong pale malt for a very drinkable balanced IPA. Hop bitterness seems a little too subdued at first, but builds as you make your way through the glass. Medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, and an absolutely silky smooth feel. This is a nice enough IPA, solid and balanced, but really is something you'd rather have in 12 oz bottles than in a bomber.

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

This is a most impressive IPA

Starting off with Stone’s IPA appearance, you can easily see there's lots of carbonation as it's poured. Once poured, the head easily lasts for two to three minutes, leaving a delicate ring. This IPA has a slight haze, but not cloudy at all.

Upon taking a big whiff, I detected a strong piney/spicy presence, as well as a bit toasty but not like a porter. There's a "perfumey" presence here too.

This tastes about like it smells. There’s a strong, bitter hop presence. I love hops more than a heavy malt presence, so I'm enjoying this quite a bit. I don't feel the oily presence from the hops, as other IPAs have. This feels very carbonated, but doesn't overpower or hide the taste at all.

There's no question that I'll try Stone IPA again. It reminds me of Rogue's Yellow Snow Ale, which I highly recommend as well.


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Photo of cproioi
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a straw yellow almost a copper color with a white head that left very thick lacing.

S: Very refreshing hops smell.

T: very crisp very nice IPA with a very nice hops taste with a slight balance of Malts. Very complex flavor that only improved as it got warmer.

M: Not too light not too heavy but a very nice inbetween.

D: I found it to be very drinkable. It left me wanting to have another so I can further pick apart the flavors of this well done IPA. I would suggest this beer to my friends.

P.S. Had to go and buy a bottle of this beer for further investigation. I'm glad I did I'm drinking it now at a slightly warmer temperature and with the pour it creates a beautiful white dense head that leaves great lacing. With it warmer the taste of pepper really stands out to me right now. The hops have a grassier/ pinecone like smell to them. Gives my mouth a nice little burn. Wow this is a good IPA.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of Stone India Pale Ale while vacationing in Nevada. We don’t get many Stone brews in the northwest so I grabbed some when I saw it. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful gold color and is crystal clear. A rich, foamy white head forms, which is extremely resilient and sticky. The head produces heavy lacing on the glass. This is a very classic appearance. The empty glass dripping with lace is also a classic image.

The smell is fairly strong, floral and fruity. Aroma of citrus fruit is present, and also a whiff of biscuits.

The taste is robust, but not strong or overpowering and wonderfully well balanced between the citrus flavors and hops. The malt is very difficult to detect, but the bitter hops produce a bit of an evergreen, pine, fir or juniper flavor. The bitterness is very pleasant and not puckering or overpowering at all.

Mouth feel is very smooth. The beer is full-bodied but light, crisp and mildly carbonated.

This is a very VERY drinkable beer, with appealing aromas and flavors. The flavors are very well balanced. I wouldn’t mind having several of these in a session. I would certainly drink Stone IPA again, and I wish I had bought more than one six pack.

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

I love the Stone Gargolye motif. The beer flows from the cool bomber a dark gold color, lighter than expected. The pure white head is creamy and everlasting with spectacular lace trails. The aroma is on the sweet side with lots of floral hops, some pine (but not much) and a perfumey maltiness. not strong or very bitter at all.

The taste is a showcase of the sweeter, more floral side of hops. First theres a wash of lavender and rose water flavors, the middle reveals biscuits and caramel. Subtle bitterness reaches its peak in the deliciously balanced finish. The aftertaste is dry and herbal. The hop profile is low on citrus and pine (especially compared to Ruination). The mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is smooth and understated. The alcohol is totally hidden.

This is a great IPA. Instead of the immensely bitter and piney flavors of other IPAs, it has a subtle, flowery hop profile. This is unique to me, and impossibly drinkable.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is absolutely the best IPA I've ever had!! Lot's of grapefruit flavor and multi-hops. Very well balanced as well, as it is very malty up front, followed by a tremendous bitter hop freshness. Awesomely smooth and drinkability is outstanding. Very highly recommended.

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

Pours rusty-orange with a thick super-soapy head. The head dissipated to half quickly, but retained atop the body for several more minutes before totally thinning out. Very mellow carbonation. Stringy bits of sticky lace.

Great and pear juice aromas come softly to the nose, with some grassy tones overlaid. Only a mild bit of hops far back. An earthy, super-fresh, sweet and inviting aroma.

Flavor-wise, there's a certainly a piney hoppiness going on, even a bit astringent, but you also get remarkable sweetness from balancing malts. It's nice to taste a hop-centric beer that doesn't sacrifice malt for the novelty of extreme bitterness. Well-balanced and incredibly drinkable. Plenty of depth. Nice job.

There's a most welcome creaminess in the mouth: slick and buttery...and then a bit of sting on the tongue after the swallow. Feels really good.

HAIL STONE! This is great stuff, and one of the best IPAs on the market.

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Photo of phisig137
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color, with a quickly fading head. In stone's own words, it looks like "fizzy yellow beer". Does have some nice lacing though.

Smells of citrus and grassy hops. Also smells slightly sweet and sticky. Quite enjoyable.

Flavor is very round. Solid hop bitterness, but with a heavy malt backbone. Fairly light on the flavor hops, but some does shine through. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Drinkability is average for the style I feel.

Another quality brew from Stone.... they really know what thier doing with thier hops over in California.

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Photo of Enola
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn fine IPA. This is a very bittersweet IPA. The color is a semi cloudy amber. Not too much head. Has a very fresh, outdoorsy smell. The taste is deffinatly hoppy. There is a lingering bitterness that sticks to your tongue. A very drinkable brew. Too bad Stone isn't available here in NC. Thanks Wcudwight!!

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Photo of RootedFool
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a curdled-white head, dense, over a full inch in height, and a hazy straw-gold body. The nose opens with a slightly vinous pinch that immediately deepens into fully blown hops (straight-up grapefruit rinds and cut grass) held down by a thin but sturdy ballast of cracker-like yeasts and caramel-dense malts. Taste: Razor sharp zip of hop bitterness -- as if anything less was expected -- blasts off from the tip of my palate and arches back, with finesse, all the way to my molars. The middle reveals more complexity as the malts nudge through, caramel in character, same as in the nose. Thins out for the finish, leaving only a high-pitched echo of hops spinning around the center of the roof of my mouth like one of those obnoxious rotating fire-crackers that throws sparks everywhere and terrifies the elderly relaxed and immobile in lawn chairs on the fourth of July. The mouthfeel is perfect: not viscous, not watery, it holds everything up but washes down without over-staying its welcome.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a light and mildly hazy amber color with a thick white head, which doesn’t fade too quickly and a thick lace.

S: Nice hops smell, but not too strong, with a little bit of citrus.

T: Good hops bite to start out, then gives way to an orange/grapefruit sweetness. Then the hops come back to stay in the after-taste with a slight hint of the alcohol. Although the flavors are distinct, no single one overpowers you. An excellently balanced taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth (Stone Brewing Co. tends to put both of those qualities into their beer very well.) with a medium body and light carbonation.

D: This beer has all of the qualities that it needs to make it drinkable. It’s very tasty, smooth, not-filling, well-balanced and goes down VERY easy.

This is the 4th beer that I’ve had from Stone Brewing Co. and each beer that I try expands the respect that I have for them. This beer is an excellent representation of the style and while maintaining the Stone signature.

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Photo of JasonCoop
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

heard a lot about this one, time to give it a whirl.

pours a light slightly cloudy yellow straw/orange color with big white head. not as dark as i expected. looks pretty good. lace cakes the entire glass.

smells like pungeant and spicy hops. very aromatic. one of the strongest smelling beers i've had, smells excellent for a hop fiend like myself.

taste is interesting and complex. spicy punchy hops beat the crap out of your tongue first. nice piney/earthy hops. slightly grassy. mild and odd(but delicious) fruit somewhere behind those hops. finishes nice and dry with strong yeasty/spicy flavor. wow. this is one hell of an intense IPA.
mouthfeel is about perfect. almost creamy and extremely smooth. nice dry hoppy finish keeps the drinkability high also. what a big beer, a must for hop fiends!
by the way- like this? try Great Divide's Hercules Double IPA.

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

This is my "standard" beer. The Vons (grocery store) has been stocking this regularly, and is on sale occasionally, so i always have several bottles on hand. In the past sierra nevada pale ale, and back when bridalveil was being bottled, either of those were my stock beer, no longer.
this is a great beer!

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth the last two times I've been there. First off this is not what I would expect of the Stone beers I've had in the past previous Stone beverages have been "extreme" in flavor whether its the ruination,smoked porter or arrogant bastard.This appears to be a great session beer but hits you like a 10lb hammer when you aren't looking. My second game of Golden Tee was pint two and my handicao dropped about twenty strokes. On tap this pours a clear orange with a minimal head. I only had three of these on tap and I am happy that someone else was driving.

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Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange color. It had a fantastically thick, tight, creamy heady that had excellent retention. lasted nearly the entire duration of the beer and very heavy lacing.

Smell: The smell made me think immediately of grapefruit and apricots. As I reached further more and more flavors came through. The hops have a very pleasant floral presence but do not burry the sweet malt coming through as peaches or the like.

Taste: The hops here are aggressive but *not* extreme. They are all part of the flavor and used here with cause. There is nothing cloying here just nicely balanced hop and malt attributes making a very pleasant taste. The taste is like the smell; very fruity with suggestions of floral hops, a bit of pine, more grapefruit and sweet toasted caramel along with white grape juice and in the aftertaste a hint of granny smith apples before the grapefruit takes over again. The aftertaste leaves a strong hop flavor (nonetheless sweet as well) on the tongue that kept me taking the next sip quickly, it was so dry. WOW! I didn't realize this beer was almost 7% ABV ‘till the bottom of the bomber and I can't remember how to spell. Obviously the alcohol was completely hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouth feel that is medium in weight, smooth through the center and crisp on the ends. Very nice.

Drinkability: As I am *not* a hop-head, I do not find beers this aggressive to be sessionable for me personally. That said, this bomber went down very easily and I will definitely drink 22ozs of this again. Even though I really enjoyed one I wouldn't drink it all night.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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