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

A- Nice deep golden color with a big, frothy white head. Much sticky lacing as well.

S- Hops aplenty. Piney, floral, citrusy hops. Pretty much every aroma that can be associated with hops is in here. If I try real hard I think I can make out some sweet malt, but not much. The aroma is all about the hops, and it is outstanding.

T- Signature Stone flavor. The hop profile is the highlight here, but with more of a spicy, floral flavor than citrus. Malt is surprisingly noticeable, with a bit of toastiness and sweetness coming through in the end. Bitterness is present, but not at all overpowering. In fact, the bitterness combined with the lingering hop and malt flavors makes for an extremely pleasant aftertaste.

M- Maybe a little thin, but that makes the beer all the more drinkable.

D- The malt provides just enough balance to make this beer very pleasant and dangerously drinkable.

Fantastic, one of my favorite regular IPA's. I absolutely love Stone's use of hops. This beer is unique, which is great in a world with so many similar IPA's. Highly recommended to anyone who likes hoppy beers.

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it is poured in the glass it is a lite amber color with hint a hint of yellow at the bottom. A nice head forms, an inch high, and dissappates slowly down the glass. A nice aroma of hops hit the nose with earthy, piney, floral aromas. The taste surprisingly starts with jolt of malt, then the hops begin to take over, with that bitterness one expects for an IPA. In the mouth it feels a bit thin, but it coats the palate evenly, and has nice dry finish. This is very drinkable beer, a hop heads stand by beer. I am just glad I have another one to enjoy, this is an excellent beer.

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

A - slightly hazy peach color with nice head and lacing on the glass.

S - nice pine, citrusy aroma

T - Great hops explosion with hints of grapefruit and citrus fruit. There is also a great malt backbone to this brew.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium bodied beer

D - I find this a very drinkable IPA. It's gotta be one of the better ones out there.

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Photo of errantnight
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the short list of my favorite beers. This one was a 12 oz. bottle.

Pours a gorgeous, absolutely clear, and incredibly rich, gold. With lively head and lacing. This baby clings all the way down.

The nose is incredibly floral, with citrus and berry notes. This is what hops smell like! Ok, that might be a lie... but this is what hoppy beer smells like! When it's Stone IPA! I love this... it doesn't quite enter the realm of some more potent DIPAs (or other styles with more intense yeast notes)... but it's slightly sweet and so, so so enticing.

And this is the IPA by which I judge all others. It is clearly of a different beast than Masala or HopDevil (with their toasted malt flavors and richer flavor), on the light side of medium bodied and with very moderate malt notes. which really just provide enough body and hint of sweetness to bring out the hop flavors. This beer really exemplifies the glory of hops. There's floral (particularly rose) hints all over the place, the citrus flavor is very mild (I get very little acid/ester here, considering), and the finish is clean, and there's a slightly sweet aftertaste (the only minor notch I take off on the drinkability side, there are slightly "cleaner" IPAs... although when the beer tastes this good, I'm ok with less than clean). The carbonation is medium to strong, but it breaks mid-swallow and is EXCEEDINGLY smooth on the back end. Where I've found other IPAs to reach an almost oily consistency, this never sticks out to that extent, but really smooths things out.

A great summer beer, or spring beer, or fall beer, or anytime beer. There's enough complexity to pair with a wide variety of offerings (although I'll always be inclined to think Mexican as a top choice). An absolute must for any hop fan, or anyone who's past the all-macro stage.

Heaven in a bottle. And it tastes better (that I can detect) from a bomber. And it's better than that on tap.

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Photo of normZurawski
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, well balanced all around. This is the best of the Stone beers available in NJ. Of those I have tried, this is the only one that doesn't overdo the hoppy bitterness. While it does have a bit of a rough finish, it's not out of line with what an IPA should laste like. Light citris but a little short of how I like it, especially in the aroma. Good solid IPA.

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

A: Typical Stone gargoyle screen printed bottle with typical garb on back. Deep golden in color with a big, rocky head that dissipates to a slight head and ring. Good lacing throughout consumption.
S: Citrusy hops and some spice dominant the first half of the whiff with some sweet maltiness coming through towards the end of the sniff. Some caramel notes in that malty smell also, as well as some herbal and pine notes coming through.
T: Good dose of bitter citrus and citrus rind flavors paired against a nice malt profile that exhibits sweet malt and caramel flavors. Slight cake in there also. Oily hops, pine and some grassiness coming through in the flavor as well. A bit of spice in there too. Good balance of flavors with a respectable hop bite and malty sweetness - the malty flavors off set the 70+ IBUs well. Ever so slight alcohol warmth in there as the brew warms.
MF: Chewy at times, medium and finishes clean and with a bite.
Overall: A quality "big" IPA that is well balanced and provides a good bitter bite for a hop head. The malts are matched well against the citrus and overpowering hops and makes this brew easy to drink. The IBUs are above 70, but don’t let that scare you-it is well balanced and finishes clean. Not for the novice palate.

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

22 oz bomber

Nice pale, slightly copper color with a one finger white head.

Huge hoppy aroma, Fresh hops, earthy pine, even some citrus. Light caramel malt. Medium body, good carbonation, Bitter and dry finish, a bit mouth puckering.

Big hoppy flavor with nice light caramel maltyness managing to come through. Lots of bitterness from beginning to end tends to hide the malt profile but there is a bit of sweet maltyness.

A very tasty but highly hopped IPA. Hoppy bitterness makes it hard to drink much of anything after this. Kind of kills the pallate but in a nice way.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to Stone for making this IPA, it's a good one.

A - Pours amber with white head and good lacing.
S - Fantastic smell, like taking a wiff of a bag of hops. Just a non-modest hop aroma
T - I actually expected more from the way its nose but still very delicious. Crisp, light and hoppy.
M - I like my IPAs to be a bit more carbonated but this one was a typical carbonation level.
D - If only I bought another one, that's what I was thinking when I was done.

If you like IPAs this one is one to not miss.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back to Wisconsin from Ledger’s in Berkeley, CA. 22 oz bomber.

Appearance: Fantastic head. Thick, creamy, cloud of sticky, floating goodness. Head rescinds to a quarter inch and cannot be reinvigorated because this beer lacks any visible carbonation. It is not, however, flat. The body’s color is beautiful peachy amber.

Nose: Dry pine. A little unripened grapefruit.

Taste: Hops. Tons of hops. Mostly pine. Caramel malt is barely distinguishable from the hops. Some toast and bread. Grapefruit zest and melon.

Mouthfeel: Not as bitter as the smell and taste would let on but bitter enough. Decently balanced. Medium body. Smooth but quite dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Very high.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a dark amber color color, with 3/4 a finger of pure white head, moderate carbonation is present

S - mmm...bitters, cant wait to sip this one, smells very much like quality hops, to the pine-th degree, the hop aroma is nearly overpowering, but i can slightly make out a floral aroma in the background

T - wow, very smooth for such a bitter brew, the hops are incredible, very sharp and tasty, Stone knows their hops, and it does make me "rejoice aloud."

M - like i said, very smooth, a great smooth/bitter balance, with a great lingering aftertaste that makes me crave another sip

D - high for thoe IBU-philes amongst us

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

P: A Stone IPA glass from the brewery, Stone IPA tap handle, just tapped from my home beer fridge, aahhhh, a half barrel for summer

A: Light orange color, thick, sticky head leaving rings

S: Hop heavan, oily floral and bursting, they must have dry hopped the hell out of this

T: Sweet at the tip and then bitter all the way, great hop aftertaste lingers. A great balance of malt and hop.

Mouthfeel: Nice, not too thick to drink in summer, not too watery. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day (and night).

Notes: By far one of the best if not the best regular IPA in the land. It took 2 weeks to get the keg from CA to PA, but well worth the wait.

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

Orange and crystal clear below a creamy white head. Leaves a good bit of lace as it fades.

Aroma is solid, fruity hop juices and floral aromas. A little bit of a wheatiness to it and no, i'm not talking the breakfast of champions...although this might qualify.

Smooth and sweet wheatiness initially that melds with sweet juicy hops to form an awesomeness that melds so nicely I can't even put it into words. Incredibly balanced.

Not too oily and not too full. Appropriate carbonation and body. Medium-Full, closer to medium. Such a tastey brew that I could drink day in and day out. The last time I had this was when I first turned 21 and now I can really appreciate all of the flavors and aromas that this one brings with it. Truely a world class IPA in a world that is dominated by over-the-topness.

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Photo of gbarron
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bottle.

A - light golden, clear. Head includes a plethora of different sized bubbles, leaving nice lacing, and solid head retention. Pretty beer.

S - great smelling IPA, strong notes of citrus, pine, fresh cut flowers. Well balanced with caramel, toffee notes of malt. Hints of higher alcohols.

T - one of the sweeter, maltier IPA's I've ever had, and a big surprise coming from Stone. Nice hop flavor of pine, fresh hops, but malt is a bit overwhelming. Definitely on the sweet side, with lots of malt sugar, caramel, toffee. Almost syrupy. Firm alcohol taste, also. Not very much bitterness.

M - medium bodied, carbonation is average. Sweet, sticky finish.

D - an interesting brew, but way too sweet for an IPA, in my opinion. Alcohol content is also prohibitive of having more than a couple in a session. This appears to basically be a smaller version of Arrogant Bastard. I know alot of people rave about this beer, but I think it's pretty unbalanced and not one of the better examples of an IPA. I'll pass.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a chance to try this on tap. Stone beers seem to be popping up all over now a days.

It had a typical, floral-like smell, which is common in most IPAs. Actually pretty strong, which made it so deceiving the flavor was quite mild and not as hoppy as I would have expected.

I am not the biggest IPA fan, but this was pretty good. As noted, I didn't find it overly hoppy, so if that is what you are looking for, you may want to try something else.

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Photo of shererjt
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy reddish-amber with a huge, billowy head and tons of carbonation. Nose was piney/citrusy hops all the way. Lots of fruit. IPA smell to the extreme, and one of the better-smelling beers around. Plenty of hop flavor and bitterness, though not quite enough malt to balance it. Still, very tasty if a bit over-the-top. Body was on the light side of medium, which I found rather interesting considering the hop wallop it packs. Drinkability was pretty good.

I like this one, though (apparently) not as much as some. The aroma is top-notch; just think it needs a bit more caramel sweetness to smooth it out.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh. The perfect and full bodied IPA. Stone IPA is special to me because it is the first IPA I ever had. Poured into my pint glass. The 22 oz. bottle pours a perfectly clear gold color with a nice thick white foamy head, about 2 inches thick that lingers for quite sometime. Eventually it settles to a very nice surface layer with excellent lace. There is definitely some hop bitterness going on here in both smell and taste. Nice, floral hoppy smell. Also strong citrus scents here. A crisp, frothy, creamy, and smooth taste. Flavors of hops and well... more hops along with some grapefruit. Also a slight bit of alcohol can be tasted as well as some malty hints. Just the right amount of bitterness for an IPA. A bit of a dry and bitter aftertaste. A nice and warm feeling starts to creep up after a few sips. Has a crisp and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean. This beer is surprisingly drinkable for all its hop bitterness. Simply delicious on your palate.


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Photo of radshoesbro
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - a good inch head that leaves nice lace behind. this is a nice crystal, amber gold that appears to have no carbonation.

s - a very floral oily hop smell.

t - this is suprisingly not at all as hoppy as i expected a stone brew to be! this has a very acidic hop taste that is much more zesty than it is bitter. slightly citric.

m - suprisingly light bodied! this being the case it really isnt' as fulfiling as i would like for it to be.

d - this is what i would call an ourdoor IPA. very good for a hot summer day when you're attempting to get away from the heat and just want to do some grilling.

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Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22oz. brown bomber pours an orange-amber ale with an inch of off-white creamy head. A nice sticky web lacing left behind, as the ale disappears.

Spicy fresh hops, very citrus of lemon and orange and a light malt in the background. Smells very refreshing (and hoppy).

Slightly sweet, mainly of citrus as it fills the mouth, then turns tea like for a second or so only to be overtaken by the powerful bittering hops. The hops really shine in this IPA, as this is what an IPA is all about. Especially an American IPA and even more so coming from Stone.

Clean and refreshing with ample body and a creamish mouthfeel. Fair ABV and a great hoppy taste, drink this one up hopheads! Enjoy!

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

Appearance is crystal clear and orangeish with a thick, bright white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell is powerfully hopped and with some significant citrus.

Taste is gloriously bitter and crisp. This is a consequential IPA.You aren't left wondering where the hops are. Let it warm up a little and the flavors come to life even more.

Mouthfeel is satisfying. It always seems to be highly carbonated and active.

Drinkability is its strength. I feel fortunate that I can buy this beer whenever I feel like it at the grocery store here in Vegas—that is—when it isn't sold out.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer poured a very light amber color and had a vairly wear head... about a half an inch or so. The head didn't last very long unfortunatly... but ohh well. anyway the beer smelt nice, hoppy hints of fruit. and it tasted about the same. the first bottle I tried of this I wasnt too impress4ed, but mainly cause I expected THE BEST from stone. second bottle though. very good. nice amount of bitterness and easy to drink. tasted great. I would no doubt reccomend this beer, if you can find it grab it. easy to drink, tastes great.

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Photo of tboom29
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a light copper. The head was simply beautiful, thick, creamy, and cloudy-looking. Lots of lacing around the glass as I drank. Very thick and constant.

The nose was nice and light. Quite hoppy. Herby and piney, some sweetness also. Both the appearance and smell really make you want to drink the beer.

The first taste is sweet up front. Nice and malty and spicy. Although very hoppy, I think the malt balances the hoppiness very well. There's a little citrus as well. This is a stronger beer, but not heavy in the least. As hoppy as it is, you'd think there would be more aftertaste, but there is not. Overall an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange in colour with medium carbonation. Strong aromatic notes of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine, mix with a bit of pine and some light caramel. There’s a definitely a green hop flavor that mixes well with the slightly bready malts. Solid bitterness, but the overall impression of the mouthfeel is rather soft and balanced. For all of their chest thumping and posturing about over the top hops, this is a VERY well balanced IPA.

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Photo of hero27
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, damn glad this comes in sixers.

An IPA that's great ice cold or warmed up to let the bold flavors shine. Absolutely a classic, and would compete with Alpha King for IPA fridge-space if I could purchase this one locally. My only regret is that I don't have a case or two of this left for this summer.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Body is clean clover honey colored with peach juice highlites. Creamy white head has fallen to a wispy web across the top of the beer.

S: Colorful bouquet of hops play well against a sweet malty background and a mellow strawberry backdrop.

T: Starts off with earthy grass essence then blends to minor citrusy flavors. Finishes with pine tar bitterness and gentle strawberry whispers.

M: Solid mouthfeel. Just enough crispness to be refreshing but a substantial mouthfeel to remind you this is a serious IPA.

D: A solid, well crafted beer...not that I need to tell any one of you.

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Photo of nickg902
4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case awhile ago and I finally have gotten around to reviewing it. I have drank at least one of these each day since I bought the case and I have to say that they all have bottled pretty well. The beer pours a rich amber color with a small head. Aroma is hoppy and quite citrusy. The taste begins with citrus fruits, with orange peel and grapefruit being the most prevalent. The aftertaste is clean with a nice hop bitterness, but not too bitter to be a bother. The mouthfeel is smooth with med carbonation. The drinkabiliy is high, I have had two or three at a time without losing the subtleness or balance of the beer. Perhaps the best offering from Stone to date. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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