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 Mitchel
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone IPA pours a golden-orange color with a rocky white head. The head holds for a good while and leaves moderate lacing. It is a little hazy and looks almost viscous. The smell is great! Nice floral aroma with lots of obvious hops. It smells slightly fruity and again, hop-tastic. Yeah, I said it! What?

Well, it tastes hoppy. Hoppy goodness galore. It is nicely bitter, incredibly smooth and very crisp. There is a hint of grain and sourdough bread with a light sweetness. It finishes with just a minute bit of lemon. It is a strong beer but has lots to like in the experience.

I wasn’t expecting to like this beer going into it but I was swayed by another great beer from a great brewery. This beer is incredibly hoppy. If you don’t dig on the hops, stay away. If you do, check it out. It is fantastic. Damn those cool bottles. I would probably buy cat pee if it was bottled by Stone in one of those awesome bottles! Hmmm...

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Photo of malty
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly chilled hazy golden orange with a thick white 1" head. Nice lacing.

Gloriously balanced sweet & tart scents of pale malts and lots of fresh hops. FRESH amarillo (?) & cascade (?) hops floating above a bed of sweet fresh whipped cream and vanilla. Probably the best smelling IPA for me to date.

The flavors of the hops are well developed and extremely fresh, lingering and tingling my gums way past the finish. The sweet malty flavors are a bit more in the background, different than what I expected from the smell. Citrus flavors and melon rind are prevalent with a juicy finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation that dissipates pretty quickly making this a highly drinkable ale. Medium bodied with a long flavorful finish.

Thanks to mattcrill for this gem. Wish I could get Stone in Michigan. I would definitely like to put a sixer of this in my fridge, alongside Two Hearted (it's that good). Bravo to Stone!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pablo Piccaso would have trouble crafting a masterpiece such as this. The stiff white cream head finishes off this brew as you'd imagine a master chef with a perfect garnish would. Nose is massive pine, followed by a mix of grapefruit and caramel. I have to be honest, the smell is as devine as any beer lover could hope. Taste is a tour of hops ...pine, graprefruit, lemon, peach and finally caramel. This is probably the perfect IPA. Mouthfeel is suitably creamy and drinkablility is near perfect. A rugged yet sessionable beer that everyone with any sense will respect. Thank you Stone!

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

This one poured out a transparent orange-caramel color with a thin (1/4") head that quickly dissolved.

The scent was a mixture of fruity sweetness with a slight minty/piney layer.

The first sip burned slightly going in, but went down smoothly and crisply with gentle carbonation. Further sips proved easy on the palate.

The taste was easy on the palate; hoppy but not overwhelmingly so, and bitter without coating the mouth and leaving a lingering, uncomfortable aftertaste like some similar beers do. The flavor was a mix of hops and grapefruit (very subtle on the grapefruit--I hate grapefruits but I liked this).

This is not what I would consider to be a significantly complex beer; rather, just a nice, simple, hoppy flavor, well-balanced and smooth.

When I originally wrote this review I wrote "I'm still on the lookout for an IPA with more prevalent flavors to compliment the hops. In the meantime, relative to the handful of other IPA's I've tried, this one is king."

I've since tried several other IPA's with this in mind, and I've found that several of them do integrate other flavors, including caramel in one case and pear in another. I also drank about half a dozen 22 oz. bottles of Stone IPA in the intervening time. I now realize that the pure piney hop flavor of Stone IPA is superior to these attempts to enhance the complexity. I'm still keeping an open mind, but Stone continues to be the reigning champion of IPAs for me, and is probably the most drinkable beer for its strength of any that I've tried.

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

22oz No date
Pours a clear golden color with a thick head of large white bubbles. Huge pine, yet sweet aroma. A touch of lemon citrus. Taste is more pine balanced with a sweet undertone of malt. Bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. Sticky, resinous hops coat the mouth, but it is not astringent. This is what an IPA should be. Great craftsmanship in the design of this recipe. Infinitely drinkable.

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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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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
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