Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

10,995 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 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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Ratings: 10,995 |  Reviews: 3,029
Photo of louislouis91
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ken1976
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of writer917
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The jazz standard. The repertoire classic.
The song you want to hear at the concert—that you patiently wait for.
A beat-up Ford that keeps running. A pair of worn-in jeans, now & forevermore.
It goes. You chug it. It disappears. You need more.
It pours golden. It shines. It doesn't fuss around.
It starts with pine, & introduces honey, malt, & a drop of lemon.
You're in a house in the woods, or riding a motorcycle on a highway.
A maltiness gestures. A bitterness engulfs.
In its warmness a fruitiness appears:
That famous fruity touch that other breweries seek to emulate, but not to copy.
& in that fruitiness the happiness of drinking Stone IPA appears.

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Photo of Jblackfish
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lt. lemon amber color, aroma hoppy, taste citrus, piney - stronger than expected. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Better very cold.

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Photo of Treefig33
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalBeck
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the beach. Poured into a plastic cup. Amber appearance with a nice head of foam. Smells of biscuit and faint pine needles. Stone India Pale Ale tastes mellow yet you can distinguish it from lager. It has a slight hoppy bite and a faint taste of pepper at the back of the throat. The mouth feel was a bit heavy in my opinion but not bad. At 7% abv it is a sipping rather than guzzling beer. I paired it with a lobster roll and coleslaw. Over all a solidly crafted beer. It is a tad bit expensive in the stores though. I'd give it a B+.

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Photo of emeyer
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HipCzech
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("bottled CA 03/03/17 enjoy by 06/01/17"), poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. v1.1

Appearance: Bright, clear golden amber. Towering frothy white head that leaves lashes of thick lace.

Smell: Fresh pine needles, citrus rind (lemon, grapefruit), garden herbs and slight earthy dankness.

Taste: Clean pale malt body dominated by big hop flavors: grapefruit, pine resin, savory herbs and bold but balanced bitterness. Hides its ABV well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily feel and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Prototypical West Coast IPA - solid male body with plenty of pine and citrus. Very drinkable.

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Photo of wells2123
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raziel313
3.22/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pianoblook
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hrtl
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyCongdon
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

When the current IPA/IBU fad eventually subsides, and so many craft brews with it, Stone IPA will be one of those left standing. It has just the right balance that typify a really good IPA, which is why it has been around for 20 years this year.

Look- A beautiful crystal clear amber brew with a thin white head. There is virtually no residue on the glass after a sip. It is simply clean.

Smell- Pineapple and citrus provide a powerful punch that immediately begs to to take a sip. It is very appetizing.

Taste- The pineapple/citrus is carried over in full. There is, of course, the hoppy bitterness associated with a typical IPA. It is slightly sweet, too. This prevents the bitterness from being cloying. So many current Hop Bombs forget this balance. Hot food should never sacrifice flavor for the sake of heat. The analogy can apply to the bitterness of IPAs, too. Stone is NOT a Hop Bomb.

Mouthfeel- The body is medium-light. The swallow om is crisp and clean, but there is a strong tingle on the lips and tongue from the hops and good amount of carbonation. This is one of this beer's coolest features.

Overall- The value of Balance cannot be overstated. If I were to choose an adjective that summarizes why this is such a great brew, it would be "balanced". As a beer clerk who is frequently asked for recommendations by my customers, this is the IPA I point to when asked for a good example of the style.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of littlestevie14
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't really distinguish a difference between this and stones ''delicious IPA'', maybe if i drank them back-to-back i could but it's basically the same beer. I'd recommend the delicious IPA for the extra ABV%.

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Photo of SCproUA
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschwamb
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keeping_track_of_beers
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Winzlow
2.46/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yet another over-rated "sensation" that left me flat. Nothing special here and nothing new to say about it.
It is a piney IPA that lots of people clammer over for some reason. Meh...

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Photo of monkist
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My second round with this classical Stone IPA, having had the pleasure of drink quite a few world famous ones from them in between so I knew I had to return to the roots again, to their trademark IPA and the Ruination.
It feels to me that they put so much Citra into this that it became bitter. Both dry hopping and otherwise the aroma of Citra is dominant but at the same time leaves quite a bitter aftertaste. Could there be something, a bittering hop hiding behind the citrusy overtones very subtly? Stone is a master brewery, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the case.
The beer tastes very smooth and the carbonation quite soft, makes you think for a minute that it is quite light in character but nothing could be futhet from the truth. It is a heavyweight champion, wolf in sheep's clothing if you like, a landmark IPA that everyone must try at least once and respect the greatness of hops and the genius of Stone who play with them as if they were an instrument...

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Photo of themegamancave
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moondawggg69
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

this beer is good. the brewing company is better. drink stone and be happy.

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Photo of BeerTest
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
4.22 out of 5 based on 10,995 ratings.
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