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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) | Stone Brewing

2,959 Reviews
Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)Stone IPA (India Pale Ale)

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

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 sinistermadman
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber. Pours a nice clear gold color with a burly head that sticks around quite well.

Smell: Hops, mild citrus notes along with a spicy nose and then even more hops.

This brew has a very creamy mouthfeel that is very pleasant. Hop bitterness is dominant and is coupled well with constituent ingredients. Has an almost floral taste in the middle that ends with a yeast laden aftertaste. Very tasty and quite drinkable. This brew could serve as the American IPA paradigm. Cheers.

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this before, so i know i'm in for a treat. picked it up on a trip to kentucky to visit my buddy kmpitz; i can't find Stone in Illinois.

Pours a beautiful gold-copper color with a monsterous 3- to 4-finger ivory head that falls to a slight maintenance foam. Fingerprints of the head nicely line the inside of my glass.
Aroma is pleasant, a woody character with a bit of citrus underneath.
Flavor is a strong citrus hop, that build to a nice bitter, then fades smoothly. Dry-hop is evident, but the bitter balances well with the malt. Active carbonation gives the mouthfeel good character, and a bit of the hop bitter hangs on the back of the tongue.
A great session beer, i could sit and drink this all night long.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pine juice but in a good way. Juicy hops all around in smell and flavor. Has a sharp bite that mellows out into a smooth mouthfeel. Ranges from good to great all around. Easy to get, relatively inexpensive and excellent for the style.
I may be judging this a little harshly in light of my having tried Stone's Ruination recently. It is distinctly possible that my palate has in fact been ruined for many other IPAs, but this little brother of Ruination has nothing to be ashamed of.
This will definately satisfy a hops craving and then some.

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Photo of scooter231
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty amber color, clear, nothing floating around in there. A nice head that disappates quickly to a thin rim. Smells hoppy. Very hoppy. Some citrus notes. Also decently piney and a bit of a hint of spices floating in the smell.

Tastes... hoppy and bitter, then gives way to a sweeter finish. Big flavor. But everything is well-balanced, nothing takes over and attacks you. Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly. Drinkable for sure. Each sip seems to get better and better.

I think Stone's Ruination IPA is overall a better quality and tastier, but this guy's not shabby at all. A good IPA.

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

appearance: Thin, amber color, frothy sustaining head, lots of lacing

Smell: Floral hops aromas, and maybe a touch of caramel. Very nice.

Taste: Excellent balance of malt and hops. Most of the hops presence is in the bitterness of the finish, not in flavor. Very interesting and complex flavors overall.

Mouthfeel: Good as expected, but nothing extraordinary

Drinkability: Great beer. I look forward to drinking lots of this in the future.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. with no freshness date, but I've kept it for a several months to see what would happen. Served chilled in an enlarged flute. Pours an orangey color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma consists of citric and piney hops with biscuity malts behind it. The flavor is the same but has an overpowering wet paper character that lets you know it is past its prime. It has a medium body and nice carbonation considering. When it was fresh it had a huge fluffy head and wonderful flavor - I will re-review when I get a fresh one.

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Photo of joecast
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ok, i really should be going to bed right about now. but i cant wait. and what better way to end the day, than with a stone ipa??

pours a hazy yellow, with a slight orange hue. minimal carbonation. the head actually grows as the beer is poured into the glass. finishes off reaching about an inch, and slowly settles to about a centimeter (yes!! standard and metric!!). very stable. nice lacing. lightly tanned in color. somewhat enjoyable to watch as bubbles grow and burst, only to be replaced by more, smaller bubbles.

aroma? well, it hit me before the bottle cap hit the counter top. pine, followed by some pine, and finished off by a bit of pine. seriously there could be other aspects to the aroma, but i dont care. this smell should come standard with all new cars!

bitterness adds some heat to the flavor, backed up by some biscuit maltiness. sort of reminds me of arrogant bastard, but that was a long time ago. a fullness to the hops in bitterness and flavor that is admirable. leaves a lasting impression on the palate.

mouthfeel is full, without being too filling.
good lord this is fantastic! . each sip increases the desire to take another sip. wish i had better access to other highly rated ipa's to compare this with. but until then, this will have to be: 5.0 - exceptional

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adventures of South Carolina Guy at Brickskeller in DC:

I asked for a nice IPA, and this is what I recieved.
Nice clear golden color, mild carbonation with a decent white head that hangs around the glass.

The smells lets me know about the hops included inside. Oh boy. Bit of citrus smell to go along....and some spices, although I can't put a finger on them.

Taste is powerful. Big strong hop flavor and bitterness. Very nice. Just enough malt to keep the hops from being overwhelming.

Reminders of the hops hang around for a while. Very drinkable beer, goes down nice for 6.9%. I could easily have another one of these, if there weren't so many others to try.

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

Pours an apple juice color with a slight copper hue. One inch head that dissipated with lacing that sticks and minimal carb action.

Moderate toasted and nutty caramel malt smell with a moderate to heavy resin and citrus hop aroma.

Moderately sweet, bitter, and almost burnt toasted caramel malt taste with lots of resin, orange, and lime flavors in the hops.

Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth slightly metallic and alcoholic finish.

Drinkability is great.

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Photo of Naes
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IPA is copper with brown tints. The heads is large, sticky and creamy (white).

The aroma is a mixture of citrus and hops.

The flavor is quite wonderfully bitter. Hidden in the after taste is a bit of fruitiness and something like an orange rind.

I think this one is perfectly carbonated for its style and quite smooth. It leaves a small coat on the palate and is almost chewy in the end.

Could I drink another? You bet I could, but I fear that the ABV will catch up to me a little too quickly.

As far as IPA’s go, this is one of the better ones that I have tried. Not too fruity and the bitterness just makes me want more. This beer goes down way too quickly.

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Photo of Bierschenker
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Mzwolinski for bringing this one over.
I was really surprised to have a taste of this one. This is totally new to me.

Poured it in a robust Hoegaarden glass.
Smells very fruity: raspberry and peaches. Combined with spices and malty caramel.
It pours out a blond-amber coloured beer. Not a lot of head, but a good carbonation.
A very bitter fruit skin taste with rich hops, unripe citrus is very overpowering and lingers on into the aftertaste.
This is a full bodied beer, but totally not my taste.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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

Stone IPA is one of the flagships for American IPA's in my humble opinion.
The beer pours out a beautiful gold color with the tiniest bit of orange tint. A 1" creamy white head rests on top. The head recoils to about 1/8" and leaves great lacing on the glass. This is how a beer should look!!
The nose is a masterpiece. Pine, spruce, citrus, orange peel, something candied in there. Very appealling.
The taste is wonderful with a bright hop explosion midway through the mouth. The citrus notes from the aroma carry over into the taste. The beer rolls over the tongue into a bitter, long hoppy finish.
The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and creamy and not highly carbonated.
Stone IPA is wonderfully drinkable. It is "The Nectar". The English soldiers in India would have been ecstatic to pull this IPA off the boat!!

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

Hoo baby, the *light* Stone IPA. Whatta treat. Start to finish, excellent. Pour was a clear, amber orange with a frothy head, laced all the way! Then a citrus and floral bouquet graced my nose, followed by; lemon, citrus, foral tasty treat. Very tangy , charged and carbed with nice hop burp’s. Hmm, thought I didn’t like the forals, but I’ve changed. Wanting another and another.

One personal caevet: well, 3F Alpha King is very comparable, and I can get that one locally without the kick in the sack shipping charges.

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Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color, very clear, with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the hops - US West Coast hops - citrus, slight pine, and slight spice. Reminds me of the DFH 90 min, in that the nose says big hops and the flavor is much more smooth and mild than expected. Some of the hop flavors come through after swallowing, but there is a solid caramel character and some bitterness. The body is moderate, but still full and interesting. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of cracgor
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber with red hews. The head pours off white. A modest size head forms of large bubbles. There is also a modest amount of carbonation rising through the glass. The head retention is ok...forms a somewhat thick collar that sticks to the glass just enough to remind you its there.

Smell: Sweet, oily smelling hops. A fruity grape and pine needle smell. Smells great.

Taste: Fairly bitter, but not way over the top like I expected from the bottle description. It is well balanced with the sweet malts, playing with the palate quite well. The hops leave a great taste in your throat. Aside from that there is again the fruity flavors which reminds me of grapes and something I can't place. Sweet and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. Slightly astringent, but not much. Dry and crisp a good feel.

Drinkability: not so overly hopped that it is undrinkable. This is very tasty and refreshing as long as you like bitter. MMM...can't wait till its sold in my state.

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Photo of maek228
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light shade of amber. Nice 3/4 finger head with decent cling.

Smell: Piney hops. Huge hop aroma. Complex.

Taste: Thick malts immediately give way to piney hops, hop oils....dude it is a monstrous dose of hops that leaves a wickedly bitter after taste that coats your mouth.

Mouhtfeel: Creamy yet scrisp. Medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: For IPA lover such as myself....this one could be sessioned

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

I had the honor of being poured a glass at the Stone Brewery straight off the bottling line.

Pours a yellowish gold with a stately head that holds the whole way. A sight to behold.

The smell is hopporific. A nice mix of pine and herbs coated on a citrus base. There is a hint of malt in the nose as well.

This is an IPA all right. Damn is it ever! While no where near the intensity of Ruination, this is more hoppy and bitter than your standard IPA fare. For a west coast IPA, Stone departs from the bunch while still maintaining the character and quality control of the region. This is not as outright piney and juicy, but has alot of hop flavor and a lingering bitterness. The pine is there as well. While this beer is more hoppy than most IPAs, it is remarkably balanced with solid malt complement, giving it a biscuity finish.

For my money, one of the better IPAs around. Great for singles, great for sessions. This is a great example of how to make a beer with more character, but perfect balance. Cheers to Stone!

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

Fresh bottle from CMaruschak. Thank Chris

Pours a golden color with just a hint of cherry red. Big white head leaves spots of lace all over the pint glass.
Aroma of pine, citrus and resin and some caramel.
Flavors of citrus, big caramel kick and pine resins. Some bread notes really round the falvor profile out.
Mouthfeel is smooth and silky and just below full-bodied. Excellent transitions between some malt and the incredibly bitter but tasty hop hits. Clean, powerful and very smooth. Pure beer.
Drinkability is absolutely top notch. The standard to which all other American IPA's should be compared.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from the bottle at Sunset Cantina in Boston, Ma. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass yielding a small barely there white head atop a dull yellow haze colored beer. No lacing throughout the sample.

Smell was very hoppy and fruitty. Strong citrus frangrances of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Taste was very hoppy and with a crisp, strong (but not over-powering) bitterness to every sip. Some citrus to the taste; but not any one fruit overpowering the other flavors. Similair in taste to Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA but without the grapefruit. My main reason for not being crazy about Smutty IPA was the grapefruit and this Stone IPA delivers all of what the Smutty did without the grapefruit which makes it rank pretty high in my book.

Light on the palate with ample carbonation.

Drinkable for sure but not overly so. I could have more than one in a sitting but would not be apt to push this beer too much. Very enjoyable and as such enjoyed in respectable moderation. All in all, a very good beer and one I'll go to again soon.

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Photo of blitz134
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice yellow orange clear pour with a barely off white one finger head which stuck to the glass well. Smell is of wonderful hops...citrusy with tons of grapefruit and tangerine, somewhat like one of those fruit blend orange juices. This smells truly awesome, very sweet. Aroma doesn't tend to indicate too much of the flavor, maybe just a bit. Taste is nice and bitter with a good mix of hops which cover most of the typical flavors. Starts out sweet and citrusy, but not in the usual west coast cascade overload kinda way and then goes into a bit of clean straw and a bit of a resin bitter finish that seems to linger for a while. Nicely done. Mouthfeel is nice and full and slightly oily, just how I like it. Drinkability is excellent due to the nice hop blend and overall downright awesome flavor.

A must try. I like how this breaks the mold a bit of the overly cascade laden west coast ipas and goes for a similar sweet, citrus mix w/o relying too heavily on the grapefruit.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was kind of surprised just now when I noticed I have never reviewed this beer. Pours a pretty pale copper. Perfectly clear. Lots of foamy head and substantial lace. Nose has more than just the hops that I was expecting, there's a nice malt base there too. Taste is a little piney, but very well balanced with the malts so the hops don't knock you over. The malts actually provide a pretty full body flavor to the beer. Not a dry finish at all.

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

A really great example of the style.

A gold, pilsner-like color. A lot of hops on the nose. I didn't discern any Cascades, which is a nice change of pace for a West Coast brewery.

I got a lot of hops flavors, including pears. At least, something that reminded me of pears. A lot of hops flavors dance around. Citrus, pine(?), etc.

Had with a nice hard cheese akin to an aged cheddar. Went perfectly.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Redbones in Somerville, MA.

This was the beer that accompanied my ribs on my first - and long awaited - trip to Redbones, and I couldn't have asked for anything more. Golden color with a soft one-finger head. Huge floral hop aroma. Very spicy with some cirtusy overtones. Great strong taste, but not so strong that it was overpowering. Great mouthfeel that could have very easily left your mouth very dry, but didn't. With such a high ABV, it brings the drinkability down a bit. This was a fantastic IPA that I would definitely buy again in the future.

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Photo of jpwild240
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A small bottle sits with slight condensation appearing around the bottom of the bottle. I crack it open with my copyrighted "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" bottle opener. The strong hiss makes me wonder if I shook it up too much on the 8-foot trip from fridge to computer. I pour it into a traditional American Bell Pint glass. Beautiful amber color with minimal white head seems inviting.
The hop aroma is nearly overpowering! This reviewer has never experienced an essence of such strong hopping before. I'm almost a little intimidated. Almost. Regardless, I dive right in expecting something decent from Stone.
Wow! Boom-pop in your mouth! Low carbonation but the wet hopped ale hits your mouth smooth but lingers long enough to encourage you to wait a tick before then next sip. Every sip hits your nostrils as the heavily-hopped brew is agitated. I should mention the malt, because it is done healthily in this case. It balances out the outrageous hopping without becoming too 'pleasing' to the palate.
Beautiful white lacing appears around the glass with each sip. (Should one expect less from Stone?)
Overall, the best IPA I've ever had. Forget my allegiance to the Stone brewing company... this is a solid, GREAT IPA. If you're in the mood for a hoppy IPA and haven't tried this yet, buy yourself a couple!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light golden/orange. Wonderfully big, white head, just huge. Great retention, and good lacing.

Smell: Citrussy and piney hops are the two dominant aromas at first. A little bit of malt, but mostly big fresh hop aroma. It really smells like a bag of oily, fresh hops.

Taste: Full hop assualt. Bitter, but not astringently so. The malt must be in there somewhere, but this tastes like liquid hops. I likes me some hops, so that's good. What sweetness there is seems to show itself after the initial hop taste and linger some. Usually I get the sweetness first, odd.

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Stone IPA (India Pale Ale) from Stone Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 2,959 ratings.
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