greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sorry peeps, I think this IPA is over rated. It pours a dark straw color with large fizz and a big head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. The aroma is mild, considering 70+ IBUíís, with carmel notes and floral hops. The bitterness hits quickly but leaves quicker than I had hoped. Donít get me wrong, this is a damn good IPA, I just do not think it is worthy of a 99.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great product from Stone brewing, these guys know what they are doing. I have had this one so many times that I stopped counting but it is up there with Three Floyds Alpha King. I love this stuff! The aroma is very floral and pungent, and the taste is a great bitterness that is far from overwhelming mixed in with awesome floral and piney tastes from the hops. A great IPA and a standard in my everyday beer rotation.
Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Lovely, aromatic stuff; just a bit of carbonation bite, very floral.
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle.Pours a clear dark amber with a nice head.The hops just jump outand you know itís gonna be good.A nice balanced flavor of grapefruit and no bitterness.This goes down so easy especially when the weather is hot.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not a big IPA fan, but this is a very pleasant beer.
not as strong as other IPAís, a mellow flavor actually
Very warm and lemony
mgmike4 (30) - valencia, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle: amazing...strong hop aroma with scents of pine and citrus. the flavor is near perfect. It has strong hop flavors but not very bitter...very smooth finish...a truely balanced ipa.
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden orange witha medium white head that cascades well and doesnít disapate much. Aroma is dominated by hops, mostly citrus, some pine, bit of caramel in the nose. Flavor starts off with a nice maltiness and moves to a ncie citric ending. Finish is shorter than I thought it would be, bitter, but not overly so.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If not Victoryís Hopdevil, Stone IPA is what an IPA should be. Stone brewery has not dissapointed me yet.
ChazMania (664) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 This is simply awesome. I have been an IPA head for a few years, largely thanks to Stone. For a straight up IPA, this is one of the best. I can drink this all day. Itís crisp and well balanced, great hop start and finish. If I become an alcoholic, it will be from Stone beers, i love them and can always rely on them being scrumtrulescent!
rerate: from a 4.2 to a 3.8. This beer seems to be getting less balanced for me. I just did a blind tasting with 3 other great IPAís and this beer was least impressive. The bottle "drink by date" (which is a bad dating scheme) said 1/11/10 which is months out, so this should be good.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 Bottle thanks to Ross. Pours orange-gold with a 1 finger frothy white head. Nice grapefruit and slight sweetness in the aroma. Excellent flavor of grapefruity, piny hops with just enough malt to balance but still let the hops shine. Nice smooth medium body. This is an excellent example of what and IPA should be.