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RATINGS: 3857   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Bottle and keg: Filtered
Launched: August 1997
Hops: Magnum, Chinook & Centennial
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 flavor and hop 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Lovely, aromatic stuff; just a bit of carbonation bite, very floral.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sputerbug (114) - Nacogdoches, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2006
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2006
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

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgmike4 (30) - valencia, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
If not Victoryís Hopdevil, Stone IPA is what an IPA should be. Stone brewery has not dissapointed me yet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (664) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2006
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.


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