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RATINGS: 3849   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2006
He shoots, he scores! This is a wondeful IPA... Pours an orange-caramel into the glass, with a sticky, frothy head, medium retention and wonderful webbed lace. The nose has all you’d expect: grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral accents. These transfer directly into the flavor dept. There is a faint caramel malty sweetness which underlies a huge hop contingency. Grapefruit, citrus, and candy orange slices are noted in the mid-palate, whereas the side- and back-palate are peppered perfectly with a mildly-lingering pine resin dry-hop. All of the wonderful complexities of this brew come together almost flawlessly. It has a very nice, refreshingly creamy (and cleansing) finish that works wonders for the overall effect! Truly, one of the best IPA’s one can have.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 (Bottle, thanks to Thaichile) Pours clear amber. Light head. Aroma of sweet fruits. Citrus and piney hops. Nuts, resin. Sultry smell. The flavour has a peppery feeling. Resin with some stickyness and alot of bittering hops. Fruity and oily. Leaves a numness in the mouth. Rather big afterbitterness. First sweet, then dry. Thich, malty body. Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Pours a bright gold with a white foamy head. Big citrus aroma. Flavor is decidely hops, but not overwheling like the Ruination IPA. There is some malt also present in the flavor. This is a very good IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7535) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Draft at Piper’s Creek. Pours medium gold with a bit of white foam atop, maybe some suds. Incredibly fruity citric hops on the nose, the attack, the mid palate, the finish...how else can you describe it? Fruity and floral and botanically correct, just a very luscious taste explosion but very balanced. Nice malt backbone but only just enough. The malt is essentially a dance floor for the John Travolta that is the hop bill in this beer. Outstanding!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle. Poured a light golden color with a white head. Looks marvelous! Aroma is hops! Smelling citrus, reisen, and pine. Flavor is rich and full of hops. Very smooth flavor, the hops are not overbearing at all. In fact the beer finishes with a little bit of a sweetness. Very smooth IPA. If I haven’t had the Diamond Knot IPA this would be the top IPA for my taste but it is a very close second!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Orange in color, slightly cloudy. Head disappeared pretty quickly. A generous hoppy and slightly floral aroma. Lots of hop flavor, but not over powering - actually very smooth and almost restrained from beginning to end. Very slight sweetness, almost orange-like citis flavor throughout as well. 12 oz bottle, $1.69.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 22 oz bomber from local grocery.Massive head, dissipates after 10 minutes leaving a lof of lace. Cloudy blonde amber color. Nice mellow flavor, a bit boring. No bitter aftertaste and lacking in hops. Medium bodied and VERY smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2006
2006 bottle. Pours a bronze amber with a froathy white head. Aroma is "to the max", with citrus fruits, flora notes, hops, and pine. Flavor is a bit mellow, with a nice smooth mouthfeel, with some hops coming through, as well as the citruis. Definitely doesn’t hit you with bitterness like the Ruination. Incredibly drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djbernie (1) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
Easy to drink, widely distributed. Give one to a friend who drinks the yellow fizzy stuff and watch his eyes light up. Highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured a cloudy copper/straw color. Medium white frothy head dispersed quickly, leaving a persistent lacing. Aroma is pure malt, mingled with hoppy goodness. I’m an IPA fanatic and after a recent string of Belgium samplings, this was a nice homecoming. Stone IPA has a big pine/hop taste that balances well with a sweet malt and citrusy fruit flavor. This leaves only a slight bitter aftertaste when compared to the Arrogant Bastard and the Ruination IPA. This isn’t the "death by hops" experience many IPA fanatics drool over but it is an excellent IPA to be enjoyed by both fanatics and neophytes to the style.


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