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RATINGS: 3619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
Pours a copper color. With almost no head. The beer itself, has a nice cirtus kick and is very hoppy. Very tasty and enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
achtungpv (235) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Copper colored, strong hops aroma and an even stronger hops taste. very bitter and crisp but without a lingering aftertaste. THis and Lagunitas are definitely my top two IPAs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Received courtesy of my friend Sal Paradise from hawkeyenation.com This is heaven. Perfect IPA. Two Hearted Ale is the best I can get around here, but this is better. Floral scent. Grapefruit and pine. Wish I could get this all the time here in St. Louis.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Small white head with a clear light orangeish body. Lovely hoppy aroma, citrusy with a hint of pine. Nice bitter flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Tap. Lightish orang with a stiff cream colored head. Flowery fruity aroma with notes of orange and pine resin. Totally hoppy aroma and taste with some definate pine presence. Very crisp in the mouth. Hoppy bitter taste that lingers a bit on the back of the tongue with a slight alcohol warmth at the end. Nice body, not too thick, but still very crisp and clean.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Is this beer really that good? Don’t get me wrong, a very pleasant highly hopped and modern style but just not mind blowing. Hops show good complexity with metallic hardness, aniseed and a grainy farmyard character early. The best showing I have seen and clearly this bottle was in better nick than a Purvis-sourced sample from 2008.

April 2008 (3.2)
Funny beer. Nose shows some faint hope sweetness and a funky, dirty fruit note. Not really hoppy at all in terms of aromas, at least in the traditional sense. Mild palate weight with elegant fruity notes before a harder metallic-like character kicks in.

May 2005 (3.1)
As can be expected from the marque a full flavoured in your face interpretation. Mild herbal nose with some fruity ale traits. Very similar early in the palate before giving way to some full throttled hop action. Long, strong finish, but just a touch too abrasive at the end. Served by the bottled at RFD in Washington

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2005
I love stone they do really well with every thing they do. This one starts pretty well by pouring a nice orange color with a thick head. head seems to be pretty well present throughout the whole beer. Nice hoppy aroma. A little too hoppy for my preference but still a killer beer, very pumped to get more products from stone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This came in the typical Stone 22oz silk-screened bomber with the gargoyle on it. This poured out a light orange with a tall rising out of the glass head of off white foam. Scattered lacing was left around the glass as this was consumed. Strong floral aromas rose from the glass that was backed by and equally string citric piney smell. Completely hop dominated nose but not to the point of being over done, there was a doughy malt presence keeping it in check. Citric bitterness hit the tongue first with a slightly sweet malt coming though shortly after. The after taste was mildly bitter with an earthy hop bite. A fairly balanced flavor that keep the emphasis on the hops. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with about a medium body. I could drink this stuff all day, one of my favorite IPAs.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
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A mostly clear, deep amber body under a mostly lasting, rocky, off-white head that laces in morse code (a dash here... a dot there...). Heavy pine and citrus aromas, with soapy touches of Irish Spring® and black pepper. Flavor starts with a smooth malt, then it’s all delicious, grapefruity hops. Despite some dryness, I find a long, tinlgy hop finish and a clingy mouthfeel. Extra points for the 2-color screened bottled. I’d like to try this alongside a Bell’s Two Hearted and a Dogfish 60 (but, hey... who wouldn’t?)

P.S.  I looked up "hops" in the dictionary (as per the advice of the Commercial Description) and did not find a picture of Stone IPA. I did not find a picture of anything, for that matter. I feel used...

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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bombshelter (349)
- San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. color: pale gold. aroma is hoppy, but more herbal than most american IPAs. flavor is fairly hoppy, still piney despite the aroma’s indication. a little light on the malt for my taste.


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