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RATINGS: 3604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Beautiful copper color in an English pint. Citrus and grapefruit aromas. Good fizzy head that laces decently. Somewhat dry with light fruitiness. A nice full bitterness on the finish with big residual aromatic hops. Slightly unbalanced but a great session ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Rich orange-gold colour, 3 finger head. Mild aroma...the taste, WOW, this is damn good stuff. from the bottle description, I was worried this might be too hoppy for me, but luckily theyíre in perfect balance. Hoppy, sweet maltiness, orange, perfect bitterness and medium body, this would be a great beer to drink all the time. I canít imagine any ber lover disliking this one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
If there is a better IPA out there, I hope to find it some day but until then, I will remain convinced that this is the Holy Grail of IPAs...... Glowing apricot/amber under a nice off white head and lots of lacing. Hoppy and sweet aroma of citrus fruits (grapefruit) and a little peppery spice. Flat-out great hoppy flavor but with planty of well balanced sweetness including a hint of peaches and bubble gum. Many IPAís, even good ones, often cross the precarious line of bitterness but this one dances it like the old Michael Jackson (note the subtle beer writer double entendre). Mouth feel was soft and full. Finish was clean, bitter, slighly oily and in a word: perfect. What else can I say except : when will Stone Brewing make this beer easier to get a hold of in New Jersey?????

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
excel (3) - nabb, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2005 does not count
simply the best beer i have ever had thus far. i love the sweet taste at the beginning of each taste, but that is followed by an even better hoppy favor that i simply love. the best.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Truly a bitter hops lovers dream. The aroma is amazing but it took drinking this on a few occasions to get acclimated to the bitter finish. Re-rate: Malts improve with age and so does the beer in general.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flredsox (1) - USA - FEB 8, 2005 does not count
A well crafted beer. From the Head, Color and Aroma to the great taste. Great balance. I sometimes find the hops overwhelming the body in many IPAs. One quibble is that I prefer East Kent goulding Hops. Currently, though, this is my favoite IPA. Pizza Portís Frankís Double IPA is competition. Oh, one other thing, this is DRY, although you wonít know it till you get up off the Bar Stool.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Stoneís most enticing hop aroma delivers its promise to the very last dry-hopped drop! This is the best IPA Iíve tasted, with an equally beautiful pale malt finish brewed nearly to dryness. Having finally tasted the draft version at Dominionís Beer Fest only increases my admiration. Stone has clearly mastered the art of hop extraction!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
Top stuff. Big hoppy aroma, citrus, pine. Sweet yet hoppy. Very balanced. Medium bodied. Great beer that I could either sip, or happily down a few of on a hot day. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Another exceptional offering from Stone. Pours a deep orange with hints of gold. Lite Ė minimal white head. The aroma is wonderful. Bright hoppy citrus and sticky pine. Very fresh smelling (like Iím holding a handful of hops fresh off the vine) with some lite malt holing it all together. The flavor is very nice. It starts with a creamy, litely sweet malt (caramel?) mixed with citrus (orange) hops. Moves to grapefruit flavors mixed with wood and pine bitterness. The finish is long, bitter, and dry. You get a hint of alcohol warmth, which is nice. The body is fine. This brew leans to hop heavy but the malts are study enough to keep it all together. Very tasty!



Rated this again out of a firkin (sp?) taped at falling rock during GABF. Had been dry hopped for some time. The aroma was more pronounced this time with excellect citus hops. Very floral. the flavor was just as excellent though I noted it was significnatly more sticky in body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Pours golden to light amber with a big fluffy yellow head. Wonderful citrusy, flowery hop aroma. First in the flavor comes a good malty taste. Slight amounts of caramel malt. Most of the hoppiness is in the finish. Well balanced IPA.


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