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RATINGS: 3646   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StoutsRights (10) - USA - FEB 21, 2005
Aroma of hops and perfume. Hops dominate the flavor and palate as well. Light amber color. Did I mention the hops?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours a medium white frothy head with a fair amount of lacing. Nice carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides and a beautiful amber color to the beer. Smells hoppy and a slight sweetness to it, simple but divine. Tastes hoppy with the slightest sweet taste to it, aftertaste goes from sweet back to bitter and lasts awhile. This is how IPAs were meant to be it is a real treat to drink this beer.

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 they’re in perfect balance. Hoppy, sweet maltiness, orange, perfect bitterness and medium body, this would be a great beer to drink all the time. I can’t 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 IPA’s, 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 Port’s Frank’s Double IPA is competition. Oh, one other thing, this is DRY, although you won’t 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 Stone’s most enticing hop aroma delivers its promise to the very last dry-hopped drop! This is the best IPA I’ve tasted, with an equally beautiful pale malt finish brewed nearly to dryness. Having finally tasted the draft version at Dominion’s 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.


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