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RATINGS: 3732   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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.


4.1
   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 (1990) - 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 Springģ and black pepper. Flavor starts with a smooth malt, then itís 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. Iíd like to try this alongside a Bellís Two Hearted and a Dogfish 60 (but, hey... who wouldnít?)

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 aromaís indication. a little light on the malt for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3851) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2005
On draught at Mugs Ale House. Transparent charneol colour. Big citric/mandarin nose. Citrus anf grapes are most prominent in flavour, malt balances pretty well. A dry hopped monster thatís crisp still. Very flowery. And drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours amber transparent with a nice thick head that stays around. Initial aroma was strong hops then a little malt creeped through. Flavor is mostly hops but a nice malt taste in the background. Pine and citrus also come through. This beer has some real carbonation that helps to give it a nice feel on the palate. It is a very solid IPA maybe the best Iíve tried yet. Great flavor and nice on the palate. I have a ruination in the cellar waiting and this just got me all that much more excited to sample that one! Stone Rocks!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 26, 2005
Initial strong aroma of hops that settled down to a more subtle hop aroma after a minute. Poured with a golden color, and a frothy head that was still a half inch thick a few minutes after pouring. Very well-balanced flavor with a mellow hop bitterness and a good amount of hop flavor that melded very well with the malt backbone. Rich mouthfeel that felt almost creamy from the fine carbonation. The beer coated the mouth for several seconds after each sip. This evolved into a pleasantly ligering aftertaste that was a good mix of bitterness and hop flavor. This is an excellent, well-crafted beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2005
Granted, there are no bad Stone beers and this one added to my excitement. Very hoppy and a good set up prior to experiencing Ruination IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flyindog (14) - USA - APR 22, 2005
One of the best IPAs Iíve ever had!!! Not overpoweringly hoppy, just the right amount of hops for this type of beer. also gets you drunk right quick lol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkBarnes (402) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 April 19, 2005, chilled 12 oz. bottle (also sampled in the 22 oz. "bombers"). Been drinking this for months, canít believe I havenít rated it yet. Huge aroma invites you to dig in. The powerful burst of hoppy -- yet balanced -- flavor keeps you coming back. A world-class brewery, and an IPA against which all others are judged.

Oct. 26, 2011: More than six years later, Stone IPA is still the "gold standard" - as good as an IPA gets.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2005
Pours a clear gold color with a thick rocky white head. Excellent aroma of resinous and spicy hops. Excellent flavor of spicy and resinous hops with caramel and a strong lasting bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Excellent IPA.


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