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RATINGS: 3460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Look up "hops" in the dictionary and youíll see a picture of Stone IPA! "Dry-hopped" for an extra two weeks, this unique process gives our IPA its bountiful hop aroma and rich hop flavor. A full 70+ IBUs (International Bitterness Units) creates this beerís crisp and refreshing bitter character.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2004
Immediately reminded me of Bridgeports' IPA, which is very good. Since I had that beer a long time ago, I can't tell which is better, but this is also a very good beer. Aroma is great, of fruits. Cloudy orange with a nice sized head. Very smooth drinking despite having a strong hops character. Very solid overall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Overall nice malt flavor, but the hops almost came off as "burnt". I'm not sure how that's possible. Weird. The fact that I saw my first girlfight in a nice bar while sipping this has to count for something lol

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Aroma: scents of hops, malts, and tropical fruits. also, slight metallic scents.
Appearance: golden yellow colour. small, white head.
Flavor: sweet, malty, hoppy flavors. fills the nose and clears the sinuses.
Palate: hops that momentarily scrape the skin off the back of the tongue--other than that, remarkably smooth. slight fruity, earthy aftertaste.
Overall: not a bad IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Clear amber color, thin head, mild carbonation. Light floral aroma. Taste... Whoa, now thatís what Iím fín talking about! Nice creamy texture. The hops cling to the tongue just long enough and then release so the beer finishes clean. Nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was a bit mild in this savage beer but the flavor more than makes up for it. I canít wait to try ruination.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2004
one of the most perfect american ipa's. very balanced, with a sweet and a malt(!) taste. nice hazy orange color. so easy to drink for the strength too. beware! but find it

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
This is a great IPA. It's much more drinkable than Ruination. Pours a clear darker golden color with a really nice off-white head that left a beautiful lace down the side of the glass. Smells of floral hops, mainly, with some maltiness coming through. Tastes very smooth for being so hoppy. You can definatly taste the alcohol. I'm thinking Chinook hops but there's a bit of grapefruit aftertaste which makes me think maybe some Cascade, but I think Stone doesn't use Cascade. The hops are complex so it's not like they just dumped in one type and forgot about it. The bottle states that they dry hop as well. The care here shows. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with just enough carbonation to cleanse the pallet. Drinkability suffers only because of the high alcohol content, but it's quite good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004 does not count
From the second you poor this beer you know it's going to be good. Orange/rust body with a good inch size delicate head on it. The head settled and you end up with a great lacing pattern. Flowery, sticky resin aroma hits you right before you take a sip. Flavor is intense...great hop flavor with a malty body. Always a favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004
So, maybe it is because I've been spoiled by the NW Style IPA, but I can't help but feel like this beer is so average. The color was really nice, but the love that makes up an IPA is all filtered out. It smelled pretty medicinal, it tasted bottled, maybe a little old. It wasn't bad, just wasn't great. I think I'll stick with Arrogant Bastard the next time I go for a Stone beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ntweather (2) - USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
OMG...Maybe the most perfect beer I have ever had. The aroma is something I would like to engulf my house. The hoppy aftertaste is something I will never forget and contiune to search for in other beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Has a clouded orangish/tan color with some carbonation and small diminishing head. Smell is of hops/citrus. Taste is lightly malted and finishes with a hop/citrus/acidic flavor. Overall a fine IPA with great hop flavors.


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