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RATINGS: 3361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Look up "hops" in the dictionary and you’ll 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 beer’s crisp and refreshing bitter character.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Light amber pour, with a thick white head that laces very nicely. First pour from the bomber had some large carb bubbles that trickled to the top pretty quickly. Aroma had a strong pine smell to it, like sniffing a freshly fallen pine cone. Taste followed the smell quite nicely, with lots of hops and a long trailing aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Truly a wonderful beer. Great hops from the first smell to the last sip. Full, bready body with a touch of malty sweetness that saves this IPA from tasting over-hopped. Distinctive grapefruit-juice-bitter finish. Clear, reddish-golden color. Leaves a complex latttice of lace down the side of the glass. About a thousand times better than the infamous Arrogant Bastard Ale. Stone should give this stuff the cool name.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2002
Probably the best beer I’ve ever had (as far as my preference goes). This is truly the last IPA you’ll ever wat to drain. Fragrant, beautiful rich mangoey shade of yellow. The flavor is biiitttterrr!!! As the great poet whose name I’ve forgotten once said: ’It is bitter bitter. But I love it because it is bitter, like my heart’. I sat down at my local pub last night and tried two twenty two ouncers. The chalkboard advertising the specials of the evening had it labeled ’double bitter’ and it cost around 5 bucks but it was well worth it. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 Semi-sweet apple and grapefruit aroma. The hops bitterness doesn't really set in until after the first few sips. There is a big bitter edge to this along with a malty sweet back. A long aftertaste of the hops is present, and there seems to be nothing small about this beer. The color is a typical orange/brown, and it has a nice fluffy white head. I find this to be a very nice alternative to the big boy, AKA "Ruination IPA." Stone brews are like a party. It's just fun drinking them!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Used to like it lots...when there wasn’t any competition...now it really doesn’t compete because there’s no incentive for stone to care since retards buy up the shit like its crack.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2002
A great American IPA. Lots of American hoppiness. Cloudy golden color. Not as good as Victory Hop Devil or as Stone’s Ruination, which I remember as off the scale bitter and just about perfect.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
A well-balanced, hoppy and bitter IPA. Though excellent, I was slightly disappointed that, for all its hype, it was not quite as powerful an IPA as laConner’s or Diamond Knot.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2003 Update: I actually drive to that god-foresaken .5 million acre office park known as Northern Virginia to get this amazing beer. What I like most is the blend of citric and herbal hop flavor. It's just brilliant. Old: Oh, these boys did a fine job, indeed. A study in hops. Whereas Alpha King offers a ton of hop flavor, but restrained bitterness, this beer widens its focus to embrace bitterness as a positive good. I rather like this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 One of my favorite IPA's. I like the hops and expect it in an IPA. I will go elsewhere for malt. That said, this beer is not ALL hops - in the end it measures out quite nicely.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2002
First thing that hits you is the wonderfully powerful aroma, very citrusy and sweet. Then, the flavor, hoppy and bitter but very well balanced with a nice buttery caramel front and the hops slowly exploding as it goes down. My first Stone, after reading about it for a year on the site, and I’m not disappointed; now if only we could get more than the couple currently available in New England? Hmmm? Greg??


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