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RATINGS: 3573   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This was very nice. Very well balanced and smooth. Beautiful in the glass. Citrusy, green fresh aroma - hint of malt. Nice hop finish. Thanks again to Fly :)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 25, 2003
Very nice, Very clean IPA flavor. not as overpowering flavor-wise as some of the other offerings from Stone Brewing. This IPA has a nice crisp flavor, and it does not linger and burn your mouth like some of the super steriod-laden IPAs created for mere shock value.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
droop (4) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2003 does not count
I'm not a big fan of IPAs but this beer was nice. The color is a clear orange like the picture. The bright head didn't last too long in mine but it was there. Aroma as well as flavor was a balanced malt and then it hit with the grapefruit, citrus, pepper. Excellent beer!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Clear orangish color with a white head. Intense grapefruit hops and slightly floral aroma. Very nice crisp, citric hoppy flavor. Pretty dry finish, with a strong hoppy aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
hoppy hoppy hoppy. got love those hops. I wonder if it is some nice casscade hops that give it a citrus flavor. One of my favorite IPA's.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10787) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 December 2003: Very nice resinous, floral hops aroma. In my mouth there is a marriage of hops and ,malts, with some citrus dancing around.... very good! 7-3-8-4-15

Double Dry Hopped version on tap at Oregon Brewer’s Fest, July 31 2011: An orange amber IPA with a thin off white head. In aroma, pungent and fragrant floral hops, resinous, with a bit of catnip. In outh, a good biscuitty malt with very resinous pungent hops, mentol, coniferous, quite nice and challenging. 8-3-8-4-15

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Bought in the ubiquitous 22 oz brown bomber..with as always the imformative back panel. Ok this is simply a marvelous IPA to just look at..a work of art it seems a shame to have to drink it! Hazy light amber colour with a fantatsic large creamy white head..even the carbonation strings seem perfect! Well the aroma of the hops is also great..its a treat to the nasal passages, quite flowery but yet not sweet smelling. well what can is ay about the taste but hops, hops,hops yet it alo has a creamy sweetness..that isnt completelly over whelmed by the hops ( this must be a Stone thing, I tasted the same in the 03-03-03 Vertical)..very nice. Great feel in the mouth with just the right amount of hop aftertatse to keep one coming back for another sip. Most drinkable IPA I ever had..very good indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Dark amber color -- able to see through in a glass. The taste is extremly full. Strong malt tast and bitter hop aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 Pours thick, this is a Stone Brew. Head is white in colour, moderate in size and mostly diminishes. Nose is fruity malts and bitter hops that bite at the nasal cavity. Front is heavily sweet malts. Body is hoppy as expected, but it’s the malts that make this such a great IPA. Orange, banana and clove are in there. Finish is pine tree bitter hops with lingering fruity malts. This is truly an extroidnary IPA. Overall, delicious, very drinkable, a spectacular example of the style.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2282) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Thanks to Kinz for sending me this brew which backed up its placement on my BeerList. I have had Stone IPA exactly one other time, at a beer tasting party I hosted in February 2000. That was before my Ratebeer days, so all I had was my fond memory of it. Apparently it made an impression on the rest of the attendees at that party as it was the highest rated overall brew among the following other 11 beers: Steinlager, Carta Blanca, Beamish Stout, Zwiec, Young's Oatmeal Stout, Pilsner Urquell, Edelweiss Weissbier, Krombacher Pils, Mendocino Blue Heron Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Big Foot and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. That's a pretty head group of beers! It's as good as I remember; it's only too bad that I can't get it in my local market!! Sweet hoppy apricot nose with a bit of a sour pungent aroma. Cloudy gold in appearance with good visible carbonation. Small, off-white head with excellent lace and good retention. Piney hops with some creaminess as a cutter. Just the right amount of sweetness. Good warming alcohol at 6.9%. Elixir-like qualities!


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