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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 Nice color and off white head start this much anticipated brew. Nose is dry hoppy with a little grapefruit aroma, as well. Very nice, and well balanced, and it has an almost pilsner-like quality to it! Flavor is also quite hoppy, but this has to be the smoothest hoppy beer I’ve ever had. The hops just seem to roll from the front of the tongue to the back, leaving with a medium bitterness aftertaste, which again fades into notes of grapefruit. Truly a wonderful IPA!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Huge hop aroma and also a light touch of mint. Medium orange in color. Taste is nice hops, not real green and not overly mellow. Sweet and somewhat fruity finish, like a fine cider. Could have used a littel more cabonation and head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Light golden color with a full head. Smells like apples, little like peaches, almost like apple cider, very sweet aroma. Wow, so bittersweet, very dry, with very full and enjoyable hop flavors. Not as sweet as it smells, but more balanced.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
An excellent IPA. I like this one better than ruination because of the slightly lesser hops content. A great floral smell, beautiful look, and an amazing fruity, hoppy flavor.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2598) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Its not as overpowering as Ruination, its the perfect balance of hops and malt. Apperance is copper with a moderate head. Aroma is of oranges, pine, and hops. I could smell this all day! Flavor is hoppy with a complexity of citrus and pine. The hops are not as overpowering as one might believe based on Stone’s reputation. An absolute beauty of an IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Draft and on cask at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Tale of two different monsters here. The draft version was a good solid IPA with just the right amount of hop flavor. The cask was like drinking a totally different beer. It smelled and tasted florally (sp) with a good hop bite. Was a little more cloudy then the draft.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Thick rocky head that disappears quite quickly. Pale golden color. Enormous amounts of lace on the glass. Looks like a traditional IPA. Smells of hops and sweet flowers, a nice balanced aroma. Hopped quite well with a suttle balance between the hops and the malts. I like the Ruination better. However, this is better than most IPA's on the market that I have had.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2003
What a great beer. Stone IPA presents with a golden amber color and a slight haze.An obvious hops aroma was present the minute the beer was poured. Despite the vast amount of hops this beer is incredibly well balanced.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Very nice IPA, but pales in comparison to the Ruination IPA. After having the Ruination, this seems tame, but it's still an excellent example of a good West Coast IPA with plenty of hop bitterness. Overall, a very good beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gyruss77 (3) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2003 does not count
If you've never tasted this beer, you, my friend, are in for a real treat. It has a very crisp taste to it. You need to try it very, very cold-almost freezing, to bring out that awesome taste. Stone Pale Ale, I.P.A. and Arrogant Bastard Ale, are quite simply the finest beers in the world. Haven't tried Double Bastard yet. It's hard to find, because it's a seasonal brew. Looking forward to it though! : )


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