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RATINGS: 3539   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 re-rate: This is much better than I first thought. It's drier than Stone Ruination, and slightly less bitter, but not a bad IPA by any means! A wide variety of hoppiness fill the flowery/aromatic flavor. Some citrus, like grapefruit, too. The carbonation is just right. There is not much head retention. Very smooth and easy to drink. It reminds me why I love IPA's.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5124) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 Re-rate - Expected more hops? What was I thinking? This is perfectly hopped. Huge floral hop nose. Intense flavor, with the perfect malt to hop balance. A great IPA, though slightly inferior to the Ruination. Original, 3.9 - Nice color and lacing. Decent aroma of hops and sweetness. I really expected more hops in the flavor, but it is creamy and mildly sweet, which I find enjoyable. This is a prett good IPA, but 90 Minute and Hop Devil are better. Thanks Racegoer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1097) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Granted I’m a hop fanatic, but wow. Strong hoppy and floral notes right up front. You know what you are getting yourself into. I’ll just let you read the other reviews while I have another one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 From the bottle. Great nose. Like smelling fresh hops. Then balanced nicely with the malt. A great overall expeience

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
I love this beer. It has a big hop aroma which leads you into a crisp sharp hoppy elixir which is a feast for all your bitter taste buds. However they won’t be able to taste much afterwords :).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Huge hop nose - flowery and brightly fruity. While the hops are brilliantly exploding from the glass, the taste actually grooves into a sweet sugary cereal flavor. Nice balance and overall drinkability.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Pale golden color. Good white head. Aroma of hops, and then some. Brutally bitter and hoppy, but offset by a heavy, syrupy sweet body. Not as elegantly balanced as Ruination, but for being its kid brother, it’s mighty hefty. You would never guess it’s 6.9 ABV from the taste. Magnificent

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
fruity, hoppy, flowery, perfumy, Trix and Fruity Pebbles aroma with grassy hops and alcohol. Tons of carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Light straw-colored body with a rocky white head. Lacing by the ton as the head diminishes. Huge amounts of hops in the nose. Smells like fresh hops! Very floral aromas. A well-balanced IPA though. Just the right amount of bitter to balance the malt character. Smooth on the palate and the whole way down. I like this better than Ruination.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 3/3/12: Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops, citrus, resin. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Not sparkling. Lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, florals, 12/22/02: 10/4/10/5/19=4.8


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