sethatuml (38) - USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
droop (4) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 23, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Lubiere (12396) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Reid (2235) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
frankR (144) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ElGaucho (2376) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy but well balanced by malt. Amber in color. Enjoyable. Had it at a beer festival at Split Rock, Pa. I enjoyed this. very flavorful.