Muggus69 (1100) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pulled out the "IPA glass" for this one - certainly didnít disappoint; lovely clean pale gold body, holding a dense, creamy inch of white foam, painting thick lace in its wake.
Punchy aroma; hops, hops and more hops...as expected! Pine needle, grapefruit rind, cedar, dried grassy herbs, unripe melon, resiny, sappy - I could go on. but lets no discount some detectable biscuity toasty malt in amongst the hop maelstrom.
Medium bodied, subdued carbonation welcomed, resiny on the body lending an almost oily texture.
Intensely hoppy on the body; once again resiny, woody, sharp citrus. Malt makes an appearance as a light golden syrup, biscuit character, providing some sort of relief. Bitterness firm but balanced, lingering grassy character.
Very well made beer indeed. Despite the full on hop character, thereís a good sense of balance and sessionability. Could easily drink a number of these...one is just not enough..
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice golden amber color that is clear. Has a very nice thick head with small bubbles that holds very well and leaves a nice lace. aroma has hints of spice, citrus, and hops. the taste is semi sweet with a mild hoppiness and hints of ginger and orange. The finish is smooth and crisp. Very enjoyable, I will definitely drink this beer again and recommend it to IPA lovers. a great beer for the price (less than $10 a six pack).
liinis (1473) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very tasty and delightful hoppiness. Pleasant mouthfeel: not so light. Only a hint sweet so well balanced.
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Sizzler80 (412) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber pour with a decent white head. Hoppy as hell. Pine, grapefruit, hops, slight mango, catty, caramel, hops. Hops, hops, hops. Stone IPA is quite meaty and absolutely palate stripping. Love it.
mililani (19) - - JAN 26, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Stoneís IPA, to me, represents everything wrong with the current beer trend. One day, people will look back at this obsession with hops and realize what a bizarre palate people in this day and age.
Thatís not to say hops are bad. No. But, excessive bittering hops, without any counter balance, are. And, Stone IPA, to me, represents that extreme. It comes off with this nasty medicinal bittering taste akin to aspirin. There is also this strong after taste that lingers on the palate for days. I couldnít get rid of that aspirin like linger on my palate even days after finishing off a Stone multipack. It was just nasty, and I vowed to swear off Stone forever. Contrast this with more floral IPAís such as Pliny the Elder or Simtra triple IPAs. With these brews, there is a more floral, sweet aroma and taste that finishes very clean and dry. Very little after taste. The predominant use of simcoe and amarillo hops gives those beers their characteristic aromatic hoppy smells and tastes that, I think, isnít emphasized enough nowadays in the single IPA.
AKORN (79) - Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy IPA aroma. Golden in color with a nice head. Crisp, lite citrus, good bitterness and mellow. Not too heavy. Overall a very good IPA.
Awktoberfest (250) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like...different from my citrus bomb iPas I love... More I don't know... herbal? Spicy hops... Good and I like...
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mixer006 (8) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding ipa, nice colour, crisp bitter finish and the hop aroma lingers. One of the elite.
Hanan (67) - NW Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very solid, above average IPA, dry hopped as advertised, plenty of hops. If in an IPA mood, canít go wrong. Love that Costco has a great deal on a 24. Otherwise hard to find it less than $8.99 for a 6r and $9.99 normally. and there are equal or better IPAs for a dollar less.
ColaKid (14) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The year is 2010, an Aussie craft beer novice travels to sunny California with his brother, he tastes Stone IPA, he is first overwhelmed by the crazy hop blast, by the end of the longneck he is converted forever to hoppy beers. Well done Stone, you made a beer wanker out of this Aussie! Perfection.