mstrcrwly (145) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hoppy,citrusy,piney...but overrated..have had much better IPAís..especially west coast ones.
HIGHB4LL (233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Appearance: large white head that diminishes rather quickly, great lacing, golden straw color, slightly cloudy. Aroma: orange zest, resin, grass, caramel, floral. Palate: light body, sticky texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. Taste: slightly sweet, little bit of malts building up to the lasting bitterness that finishes through the taste with the slightest bit of metallic at the end. Overall, solid IPA, but not the best by Stoneís standards; just not balanced as well as maybe it should be.
mensch (238) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís a hazy yellow color with a poof of white foam. Even though itís well before the best buy date, Iím not sensing the "bountiful hop aroma" as promised. It does have a slight pleasant lemon aroma up front. Bountiful and complex bitter hop flavors and a substatial malt backbone are what make this beer worthwhile, if not quite worth the price tag.
KennyGalanif (42) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a clear light golden amber color, one finger of a light off white head. bubbles last a while, with great lacing. smell is bready and caramel malts, earthy and slightly citrus hops. i get a bit of lemon. the taste is perfectly balanced, and bittered IPA. more of an east coast style with a lemon flavor. the bitterness lasts a while. overall, a great well balanced IPA.
varanid99 (411) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours gold with thin but long lasting head. Malt, citrus and pine on the nose. Taste - bitter upfront, dry, citrus and pine, ends with long bitter slightly chewy finish. Awesome.
TheCametron (1563) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear Amber with a lasting White head. Asserive pine aroma with a touch of citrus. Itís clearly a top IPA. So well balanced and so flavoursome. The bitterness, the aroma, the malty caramel backdrop. Itís a topper. Gets ye pished ní aw.
kbudd19 (370) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, dark golden pour with minimal white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Taste - bitter sweet up front medium hoppy finish with a bit of a kick a nice bit of malty sweetness. A really nice well rounded IPA.
7bogey7 (6) - - DEC 30, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My palate doesnít allow me to be too particular, but I try every/all IPAís wherever I go. Stone IPA is my staple. I live in San Diego, buy it by the case at Costco and feed it to all my friends. I drink it every day and have no negative comments - it tastes great and itís my favorite beer. I am 71 years old and have been a beer drinker for 50 years - this is my favorite of all time.
Lonick (683) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Amber, quite sweet on the nose with caramel and cooked sugars coming strong. Apricots and citrus fruits with a hint of pine also on the palate.
COMRADEJOSH (253) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice aroma of fresh hops. Taste is hop forward over a crisp ale without being overly bitter or strong on alcohol. I would say this sets the standard for what IPA should be judged from.