MisterSparkle (29) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite brews in the world. I drink more of this one than of anything else out there. It is a fixture in my fridge. Very citrus in taste and aroma. Pours a golden-amber, nice and cloudy from the bottle. Head is a beautiful froth, if slightly less than a finger. Beautifully refined in bitterness and sweetness, dry and light in body. This brew almost singlehandedly redefined west coast IPAs, and continues to excel. It is rare that other IPAs can even come close, and even rarer for a brew to eclipse the high-quality flavor and all-around goodness delivered in a Stone IPA.
ibrubeer (29) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice white head. Clear golden color. Nice hoppy aroma. A bit of a piney hop flavor though, that I do not really enjoy. Lingering bitterness, especially on the edges of my tongue.
DW78715816 (28) - Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good but expected a little more with the hype, expected it to be a little bolder, prefer SKA
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
IrsLuver (28) - Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great smell of hops, citus and pine. Color is a hazy orange, with a white head. Tastes of earthy hops, pine, citrus and faint malt. Palate is amazing. It has a medium mouth feel that is sufficiently carbonated and goes down very easily. Stone once again delivers, a great IPA. One of my all-time favorites right alongside Racer 5 and Firestone Walker Union Jack.
HopScripts (28) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very balanced IPA, I felt that the aroma was lacking a little bit but still there. It was also very well balanced and didn’t get too bitter or have too much of one element. The lacing was a little inconsistent and left something to be desired. Overall, this beer deserves its place amongst the top IPA’s on the market.
Maltmisjonen (28) - - JUL 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
zesty hopiness, lavender, pine, oranges, caramel, vanilla.
Nice fruity aftertaste, palate too thin.
migwell (28) - - AUG 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Finally got around to trying this. It’s rather expensive here on the East Coast, unlike Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas products, but I saw how highly rated it is and had to take a shot at it.
But honestly, I’m disappointed. Seems thin-bodied, lacking malt balance and too lingeringly bitter for my tastes. Nice bottle, though.
I’ve got to look into the byzantine mathematics involved in the rating process here. I’ve rated this 6,4,5,4,10 in the 5 categories (A,A,T,P,O) which translates into a 2.9 rating by some process or other and then is transmogrified into part of the overall 99 (%?) rating at the top of the page. Wizardry!
cale422 (28) - Timmonsville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Visited San Diego great brew scene and Stone brewery kicks butt. This IPA is incredible. Light straw color tons of spicy citrus hop aromas and a great flavor to match and it gets better with ists crisp finish. Great brew
EricMichaelSmith99 (27) - USA - NOV 15, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic beer. Leaves a wonderful dry aftertaste. Pretty expensive for an IPA, but worth it.
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Bottle) Strong grapefruit and hops aroma. Amber color, 1/2" foamy white head falls to a thin layer within a minute or so, but leaves nice lacing. Citrus and pine taste, with little malt, alot of bitterness that extends into a long aftertaste. Palate is tingly, crisp, and dry. If you can measure a beer by how likely you are to suggest it to another (and isn't that part of the ratings process?), this beer ranks right at the top with the best of them.