HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2004 mmmmm...hops. It is a clear rich gold poor with a nice white head. Very nice citrusy, floral hops in the aroma. Oh, but the hops are a powerful (and pleasureable) presence. Slight malty sweetness help balance those oh so lovely biting hops. I really love this one and would have it again in a heart beat.
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A sparkling amber with a thick white head. HEAVY citrus/pine aroma. The flavor the hops impart on this beer match perfectly with the sweetness of the malt giving it a really nice, fruity taste. Finishes a little too bitter for me but nowhere near as overpoweringly as Stoneís Ruination. Very, very drinkable which can let the 6.9% sneak up on you. Very, very good.
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light copper with faint white head. Fantastic appearance. Aroma is of caramel, some fruit (esters at play), and plenty of American citrusy, resiny goodness. Medium body. Taste is of several varieties of sweet malt, followed by the flavor of American hops. Notice I didn’t say bitterness. Although over 70 IBUs, the flavor takes center stage. A great example of how flavoring hops should be used. One of my favorites.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, since itís been a while and Iíve sampled many offerings since I wanted to re-review my favorite beer, Stone IPA. Text and stats on the original review follows. Long story short...itís still right up there...
12 oz. into Duvel tulip...
2+ finger butter/eggshell head tops a clean and still honey/copper body. Head is slightly meringuish with great staying power and a lot of lacing. What an IPA should look like.
Greapefruit is subtle yet strong with slight floral notes and mild caramel malt. Thatís what Iím talkiní about...overall citrus is dominant but not one-sided - aroma has Beautiful Chemistry in spades.
Caramel malt comes forward in an even keel. Hoppiness manifests itself in more of a bitter citrus tone than on the nose...with a little warmth thereís solid balance but the citrus and malt do quiet down rather quickly.
This achieves almost perfect balance on the palate. Malt is clean but hearty and hops provide ample bitterness and citrus. Finish is strong and even-keeled. Husky but bright. Never gets old.
One of the most drinkable beers around in my opinion and my favorite beer to drink all-around. Excellent for all seasons - hearty enough for cold, light enough for warm. Quenches thirst and provides a strong but clean flavor profile.
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden beer with a white, frothy, one finger head. Excellent sticking on the lace.
Aroma is all hops. Mostly pine hops with fruit notes and a pungent edge. Bitter overpowers sweet.
Taste has a bite. Nice bitter hops. Pine and grassy mainly. Slight hint of pineapple. Little bit of butter/toast malt to back up the hops.
Leaves a bitter, dry, hoppy aftertaste. This is a good smacky, sticky ipa.
When I imagine a standard ipa, this is what I think of. It isnít a tropical fruity, sweet ipa, and it isnít a high hop, high malt backbone ipa. Nothing overpowers and itís hop dominated. Bitter and crisp.
phikus01 (112) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great IPA, melon citrus hop bitterness balanced by a subtle malt sweetness
oppear (112) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This I believe is the most balanced IPA Iíve tasted. Itís not a perfect combo but needís few touches here and there. Pineapples, moss-bitter, cherry-marmalade, carbonated water (briefly). This almost letís You forget about itís faults, critisism and yet few are still found.
If this only wasnít so damn expensive...
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
very little maltiness. a clean dry finish. Extremely close to being a double. piny citrusy hoppy. nice froathy head that gives way to lacing. Even if you donít like IPAís this beer is worth buying and just smelling it for hours.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle...pours a very nice orange with a very thin white head...aroma was very floral, with nice hints of fruit as well as some pine...flavor was much of the same...one of the best IPAs I have had...was waiting to try and offering from Stone and I am glad I started with this one.
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange-gold with a moderate white head. Aroma of pine. Properly bitter, lively, good body. A very good, classic, hoppy IPA.