BanjoDude (57) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 22 oz. Bottle into shaker. As soon as I cracked open the bottle the great scent of hops rushed into my nose and I just smiled. It has a great aroma of hops...oh yeah...did I mention hops. The pour released this aroma even more and had a nice two-finger head that leaves a lot of lacing, pours a nice golden amber. The taste is great...well balanced, but hoppy...hard to describe; just taste it. The mouthfeel is great; silky smooth and just damn refreshing. Overall a great IPA, one of the best I have had. 4.3
SFtaster (57) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a huge fan of the style; but if I had to choose one, this would be in my top 5 (along with Lagunitas, Russian River, Victory, and Ninkasi). Pours nicely from 12 oz bottle with golden body, citrus aromas, and pillowy head. As advertised, the beer is aggressively hopped to deliver ample citrus notes and tangy a flavor profile. The genius is that Stone’s version is not overwhelmingly bitter as many ’unsophisticated’ IPA’s tend to be.
Msdrbeat (57) - - JAN 9, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a bad ipa but not my favorite. Very biting and grassy in taste. Okay. Not super impressed.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is now my standard drinking IPA--it doesn’t flag in crispness and potency, and has a proven record of satisfaction over time.
If you want a reliable IPA that won’t lose its appeal over time, here’s a place to stop. Ruiniation is also excellent.
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stand on its own IPA with plenty of hoppy yuminness. Great tight thick head with strong hop aroma. Hardly any noticable malt taste but still not over the top in hoppy flavor. Second only to Great Divide Titan IPA
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a nice golden color, with a small white head, some lacing on glass. Strong hoppy, flowerey smell, taste is the same, bitterness is perfect, well balanced, very refreshing.
ucfknightscott (56) - Casselberry, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a beautiful amber/orange with a medium white head. A huge aroma of citrusy hops hit the nose as you pour. What a beautiful IPA. Tastes of grapefruit, orange, and a perfect malt presence. A very balanced IPA, not too overwhelming, just right. One of my favorite IPA’s. Everyone must try this beer.
SabreSkull (56) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pillows of foam poured from bomber into tumbler. Spicy, piney, and hoppy aromas follow through with the same type of taste. Plenty of bitter for the IPA fan. A smooth finish and lingering slickness result in a satisfying treat.
neontb (56) - - FEB 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh man. Here we go. Its rumble time. Im pouring six IPA’s tonight, into two identical tulip glasses so I can compare, with this one going head to head with Two Hearted Ale by Bells. The two american IPA’s, both with 100/100 on ratebeer. Damn, this ought to be fun. Stone is No 2/6, Two hearted, no 3/6.
This one went head to head with Titan IPA earlier and this was the conclusion: Titan is livelier than stone, stone has more of a malty background while titan is a bit more hop forward, but really tough call. Both are epic. Stone wins on aroma, really nice floral and citrus hop, but titan wins on taste. Both cases barely. As much as it pains me to say so I call a tie. You cant go wrong with either of these.
But time for the rumble. Bottle pours on each into identical tulips. Aroma of stone is nice and floral, but Two hearted wins the category. Dont get me wrong, the citrus and glorious honey and hop aroma of stone is great but it has to go up against the two hearted, and two hearteds balanced hop aroma wins. In taste Stone IPA is more hoppy, citrus and floral, but Two hearted is more balanced. Two hearted though just is so unbelievably smooth with all the citrus hops coming through still that I have to give it the category. Two hearted’s finish is better as well. Im calling it for Two hearted here. Both are epic, but in a battle of heavyweights the two hearted wins. On to the next!
TheMaha (56) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone IPA really hits all the sweet spots that you want in an American Style IPA. Outstanding! I grabbed the 22oz Bomber at a nice $5 but I would recommend grabbing the six at just under $11because you’re going to want more. Pours a tinge under a blood orange color with a light haze and nice bright white head. The first nosing from a tulip was eye opening. There is a lot going on here. Just a hop lovers dream. Fresh hop and sweet grass mix with grapefruit and pineapple and there’s an earthiness that really puts this over the top for me. The carbonation is assertive and delivers all of the hops throughout the palate. Really nice bitterness on the tip of the tongue and the roof of the mouth, juicy and mouthwatering under the tongue and a dry clean finish. The hops bitterness lingers perfectly in the aftertaste. Do yourself a favor keep some of this in the fridge..It’s a no brainer go to!