mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 22 oz bottle: this beer is truly delish! i could drink it ALL DAY LONG. or until i passed out. milky frothy white hed, looks like fluffy clouds. the color is one of orange and gold combined. Smells of, um hops? This brew puckers my lips at first encounter, it's sticky, resiny, and pungent as a mofo. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery, and slight malts too. i'm way into it. stone leaves you wanting more and more, tastes better everytime in my opinion.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Classic American IPA
Light and hoppy aroma belies what comes with your first sip.
First impression makes you do a double take, glorious hoppiness. Very fresh tasting hops with hints of fruity sweetness. Thick refreshing finish focusing on the malty/floraly finish as the bitterness fades. Makes you want even more.
Golden-orange appearance, finger amount of head that fades quickly.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful IPA, strong, hoppy, golden, and drinkable. This is ruinations tough little brother. The beer is like a sunrise on a day after a rain, bright, goldenrod, majestic. The hoppy nose is a near-perfect compliment to the lemony-grapefruity aromas that waft from a freshly-poured 22. I am a believer in drinking all good beer from a large-mouthed Belgian beer glass, and to truly appreciate this beer, you need to first inhale its essence. But that only barely prepares you for the oral assault you experience when this hop-bomb touches your tongue. Almost sweet in its balanced maltiness, this IPA is very nearly the avatar of its genre.
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Cloudy golden color with little head. Aroma is sour and hoppy. Flavor is pretty hoppy and bitter. Great IPA.
Dsnutz (71) - dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone brewery has impressed me yet again.
It pours a dark amber color with a thin white head. This is a great value for such a good IPA.
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a moderate head. Aroma is floral and piney hop aroma with malt breadiness lurking in the background. Taste is big resiny hop flavor and bitterness. Malt flavor lends sweetness but still finishes dry. Still an excellent IPA. Highly recommended.
razzanof (71) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle... Aroma is consumed by hops; taste is the same, albeit with a sticky taste that lingers. I wasnít around when the Brits were invading India but I suspect this beer is what they had in mind...
ColaKid (70) - 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.
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This has to be the most overated beer I have ever tasted. Almost no aroma. Looks not much different from a Bud. No body to speak of. Just some late bitterness. Thatís all. Iím thinking that people must really love the bottle or thay havnít had many other choices.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz poured into a pint glass. Color is a beautiful translucent light copper with an unassuming off white head. Hits the palate as if it were my tastebud g-spot, just hard enough. Piney with some subtle herbal and even more subtle citrius hops. Aftertaste is hops with just the right amount of bitterness. Aroma is slightly floral piney hops with a dash of hops. Hops.
What can you say that hasnít already been said about Stone IPA, the king, the quintessential IPA, the baseline standard by which all other IPAís are to be judged. I am a complete and total IPA addict and it was Stone that irst got me into IPAís when I moved to California. Since then, Iíve broadened my IPA horizons and my palate is a bit more mature. Still, you can never go wrong with Stone IPA. So simple, but maybe that is what makes it great. When I think of hops, I think of Stone. When I think IPA, I think of Stone.