uncben87 (65) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip. Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a white head. Aroma is of grassy and citrus hops with an undertone of caramel malts. Taste is very much the same, with the addition of some grapefruit. The malt undertone really comes through in the taste, and balances the hops nicely. The MF is smooth and clean, a very easy drinking beer. Overall this is a great readily available IPA.
leo2x4us (65) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper appearance with a medium head. The taste is of grapefruit with medium bitterness for an IPA. Also has a higher malty flavor. One of the better IPA beers.
Namespayne (64) - - DEC 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into pint glass. Cloudy dark yellow-gold in the glass with a decent foamy head. Smells like the best kind bud imaginable with fruity notes, I say strawberry. Plenty sour, plenty bitter, nice and dry on the palate. Tastes strongly of high quality hops and grain.
Extremely bitter but I want to emphasize that it goes down very smooth in the finish.
Very pleasant! It's everything I look for in an IPA. If that's your thing, and you like bitterness, I don't think you can go wrong with this. I will consistently come back to this.
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cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just imagine biting into a giant bitter grapefruit... add some water to make it smooth.. and then some alcohol. Thats how it kinda taste like lol... it’s really good, but the bitter taste it has reminds me of grapefruits. It has a really stront taste that has presence. The first sip just make my intire mouth tingle in excitement. The store i went to had this marked as ’rate beers top 99’ which i thought was real cool. Everyone needs to try thing one.
mk70 (64) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Citrus fruit nose. Very prominent hop flavor and smooth as silk. Alcohol is very well hidden.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden straw color, nice appearence. Nice hoppy aroma. One of the better IPA’s out on the market. With out a doubt would recommend.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good IPA, very simple, might not be 100 percentile good in my opinion. Lacked malt backbone, very good light colored hoppy brew.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer. It has a big hop aroma which leads you into a crisp sharp hoppy elixir which is a feast for all your bitter taste buds. However they won’t be able to taste much afterwords :).
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the litmus test for SD IPAs. Perfect hop flavor with the malt side of the coin. If I were to make an IPA this is it Orange pour Pnie spice lavender type of hop aroma and carmel balance. Pillar of an IPA
calivania (62) - USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 I agree with all those seduced by the smell of this beer: like a summerdress in a field of cornflowers! The appearence is less inspiring, a kind of taco-shell yellow with a sudsy head. The texture is so pleasingly velvet and the flavor kind of reminds me of waffles and oranges. I expect the hops to be overwhelming, given the reputation of Stone, but they are not: generous and fresh and fruity but not overwhelming. Gentlemen, nits can be picked here, but lets face it, this is one of Southern California's most important beers, a very complicated refreshing and exciting beer that surprises with every sip.