DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber body, with a nice creamy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. No visible carbonation to speak of.
The aroma is full of the West Coast-style citrus hoppiness. Juicy grapefruit, oranges, and some floral notes. Also hints of caramel, apple, and sour dough. Pretty hop-forward but not one-dimensional.
As far as taste goes, first you get a good hop bite, with very apparent grapefruit notes and a hint of orange. Then sweetness, breadiness, and bitterness come in all at once. The finish is bitter and bready, with a little tartness. Very tasty!
Light-to-medium body to it. Not very carbonated. Quite dry in the mouth, though. A little spiciness from the hops can be felt on the tongue. A little hint of alcohol.
Pretty good drinkability, however, I wouldn’t make this my session IPA, because of its dryness and its ABV. Goes down smooth at first, but then it may become more challenging to drink, especially if you’re not a hophead.
Overall, I agree that this is one of the finer examples of the style. A true classic American IPA!
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light bronze color with a lively white head. Aroma is of pine and citrusy hops. The hops hit you up front right away and without compromise (this is Stone after all). I can detect a very slight hint of malt as if it were added as an afterthought. Extra points for being my first IPA back in the day. Set the bar pretty high from the start.
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy yellow/gold, head is white and not as plentiful as I would have expected. Whatever head was there disappeared quickly. Smells hoppy and has deep floral notes, with a bit of honey mixed in. Simple, yet pleasing aroma. Taste is similar, as it doesn’t counter the bitterness of the hops with much of anything, but is not too bitter (in my opinion) as to be unpleasant. Leaves a nice sticky bitter coating in mouth and is very crisp from start to finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, and each gulp does down easy. Simple, well done IPA.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap, it’s a glassful of pale gold ale with a small head. The mild aroma has some minor hoppy and citrusy notes. The laid-back taste surprised me because it did NOT come on strong. Medium mouthfeel somewhat watery with soft carbonation; not high on my list of crafty American IPAs.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber in color with a tiny, off white head with little to no lacing. The aroma is of citrus, hops, and caramel. The flavor is very hoppy and bitter throughout with notes of citrus and an orange peel finish. The palate is syrupy. Overall I’d say its a good IPA, not as good as Stone’s Ruination IPA, but nothing to be scoffed at. Very enjoyable.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruity hop over caramel/toffee malt.
Appearance: Darker gold color, low head retention.
Flavor: Grapefruity and flowery hop flavor. Nice malt backbone and flavor. Well balanced flavor.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Nice and assertive bitterness,which gives way to sweet maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Straightforward IPA, but good stuff.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big robust hop nose.. piney, a little cirtusy... pours clear and golden witha big fizzy white head. Head leaves pretty quick.. lotsa hops.. hops hops HOPS. great taste, clean crisp in the mouth. Cut right through the curry I was eating. Fantastic brew.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - JAN 28, 2006
2.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottled. This beer pours a nice copper color and has a very bitter hoppy taste with a dry finish. The aroma is that of hops with strikes me as a somewhat fruity hint. I can’t admit to being a fan of really hoppy dry beers and this one certainly didn’t change my mind.
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maybe I just expect too much from Stone, but this one I found to be a very run-of-the-mill IPA....if anything a bit lacking.
Overall there are way better IPA options in the $10/6pack area for my tastes
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - OCT 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful hop aroma, like lemons squeezed on freshly mown grass. Lovely bitterness and good malt backbone. Excellent.