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RATINGS: 3606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Bottle and keg: Filtered
Launched: August 1997
Hops: Magnum, Chinook & Centennial
By definition, an India Pale Ale is hoppier and higher in alcohol than its little brother, pale ale-and we deliver in spades. Now one of the most well respected and best-selling IPAs in the country, this golden beauty explodes with citrusy flavor and hop aromas, all perfectly balanced by a subtle malt character. This crisp, extra hoppy brew is hugely refreshing on a hot day, but will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
clear amber witha fluffy white head. aroma is hoppy. tastes bitter with lots of hops, but slight sweetness which isnít off-putting at all. bitter finish lingers. quite enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2006
Pours a near macro yellow, but a bit closer to gold, and a nice head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is really quite masterful. Itís squishy juicy hoppy goodness at itís best with just enough malt. Grapefruit/lemony citrus with a touch of pine. This is a touch on the watery side it seems at first, but letting it sit in the mouth and this gets a nice foamy slipperiness with a touch of alcohol heat. The flavor was a slight letdown compared to the awesome aroma. Citrus and pine hops, with a touch of very pale malt. Not a lot of complexity and a little bit off balance. Still, the hophead in me is happy, especially with the lovely lingering grapefruit seed bitterness that almost feels like alcohol burn. Iíd drink a few of these and not even realize it!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2006
[Tap Ė Blooms & Brews, Silverton Oregon]
(Oregon Craft Brewfest at The Oregon Garden) Very floral, hoppy aroma. Quite strong, will curl your toenails. Mild hoppiness compared to what I was expecting after the aroma and drinking. Still very hoppy, donít get me wrong though. Quite tasty fro a IPA. Good Job.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Hoppy as can be. Reminded me of ginger, pepper, lemon grass. very rich and drinkable. Have to add a caveat to this beer: because of its extreme hoppy-ness, your breath will smell "beery" for much longer than you think, as I found out even after a very thorough floss and brushing!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Most disappointed with the aroma...Could be more citrusy/fruity/íflowery...Great clear orange/amber color...Initial Taste was not bad for sure, nice hop bite, but the aftertaste was quite booozy, alcahol like. Not bad, but not as good an ipa as one may expect from previous raters.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Huge hop aroma. Floral and citrus all over the place. Flavor is pretty much the same. Just hops and hops and hops. Of course, plenty of hop bitterness. The only thing lacking is the malt. No "malt backbone" to provide a foundation for the hops to rest on. This lets them really run wild, but makes the beer a bit too much to handle. Itís almost like eating a whole lot of BBQ sauce on too few ribs. Itís tasty, but needs more. I know Stone prides themselves on going overboard, and they managed to do exactly that right here. Pretty good, but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Bottle. Lovely, aromatic stuff; just a bit of carbonation bite, very floral.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle sampled with The Mad Indian at his house. Pours golden\copper with a decent size off-white head. Aroma of pine and citrusy hops. The flavor is slightly sweet, citrus, and moderate bitterness. The alcohol is masked very well, good balanced brew. Good body, great brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
On tap: Appeared classic cloudy amber with nice lacing and head. Expected hoppy notes, very crisp aroma. Starts off with the fruity punch, followed by the hopping senstion. Dry hopped for sure, this is one of the most crisp ipas iíve had. Perfectly bitter. Dangerous., but good

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 12 oz bottle shared with StompBrockmore - Pours a light honey colour. Decent head, but that went fairly fast. Aroma - WOW. Huge citusy-sweet hops that got me all excited-like. So, I was ready.....and then.......nothing. Well, something, but not much. There is a strange sweetness to the beer, and after that huge hop aroma, the flavour is kind of tame. Drinkable, sure - but given the amount of seriously great American IPAs around, I probably would be in no hurry to grab this one again. Being Stone, the stakes were high, but I was slightly let down by this one - probably a result of a few things - super high expectations, the grandiose claims on the back of the bottle, and having this back to back with the Smuttynose IPA, which made this one seem a little......washed out.


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