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RATINGS: 3644   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours clear, amber/orange with a good size head of white foam that fell almost reasonably to a thick cap; leaving some monstrously stubborn lace. Nose is big with lemon, floral and herbal, citrus, lime and a nice soft spice under all the fruit. Not a lot of malt on the nose. Just a hint of bread and some caramel sweetness. As it warms the lemon sweetens deeply and so does the caramel. Taste is colossal. Fruit washes over the palate a bit too quickly and meets a heavy resin for a bitter that starts mid palate. Bread shows up in back with some light biscuit right before an oily pine blast. Finishes slick with a powerful bitter that lasts long into a finish that isnít really dry as much as pithy and sour. Body is thin and while the malt constantly approaches it never rounds out and so this leaves a touch imbalanced Moderate to low carbonation.

This was a strong, beer that grows on you as you drink. I didnít find the same cocky personality in this that I have found in other Stone beers and I think I missed that. I also think that the fruit character suffered in the attempt to make it intensely bitter without provoking it sufficiently first. The malt came out more and more to show that it was indeed stronger than you might have realized. The hop character engaged you more and more as well as the expansive bitter just kept unfolding and at the end of the bottle I was mysteriously satisfied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (2284) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2013
Keg in New York. Pale amber colour. Nice tropical fruit aroma. Sweet, toffee, honey, tropical fruit taste with a slightly saccharine aftertaste and not a huge amount of bitterness. It's decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thb (753) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2013
Bright golden yellow pour with receding head. Aromas of grapefruit, resin. Soft cereal malt backing. Hop story here. Bitter but not aggressive. Fragrant but not especially potent. Cleansing mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Very west coast.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1371) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
A- filtered gold with 1 finger fluffy off-white head and incredible lacing. Poured into a pint glass at Roam burger, SF. S-grapefruit is nice up front, with your standard fresh pine, soap and hops to follow. M- crisp and fresh with some stickiness. Medium bodied and good carb. T- grapefruit and resin are strong in the beginning and last throughout. Pine and soap come in just after. Not complex but refreshing and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1299) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Pours a crystal clear, light golden color with what seems an eternal soapy-sudsy off-white head. Mown grass, pine, and green onion bouquet. Very wet and massively palate-wrecking mouthfeel. Extraordinarily hopped. Citrus dominates. Stone over aggressiveness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzombie (429) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pours cloudy orange-gold like nectar. Mostly white head settles quickly to a nice bubbled rim with a yeasty coating. Aroma wafts mildly sweet floral citrus hops and bread. Crisp to the palate and mildly carbonated. Orangey citrus and bitter hop city. Somewhat creamy but finishes dry. A little grass and lemon. Fruit flavors somewhat lacking. For bitter hop lovers to be sure and a reference IPA. Ain't no Two-Hearted though and probably somewhat over-rated in my book. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nordcore (1166) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle 50 cl. Golden, hazy with large short lived white head. Lots of Hoppy aroma with some citrus and spices sence. Bitter taste with a nice long Hoppy end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zicksmith (3) - boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2013 does not count
Nice with a spicy meal, a littl bitter but then again it is an ipa, great standard beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3343) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
I had a comparative tasting with one of my friends who isnít used to craft beer of the Stone Pale Ale vs the Stone IPA, the bottles were from Antenna America. I would have thought the IPA would have been darker but it is a deep gold while the pale ale is an orange copperish hue. The aroma is biscuit with herbal & floral hoppy notes while the IPA has more of a citrus & tropical fruit aroma. Taste wise the pale ale has a simple clean bitter lemon profile with a solid malt backbone. The flavor of the IPA is more complex with different fruits popping through lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach & maybe pine in the aftertaste. The malts are hardly in evidence but it is a solid IPA. One thing to be said is both of these beers were best before the end of November-still damn tasty though. Once they warmed up the IPA became more cohesive with pine notes coming through, meanwhile the pale ale got mellow with more caramel nicely counterbalancing the citrusy hops & making the beer appear less acidic. Definitely a more put together flavor profile once they warm up, strangely enough the beers we liked best changed based on serving temperature. Cold from the fridge the pale ale won out but at a higher temperature the IPA was our preferred drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScipioA (393) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2014
The pour is a hazy copper with a small white head that quickly diminishes. Amazing pine and citrus IPA aromas, lots of grapefruit. Flavor is strongly bitter pine hop unbalanced with just a little sweet malt backing. The carbonation is a little harsh, but otherwise great thick mouthfeel. Fairly good IPA, plus you can find this basically anywhere.


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