lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stone India Pale Ale
Volume: 12 oz
Glass: Tulip Goblet
Purchased at: Hopewell Valley Wine and Liquor
Consumed on: Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 10:55 pm
first impression: A quickly dissipating head and a slightly unfiltered, hazy appearance gives a mixed bag of anticipation, but Iíve had this beer before, and know what Iím in for. The grapefruit is amazingly present in the aroma, and the color, while not the most interesting or poetic, is certainly not unappealing. The taste is remarkable. It warms, and travels down the chest with a trail of hops. It is a beer with a taste history to it. You can remember the flavor for minutes after, and it is a great flavor. Wonderfully bitter with heavy malt undercurrents. It is an exemplar of an IPA.
Malt is roasted, toasty, and weighs heavily on the flavor.
Hops are resinous, very flowery, and brimming with grapefruit and lemon.
Yeast/Bacteria reminds one of a stack of stone slabs, a hint of surface water but not odoriferous or negative in impression.
It is tasty, heady, commanding, intoxicating, present, heavy, and delicious.
Color is pale, orange, single noted, and without real depth.
Liquid is just a bit hazy and quiet.
Head is gone, but the lace is remarkable present. Hangs more on the glass than the volume itself. Quite white at the start.
Sweet in a slight way, but more bitter
Bitter is the overarching sentiment here, and it delivers in droves. Itís not ruination, but itís not far off, IMHO.
Sour notes come with the bitter and citrus components.
Beatifully balanced in hops and malt.
Body/Mouthfeel is full and long lasting.
Texture is slightly cloying, not in a sweet way, and not like a stout, but it does not dissipate quickly.
Carbonation is crisp but not visually active.
Finish is quite bitter, and nicely so.
Second impression: Overall, this is a great beer, a fantastic example of an IPA, a strong exemplar of Stoneís lineup, and just a pleasure to have. One of my favorite beers, by far.
Ret12 (371) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone IPA is very hoppy but not overally bitter thanks to the malt backbone. Nice mouthfeel and a smooth finish.
shrevis (8) - Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the beer that opened my mind to a whole new world and I've never turned back. It's a favorite that I always fall back to and will compare all other IPAs to.
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Hopsclation (15) - Chicago, - MAY 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite all purpose ipa, and I use it as a measuring stick for everything else. Pine, grapefruit, sublte floral notes, plus a creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a crisp bite. Hellz to the yea
odinstyr (455) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Smells of citrus, pine, pineapple. Taste is sweet and bitter - citrusy hops, pine, bready malt.
Brouwerij (406) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger and a half of white head that settles in minutes, thin lacing. Aroma is hoppy, resinous, bitter, and oily. Flavor is hoppy, resinous, moderately bitter, piney, with a very mild malt background. Bitter, very slightly soapy finish. Soft to moderate carbonation, medium body, crisp texture, and slightly oily mouthfeel. A very good IPA.
tdoyledesign (53) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Simply the best "every day" IPA there is. Solid across the board.
Sarpa (355) - FINLAND - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35.5,cl bottle at oíharas. pours clear golden medium head. Hoppy citrus aroma. balanced mouth feel. sweet malts and hoops
coreyc1221 (51) - USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Beautiful mostly white head with tan tint. Smells hoppy as can be. Golden color maybe a little copper. Hop attack at first then kinda tin aftertaste. Iím completely biased since Iím from San Diego and have been drinking this beer for years. Cheers!
RABinVA (678) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a tulip. Pours a light gold with a slight white head and loose lacing. Tropical and citrus fruit aroma. Taste is fruity, lightly bitter, lemon and orange. Super drinkable.
Shooter42 (70) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refreshing and dangerously easy to drink. This is the go to IPA for all occasions. Good amount of bitter hops with he right amount of sweetness.