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RATINGS: 4109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle, can, 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.

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MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear, light golden color with a thin white head. Why do mine pour a thin head while others have claimed it poured a thick head? I guess if I just turned the bottle upside down into the glass I could have produced a bigger head. Strong hop and citrus smell. Strong, sweet citrus taste - mainly grapefruit. Bitter but sweet. Clean tasting finish.

4.3
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2007
12 oz. bottle into pint. Pours a bright orange color with a long-lasting white head. Strong smell of hops and tropical fruits. Tastes of heaven! A near perfect balance of bitterness with touch of sweetness to finish. Very light and smooth mouthfeel for being an IPA. Call me crazy, but I perfer this to the Ruination IPA. Will purchase much more in the near future.

2.8
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 The perfect example of an IPA, the only problem is i hate any and all IPA’s. Smells and tastes supper hoppy or dry hops. Hazy orange color. And of course the usual cleaning product taste of an IPA. I’ll recommend this for IPA lovers, but i will never drink this beer again.

4.1
Stuedmaster (351) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 My favorite local brew, wonderful aroma with superb appearance and flavor. It raises the bar for IPA’s. We are lucky to have such great breweries here in San Diego like Stone, Alesmith, and Ballast Point. This brew has a grapefruit and pine aroma with floral notes. There is a robust, grainy quality that balances the bitterness. It has a powerful alcohol kick that leaves you satisfied.

3.6
canary dog (766) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Another fine and hearty IPA. The finish is not quite as full as with the Ruination. Almost a slight thinness at the end. These Stone IPAs are very good, but the type of hops they use give it an almost citrus/sweet flavor.

3.8
raphael (1239) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2007
slightly orange, im getting skunky, green grass, lemon peel aromas, the hops stick in the top of my nose. quick & smooth in the mouth,some aromatics. flavor starts with almost honey but the hops are so close behind, a little shrill, citrus near the edge but not over, clean finish, sufficient balance

3.8
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Substantially hopped but surprisingly smooth, this beer is probably the epitome of "crisp and refreshing." Works equally well in cold or warm weather to make you feel the other way, and the dominating hop bitterness serves to remind you that you’re still alive!

3.9
rlgk (18847) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2007
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2007) Bottle. Golden color, nice white head. Hoppy, grassy fruity aroma with sweetish notes. Some pine apple and grapefruit. Hoppy, grassy, fruity flavor, dry bitterness, grapefruit and metallic notes.

4.5
pwrf12 (3) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2007 does not count
bottle from Whole Foods on P St in D.C. - dryer that most IPA’s I’ve tried. Out of the plethora of domestic microbrew IPA’s, this has got to be up towards the top. The 6.9% alcohol lays in the background in terms of taste, and the fact that this goes down so easily makes it a beer that can catch up with you quickly, even as I’m writing this.

3.1
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle at Akkurat - shared with Mette. Clear golden - white head. Grassy, dryness, light piney, light sweetness, light citrus, a rather simpel IPA -> simpel grassy hopped. OK - but it needs some complexity.


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