RATINGS: 4058   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
Very sweet and sour aroma, dominated by citrus. Taste very similar to grapefruit...sweet and bitter. Not as smooth as I would prefer, but not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2007
22oz. $3.49 from Bashas. Now this is an IPA! The Aroma knocks you down as soon as you pop the top. For the homebrewers here it like sticking your nose into a freshly opened bad of hops! Pour was a light golden color and the head was intense....too intense. Stong bitter hop flavor that did not dissapoint!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Pours a nice clear, deep gold with a frothy off-white head with good retention and heavy lacing. Smells of potent grapefruity and peachy hops with some malt in the background. Absolutely delicious. the 70+ IBUs are very apparrent in the taste. The hoppy bitterness sticks to the tongue. Great long, yet dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2007
22oz Bottle. Pours a nice golden colour with a medium head. The aroma is hoppy with slight tint of citrus. Very nice hop flavor and long lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
This beer pours a cloudy light tan color, with a pure white head that leaves behind very good lacing. The aroma promises hops in abundance, and the flavor deliveres. Crisp strong hop flavor, and a beer I can drink all night long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresbaldo (8) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2007 does not count
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a commodious Guinness Stout glass. Pours a dark honey to light amber color with a creamy, off-white head and a fair amount of lacing. I suppose I must be deranged - that or an ignorant Philistine but, for aroma, my notes say "smells like beer." The first sip yields a moderate to agressive hop bite which I would describe as floral and lingering, as the hop bitterness hangs around for a while. Its a medium-bodied beer, well on the dry side and with lively carbonation. A fairly drinkable and complex brew, given that the last third of the bomber - once it has warmed a few degrees - reveals some residual sweetness. Pros - is 100% Rheinheitsgebot compliant - nothing but malted barley, yeast, hops and water in this beer - nice buzz value. With its 6.9% ABV, one bomber produces a mild head buzz - the brewer makes no apologies for, and even trumpets, the hop bitterness on the label. This is hoppy beer. Damn right, and was meant to be. Cons - I have no choice but to rate Stone IPA "move to the back of the line" on both repurchasability and refreshability (how easily it slides down the gullet when youre hot and thirsty). As this review reflects my own personal taste, please dont cop any negative takeaways. I have zero doubt that this is a superlative beer, one that is meant to be savored and not "slammed." And - as is obvious from the other reviews - its an exemplar of the style. I can only assume that IPAs are not my strong suite, not my preferred style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theviolet (186) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Very clear deep amber color, no head. Can smell the alcohol and the hops. Very bitter. Can feel the weaknes compared to the Ruination. Very nice taste, slight alcohol warming at the end. Can definetely see myself buying a sixer of this for a night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2007
This IPA is a hazy light amber with a fluffy and elastic white head that has great retention. The aroma is hoppy! It is tangerine peel with spruce. It is almost creamy on the tounge. The carbonation is appropriate and it leaves the mouth cleanly. The flavor is dominated by tangerine peel. Bold and bitter! Yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle. [Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] #13 Average fizzy white head that was mostly diminishing. Good lacing. Clear sparkling body with an orange hue. Aroma was flowers, grass, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, licorice. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and a dry texture. Flavor was moderated bitter with licorice and caramel sweetness. Nice dry and slightly licorice sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Pours an orange color with off-white creamy head. Aroma if great with nice amounts of floral and citrus hops and last but not least some malt. Taste is fantastic. Wonderful balance of the hops creating a nice citrus flavor with a modest malt backbone but yet its so well balanced. Moderately carbonated it finishes a little dry. An excellent IPA.

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