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RATINGS: 3939   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   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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jredmond (8645) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange body with great white lacing that coats my glass. Aroma is bready, malty, citrus hop. Mouthfeel is medium and bready with notes of sweet malt, earth, bread, toast, and bitter citrus hop.

4.3
keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2007
What a great beer. One of the best. It explodes out of the bottle and doesn’t stop. Citrus, pine aroma and flavor. Try this one.

4.4
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 I was very impressed with this beer. First off, I like the way its brewed- with no additives etc etc. It really changed my whole outlook on IPAs. I normally am into malty style ales but the hops came through very pleasantly in this. Thats a lot to say for a beer that takes credit in its amount of hops usage. Anyway, it poured a nice gold/orange color with a small head. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The palate was very crisp and drinkable, and the taste was nice and mellow, citrusy, with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Overall, just a great, very enjoyable IPA.

3.5
Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Nice pour from the bottle, a cloudy orange with a nice head. Aroma is hops, hops and more hops, and a little fruity. Flavor is all hops, hard to discern any other tasting notes because the hops are so strong. A nice bitter finish and you’ll need to be careful cause the alcohol is very well hidden. A nice IPA, I just don’t think microbrewery plus pouring tons of hops into you beer = 99th percentile.

3.2
alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
12 oz bottle 6.9% ABV. Pours cloudy amber and flat, next to no head to speak of. Aroma is hoppy and even though the ingredients are simple, a bit fruity. This is an OK IPA with the typical hoppy bitterness but nothing that stands out. Stone has many other versions of the IPA that are superior.

4.1
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
22oz. Bomber I cracked open the bottle and immediately got hit with a whiff of hops. I have a feeling I’ll like this one. Stone’s IPA poured a chill hazed tarnished golden with very lively carbonation rising from all over the bottom of my pint glass. Sitting up top is a nice 1+ finger creamy white eggshell head. Smell is of hops. All hops. Big piney, oily hops. There is a citrus freshness that pokes its head out in the middle. There is a little earthiness at the end. As this beer warms, the malt that holds it all together comes through as a nice backbone aroma. Taste is what I think an IPA should taste like. The malt in the smell is a nice sturdy backbone. The hops take center stage though. Hop oils abound followed by pine needles. There is that citrus again on the middle of my tongue. This all leads into a moderate bitterness that leaves me wanting more. Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Medium bodied. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Goes down awfully smooth. It would be very easy to drink these all night long. The bitterness leaves you wanting another drink right after the last. The abv is hidden very well. Dangerously drinkable. Sampled 10/21/06

4
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. Very nice hop aroma. Well balanced flavor of floral hops, malt and fruit. Tasty beer.

4.5
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Excellent IPA. Taste on pallet was smooth and delicious. Appearance is the only thing i dont know of cause i had to drink it out of the bottle. Very good though and very hoppy. Perfect.

3.7
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
bottle: pours a cloudy hay colour eith a large white foamy head. aroma of citrus hops and quite a bit of caramel malts. the flavour is dry and bitter to start a lighter hop taste than i excpected. finish real smooth with the sweet fruit taste. a very easy drinking ipa. i must say this beer is getting better the more i drink it. it seems to really smoot out as i t warms up.

3.8
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2008 On tap at Stone. Golden orange with white fluffy head. Aroma of funky pungent floral and herbal hops with maybe a touch of english malt. Very floral flavor is accompanied by some grapefruit as well. A touch of caramel malt makes an appearance, but this is hop heavy in flavor and aroma. Finishes very dry and resiny. Very enjoyable.


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