RATINGS: 4110   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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Sandyneck (5) - Berne, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2006 does not count
Bottle. A small head when poured into a pint glass. Excellent aroma. A bit of bite to it when first sipped...possibly due to the carbonation. High citrus and a bit of pine taste. Very drinkable IPA. Overall and excellent IPA, although not as complex in flavor as Dogfish Head.

Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2006
On tap: Appeared classic cloudy amber with nice lacing and head. Expected hoppy notes, very crisp aroma. Starts off with the fruity punch, followed by the hopping senstion. Dry hopped for sure, this is one of the most crisp ipas i’ve had. Perfectly bitter. Dangerous., but good

linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Bottle to shaker (pounder). Pours out a pale gold colour with a light creamy white head with nice lacing. Scent is light earth and sweet floral hops. The hop is abruptly agressive and then quickly subsides to mild sweet hops. Taste is as above- abruptly aggressive hop elements with a grain element additionally intermixed. Mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is amazingly smooth if not a bit quick. A good brew overall but it unfortunately seems a bit short lived and relative to other stone brews slightly lacking in aggression.

arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 This beer smells amazing! My wife said it reminds her of pomegranite. It definetly has the classic IPA citrus/hoppy smell with a beautiful gold-orange hue in the glass. Taste is slightly sweet, lots of hops with a good amount of biterness that lingers for 4 or 5 seconds after taking your first sip. The alcohol content in this one is not obvious at all. One of my favorite beers from Stone.

brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Citrusy,fragrant hop aroma, big tangy blast of hop taste with just the right amount of malt backing,its your IPA if your looking for all kinds of correct balance and just the right edge of hops, me ,I prefer a slightly stronger hop kick(Tyranena Hop Whore)

LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
Light amber color, Just the right amount of bitterness to the taste.It has the aroma and taste of hops . The taste of an almost perfect IPA. It was soooo good.

Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Gold color with a weak white head and a bit of lacing. Heavy hop aroma and heavy hop flavors. The IPA lovers will enjoy, but I’m not a fan. Still, if you like the heavy hops, you’ll like this And the gargoyl is cool too!

GarrettB (1584) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Where exactly does the Stone India Pale Ale fit in? I see Ruination, Anniversary IPA’s, Vertical Epic and all manner of colored fonts and leisurely demons. It’s all a bit confusing, and somewhere in the mire of Stone’s ubiquitous beers I suddenly stumble across the small bottled India Pale Ale. Where did it come from? What does it taste like? Employing my trained tongue I gave it a sampling, totally unaware of what to expect. What I found was yet another ho-hum Pale Ale like so many others, characteristic of the style and well brewed but unexciting after having the same taste over and over again. Even the sinister balrogs on Stone’s bottles have become mundane, resulting in an unjustified apathy and blasé attitude. But label art is hardly germane to the actual beer. Stone’s unadorned IPA is thick and peach-orange colored with a very thin white cap that reduces down to a doily like web of spacious but connected foam threads. One need only approach the IPA to get an impression of the aroma: hops dominates with an orange and tangerine cofactor. I was a bit surprised to find less grain/hops/oats/biscuits smell in here than in similar tasting beers. It’s a disturbingly smooth and flat beer reminiscent of milk, painting the tongue with a very dry yeastiness and manifesting a slight hop burn in the back of the throat. Oddly this hoppiness grows for several seconds after the sip until it’s detrimental to the taste, and then passes. As a staple IPA it tastes good enough to justify purchasing a pack for friends at a party, but it’s a bit too flat and a bit too dry even for my own liberal arts college tolerance to accept. Yet another washout for the whole style and another lukewarm brew from Stone.

JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Beautiful golden ale with a big, rocky white head and light aroma of perfumy, orange hops. Sparkling dry flavor, strong carbonation and loaded with hops. Finish was short and somewhat tart. The 6.9% ABV is masked quite nicely. An excellent IPA, I like it even more than the Arrogant Bastard.

Quevillon (3064) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
Bouteille 1Pt. et 6 oz. par HoggTownHarry, partagé avec LadySusan. Jaune/orange pale et pas trop claire, mince collet avec un peu de dentaile. Bon arome d’houblon mi-amère, un peu florale. Bon goût d’houblon assé amère et très plaisant, elle est forte en alcool pour son style mais tu n’y goûte pas.

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