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RATINGS: 3961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1388) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Pours clear golden orange with 2 finger head, slowly diminishing. Citrus and grass detected in the nose; some cookie malts hidden in this brew as well. Taste is bready (doughy) up front. Hops hit you in the finish, but not overpowering like the Ruination. I dont get the typical grapefruit flavor normally present in this style. Not Stones best offering, but still pretty good overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Their standard IPA is hoppier than most. And stronger than most. A solid beer that might be the closest to a session beer for them...which means its still beyond most other places.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2006
Orange colour with a generous, lasting head. This hoppy IPA is really good...floral nose with hops and fruit taste and good bitter finish. Definitely a superior IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
On tap at Andys for Stone Promo Night. The dryhopping gives this a serious floral nose/taste to go along with the crushing bitterness. Hop about like a trout in a drought.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Unique IPA spicy not citrus like most very fizzy Clear and Golden tight tiny bubbles crisp clean taste with an excellent hop flavor very bitter in an awesome way...drink...drink and Ill drink some more

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2006
12oz bottle. Clear and golden. Citrus and orange hop nose. Smells wonderful. Initially malty sweet. Good background malt First you get the citrus hop note, then the dryness starts to shine, then the pine and lingering bitterness. Perfect! Not too thrown one way or another. Sweet hops, dry hops, floral hops, citrus hops. Absolutely pleasing!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2006
From bomber. Pours a golden straw color with bubbly white head. Nose is a lovely mixture of floral and light citrus hops. Flavor follows nose with a crisp bitter finish. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2006 On draft. Aroma is pure hops. I could just sniff this one all day. Very crisp and refreshing. A little more bitter than I prefer, but overall outstanding.

UpdateI tried it in the bottle and while obviously very similar, the bitterness had mellowed (maybe it wasnt quite as fresh) and I prefered it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Why, oh why, cant Stone be distributed in Florida?! A (slightly) toned-down version of the Ruination. Again, I have regrets for not bringing back more. But marching through airports with 40lbs of beer slung over my shoulder, I dont really know how much more I could have carried. Next time I think Im going to take another full-size piece of luggage to check, full of nothing but beer. So much aroma. So much flavor. A seriously intense IPA!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Beer pours a clear, medium-gold color with a small, white, frothy, mostly and quickly diminishing head. Wow! No joke this puppy is hoppy! The aroma is lightly malty with a note of toasted grain, caramel and cookie; Heavily hoppy with dry, complex and nearly over-powering notes of herbs, resin/pine, apricot, grapefruit, orange peel and redwood/cedar. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately sweet with a long, moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately astringent finish. There is plenty of warmth here, too, to go along with the grippy, bitter finish. The body is light, the texture is watery-bordering-on-velvety and the carbonation is average.


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