talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Sparkling golden with a brilliant white, creamy head, good size, longevity and lacing. If you like hops you will love the nose, fresh pine and resin with subtle citrus. Flavor is much the same, fresh pine and grassiness from the hops with still the subtle grapefruit citrus hops. A SUBTLE toasty, caramel sweetness but nicely done so. Bitterness is medium-high but never harsh and complements the hop flavors brilliantly. Palate is medium in body with a soft to lively carbonation and a creamy yet refreshing feel. Finish is long, refreshing, and bitter, but still sweet with grapefruit. Truly a remarkable IPA, and this coming from a non-hophead. Flavors meld so well together and remain so ultimately ’fresh.’ Stone delivers once again. mansquito (6513) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2006
My uncle purchased this and he knows nothing about beer. What luck! This beer is hoppy, but smooth. Beautiful color. It is just asking you to drink it. Kind of bitter, but not too bitter. I finished the first beer then looked at the bottle... 6.9 percent alcohol. You could not even taste it. It was just that subtle. Had three more and the beer just got more enjoyable with each consecutive bottle. As far as IPAs go, they do not get much better. MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Had a nice light orange color and great aroma of citrus and pine. Can definitely sense the hops in this one. My only issue with it was that the finish was a bit too long and bitter for me. Certainly a good brew though. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
excellent ipa...light orange, almost amber body...nice, welcoming floral hop aroma that is light in pine, and finishes light in sugary malts...flavor of a light ipa, strongest in piney hops and a touch of sugar...nice palate leads to a crisp, refreshing finish... xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Stone India Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, chiseled into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured clear amber with a huge frothy white mostly lasting head with excellent lacing.
Smelt of moderate bready cereal malt, grassiness, lemon rinds and grapefruit. Overall soft and inviting.
Flavor was upfront moderate to heavy grapefruit bitterness with light lemony sweetness followed by a slightly harsh pine bitterness and soft clean earthy feel on a long lingering grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium, creamy, softly carbonated, with some moderate astringency and slight alcoholic warmth.
Overall, this is an excellent IPA with envigorating hops taste, but it feels like it could have delivered just a bit more on the malt sweetness on the finish to balance out the equation towards perfection.
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2006
I can’t believe I haven’t rated this, but this is the gold standard for me in what an IPA should be. Light gold, with a decent white head. Huge hop aroma, and the bitterness is just perfect. joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 20, 2006
raisiny and citrusy in scent
aminimal head, white foam, and golden in appearance. I think I can taste a hint of grapefruit also Arayaga2 (2200) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Clear copper beer with a medium white head . Aroma is sweet and citrusy, but ithe flavor does not follow, only offering hops and water. Certainly better than your average IPA, but easily bested by any of Stone’s other IPA offerings. $2/12oz milewide (2260) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Excellent IPA with a medium gold color. Less hops and body than Arrogant Bastard---which is to be expected. Also a bit sweeter. I’ll buy again but prefer Bells Two Hearted and Founders Centennial IPAs. BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Deep orange-gold color, nice medium off-white head. Intense aroma of flowery hops with some fruit. The flavor is well-balanced, both sweet and hoppy. Pleasantly bitter finish. This is a great IPA.