ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 This is simply awesome. I have been an IPA head for a few years, largely thanks to Stone. For a straight up IPA, this is one of the best. I can drink this all day. It’s crisp and well balanced, great hop start and finish. If I become an alcoholic, it will be from Stone beers, i love them and can always rely on them being scrumtrulescent!
rerate: from a 4.2 to a 3.8. This beer seems to be getting less balanced for me. I just did a blind tasting with 3 other great IPA’s and this beer was least impressive. The bottle "drink by date" (which is a bad dating scheme) said 1/11/10 which is months out, so this should be good. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 Bottle thanks to Ross. Pours orange-gold with a 1 finger frothy white head. Nice grapefruit and slight sweetness in the aroma. Excellent flavor of grapefruity, piny hops with just enough malt to balance but still let the hops shine. Nice smooth medium body. This is an excellent example of what and IPA should be. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2007 Nice golden pour with great hoppy smell. Hits the palate with a nice, smooth hop flavor and malt undertones that balance well and finishes nicely. Seems to go great with just about any food around. Classic West Coast IPA flavor - one of the better ones around. radagast83 (8007) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. One of my favorite IPAs. Hoppy and malty flavors are perfect. Grapefruit flavor is strong, and it has a great crisp finish. alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - AUG 10, 2006
My favorite IPA.. perfectly balanced hops to malt ratio. A good helping of alcohol but not enogh to ruin the taste. The hop flavor is delicious a nice meld of fruits, flowers, pines and grapefruit. Finish is refreshingly bitter and crisp.
Chapter7 (7) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 9, 2006 does not count
An attractive looking hazey orange beer with quickly dissipating white froth. Brilliant nose of brewery air, fresh picked hops, pine, grapefruit, and apricot. Balanced yet bitterly hoppy with enough malt sweetness to successfully bring out the complex flavors of the hops. Finish is crisp and superbly fresh tasting. Certainly an I.P.A. to look up to. jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bomber. Aroma is dominated by pine with some citrus notes. It’s similar to the pale ale, but stronger and sharper. Color is a clear blonde with a thin white head. Flavor is piney, sharply bitter, lasing into the finish--very one dimensional. Some warming. Overall, pretty disappointing beer. One dimensional, very light, bitter, lacking malt to balance and not nearly as much hop flavor as I’d like. This finished near the bottom of the pack in a blind tasting of 8 IPAs. mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Huge hop aroma. Floral and citrus all over the place. Flavor is pretty much the same. Just hops and hops and hops. Of course, plenty of hop bitterness. The only thing lacking is the malt. No "malt backbone" to provide a foundation for the hops to rest on. This lets them really run wild, but makes the beer a bit too much to handle. It’s almost like eating a whole lot of BBQ sauce on too few ribs. It’s tasty, but needs more. I know Stone prides themselves on going overboard, and they managed to do exactly that right here. Pretty good, but not great. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Most disappointed with the aroma...Could be more citrusy/fruity/’flowery...Great clear orange/amber color...Initial Taste was not bad for sure, nice hop bite, but the aftertaste was quite booozy, alcahol like. Not bad, but not as good an ipa as one may expect from previous raters. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange/gold color with a white head. Great IPA aroma that you’d expect, hoppy, grassy, grapefruit, pine resin, floral notes, etc. Very pleasant aroma for sure (golden raisins in there). Massively fresh flavor with nice hoppiness and a subtle bitter finish. Chewy malts and nice citrus up front with a nice grassiness in that finish, which is rather dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and fresh with nice carbonation, very nice.