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 (2207) - 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 (2282) - 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. theisti (4156) - Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2009 Bottle. Huge hop smell and taste. Sweet, lots of grapefruit, just a great beer. I would use this as an example of great American beer. ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 What can I say but yum. This has to be one of my favorites, a wonderfully fruity sweet hop aroma accompanies the flavor wonderfully. If you love hops, this brew’s for you, flavor is full and fruity, with good carbonation for the beer. Pours a thick white head with a clear golden body. A great brew. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Nice bitter IPA, has an airy mouthfeel that doesn’t seem as crisp as it should be. one dimensional, not very clean. very orangey throughout. The aroma is the best thng about it, huge outstanding hoppy nose. the rest is good but it’s not as good as torpedo or union jack. definitely good but overhyped. TheGoon (2) - USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
Like everything else from Stone, this is a great beer. Nice and Hoppy but not overbearing.