RATINGS: 4072   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1304) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Poured from bottle. Plain and simple - this one is all about the hops. They dominate the aroma and flavor, but it isnt overdone for an IPA, and even so, theres actually an underlying smooth character to it. I attribute that to the quality of the hops, but what do I know? An excellent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle 46F Shaker Glass. Wow HOPPY, Pine needles, grass, and citrus are plentiful in the aroma, barely noticble malt undertones. Light clear golden color, with a large semi-foamy head with decent lacing. Bitter begining, with sour notes, tons of hops, a little smokiness, very cutting flavor. Leaves the mouth feeling sqeaky clean. Nothing grassy about the taste, but plenty of pine, and cool wintergreen minty citrus. Like eating the rind of a lime. Spicy yet also very cooling. Mouthfeel is lighter, only slightly carbonated no notice of alcohol. Very warming and relaxing beer. My cares seem to fade away with this beer. Sleep grows ever nearer. Hypnotic in its opiate properties. It is good but i dont want to stand up now. Nicely done you west coast ballers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 Its no secret that IPAs bring forth the grapefruits, and the first time I had this it was like drinking Ruby Red Grapefruit juice. Now the grapefruits (zesty) blend right in there. Other aromas and flavors include pine, resinous, and floral accents. A touch of spiciness to this one too (yeast or hops?), as a peppery flavor comes out among the hop bitterness. Hop level was totally enjoyable and unoffensive in this one. The best tasting IPA Ive ever had to go along with a golden yellow (slight orange) pour with a nice head that stuck around til the last sip (which got better as it warmed). Light to medium mouthfeel (malts are in the background for sure), just a darned drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2006
12 oz bottle.. thin white head that disappears, some lacing. deep yellow almost a light amber color . hoppy aroma ,piney flowery. sweet malt flavor , grapefruit sweet to a nice bitterness from back to front of your tounge. light body, easy drinking .not a big fan of this style but this is very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Aroma is fruity pine, resinous with an underlying caramel that is very balanced. Fresh, but not overpowering. Golden orange in color with a thin, white head. Flavors of caramel and lighter cereal like malts with a well balanced hop profile with warming bitterness and pine resin. Overall it has an "airy" flavor. Interesting, I could drink this like a session beer...for a small session. Lighter body, fairly light texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3335) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2006
Yellow gold color, with a thick white head, leaving good lacing, sweet pale malt, with some floral hops notes, nice grassy, leafy, piney hoppiness accents, hint of citrus fruits in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet floral hops character, with notes of citrus fruits of grapefruit, lemon, hint of peach fruitiness, touch of marmalade , pale malt, with great piney, resiny, leafy flavors, leading towards a juicy cedary, piney hops bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2006
The thin, pale head quickly diminishes. The beer is very smooth for its hop content, & has a full body with a clean finish (no bitter aftertaste).<!-- br --><!-- br --> It pours a light amber, & is almost rosy in color. Its very lightly carbonated, its aroma is not strong at all.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle 1pint 6 ozs. From the moment you crack this beer the hop hit your nose. Awesome hoppy flavor with great hop bitterness. Stone know what they are doing. This is a kick ass IPA!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3650) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 22 oz bottle, shared with hezron and malachi
Thanks to hezron for sharing this. At $4.99, it seems like a great bargain.
Aroma / Apppearance - Extremely hoppy nose reminds me of freshly peeled oranges, lemons and a glen of pine trees. The creamy dense head soon mellowed out, leaving behind a lemon colored body.
Flavor / Palate - The first impression is of grapefruit, lemon lime and pine needles. The bitterness of the hops starts out on the back of the tongue, then slowly moves forward until the entire mouth is filled with the taste of west coast hops. The body is extremely full, getting into every crevice and corner of the mouth. An excellent example of an IPA and an excellent value at $4.99.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 12 Oz. Bottle. Fairly rich aroma of plum sauce and orange blossom in a bit of dance with prickly pear and beaming floral resins. West coast hops dominate as expected. Pour of an even deeply hued golden, with a thin rim of white head. Wow. Flavor is incredibly sweet and lucious. The hops almost play background to an incredibly intense florally fruity malt, that carries a gentle current of citrus reductions and pleasent curries of planty resins. Not the least bit harsh or vegetal. A full mouthfeel, with rich creamed malts and a hint of cream of wheat, with raisins, brown sugar and maple syrup. Finish with lifting bouquet of galangal and tarragon.

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