RATINGS: 4058   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
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.

   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

   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!

   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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle. Light amber with a rather modest head, more like a thin film. Fruity aroma that is not very pronounced. The flavours are more interesting with a good deal of complexity- fruits, a hint of caramel, though generally very dry. Rounded and not too biting hop flavours. Good mouthfeel. A very pleasant IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours a light, fizzy gold with a tight white head. The aroma is the same hops as other Stone brews, and a hint of dark fruits. The flavor is mostly general bitterness, a bit of maltiness (though not much), and some actual leafy hop flavor. This is a tasty IPA indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2006
22oz - Aroma is hoppy, malty, and soapy. Pours orange with quickly fading head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with sharper hops. Palate is tart and crisp. I didnt rate this when I lived in San Diego and got it fresh all the time. I rememer it being hoppier which leads me to believe this one has been on the shelf for a few months at least. Still very good. Ill be on the lookout for a freshy.

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