User37895 (3085) - - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 It’s no secret that IPA’s 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 I’ve 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. Gmoney (465) - 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. 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. rederic (3344) - montréal, 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. treadyroc (163) - 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. It’s very lightly carbonated, it’s aroma is not strong at all.
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!!!! Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 22 oz bottle, shared with hezron and malachiauerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2006
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.
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. rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Incredible. When I want an IPA, nothing will scratch the itch like a Stone IPA (well, maybe Stone Ruination IPA). Simply incredible. I wish there was a way to mainline this stuff. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 An excellent beer, mint/pine/sweet aroma, very nice. Hits hoppy and bitter, pine, but then bitter and sweet finish. Only fault is a lack of body, but a damn good, very drinkable, hoppy IPA.