RATINGS: 3895   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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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.

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 wasn’t quite as fresh) and I prefered it.

Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Why, oh why, can’t 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 don’t really know how much more I could have carried. Next time I think I’m 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!

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.

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.

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.

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 didn’t 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. I’ll be on the lookout for a freshy.

nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Stone has this habit of saying their beers are too powerful or hoppy for any one to really like them. But, more and more I find that to be their schtick rather than the truth. I always expect to be blown away by some sort of massive hop flavor, but more than anything else...they just seem to be well balanced. Pours a deep transparent gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, very piney and grassy...some citrus as well. It seems in this case that the bark is worse than the bite. While there is a moderate hoppy flavor, it’s nowhere near overwhelming...thoug it does remain dominant accompained by some very light carmelized sugar. This beer is light and refreshing, with just enough maltiness over the tounge to let you know it’s there. The finish it a small bitter hop punch with a warming alcohol feel.

Update: This is really one of my favorite sessions....it’s either this or Two-Hearted. This really derserves a better score that what I originally gave it.

murawski (160) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
Smooth, excellent IPA. Awesome aroma, and a nice balanced but strong hoppy flavor. Goes down smooth as butter. A bit hard to find in DC, but worth the search

dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2006 This beer pours a rich golden amber with a medium white head that leaves lacing down the sides. What a great citrusy floarly hoppy smell and BOY does this taste awesome... nice hoppines that lingers a little, but not overly hoppy! This is a well crafted beer. Cheers!

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