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RATINGS: 3980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle 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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 tried on draft after a tourof the brewery, SO FRESH! one of the elite American IPAs

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
Clear, dark golden color with off-white head. Really nice hop aroma, sweet, piny with prune notes. The taste if full of piny and perfumy hops. Good bitternes, balanced by a decent sweetness and fullness from the malts. A dry, hop aftertaste, but not overpowering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 One of my favorites. Average for Stones standards; big hops flavor with citrus backing that does not let up. Crisp bitter end. If you like IPAs and have not tried this, you are a tool. Go to the store now, buy one, and you will definitely enjoy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Bomber. Pours a clear orange yellow color with a small white head that laces well. Aroma is of piney high alpha acid hops; floral and spicy with a definitely malt back bone. Flavor is upfront spicy and hoppy (grapefruit and spruce) and caramel sweet. Moderate ester profile to complement the hops and malt. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel is fairly full and smooth with a perfect carbonation level. Great IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
Deee-licious. Appealing amber. Grapefruit hop bitterness entices and delivers. Balanced hops throughout and a great lingering bitter finish. Did I mention deee-licious?

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Wow, Ive really been in an IPA mood lately (4 in 4 days), and theyve all been excellent. Yellow-orange, a hoppy and extremely dry head. This is a top-notch IPA, very hoppy (but not when compared to Stones Ruination). Goes down smooth - can drink all night.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Nice Amber color. Smells of hops... tastes of hops... yummy! Hop Hop Im a bunny! A happy Bunny.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
TheManUpstairs (1) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005 does not count
This is the beer I use to convince people that Sierra Nevada IPA isnt the be-all of IPAs. The hops ALMOST, but not quite, overpower; the last half of the glass is even better than the first.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2005
Hops dominate, in aroma, and in flavor. Not as complex as ruination, but a great IPA. the first Stone beer I had, but Dont know why I havent rated it. This is the beer that turned me on to hops. Very nice, enjoyed drinking it, always do.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2005
(on bottle)Had this one a bit too warm, so...Beige head and a light orange colour. POwerfull nose, like a bag ohops hauled in your face. But the flavour it self is actually pretty balanced; sorry Greg. The finish, though, really takes revenge and makes you feel like the Joker; a grin from all the alpha, like a cramp.


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