DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Aroma seems much weaker than I was expecting. Flavor is big hops, citrus and clean, bracing bitterness. Alcohol taste seems right up front, too, not at all hidden. The first 12 oz. was great, but everything here is so intense that it was not easy to finish the whole 22 oz. bomber. Vikingbrew (193) - Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
This is the beer that is my standard for all IPA’s I try. It’s just oh so good. Hoppy aroma, hoppy bitter flavor, and hoppy bitter aftertaste. What could be better? Crisp and refreshing anytime of year. I wish I was closer to San Diego to get some on tap Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2011
This brew poured a very attractive orange color. it was cloudy with a somewhat average sized white head. Not a whole heap of retention and it left some lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. A nice floral and perfumy aroma. I smell the grapefruit and some orange. Both citrusy and fruity. Some piney notes along with some mild malt. Smells very nice and balanced. I started to get a dry bread smell as it warmed a bit. A prominent amount of bitterness at first with the taste. Medium to high hop flavor. Grapefruit citrus is really nice and not over the top. A touch piney. Again, very well balanced and even. A slight resinous flavor as the beer went down. Medium mouthfeel. Wonderful dry and snappy crisp. Really blankets the palate and the taste hangs on for a great long while. Nice!!! Goes down way too easy. Everytime I have a Stone beer I’m impressed. This brew is no different. Very solid all the way around. Perfect for the Spring and Summer days. Most definitely worth a try. Cheers. VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Having sampled many of Stone’s offerings in the past, I’m finally getting the chance to try their IPA.
This is a 22 ounce bomber that I’m pouring into a goblet. The appearance is hazy, and it almost looks like there is some yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. I didn’t think that Stone bottle conditioned but maybe I’m wrong. Color is a deep golden yielding to copper. Head is minimal but it has gorgeous lacing.
Not surprisingly, hops dominate the nose. This is an IPA, after all, and a West-coast style one, to boot. Fruity citrus hops dominate, followed by floral and musty pine. In the background there’s this wonderful hint of malt caramel sweetness. Often you get an IPA with muted hop character, and that’s certainly not the case here. The smell on this is just so crisp and fresh – a sure sign that this is a very fresh IPA and one that’s been treated with care.
The first taste showcases a nice level of carbonation, and moderate bitterness that isn’t overpowering. Having had Ruination in the past, it’s nice to get a beer from Stone that actually attempts to maintain some semblance of balance. Taste has a nice residual sweetness to it, including in the finish. It’s easy to finish IPAs with bitterness, but this, surprisingly, seems to go more towards the sweet side. That said the body of the beer is light, dry, and refreshing. Lots of flavor for something that goes down so easily. The label says 6.9% ABV but the alcohol is never apparent.
Stone gets a lot of praise for the other beers that they produce, but this is an underrated example of the West-Coast IPA style. It’s a little bit light in body, but this lends to easy drinking. The hop profile and underrated malt backbone make this beer a winner.
ShelbyGrey (193) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 8, 2011
Clear orange colour with a good white head.Hoppy aroma citrus and floral.Taste hoppy as well with a nice malty ending.well balanced.Nice one!
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Being on the east coast this stuff is impossible for me to find. But lucky my friend brought back 4 22Oz. of Stone beers when he came to visit. Now to see if this IPA would live up to the hype. First i crack it open and take a whif. Ahhh a refreshing citrus/ fruity/ earthy hop oder hits me. I poured it into a pint glass to check the color and head, both of which are very enticing. Now for the moment of truth. Its up, its down, and damn is it good. clean crisp earthy citrusy hop flavor the keeps hittin yer taste buds even after its down the throat. Now i guess i have to wait to move before i can have em on a regular basis whoisghost (193) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2015
A beautiful light bronze/light gold colour with a creamy white head. Some nice grassy and pine heavy hop scents. I’m also getting hints of grapefruit. An incredibly smooth taste, the 6.9% is well hidden. The grass and the pine from the nose hold strong through to the taste, with the latter adding a lingering bitterness and slight punch to the brew. The mouthfeel is quite thick, with a nice velvety smoothness. Good levels of carbonation give a slight sense of dryness - this beer is uncomfortably sessionable. DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
This is an excellent IPA. Good balance, excellent flavor and aroma. Not much head, so the picture is a little deceiving, but tasting nontheless. Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2008
Cloudy golden with foamy off-white head that thins quickly. Citrus orange aroma. Orange peel taste gives bitterness but yet smooth. Bitter smooth after-taste makes you want to take another sip. Lizardking3 (192) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2014
on tap. Golden Amber hue with a ton of clarity. Smells sweet and fresh, little bit of booziness. Goes down clean and bitter.... classic American iPA. But you can tell that IPAs Have come a long way since this came out