RATINGS: 4109   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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groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2003 The only 5.0 on my list... Start with the unbelievable hop aroma... and then on to nirvana!!! I can't decide which is the better Stone IPA... this one, or Ruination!?!?!

raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2011 Very solid west coast IPA. What else would you expect from stone! On tap at Y-not

blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 30, 2008
12oz and 22oz bottles, and on tap. So if you cant tell by all the rave reviews and the top-5 ranking, this ones a Classic. Here are my opinions after many many tastings... Appearance: Clear, golden amber; frothy head, lively; looks clean and fresh. Aroma: good hoppy citrus and pine needles with other less cliche things like under-ripe strawberries, herb gardens on a summer morning, and cold steel. Flavor: west coast hops in the foreground with nice pale malts in the background -- remeniscent of homemade grapefruit/orange marmalade on fresh-baked bread in the Italian countryside -- refreshing enough to drink quickly on a hot day, but hoppy enough to leave a lingering bitterness on your tongue long after the last sip. Overall, a great IPA. Were lucky to have such a primo brew so readily available.

Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
Golden nicely carbonated with a white head and generous lacing. Citrus and floral nose. Lemongrass and piney hop notes among the flavors. Crisp, clean dry hoppy finish. Very nice.

growler6 (169) - Pocasset, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Not how I remembered it when I first tried it. The aroma is more piney than citrus, yeasty but less so than a Belgian hybrid Bold, both semi- sweetness and bitterness are way up there and consistent sip after sip. Surprisingly, pleasant butterscotch lingers briefly at the back of the throat then dissipates quickly. Viscosity is about of a 75% DPI. Unique, superb and I have overlooked and missed out on a beast of a beer searching for the latest and the greatest.. It wont happen again

smallfry (169) - - APR 20, 2015
(Tap) Tropicla, citrus, grassy. Hops are too overpowering, and aftertaste is astringent. I dont like it.

bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Dark in color with that fantastic Stone bitternesss. Nicely well balanced with great malts that blend extremely well wiht the tooth enamel stripping hops.Great mouth feel

EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Pale in color with a definate malt background. Typical c-hop character, Pine, grapefruit, soem floral. I bit bitter for my liking. I would have rather a bit more hops in the flavor and aroma area. Good overall.

Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Nice pour from the bottle, a cloudy orange with a nice head. Aroma is hops, hops and more hops, and a little fruity. Flavor is all hops, hard to discern any other tasting notes because the hops are so strong. A nice bitter finish and youll need to be careful cause the alcohol is very well hidden. A nice IPA, I just dont think microbrewery plus pouring tons of hops into you beer = 99th percentile.

shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 I was very impressed with this beer. First off, I like the way its brewed- with no additives etc etc. It really changed my whole outlook on IPAs. I normally am into malty style ales but the hops came through very pleasantly in this. Thats a lot to say for a beer that takes credit in its amount of hops usage. Anyway, it poured a nice gold/orange color with a small head. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The palate was very crisp and drinkable, and the taste was nice and mellow, citrusy, with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Overall, just a great, very enjoyable IPA.

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