Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Pours a beautiful light gold, nice fluffy head. Aroma is cat pee, pine, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is clean hops. Nice citrus and pine hop flavors, juicy grapefruit hop finish. Just enough malt to know its there but its in the backseat. Clean yeast finish. Great IPA. Usko (171) - Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 5, 2013
Citrusy, hoppy and grassy in aroma and taste. Nothing more to say. A great IPA, all about the hops.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Truly good stuff. Bitter with fruity tones. Very drinkable and great ABV. Awesome IPA. sebsky (171) - ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2017
330 ml can (Berlin) @home,canned 24/04/2017,bb 19/01/2018.
Orange,slightly hazy,quickly diminishing head.
Aroma of citrus and hoppy bitterness.
Taste is bitter,not overpowering with some citrus in background. 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 can’t tell by all the rave reviews and the top-5 ranking, this one’s 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. We’re lucky to have such a primo brew so readily available. Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Very light copper color with a strong citrus aroma. Wonderful hops flavor. Definitely lives up to its rep. 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 (170) - BELARUS - 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 won’t happen again