rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Incredible. When I want an IPA, nothing will scratch the itch like a Stone IPA (well, maybe Stone Ruination IPA). Simply incredible. I wish there was a way to mainline this stuff. restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
What he said below. Crisp, clean and refreshingly bitter. Can’t say appearance is above average but quality of beer certainly is. MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark gold with a medium head. Nice lacing . Strong hop aroma. Medium palate. Very strong hop flavor with a hint of bitter at the finish. sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
bottle. Pours the color of raw amber with a nice white head. Aroma of hops and lemon peel. The mouthfeel is very light which really allows you to appreciate the hops in this one. The best way to describe it is it just tastes fresh. Fresh pine, fresh citrus. It leaves a very clean feeling in your mouth along with a beautifully hoppy aftertaste mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle at Lockview. Pours a hazy orange color with a lacy white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus hops, possibly cascade. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, some malt biscuit and sweetness as it warms. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Stone makes good beers, this is one of many.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2003
In a word, boring. It's such a highly-regarded brew, perhaps my expectations were just too high! Incredible golden color, like bottled sunshine! Amazing! But the flavor was too single-note. Super hoppy, sure, but nothing special, nothing to run back to. Like a quick hop fix, or a rush of any kind; ultimately not truly satisfying. jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Ahhh... such a masterpiece here. Pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head. The head commonly sticks around till the beer is gone, and leaves decent lacing all the way down. The aroma is quite hoppy and wonderful. The taste... wow. Wonderful fresh hop flavor balanced by the ideal amount of sweet, light malts. Perfectly bitter too. Malts kind of creep around the sides, evident but recognizing their place in this beer. Body and mouthfeel are just flawless... wow. I love this IPA. It’s not my favorite... but it is damn near perfect. I’ve been lucky enough to have had it bottled and on tap quite a bit in the last week- on tap the hops are a bit fresher tasting and more evident, but it’s definately very similar. :) (edited on 6/10 because apparently I had a cascade pellet stuck in my nose.) giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Well, for an IPA, this is one hoppy beer. It smells of hops, it is very hoppy in flavor and I cannot think of any part of the beer that doesn’t have some hoppy part to it. If you like IPA’s definetlly try this one, it’s solid. changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2005
The hops come forth as soon as the cap is popped from the bottle. Besides hops the nose is sweet and bready. Of course the hops are flowery and citrusy. The color is orange amber and it pours with a good head that lasts but is not frothy. The flavor is hoppy(of course) with a slight hint of honey and bread. The mouthfeel is moderately full and is just right for the style. The finish has a lasting bitterness with pine citrus notes. Very good beer, in fact the best IPA I’ve had to date. PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Pours a dark amber color with a small white head and a lot of nice lacing. Aroma is very nice. lots of hops, pines and some grapefruit. Flavor has a lot of hops (even though I would like more) and some very nice grapefruit aftertast. great beer to drink a lot of!!