jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Fantastic. Dry-hopping gives incredibly fresh, floral/citrus aroma, one of the more pleasant IPA aromas around. Light malt foundation could be be slightly richer for my taste, but that is a very small qualm. Hop bitterness, flavor and aroma are all outstanding. Extremely clean character - killer IPA. BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Re-rate: Stone IPA is good, but O’Dell’s (Boulder CO) is better.
Stone: Hoppy, yes. Balanced, no. A little thin across the middle of the palate, and overly astringent. Love the hops, but needs some beef as well. tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
Clear bright amber, with a small offwhite head that dissipates before long.
Big blast of hop aroma - green herbs with sweet spice. A little fruit is there in the background too.
On the palate, the hops hit right away, with pine, herbs, and grass. Carbonation is a little coarse, but mouthfeel is rich. Malt contributes body but not overt sweetness...I like that quality a lot.
Delivers most of the character of the Ruination IPA for a lower price point. In fact, I prefer the balance of this brew to the Ruination. A must for fans of grassy hops. mk70 (64) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Citrus fruit nose. Very prominent hop flavor and smooth as silk. Alcohol is very well hidden. frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Golden straw color, nice appearence. Nice hoppy aroma. One of the better IPA’s out on the market. With out a doubt would recommend.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2011
A good IPA, very simple, might not be 100 percentile good in my opinion. Lacked malt backbone, very good light colored hoppy brew. Namespayne (64) - - DEC 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into pint glass. Cloudy dark yellow-gold in the glass with a decent foamy head. Smells like the best kind bud imaginable with fruity notes, I say strawberry. Plenty sour, plenty bitter, nice and dry on the palate. Tastes strongly of high quality hops and grain.
Extremely bitter but I want to emphasize that it goes down very smooth in the finish.
Very pleasant! It's everything I look for in an IPA. If that's your thing, and you like bitterness, I don't think you can go wrong with this. I will consistently come back to this.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2006
Just imagine biting into a giant bitter grapefruit... add some water to make it smooth.. and then some alcohol. Thats how it kinda taste like lol... it’s really good, but the bitter taste it has reminds me of grapefruits. It has a really stront taste that has presence. The first sip just make my intire mouth tingle in excitement. The store i went to had this marked as ’rate beers top 99’ which i thought was real cool. Everyone needs to try thing one. IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
I love this beer. It has a big hop aroma which leads you into a crisp sharp hoppy elixir which is a feast for all your bitter taste buds. However they won’t be able to taste much afterwords :). jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
This is the litmus test for SD IPAs. Perfect hop flavor with the malt side of the coin. If I were to make an IPA this is it Orange pour Pnie spice lavender type of hop aroma and carmel balance. Pillar of an IPA