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Stone IPA

Name – Stone IPA
Country – United States
Type – American IPA

Appearance – Poured an orangish yellow color with a pretty decent white head that left some lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma was that of grapefruit hops and some slight pine notes in there.

Taste – Big grapefruit hop taste up front that follows up with some floral tastes and a nice bitter finish.

Really good overall IPA that is right up there with some of the best ones. Stone just seemingly makes great beer after great beer.

Overall Grade – A

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  • Reply Michael Reinhardt

    I’m not normally inclined to be contentious about this sort of thing, but I have to disagree with the rating. I’m about to post my review of this beer and I would give it a C+. I know that preference plays a role here, so I’m not going to be too absolute. I do feel that the beer lacks malt back, which I think is necessary for a good IPA. I personally have some real difficulties with many American IPAs based on this very point. Too much hops without the malt to give it some more body. I personally find the beer to be pretty thin. As you will see though, I think it’s poor as an IPA but still good as a beer (meaning it still is quality made). Hopefully, you know me well enough now to see that I’m not trying to be a pain in the ass by saying this…but I don’t think it’s a very substantial version of IPA.

    April 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Mike

    I can get what you mean Mike and I by no means take offense. I like hops especially grapefruit type hops in beer and this really helped make me like this one. I really enjoy reading your opinion and believe that you have good reasoning for what you write. Just to show that different people can like different things for different reasons. Thanks as always for writing in.

    April 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Ally

    I have some of this in my stash and I’m waiting for the right time to open it. When would that be? Who knows! But your high marks might mean that moment comes sooner rather than later! I love gratefruity hops.

    April 30, 2009 at 8:01 am
    • Reply Mike

      If you like grapefruit hops then you have to try Avery’s Maharaja if you can get your hands on it. Lots of grapefruit hops in that one.

      April 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

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