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Old 11-05-2007, 09:56 PM   #21
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I and many others around here have had bad IPAs before, I I have noticed that the farther from the brewery someone is, the more likely they are to have a bad experience. The IPA I referances before was Bridgeport IPA, from Portland, OR. I bought a sixer in Portland once and drove it home to LA and it was fantastic. I bought a sixer here that came from a closed 24 bottle case and it was cardboard - every bottle.
That's strange, because I buy Bridgeport IPA here in the Phoenix area and it's one of my favorite beers! Maybe I'll have to go to Oregon and give a try at the source. I've never had cardboard off-flavors in a Bridgeport IPA that I've noticed.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:31 PM   #22
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Well, I finally decided to try again on this beer and was pleasantly surprised. I bought another Stone IPA from the store I usually go to and the taste and appearance was totally different. No sour taste at all. It was pretty clear as well. I guess I got a bad one. Never going back tot that place again. I am going to get it again before I make up my mind on if I like it or not. But right now I am leaning towards liking it. I'll let you know.

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Old 12-02-2007, 06:42 PM   #23
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I had 2 of the Ruination IPAs last night. Some of my favorite! I plan on brewing a clone of that soon.

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Old 12-03-2007, 07:07 AM   #24
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I've been thinking about it, and I can't really remember the last time I had an IPA that wasn't local. I realize I'm a bit spoiled being able to choose from so many top notch local examples. Whenever I go somewhere, I also make it a point to drink what's local there.
So Cal is OK but it is no Seattle......
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:31 PM   #25
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No worries. This is the one style where I've had bad bottles several times and distance seems to always be a factor.
Yea, but the dark bottles make it really tough to skunk. They will be in boxes while travelling as well. I think the hops are what make this beer capable of travel better than most. That is how they started out, it's not like they are in clear bottles and have the sun shining on them while they travel from one end of the country to the other.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:45 PM   #26
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I have no problem getting stellar west coast IPAs over here on the right coast....Stone, Green Flash, Port Brewing, North Coast/Acme, Sierra Nevada, ect all ship out here and I haven't encountered any spoilage issues. YMMV.

Sometimes however, you get a bad one...hard to slam a brewery for one bad example. When you get repeated bad beers however, you have to question what's going on.

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:19 PM   #27
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Stone finally just started popping up here in Md....figures, as soon as I brew my clone becuase they didn't sell it here....

...and I think it's probably my favorite IPA...that idea hit me last night while enjoying one myself

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:01 AM   #28
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Understanding that this thread is 5 years old....

I just moved on to an Air Force Base today and decided to make a run down to the shopette (3 blocks away) for a bottle of wine (for the wife's Bunko group tonight) and a six-pack. After walking past the BMCs, I was pleasantly surprised that they had a decent selection. Blue Moon, Sam Adams, Guinness, Sierra Nevada, 3 types of Firestone Walker (LOVE their beers), and Stone. Having not tried Stone's IPA (and being on an IPA kick), I said 'what the hell' and gave it a shot. Hot damn was I impressed. Stone has it right when it comes to their IPA. When I want an IPA, I want plenty of hops, and I'm usually left wanting. Stone, however, delivered. This will definitely be a go-to beer in the future.

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:54 AM   #29
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Had some stone IPA tonight. Holy crap that's good stuff!!

The nose was like sniffing a bag of hops, and the taste was smooth without overpowering bitterness.

Does anyone have a extract recipe they have tried? Or has anyone tried the northern brewer kit?

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Old 10-12-2012, 03:48 AM   #30
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Drinking one right now and it's absolutely delicious. Beautiful balance of the elements.

Just found the BYO with 6 Stone recipes and already plotting my next brew

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