cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Fresh bomber served in a tulip. Pours an almost clear, polished copper in color with a large frothy off-white head. Aromatic spruce and pineapple hops with an underlying sweet vanilla, honeyed malt. Significant lacing. A touch of sweetness in front of a good bitter flavor that quickly bitters some more. Medium body and a smooth, creamy, and sticky texture. Earthy, warming, bittersweet finish of some length. Without question this is one of the best IPAs around.
arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2009 1 pint 6oz bottle from BevMo. Poured a pure copper color with a nice white head that fell very slowly, moderate carbonation. The smell is very floral, lots of citrus and hops. The taste is all citrus, a good amount of hops with a slightly bitter aftertaste but not overwhelming at all. Really good, close to perfect IPA. Just what I wanted.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smell is of fresh hops. Smells dry and it is. Nice flavor of citrus and strong malts in the background. Hops dominate here, and they are of the particularly sticky and resiny kind. Spicy and finishes dry, and the hops keep kicking long after the beer is gone. Great beer, and great IPA.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 bottle from bevmo in la jolla. I love IPAs, i love california beer, and maybe i was a little to pumped up for this one. pine, grapefruit, cirusy hop notes. will rerate.
trapez (1563) - Hilleroed, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. aroma filled with fresh hops, grass and flowers. Cloudy amber colour with medium beige head. Bittler flavour, but not overwhelming allowing the malt to express itself. Also spicy and some fresh fruits. Very well balanced. Moderate carbonation.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to WeeheavySD for this bottle. So much bitterness and hoppy fruity goodness. I still donít think that this is my favorite IPA (I maintain that two-hearted and masala mama are still better), itís gotta be damn close.
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle bought at BevMo on my last trip to California. Orange/amber in colour with a reasonable head. Citrus taste and of course hop presence (hops were not too overpowering though). Very bitter, alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Pretty good but I have had better American IPAís than this.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden pour with thick off-white head. Citrus hop head with a trace of malt. More citrus and well balanced malt in the taste, with a pretty bold bitter finish while still managing to be smooth. Wonderful mouthfeel on the palate, quite creamy. This is an excellent beer. On a given day it is as good as any other IPA.
thefrutigers (105) - , Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 22 oz.: Poured clear amber with a medium head that did not diminish. Smells of citrus and resinous hops but not excessive. Malty sweetness with citrusy grapefruit hops flavored bitterness with a dry finish. Iím torn on this one, because it was EXCELLENT, but I need to go back and try another Stone IPA, because I think this one is better, but I rated the Stone higher. Maybe need to re-rate the Stone. Overall impression.....tasty!
raphael (1173) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this a couple months ago--top rated IPA on ratebeer--and anticipated drinking it. Aroma is strong--floral, fruity (including pineapple,) light malt. Bright yellow orange with 1/2 inch head that holds a bit. a little thin and ordering on flattish in the mouth. an odd flavor upfront, like smoked grapefruit, and a keening edge to the overall flavor, malt cant stand up to it. noticeable warming. dry harsh finish. did i get a bad bottle?