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RATINGS: 3660   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
On tap - David Copperfields NYC. Wow! My first experience of such hoppiness. Greg's comments are fascinating. I can't imagine many (normal)people getting on with this, but we lot are a bit different! Aggressive and arrogant are not the words. The aroma is so very very tart. I noted passion fruit and grapefruit. The colour is a dirty brown, but we shouldn't pay too much credence to that. This beer tastes at first like grapefruit in need of sugar (lots), but you soon start to enjoy the tartness of it. It is hard going as a first experience of this type of beer and I probably cannot do it justice with my English palate. Certainly a sipping type beer rather than guzzling; but a beer that when you finish it, it is with pleasure rather than pain - well worth drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 5, 2004
Ruby red, blood like. Low carbonation. Thick big creamy head, highly unusual like aged deep cherry compot, spiced with hops. Hints of medium dark malt. Nice, surprisingly shy aroma. Flavour had spicy hoppy notes, hoppy but different than most hoppy beers. Cherry-bitter hops. Bloody good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
A good sweet aroma. The tasting reveals no finesse, only an oppressive presence. The aftertaste is similar to having a metal tongue depressor in your mouth. I'll pass, you arrogant bastard!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
Aggressive is definitely accurate for this beer. It's all kinds of strongly hoppy. Once the hoppiness washes away, smoky tones are very apparent in this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
Beee-uuuutiful hop aroma! Like a handful of freshly cut alfalfa! It doesn't blow you away, but it is very well constructed. Gorgeous reddish amber color. Good carbonation, dense tan head. Big full body, lots of malt and lots of hops. The malt hits first, but is quickly surpased the hops. Sharp and earthy, they dominate, but don't overwhelm. Big flavor, long hoppy finish. Well deserved reputation. Not unlike Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
On tap at Pizza Plant in Buffalo, NY. Clear dark amber pour with a minimal head. Mildly hoppy aroma with hints of floral hops. Difficult nose because of surroundings. Hops! I say hops! Very nice beer if you are a hop head, nicely aggressive and bitter, keeps you coming back for more. A very solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 2, 2004
dark amber, very astringent, hop bitterness and only slight citrus, astringent finish, spicy, malts are up front with hops in the background

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Twenty-two ounce bottle. This is a hoppy, malty in your face New world west coast ale. A classic Stone Brewing Product.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Deep mahogany colored with a big frothy tan head dissipating to a thin creamy head. Aroma is citrus hops. Flavour opens with a malty sweetness to draw you in before pummeling you with citrus and spicy hops. Aftertaste is well hopped bitter and dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2004
this shit was good. poured out dark, tan head, small alcohol presence. my first beer from stone, and definately not the last. good hoppy flavor to it, spicy dry aftertaste.


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