MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone, you are my hero! Probably one of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. Body is dark amber, almost a red with about a half inch of foamy white head. Aroma is incredible. It almost made my eyes water. Hoppy to the max with some citrusy notes present as well. Taste is a well balanced hops/citrus/malt mixture that leaves an interesting sweet and sour bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. This stuff hits the nail right on the head. Aggressive indeed!
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First, I gotta say, I love the comments on the bottle. Great beer with great sarcasm! Deep ruby red/orange brown coloring with strong hop aroma. Some minor alcohol in the taste but very strong good rich grapefuit hops taste and some creaminess near the end.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aggressively hoppy. Fruity, roasted malt aroma. Bitter hop, mild toasted carmel/malt flavor. Seems a little unbalanced. Warming and chewy. Overall, pretty decent. I just wanted a little more malt strength.
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This really smells like bud to me, but i really like it. A magnificent deep red color, with a nice tan head. Dry, bitter, and oh yes, hoppy.
Ungstrup (30467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep red beer with a beutiful head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol and berries. The flavor is very complex with notes of cowberries, grass and enourmous amounts of hops which makes the end extremely grassy and dry. A wonderful beer. Thanks to Mads Berg for sharing this bottle.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
HOPS! HOPS!!!! HOPS!!!!! A very interesting beer. Did I say hoppy, yes.. it delivers as advertised a dark red/coppery pour with a small tan head. And yes.. it tastes of hops. Not sure Id drink it again but definately worth tasting.
omestes (6) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my favorite beer, after Stone’s IPA. It is EXTREMELY Hop-y. Very good aroma, very fruity. In flagstaff they have the 10th Anniversity edition, which is even better, but sadly sold out.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark red with small persistent head and lacing. Lovely, lovely, precious aroma of fruit, berries and fresh, fresh hops.
Mentholy fresh flavour with nice soaring hops. Coffe, or very dark chocolate, on aftertaste.
haukur (1432) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
yes!!! ... this is me in a bottle! wild berries and alot of hops in the arome. Taste is very hoppy with a nice tingering malty bitter hoppy finish!! this is THE stuff! thank you Stone, if I lived in Cali then my fridge would be full of this... Iceland sucks!!
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As stated, very aggressive. Highly hopped, but also quite malty. Darker than expected with a somewhat clingy and plummy sweetness. Sort of splits the difference between IPA and IIPA.