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RATINGS: 3678   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Pours a burgandy with small head. Aroma is piney(unusual), citrusy, and malty. Flavor is malt and pineous, citrus hops but that disappears after you swallow as the bitterness of the beer grabs your attention. Dry finish. Another good brew by Stone.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Had on tap at the Stone brewery. Pours an interesting orange brown color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and unique. Nothing else quite like this one. Taste is citrus hop with a nice maly balance. Body is a little thin. Note: Also tasted this at the San Diego Brewing Festival, as it was oak-aged. Really enjoyed this version. Wonderful rich vanilla flavors.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Excellent american IPA to the max. Huge hop aroma and flavor balanced with caramel malt flavor. A celebration ale on steroids! I had this on draft Fri night, nice spicey hop flavor that lingered after the intial taste. I will be having this draft again!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
dark orange/red/brown colour. light yellow head (small). woodish alchoholy scent. the taste - distinct flavour i've never tasted before. very good indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
small short lasting tan yellowish head. Bitter smooth flavor and dark red color. Strong caramel and toffee aromas. ARROGANT.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evil6six6 (4) - USA - OCT 24, 2003 does not count
This beer is very strong and not for the weak of heart... the first couple of beers is very bitter... almost nasty. When you get used to the blatant slap in the face you will actually enjoy this beverage. One of my favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
micheller (14) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 this is the most hoppiest beer i have ever had. this is a good beer i like this one pretty well...i won't be using this in my crock pot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (857) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Sweet, hoppy and malty with a great dark reddish-brown coloring. You can taste the quality in every mouthful. Good stuff.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2003
I had this in the 22 oz. bottle, and was really disappointed after reading all the high scores. I 'm somewhat of a hophead, but either this bottle didn't travel well or I'm missing the point. The aggressiveness didn't bother me, but the lack of balance did. Undetectable malt flavor, and rather thin mouthfeel. I liked the hops flavor, but the bitterness afterward was just too unbalanced for me to really enjoy. I'll give it another try when I can have it on tap.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Pours dark ruby color. Light tan head. Tight lacing. Aroma is hops, pineapple. Fruity. Flavor is about the same. Simply excellent.


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