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RATINGS: 3722   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2003
22oz. bomber: Nice tawny head with great staying power. Wow, the hops are all over the aroma. A little floral, too. Taste is kerpow hops with a balanced sweetness. Alcohol is evident (and appreciated). Nice, bitter aftertaste. Sweet malt is left on the tongue and lips. And I only thought that I had grown bored with IPA's... not anymore. Wow!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
Of all the hoppier beers I've tried this is the only one I've really liked.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2003
You could tell this beer is made from high quality ingredients. It poured and looked great in the glass. I just could not get past the pine needle taste.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jayc (28) - USA - NOV 1, 2003
All 'the right stuff' -- looks good, feels good BUT too darn sweet (carmel-like) and REAL heavy. Great conversation piece though and everyone wanted a souvenir bottle to take home with them. BE CAREFUL handing this out to serious beer people ... if you do, have some cigars and a good brandy as a back-up ... or perhaps a stash of Glenlivit 18!

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.


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