intherough (1) - Ojai, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Best... Hop Hop Hoppidy, This is real beer for real beer lovers. it's angels dancing on your tongue.
highalphafan (18) - albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite "go to" beer. Aroma always jumps out of the bottle to smack me around before the pour. After the pour, its a balance of sweet and hoppy that prevails throughout the entire profile. Stone has found the perfect balance in this beer for "hopheads" who aren't afraid of backbone. Grapefruit may be the best way to describe it from beginning to end. It's just a juicy beer. Sort of like a "session barley wine" if you can imagine that. Buy this beer.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Bottle, 22oz. Poured a clear dark brown color with a ruby tint. Very seductive looking held up to the light. Nice beige tan head. Nice, malty, hoppy aroma. Big, rich, creamy, full bodied, roasted malt flavor. Rather sweet. Complemented very well with the tasty, bitter hops. No noticable alcohol in this 7.2%er. Good sticky lace that frustrates because it looks big & thick enough to slide down to your tongue when the glass is empty but won’t budge. Wanted more when I hit empty. (added 4/1/04): This stuff is amazing. Tastes like its got a good 100 calories per mouthfull..... liquid velvet. 3/21/05 I’m dropping .1 to 4.1 great stuff but not better than Stone IPA. 4/4/06 Down to a 3.8 my world is getting bigger.
WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I dig this beer mostly for its color. The taste is really bold. I bought a 22 oz bottle and it took me awhile to drink it. As it warmed up towards the end of the bottle, the malts came though and I got this cool coffee-like subdued flavor. I've had this beer before and I'll certainly have it again.
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 What a beautiful pour. Dark mahogany color, average tan head. Perfect aroma of hops and citrus, makes my mouth water. First impression of taste, Wow. Very aggressive. Certainly stronger than the aroma. Not for the faint. A true beer lover's beer. Which means 99.9% of the general beer drinking population could only handle 1-2 of these babies. Amazingly smooth aftertaste considering the aggressiveness. Very good beer.
monterey (8) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark brown color, good head. Not bad, but way overrated. From the reviews I expected alot more. Too much malt for me.
k2 (146) - USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty harsh finish. Could have benn smoother. It lives it bastard name. Good color and head but the high alcohol flavor ruins the finish.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2004
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
I'm not a fan of REALLY hoppy beers. And this definately qualifies! If you like hops, this is your beer! (Not mine!)
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 Worthy of its name. Dark amber/cherryish color this complex ale is full of hops with a citrusy, malty, caramel and pine-like taste. Some chocolate, earthiness and roastiness too. Extremely bitter and delicious! Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Great lacing and head retention. Highly recommended.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one for the tried-a-lot-of-but-never-rated file. A warm burgundy/brown with lackadaisical pillowy head. Aroma of coarse hoppiness with strong citrus elements and robust pine with massive amounts of crystal malt. Flavor is chewy and smooth, with a voluptuous mouthfeel. I get lots of citrus again, but with more orange, and this blends seamlessly with the sweet maltiness to make a coherent, billet-like chunk of apricot-infused goodness. This would be damn near perfect with a little bit of aging to curb the somewhat excessive bitterness.