hopmaster (7) - redlands, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love the hoppy aspect of this beer, but have to say that with all the hype, Iím surprised itís not *more*. Have had (and made) more complex and tasty homebrew IPAís, which is the category that this beer really shold be in, though I have to admit that the character and consitency of this beer, from itís chocolatey clearness to the delightfully tan head and pretty lacing would be hard to duplicate in a homebrew. Good beer, but as with a lot of microbrews, too many bandwagoneers hopping on to laud itís greatness. Thereís a lot of microbreweries in the US making comparable or better beers without receiving the accolades.
EventHorizon (7) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
....iím catching up on my reviews tonight. when i first had this back in í98.. i didnít like it. yet, back in í98 i didnít like many craft beers other than sierra nevada pale ale and anchor steam. now... iím a hop-head and craft beer lover. i have this often on draft and from the bastard bomber. great color.. deep amber.. reddish.. great pour.. perfect head.. looks awesome sitting there staring at you. you definitely get some grapefruit and raisins in there.. wow! this is such a dynamic beer. hops and malt are really well balanced i think.... iím worthy.
humuluslupulus (7) - USA - JUN 9, 2006 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
heavy malty, bitter, even.. def. more of a meal beer than a drinking beer. (im uploading some old mental notes of mine on 100+ beers to this site so iíll keep it simple, and retaste soon)
HammerheadPDX99 (6) - USA - DEC 24, 2001 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelent Hoppy flavor and a cool bottle. Good beer. In my top 10 list!!!
cooltunesmann99 (6) - USA - NOV 3, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you are a Hop Head you will like this beer.
MiataManiac99 (6) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 1, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice strong ale. I must admit I poured out my first bottle...too strong. I came back for seconds though...and it has really won me over! Not for the weak beer lover ;-)
Loweeel (6) - USA - JUN 27, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer to date! I've found that it's flavor varies significantly with temperature. It should not be served as cold as lagers and as Americans are used to having beers served. At that temperature, it's is incredibly hoppy, perhaps overpoweringly so. Yet, as the beer warms, it sweetens in your mouth, filling your tongue with many flavors, both sweet and bitter at the same time. Its complex palate inspires you to drink more, just to figure out what those flavors are... A true tragedy that this beer is not widely available on the east coast!
snowdog (6) - USA - JUL 12, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 This beer is a powerful beer lover's delight. Hops a plenty, and major flavor. Still, it somewhat reminded me of a stout, with a hint of chocolate. I sincerely wish that Stone Brewing would start distributing more beers in the Austin, TX area, because if this is any indication of their line of brews, they really have a handle on what it takes to make a really excellent Ale.
TheGeek (6) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. Such a robust flavor and finishes very nicely.
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 Stoneís 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.