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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 wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


Raytailgater's rating

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2003
best part of my trip to las vegas was finding this beer there.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tonydwagner (3) - - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Not my number one stone brew but it's extremely solid and lives up to their hyper aggressive hop reputation. Delicious, but I can probably just do one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brenn79 (1608) - Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2015
22 oz bottle, how on earth have i not rated this classic beer yet, for years i just assumed i had- Pours mostly clear ruby red to orange with a thin white head. Aroma is lightly sweet, pronounced bitterness and hops, spicy rye. The taste is similar, with more of both, nice balance between the bitter bite and the big malt, the hops they use here are somewhat harsh, brash, being Stone this is undoubtedly what they were going for though. This is by no means my preferred style, but i can definitely appreciate its complexities.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadShaolin (26) - - JAN 23, 2015
Smells like caramel and fig, syrupy resin. Aggressive hops backed up by big malt flavors. A one-two Tyson in his prime combo. A stand by me ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rossta (9) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2015 does not count
Tried in a goblet and a craft pint. In the craft pint, taste and smell reminded me of an IPA. In the goblet it was very good. Too hoppy for me. But i really like the mouth feel. Not a favorite but hey at least I tried it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghendrix (125) - Cardiff, WALES - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark red with a fluffy beige head. Aromas of caramel, red fruits, resin. Medium strong bitter, medium sweet. Medium-heavy body.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 08.21.14. A: Sour. Malt sweetness as a base. Caramel is there too. A: 2 finger off-white/yellow head. Nearly opaque red body. T: Sourness dominates. Bitter hops and metal are more subtle. P: I didnít care enough to notice. O: Sourness is first, then sweet malt, bitterness, and a fade into sweetness. It was complex and weird. It had a lingering annoyingly sharp bitterness along with a flavor of metal. This was not for me. Drain pour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jamesonpatz (24) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. A - Smells floral, a little fruity, quite bitter, and just a hair boozy. A - Deep reddish brown hue. Fairly hazy with a small lightly tanned head. T - floral and fruity up front. Bit of caramel sweetness rushes in at the middle of the sip. More floral notes appear on the bitter finish. P - Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Beer has very intense aromas and flavors. I feel the medium body and smoothness help balance those elements. O - Beer is so assertive in itís flavors, but very well-balanced. Creates a great drinking experience. And the beer gets even tastier as it warms up! "Never turn your back on your beer."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewTom (353) - - JAN 9, 2015
Smell light & fresh with a fruity sweet taste to start with but this only lulls you into a false sense of security about what is to come as you get clotheslined by bitterness. To say this beer is aggressively hopped would be a massive understatement as your mouth gets scoured. An excellent beer that lives up to its name. Not for the faint mouthed! Rated by BrewTom

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (138) - - JAN 4, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tulip. Deep reddish brown topped with a thick light tan head that pours super thick and dissipates into a frothy had that remains across the remainder of the beer. Aromas of pine, caramel, bitter hops, finished by booze. Medium carbonation, and oily mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
voyageurmike (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
From a bottle. Pours dark copper with trace of white head and light carbonation. Faint malty aroma, with an initial malt sweetness followed on by piney hops bite. Bitter lingering finish.


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