MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber/red color with sticky lace and small head. Aroma is very nice and floral. Taste is malt sweet then pure hops. The finish is dry acidic and has a long lasting bittterness. It has a few other flavors mixed in that I can't define (must be the rye), but altogether very nice. Lots of good flavor and a strong hop presence make this a very enjoyable brew. I really like it. The alcohol in this one really kinda caught me by surprise, as I was enjoying the brew so much.
BillKismet (3419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Healthy, august amber with a hearty cream head. A sweetly hoppy aroma without a hint of rye soothes the olfactory sense. Surprisingly healthy dose of malt almost overcomes the piny hops. Rye flakes round out the body as well. The aroma grows maltier with aeration and rye and candy malts become apparent as well--rounding out the complexity nicely. My largest gripe is that the flavor is rather subdued--it feels like it is holding back something. Otherwise, a solid American Strong Ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 Updated 4/17/2006 - (Old rating 9/4/8/4/18-4.3) I always coem back to this beer. It is always so lovely. From the luscious creamy light tan head to the sparkling copper body and that aroma, of that aroma. The rye adds the perfect touch both in flavor and palate. Some might think me crude to love this beer so, but I do love it so.
Updated 3/31/04 - Damn this is the strongest and purest hoppy nose I have ever smelled. This new batch is seriously good. Clear deep reddish-amber with a frothy off-white head. Caramel and piney/citrus hop aromas. A hint of rye? Good hop malt balance, creamy big-body with a very smooth finish.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Possessing a pleasantly transparent copper hue with a cream-colored head, this hoppy brew is a treat. A wonderful aroma of sweet malty excess and floral hoppiness is a nice segue into the intially creamy maltiness that is then immediately accompanied by the agrressive hops: both the nose and the mouth begin with malt but then are forcefully accoutred with the necessary hop aromas and acids. This is a strong ale, so the maltiness is both sweet and assertive, but incredibly smooth considering. Basically a great (nearly imperial) rye IPA.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brownish amber of chestnut in color with a finger high tight-whipped cream ivory colored top that never, ever fades, one absolutely beautiful glass of hoppy nectare. Eventually the top lays a perfect cloud of ivory puff and the lace in super huge thick curtains.
Aroma is deep dark dried hops that hints at pine and citrus, a good load of hops for sure eh. A real nice backing of hard darkened rye and malts with a touch of chocolate.
Taste peels out of the gate with a smooth and soft roasty malts up front, thats quick and fast then it slams into high gear with a complex wall of full octain hops, alot of dried variants, crispy bitter pine, dried grapefruit peels, smokey caramel, buttery burnt biscuit and torched lemon, very leveled and smacked of great hoppyness. I barely detect the rye but I think it helps with the overall quick sharpness thats poking through in some of the first hints of bitterness giving it a boost like extra turbo. Zoom, Zoom,Yummy!
Feel is quite full and fully loaded with bitterness from just beyond the beginning; strong midway point and floats into the finish as the parachute opens with nice bitterness and a woody baked dryness.
You lucky bastards out in Cal. you've got it made. This stuff and Stone brews! Wow! What a treat it must be to visit your liquor stores? Great stuff!! It burns down the track and never looks back. Its got my engine roarin'! Bear Republic has a nice IPA twist with this bad boy.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Oregon Brewer's Festival. Strong assertive IPA, with a wonderfully slightly sweet flavor from the rye. Bought several bottles in OR, and wished I had bought more.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
as coarse as coconut husk, thick and brown, but backlit with a tropical sun-like humid reddish glow. a soft and thick frappe´ of beach sand colored head holds the high ground. aroma soars like a frigatebird on warming rum-scented winds, carrying olfactory currents of candied almond, hearts of hop-washed pine, oily cajun pan-roasted rye-nuts, red licorice and orange schnapps. tongue can't decide whether to wince or wag at the malty sweet and hop bitter flavor spanking it's getting; it finally submits to the rough massage of flavors: tea and amaretto soaked rye toast and it's creamy texture. the huge elements are nicely balanced, not unlike the visual balance of the hefty mt. mauna kea against the endless chalk blue pacific sky.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Here is a brewery that I don't hear alot about but they are damn good. The IPA is nice and hoppy and the subtle rye flavor is a good choice.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Big sweet malty nose full of hops. Slippery mouthfeel, some rye spiciness, bittering is not overpowering, just enough to balance the slick maltiness. Lingering finish. Very satisfying.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Thin head that faded fast. Soapy mouth feel. Moderatly hoppy and dry. Very malty. Long soapy finish. Oxidized a bit. My guess is that this beer was on the shelf a little too long for its own good.