uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden-reddish in color with a slightly yellow, creamy head. Floral hoppyness in the nose. Sour, citric flavor that fades to an earthy spicyness. Lots of hop bitterness that begins toward the middle and increases toward the end. This is quite different from most american IPAís. Seems like it is pretty much hop soda, but it is not overwhelmingly hoppy. The malt does just enough to keep it real interesting.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
fresh texas st augustine + water + yeast = lagunitas maximus....hoppy as hell....very nice if you are in the mood for it, but not as good as the stone IPA.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sliced grapefruit for breakfast wafts up to greet you. Orange, this is definitely orange. This leans quite a bit toward the citrus side of the fence. The grapefruit, orange peel taste is kind of interesting, but a bit distracting. The bitter lingers on the inside for quite awhile, yet without that coating feeling you sometimes get from high octane hops. Nice, but could do without so much grapefruit.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty burnt orange; Head was massive and rocky and had tons of lace; Searing hops in the nose advertising itself with no BS. Dry and floral to start. The alcohol is present- maybe too much so. Tons of dryness is attacking the palate- like Stoneís Ruination, I canít drink anything after this one. Quickly becoming one of my fave breweries.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly cloudy orange appearance. Very hoppy, very typical. An ok beer, but I guess if you want a beer with balance then you donít want an IPA, let alone and Imperial IPA.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey, hazy body, good head formation. Citrus and apricot aroma, biscuity malt. Medium bodied, light carbonation. Mildly biscuity malt flavor, sweetnes as beer warms. Impressive orange/grapefruit citrus hop flavor and great bitterness and sourness in the finish that spreads out in the aftertaste.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A bitter, sappy green pine underpining and a resinous, deep hop flower aroma. Slightly chalky, dusty and dry; although high in alcohol content, this ale is easy to gulp.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great orange color and very firm off-white head. there is some alcohol in the aroma, but nothing overwhelming. the true power of the aroma is in the hoppiness. The taste starts out sweet and mellow but then the hops hit and they never quit. It is an all out assault on your taste buds. The medium carbonation dies fairly quickly making this a fairly thick beer that will leave you with hop breath all day long.
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
only moderately hoppy compared with other IPAs Iíve had as of late. flavors of alchohol and light malt - a fairly robust beer. floral nose. balanced on the dry side. good beer.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, but Iíve had better. Is hoppy, but not less so or more so than much else, leaving it kind of in the middle of the pack.