Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 (BILL SHERWOOD BOTTLE BY WAY OF ENNISKILLEN).beautiful clear orange body with a thick white head that left nice webbing.aroma was a blast of ice tea,oranges,pine,marijuana,and well.....HOPS!flavor mixed up the same with a bit of the 50/50 ice cream bar that i ate back in the day.plus a bit of a malt backbone to keep things interesting.the alcohol was well hidden and as far as the palate?well two minutes after a sip the hops were still stuck to my tounge.is this a perfect brew?in my opinion....yes it is.RE-RATE:after a few more bottles of this i really love it,but i cant say its a perfect brew.its hard to say exactly what i dont like about it,but it just doesnt rate up with my other "5" beers.(RE-RATE:JULY 14TH 2008)translucent orange with a small white head.hops have died down a tiny bit in the nose but the alcohol is still pretty upfront.flavor is pretty smooth with the alcohol a taking a bit more aof a back seat.hops are still around but are more balanced out with the other flavors.its aging pretty nicely i must say.
Chthulhu (13) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Powerful sweet flavor, I can only describe it as toasted pineapple with malt. I can understand why it appeals to the rest of you, but Iím sorry to say I couldnít finish the bottle.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with strong fruit/pine aroma. Kind of sweeter than the average ipa, definite fruit flavors are present. Still has good amount of hops though with a nice roasty finish. Nice and full. Thick on the palate but not over the top.
Nice "Big" IPA as the last person wrote. Excellent job, perfect for a 10th anniversary
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle. Pours a amber color with a small white head. Aroma is full of hops and citrus with a pine, and tropical fruit smell. Flavor is full of hops, alcohol, with a nice malty undertone. Definitely a big beer, a nice beer to help celebrate Stoneís 10th aniversary! Happy Birthday Stone Brewing Co.!
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle. Medium amber color with a small white head. Juicy citrus hop aroma with heavy underattenuated malt underneath. Candied citrus hop flavors over a cloying-thick malt base. High residual sweetness in the finish, along with a hop character that fades to a piney flavor. Mouthfeel is very heavy, rather chewy and cloying.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This pours crystal clear deep amber color with a quickly disappearing white head. The hops hit you but the sweet maltiness finishes you off. The sweetness is almost tropical. The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk.
Greg, papajohn is right, this needs to be a seasonl. Itís an excellent brew
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mahogany with a foamy head that dissapates quickly. Some spots of lace adorn the glass. The nose is overpowering. Hops abound in this one! There is a great aroma of grapefruit citrus and pine. Itís almost like mango, really. There is a strong sweetness in the background. The flavor assaults you with hops. I just canít get away from these brews this weekend! With all the IPA/DIPAs from last night coupled with this, I am sure that I simply sweat hops. Mango again, maybe another tropical fruit. Honey is in there with the caramel malts. Reminds me of honey and oatmeal kind of. Thick, sticky, and chewy. Leaves a nice bitter, fuzzy feeling in the mouth. This is a nice beer. I wholly agree with papajohn. Greg, you must brew this again!!!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Hazy copper-amber color with a moderate, but fading, light tan head. Aroma is pineapple and tropical fruit with a hint of evergreen. Flavor starts tropical fruit malty sweet balanced by a light hop bitterness and finishing with a long dry grapefruit juice taste. Body is full and rich. Creamy texture with soft carbonation. 10% ABV well hidden, but sneeks up on you. GREG, YOU CANíT JUST BREW THIS ONE ONCE. It deserves seasonal status (right up there with YuleSmith). Congratulations on 10 very sucessful years!
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beer! Deep amber/orange color with a smallish off-white head. Sweeter than one would expect from an IIPA but not sugary sweet. Aroma is amzaing - tropical fruits and citrus that balance the sweetness on the tongue. In a word; superb.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz: Not your typical IPA or I think what you would expect from stone, but its damn good. The aroma is like nothing that I have ever inhaled: tropical fruits, espicially pinnaple. The nose is also resiny, earthy, and herbal. The beer pours a dark amber with tones of ruby with a great head that form as the beer billows to the top. The flavor is a lot sweeter than I expected. I expected to be punched in the face but bitterness, but there is balance and even sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden, I think that it goes back into the sweetness and fruityness of the simcoe hops. Beer has great finish as it bitters out more in the end. Sweet in the front of the mouth and bitter in the back. the palate is full and sticky. there must be a lot of hops thrown into this brew. You know you have to try one. cheers! its awesome.