AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold background to a red beer with an almost non-existent head even when hard poured into the glass at 50degF. There is also noticable hop particulate matter floating throughout...cool! Aroma has an intense Simcoe hop signature. Fruity, sweet, soft, round and piney hops but really no malt aroma. Flavor has the aroma components sitting perfectly on a huge, sweet, caramel malt foundation that is not overdone and hides the unbelievable 10%ABV well. No excessive heat or overly fruity alcohol impression. I almost do not believe this is 10%ABV. I think Stone has perfected the sweet, round,caramel malt foundation that is found on so many of their beers.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Pours a perfect solid amber color with a medium frothy white head. Couldnít ask for a better look to an IPA. Smells of floral pine citrus hops all wrapped into one. Very intense and mutli-layered hop smell. The taste is fantastic intense hop smash to the palate with some notes of caramel and alcohol underneath. Aftertaste is a longlasting wonderful hop bite with some caramal notes at the end. This beer rocked my world, I love it. I wish I had more bottles of it. I should go buy some now...
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
iíve come a long way since i had my first stone beer, what was it 5 or 7 years ago. i picked up a bottle of arrogant bastard(mainly for the bottle, i thought it was cool) and i drank it and thought, this sucks. my tastes have evolved, a whole world of beer has been made available to me. i have tried so many good beers, and now i am back to a stone bottle, tha i think looks really cool again. a dark amber body with a fluffed white head that lasts. aroma was mango, pineapple, wet grass, roses, and pine sap. a pleasing inviting aroma that i really dig. flavor is more fruit punch like grab bag of mango, and pear, hop flavors are more floral than anything else, but yes the whole gammut is represented. really tastes like a spring time flower garden smells. while this is not the greatest taste to me, it inít bad by a long shot. really sweet vanilla ice cream flavor doesnít mesh with the bitterness here. this gets a lot better as it warms though, and it does get a bit smoother in the way the flavors stop taking turns and start blending. pineapple and mango give way to a lingering nutmeg and rosey floral bitter.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange amber with a bubbly/creamy off white lacing head that sustained. Aroma...wow love that hop aroma. Various citrus, mostly orange, fruity, floral, some light pine and caramel malt. Simcoe in the dry hop is the way to go. Flavor does a great job at matching the aroma. That orange, pine mix with the great malt balance that came across as a sweet caramel with some grains and a touch of nuts. Light ABV presence that became more noticeable as it warmed. Beers like this is why IIPA is my favorite style. Drink this one young as the hop aroma is great and not something you want to let "settle out".
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is all about the hops, and a great many many varieties, ranging from fruity, grapefruit, pine, citrus, herbal, floral and spicy, to tropical fruit, pepper. Man, I gotta get some of these Summit hops to brew with!!! The body is round, lush, and full of the malt base that is reminicent of Ruination, but a bit more balanced and nutty. Finishes with wonderful taste bud tweaking bitterness, and very well-hidden alcohol that leads you to cosume yet another sip, and another.. This cannot be 10%abv! With each sip, there is something different to experience.. Glad I loaded up on 4 bottles, and just may go pick up more before the day is out!! Quite a treat from Stone!
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great beer from the guys at stone. A hell of a beer to celebrate their 10th ann. This beer is very drinkable at 10% alc. and the flavors are great. My sinuses were a little screwed up so I couldnt really get the most out of the aroma, but none the less it was good. The taste were great fruit flavors coming from the summit, simcoe, with nice bitterness from the chinook. The malt added a nice sweetness to the beer. Overall a very good beer and I was glad I got the chance to try it, Thanks Black95tt!!!
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle - Johns Market]
A great pouring and awesome colored brew. The hops from the beer are awesome. Loved the flavor. A great hint of spices and the hops go on forever. One of the best IPAs ever. Great job Stone Brewing.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A well done DIPA. Not too heavy on the malt body, so it is very distinguishable from a barley wine. They use a very fruity tasting hop (as opposed to pure bitter) which makes this beer more interesting in my opinion. They might be using sugar as an adjunct, to lighten the body because this was not too heavy. Just a really good, really strong, really bitter, really fruity, DIPA. Good job, because I donít usually like this style too much.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear appearance gives the impression of a stripped down version of a double ipa. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The taste alternates between sharp and spicy and sweet, round, full fruit. There is a wonderfully broad range of flavors in this ipa that truly highlights a thougtful combination of malt and hops. I have had a lot of double ipas as it is one of my favorite styles, but Stone consistently adds a transcendent dimension that makes me pray for the day they distribute in Minnesota.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
BILL SHERWOOD BOTTLE BY WAY OF ENNISKILLEN at odeeds party. this one was really good, and iím not a big IPA peep. very hoppy, citrisy, very smooth, with a caramel color