Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 In a word, perfection: Dark amber, copper color. Smells great. This is NOT your typical Stone brew. In fact, this is actually a rare breed for a San Diego brew. Maltier & very hoppy, but a more mellow hop flavor. The mouthfeel and taste remind me of a hopped up 90 minute IPA. Somewhat akin to Southern Tier UnEarthly. First sip is sweet and thick, but somehow, the beer quickly mellows and thins on the tounge, and ends with a wallop from what I assume is simcoe hop. I think this is a beer that is going to be loved by the masses. It’s hoppy enough to make us West coast people happy, yet it’s balanced and not overbearing. A true winner.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gold dark appearance – nose hop, hard citrus, malt, brown sugar and mint- nice hops bitter, sweet, prunes, grapefruit, malt, baking chocolate, alcohol – medium/thick body- bitter/sweet lingering aftertastes – unexpected taste for a imperial ipa thick and heavy like a strong ale
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Imperial IPA pours a deep copper color form a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is piney hops, mango and pineapple, somewhat sweet with some herbal and peppery notes. A Full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of fruit flavors, pineapple and caramel. Hops are piney, grapefruity, herbal and peppery. Ah.. Summit hops. It tastes more like a barley wine at the start and then the hops kick in and it could not be anything but an Imperial IPA. Nicely balanced. Good carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol hotness, but its not that bad. This one will only get better with cellaring. Awesome. Once again a very cool etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.