BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2007 Thanks to jgd0608 love the smell of this. A strong piny flavor, nice crisp appearance what a swell brew yummy get one yourself if you can.
SacSirPlato (19) - New Buffalo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aged for almost 2 years. This beer is huge. Big on the citrus hops. Big on the malt. Something about these west coast beers really "wow" me and it’s definitely how clean and pronounced the malt is, while still being balanced by such big hops. You get all the flavor from every ingredient. Thank you Stone!
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
stone managed to stuff everything good about beer into one bottle. very enjoyable on draft or out of a bottle. strong yet smooth and complex . utterly delicious.
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had both bottle and draft. I cant wait to get my hands on more. All of the flavors in an IPA you like are in this one. Reminds me of Dogfish 90 minute but much smoother.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice beer with a wonderful hop aroma. Yeast and alcohol aroma are also present and add nice balance and character. There is a slight malt finish in the back, but for a 10% beer it is actually surprisingly dry - which is just right for this big of a double IPA. The bitterness is robust early, but then subsides quickly and lacks a lot of back of the mouth bitterness. The flavor is a bit hot - perhaps a hot ferment. I also get a slight medicinal flavor to it. Overall a very good beer, though the hot flavor in the after taste is a little overpowering. May need some time to age and mellow.
psbrewlvr (15) - Palm Springs, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
2.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Great hop aroma, thats about it, way too sweet and cloying. Not to my liking of an IPA. I enjoy their regular IPA much better
wish (14) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW this is great! I have never liked any IPA; I think Iíve been waiting for this one. It smells lovely and tastes smooth. Copper caramel color, and reminds me of a Belgian beer. Citrus taste & very friendly hops! Great cold, refreshing!!
jimcook (14) - Cathedral City, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark copper color, light carbonation. Initial taste is akin to chewing on hops. This flavor gives way a bit to the malt and alcohol, but then takes over again on the finish. A must for the IPA fan.
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.
derkruk (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a 22 oz. bottle at my local (Bottleworks). Poured in a tulip glass, started with a moderate, off-white head that laced a little, but eventually dissipated. The body is a beautiful amber that is slightly hazy. Initial aroma has a sweetness that reminds me of the country, like hay and fresh cut grass. But the actual aroma contains many elements, alcohol sweetness, slight bready/toasty aroma from the malt, and of course the hops! Lemony, piney, resiny, with some grass in there as well. Thereís even a bit of baked pineapple in the aroma. The flavor is big, bold, but very balanced for an imperial IPA. The hops dominate with a bitterness that lingers throughout but does not overpower. The hops flavor is a little grapefruit, a little pine, some resin, but balanced by the malt flavor and by the alcohol. The malt gives it nuttiness and sweetness. The alcohol also contributes to the sweetness. The body is medium-full with good carbonation. And man, does that alcohol warm me up. Very rich, even a little creamy, with a finish that has a long lasting bitterness and sweetness. Overall a wonderful, huge, amazing beer that I should buy more of! Incredibly balanced and worthy of celebration! Itís hard to do it justice in words.