Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured cloudy orange with a tan head. The aroma still had a slight floral notes. Taste still had some hop bite but of course no where near what it was. Slightly oxidized with a slight spiciness and a sweet bread taste. Still mildly bitter but more malt. Thanks Chris for breaking this out.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dull orange-gold body and a soapy white head. Oxidization is apparent but fruity malts come through plus some citrus and stone fruit qualities. Dry, woody finish. Damn good for an IPA that is obviously in the autumn of its existence. Thanks to cquiroga for excavating and sharing a bottle of this legendary fossil.
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone vertical in DavidP’s room, GABF weekend... Cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head and nice lacing on the glass. Fruity, citrus, lots of malts, but still some hops, very musty aroma. Taste was oxidized and certainly past its prime at this point. Lots of tropical fruits (peaches), sweet woodiness, and also just a touch of bitterness. Big props to cquiroga for this and the 4th!
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I recently was lucky enough to have a bottle of this beer at a friends house. It is aging wonderfully and is developing a much better balance. It has enough hops in it to age it for years to come though.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow cant believe I found this, my first rateing. Can promis the scores will be spot on but here we go.
"Translucent orange/copper with a tan greasy head. Strong hops (Im guessing thats what they must be, orange rind, medicine, pine.)and caramel. Very bitter and coppery flavor but stangley enjoyable. Leaves a bready aftertaste with more bitterness"
Previous to this beer I had not liked IPA's, I always thought they tasted like a mouth full of pennies, but this one was so much, so bitter, so "GYARGGGHH" I fell in love with the style.
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The third anniversary IPA has a orange color and has a light hoppy aroma and flavor. It's hoppy flavor is less than the fourth or fifth anniversary.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on draught at the Stuffed Sandwich on July 25th, 2003 - Day 25 of Blake's Beer Month™
It was a true treat to find 3rd through 6th anniversary on draught - many thanks to Sam for providing these to the public...Of the third through fifth anniversary IPAs, the third is by far the best of the three. It pours with a small white head and a beautiful orange glow. The aroma is very hoppy with an intoxicating sweetness and a hint of dough/bread. The beer is clear with a small bit of carbonation. The flavor is magnificent - not the over the top hops you'd expect from a Stone Anniversary IPA, but still quite hoppy - features a long lasting flavor of hops, malt and very nicely masked alcohol. Top notch stuff, easily the best of the anniversary brews - which is a shame since it wasn't bottled and is all but impossible to find.