DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Sickboy hooked this up, gangsta style...with an amber orange pour and a surprisingly thick ass head, this monster put forth a brilliantly aged rumcake aroma with liqour drenched caramel overtones...flavors were wrapped in sweetness and drenched in alcohol...like alcoholic apricots just slightly spiced...still had an evident hoppy flair over the aged malt...the mouthfeel was extremely chewy. This one was meant for aging...This should have been the Vertical epic beer because this one kicks the 02’s ass. (Point deducted, as second bottle did not live up to the first)
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (Sept 2000). Has a murky but bright amber/orange body, and a small creamy off-white head with nice soapy lacing. Aroma is what seems to be stale hops, strawberry, brown sugar, and white wine hints. Taste is soapy hops, leathery hops, and some caramel. It is warming and has a creamy texture. You can tell it is aged, but it is still very good!
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange-tan body. The aroma has candied oranges, leather, pear and orange rind. Lots of musty, cheesy hops. The flavor has an aged quality, meaning the predominant flavor (hops of course!) has that same mustiness. Otherwise there’s grapefruit, maple wood, and some gentle caramel. This beer is very enjoyable, I like how age has made it a smooth drink as well as giving it interesting charactersistics. Thanks to Jason for sharing his bottle!
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus and mild pine aroma with some hints of grass. Poured cloudy orange/red with a medium tan head that didn't last. Flavor was strong citrus and pine with bitter hop trailing. Full thick mouth feel and nice dry hop bite.
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This Stone IPA is quite hoppy and has a yellow color it is has more hops flavor than the third and is quite strong. For people who like hops this is a very good beer to drink.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draught at Stuffed Sandwich on July 25th, 2003 - Day 25 of Blake's Beer Month™
This hoppy beer lives up to the name of Stone Anniversary IPA as it features a very hoppy aroma and flavor. Pours with a orange/yellow coloring and a good amount of carbonation. The Head is white and mostly diminishing, but the lacing is good. The flavor is of hops, malt, and a bit more alcohol flavoring than the 3rd Anniversary. Finishes with a hop bite which lingers for a while (a nice feature of the Stone brews). Another nice addition to the Anniversary line, but of the 3rd - 5th Annivesary IPAs, the 3rd is the best...unfortunately, impossible to find.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
very hoppy, malty and syrupy. alcohol seems to be non existent--until it hits you later.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing beer, somehow the tons of hops are balanced with solid malt flavor, warming strength, excellent hop profile, clean bitter with pleasent aroma and flavored, beautiful amber hue with lots a hops!
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
coper in color. huge hop aroma. Extremely hoppy but I wasn’t overpowered with the hops like i was expecting to be. the nice sweet maltas probobly had something to do with this. Hops linger, very nice. Thank you Greg for what you said was the last bottle. I definetly enjoyed!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 01/05/02:Well in the last two day’s, I’ve had the 4th and 5th anniversary IPA’s. Didn’t think it would be good to try them side by side, do to the ’Over The Top HOPS’. They are both are excellent IPA’s, but I like the 4th a bit better? Pours that beautiful deep amber, with a generous beige head and adequate lace. Large malt nose, the start semi sweet malts, the middle is medium, the finish is hop laden and has a long lasting after taste. These are not every one’s beers, nor would it be something I’d want every day. High ABV, warms the tummy, and surely will rank 2 and 3 behind ’Big Daddy’, but slightly ahead of ’Sweetwater IPA’, which I hope to re-sample shortly HINT HINT!.