alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had it Stone’s Winter Storm. Aroma was of pine and citrus hops. Flavor was much of the same; mildly sour flavor. Pretty good.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Stone winter Storm 1/28/08, shared with bikesandbeer and my girlfriend Cyn. Pours orange with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and hoppy. Taste is sweet, hoppy, mellow and bright with a bit of peachy quality to it.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. This was a touch better than the 3rd anny, but not better than the 2nd. Sweet, dark bread dough aroma, caramelly sweet hop, sweet watery hop flavor. Pissy and dank, the flavor is still kind of there but still old tasting. A bit milky and lactic.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this a bit more than the 3rd, as I felt it held up a hell of a lot better. Taste had a bit more fruit to it although after all this time the hops fell. out. I could still taste some grapefruit as well as the bitter hops. Thanks again Chris.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to cquiroga for sharing.
This IPA has held up well. Dry, bitter & tasty, I would have loved to have tried it upon its release.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Stone Winter Storm 2008. Poured a brilliant hazed golden color with an orange hue. Head was off white and small with not much lacing. Aroma was lighter than expected, more citrus dominated. Thick and malty mouth feel, hops more prevalent on the finish, an awesome brew.
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!.
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)
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to cquiroga again. This one pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are sligthly sweet yet bitter with a slight tomato sauce note, a little grapefruit and a little pine. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry.
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap at the Stone Winter Storm 2008. I had ordered this beer along with a Sawyer’s Triple and both were served in a small glass of an estimated six ounces. I was a little upset though since the waitress had confused the two beers with each other and I had to do the math myself and figured out on my own which was which. Anyways, This was a crystal clear golden brass/blonde ale with a decent layer of foam and no sign of any sediment or dust. The aroma was a bold and lively serving of hops and citrus. The flavor was strong and held a fresh juicy grapefruit taste and tons of hops considering the few mouthfuls I consumed. I’d really like to see this and all of their rare anniversary ales re-brewed and bottled to let everyone experience what delicious beer recipes Stone has in their archive.