SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the sweetest of all the Stone IPAs I've had. Nice biting aroma and flavor but very drinkable. The best "in your face" IPA I've ever had. More like a double IPA. Excellent. Sort of one-dimensional in flavor.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma of hops and caramel malt.Flavor is of citrus hops and toasted malt charcater.
ericnixon (744) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It was nice and cloudy with a great head on it. It has a strong immediate hop bite with a sweet aftertaste. Nicely mellow beer that wasn't over the top by any means. Thanks to Volgon for splitting this cellared bottle with me and Dirtymike.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Have been looking forwad to this one for a long time. I was stunned and amazed when my beer guy mentioned the other day that he had a case of these cellaring and yes he would send on to me. Don't bother asking who. Beer pours nice amber color with huge fluffy off white head. The aroma is massive with grapefruit dominating. Flavor is also huge with an initial huge hop assault, this is followed by a bit of malt sweetness and the finish is more hope that last almost forever. Obviously the predecessor to Ruination IPA, but this is better.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great IPA. Wish I'd been there for the 4th anniversary. Good luck finding any of this outside of Southern Cal. Light amber color belies the aggressive hop and malt flavors. However, the power of this ale in the mouth still doesn't accurately represent the high alcohol content. A masterful job of balancing high malt and hop contents.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a big rocky lacey head. Aroma bursting with chocolate chip cookies, apples, pears, and of course hops. Body is very robust and caramel malty. Great sweet and bitter balance finishes sticky, bitter and dry with some grainy off-flavors. Hides it alcohol well. Good complexity. Everything was great except for the finish, but that could be a result of it not aging as well.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful golden amber in color with a big off-white head. A huge hop nose, can smell from a few feet away. Full rounded mouthfeel. Good balance with nice addition of complex malt. Not so much a citrusy bitterness as a dry, piney one. A good beer from really just run of the mill stuff from Stone. Also their labels are getting really annoying.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hop nose. Hops , hops, and more hops throughout, balanced quite nicely with just the right amount of malt. Another hit from Stone.
Ernest (7364) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is
hazy light amber, dense tiny particles. Aroma is moderately hoppy (pine,
resin, grapefruit, flowers), lightly malty (cookie, caramel), with a
note of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic,
moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily
bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation,
moderately alcoholic, lightly astringent. Not much different from any
other Stone IPA, pretty much the same cookie cutter characteristics
here...sure it's fairly well made, but how many do we really need?
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another good IPA by Stone.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm