brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid hop nose and flavor. Touch of oxidation which I tried to ignore. Finishes dry. Would like a little more malt to balance , but that's my palate.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- cloudy orange/copper color, nice thick white head, lace, dry-hoppy aroma, mixed with slightly sweet malt, nice hop-malt mix (blends well), slight astringency that tickles the nose; flavor starts on the tongue with a malty sweetness and then a hop explosion, bitter and dry, flavors blend well but not as much as in the regular IPA, huge hop flavor (impressive that the malt and hops blend as well as they do), smooth with a touch of creaminess
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 Unbelievable pungent hop aroma, nostrils filled with piney hops, cedary, smells, an absolute cornucopia of hoppiness, West Coast hops at their finest. Sweet , slick, mind tingling bitter hops, remember the bitter beer face man ? he would scowl at this one,but hops Lovers would rejoice, at this marvel of Hoppteriese. Uniquely sweet and still full of hops, once again Mr.Arrogant Bastard has made a true winner, Good job Greg, ,a Really Good Job,and Thank You for showing us what an IPA is all about, Ok how about sending a few cases to KY,IN,or OH ?. anyway you are doing damn fine job at making the beer we seek, Extremely Remommended, a Definite Winner The only IPA so far that I have had that is hard on Hops and still sweetly complex!!!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001: Heavily clouded, atumnal rust. Intense tropical fruit and freshly baked cookie aroma, prevalant hoppy oils. Sweet buttery shortbread intro and tropical fruits provide a nice cushion against the citric bitter finish. Plenty of hops but plenty of balance too. I tasted this next to a Ruination and the 5th definitely has more yeast complexities, although that may have something to do with the fact that it was 18 months old.
igneous1 (1533) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful copper color with an off-white head that lasted the entire beer. HUGE aroma very well-balanced between the caramel malts and hops. aroma didnt have tremendous citrus/pine qualities, but was more along the line of a resin. flavor was dominated mostly by a grapefruit with a very long bitter aftertaste. awesome beer...thanks to the Silky one for this!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly cloudy orange/amber. Thin but creamy, persistent head and nice lace. Nose of resiny, citrusy hops dipped in caramel. Medium bodied, chewy with resiny hop flavors, orange rinds, thick caramelly malt all balanced nicely when you consider the abv%. A damn good imperial IPA and one that has probaly mellowed since being bottled showing what it must have been when first bottled. Thank you psychprof!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 some time in sept. 02: Thanks to Marc for the opportunity to try this one..a creamy malty sweet aroma with mellowed hoppiness..crystal clear copper in color with a thin layer of big white bubbles..unbalanced up front and unbalanced at the end but in opposite ways (although being balanced isn't too important in an IPA IMO)...starts way more maltier than it ends..big thick body..creamy mouthful..heavy..warms the throat..carmal-like notes in the background..with hoppy twang in the finish..and some alcoholic trails on the way..I'm not quite sure this will get any better with age because the ageing so far has gotten rid of most of the stone signature 'Hop -Onslaught' I have come to love...still quite worthy though Re-Rate 12/01/02: This bottle still had loads of hops, a thick sticky mouthfeel, and a thick alcohol induced carmel background..
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scrumptious! Starts off thick and sweet and creamy and becomes super hopped (as expected). The malt and hop combo is like an intricate dance - they tend to play and wrestle with each other throughout. Didn’t notice the strong alcohol til I stood up - "whoa!" Typical Stone quality.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
whoe hops are there, malt quickly calms the hops. finnishes with a nice combnation of the maltiness and hops