zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz] Dark orange pour with not much of a head or carbonation. Aroma is dry hops and some sour notes. I was beginning to think this bad boy had turned on me. After tasting it, I realize that it had. The flavor was not awful but it was a little off. Sour and dry hops with some citrus and a very grassy finish. I wish I would’ve drank it earlier, and I can’t in good conscience give it a low rating, although it tasted similar to the Ruination.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Stone Winter Storm. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Cereal and caramel aroma. Sweet, caramel. citrus, cereal, and yeasty taste.
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks alot to Sam from the Stuffed Sandwich for this gem. The aroma of hops was gone from the nose but you could still taste them on long finish. It was mellow and slightly citrusy with nice sweet spices. not alot of carbonation but still an all around excellent beer. in my experience BIG ipas are best enjoyed within the first three years.Wish i could’ve had it a few years back.
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of Stone’s 5th at special release at Pizza Port’s bottle shop, a couple of days before Stone’s 11th anniversary party. A six year old IPA? We’ll see. Slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice 1" head, that dies somewhat slowly. As expected the hop aroma has transformed into a nice malty aroma. Has held up really well. A bit of hops bitterness in the taste. A tiny bit of pleasant buttery sweetness and the tiniest amount of pleasant lacto acidity. Nice.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Clear amber, fine white head, drippy lace, sweet carael malt aroma with lots of fresh citrus hops, big bold and bitter, slightly alcoholic at first, big malt body, slight sweetness, bitter finish that lasts until the following week, awesome
well hopped sweet carmel malt aroma, big sweet piney malt flavor, nice bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 18/20
soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the pleasure and privilege of tasting this bottle of 5th anniversary IPA a friend had kept in the back of the pantry for 4+ years. The malt character really over ran the hops at this point, although after 4 years I’m ok with slightly oxidized rather then "turned to vinegar" that sometimes comes with over aged beers. Overall pretty damn tasty, all things considered.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to KP for this treat. Been fridged the whole time. Poured a clear golden amber color. Hoppy aroma was earthy and citrusy. With a fair amount of toffee. Caramel malty flavor. Malt had that "aged"/oxidized presence. But not real distracting. Still had a good amount of hop flavor running through. Light bitterness on the finish. Held up very well. Damn happy to have tried it and not disappointed.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Friday night (Pre-Atlanta Cask Ale tasting) RB gathering at Twains 2006. Hooray! For KP! The bringer of this brew (thought I’d never have a chance to try it). Pours orange and clear. Initial aroma greats you with hints of oxidation but as you push through you get sticky sweet orange malt and some pine hints (mostly diminished). Again, in the flavor, you can sense some cardboard but dryish hops still linger supported by alcohol notes and big booming malty goodness. Medium body and dryish finish (still some hops there). Well beyond its prime I’m sure, but still a great one to have tried.
SpringsLicker (3438) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to kp for bringing this gem from his cellar! I expected to search for this one for several more years.
Pours a medium orange color with a decent head and enough body in this 4 year old IPA to lace a bit.
Muted hop aroma as would be expected, allowing the malt to come through. Earthy malt flavor with some hints of pine.
Nice, deeply bitter dry finish, that can only make me imagine what this was like in it’s prime.
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a cloudy amber. The aroma is full of dried apricots and a slight pine from the hops. It’s a touch grainy. The malt drops out quickly but bitterness lingers nicely.