hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is truly an original. I am honored to have had the opportunity to taste this one. The aroma was very alcoholic with tremendous caramel and citrus undertones. The flavor was malty with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a top quality IPA.
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy orange color with a very small head that diminished quickly and left a few bubbles on the top but it didn’t leave any lacing. Malty sweet (caramel), and light hop aroma. Malty taste up front, could be slightly oxidized, and it finishes with a bitter citrus hop taste. Possibly slightly past it’s prime, yet still packs a nice bitterness which I had been looking for. Thanks Marc!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy copperish color, hoppy aroma. Nice hop initial taste, with a beautiful bittersweet aftertaste,every swallow you get a fresh taste of hops and a malt sweetness, with a wnderful bitter film coating the tongue
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Bottle. Cloudy amber brown color with off-white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of high hops and a caramel sugar malt. Palet is an excellent balance of heavy hops with a sweet citrus malt. I really like this beer.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well, I think age definately mellowed this brew out. It poured with a cloudy godlen orange body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and peachy with slight grapefruit notes and mostly malt. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter, hoppy and peachy with slight piney, grapefruit notes. Medium bodied, smooth and sligthly dry.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 On to the good stuff. Big earthy taste, like a dried fruit salad. Orange, lime and peaches were prodominate here. Follow that up with a molasses yeast thing. Finish was a nice smoked apricot and chocolate. Can’t wait to bust open the 3L now. Re-rated off of the 3L. Much of the same flavors with a less oxidized taste than the 22 oz.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - Thanks to eyedrinkale for breaking out this one from the cellar. Cloudy, amber-peach color with a creamy white head that lingered well. Rich, sweet roasted malt aromas balanced with citrus and piney hops. Sweet, caramel malt flavors, lime, orange, tart and hoppy with spruce and lots of bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Though this one was over two years old, I still found it to be one delicious double IPA!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/12/03. Poured out of 3 L bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Clear golden amber body, pale. Still lots of carbonation left in this beast. Nice, fluffy head that retains very well. Nose is terrific- very reminiscent of Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine- sweetly malty and yeasty, a bit of caramel, fruity, and hints of butterscotch beneath the bitter hops. Flavors are bitter hops, balanced maltiness and slightly sweet. Very delicious IPA. Finish is mostly hops and dirty malt-- very long and mellow, incredibly smooth. Simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus and pine aroma Poured clear orange/red with a medium tan head that lasts. Flavor was strong citrus and pine with bitter hop trailing. Full thick mouth feel and nice dry hop bite. Much better balance than that of the 4th anniversary IPA.
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.