VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More impressive than the regular Stone IPA IMHO. A deep piney, spicy, citric and earthy hop aroma and flavor finishing with excellent hop bitterness. The malt backbone keeps this from being one demensional. Not quite as balanced as Lagunitas, but still a worthy effort. Alcohol not at all apparent. Fairly typical deep amber color and a minimal off-white head.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Load of hops in the nose but the first thing I noticed was the stong malt aroma not unlike a scottish ale with a creamy head that disapates by halfway throgh the glass. Coppery and slightly slightly Baceing at first sip encompasing the mouth with hops. A stong malted barley charactor qickly asserts itself and makes for a superbley balanced IPA to the point of hardly noticing the %8.5 abv.. Oily mouth feel with a dry charactor towards the end and a fairly quick finish of hop flowers. Has defenatly benifited from age.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cleveland Locals Gathering Feb 05. Thanks to Zekenhoe (Mike) for breaking this out of his vast cellar!! Orange body and a white, rocky head. Funky, woody, dusty aroma, yet still retaining an overall hoppy presence. Malty flavors that have a slight honey-like sweetness. Woody, dry finish with hints of spicey hops. I think this might have been pretty rippin’ a few years ago, but by the time I got to sample this, it’s time may have passed.
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.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slight barnyard and citrus notes w/ flowers on the nose... citrus and flowers w/ fermented fruit in the mouth... Gold yellow w/ thin head and slight lacing. Minor effervescence and light body.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely very hoppy. A dray taste, but extremely good if you enjoy the hops.
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.
Racegoer (352) - 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!!!
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
mmmmm hop candy!!!
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.