austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A terrific ’imperial IPA’. Hopheads and I can agree on this one. Unlike Lagunitas Maximus, this beer is very drinkable (must be the dry-hopping). OK, it’s no session beer, but given the insane hop level, only the wonderful aroma gives away the care and effort that has clearly gone into this well-crafted brew.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Sept 2001 bottle drank in August 2003: After almost two years in the bottle this one is going strong. Hazy orange color, thick mouthfeel with small harsh bubbles. A great bittersweet beer. While still very drinkable, I think that the second year muted the hoppy aroma and flavor a bit. Now it gets a 8/5/8/4/16. Old rating: Sept 2001 22OZ bottle drank on 4/15/02: Before the cap was all the way off I got hit with a huge pine/citrus aroma. Huge creamy head that doesn't go away. The hops totally dominate this beer, but that's OK. Why else would you drink this beer, if you didn't like piles of hops?
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber, beautiful beige head and fair lace. Large hop floral nose, malt under tones barely detectable. Start is malt semi-sweet, the middle moderate, the finish is hugely hops as one would expect, the high alcohol warms the tummy, also a bit dry and a long lasting hop bitter after taste. A great IPA to be sure, and I have a Stone 4th Anniversary, plus a regular stone IPA, and a ’Big Daddy’, WOW, what a line up.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
07.08.05 RBSG Orange-amber pour, sticky head. Nose is surprisingly ketchup-like, banana, spicey hops, some spruce. Thin body and very dry. Flavor is not at all what I hoped it would be. Must have been better a few years ago.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An unclear orange beer with a foamy disappearing white head. Dominating fruit aroma, notes of orange and apricot. Quite full with hoppy hints, but the hops must have mellowed out from the age. Fruity hoppy flavor, not very bitter, more fruity. Thick and full-bodied and pretty good. Would love to have tasted this fresh!
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..
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A hearty amber color with a white head. Rich, full, chewy, sour, hoppy, pine, citrus and smooth middle.
asheft (2484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Magnum at RBSG]
Hazy, yellowish orange with dotty lace and a bubbly white ring. Oxidized cereal grain aroma with ethanol, candy, and lemon notes. Also a touch of pine hops scent. The flavour is salty with hops yet with surprisingly low bitterness. Pumpernickel, some pine and subdued citrus. Probably aged too long. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
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.
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Piney, hoppy, and sweet nose. Excellent stick power with beautiful tiny bubbles. cloudy and unfiltered. Bitterness hits back of the throat with warming alcohol effect. Soft mouthfeel with not as much snap I would have liked. Obviously due to it having little carbonation. Overall, a solidly made IPA and a rather complex one.