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.
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.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The palate here is amazing; almost oily, definitely resiny. Wonderful hopped aroma, piney, but also softened somehow in the aroma and mouthfeel by the malts, as Ramsdell has so aptly noted. Sampled at the start not as cold as usual, so I found it nearly clear with a small amount of suspended hop particulate.
joet (2322) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is wildly hopped and overflow with a West Coast hop aroma of pine and pepper. Despite the massive hopping, it’s still balanced enough to feel some traces of malt though there’s not much residual sugars. The feel is unique -- effervescent on the front and yet very soft at the end, finishing strongly astringent. The alcohol punch at 8.5 is something felt and not tasted -- no small feat for such a big beer.
legion242 (2312) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep apricot color; Head was minimal and whispy; caramel nose. Resiny and dry, dry, dry. Puckers the cheeks. Bready- would be great with some grape jam! Smooth across the tongue. Little effervescence. Hint of rye? Surely not.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange, hazy, unclear. No head. Citrus aroma. Quite dusty. Sour and bitter simultaneously. The hoppy finish is still intact in spite of the age of the bottle. Good beer.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden-orange body with a clean, white, tight uniform head. Buttery, nutty malt quality and some nice subtle stone fruits that are the signature of Stone IPAs in my book. Nice citrus and woody hops still come through strong, especially in the finish. More compelling than Stone 3rd and 4th. Like aged Ruination. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing a trifecta of Stone Anniversary IPAs.
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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This IPA ranks right up there with the best of them. This beer actually took a bite out of me! I was picking hop cones out of my teeth for the rest of the night. Great stuff if you can get your hands on it. All hopheads should get some ASAP. Enjoy.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma of hops and caramel malt.Flavor is of citrus hops and toasted malt charcater.