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.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Woo. Huge beer. Loads of hops, but an amazing citrusy maltiness to balance it out. A much smoother and creamier palate than expected with a brew this hoppy. Exceptional. Based on further sampling, have upgraded a bit.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 5th Anniversary IPA--2001 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.50% ABV. (4.95 / 5.0) IPA--Wonderful floral hop aroma explodes in pour. Clear thin golden red color. Wow floral dry hopped front. Crisp sweet mild caramel body. Smooth rich thin and dry. Balanced hoppy end. WOW! Sampled 11/17/2001.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was nice to able to try this beer, considering it is a retired and very rare beer. A special thanks to Chris for a sample of the brew. I also tried the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Anniversary beers last night but those had gone far south, so I didn’t rate them. It was nice to try those beers as well though. Thanks again Chris. I found the 5th anniversary to be a pretty lovely beer overall. Light golden. The aroma had a pleasant buttery, sugary, caramel like malt scent with hints of subdued hops (peach). A nice melded malt flavor has taken shape that gives notes of honey, butter, dough and caramel along with a light hop flavor. Old but still pretty great.
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!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, 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.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Wow, I wish I had the previous 4 years so that I could be prepared for the tremendous amount of hops. Bad news though, this is the last year they are making it. If anyone wants to know what pure hopps taste like have this. Its got more hopps than michael jordan. This is the most powerful beer for taste and smell. They should sell it at dairy queen cause its a freakin treat. Ok, I have a great comparison here. If you have ever tasted the sediment at the bottom of a homebrew , that is kind of what this tastes like, and if you have ever made a homebrew, it smells exactly like it does when you first start cooking the hopps.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the Brewery, deep oarange pour with thick off white head. The nose is subdued grassy and floral hops, probably due to age. The flavor is similar with a malt influence. Wish I could have had this fresh.
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
igneous1 (1508) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful copper color with an off-white head that lasted the entire beer. HUGE aroma very well-balanced between the caramel malts and hops. aroma didnt have tremendous citrus/pine qualities, but was more along the line of a resin. flavor was dominated mostly by a grapefruit with a very long bitter aftertaste. awesome beer...thanks to the Silky one for this!