JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great brew!. I just had an Avery’s IPA prior it had more hops. This one was much more balanced. I’d buy it any time it was available at a reasonable price( $4-$6) per 22oz.
igneous1 (1500) - 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!
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.
ukoolaid (576) - 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.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, candy-like aroma balanced with herbal/floral hops. Orange/yellow/tan coloured body with plenty of suspended yeast. White head reduces to a lasting cover. MIld citrus (grapefruit/lemon) melds with the malty sweet dominant flavour very well. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with extremely fine carbonation. Very beautifully blended. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere.
adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge fruit-intense aroma that effectively masks the relatively high alcohol content of this hops-head brew. Short, bitter front. Sweet mid with a very pronounced hop-kick-and-a-jump. Crisp, bitter, lasting finish. Lingering hop palate.
beerbuff99 (8) - Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Will be great in a few years as it mellows out and becomes more balanced.
Millhouse130 (1) - USA - MAR 4, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply delicious. Balanced. Flavorful. Clean and refreshing. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. I want more.
soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had the pleasure and privilege of tasting this bottle of 5th anniversary IPA a friend had kept in the back of the pantry for 4+ years. The malt character really over ran the hops at this point, although after 4 years I’m ok with slightly oxidized rather then "turned to vinegar" that sometimes comes with over aged beers. Overall pretty damn tasty, all things considered.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the 2008 Stone Winter Storm
Appearance is clear orange/honey hue, thin layer of creamy bubbles dissipates to a ring, moderate lacing
Smell is pine and citrus hops, considerable malts, some sugary fruits and light spices
Taste is moderate pine hops with big malts stepping out, light syrupy fruits in the background, finishes oily and bitter, quite delicious
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, syrupy smooth texture, and smooth carbonation
Drinkability is high, the 5th has considerably more of a malt presence than the 4th, but both have aged extremely well with good balance and flavors, I look forward to trying this again at the next Storm