Oakes (13860) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangey-amber. Low carbonation is visible. Minimal aroma, though, but I do find some nice woody, berryish notes. Hoppy, fruity (berry, apricot) body. Bitterness starts muted but then lingers. About right for an IPA - right down the middle, though elevated slightly for me because I dig the low carbo (did I ever tell you about the famous low-carbo batch of Sailor Hagar's Narwhal Pale Ale? Oh man, fucking nectar. That was THE showpiece beer for BC Kent Goldings (RIP) and my first real introduction to Gary Lohin's skills...damn when's his new brewery going to open). Oh yeah, back to Stone Coast 420, a fresh-tasting, quenching and thoroughly enjoyable IPA.
argo0 (12496) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Small beige head atop a murky copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some caramel, light grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, bread, light lime. Medium body, some chewiness, quite drinkable.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source: Great Lost Bear, Maine
clear light amber, whispy head, slightly sweet hop aroma, light body, lots of lingering bitterness
Score: ii to iii
amber, whispy head, sweet malt and crispy hop aroma, lots of hop flavor, well balanced malt sweetness, medium bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle that I picked up from Winooski Beverage. This pours a really nice cloudy rich amber color with a fair sized tan head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. Flavor is very hoppy and juicy. I was getting notes of pears and apricots. Some would call this one too malty to be a great IPA, but it was really nice to drink.
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark amber color with a largers sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, light pine, earthy, caramel, and lightly floral. Tastes of caramel, citrus and a little eathy. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit dry aftertaste a surprise but otherwise a nice drink. Can be session starter or go with food. Not too hoppy for an IPA. Light slightly cloudy colour with moderate head.
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Downeast Beverage in Maine. Orange body with a small creamy white head. Muted resinous hop aroma. Flavour is dominated by hoppy resin witha moderate bitterness. Average palate. Far less hoppy/bitter than the sample I had at the Maine Brewers Festival, but a lot more rounded. Quaffable but not mind blowing.
3fourths (8788) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABF 03: Medium orange hue. Mild roasted British hop aroma. Very mild. Missing a good flavor profile, just really nothing there. Empty. Too mild, every for a regular American pale ale.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Sunday River IPA, tasted at the brewpub in Bethel:
This was nowhere near what I was used to in the 420 IPA that was brewed and bottled in Portland. Lean caramel, balanced out by resinous, spicy hops and their bitterness, but the flavors were not polished or all that pleasant. From 3.8 to 3.1.
Stone Coast 420 IPA:
My Bottom Line:
Kaleidoscopic hoppiness colours this lovely American IPA with its many citrusy, wooden, earthy, and spicy hues. Caramel highlights swim beneath this perfumy hoppiness so that the humble hop lover finds solace for a few moments.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the unfiltered bronzed orange.
-Light soapiness in the nose doesn’t bother, and actually adds to the hops’ complexity.
-Carbonation is perfect, big-bubbled, sparse and merely supporting.
-Its resinous and spicy bitterness is strong, but knows when to let go.
Bottle; no date.
mabel (7712) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[1585-20080816] 355mL bottle. Slight beef steak sauce aroma has weird floral notes. Slightly hazy, light amber brown body with a quick creamy light tan head. Slightly grainy hops flavour has heavy yeast characteristics. Medium body. Average.
(@ Cole’s IPA Festival; Buffalo, NY)