HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of yours truly. Last beer of the evening, nice solid brew to wind down with. Poured clear gold with a decent white foamy diminishing head. Aroma is primarily fresh strong grapefruit hops, enough malt to balance it, and some resiny spruce. Taste follows that, finishes fairly bitter but not too aggressive - I’m no hop-head, and I quite like this one - a solid, classic west coast IPA - should be a staple in your fridge, if you can get it regularly.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is not the "aggressive" beer that it’s brother, Arrogant Bastard is. Less risks are taken with the flavor. But ilt’s still a fine example of the style. The color of this beer is pretty incredible bright orange gold. The bitter is extremely well-developed and balances nearly perfectly with the malts and the fine barley finish. My favorite IPA to date.
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful amber color, decent head, almost fruity aroma, bitter taste with almost wheaty-hoppy finish.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper colour with a big off-white head. Sweet hoppy, pine tree, fruity aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a bitter dry finish.
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The central theme of this IPA is hops and it lives up to its theme. The aroma is of grapefruit, the flavor is of unsweetened grapefruit, the aftertaste is of bitter hops. There is a hint of malts in the background, but only a hint. Nice carbonation. Crisp throughout. Nicely done.
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden copperish color with a small fading white head. Smells of pine needles and citrus. Has that west coast flavor ipa taste to it that I so love. Plenty of citrus,hops,and pine in the taste. At 6.9 % alc. this is a beer you can enjoy all night in large quantities. Another great brew from Stone.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana beer club along with a few other tasty IPAs. Thanks to Andy (or Noah?) for bringing it. Its a decent IPA but nothing to rave about imo. A reasonable hop bite with some malt backbone. Some notes of lemon and orange peel blend in with a bit of grass/straw. The amount of carbonation distracted. This didn’t used to be the case, but these days I’d drink Ruination over this.
mnurda (1182) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this in the bottle in Anaheim. TAsted great with curried chicken from Whole Foods. Too bad I can’t get this beer where I live.
peterdi (1) - Mill Valley, California, USA - SEP 18, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was intimated by the postings of the lofty critiques: “fresh”, “citrus”, “solid”, “slightly richer for my taste but that is a very small qualm”.
The Stone IPA is simply better than I can make and better than any I have tasted in the USA, Europe and Asia.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 An amazing citrusy, floral aroma. Taste is the same, with big beer hoppy bitterness. On the verge of becoming unrestrained. I look at my empty sixer and i feel sadness. Stone delivers.