ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guest tap at Three Floyds. Pours a medium orange with a white foamy head. Citrus, pine, malts and caramel are all abundent. The hop bitterness is balanced really well with the malty background. This puts a whole host of IIPAís to shame. Stone needs to start making their way to Illinois.
oldrtybastrd (3260) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep amber color. Aromas of hops/hops/citrus. Strong hop flavors with malts and a dry finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I did a little mini tasting to compare this with Victory Hop Devil and Great Divide IPA, compared side by side. The Stone is a faintly hazy gold topped by a medium white head. Fine bubbles that stick to the glass, a very inviiting look indeed. Beautiful aroma of light citrus and floral hops that suggests the treasure that awaits. Smooth and lightly carbonated, not at all harsh like some IPAís out there. The flavor is that of citrus over a nice caramel malt backbone. This beer is just beautifully balanced. The dry finish is not overly bitter or offending, the downfall of many IPaís. Just a marvelously crafted beer. With regard to my impressions of the GD IPA and the Victory Hop Devil next to the Stone offering, I wrote down my impressions and ratings, and then went back to see how I had rated them before, and there was little difference. They are both very good IPAís, but the Stone is the best that Iíve had to date.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
AS advertised, loads of american hop flavor and aroma. The body was a little light, but I guess that just makes it easier to drink. Light pine tree aroma coupled with sour citrus fruit. A nice balanced IPA, wont blow the hopheads away, but tasty.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A delight for hop heads everywhere. I like to let this age about six months. The malt comes through a bit more and the hops mellow out a but. But I should advance this disclaimer: Iím NOT a hophead. Quality stuff to be sure, but I donít like sage brush/pine aromas to prevail over my mug. When Iím in the mood, nothing else will do, though.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another delicious treat from Stone. Deep orange-copper color, rocky white head. Aroma is floral, piney hops with a mildly toasty, malty backbone. Flavor is hoppy but well balanced with slightly toasty crisp malt. Finishes bitterly, leaving a fresh hoppy aftertaste. Very warming as well.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (RB Sydney XMASG í05): Cloudy orange amber. Light coloured, chewy toffee aromas with some darker, slightly burnt malt notes underneath lots of structural, tokay-like hops. This one certainly has a strong presence; stone fruits (haha) and smokey caramel malts are almost instantly replaced by slightly burnt caramel, then a fist full of vibrantly spicy, pine/orange hop flavours that dominate the back palate. I really enjoyed this, though probably because of the hype I was expecting more. My main criticism is that, especially in the flavour spectrum, it seems to be a combination of powerful ingredients rather than a cohesive, integrated whole. This results in some gaps appearing in between the ingredients. Still, this is a really nice beer.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 Small bleach white head drips down the glass. Heavy aroma of hops with subtle tones of banana, malt, and yeast. Light and sticky on the tounge, a wonderful blend of hops dance down the throat.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic IPA from Stone. Pours a nice deep copper goldish pour. Nose big on hop, pine, easy citrus. Not overly bitter as some IPAís especially from the Cali area can be, but just enough to appease the palate and make this a terrific beer. Would love to live closer to its distribution and make it a regular.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A heffe-like cloudy tint, but an ipa amber color with a thin white head on top. A tart beginning goes away quickly yielding a calm and short lived aftertaste. Overall very good for an IPA, but not quite the best Iíve had.