SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden pour with nice creamy head that lasts and provides good lacing. Strong citrusy hop aroma. Flavor is very similar to Arrogant Bastard, complex hop profile. Smooth, good aftertaste. Perhaps my favorite IPA.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Golden straw color with nice white head. The aroma is of light malts and big grapefruit citrus, little grassy hops. Light mouth feel. Not too much malt character but it is made up for by the complex hop finish.
zweiterlinde (6) - USA - NOV 20, 2006 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good but not outstanding IPA. The aroma is good: hoppy, but not strongly so. The hops dominate the flavor, leading to a crisp finish. The greatest weakness is that it seems rather thin up front; malt richness not present. A little more malt would greatly improve this beer.
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle. Pours out an orange amber topped with a cream head. What a great Hop aroma. Very hoppy I love it. Very well made.
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great IPA...of course, to be expected with Stone. Quite similar to their pale ale (also an excellent beer), especially with the grapefruit background flavor. Perfect amount of bitterness, perfect amount of sweetness. Can’t go wrong with this beer.
EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2006 Great off-white frothy head lasting a good part of the beer. Clear sparkling body but did notice tiny body particles and a thin density. Brilliant amber IPA coloring convinced me to drink.
Heavy hops aroma, slight lemon but more grapefruit/orange; quite like a fruit punch. Light yeast aroma that I thought was a bit meaty, more so as I finishes the glass. Initially lightly sweet and acidic, this IPA finishes with the acidity elevating to a moderate bite and lasts quite short. Fairly full bodied as it is an IPA and a bit dry but has a lively carbonation. This a very good IPA even though it left a slight metallic feel in the mouth.
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
god this is good : Great smell when you open up the bottle, marmalade orabge colour, small but stable head, lacing = very good , delicous delicous delicous, oh man is it delicous, i’m in hop heaven! sampled with barry and he liked it, at least thats what he told me, he didn’t like red truck...hmmm
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear tangerine, ebullient bubbles terminateing in a lumpy whipped cream head. Magnificent lace. Aroma disappoints with its mild ambiguity… butterscotch, parmesan, bubblegum, pinesol; an inauspicious beginning. I think Stone forgot to dryhop this one. Crackery malt evokes sensations of orange blossom honey and breadcrust, while resiny hops brand a double-edged blade of hot/cold spice: cinnamon and peppermint. Fleeting off-dry finish dosed with lemon pepper. Substantial palate, sensual and lubricatory. Citric, floral, and burnt sugar/cigar ash hop aftertaste. Bitter but not cloying. Decent IPA, though far less flavorful than expected.
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange amber with nice lively appearance, good lacing and head. Cheesy, smoky, citrusy fresh hop aroma. Full bodied, smooth and long finish. Flower and perfume. Well balanced and not overpowering. Doesn’t show its strength. I like.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 12 oz bottle shared with StompBrockmore - Pours a light honey colour. Decent head, but that went fairly fast. Aroma - WOW. Huge citusy-sweet hops that got me all excited-like. So, I was ready.....and then.......nothing. Well, something, but not much. There is a strange sweetness to the beer, and after that huge hop aroma, the flavour is kind of tame. Drinkable, sure - but given the amount of seriously great American IPAs around, I probably would be in no hurry to grab this one again. Being Stone, the stakes were high, but I was slightly let down by this one - probably a result of a few things - super high expectations, the grandiose claims on the back of the bottle, and having this back to back with the Smuttynose IPA, which made this one seem a little......washed out.