Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good ipa. It has some excellent undertones that make it one of the best ipas out there.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured an amber color with a nice, creamy, white head that took it’s time to diminish. To aroma was unbelievable. Smells of grapefruit, pine and peppermint. The taste was a nice bitterness throughout with tastes of citrus and flowers. Light to medium body, that went down very smooth. This is an excellent IPA.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Makes me proud to live in San Diego County. Bottle. Pale orangish color with a citurusy aroma to match. Hoppy, but a much more complex flavor than jsut hops. Finishes sharp and clean without any pain. A great brew from a great place!
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Pale amber with a modest head of fine off white head. Settles fairly quickly, but leaves some nice viscous residue. A wonderful bright citrus hop aroma. So big it almost seems like candy. The maltiness is there too--sweet and honey-like, but blending in seemlessly into the hops. Smells creamy, almost like lemon orange sorbet. A bit of pine. Big lip curling hops. Hoppy as all get out. But it doesn’t leave you with just hop bite. As I exhale the bitterness is relieved with a bready warm maltiness that keeps the hop abuse from being too much. Surprisingly light on the palate, clean finish. This beer makes me understand what all the fuss about Stone is for. Stunningly good IPA.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange with a white head. The aroma is sweet oranges and lemons with the oranges being more pungent. The flavor is quite fruity. Huge citrus character to this one (orange and lemon) with strong hops to boot. This is just a glorified GI IPA. Some slight dryness in the finish.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2005 [bomber] Part of my recent IPA frenzy, this is my first experience with Stone brews, and after hearing a lot about them, I had my expectations up. I was impressed from the beginning- clear, golden amber color and fluffy white head. The aroma is strong citrus and piney hops. Flavors are immediately strong hops, then sweet caramel and malts. This is a real smooth-drinking IPA, but it still has some serious punch. I will definitely pick this one up again.
DanielBrown (4099) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from GBBF 05, but drunken at home. Bright gold, poured with a fluffy white head. Smells good - a little piney citrus. Flavour: initial fresh hops, then a relaxed malt streak. Banana tinged, flat, sharp finish (some polish). Very tasty, but I think the bottling possibly left this a little lacking in the middle order. MORE STONE BEERS IN UK WANTED, PLEASE!
sirphobos (32) - 29 Palms, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the best IPAs ive ever drank. this is the first IPA i ever drank so imagine my suprise when i got drunk of 3 12oz bottles. lots of hops lots of alcohol just like i like it.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
golden color with a hoppy taste and a medium head. The problem is that I just don’t like this IPA. I can get much, much better on a daily basis.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transparent and bright yellow in color with some tiny, swirling bubbles for the head. Nice lacing tracts on the walls of the tulip as we go along, helping to bump up the appearance rating by a point. Aroma is where the party starts. Fresh morning rain on newly cut grass, honeycomb, saffron, mild mango and juicy papaya extract. Absolutely delicious. Crisp and sweet flavor. Moderate pineapple and citric signals, honeydew, pine-scented car air fresheners and sugar sprinkled grapefruit. Fairly light bodied, sweet, cleansing and a palate feeling that begs for more. Nicely balanced with a bitter-sweet and satisfying finish. Very good IPA.