GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 This is a damn good IPA. IPA’s are soon becoming one of my favorite styles of beers. This ale starts out with a stong aftertaste, but once you taste buds get acclamated then its smooooth sailing from here on in. This beer has a crisp beginning with a mildly bitter after taste. For the money there is no IPA better than this one. Go out and get it!
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
slightly dry,sweet, and fruity, initial hoppy bite with a nice lingering maltiness. an awesome ipa!
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruity hop over caramel/toffee malt.
Appearance: Darker gold color, low head retention.
Flavor: Grapefruity and flowery hop flavor. Nice malt backbone and flavor. Well balanced flavor.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Nice and assertive bitterness,which gives way to sweet maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Straightforward IPA, but good stuff.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Classic American IPA
Light and hoppy aroma belies what comes with your first sip.
First impression makes you do a double take, glorious hoppiness. Very fresh tasting hops with hints of fruity sweetness. Thick refreshing finish focusing on the malty/floraly finish as the bitterness fades. Makes you want even more.
Golden-orange appearance, finger amount of head that fades quickly.
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 A really pretty orangey apple juice clear pour with a short soapy white head. Slow moving carbonation. Clean fruit, pine and flowery aroma. Relatively straight forward for Stone. Herbal with fresh grapefruit. Mild toasted to a charred flavour. Lots of minerals. A malty caramel and soft peach flavour kicks in near the end. Nicely balanced. Very tastey.
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 OZ bottle (thanks Sam). decants a golden-orange color with a big sticky white head that laces the glass... minimal carbonation...scents of plumbs, musty caramel and ample floral hopping. Starts mellow with a nice whack of fruit laden malts....THEN the hops take over and make a complex floral/grassy/bitter mixture from those northwest cones melding with the ample cramel malts gives a buttery peach impression...finish is surpisingly thick with the bitterness restrained by the maltiness plays long on the aftertaste as a lingering bitter fruit impression. A big beer for the style.
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
After many years of searching I have found the perfect IPA. Hoppy, Dry, Powerful but really easy to drink. Outstanding with Italian food. Great with everything else, even Ice cream. It is really easy to consume more than is safe.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Pours gold-orange with a medium head. Aroma reminded me of the glorious day i imbibed of a Dreadnaught--citrusy, lumbery, grassy, and fantastic. Taste is as good as the smell, with a wonderful hop bitterness, gaining in sweetness as it sits in the mouth. An excellent IPA.
Foxbush (1268) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 I love IPAs, but this version was one of the worst I have had. There was no head formation. The color was cloudy amber. Something is wrong with this bottle. The IPA was thin with strong hoppiness. This must have been a bad batch. Joss on 11/27 also had a similiar experience. I will try this IPA again. It has received such great reviews. My next bottle was consumed on 5/23/06. This was excellent. Very balanced and highly citrus flavored beer. The beer poured to overflowing the glass with the head. The grapefruit aroma and taste were present throughtout. This was one of the better IPA this year. I am rerating based on this bottle. I enjoyed an excellent draught from The Capital Ale House on 2/10/07. It was a well balanced IPA that I wish had purchased a larger glass.
biznizness (1071) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 This is the first in a series of beers that I SWEAR I thought I rated already but I guess I didn’t. I had this on tap on Ginger Man’s in NYC. This beer was hoppy and delicious... great aroma... all the right moves. But it didn’t quite satisfy when I got it home, in the form of a pretty thin and empty finish. Dying to try the Ruination.