DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle; 22-Nov-04) An excellent IPA with a sweet, bready maltiness and a balancing, moderately strong, fresh hops flavor. But I wouldn’t say this IPA is dominated by hopped by any means, and that’s fine with me because I typically prefer a more balanced IPA. Once the sweet breadiness wears off a bit, the hops bitterness is moderately strong and extends the finish considerably, but again, it’s not as bitter as the description would lead you to believe -- I’ve had many IPAs that were much more bitter. It has a malty and very bready nose, but also some mild hoppiness. In fact, if you’ve ever been to the Stone brewery and reveled in the glorious aroma, this IPA smells just like that! Medium bodied, but the mouthfeel is quite full and substantial. Medium golden color, somewhat cloudy. Whitish head has good size on the pour, but settles to a thin sheen, leaving modest lacing. Very well done indeed!<hr>Rerate (12 oz bottle: Hi-Time Wine Cellars; 01-Feb-05 and again on 17-Mar-05) I’m doing a separate review for this bottle since it’s apparent to me that my previous rating was for a bottle that probably sat around for a bit. I just purchased this bottle by mistake, but I wish all mistakes were this fortuitous because this must be a very fresh bottle, and it has inspired me to do a second complete rating. Whereas the bready maltiness showed quite a bit of presence in the previous bottle, here, we have an all out hops assault on the taste buds and nostrils. In fact, I’m not getting any breadiness anywhere. The nose is very hoppy with a moderate, sweet citrus aroma in the background. The flavor is very hoppy, very bitter, moderately citrusy with a mildly sweet and fruity base for balance. This beer is dark golden in color and completely clear, not one iota of haziness, unlike the bottle in my previous rating. The off-white head pours to almost a full inch in height and maintains a thin layer for the entire session, leaving numerous streamers of lace drooping all over the glass. For a standard IPA, this is superb. And proof that freshness matters with IPAs.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 After years of begging out of state friends to bring this to me when they came to town, someone finally came through. Pours a light orange color with a thick head. Good lacing. It’s very hoppy but not overly bitter. Very tasty beer. I’m glad I finally got to sample this brand.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Fantastic! Very light orange color, slightly cloudy. Hoppy scent and flavor, but not as strong as the Ruination IPA from Stone-try that one too. Great lacing all the way down. Head reduces but never disappears. Enters mouth discreetly and flavor builds as it travels to your belly. You can’t go wrong with this beer. Also, its great with smoky barbequed meats.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Close to my ideal beer. Sampled on draught at Tria in Philadelphia, PA, which incidentally is a GREAT beer bar and well worth a trip. Big rocky white head tops a pale, clear, slightly orange body. Huge hop nose, very flowery. Initial sip knocks you back with bitterness but subsequently sips reveal a subtle complexity. Stone managed to get the right balance between maltiness and hoppiness. The resut is a full bodied beer that just seems right. Very refreshing and thirst quenching, although a bit too high in alcohol to be my session beer.....
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2010 A good IPA in the West Coast microbrew tradition. Good aromatics and crispness with a downplayed malt character. Restrained citrus and resin in the nose and taste gives way to clean bitterness in the finish.
NigelTheGreat (16) - Northport, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A harmonic, melodic balance of ingredients that fuse together to provide me with everything I look for in a beer. I really enjoyed this one.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 This one pours a light amber with a creamy, not bubbly, offwhite head. This is, quite simply, an amzingly hoppy and amazingly great brew. The alcohol is very prevalent, but this one is dominated in nose and taste by the pineapple/citrus bitterness. There are some malts, but they are minimal. I like balance, but in this case I make an exception.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a clear orange with a small white head. armoa is sweet and hoppy. taste is a nice grassy hoppy taste but pretty well balanced with sweetness. grapefruit goodness. good somewhat resiny mouthfeel. very drinkable.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Orange color. Lots of citrus hops in both the aroma and taste. One of my favorites. I love the hops.
Bottle. Pours clear orange color with a thin white head. Mostly piney hop aroma with some citrus. Very pungent, piney hop taste, a little grapefruit as well. Very bitter. Light and easy drinking. I like this beer, but with it being one of my first ratings, was very high.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
not near enough hops this si a pale ale not an IPA. the malt presence is gone almost immediately and the hops right after. The worst of the STONE beers in my opinion, and I am a fan of their beers.