flredsox (1) - USA - FEB 8, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well crafted beer. From the Head, Color and Aroma to the great taste. Great balance. I sometimes find the hops overwhelming the body in many IPAs. One quibble is that I prefer East Kent goulding Hops. Currently, though, this is my favoite IPA. Pizza Portís Frankís Double IPA is competition. Oh, one other thing, this is DRY, although you wonít know it till you get up off the Bar Stool.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Stoneís most enticing hop aroma delivers its promise to the very last dry-hopped drop! This is the best IPA Iíve tasted, with an equally beautiful pale malt finish brewed nearly to dryness. Having finally tasted the draft version at Dominionís Beer Fest only increases my admiration. Stone has clearly mastered the art of hop extraction!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top stuff. Big hoppy aroma, citrus, pine. Sweet yet hoppy. Very balanced. Medium bodied. Great beer that I could either sip, or happily down a few of on a hot day. Great beer.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Another exceptional offering from Stone. Pours a deep orange with hints of gold. Lite Ė minimal white head. The aroma is wonderful. Bright hoppy citrus and sticky pine. Very fresh smelling (like Iím holding a handful of hops fresh off the vine) with some lite malt holing it all together. The flavor is very nice. It starts with a creamy, litely sweet malt (caramel?) mixed with citrus (orange) hops. Moves to grapefruit flavors mixed with wood and pine bitterness. The finish is long, bitter, and dry. You get a hint of alcohol warmth, which is nice. The body is fine. This brew leans to hop heavy but the malts are study enough to keep it all together. Very tasty!
Rated this again out of a firkin (sp?) taped at falling rock during GABF. Had been dry hopped for some time. The aroma was more pronounced this time with excellect citus hops. Very floral. the flavor was just as excellent though I noted it was significnatly more sticky in body.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden to light amber with a big fluffy yellow head. Wonderful citrusy, flowery hop aroma. First in the flavor comes a good malty taste. Slight amounts of caramel malt. Most of the hoppiness is in the finish. Well balanced IPA.
BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully hoppy with a delicious bite. Balanced bready flavor, with a great flowery aroma. This coupled with the Double Bastard are my first experiences with Stone, and Iím a better man for it.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Bottle at Chris_oís, thanks to joet for bringing it. Tryed just after Great Divide Titan IPA, this was sweeter but still very hoppy, with a pile of piney American hops. A bit better balanced than the Titan, but not so great. My first San Diego beer is fairly impressive.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A copper coloured beer with a soapy white head. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy not too aggressive with orange and pink grapefruit notes. The taste is very nice with more hops and orange flavours. An easy drinking IPA. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating also scored 3.7.
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First IPA. Pours into a light amber. Foamy head that is gone after a few sips. Nice bitter hoppy flavor. Very nice. Not a mouth feel I like... but it is ok. All in all... a good beer.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fine entry by Stone in the IPA field. Beautiful head and wonderful amber color. I like this one almost as much as I like the Ruination IPA.