jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the litmus test for SD IPAs. Perfect hop flavor with the malt side of the coin. If I were to make an IPA this is it Orange pour Pnie spice lavender type of hop aroma and carmel balance. Pillar of an IPA
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: An orange gold pour. A nice citrus and pine aroma. The flavor is citrus and sweet with good hop bitterness. Overall, balanced but just a tad too sweet for me. I would have liked a little less malt. But feels good on the palate anyway with a creamy smooth body. Nice beer.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at MacNivenís. Waitress poured and snuck down the side, so no head. Perfect golden body with perfect white lacing. Smelled very intense but not overwhelming. Lots of orange grapefruit and some pine. Excellent flavor with orange again present. Good bitterness lingers a moderate time and is very well balanced. Thin bodied, but not watery. A little soft, but not fizzy. Very good.
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is beautiful; extreme vegetative hops. There is a woody, spicy background in the flavor coming through big time in addition to the strong grapefruit and pine. Carbonation makes for a near perfect biting effect with the hop hit. Palate retains woody, floral flavors; not just straight up bitterness. This stuff is just about #1 for me. If Troegs NN was definitely a ídouble amberí Iíd say this is #1 in a second.
Hangover (1110) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly dark copper amber pour with an initially large but fading caramel colored head. Hoppy aroma, mainly floral and spruce and I dare say, raisins. TIngly, bitter mouthfeel. Not the hoppiest beer Iíve had, but there is a really nice malt backbone in there, delivering a lot of balance as well as some dried fruit undercurrents. Finishes with a slightly resinous citrus. Itís not really as agressive, at least to me, as the description maintains, but for an IPA, Iíll quote Goldilocks as saying... "Itís just right".
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops, hops, and more hops. Balanced perfectly with a coplex and deep body. Finishes with a nice bite.
apkerga (11) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hop heavy beer with a strong pine scent along with definate citrus, most prominently orange. Poured a murky dark orange and respectable bitterness that evolved into an outstanding finish flavor and mouth feel
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2006 Pours a clear, orange/light copper. 12 oz. bottle. Medium carbonation, small off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is strong citrus, taste is citrus pine and malt, with a strong bitter finish.
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden orange with 2 finger head, slowly diminishing. Citrus and grass detected in the nose; some cookie malts hidden in this brew as well. Taste is bready (doughy) up front. Hops hit you in the finish, but not overpowering like the Ruination. I donít get the typical grapefruit flavor normally present in this style. Not Stoneís best offering, but still pretty good overall.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2006 Their standard IPA is hoppier than most. And stronger than most. A solid beer that might be the closest to a session beer for them...which means its still beyond most other places.