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 (1322) - 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 (1104) - 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 didnít. I had this on tap on Ginger Manís in NYC. This beer was hoppy and delicious... great aroma... all the right moves. But it didnít quite satisfy when I got it home, in the form of a pretty thin and empty finish. Dying to try the Ruination.
jonas (5847) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - OCT 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grassy and piney hop aroma.
Amber, low carbonation, lowish head.
Hop base, malt still detectable, but the balance is evident.
Medium to light body, sparkly mouthfeel.
beerandsteak (12) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, golden, pours with a nice head. Viciously good. One of the most satisfying IPAís Iíve head yet. The bitterness makes this beer. Stone does another great job of punishing the palate with an excellent beer.
bclasen (17) - USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice golden body - great, creamy head, long lasting. Nice hoppy flavor - with a bit of sweetnest with the bitter. Iím an east coast guy and on a trip to LA I finally tastaed one - now I know what the hype is about. Great smell - I could live off of this one. However, does it beat my local favorite, Dogfish Head 60? Hmmm, Iíd love to get to the bottom of that question, unfortunately I probably wonít get a change to put the two next to each other soon.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft) Golden amber color with a nice white head. Flowery citrus Hop aroma with a bit grainy sweetness. Wow there is a beautiful hops explosion that is fantastically aromatic and citrus that mellows to a bitterness on the finish. Delicious
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tight head and froth. Gorgeous. Tiny bubbles that just sit in the brew act like a scrim--have never seen anything like that. Orange-red color. Floral aroma. Easily one of my favorite IPAs. Loved its purity claims and entertaining definitions on the bottle. Love the Californian Gargoyle on the bottle. (I was in a NYC deli and saw this as a single bottle in another random six-pack. I brought this and three other high-end beers to the counter. The new clerk asked is boss.. how much for this such and such cider? "Ah um," says the busy manager, "$1.75". The clerk rings up each bottle as $1.75. I pay my seven dollars and RUN.)
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
murky golden/orange color with an average head.smells of oranges and flowers.the taste is hops and a bit of grapefruit.very much like the ruination but a bit smoother.this is a very nice ipa.especially at 3.10 for a duce duce.