Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich orange-gold colour, 3 finger head. Mild aroma...the taste, WOW, this is damn good stuff. from the bottle description, I was worried this might be too hoppy for me, but luckily they’re in perfect balance. Hoppy, sweet maltiness, orange, perfect bitterness and medium body, this would be a great beer to drink all the time. I can’t imagine any ber lover disliking this one.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If there is a better IPA out there, I hope to find it some day but until then, I will remain convinced that this is the Holy Grail of IPAs...... Glowing apricot/amber under a nice off white head and lots of lacing. Hoppy and sweet aroma of citrus fruits (grapefruit) and a little peppery spice. Flat-out great hoppy flavor but with planty of well balanced sweetness including a hint of peaches and bubble gum. Many IPA’s, even good ones, often cross the precarious line of bitterness but this one dances it like the old Michael Jackson (note the subtle beer writer double entendre). Mouth feel was soft and full. Finish was clean, bitter, slighly oily and in a word: perfect. What else can I say except : when will Stone Brewing make this beer easier to get a hold of in New Jersey?????
excel (3) - nabb, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
simply the best beer i have ever had thus far. i love the sweet taste at the beginning of each taste, but that is followed by an even better hoppy favor that i simply love. the best.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Truly a bitter hops lovers dream. The aroma is amazing but it took drinking this on a few occasions to get acclimated to the bitter finish.
Re-rate: Malts improve with age and so does the beer in general.
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 Port’s Frank’s Double IPA is competition. Oh, one other thing, this is DRY, although you won’t 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 Stone’s most enticing hop aroma delivers its promise to the very last dry-hopped drop! This is the best IPA I’ve tasted, with an equally beautiful pale malt finish brewed nearly to dryness. Having finally tasted the draft version at Dominion’s 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 – minimal white head. The aroma is wonderful. Bright hoppy citrus and sticky pine. Very fresh smelling (like I’m 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 I’m a better man for it.