JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought the bottle from HalfTime beverage but realize its easily available at most beer outlets in my area. It had a flowery aroma that wasn’t too imposing. The hops are definately there but aren’t excessive. It had a moderate to dry finish. Its a solid beer to me with a fresh crisp taste but it doesn’t seem out of the ordinary-just a good IPA with an awesome mouthfeel to it.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spectacular beer. Pours copper, with a thin head. The aroma is of citrus and hops, with a hint of flowers. The flavor is the perfect combination of hops. Bravo. I liked this better than the Ruination, and its available in a six pack.
MolsonMan (58) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a copper color. With almost no head. The beer itself, has a nice cirtus kick and is very hoppy. Very tasty and enjoyable beer.
achtungpv (239) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper colored, strong hops aroma and an even stronger hops taste. very bitter and crisp but without a lingering aftertaste. THis and Lagunitas are definitely my top two IPAs.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Received courtesy of my friend Sal Paradise from hawkeyenation.com This is heaven. Perfect IPA. Two Hearted Ale is the best I can get around here, but this is better. Floral scent. Grapefruit and pine. Wish I could get this all the time here in St. Louis.
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small white head with a clear light orangeish body. Lovely hoppy aroma, citrusy with a hint of pine. Nice bitter flavor.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - MAY 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Tap. Lightish orang with a stiff cream colored head. Flowery fruity aroma with notes of orange and pine resin. Totally hoppy aroma and taste with some definate pine presence. Very crisp in the mouth. Hoppy bitter taste that lingers a bit on the back of the tongue with a slight alcohol warmth at the end. Nice body, not too thick, but still very crisp and clean.
Stew41 (1811) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Is this beer really that good? Don’t get me wrong, a very pleasant highly hopped and modern style but just not mind blowing. Hops show good complexity with metallic hardness, aniseed and a grainy farmyard character early. The best showing I have seen and clearly this bottle was in better nick than a Purvis-sourced sample from 2008.
April 2008 (3.2)
Funny beer. Nose shows some faint hope sweetness and a funky, dirty fruit note. Not really hoppy at all in terms of aromas, at least in the traditional sense. Mild palate weight with elegant fruity notes before a harder metallic-like character kicks in.
May 2005 (3.1)
As can be expected from the marque a full flavoured in your face interpretation. Mild herbal nose with some fruity ale traits. Very similar early in the palate before giving way to some full throttled hop action. Long, strong finish, but just a touch too abrasive at the end. Served by the bottled at RFD in Washington
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love stone they do really well with every thing they do. This one starts pretty well by pouring a nice orange color with a thick head. head seems to be pretty well present throughout the whole beer. Nice hoppy aroma. A little too hoppy for my preference but still a killer beer, very pumped to get more products from stone.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This came in the typical Stone 22oz silk-screened bomber with the gargoyle on it. This poured out a light orange with a tall rising out of the glass head of off white foam. Scattered lacing was left around the glass as this was consumed. Strong floral aromas rose from the glass that was backed by and equally string citric piney smell. Completely hop dominated nose but not to the point of being over done, there was a doughy malt presence keeping it in check. Citric bitterness hit the tongue first with a slightly sweet malt coming though shortly after. The after taste was mildly bitter with an earthy hop bite. A fairly balanced flavor that keep the emphasis on the hops. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with about a medium body. I could drink this stuff all day, one of my favorite IPAs.