ncreep24 (1) - USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first word that comes to mind when imbibing this wonderful beer is power. Everything about it screams "more". Its hard to believe a beer that is so hoppy can be so well balanced and malty. The mouth feel is incredible as each bite, er...umm. drink is absolutely filled with richness and delight. A true to style IPA that could only have been made with an American Flare.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep gold with a thin, yeasty head. Aroma is strong and hoppy with a firm backbone of malt. Very hoppy flavor as well, with the sweet, fruity malt coming in on the back end leading to bitter hop finish. An excellent IPA.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 This is a damn good IPA. IPA’s are soon becoming one of my favorite styles of beers. This ale starts out with a stong aftertaste, but once you taste buds get acclamated then its smooooth sailing from here on in. This beer has a crisp beginning with a mildly bitter after taste. For the money there is no IPA better than this one. Go out and get it!
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
slightly dry,sweet, and fruity, initial hoppy bite with a nice lingering maltiness. an awesome ipa!
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruity hop over caramel/toffee malt.
Appearance: Darker gold color, low head retention.
Flavor: Grapefruity and flowery hop flavor. Nice malt backbone and flavor. Well balanced flavor.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Nice and assertive bitterness,which gives way to sweet maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Straightforward IPA, but good stuff.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Classic American IPA
Light and hoppy aroma belies what comes with your first sip.
First impression makes you do a double take, glorious hoppiness. Very fresh tasting hops with hints of fruity sweetness. Thick refreshing finish focusing on the malty/floraly finish as the bitterness fades. Makes you want even more.
Golden-orange appearance, finger amount of head that fades quickly.
Crockett (1027) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 A really pretty orangey apple juice clear pour with a short soapy white head. Slow moving carbonation. Clean fruit, pine and flowery aroma. Relatively straight forward for Stone. Herbal with fresh grapefruit. Mild toasted to a charred flavour. Lots of minerals. A malty caramel and soft peach flavour kicks in near the end. Nicely balanced. Very tastey.
pootzboy (1609) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 OZ bottle (thanks Sam). decants a golden-orange color with a big sticky white head that laces the glass... minimal carbonation...scents of plumbs, musty caramel and ample floral hopping. Starts mellow with a nice whack of fruit laden malts....THEN the hops take over and make a complex floral/grassy/bitter mixture from those northwest cones melding with the ample cramel malts gives a buttery peach impression...finish is surpisingly thick with the bitterness restrained by the maltiness plays long on the aftertaste as a lingering bitter fruit impression. A big beer for the style.
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.