treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The thin, pale head quickly diminishes. The beer is very smooth for its hop content, & has a full body with a clean finish (no bitter aftertaste).<!-- br --><!-- br -->
It pours a light amber, & is almost rosy in color. It’s very lightly carbonated, it’s aroma is not strong at all.
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 1pint 6 ozs. From the moment you crack this beer the hop hit your nose. Awesome hoppy flavor with great hop bitterness. Stone know what they are doing. This is a kick ass IPA!!!!
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2006 22 oz bottle, shared with hezron and malachi
Thanks to hezron for sharing this. At $4.99, it seems like a great bargain.
Aroma / Apppearance - Extremely hoppy nose reminds me of freshly peeled oranges, lemons and a glen of pine trees. The creamy dense head soon mellowed out, leaving behind a lemon colored body.
Flavor / Palate - The first impression is of grapefruit, lemon lime and pine needles. The bitterness of the hops starts out on the back of the tongue, then slowly moves forward until the entire mouth is filled with the taste of west coast hops. The body is extremely full, getting into every crevice and corner of the mouth. An excellent example of an IPA and an excellent value at $4.99.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 12 Oz. Bottle. Fairly rich aroma of plum sauce and orange blossom in a bit of dance with prickly pear and beaming floral resins. West coast hops dominate as expected. Pour of an even deeply hued golden, with a thin rim of white head. Wow. Flavor is incredibly sweet and lucious. The hops almost play background to an incredibly intense florally fruity malt, that carries a gentle current of citrus reductions and pleasent curries of planty resins. Not the least bit harsh or vegetal. A full mouthfeel, with rich creamed malts and a hint of cream of wheat, with raisins, brown sugar and maple syrup. Finish with lifting bouquet of galangal and tarragon.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible. When I want an IPA, nothing will scratch the itch like a Stone IPA (well, maybe Stone Ruination IPA). Simply incredible. I wish there was a way to mainline this stuff.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 An excellent beer, mint/pine/sweet aroma, very nice. Hits hoppy and bitter, pine, but then bitter and sweet finish. Only fault is a lack of body, but a damn good, very drinkable, hoppy IPA.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Pours golden w/ full, semi creamy, spattered froth. Hangtime is good reducing to a partial dusty canopy w/ a few spattered islands. A nice fluffy ring is persistant. Aromas of brisk flowery hops and just slightly malty. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers creates a semi creamy texture. This brew is bold, sharp, and forthcoming yet very well blanced. The hop profile is so fresh and inviting yet slaps me in the face as I walk through the door. Very brisk and free like a savage butterfly. The malt component is like a wallflower. It just blends in beautifully. Big citrus rind lingers on the finish turning to asprin and digging in deep. Overall: this IPA is amoung the elite. Brisk, fresh, clean, and leaves a lasting impression. Highly recommended.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe dorée très claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes de houblon herbacé, d’épices, d’agrumes et de sucre. Saveurs de malt caramélisé, de houblon herbacé et d’agrumes.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured yellow with white head that disipated quickly. Nice hops aroma and taste. not a particularly full bodied taste.
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Hoppy as can be. Reminded me of ginger, pepper, lemon grass. very rich and drinkable.
Have to add a caveat to this beer: because of its extreme hoppy-ness, your breath will smell "beery" for much longer than you think, as I found out even after a very thorough floss and brushing!