TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Golden yellow with a white meringue head. Patches of lace. Pine, cedar nose with apricot and sweet citrus. Never gets too hoppy. Different bitterness emerges; interesting. Strawberry and crabapple notes. Some sugar cane maltiness lingers in the end.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thus far my favorite offering from Stone. Poured from the bottle into my humble shaker glass, this hoppy marvel had a clear, deeply golden body that developed an almost yellow head. The aroma initially smelled of fresh (and I mean "right- off- the- vine- fresh") piney hops, and then mellowed with some time to a more grapefruit-like hoppy smell. The flavor was quite hoppy as well, but without being punishingly bitter. Iím not much of a "hop-head" but I really enjoyed this beer.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. This is a classic west coast IPA. This is the one that I compare all other IPAs to. It smells like fresh floral hops. The taste is sharp citrus. It has a perfect body for an IPA. I can have a few of these in one sitting. Tasty dank IPA from a great brewery.
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - APR 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was my first IPA and this made quite an impression. Strong aroma of hops. I like the pour, a bright orangish, amber color with an off-white head that diminished to a decent lacing. Someone described the taste as lemony, and I guess that about hits the main notes of this beerís flavor. I wasnít crazy about it at first, but as I got towards the end of my bottle, I quite enjoyed it. And although the alchohol is not prevalent in the taste, I was feeling it pretty strongly by the end of the pint and a half.
hiphoppy (6) - USA - APR 7, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz bottle .nice pour. . light sweet citrus tatse.. very drinkable. soft bitterness at the end.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle-pours a 2 finger offwhite head that laces with gold color. Aroma is lemon zest. Taste is lemon zest hops with secondary malt. Creamy, mild carbonation.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 12 oz. painted label long neck capped brown bottle with a blurb about the IPA and Stone Brewing on the back of bottle, no bottled/freshness date. Made a very good appearance, poured a hazy bright amber with a billowing, fluffy white head that settled into a clingy thin lacing, good carbonation. Had a nice piney, cedary and a bit herbal hop nose with some tropical fruitiness around the edges. A smooth, creamy, crisp light bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability. Delicious dry hoppy taste, piney and herbal spice, a good rolling bitterness on the tongue, some tropical fruitiness, a balancing grainy, biscuity maltiness and a dry grainy finish with a lingering hoppiness in the palate.
I donít know what else I can add or say about this IPA, I just think it is exceptional, balanced and quite quaffable.
NachlamSie (3275) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 bottle. Cloudy orange pour, a little white head which disappears soon. The aroma is very crisp: floral, grapefruit and sweet malts. This brew goes down easy, like juice. Spicy and bitter though balanced with caramel and brown sugar. Good easy drinking stuff, not as remarkable as the Ruination, needless to say.
Bottle best before April 28, 2009. Itís so rare to find fresh Stone in Knoxville, I was a little excited to snatch this one off the shelf at McScrooges. This beer has a pretty clear body, looks filtered, and a large white head forms and lasts. The aroma is delightful with assertive grapefruit, herbs, and pine. Itís a clean and juicy aroma. Ah, this is a good IPA with plenty of resinous quality and a strong hop dose in every sip. This one has plenty of grapefruit and grassiness but strays away from being heavily dank. Itís a clean and hoppy IPA which I certainly enjoy having access to.
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the litmus test for SD IPAs. Perfect hop flavor with the malt side of the coin. If I were to make an IPA this is it Orange pour Pnie spice lavender type of hop aroma and carmel balance. Pillar of an IPA
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: An orange gold pour. A nice citrus and pine aroma. The flavor is citrus and sweet with good hop bitterness. Overall, balanced but just a tad too sweet for me. I would have liked a little less malt. But feels good on the palate anyway with a creamy smooth body. Nice beer.