calivania (62) - USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 I agree with all those seduced by the smell of this beer: like a summerdress in a field of cornflowers! The appearence is less inspiring, a kind of taco-shell yellow with a sudsy head. The texture is so pleasingly velvet and the flavor kind of reminds me of waffles and oranges. I expect the hops to be overwhelming, given the reputation of Stone, but they are not: generous and fresh and fruity but not overwhelming. Gentlemen, nits can be picked here, but lets face it, this is one of Southern California's most important beers, a very complicated refreshing and exciting beer that surprises with every sip.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Soapy/sudsy white head on top of a clear orange yellow body. Big malty aroma with plenty of citrusy hops coming through. Aroma is just excellent. Flavor doesn't quite live up to the scent. Soft, sweet, easy drinking. Lacks a bit of the hop bite I like in an IPA. Very orangey flavors. Juicy mouthfeel ends fairly dry. Real good brew but not my favorite IPA.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a light, clear copper colour, with a decent head. A little more clear than what I had expected.
Smells, well like an IPA should, clean and crisp of citric hops.
Taste is strong of citric hops with a lightly sweet malt background continuing throughout.
Mouthfeel I found disturbingly thin, not because it is really thin but because it was thnner than a well built pale ale, and I expect an IPA to have a heavier mouthfeel than an APA.
Overall this is a good, well-built beer, just not as good as expectation and hype. I'd drink again, most definitely, but I won't hold this up as the best IPA I've ever had, it's not.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at Craft Bar, 43East 19th Street, Manhattan.
Amber with a ringlet lacy white head. Super hoppy aroma with a viscous hop syrup flavour & texture. Aroma is sweet then bitter. You could almost say that the beer is obnoxiously hoppy. It does have a certain velvet quality to its palate but I don’t think this extreme hopping does the beer any favours. It's an IPA for the sensory disabled.
Tmoney99 (10409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is hoppy but complex. Amber appearance with medium head. Flavor is pleasent blend of hops and bitter. Good with mild/medium cigar.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2004 I prefer this to the overdone Ruination. The floral aroma is interesting in its strength and durability, but the flavor is slightly unbalanced (a source of pride for Stone), as all the hops come up front. There is an admirable chewy thickness and livliness that is enjoyable. I'm still not a Stone devotee. Crisp finish.
gottaride (2) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
excellent, with all the hoppiness you could want, it,s number one on my list
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2005 Citrusy (oranges and lemons) aroma. Cloudy medium/light orange body with a not so white foamy head. Really good taste Orange and grapefruit taste very dominent in the hops with a smooth honey-like finish. Incredible IPA.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 A damn good IPA, my favorite up to this point. Very hoppy yet not too overbearing bitterness. When i think west coast IPA, this is ideal.
123456green (46) - houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 big on hops, somewhat cloudy but rich and full of rich malty flavors. could use a little more hops in the aftertaste area. Nice smooth finish, as it warms becomes somewhat rich and full body. Very good beer to have stocked in the box.