Beaver (1294) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone IPA pours a golden color with some miniscule floaties. It has a huge, frothy, white head that lasts forever.
The nose is huge on hops (kind of on the grassy, piney side)! There are also some grapefruit tones. Very appealing!
The taste is hop juice up front, leading to some citrusey, bready malt. It ends with a big, bitter hop finish and aftertaste. Itís medium bodied and fairly well balanced - though it obviously favors the hops over the malts. The slight malt and citrus help balance it well.
Overall, this is probably the best IPA Iíve had to date. Itís a nose ahead of Avery IPA and Victory Hop Devil.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Orangey amber, white head, PNW hops. Nice mouthfeel, citric, piney, mildly sweet, nicely drinkable. RERATE 5/14/04: I keep coming back to this one. Of the four Stone beers that Iíve tried, this one is the nicest. RERATE 11/07: Sort of watery, kiss of caramel and maybe butterscotch, piney Centenials. Refreshing.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful aroma--tons of pine with hints of citrus. Smells very yummy. Pour is a transparent copper with a quicky dissipating fine white head. Creamy hoppy, bitter, butterish tasting. Hints of citrus in there as well. Very 1 dimensional, but good. An upper-level IPA. (Southern Tier--must re-rate, Hopdevil, and SMuttynose come to mind)
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Juicy, sweet hops. This is really the standard for IPAs in my book. The hop/malt ratio is balanced so delicately that the bite is rounded out beautifully by a spicy, sweetness. If I could have an every day beer on tap this would be it!
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2004 Pours a light amber, filtered, with a bubbly off-white head. Flowery, citrusy aroma. Slightly bitter, tastes of citrus...almost grapefruity...and flowers. Very dry and crisp. Overall, delicious.
Sammy (8636) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a new IPA, sporting a gargoyle emblem. A transparent bottle that really shows big bubbles in there. A bit dry aftertaste a surprise but otherwise a nice drink. Can be session starter or go with food. Hops and citrus. However bitterness.
Imbockinsxtx (81) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Nice Rocky Head. Amber in Colour. The Flavour is of Hops in the IPA tradition. The Head dissipates slowly.WOW! This packs a Hop Wallop. The Alcohol is present as the flavours of Malt, Caramel, Grapefruit and Tangerine Prevail. This is one Creamy Concoction with Hops in Abundance. Prepare yourself to enjoy this brew with great Vigor. Salud!
Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2006 Very hoppy, with citric overtones. The bitterness is prevalent but well balanced.
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark gold, with a nice white head and great lacing. I swear I saw the Taj Mahal in my lace! Very hoppy aroma, with some citrus. Tastes very hoppy, with a dry, bitter hoppiness. Finishes very smooth and complex, with a creamy, hoppy, great mouthfeel. A delicious IPA, and worth seeking out. One of the best, as usual, from Stone.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy this smooth. Its hoppy but the finish is rather abrupt. Mouthfeel is excellent. A little on the floral side which is a negative to me. Nice malt understones. This went down way too fast for a 6.9%er.