StoutsRights (10) - USA - FEB 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of hops and perfume. Hops dominate the flavor and palate as well. Light amber color. Did I mention the hops?
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a medium white frothy head with a fair amount of lacing. Nice carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides and a beautiful amber color to the beer. Smells hoppy and a slight sweetness to it, simple but divine. Tastes hoppy with the slightest sweet taste to it, aftertaste goes from sweet back to bitter and lasts awhile. This is how IPAs were meant to be it is a real treat to drink this beer.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful copper color in an English pint. Citrus and grapefruit aromas. Good fizzy head that laces decently. Somewhat dry with light fruitiness. A nice full bitterness on the finish with big residual aromatic hops. Slightly unbalanced but a great session ale.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich orange-gold colour, 3 finger head. Mild aroma...the taste, WOW, this is damn good stuff. from the bottle description, I was worried this might be too hoppy for me, but luckily they’re in perfect balance. Hoppy, sweet maltiness, orange, perfect bitterness and medium body, this would be a great beer to drink all the time. I can’t imagine any ber lover disliking this one.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If there is a better IPA out there, I hope to find it some day but until then, I will remain convinced that this is the Holy Grail of IPAs...... Glowing apricot/amber under a nice off white head and lots of lacing. Hoppy and sweet aroma of citrus fruits (grapefruit) and a little peppery spice. Flat-out great hoppy flavor but with planty of well balanced sweetness including a hint of peaches and bubble gum. Many IPA’s, even good ones, often cross the precarious line of bitterness but this one dances it like the old Michael Jackson (note the subtle beer writer double entendre). Mouth feel was soft and full. Finish was clean, bitter, slighly oily and in a word: perfect. What else can I say except : when will Stone Brewing make this beer easier to get a hold of in New Jersey?????
excel (3) - nabb, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
simply the best beer i have ever had thus far. i love the sweet taste at the beginning of each taste, but that is followed by an even better hoppy favor that i simply love. the best.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Truly a bitter hops lovers dream. The aroma is amazing but it took drinking this on a few occasions to get acclimated to the bitter finish.
Re-rate: Malts improve with age and so does the beer in general.
flredsox (1) - USA - FEB 8, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well crafted beer. From the Head, Color and Aroma to the great taste. Great balance. I sometimes find the hops overwhelming the body in many IPAs. One quibble is that I prefer East Kent goulding Hops. Currently, though, this is my favoite IPA. Pizza Port’s Frank’s Double IPA is competition. Oh, one other thing, this is DRY, although you won’t know it till you get up off the Bar Stool.
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Stone’s most enticing hop aroma delivers its promise to the very last dry-hopped drop! This is the best IPA I’ve tasted, with an equally beautiful pale malt finish brewed nearly to dryness. Having finally tasted the draft version at Dominion’s Beer Fest only increases my admiration. Stone has clearly mastered the art of hop extraction!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top stuff. Big hoppy aroma, citrus, pine. Sweet yet hoppy. Very balanced. Medium bodied. Great beer that I could either sip, or happily down a few of on a hot day. Great beer.