Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2003 Pours golden with a small head and medium carbonation. Floral, citrisy, grapefruit aroma. Taste pine, grapefruit, woodsy. This IPA doesn't have the malt kick to balance the hops like dreadnaught or dfh 90, but it is balanced by other flavors and its subtle malt end quite nicely. An excellent IPA right up there in the same league as 3 floyds and dogfish head. RERATE 08/31/03--One last comment about this beer. I bought a sixer of it, and I have been noticing a unique balancing act this beer does. After every sip, the hopiness is overwhelming, and stays completely unbalanced until the very very end. Then, a small spike of maltiness hits just as the flavors have all finished. Every sip, every time. This is an outstanding beer. I am upping the flavor and overall by one point
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with white head. Sharp pungent aroma of spicy hoppiness(elements of pine and citrus). This beer is all about the hops including notes of pine, citrus fruit, and earthiness. Leaves a long dry floral bitterness on the tongue. Overall there is a nice balance used to keep the hops from being overwhelming.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent IPA. Good balance, excellent flavor and aroma. Not much head, so the picture is a little deceiving, but tasting nontheless.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dep gold, white head. citrus and fruity hop aroma wit some earthiness. nicely balanced with sweet honey and malt flavours, big citrus piney hops and a mild roasty finish. a fine ipa.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Orangey-gold colour. Rich woody nose with orange, toast, peach, kumquat. Long hoppy palate, some biscuity pale malts. Standard issue stuff, moderate bitterness and a bit fruitier and more approachable than most examples.
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Way hoppy, nicely bitter, pours a tad cloudy. A good beer to teach that Budweiser swiller what a beer should be.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale in color with a definate malt background. Typical c-hop character, Pine, grapefruit, soem floral. I bit bitter for my liking. I would have rather a bit more hops in the flavor and aroma area. Good overall.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden in color, light for a pale ale, with a huge head of tiny bubbles. Perhaps the best head I have ever seen. Beautiful floral hop aroma. A very balanced brew. Nice citrusy hop finish. Even better than the Arrogant Bastard Ale.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 8, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best IPA I have ever tasted. It is perfectly balanced. Nicely golden and a glorious head. What type of hops do they use? It has a wonderful hoppy flavor, but is not overpowering like most IPA's that try to go over the top. Way better than the other IPA variations that Stone is offering. I just wish I lived near the brewery because a 6-pack cost 10.95 in Mass. Ouch!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice golden transparent color,small but very long lived almost creamy white head.The aroma was definately hops nice citrus notes with a mild malt as well.This has got to be one of the best smelling brews i've been able to have in a long time.The flavor is superior nice hop taste with a mild citrus and decent hop presence i believe that due to my oevr excitment it maybe just a tad over warm for a decent experience but,hell i just couldn't wait for it to get there.It is slightly sweet in the beginning but later turns to a nice hoppy bitterness,not in an over powering damn thats hops taste but damn thats good taste.The after taste is a very nice hops presence that is not overly strong but gentile more or less caressing the palate making you crave more.What a fine brew,i wish i had asked for more but alas one is all i have and i have to thank Hopscotch for this one.