JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Small head, but leaves a fizziness on top of the beer. Body is an attractive gold color which really catches the light. It is very yeasty towards the bottom, so be careful when pouring if you donít want it. Aroma is full of mostly hops and some yeast. Hops aroma is a citrus (grapefruit, orange, and lemon) plus some sort of piney resin thing. Yeast hints are a barnyard/silage type of thing. Taste is very smooth and bitter. Full of lemon, grapefruit, and orange which acts as a sweetener to me. Mouthfeel is slightly lacking, its a little watery and slightly oily. But the flavor is definitely there.
Side note: 12oz bottle doesít seem quite as good (10/7/2004). Another update (1/24/2006), 12oz seems pretty good, but do notice it isnít bottle conditioned like the bomber.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Pale gold brown clear with a medium size and medium lasting head and some real nice lace. Stunning aromatic and floral aroma bursts forth on opening the bottle and pouring this beer. Flavour is like the aroma but with added passion fruit and rosewater/turkish delight. Lingering crisp bitter hoppy finish. It's even good enough to consider changing ones fave style.
collegebeerguy (9) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2004 does not count
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I'm not a fan of hops, but certainly not a fan of this beer --I will say the alchy is up there! ;)
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not for those who do not appreciate hops...hey, it's from Stone Brewing. Deep golden color, hops in the nose and on the tongue. I like hops.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good fecking Christ! What an IPA. What a beer. Definitely on my top 5 IPAs of all time. So much of everything right in this beer that I don't even know where to begin. It's a benchmark by which to judge all other IPAs.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours golden/amber, yellow at edges. fine rocky white head that lasts. good fizz. medium hoppy nose and pleasant complex floral aroma. I'm not a hop-head, so I was worried this might be strong for it's class, but I was so wrong. the start was surprisingly sweet and malty, then hoppy. the hops are there, but this is very well balanced. there are so many IPAs out there that are too hoppy for me, but this is tight. buying these in sixpacks is a very good thing!!
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Ahhh... such a masterpiece here. Pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head. The head commonly sticks around till the beer is gone, and leaves decent lacing all the way down. The aroma is quite hoppy and wonderful. The taste... wow. Wonderful fresh hop flavor balanced by the ideal amount of sweet, light malts. Perfectly bitter too. Malts kind of creep around the sides, evident but recognizing their place in this beer. Body and mouthfeel are just flawless... wow. I love this IPA. Itís not my favorite... but it is damn near perfect. Iíve been lucky enough to have had it bottled and on tap quite a bit in the last week- on tap the hops are a bit fresher tasting and more evident, but itís definately very similar. :) (edited on 6/10 because apparently I had a cascade pellet stuck in my nose.)
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2004 Beer pours with a lovely golden, tan rue that is broken up by a frothy bubbly luscious head. Its nose is incredibly satisfying. Earthy, flowery and fruitilly bitter. Very smooth mouthfeel - almost silky. Perhaps the most truly delightful aspect of this brew is how its hoppy tartness is juxtaposed against its acidic palate. All in all look for this brew to smell wonderful, taste roundly bitter, fade into acidity and make love to your mouth.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Frothy white head over a clear golden/amber body. Caramelly-sweet aroma that centers heavily no silage (musky acidity). The flavor has a leafy sweetness with a sour, bitter hop taste. Smooth mouthfeel. This beer is well-made but itís kind of one-dimensional in terms of hopping. To me, it has too strong of an acidic tartness.
1/24/06 - 12oz bottle thanks to Blake. Orange blossom honey and zippy orange peel in the aroma. Fantastic aroma! The flavor still has the silagey grapefruity tartness but itís very enjoyable.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Charlie's pub in Olde City. Super pour. This one tastes fuller and drier than today's other IPAs (Yards, DFH 60).