sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours light brown/orange with a fairly small, white head that almost completely disappears. Aroma is hops, slight alcohol, honey, and perhaps slight citrus. Flavor is immediately slightly malty sweet and very, very hoppy, with a tiny alcohol warmth on the way down; pronounced grassiness in the middle. Aftertaste is remarkably bitter, but pretty clean. Not as clean and crisp on the palate as Iíd like, wth a slighty syrupiness to the beer. Is this a 4.1? Hell, no. Really good, IPA, though? Sure.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a honey hue w/nice hoppy aroma & flavor, an IPA worth trying. great bitter taste.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Good sized head, color like in the picture, kind of golden honey with some orange, great lacing, fully lasting head, crystal clear...beautiful, beautiful beer. Very aromatic...sweet, grapefruit, honey, sugar, floral; smells like a good IPA. Front is sweet and malt laden honey and sugar, middle is more balanced with hops and finish is definite hops, powerful hops, but the malts are fully lasting and some alcohol flavor comes in to balance out the hops...itís fantastic. Bitter, fantastically bitter, but nearly balanced with a long lasting...balanced...finish, slightly sweet. Wow. Fullish medium body, some syrupy character, pleasant, lively carbonation. Good from start to finish and Iím having another.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle Big head, looks great, malt, hops, yeast...its all there in the nose, real nice medium bodied at best, nice drinker, bitter leafy finish. Well integrated IPA. Drank out of the St. Vrain.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow..., great ipa best ipa iíve had. amber,/golden body, small to medium head. great hoppy ipa taste. awesome taste , awesome taste. just great all around. smooth just, awesome flavor, best ipa ive had. great aftertaste and finish.
Ramones79 (13) - perryville, Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 I am thankful I can find this beer easily. It has an awesome citrus and floral aroma. The taste is quite bitter and easy to sip on. This stuff is addictive and I will continue to purchase this! RERATE : Had this again tonight oh yeah baby, better than I thought!
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Met 2 friends at a bar and I recommend a round of Stone IPAís. The other 2, having been raised on swill, did not like it. Me neither. I LOVED IT! And I got to drink their pints also! Orange/amber color with a firm but small white head. Incredible citrusy hop aroma. Great hop bitterness which was even better by the time I finished the 3rd
pint. My new favorite IPA.(for now)
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Best IPA Iíve tried yet. Simply perfect. Great light amber/golden appearance with a medium white head. Aroma is well balanced of fruits and hops. Flavor is well-hopped, not too complex, but just great. Slightly citrus, crisp. Could easily drink a bunch of these. Great.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2004 Favorite IPA -- hops are everywhere without making the beer lazy. Anyone can throw a ton of hops into a beer, but they seem to have found the perfect amount at Stone. The Ruination IPA is nice too, but I think this beer is even tastier. DRINK!
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2007 Nice looking orange-golden colour with a thick lasting off-white head. Nice citrus grapefruit, pine, resiny aroma with some spicy character as well. Flavour is surprisingly sweet and fruity with plenty of malt to back up the hops. Some cookie dough character also ends up in here. Nowhere near as bitter as I had been expecting but a fantastic well balanced IPA.