anaheim1983 (140) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deep amber color. Small off-white head mostly diminishing. Aroma is strong hoppy aroma . I love an IPA. In this case this is one of the better varieties of an IPA. Strong hoppy, bitter taste but with substantial malt backbone. Full bodied. Love the palate
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Okay wow what an IPA, the hops are perfect, they are there but they really make the beer. Pours a golden color nice fluffy head nice amounts of lacing. Grapefruit aroma and taste. MMMMM"
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is citrusy sweet with some floral hints. The color is a nice golden with a white head. Strong hop taste is evident with hints of citrus and a mild finish on the palate.
joergen (26145) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of malts, caramel and hops.
Sweet flavour of malts, caramel grape fruit and hops.
highlandlad (1474) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I shudder to imagine how bitter the Ruination must taste if this is its little brother. This poured burnt orange with a thin head. The aroma sparked several childhood "scent memories" (okay I was half-canned - bear with me): McCowans Highland toffees and a long-defunct (I suspect) hardboiled candy called Spangles. Weird. I guess that means the aroma had some toffee-like malt and plenty of sugar. My main criticism of this was that it didn’t seem to have enough body to carry those huge flavours. I would have liked a bit more muscle. Flavourwise, there is a brief flash of toffee before a tidal wave of resinous piney hops. Damn, this is bitter. You could strip paint with this. I enjoyed the short sample I had as part of a group tasting but I doubt I could drink much of this. (Pint bottle, RateBeer Sydney Xmas gathering 2005)
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - DEC 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 This is probably a bit better than hop devil. I like how wet and crisp it keeps. Lots o hops and some good citrus flavors. One of my "rocks" if you will...depending on what part of the country I am.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 On tap. Pours with hues of golden straw, and fiery orange. Topped with a resiny frothy with head. Strong pungent hop aroma. Mostly pine, and then some more pine, and maybe some pine. I think I get some peachy notes too. Very clean bitterness. Crisp. First class all the way.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guest tap at Three Floyds. Pours a medium orange with a white foamy head. Citrus, pine, malts and caramel are all abundent. The hop bitterness is balanced really well with the malty background. This puts a whole host of IIPA’s to shame. Stone needs to start making their way to Illinois.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep amber color. Aromas of hops/hops/citrus. Strong hop flavors with malts and a dry finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I did a little mini tasting to compare this with Victory Hop Devil and Great Divide IPA, compared side by side. The Stone is a faintly hazy gold topped by a medium white head. Fine bubbles that stick to the glass, a very inviiting look indeed. Beautiful aroma of light citrus and floral hops that suggests the treasure that awaits. Smooth and lightly carbonated, not at all harsh like some IPA’s out there. The flavor is that of citrus over a nice caramel malt backbone. This beer is just beautifully balanced. The dry finish is not overly bitter or offending, the downfall of many IPa’s. Just a marvelously crafted beer. With regard to my impressions of the GD IPA and the Victory Hop Devil next to the Stone offering, I wrote down my impressions and ratings, and then went back to see how I had rated them before, and there was little difference. They are both very good IPA’s, but the Stone is the best that I’ve had to date.