SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops galore! This has become one of my favorite, drink anytime ales. Pours with a beautiful golden-amber color and a nice creamy, lasting head which provides nice lacing as it gradually dissipates. Flavor and aroma are virtually all hops - spicy, grapefruit and flowers - with just enough malt to be recognized. Nice, crisp and easy to love. Good on it's own or with food - can definitely hold it's own with strong flavors.
mribm (448) - Hurley, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bottle with a creamy head and an slightly hazy, amber color. This is an EXCELLENT IPA and has instantly become one of my favorites. This is a great example of an IPA!
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Yellow straw in color with a small frothy head. Hoppy and lightly malt aroma. Hops, hops and more hops with a bit of sweetness; give me more.
foduck (328) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2003 To be honest I was expecting this to be over-hopped but it really wasn't. I enjoyed the hop flavors here but it seems to be missing something that Lagunitas has in the hop department. Behind the hops I can taste a very good beer here, so it gets points for that. Not much for me to say that hasn't been said except that I don't think this beer deserves some of the scores it gets (overrated)
Sassy (217) - Mullet Capital of the World, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Beautiful color. Tastes like I bit into an orange peel -- my eyes popped wide open! I'm not sure whether I like this style yet; I'll have to try it out some more, but has an awesome aroma -- a floral/citrus scent -- could serve a double function as a nice potpourri for the house.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
CRISP! easily drinkable, you should definitely pick this up!, perfect IPA, hops hops hops hops!
Suttree (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finesse? From Stone? Really? Yep, This one is a great session beer, and I mean that as a compliment of the highest order. Clean and crisp, but huge, assertive hop presence. Malt is there, nicely in the background. Very Good beer.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very cloudy yellow color with a large foamy white head. Aroma has a nice floral base, a hoppy body, with citrus notes. Flavor is pretty smooth overall and rather acidic, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Palate is a little thinner than I'd like. A great IPA, maybe a slight dissapointment after all of the great things I've heard about it on this site, but still very good.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IPA but with the high ratings over this one I expected something more than exceptional. Has a nice marriage of malt/hop flavor and only a slight bitterness compared to most other IPA's I've had over the years. I still think the Alesmith beats this one though. I will definately drink it again, but there are many just as good as this one and better.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very, very good IPA. Typical Stone hoppiness (which is awesome!) Delicious citrusy notes in it. Beautiful, creamy head, Nice mouth feel. Very refreshing after a hard run on a hot day. Not overwhelmingly strong, either.