presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A citrus bouquet of scents rises from a crisp gold beer. Texture is slightly oily. Flavour is hops all the way and the malt is strong enough to balance them. The slick texture cries out for some spicy food for compliment.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber bottle from Eric ( Heemer77 ). color is a bit paler than I expected but the appearance is of a hazy honey color andl has that nice foamy, rocky head. initial aroma is of grapefruit zest. to me this is a great example of a beer with high hops that is in perfect balance with the malts. If I had sampled an IPA like this several months ago, I would have understood much sooner what it means to be a HOPHEAD! Thanks Eric.
LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a good american IPA. The aroma is very nice and I love the orange-tint to color. It just looks like it will taste good. A funny thing on my first bottle, I could have sworn a slight diacetyl flavor(butterscotch) in the background. I tried the second bottle (which is what I am rating today) and it was not there?? Maybe a faulty batch on the first one? Otherwise this is a good IPA from Stone who usually mucks up beers with bravado and stupidity (see ruination and arrogant bastard ales)
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a golden amber with a foamy off white head that laced the glass. Grapefruit and floral aromas. Very hoppy. The taste is somewhat smooth at first with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as good as some other IPA’s I’ved had (ie Victory HopDevil) but still very solid. Would prefer a little less bite at the end.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the first IPA I had ever had. Since then, I have had great ones and not so great ones, but I always remember that time I was trying to keep up with the guy next to me while he was drinking 10 cans of Tecate, I was quite done by the time I got to my 5th Stone IPA. Today, I appreciated the beer much more than that. Great stuff
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Thanks to DUANE, the best trader here! Poured a golden amber with an immediate grapefruit hop nose. Huge foamy white head. The nose is citrus and grass and just from the nose, my mouth is puckering and watering. That is stick with hops. Wow. This is hops, front to back. The front is sweet and grassy, then I get pineapple and grapefruit. The sweet sticky hops then move to the back with a smooth balance for so many IBU’s. This is fantastic. Duane, am I a hop head yet????
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful appearance. Clear and golden with a distinct hop aroma. The taste is a good mix of sweet malt and bitter hop. The hop aftertaste doesn’t attack the throat and is certainly not overpowering.
intheric (20) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy crap, why have I been drinkking anything else? Gret deep rich malt flabor nicely balanced and refresed by a good deal of hops. Nice white foamy head. Good amount of bitterness, but still very drinkable.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 tried on draft after a tourof the brewery, SO FRESH! one of the elite American IPAs
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, dark golden color with off-white head. Really nice hop aroma, sweet, piny with prune notes. The taste if full of piny and perfumy hops. Good bitternes, balanced by a decent sweetness and fullness from the malts. A dry, hop aftertaste, but not overpowering.