billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Bottle, 22oz. Sniffed the cap after pouring and thought WOW.....hop time! Very fresh, natural and potent, piney, resinous hop aroma. Slightly hazy, pale, deep golden color with a copper hue. Good beige head & lace. Constant hop flavor and bitterness projected from a smooth, creamy, light roasted malt background. Medium body. Alcohol is there but not distracting. Well integrated quality product. Stood up well to my mesquite grilled chicken. (add on 4/8/04): Very rich, rather sweet, stickey, lightly roasted malt flavor. Be sure its at least 50 degrees F to wake up all those flavors. 11/01/04: This stuff is so rich. Its like some signature concoction you’d get in a fancy glass for dessert at a good restaurant. The last few I had the head was so firm I almost needed to use my teeth. There is a nice pepper spice note in with the flavors and hop bitterness thats very pleasing. 5/27/05: I’m dropping it down .1 to a 4 which puts it even with Ruination. 4/4/06 Down another point. My world is getting bigger.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper color and is topped by a off white head. An immediate big hop aroma jumps from my glass and overpowers any malt presence that this beer might have. The aroma is grassy, herbal, citrusy, & it has a sweet hop nectar character. Quite simply, as I take my first sip, I know this is a hoppy bitter brew. The hops explode on your tongue. There is a balancing malt sweetness here that is required to carry this hop bomb. The hop character has strong notes of bergemot as well as some resiny overtones; this is just pure hop nectar. A very fruity beer, made more so by the citrusy hop character. Quite over the top in it's hoppiness. This beer is just damn good & I am so happy to get this on tap on a regular basis.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got to try some off the tap after consuming countless bombers. Hazy orange body with foamy off-white head. Full floral nose with plenty of citrus and pine. Hops overpower, but don't dominate the smooth malt flavors from initial taste to finish. The standard-bearer of IPAs deserves all of the praise it gets.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Pours clear orange/copper with a thick off-white head. Extremely perfumy, hoppy, floral aroma with toasted grains and mango/tropical fruit in there too! Taste has huge notes of grapefruit/citrus, hops, pine and plenty of sweet toasty grains/maltiness to back it up. Just delicious. Lingering bitter grapefruit rind finish. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy with subtle carbonation. Spider-web lacework with good head retention. One of the best IPAs on the planet for sure.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a light amber with a nice creamy off-white head. Visible carbonation, beautiful lacing. Aroma is of sweet hops and citrusy grapefruit. Initial taste is a bit biting, but it quickly mellows with a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is think and creamy for an IPA. One of the better IPAs that I have had.
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Lawnmower clippings blowing over honeyed malts...Floral fruitiness surfing grapefruit rinds into a portentous wooden, resinous bitterness...This is a very good IPA, a super clean and very drinkable example of the West Coast’s finest...
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter, but bitter in a very good way. Like all Stone brews the hops hit you like a brick-wall. Very nice in general, head was nice and lasting.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2011 pours beautiful hazy amber orange with tall white foamy head that lasts a while. Can smell the fruity hops from over a foot away! Flavor is all hops, easy on the malt (less than an arrogant bastard for example), and all nicely resulting in a lovely bitter (can you say pucker) finish. One of the purest regular IPAs I’ve tasted.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 a wonderful ipa. pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a quickly dissipating off-white head. hugely floral nose. clear hops with a bitter bitter aftertaste. a tad on the thin side, but overall a really great brew.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head. As expected, loads of spicy hops and citrus in the aroma. Flavor is bursting with fresh hops, grapefruit, pine and spice. Excellent IPA.