michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 8, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best IPA I have ever tasted. It is perfectly balanced. Nicely golden and a glorious head. What type of hops do they use? It has a wonderful hoppy flavor, but is not overpowering like most IPA's that try to go over the top. Way better than the other IPA variations that Stone is offering. I just wish I lived near the brewery because a 6-pack cost 10.95 in Mass. Ouch!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice golden transparent color,small but very long lived almost creamy white head.The aroma was definately hops nice citrus notes with a mild malt as well.This has got to be one of the best smelling brews i've been able to have in a long time.The flavor is superior nice hop taste with a mild citrus and decent hop presence i believe that due to my oevr excitment it maybe just a tad over warm for a decent experience but,hell i just couldn't wait for it to get there.It is slightly sweet in the beginning but later turns to a nice hoppy bitterness,not in an over powering damn thats hops taste but damn thats good taste.The after taste is a very nice hops presence that is not overly strong but gentile more or less caressing the palate making you crave more.What a fine brew,i wish i had asked for more but alas one is all i have and i have to thank Hopscotch for this one.
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - gift from Nuffield. Lychees aroma. Soft citric. Bursting citric hop flavours which become stronger with each sip until there is a long bitter burn. Sweet malt. Darjeeling tea. Each sip is different. A beer that develops and changes. Damn interesting.
Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Much like the Ruination, but with some subtlety and deftness. Pretty light copper color, decent head that slowly fades. The smell is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, with the signature grapefruit juiciness mixed with spruce and a bit of earth. Really nice. The taste in the mouth is almost identical, with the malt balancing out the hops beautifully. Just a really great beer. 10, 5, 9, 4, 19. RERATE: 7/4/08 - This is sort of a painful rerate for me. Stone has long been a favorite, and God knows I don’t want to become one of those people who find it fashionable to beat on the brewer for no good reason. But I’m simply not enjoying this beer like I once did, and a re-rate is in order, knocking it well out of my top 10. Appearance has remained the same. Aroma has altered - spicy, earthy, very little grapefruit, that note has unfortunately been replaced by a slightly vegetal note. Some pine and spruce remains. Good, but nowhere close to where it used to be. Flavor matches the nose, with the addition of well balanced gummy malts. But there is that clear, slightly vegetal note that persists that just doesn’t float my boat. I know that hops vary from year to year, and perhaps this beer will come back to what I used to adore. But for now, it is time to take things down a notch or two.
guzzler67 (1502) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color, with a fair sized head and good lacing. Hoppy/pine aroma with accents of citrus. Hop taste dominates early with the malt backbone becoming more prominent as it warms. Great bitter finish.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a reddish tinge color. Medium/large creamy white lasting head. Crisp, fresh, candy apple like aroma( very similiar to their Vertical Epic 03). Notes of caramel, lime, and sweet malt. A creamy malt taste with a drying bitterness. A little too sweet for for, I prefer the Ruiniation.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice strong ipa. good flavor, touches of malt. Not really as oppressive as some ipa's. if this is the best IPA's have to offer... i'll keep my stouts :)
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good hoppy IPA. Lovely sweet aroma mixed with the bitterness that any good IPA should hold. A touch of honey blends with the heavy (but not too heavy) hops.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Bottle. Quite hoppy and sticky, with some lychee pine and peach, with a touch of alcohol in the finish, palate is full-bodied and sweet and then bitter. Soft floral hops in nose and flavour, nice.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice aroma--grapefruit and a touch of orange and other citrus. But the flavor disappoints me--less rich and more acidic. There are plenty of UK beers that are better drinking experiences than this because they achieve a better balance, although this one charges mightly at the malts too. Good palate, carbonation but not oppressive, smooth. Good head though plain color.