Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong, full-bodied IPA. A strong flavor combines with a hoppy aftertaste. Not as powerful as the Aniversary ales, but no less tasty.
tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The advert is right, this is a truly hoppy pint! Has a lovely aroma that comes out and bites you, and the flavor is strong as well. Lovely golden/amber color, with a strong head.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice golden color with a thick quite head and a good citrusy aroma. The taste is almost nothing but hops, but controlled very nicely. The malt temper it a bit to make for a very enjoyable IPA. Actually, probably the best IPA I’ve had yet.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Stone India Pale Ale pours out an attractive, brilliant golden color with a hint of amber. Famously citric and piney hop aroma. Flavor is of course largely hop-oriented as well, but it has a decent sized malt backbone as well. Finish is where the brilliantly clear, resiny hop flavors come into play the most, with a nice bitter aftertaste as well. For the amount of hops and all-around bitterness this beer has, though, it is balanced quite effectively by the malt that is present enough here to give it a nice body and a hint of caramel and fruitiness. Quite refreshing on this warm summer night.
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gusler calls this beer ’Quite sniffable’, let me take it a step further, remember the show ’I dream of Genie’? If I were to live in a bottle, this would be it! The hop aroma is incredible, I wouldn’t care if this beer were purple, I’d still love it A great flavor to match, just enough malts to smooth out this liquid ode to hop heads
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow this is a beer, nice hop aroma good finnishing malt good beer
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really hoppy, really good beer. The initial flavor is good and finishes with a mouthful of hops. I say its a winner. Hopolicious.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I probably should have drank this first. It seems almost boring after the Ruination. Less floral than Ruination, with an intense smell of a christmas tree sap. Smell almost gives me a headache. Stone makes pretty beers and this is one of them. Good head with nice retention, good color. Flavor is surpisingly malty, nutty. Hops strong from the beginning and very short finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 07/11/02: Pours a clear amber, generous off white head and sheets of lace. Nose is floral, citrus, hints of malt and ’Quite Sniffable’. Front is malt and lightly sweet, the top is light to medium, the finish is ’A Hop Heads Delight’, dry, acidic and still a top 5 IPA on my ’Master List’.