liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. nice orange color with usual white head that lasts for awhile. full of hops, not overly bitter. well balanced beer that does not overwhelm in complexity of taste. good introductory i.p.a. for those discovering the microís.
jb (2870) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice floral aroma, nice medium orange color with normal white head. Plenty of hops in the palate and a very dry hoppy finish. Well balanced, but overall, not as hoppy as I expected, and not as good as a Sierra Nevada.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Golden color with orange notes, good carbonation for head retention. Copious dry hopping evident from predominately hop aroma. Medium body with residual sweetness indicative of Stoneís lower attenuating yeast. Fruity esters from the same complement the hop flavor, which I would describe as being more floral and tangy than an astringent bitterness. Well balanced for a big character beer, as Stone is wont to create.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The hops come forth as soon as the cap is popped from the bottle. Besides hops the nose is sweet and bready. Of course the hops are flowery and citrusy. The color is orange amber and it pours with a good head that lasts but is not frothy. The flavor is hoppy(of course) with a slight hint of honey and bread. The mouthfeel is moderately full and is just right for the style. The finish has a lasting bitterness with pine citrus notes. Very good beer, in fact the best IPA Iíve had to date.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle; 22-Nov-04) An excellent IPA with a sweet, bready maltiness and a balancing, moderately strong, fresh hops flavor. But I wouldnít say this IPA is dominated by hopped by any means, and thatís fine with me because I typically prefer a more balanced IPA. Once the sweet breadiness wears off a bit, the hops bitterness is moderately strong and extends the finish considerably, but again, itís not as bitter as the description would lead you to believe -- Iíve had many IPAs that were much more bitter. It has a malty and very bready nose, but also some mild hoppiness. In fact, if youíve ever been to the Stone brewery and reveled in the glorious aroma, this IPA smells just like that! Medium bodied, but the mouthfeel is quite full and substantial. Medium golden color, somewhat cloudy. Whitish head has good size on the pour, but settles to a thin sheen, leaving modest lacing. Very well done indeed!<hr>Rerate (12 oz bottle: Hi-Time Wine Cellars; 01-Feb-05 and again on 17-Mar-05) Iím doing a separate review for this bottle since itís apparent to me that my previous rating was for a bottle that probably sat around for a bit. I just purchased this bottle by mistake, but I wish all mistakes were this fortuitous because this must be a very fresh bottle, and it has inspired me to do a second complete rating. Whereas the bready maltiness showed quite a bit of presence in the previous bottle, here, we have an all out hops assault on the taste buds and nostrils. In fact, Iím not getting any breadiness anywhere. The nose is very hoppy with a moderate, sweet citrus aroma in the background. The flavor is very hoppy, very bitter, moderately citrusy with a mildly sweet and fruity base for balance. This beer is dark golden in color and completely clear, not one iota of haziness, unlike the bottle in my previous rating. The off-white head pours to almost a full inch in height and maintains a thin layer for the entire session, leaving numerous streamers of lace drooping all over the glass. For a standard IPA, this is superb. And proof that freshness matters with IPAs.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2005 After years of begging out of state friends to bring this to me when they came to town, someone finally came through. Pours a light orange color with a thick head. Good lacing. Itís very hoppy but not overly bitter. Very tasty beer. Iím glad I finally got to sample this brand.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Fantastic! Very light orange color, slightly cloudy. Hoppy scent and flavor, but not as strong as the Ruination IPA from Stone-try that one too. Great lacing all the way down. Head reduces but never disappears. Enters mouth discreetly and flavor builds as it travels to your belly. You canít go wrong with this beer. Also, its great with smoky barbequed meats.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Close to my ideal beer. Sampled on draught at Tria in Philadelphia, PA, which incidentally is a GREAT beer bar and well worth a trip. Big rocky white head tops a pale, clear, slightly orange body. Huge hop nose, very flowery. Initial sip knocks you back with bitterness but subsequently sips reveal a subtle complexity. Stone managed to get the right balance between maltiness and hoppiness. The resut is a full bodied beer that just seems right. Very refreshing and thirst quenching, although a bit too high in alcohol to be my session beer.....
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2010 A good IPA in the West Coast microbrew tradition. Good aromatics and crispness with a downplayed malt character. Restrained citrus and resin in the nose and taste gives way to clean bitterness in the finish.
NigelTheGreat (16) - Northport, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A harmonic, melodic balance of ingredients that fuse together to provide me with everything I look for in a beer. I really enjoyed this one.