cruiser (2) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This IPA was explosive in my mouth. I could tell if I was coming or going. I enjoyed every second. Normally the alcohol would be too high, but it seemed to hold well with the dry hopped demon.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent amber, fairly small head. Cascade hop aroma is quite strong. Grapefruity. Super-hoppy, crisp. Malty adds the perfect balance. An awesome IPA.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2004 Bright orange color with a foamy white head that leaves pretty, sticky lacing down the glass. Big hop aromas and full malt flavors to balance it. Rather robust. Finishes clean with a bit of hops hanging on. Huge without being over the top. This is one of those beers that I forget about. It's so good, but I seem to pass on it for other IPA's often only to wish I had selected this one. The fact that it's so readily available here in Ohio has me taking it for granted. For shame!
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Immediately reminded me of Bridgeports' IPA, which is very good. Since I had that beer a long time ago, I can't tell which is better, but this is also a very good beer. Aroma is great, of fruits. Cloudy orange with a nice sized head. Very smooth drinking despite having a strong hops character. Very solid overall.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Overall nice malt flavor, but the hops almost came off as "burnt". I'm not sure how that's possible. Weird. The fact that I saw my first girlfight in a nice bar while sipping this has to count for something lol
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: scents of hops, malts, and tropical fruits. also, slight metallic scents.
Appearance: golden yellow colour. small, white head.
Flavor: sweet, malty, hoppy flavors. fills the nose and clears the sinuses.
Palate: hops that momentarily scrape the skin off the back of the tongue--other than that, remarkably smooth. slight fruity, earthy aftertaste.
Overall: not a bad IPA.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2005 Clear amber color, thin head, mild carbonation. Light floral aroma. Taste... Whoa, now that’s what I’m f’n talking about! Nice creamy texture. The hops cling to the tongue just long enough and then release so the beer finishes clean. Nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was a bit mild in this savage beer but the flavor more than makes up for it. I can’t wait to try ruination.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
one of the most perfect american ipa's. very balanced, with a sweet and a malt(!) taste. nice hazy orange color. so easy to drink for the strength too. beware! but find it
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great IPA. It's much more drinkable than Ruination.
Pours a clear darker golden color with a really nice off-white head that left a beautiful lace down the side of the glass.
Smells of floral hops, mainly, with some maltiness coming through.
Tastes very smooth for being so hoppy. You can definatly taste the alcohol. I'm thinking Chinook hops but there's a bit of grapefruit aftertaste which makes me think maybe some Cascade, but I think Stone doesn't use Cascade. The hops are complex so it's not like they just dumped in one type and forgot about it. The bottle states that they dry hop as well. The care here shows.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy with just enough carbonation to cleanse the pallet. Drinkability suffers only because of the high alcohol content, but it's quite good.
kaospunk (8) - seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the second you poor this beer you know it's going to be good. Orange/rust body with a good inch size delicate head on it. The head settled and you end up with a great lacing pattern. Flowery, sticky resin aroma hits you right before you take a sip. Flavor is intense...great hop flavor with a malty body. Always a favorite.