DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 Used to like it lots...when there wasn’t any competition...now it really doesn’t compete because there’s no incentive for stone to care since retards buy up the shit like its crack.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great American IPA. Lots of American hoppiness. Cloudy golden color. Not as good as Victory Hop Devil or as Stone’s Ruination, which I remember as off the scale bitter and just about perfect.
hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well-balanced, hoppy and bitter IPA. Though excellent, I was slightly disappointed that, for all its hype, it was not quite as powerful an IPA as laConner’s or Diamond Knot.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2003 Update: I actually drive to that god-foresaken .5 million acre office park known as Northern Virginia to get this amazing beer. What I like most is the blend of citric and herbal hop flavor. It's just brilliant.
Old: Oh, these boys did a fine job, indeed. A study in hops. Whereas Alpha King offers a ton of hop flavor, but restrained bitterness, this beer widens its focus to embrace bitterness as a positive good. I rather like this.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2004 One of my favorite IPA's. I like the hops and expect it in an IPA. I will go elsewhere for malt. That said, this beer is not ALL hops - in the end it measures out quite nicely.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing that hits you is the wonderfully powerful aroma, very citrusy and sweet. Then, the flavor, hoppy and bitter but very well balanced with a nice buttery caramel front and the hops slowly exploding as it goes down. My first Stone, after reading about it for a year on the site, and I’m not disappointed; now if only we could get more than the couple currently available in New England? Hmmm? Greg??
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice beer- nice aroma. its tasty, could have used more bitterness.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice IPA. About as bitter as you can get before imbalance sets in. Nice body, good head. Some caramel notes along with the requisite spicy, citrus, grapefruit.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice bite! Great for an IPA - maybe the best I’ve had (I’ll have to check the old records). Great bitter biting hops.
Dogbrick (7054) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. I didn’t think this stacked up to Ruination but it is still a contender. Dry, biting hops keep it interesting but it is still easy to drink. Keep ’em coming Stone!