5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a light amber with a nice creamy off-white head. Visible carbonation, beautiful lacing. Aroma is of sweet hops and citrusy grapefruit. Initial taste is a bit biting, but it quickly mellows with a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is think and creamy for an IPA. One of the better IPAs that I have had.
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Lawnmower clippings blowing over honeyed malts...Floral fruitiness surfing grapefruit rinds into a portentous wooden, resinous bitterness...This is a very good IPA, a super clean and very drinkable example of the West Coast’s finest...
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter, but bitter in a very good way. Like all Stone brews the hops hit you like a brick-wall. Very nice in general, head was nice and lasting.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2011 pours beautiful hazy amber orange with tall white foamy head that lasts a while. Can smell the fruity hops from over a foot away! Flavor is all hops, easy on the malt (less than an arrogant bastard for example), and all nicely resulting in a lovely bitter (can you say pucker) finish. One of the purest regular IPAs I’ve tasted.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 a wonderful ipa. pours a slightly cloudy golden orange with a quickly dissipating off-white head. hugely floral nose. clear hops with a bitter bitter aftertaste. a tad on the thin side, but overall a really great brew.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice golden amber color with a fluffy white head. As expected, loads of spicy hops and citrus in the aroma. Flavor is bursting with fresh hops, grapefruit, pine and spice. Excellent IPA.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As much as I love stone, this beer seems over-rated. Pours a medium amber with small white head. Flavors are of a basic IPA, floral, citrus, a little sour and light on the palate.
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a clear filtered? yellow with a small white head, this could be a pilsner and giving it 3 makes me wonder if I'm too kind just because it's Stone. Aroma is hop essence literally.. with a hint of fuel and quite salty as well together with the more traditional citrus, lemon and grapefruity profiles. A good sniffing which appeals me by its originality. Taste surprises right away being very citric. I simply don't understand how so many people can love it that much since it's so distracting? Neverthless, there's a touch of honey malt and it's very clean. Talking about balance is totally out of place though and it didn't seem particularly pleasant. The body is honest, a solid medium body, but not as mouth-filling as other Stones I've had. Basically, this was totally blown away by the Lost Coast Indica we've had just before. Just altogether way too citric sour for my liking, possibly the tartest IPA I've had to date and while it's a characteristic I truly love in many belgians, it didn't seem to fit here. Thanks Martin!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber appearance and a decent foamy head. Bitter enough for the hopheads and balanced enough for the average person. A solid IPA that is more refreshing than just about any other IPA I've ever had.
Loweeel (6) - USA - FEB 9, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best IPA I've tried, and the first I've ever really liked. Beautiful color, although the head didn't last as long as I would have liked. As with most Stone brews, the closer I got to the bottom of the glass, the more I enjoyed it.