IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful appearance. Clear and golden with a distinct hop aroma. The taste is a good mix of sweet malt and bitter hop. The hop aftertaste doesnít attack the throat and is certainly not overpowering.
intheric (20) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy crap, why have I been drinkking anything else? Gret deep rich malt flabor nicely balanced and refresed by a good deal of hops. Nice white foamy head. Good amount of bitterness, but still very drinkable.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 tried on draft after a tourof the brewery, SO FRESH! one of the elite American IPAs
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, dark golden color with off-white head. Really nice hop aroma, sweet, piny with prune notes. The taste if full of piny and perfumy hops. Good bitternes, balanced by a decent sweetness and fullness from the malts. A dry, hop aftertaste, but not overpowering.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 One of my favorites. Average for Stoneís standards; big hops flavor with citrus backing that does not let up. Crisp bitter end. If you like IPAís and have not tried this, you are a tool. Go to the store now, buy one, and you will definitely enjoy it.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a clear orange yellow color with a small white head that laces well. Aroma is of piney high alpha acid hops; floral and spicy with a definitely malt back bone. Flavor is upfront spicy and hoppy (grapefruit and spruce) and caramel sweet. Moderate ester profile to complement the hops and malt. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. Mouthfeel is fairly full and smooth with a perfect carbonation level. Great IPA.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deee-licious. Appealing amber. Grapefruit hop bitterness entices and delivers. Balanced hops throughout and a great lingering bitter finish. Did I mention deee-licious?
dwyerpg (5637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, Iíve really been in an IPA mood lately (4 in 4 days), and theyíve all been excellent. Yellow-orange, a hoppy and extremely dry head. This is a top-notch IPA, very hoppy (but not when compared to Stoneís Ruination). Goes down smooth - can drink all night.
punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Amber color. Smells of hops... tastes of hops... yummy! Hop Hop Iím a bunny! A happy Bunny.
TheManUpstairs (1) - Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005 does not count
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 5/20
This is the beer I use to convince people that Sierra Nevada IPA isnít the be-all of IPAs. The hops ALMOST, but not quite, overpower; the last half of the glass is even better than the first.