MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured myself a pint and then decided to fix the back tire on my mountain bike. But before I started, I drew in the huge hop aroma and sipped a bit from the cold brew to wet my appetite. After about 15 minutes, I was back to the ale and WOAH - I was gribbing the side of the pint with pure astonishment - there was a frothy, creamy head of pure hops growing tendrils of rich flavor to my tongue. I may have always drank this too soon and too cold! This ale is perfectly balanced - creamy head, crisp hops, a little bitterness, a bit of flowery dandelion. I can't think of a better ale to entice a novice to the hop side of the force.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enormous smell of floral hops and sweet malt has my mouth watering. Body is a cloudy orange with dashes of gold, completed by a full head of white foam. Taste is very interesting; big time apricot sweetness then BOOM!, a crash of hops of refined design. The hops are so clean and crisp you can almost feel your tongue crackle. Perfect carbonation and no alcohol in the flavor. Aftertaste is of light fruit and bitter hops, but finishes without approaching the disastrous realm of metallic and pencil shaving hop-aftertaste. Bravo for a job well done!
Terminus (3250) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 22oz bomber-hmm, i think this brew is somewhat of a bust. The aroma was excellent, great citrus aroma with grapefruit upfront. appearance was golden yellow, but carbonation and head were minimal. palate was nice and chewy. tons of hops, with a decient malt backbone but not as good as the malt in hopdevil.
ReRate-tap-tucson beer fest
ok, here is what everybody is talking about. my bottle must have been old because what i got on tap at the fest was one hell of an ipa. this may be the best one dimensional brew out there. the aroma is just this side of paradise! thanks to the guy at the Stone booth for the sticker :)
This beer is pretty much all hops. This, along with Bells Two hearted are the most citrus-y brews out there (at least bottled and widely distributed). This is one i dont drink that often even though it has to be the best widely available brew in my neck of the woods (desert).
Re-Rate 2011 Either my tastes are changing or this beer has taken a turn for the worse. Really catty which was common for ipa’s from this generation but now i can taste it much easier. I dropped the rating down 2/10 of a point. Two hearted is way better!
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy city.Nothing but hops and malt.I really don't know what else to say about it.I really didn' care for it as much as everyone else.Overall it was not terrible with a bitter finish.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 All Stone IPA variants rule, but their standard IPA is the best. Strong, complex hops are supported by a surprisingly good malt backbone throughout. Every aspect of the profile has been addressed in a masterful way. Stone's cheesy marketing campaign is completely blown away by the very high quality of this brew. One of the top IPA's of all time..... immensely excellent.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite pale ale. There is some subtle citrus/floral stuff in here but it is mostly just crisp, dry hops and that seems ok by me.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two words: "HOP BOMB!" Man, this brew is hoppy! Pop the cap, and immediately the hop aroma begins it assault on your nasal passages. It pours a very nice amber, with a rather small, white head. I smell some citrus, and perhaps a floral note or two. Taste is hopaliciously bitter - it just punches the back of your throat. The only complaint I have, is that it seems to be only hops - the flavor doesn't have much character beyond that.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pale amber. Thick head with good lace. Aroma redolent of floral, earthy hops. Nice medium body with very crisp hops flavor. Nicely balanced by malt. Hints of butter. Excellent IPA.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful clear orange witha thick white foamy head. Hoppy, fruity (almost like pineapples) nose. Medium bodied, malty witha nice hop flavor and bitterness. Very good.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible aroma, creamy, frothy head, and a very big hoppy flavor, that was extrememly enjoyable. I will be honest I expected a little more from this IPA, but I have no major complaints. I was more entertained watching the head dissapate and the designs in the lacing too think about too much else. I am a bit of a hophead so this was a really good experience overall.