herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is Stone? I have to admit I’m usually one of those who is ’not worthy’.Opened the bottle and it didn’t assault my senses. Very nice mellow hop/citrus aroma. Very pretty beer. Taste is a close to perfect balance for an IPA in my opinion. This is definately one of my favorite IPA’s.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity/hoppy aroma--relatively light for a big brew---an even better appearance---lovely orange/gold color with ’busy’ head--lots of lace...Flavors are full and nicely balanced: coming at you initially like an ocean wave...then settling-out into their separate and distinctive personalities...Plenty of body here, too...Finish is complex and covers full spectrum as well--fruity/hop top-end with light-tasting but substantial-feeling malt undertow...The real strength of this IPA is its balance--great mouthfeel and surprising restraint for a brew with this kind of power...most drinkable...
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
copper colored, foamy off-white head with incredibly beautiful lacing, highly carbonated, smells just like a ruby red grapefruit with a slight metallic hint. citrus in the flavor with the bitterness really coming out in the aftertaste. outstanding IPA...one interesting note, the metallic flavor REALLY comes through when you burp!
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I find this to be one of the premier American IPA’s. The floral aroma and smooth hoppy finish is what all IPA’s should want to achieve. It is very crisp and clean. Kudos!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmmm.Rocky,white,long lasting head.Aroma.Do I need to even comment?Somewhat cold was probably the most bitter taste I have ever tasted.Hops were all over the place.Very little malt.As it warms the malts still seem very restrained. It also gains a spicy,hoppy,alcohol tinge to the finish. The aroma and taste don’t seem to click for me.Ruination is suprisingly much more balnced IMO.In other words this tasted like hop juices to me. Right up my alley but quite a few better IPA’s.Including Ruination.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jesus! the smell! The hoppiest aroma of all time....pure hops and notes of fresh lawn clippings....cool! Color was orange. Taste was benchmark IPA, all hops little malt.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 light amber/peach color. Clear with thin head and lace. Aroma of pine,toasted malt,hint of orange? Medium bodied, huge toasted and citric(orange) malt profile(reminicent of hop devil), piney hops take over leaving a long bitter finish. Very balanced leaving fantastic hop burps to boot! A world class IPA.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong, full-bodied IPA. A strong flavor combines with a hoppy aftertaste. Not as powerful as the Aniversary ales, but no less tasty.
tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The advert is right, this is a truly hoppy pint! Has a lovely aroma that comes out and bites you, and the flavor is strong as well. Lovely golden/amber color, with a strong head.