BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderfully hoppy with a delicious bite. Balanced bready flavor, with a great flowery aroma. This coupled with the Double Bastard are my first experiences with Stone, and I’m a better man for it.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Bottle at Chris_o’s, thanks to joet for bringing it. Tryed just after Great Divide Titan IPA, this was sweeter but still very hoppy, with a pile of piney American hops. A bit better balanced than the Titan, but not so great. My first San Diego beer is fairly impressive.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A copper coloured beer with a soapy white head. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy not too aggressive with orange and pink grapefruit notes. The taste is very nice with more hops and orange flavours. An easy drinking IPA. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating also scored 3.7.
Guitarsessions (21) - Crestline, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First IPA. Pours into a light amber. Foamy head that is gone after a few sips. Nice bitter hoppy flavor. Very nice. Not a mouth feel I like... but it is ok. All in all... a good beer.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fine entry by Stone in the IPA field. Beautiful head and wonderful amber color. I like this one almost as much as I like the Ruination IPA.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 51.5°. NB Worthy glass. Golden, hazy orange with a 1/2" off white head. The aroma is hitting me and I am a foot away from the glass. Aroma of sweet citrus, almost a ruby red grapfruit/orange salad with honey on top. The smell is realy sweet, almost like peach jam. The flavor is sweet fruit (orange, peach) that shows some hops character, but not overly so. This is a really well balanced beer! The finish is semi-dry -> dry, with a ton of citrus fruit. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but not spectacular. I was expecting a hop monster and was pleasantly suprised. I wish I could have this as an everyday beer. Big thanks to Clark VV.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
an aroma I grow to appreciate more and more every day: Cascades! PLUS some interesting peach, marmelade, and bread notes; full-on, open-handed, in the face, hop-wollup (as opposed to brass-knuckled Ruination).....serious malty base to tip the scales; quality brew, of course
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Very balanced. Too balanced for my taste. A very mild IPA. Almost overly malty for an IPA
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pour from the bottle. The best lacing i’ve seen since pouring bottles of beer into a glass. Hoppy aroma and lasting flavor made this a good one. Will buy this one next trip to the beer store
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the beer that alerted me to the brewing genius that was Stone. It’s a fantastic example of everything that an IPA should be, loaded with hops, bitterness and just an amazing flavour that is among the best of IPAs. I actually preferred this to the Ruination, which I thought was perhaps a bit much ambition for it to carry. Excellent.