kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Top stuff. Big hoppy aroma, citrus, pine. Sweet yet hoppy. Very balanced. Medium bodied. Great beer that I could either sip, or happily down a few of on a hot day. Great beer.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Another exceptional offering from Stone. Pours a deep orange with hints of gold. Lite – minimal white head. The aroma is wonderful. Bright hoppy citrus and sticky pine. Very fresh smelling (like I’m holding a handful of hops fresh off the vine) with some lite malt holing it all together. The flavor is very nice. It starts with a creamy, litely sweet malt (caramel?) mixed with citrus (orange) hops. Moves to grapefruit flavors mixed with wood and pine bitterness. The finish is long, bitter, and dry. You get a hint of alcohol warmth, which is nice. The body is fine. This brew leans to hop heavy but the malts are study enough to keep it all together. Very tasty!
Rated this again out of a firkin (sp?) taped at falling rock during GABF. Had been dry hopped for some time. The aroma was more pronounced this time with excellect citus hops. Very floral. the flavor was just as excellent though I noted it was significnatly more sticky in body.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden to light amber with a big fluffy yellow head. Wonderful citrusy, flowery hop aroma. First in the flavor comes a good malty taste. Slight amounts of caramel malt. Most of the hoppiness is in the finish. Well balanced IPA.
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