VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden with white head. Sharp pungent aroma of spicy hoppiness(elements of pine and citrus). This beer is all about the hops including notes of pine, citrus fruit, and earthiness. Leaves a long dry floral bitterness on the tongue. Overall there is a nice balance used to keep the hops from being overwhelming.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent IPA. Good balance, excellent flavor and aroma. Not much head, so the picture is a little deceiving, but tasting nontheless.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dep gold, white head. citrus and fruity hop aroma wit some earthiness. nicely balanced with sweet honey and malt flavours, big citrus piney hops and a mild roasty finish. a fine ipa.
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Orangey-gold colour. Rich woody nose with orange, toast, peach, kumquat. Long hoppy palate, some biscuity pale malts. Standard issue stuff, moderate bitterness and a bit fruitier and more approachable than most examples.
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Way hoppy, nicely bitter, pours a tad cloudy. A good beer to teach that Budweiser swiller what a beer should be.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale in color with a definate malt background. Typical c-hop character, Pine, grapefruit, soem floral. I bit bitter for my liking. I would have rather a bit more hops in the flavor and aroma area. Good overall.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden in color, light for a pale ale, with a huge head of tiny bubbles. Perhaps the best head I have ever seen. Beautiful floral hop aroma. A very balanced brew. Nice citrusy hop finish. Even better than the Arrogant Bastard Ale.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 8, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best IPA I have ever tasted. It is perfectly balanced. Nicely golden and a glorious head. What type of hops do they use? It has a wonderful hoppy flavor, but is not overpowering like most IPA's that try to go over the top. Way better than the other IPA variations that Stone is offering. I just wish I lived near the brewery because a 6-pack cost 10.95 in Mass. Ouch!
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice golden transparent color,small but very long lived almost creamy white head.The aroma was definately hops nice citrus notes with a mild malt as well.This has got to be one of the best smelling brews i've been able to have in a long time.The flavor is superior nice hop taste with a mild citrus and decent hop presence i believe that due to my oevr excitment it maybe just a tad over warm for a decent experience but,hell i just couldn't wait for it to get there.It is slightly sweet in the beginning but later turns to a nice hoppy bitterness,not in an over powering damn thats hops taste but damn thats good taste.The after taste is a very nice hops presence that is not overly strong but gentile more or less caressing the palate making you crave more.What a fine brew,i wish i had asked for more but alas one is all i have and i have to thank Hopscotch for this one.
SilkTork (5370) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - gift from Nuffield. Lychees aroma. Soft citric. Bursting citric hop flavours which become stronger with each sip until there is a long bitter burn. Sweet malt. Darjeeling tea. Each sip is different. A beer that develops and changes. Damn interesting.