maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a clear,dark gold color. Less citrus, more honey sweetness. Higher alcohol (6.9%). Modest head of foam, doesnít exhibit the cloudiness or level of sedimentation that other craft IPAís show. Sweet, yet bitter... and for those who find this brew lacking... then you are ready to graduate to one of the best beers on this planet; Stoneís Arrogant Bastard. Canít say that it is my favorite IPA, but it is pretty darn good and reasonbly priced at $2.99 per 22 oz. bottle.
cathcacr (627) - Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Would it be excessive hubris to say that this embodies perfection in brewing? Technically speaking, there is "nothing wrong" with, say, a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Itís got all the nice qualities that make for a good beer, and itís not weak or bad in any way. But it just doesnít make for hop-nirvana, now does it. Quite literally, by contrast, there isnít anything wrong with this beer. Remember, after all, that SNPA is a normal pale ale, something any beer lover could settle for absent something better. This, on the other hand, is an IPA, so the bar gets raised, and this hits the spot for what an IPA could be and ought to be. And when oneís favorite style appears to be IPA, and this one just doesnít cut any corners, well, youíre left with a beer that has nothing wrong with it. It is Excellence in liquid form. As IPAíy an aroma as can be had. Beautiful appearance, small bubbles and spectacular lacing. No weakness in the taste; the palate is flawless. It simply doesnít fall short anywhere. I tried to find where I might possibly downgrade it, but I couldnít, because it satisfied completely in every respect. For brewing "perfection" of a related sort, you can refer to this brewerís Ruination IPA. I think that the tastes of Stoneís brewers happened to coincide with mine; I donít know how else to explain this glorious synchronicity between taste and fulfillment. If IPA is your thing, youíve come to the right place.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 Wow wow. Massive flowery, hoppy nose. Lovely creamy texture. Big, fruity hops, plenty of lemon and orange. Love the massively hoppy aftertaste. Glorious IPA.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, I didnít hate this beer, but it definitely wasnít my favorite IPA.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 22OZ bottle: There is a super amount of cascade hops that is put against a strong malt backbone. A new #1 IPA in my book. Too bad I canít buy this where I live, but thank goodness for VintageCellar.com.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Draft: First beer from this keg. dense and creamy head that is very sticky. aroma is floral, citric, touch of caramel, sweet, kind nuggets, nutty, pine sap. flavors of ripe oranges. like biting into a ripe, juicy orange, hop burp...something i hadnít had in a beer before this. palate is very round and soft, juicy, extremely fresh and refreshing, yet very complex.
DamnGoodBeer99 (13) - Shingle Springs, California, USA - MAR 5, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had just decided earlier that IPAís available in 12 oz bottles were probably dominated by the great tasting Bridgeport and Big Daddy (Speakeasy). Then, I had Stones IPA.Great Stuff from the first to the last sip and a íHopí saturation that I found very satisfying. I also liked not being able to single out the alcohol (like some other hopped-up Ipaís and Double Ipaís). Iíd actually give this a í20í but then Iíd probably never buy any other. Even the bottle looked cool. Congratulations Stone, on a terrific IPA.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Good stuff. Cloudy caramel color. Very hoppy, without any bitterness. I smelled and tasted sweet oranges and other citrus. Iím a big fan of IPA, and this may be the best I have tasted. Bravo! I think Iíll have another.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite IPA so far. Great hoppy flavor and aroma without the bitter aftertaste. A must try if you are an IPA fan.
BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Modest orange in appearance with a frothy head topping this blissfully hop-aromed beer. A label on the beer states ínothing but barley, hops, yeast, and waterí--what could be more simple?--Is this really all it takes to make a great beer--then why havenít more brewers caught on?! Relatively smooth hoppiness that saturates all parts of the mouth, leaving a pleasant, but slightly metallic, hop aftertaste. A wonderful all-around IPA with well balanced hopping. One of the best.