NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2003 1pint 6 oz. bottle poured orange/amber with lively carbonation and an off white head. Sweet flowers and sugar aroma, generous hop bite and bitterness with an awesome floral taste. hides the alcohol well except for a warming in the back of your throat and the buzz at the end of the bottle :). very nice
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a lighter shade of pale yellow, some hazy cloudyness with a finger high white head of looser thickness, fades and bubbles down to some bubbles along the rim. Lace in webby loose sheets. Smell is quite floral and sweetly hopped lending light pine, light grapefruit and a touch spicy. Not all that strong but very fresh and hoppy. Swirling brings out some soft caramel malts and alcoholic warmth. Taste is a calming smooth, subtle hoppy little treat. Solid floral and dried sense of hops with a good touch of pine and grapefruit mixing with peach notes. Nice light backing of soft caramel malts; a bit of toasted bread. Well balanced and the bitterness is well under check with nice lingering spicy dried grapefruit notions in the finish. Lightly creamy and a fair medium body feel with a crisp, clean subtle hoppy finish. Maybe expecting to much from this beer with all the high recommendations. Its a solid IPA for sure, but didn't quite make the impact on me with more of a mellower hop flavor then I was anticipating. Comparisons aside, this was very close to Town Hall's Columbus Pale. So as an IPA this was more like a great pale.
auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice dark orange colour and the aroma was terrific. interesting bitter flavour (very good indeed).
Dorwart (2441) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, great aroma. Starts out as sweet peaches and finishes with a nice soft floral aroma. Ok head with light carbonation but leaves some great lacing on the glass. Flavor is hoppy but not so much that you pucker up while drinking. Quite bitter flavor too with a little citrus. Color is a cloudy amber orange. Finish is bitter and lasting. A top quality IPA that is not over the top hopped and balanced very well for the hops that are there. Stone comes through again.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased inexplicably at a corner store in New York's Chinatown, where one could also obtain a durian or some lap cheung. Golden/amber, dense offwhite head, much lace. Aroma is what a field of hops must smell like. Tastes of pine and citrus, some grass and a powerful bitterness. Not much in the way of malt but sufficient to carry the hop-load. Medium body. I should go back and tell the woman behind the counter at the store that this is "hen hao pijiu!" (very good beer!)
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew was sent to me by Andrew196 a few months ago and is finally getting to see the light of day, Thanks for the brew Mike!
Poured into my Samuel Smiths Nonic pint glass, this Stone IPA poured a massive cream-colored head that very slowly dissipates but leaves behind a colossal mass of smaller rocky head and lacing; in the lower portion of the glass sits a sparkling copper colored brew.
The aroma and flavor are burly with citrus, mainly grapefruit, some notes of caramel, spruce, and pine shine through. The alcohol makes itself recognized, but mainly in the finish I can feel the warmth in the back of my throat.
Great bitterness, not overpowering at all. This IPA has a slightly oily, medium, crisp palate, very lovely!
Overall this is a BIG Citrus, Grapefruit IPA, one that will not disappoint!
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet pine. Taste of pine, malt and slight citrus. Very smooth and drinkable. Ever present hops with out a strong bite which adds greatly to the drinkablity. Great with food. Nothing exotic but a very good representation of what I like the style to be.
JorisPPattyn (8434) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) Pale gold. Rather dense, slim head, yellowish. Nose like a freshly opened bale of hops. Unrefined, lager-like malt under harsh metallic hops-taste. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is again - just more hops. This is not bad, but, by Jove, beer has to be more than just hops on steroids.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 Best IPA I've had thus far. Nice orange appearance with a flurry of flavors.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a lot like the ruination but without the hop kick in the junk you get from ruination. It's a very good IPA.