akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic aroma, very hoppy, citrusy. the taste does not dissapoint, there is no point in waiting for the malt because this beer is all about the hops. and there is so much to experience. they are wonderfully sharp and crisp in this brew. the hops balance themselves quite well. the only problem is that you wont be able to taste too much other than hops when you are finished with this one.
Panzuriel (1281) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a top quality IPA. Balanced flavor and strength. Smooth and satisfying.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 16, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Being on the east coast this stuff is impossible for me to find. But lucky my friend brought back 4 22Oz. of Stone beers when he came to visit. Now to see if this IPA would live up to the hype. First i crack it open and take a whif. Ahhh a refreshing citrus/ fruity/ earthy hop oder hits me. I poured it into a pint glass to check the color and head, both of which are very enticing. Now for the moment of truth. Its up, its down, and damn is it good. clean crisp earthy citrusy hop flavor the keeps hittin yer taste buds even after its down the throat. Now i guess i have to wait to move before i can have em on a regular basis
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good india pale ale... very hoppy, which is to be expected, and finishes off incredibly well.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yessss !!! back to Quality, American IPA’s, another Stone Brewing Co. winner. Strong hop and Citrus flavors, a Winner here. Hops on fire once again from Stone, If you like hoppy beers, you ought to LOVE Stone.Right there with Ruination, I would like to try them back to back, except the latter is impossible to find right now. Highly Recommended. tonight at my Local beer retailer (800+) beers I saw two guys buying Heineken(cans) I told them to try a bottle of this, right now they are discovering what real beer is, I Love it, Wake up America !!
gargoyle32 (8) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 13, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hops, hops, hops. Good copper color. Nice citrusy aroma and flavor. Perfect hop bitterness and dryness. One awesome beer.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2003 Very hoppy. Great aftertaste, subtle for a beer with such a distinct aroma. The color is amazing.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 10, 2002
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
A real pretender. Pretty, silk-screened bottle, that’s just about all. Case said bottled in July. However, had classic symptpoms of heat or light damage: caustic bitterness, uneven malt presence. I find this shocking -- We get bottle-conditoned Anchor Liberty out east, and its flat out superb up to 6 months after bottling.
beerbaby99 (4) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
over the top
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
as it pours into the glass, you are greeted by a beautiful golden beer, with cascading bubbles and a perfect hop aroma. on the palate, the hoppiness is just right, setting of the nice malty flavors hidden beneath. delicious, drinkable and perfect