Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I find this to be one of the premier American IPA’s. The floral aroma and smooth hoppy finish is what all IPA’s should want to achieve. It is very crisp and clean. Kudos!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmmm.Rocky,white,long lasting head.Aroma.Do I need to even comment?Somewhat cold was probably the most bitter taste I have ever tasted.Hops were all over the place.Very little malt.As it warms the malts still seem very restrained. It also gains a spicy,hoppy,alcohol tinge to the finish. The aroma and taste don’t seem to click for me.Ruination is suprisingly much more balnced IMO.In other words this tasted like hop juices to me. Right up my alley but quite a few better IPA’s.Including Ruination.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jesus! the smell! The hoppiest aroma of all time....pure hops and notes of fresh lawn clippings....cool! Color was orange. Taste was benchmark IPA, all hops little malt.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 light amber/peach color. Clear with thin head and lace. Aroma of pine,toasted malt,hint of orange? Medium bodied, huge toasted and citric(orange) malt profile(reminicent of hop devil), piney hops take over leaving a long bitter finish. Very balanced leaving fantastic hop burps to boot! A world class IPA.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong, full-bodied IPA. A strong flavor combines with a hoppy aftertaste. Not as powerful as the Aniversary ales, but no less tasty.
tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The advert is right, this is a truly hoppy pint! Has a lovely aroma that comes out and bites you, and the flavor is strong as well. Lovely golden/amber color, with a strong head.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice golden color with a thick quite head and a good citrusy aroma. The taste is almost nothing but hops, but controlled very nicely. The malt temper it a bit to make for a very enjoyable IPA. Actually, probably the best IPA I’ve had yet.
Indra (2595) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2007 Stone India Pale Ale pours out an attractive, brilliant golden color with a hint of amber. Famously citric and piney hop aroma. Flavor is of course largely hop-oriented as well, but it has a decent sized malt backbone as well. Finish is where the brilliantly clear, resiny hop flavors come into play the most, with a nice bitter aftertaste as well. For the amount of hops and all-around bitterness this beer has, though, it is balanced quite effectively by the malt that is present enough here to give it a nice body and a hint of caramel and fruitiness. Quite refreshing on this warm summer night.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 19, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gusler calls this beer ’Quite sniffable’, let me take it a step further, remember the show ’I dream of Genie’? If I were to live in a bottle, this would be it! The hop aroma is incredible, I wouldn’t care if this beer were purple, I’d still love it A great flavor to match, just enough malts to smooth out this liquid ode to hop heads