BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
When it comes to IPAs, it doesnít get much better than this. Citrus, lemony hop aroma mirrored with similar flavors. Not overpowering but enough to fulfill you. Spicy lingering finish.
Medium boided with nice carbonation. Well done.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium white head with orange color. Stong hop aroma of grapefruit that carries over into the flavor. Long hop finish.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. pours a lovely orange color with hops apparent immediately. amazing aroma of hops, a bit of malt, and jasmine as well as other flowers. the taste is also packed with hops but not overly bitter, again a jasmine like flavor almost like jasmine tea but more bitter. very refreshing brew, great for the summer...one of the best ipaís iíve had!!!!
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. hops, yeah, we got that. pours a cloudy orange yellow with a fluffy white head that sticks around to a lesser degree. has a very strong. Very strong hoppy, citrus aroma. the taste is a solid citrus/hoppy flavor that is strong without overpowering. this is the best IPA Iíve had. finishes with a touch of malt creaminess(i donít know if there is any malt in this, but that is the taste i get). but the flavor is great. it is fruity without being cloying and extremely hoppy without overpowering. this is an extremely well made beer.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose is easy to describe: hops, lemon, and a little black pepper. Taste is f*****g amazing. I donít know if words can describe this, but I will try. Clean, fresh taste, with a little zest. Mouthfeel is full and very clean. First tastes notes are Early Grey tea, lemon, and black pepper. Second notes are carbonation and wood/pine. Finish is slightly dry and clean. This is hands down the most balanced beer I have ever had. This is the IPA in which I will forever measure other IPAís against.
briellis (2) - USA - JUN 18, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice IPA. Purchased a 22oz bottle from a local beer store. Enjoyed so much I had them order me in a case.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, from CA, 06.17.04 Pours a lightish (for an IPA) golden amber with average, thick head and immediate lacing. Hops aromas are floating about the room, sweet flowers like honeysuckle, orange blossoms. Smells absolutely scrumptious. Flavors are very nicley balanced; sweet, malty, and pungent; fruity hops. I wish the ABV was lower since itís just an IPA, not a double - Iíd like to drink a bunch and 7% prohibits that. Great feel; wet and refreshing with a quick hop bite. If I lived on the West Coast, I could imagine this being my everyday IPA. Living on the East Coast, Iím not ashamed to consistently enjoy DFH 90min and Smuttynose IPA - this beer is right on par with those. Very good, but overrated on this site.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bitter and Hoppy from the start. Stone IPA is cascading hops with that bitter undertone. Excellent Beer!!! Hoppy and gets sweet closer to finish. Nothing more to say but Stone is awesome beer.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber with a medium diminishing frothy off white head. Aroma of pine, resin, grapefruit, bread, apricot, caramel. Slightly astringent. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Strong flavor of grapefruit, pine, toast, apricot and pepper. Refreshing. Very good, although a little astringent. Big thanks to DocLock for sending this to me!
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Medium amber w/ a lasting white head. Lemony citrus & toasty malt; medium fruitiness, malt also lighly bready, but citrusy hop dominates. Seems to be lightly solventy piney/hairspray aroma when it warms. Well balanced w/ a citrus hop flavor, a little too well balanced IMHO for an IPA, bu t I didnít make it! Light caramel, malty, hop flavored finish & aftertaste. Drier m/f, alcohol a little warming, but mostly well hidden, medium body. Iím still not a hop head, but fully enjoyable for an IPA. Not quite as bitter as I expected, especially from Stone, but still very good.