WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, maybe it is because I've been spoiled by the NW Style IPA, but I can't help but feel like this beer is so average. The color was really nice, but the love that makes up an IPA is all filtered out. It smelled pretty medicinal, it tasted bottled, maybe a little old. It wasn't bad, just wasn't great. I think I'll stick with Arrogant Bastard the next time I go for a Stone beer.
ntweather (2) - USA - FEB 25, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OMG...Maybe the most perfect beer I have ever had. The aroma is something I would like to engulf my house. The hoppy aftertaste is something I will never forget and contiune to search for in other beers.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a clouded orangish/tan color with some carbonation and small diminishing head. Smell is of hops/citrus. Taste is lightly malted and finishes with a hop/citrus/acidic flavor. Overall a fine IPA with great hop flavors.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a coppery color with a nice white head and good lacing. Rich citrus and hoppy aroma with a slight earthy undertone. Good hoppy start with a slightly sweet and citrus follow. Finish is a good mix of the hoppy bite of an IPA and a slight malt addition to make it nice and smooth. Silky mouthfeel.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Bottle, 22oz. Sniffed the cap after pouring and thought WOW.....hop time! Very fresh, natural and potent, piney, resinous hop aroma. Slightly hazy, pale, deep golden color with a copper hue. Good beige head & lace. Constant hop flavor and bitterness projected from a smooth, creamy, light roasted malt background. Medium body. Alcohol is there but not distracting. Well integrated quality product. Stood up well to my mesquite grilled chicken. (add on 4/8/04): Very rich, rather sweet, stickey, lightly roasted malt flavor. Be sure its at least 50 degrees F to wake up all those flavors. 11/01/04: This stuff is so rich. Its like some signature concoction you’d get in a fancy glass for dessert at a good restaurant. The last few I had the head was so firm I almost needed to use my teeth. There is a nice pepper spice note in with the flavors and hop bitterness thats very pleasing. 5/27/05: I’m dropping it down .1 to a 4 which puts it even with Ruination. 4/4/06 Down another point. My world is getting bigger.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper color and is topped by a off white head. An immediate big hop aroma jumps from my glass and overpowers any malt presence that this beer might have. The aroma is grassy, herbal, citrusy, & it has a sweet hop nectar character. Quite simply, as I take my first sip, I know this is a hoppy bitter brew. The hops explode on your tongue. There is a balancing malt sweetness here that is required to carry this hop bomb. The hop character has strong notes of bergemot as well as some resiny overtones; this is just pure hop nectar. A very fruity beer, made more so by the citrusy hop character. Quite over the top in it's hoppiness. This beer is just damn good & I am so happy to get this on tap on a regular basis.
dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got to try some off the tap after consuming countless bombers. Hazy orange body with foamy off-white head. Full floral nose with plenty of citrus and pine. Hops overpower, but don't dominate the smooth malt flavors from initial taste to finish. The standard-bearer of IPAs deserves all of the praise it gets.
jasonp (1570) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Pours clear orange/copper with a thick off-white head. Extremely perfumy, hoppy, floral aroma with toasted grains and mango/tropical fruit in there too! Taste has huge notes of grapefruit/citrus, hops, pine and plenty of sweet toasty grains/maltiness to back it up. Just delicious. Lingering bitter grapefruit rind finish. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy with subtle carbonation. Spider-web lacework with good head retention. One of the best IPAs on the planet for sure.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a light amber with a nice creamy off-white head. Visible carbonation, beautiful lacing. Aroma is of sweet hops and citrusy grapefruit. Initial taste is a bit biting, but it quickly mellows with a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is think and creamy for an IPA. One of the better IPAs that I have had.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2011 Lawnmower clippings blowing over honeyed malts...Floral fruitiness surfing grapefruit rinds into a portentous wooden, resinous bitterness...This is a very good IPA, a super clean and very drinkable example of the West Coast’s finest...