Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely one of my alltime favorites. Humungus hoppy aftertaste that just kills your palate for any other beer on the planet. But why would you want to drink anything else?
heykevin (1275) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is top notch extremely inviting hoppy aroma. Malt flavor is quite well done, just the right amount of residual sweetness. My main beef is that the hop flavor was quite different than the hop aroma. I felt that it led to a bit of a disjointed drinking experience.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is the definition of IPA. No uncharecteristic flavors like the Maritime IPA, just liquid hops. What is particularly lovely about this brew is the enourmous hop-nose: I spent 5 minutes just SMELLING the glass! Obviously a lot of dry-hopping, but hops is the main ingrediant at every level of this beer. The flavor backs up the hops with a strong enough bite and carbonation to distinguish it from Tree’s IPA, which has no body behind the hops. I had the Full Sail IPA the night before, and almost poured the bottle out for lack of hops. God bless Stone Brewing for this perfect beverage!
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a clear,dark gold color. Less citrus, more honey sweetness. Higher alcohol (6.9%). Modest head of foam, doesn’t exhibit the cloudiness or level of sedimentation that other craft IPA’s show. Sweet, yet bitter... and for those who find this brew lacking... then you are ready to graduate to one of the best beers on this planet; Stone’s Arrogant Bastard. Can’t say that it is my favorite IPA, but it is pretty darn good and reasonbly priced at $2.99 per 22 oz. bottle.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Would it be excessive hubris to say that this embodies perfection in brewing? Technically speaking, there is "nothing wrong" with, say, a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It’s got all the nice qualities that make for a good beer, and it’s not weak or bad in any way. But it just doesn’t make for hop-nirvana, now does it. Quite literally, by contrast, there isn’t anything wrong with this beer. Remember, after all, that SNPA is a normal pale ale, something any beer lover could settle for absent something better. This, on the other hand, is an IPA, so the bar gets raised, and this hits the spot for what an IPA could be and ought to be. And when one’s favorite style appears to be IPA, and this one just doesn’t cut any corners, well, you’re left with a beer that has nothing wrong with it. It is Excellence in liquid form. As IPA’y an aroma as can be had. Beautiful appearance, small bubbles and spectacular lacing. No weakness in the taste; the palate is flawless. It simply doesn’t fall short anywhere. I tried to find where I might possibly downgrade it, but I couldn’t, because it satisfied completely in every respect. For brewing "perfection" of a related sort, you can refer to this brewer’s Ruination IPA. I think that the tastes of Stone’s brewers happened to coincide with mine; I don’t know how else to explain this glorious synchronicity between taste and fulfillment. If IPA is your thing, you’ve come to the right place.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 Wow wow. Massive flowery, hoppy nose. Lovely creamy texture. Big, fruity hops, plenty of lemon and orange. Love the massively hoppy aftertaste. Glorious IPA.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, I didn’t hate this beer, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite IPA.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 22OZ bottle: There is a super amount of cascade hops that is put against a strong malt backbone. A new #1 IPA in my book. Too bad I can’t buy this where I live, but thank goodness for VintageCellar.com.
TAR (2469) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Draft: First beer from this keg. dense and creamy head that is very sticky. aroma is floral, citric, touch of caramel, sweet, kind nuggets, nutty, pine sap. flavors of ripe oranges. like biting into a ripe, juicy orange, hop burp...something i hadn’t had in a beer before this. palate is very round and soft, juicy, extremely fresh and refreshing, yet very complex.
DamnGoodBeer99 (13) - Shingle Springs, California, USA - MAR 5, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had just decided earlier that IPA’s available in 12 oz bottles were probably dominated by the great tasting Bridgeport and Big Daddy (Speakeasy). Then, I had Stones IPA.Great Stuff from the first to the last sip and a ’Hop’ saturation that I found very satisfying. I also liked not being able to single out the alcohol (like some other hopped-up Ipa’s and Double Ipa’s). I’d actually give this a ’20’ but then I’d probably never buy any other. Even the bottle looked cool. Congratulations Stone, on a terrific IPA.