document (36) - USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have not had a better IPA. Stone Ruination IPA may be better in some very rigorous sense of the word. It is like the Platonic IPA -- all others mere reflections, or maybe mixed with a touch of lager. But this isn't intimidating and over the psychotic top like the ruination. It's drinkable any time, requiring no mental steeling, no palate flexing. Deep, slightly cloudy orange. Looks rather like the beer on the cover of Michael Jackson's Ultimate Beer. Beautiful. Piney aroma, modest bitterness, basically, just incredible.
madsberg (10609) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Bottled: Orange golden coloured. Has a medium lasting head. Aroma has notes of earth and flowers. Flvaour is hops, hops, hops, hops and ..... Boy oh boy. My palate was carpetbombed with hops. Quite pleasant, really, with this massive bitterness in the palate. If this is gonna be the standard of the 6 californian beers i've traded from herbjones, i'm gonna be a lucky man!
Chief (11) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Once poured, you notice the mysterious dense head, slightly misty golden orange colour. One of the first IPA's I have seriously sampled to date and yet still remains my favourite. Starts with a strong crisp and complexed, hop to floral flavour with a pronounced finish. It is a medley of liquid love in a bottle. I am throwing my first wife out for this beer!
JPDIPSO (4981) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 Ok, Better looking than I remember. Lightly hazed orange, with some decent lace. Still sweet but without the heavy cardboard,. More alcohol perceived. Flavors are better with some grapefruit and a touch of white grapes. Malt evident and welcome in the middle and finish to help balance out the hops. Quite smooth for the strength. Big yeast presents in both the aroma and the flavor at times. A full, strong IPA. Original Rating (7,3,6,4,13 = 3.3) Hazy golden orange color with a tight bubbled small beige head. Sweet grapefruit with a hint of wet cardboard aroma. Citrus and sweet (near cloying) flavors. I would wager this is either old or heat struck. Rats!
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the 1st beer ive ever had from this brewery, and i will definitely be trying more after this. Yes its bitter, but in a very refreshing way, that makes me want to take another sip every time. Theres also some sweetness to balance it out. Absolutely delicious.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You know I tried the Ruination ale right before this one and I swear this one is more bitter. I still had no problem swallowing this one down with ease. Although after dropping 44 oz of ale down my into my belly I wasn't exactly all there.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
These guys do like their hops. But I still feel as though I am worthy of their beer. Very hoppy but they don't skimp on the malts either. This is a great beer before bedtime.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Orange in color. Bitter bitter bitter. Very complex, sweet, sour, fruty. An amazing aroma. My second brew from Stone.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 A splendid IPA. Big on the hops aroma and flavor, but the bitterness is not overdone. A little weak on malt character, but who said this was supposed to be a "balanced" beer? The dry hopping gives it that "fresh hops" smell that is simply not present in most IPAs; it smells like hops fresh out of the bag.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Hands down the best IPA I’ve tried yet. Fruity and amazingly complex aroma (IMO) for an IPA. Pears, honey, hops oil. Foamy white head on hazy dark amber beer with lacing down the whole side of the glass. Medium-heavy body with low-medium carb - great mouthfeel. The balance of sweet/tart malts/hops is incredible. Very fruity and huge hops finish with light bitter/fruit after. Clean and crisp - really perks you up.