hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz. bottle. Pouring smoothly into my pint glass, I can see the light amber/orange colored brew slowly rise to the top forming a nice one inch slightly off white head. What a fine sight it is. The first thing to hit my nose is pineapple, like I just opened a can as I often do. Then it starts to become more complex with other fruit odors, maybe a little bit of a peach schnapps smell or, maybe its that I detect a little bit of the sweet smell of honey. Wow, my rookie nose is really showing its character, or is it that the complexity of this beer is blowing my mind? Upon the first taste I notice the malty sweetness and flavor explosion. Nice and bitter with plenty of mouth watering hoppy citrus flavor. Extremely refreshing and inspiring. The head retains itself at about a quarter inch leaving a nice lace to the end. Or no, its not over yet, I still havent finished the bottle. The rest pours smoother as it has warmed a little. This beer must be bottled conditioned because it is now cloudy in my glass, as the complex flavors improve. I know that this is the best IPA Ive had yet.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great India pale ale. Nice balance of malt and hops. Finishes clean crisp and bitter.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-Amber like body with good head and lacing. Aroma is dominated by hops with a flowery compliment. Flavour is very hoppy and slightly bitter. Finish is long and enjoyable. A hophead delight.
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appealing amber color with a nice hoppy aroma.
Nice and smooth going down.
Great beer with after taste of hops around my mouth.
I get a nice warm feeling as I finish this beer.
CapFlu (4781) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Very exciting opportunity here - my first Stone! Pours a thinly laced, white head and a gorgeous golden body. Papaya, pear and hops nose. Nice balance, full bodied, hoppy flavour with a smooth, lightly bitter finish. Truly a worthy beer of the highest percentile - and the aroma is captivating. Cheers to CiderGuy for making this fine beer available to me!
halloweenphan (2) - hixson, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
PIZZA HUT IS NO OLIVE GARDEN ,BUT WITH ANY FOOD THIS BEER DELIVERS THE PERFECT TASTE,AROMA,HOPPINESS, AND A LITTLE THIRST QUINCHER TO GO ALONG WITH IT ..TRY IT YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID...
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2007 Nice color and off white head start this much anticipated brew. Nose is dry hoppy with a little grapefruit aroma, as well. Very nice, and well balanced, and it has an almost pilsner-like quality to it! Flavor is also quite hoppy, but this has to be the smoothest hoppy beer I’ve ever had. The hops just seem to roll from the front of the tongue to the back, leaving with a medium bitterness aftertaste, which again fades into notes of grapefruit. Truly a wonderful IPA!
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge hop aroma and also a light touch of mint. Medium orange in color. Taste is nice hops, not real green and not overly mellow. Sweet and somewhat fruity finish, like a fine cider. Could have used a littel more cabonation and head.
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Light golden color with a full head. Smells like apples, little like peaches, almost like apple cider, very sweet aroma. Wow, so bittersweet, very dry, with very full and enjoyable hop flavors. Not as sweet as it smells, but more balanced.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent IPA. I like this one better than ruination because of the slightly lesser hops content. A great floral smell, beautiful look, and an amazing fruity, hoppy flavor.