beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2008 As far as an IPA goes, this is perfection. Pours a perfect amber color with a great white head that lasts long and it leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is filled with hops. Taste is slightly sweet at first then ends with a nice light bitterness. Very smooth and creamy. Great brew.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2004 mmmmm...hops. It is a clear rich gold poor with a nice white head. Very nice citrusy, floral hops in the aroma. Oh, but the hops are a powerful (and pleasureable) presence. Slight malty sweetness help balance those oh so lovely biting hops. I really love this one and would have it again in a heart beat.
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 Very bold and fruity but a bit creamier than most IPA’s. A very good offering. I hope to find more Stone IPA variations to compare against.
3/15 Years later this really is still a Benchmark American IPA, less fruity than mAny, hop forward and has some weight. Great Malt balance, even some subtle chocolate for me.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden clear with a small white head. Aroma is pure hops as expected, but this one does not impress me. Grapefruit rind and hops in the taste. Good, but not great.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
True IPA aroma, hoppy nose, very refreshing. Gold, small bubbles, small but long lasting lace. Bitter at front, medium full body. Crisp, refreshing, great for session time. Very nice but you can find more refined competitors IPA around.
GregClow (3183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden-orange colour with a decent white head. Aroma is big and hoppy and flowery. Flavour of hops, hops and more hops, with enough malty sweetness to keep it in line. My first Stone beer, and it was pretty much what I expected - hoppy and good.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Radek! Appearance is a golden colour with a white as can be head. Aroma is hoppy......very hoppy. Cascade hops here? Anyway, the smell makes your mouth water. Taste is hoppy bitterness to the max. Everything about this beer is hops and bitterness up the ying yang. Nice one Stone!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a white head, large bubbles. Fruity nose, hoppy, with citrus notes. Flavor slightly sweet, a bit thin, very bitter with grapefruit and violet notes.
jercraigs (9827) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Oct 2007. Lightly hazy orange body with a modest creamy off white head. Modest resiny hop aroma. Moderate bitterness throughout, light resiny character, very muted citrus notes. Smooth average to medium palate. Hops are pleasant but surprisingly muted. May have sat in the cellar just a bit too long. 7/3/7/3/15.
<P>May 2004 Rerate - Hoppier aroma and a lot more resiny than the previous sample. Upped the aroma and overall 1 pt each.
<P>May 2004. Thanks for bringing this great find Radek! (and Tim for the wee bottle I took home with me) Golden yellow colour with a solid white head. Nice hoppy aroma and plent of hoppy bitterness but not nearly as much of either as I expected. Fairly well balanced which I was not expecting either. Very drinkable, and a very nice beer but a bit disappointing. I will likely re-rate with the bottle in the fridge and a fresher palate.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2005 Pours a dark golden color with a small head. Scent is very fruity and the taste give you a blast of hops. Then the aftertaste of even more hops kicks in. A great IPA, not as good as Dogfish Head however.