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 IPAís 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 íHopí saturation that I found very satisfying. I also liked not being able to single out the alcohol (like some other hopped-up Ipaís and Double Ipaís). Iíd actually give this a í20í but then Iíd probably never buy any other. Even the bottle looked cool. Congratulations Stone, on a terrific IPA.
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Good stuff. Cloudy caramel color. Very hoppy, without any bitterness. I smelled and tasted sweet oranges and other citrus. Iím a big fan of IPA, and this may be the best I have tasted. Bravo! I think Iíll have another.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my favorite IPA so far. Great hoppy flavor and aroma without the bitter aftertaste. A must try if you are an IPA fan.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Modest orange in appearance with a frothy head topping this blissfully hop-aromed beer. A label on the beer states ínothing but barley, hops, yeast, and waterí--what could be more simple?--Is this really all it takes to make a great beer--then why havenít more brewers caught on?! Relatively smooth hoppiness that saturates all parts of the mouth, leaving a pleasant, but slightly metallic, hop aftertaste. A wonderful all-around IPA with well balanced hopping. One of the best.
AleAvenger99 (1) - USA - FEB 21, 2002 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Inconsistent, oxidized notes, lacks complexity and balance.
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent. Best brew Iíve tasted
since Harpoon IPA, maybe better.
Very hoppy. No bitter aftertaste.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale, golden color. Slightly cloudy. Subtle maltiness but megga hoppy on the nose and palate.
Wiblemo99 (1) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 11, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, pleasant (not powerful) aroma with nice color and clarity. Has a nice balance between bitter and sweet (fruit) flavor. Personally, I would have toned down the maltiness of this IPA a bit , but that is a personal opinion. There is a definite orange/tangerine bent to the flavor of this beer. Hoppiness is there, but not as overpowering as some reviewers would suggest. For me, the sweetness of this beer was more prominent than itís bitterness. Itís not my favorite IPA, but overall, a very good beer-- I definitely understand why this is such a highly rated beer.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A darn good IPA. Solid hop backbone, but this beer is set apart by the malt character. Deep caramel and slightly roasted malt flavors really make this IPA worth drinking. The relationship between the hops and the malt -where some other IPAís fall flat IMHO - make for solid mouthfeel. Another fine West Coast IPA
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Typical west coast IPA - more hop character and fruitiness. A very special beer.