Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Stone's and without a doubt, the best AIPA that I've had. A very mature, hoppy, candied-yam aroma. Beautiful bottle, painted label, apricot-colored beer. Hop and pepper character, followed by a fruity sweetness. West coast hops are my least favorite, but this was obviously done with a lot of attention and craftsmanship -- without being ham-handed last minute dry-hopping. Long, sawing hop finish, which fights with the sides of your tongue. A man's beer.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2003 12 oz. bottle Stone scores again (surprised?) with this fist-sized cousin to the beautiful 22 oz. works of art we all know and love, or should. Don't make the mistake of drinking this out of the bottle, though - there's a big beer inside of there, with an assertive hop character and brilliant, clear golden hue. A worthy IPA, and less intimidating than it's brethren.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Much lighter than Ruination, this beer will get you by. You can easily drink 6 of these and feel ok.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid head. Hoppy, aromatic nose. The bitterness is sturdy and crisp. Hopheads every where rejoice. I've had a few of these beers over time, and it definitly holds up. Another outstanding beer from Stone.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I'm still a big fan of Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, but this is a fine beer. I'm becoming a "hop convert" after all, where I previously preferred maltier brews. Rich, amber color. Bold, knock-you-on-your-ass hops. What can I say. Hops, hops, hops!
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely, crisply hoppy but balanced by malt presence. I tried the Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA recently, and Stone IPA holds up well. Smooth and refreshing, Stone IPA is a nice example of the style. Although, for the record, I do believe diversity and original interpretation is tough to come by in an IPA.
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, for me a hop-lover living on the east coast, this was one that I really needed to try and isn't always readily available. I bought two bottles, a 12 ounce and the normal 22 ounce large bottle. This rating is from the Large bottle. Pours a orange colour with golden highlights at the bottom. Little head, but it was poured from the first half of the bottle, so an adequate head couldn't be formedd. The aroma is purely hops. If you continually smell this beer ever thirty seconds, your mouth will literally water. The taste is purely hoppy as well. A great mouthful, not too much, not too little. The aftertaste and palate of this beer is great as well...lingering hoppiness and subtle floral elements as well. This is truly an IPA winner and should be sampled by everyone regardless of their beer preference. One of those beers where 'hop heads' go crazy for.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hops galore! This has become one of my favorite, drink anytime ales. Pours with a beautiful golden-amber color and a nice creamy, lasting head which provides nice lacing as it gradually dissipates. Flavor and aroma are virtually all hops - spicy, grapefruit and flowers - with just enough malt to be recognized. Nice, crisp and easy to love. Good on it's own or with food - can definitely hold it's own with strong flavors.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the bottle with a creamy head and an slightly hazy, amber color. This is an EXCELLENT IPA and has instantly become one of my favorites. This is a great example of an IPA!
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2003 Yellow straw in color with a small frothy head. Hoppy and lightly malt aroma. Hops, hops and more hops with a bit of sweetness; give me more.