MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 Wow wow. Massive flowery, hoppy nose. Lovely creamy texture. Big, fruity hops, plenty of lemon and orange. Love the massively hoppy aftertaste. Glorious IPA.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, I didnít hate this beer, but it definitely wasnít my favorite IPA.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 22OZ bottle: There is a super amount of cascade hops that is put against a strong malt backbone. A new #1 IPA in my book. Too bad I canít buy this where I live, but thank goodness for VintageCellar.com.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2006 Draft: First beer from this keg. dense and creamy head that is very sticky. aroma is floral, citric, touch of caramel, sweet, kind nuggets, nutty, pine sap. flavors of ripe oranges. like biting into a ripe, juicy orange, hop burp...something i hadnít had in a beer before this. palate is very round and soft, juicy, extremely fresh and refreshing, yet very complex.
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 (3340) - 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 (1420) - 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.