iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle: A sweet hop flower has blossomed in my glass and its beauty and aroma have consumed me. Mint leaves mix with semi-sweet grapefruit to bring a blissful IPA experience.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Um, I donít really know what to say. Iíve been looking at beers for about a year and a half. Finally, finally, Iíve been privaleged enough to be able to try something from Stone Brewing. I know all of the hype about the over-the-top Stone brews, so Iím sitting here thinking, "Wow, this is going to be big." Well, I wasnít wrong, but I wasnít exactly right either. Stick your nose in the glass, and out comes this incredible piney, citrusy, floral hop aroma. Behind it lies a subtle, sweet malt backbone. Iím certainly happy. So, Iím smelling this beer and thinking about how ill prepared I am for this moment. As long as Iíve been waiting (and wanting, desperately wanting) some Stone beers, I get one and Iím timid and unsure. Finally I take the plunge and just drink. Oh how wonderful. The aroma (and the reputation)tricks you into thinking this IPA will be insanely bitter and glorious. Tons of citrus and pine and bitter flavor. Ha, how wrong I was. Sure, there are all of the characteristics of a good IPA--citrus, pine, flowers, perfume. However, the malt is there, in just the right proportion. Glorious, sweet beer. How I love thee. What a tremendous experience this beer, this Stone beer, has been. I want so much more, and yet...
hopscotch (9963) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Better than I remembered it. Spicey, malty, very, very hoppy. A terrific Left Coast IPA. HopHeads, gotta get you a bottle. Thanks to herbjones for the refresher.
This beer rocks.
The color of molten Gold. The aroma is very organic, very floral. The flavor is very spicy and floral with hops galore. This hophead delight has a dry, crisp, bitter finish. An excellent IPA. They should require a liscense in order to drink this beer. If youíre not a hophead, you need not apply.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2003 Had this on draft at Cooper's. Very well balanced and very enjoyable. One of the better IPA's out there.
OmEyeGuinness99 (5) - USA - NOV 3, 2002 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent IPA. Love it. Great color, aroma. Nice head.
jomurray99 (10) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Incredible beer!!! best IPA i have ever had. Canít believe i found an IPA better than victory hop devil.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My all-time favorite IPA (except for Sam Smithís). Magnificent balance of hops and malt (the malt is rather strong). Loved it.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DAMN thats a lot of hops. Golden copper color with a small head. Rich floral hop aroma that ranks right up there with the best smelling beers. Powerful hoppy flavor finishes bitter and somewhat chewy. Very very good IPA.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2003 Clean white head. Golden hue. Sruce, tons of pine aroma. Damn this stuff is great. All pine needles, tons of pine resin, spruce accents. Long lingering citrused out finish. I love this crap. Very delicious, addictive and highly drinkable. Damn...