bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strawberry! This has been my standby draught at Tony’s on Newport in OB since they added the handle. But that aftertaste, that particular flavor has been eluding me until tonight, when I finally figured out what it was. STRAWBERRY! Maybe nobody else will agree, but after the lingering predictable IPA markers like piney, grassy, citrusy hop signatures, there is the one element that remains that truly elevates one IPA above the other, and that is the lasting impression: i.e., the aftertaste. Sometimes it is hop-based, sometimes it is a malt remnant that lingers. In the case of this one, there is a slight bit of malt that conflicts with the hovering hops. The end result, to me, is exactly like the aftertaste of eating fresh strawberries. Truly unique. And blah blah blah...pours and looks and has the same retention of every other IPA out there. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a lovely IPA this, served from the fridge @ brewdog glasgow. probably a bit over chilled as had a real orange haze about it. nice grassy hop nose and smooth drinking. nice balance. a fine IPA
Mars276 (88) - Cracow, POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kolor: Złocisty, piwo jest idealnie klarowne.
Piana: Obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, trwała, pozostawia ładny lacing.
Aromat: Głównie owoców tropikalnych, po zabełtaniu wyłazi lekki aldehyd octowy, z tyłu pałętają się jakieś cytrusy. Aromat jest OK.
Smak: Goryczka średnia, ale niestety zalegająca. W smaku aldehydu octowego jest dużo więcej niż w aromacie - zdecydowanie za dużo. Przykrywa wszystkie te owoce. Alkohol wyczuwalny tylko jako grzanie w przełyk. Niestety słabo.
Wysycenie: Średnie, idealne.
Opakowanie: Ładna etykieta ale minus za brak informacji o składzie.
Uwagi: Co najwyżej średnie IPA. Goryczka zalegająca, a ilość aldehydu octowego nie do zaakceptowania. Nie ratuje tego przyzwoity aromat i ładny wygląd.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear amber shade, with a wonderful head, and incredible lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Great bitter taste that isn't too harsh. A wonderful IPA, that's simple in design, but awesome in results.
ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
gold apperance, small pinkie finger white head. head dissapated quickly, but left a great lacing. a blast of smooth hops to the nose, hints of apples and citrus. delightfully smelling aroma. very smooth on the palate. smooth coming in, smooth going down, and only a slight bitter finish. i’m very glad to see this beer make it to florida! can get on tap at redlight redlight in orlando, and at total wine!!!
ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle - pours Orangish-Brown, nose is bitter and hoppy. Taste is strong and bitter. finishes bitter and lasts. Ok to try, not one of my favorites at all. I’m having a hard time liking anything from Stone.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber body, with a nice creamy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. No visible carbonation to speak of.
The aroma is full of the West Coast-style citrus hoppiness. Juicy grapefruit, oranges, and some floral notes. Also hints of caramel, apple, and sour dough. Pretty hop-forward but not one-dimensional.
As far as taste goes, first you get a good hop bite, with very apparent grapefruit notes and a hint of orange. Then sweetness, breadiness, and bitterness come in all at once. The finish is bitter and bready, with a little tartness. Very tasty!
Light-to-medium body to it. Not very carbonated. Quite dry in the mouth, though. A little spiciness from the hops can be felt on the tongue. A little hint of alcohol.
Pretty good drinkability, however, I wouldn’t make this my session IPA, because of its dryness and its ABV. Goes down smooth at first, but then it may become more challenging to drink, especially if you’re not a hophead.
Overall, I agree that this is one of the finer examples of the style. A true classic American IPA!
steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light bronze color with a lively white head. Aroma is of pine and citrusy hops. The hops hit you up front right away and without compromise (this is Stone after all). I can detect a very slight hint of malt as if it were added as an afterthought. Extra points for being my first IPA back in the day. Set the bar pretty high from the start.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruity hop over caramel/toffee malt.
Appearance: Darker gold color, low head retention.
Flavor: Grapefruity and flowery hop flavor. Nice malt backbone and flavor. Well balanced flavor.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Nice and assertive bitterness,which gives way to sweet maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Straightforward IPA, but good stuff.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big robust hop nose.. piney, a little cirtusy... pours clear and golden witha big fizzy white head. Head leaves pretty quick.. lotsa hops.. hops hops HOPS. great taste, clean crisp in the mouth. Cut right through the curry I was eating. Fantastic brew.