AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours clear orange with a fluffy white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit, nicely balanced. Flavor is hoppy but light. Palate just a tad watery. Highly drinkable, a standard against which all other IPAís are judged.
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle Aroma of pine and hops and IPA goodness. Poured a clear deep golden color with a small white head that didnít linger. The flavor and palate were sort of a junior version of big brother Ruination. A superior IPA.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my goto sessionís IPA beer. Stone has truely got a great IPA. Almost the epitomy of a west coast IPA. Nothing that well jump out and scream HOPS! but enuff there not to over power you and let you enjoy the other flavors that are going on with this beer
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
SD Trip, sampler: Hmmm, maybe Iím getting the pales mixed up, that can happen. This is a hoppy, but not overly so, IPA. The best IPA out there, as the community score would suggest, Iíd say no, but itís drinkable and not offensive so it has mass appeal over some (better) IPAs and DIPAs (Hercules). Again, may have been muted by the Sublimely I was also drinking.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - MAY 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured yellow with white head that disipated quickly. Nice hops aroma and taste. not a particularly full bodied taste.
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful golden/orange beer with very nice frothy off white head. Floral/citrus hop aroma. Lacing on the glass before I even take a drink! The hops donít overwhelm you like the "Arrogant Bastard" by Stone. It is very balanced and a great drink with a yeasty backbone. Nice bitter finish, but not too bitter. Very "crisp" as advertised. The more I drink, the more I notice a soapy taste and finish.
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appeared very dark amber in the pint glass with minimal head.
It smelled strongly of hops even far from the glass.
It felt medium-bodied in the mouth and tasted very hoppy, not too heavy with little bite.
It was a very drinkable and great tasting beer.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, working on a cold so might have to re-rate some day. For a orangish amber color beer this one looks pretty darn good. Now I am starting to understand why people like Stone so much. Head was a creamy white that actually held its head well. Again with the cold, I smelled a sweet fruity almost peppery aroma. Flavor had a small bite to it that was enjoyable. Overall a good one from Stone.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow..., great ipa best ipa iíve had. amber,/golden body, small to medium head. great hoppy ipa taste. awesome taste , awesome taste. just great all around. smooth just, awesome flavor, best ipa ive had. great aftertaste and finish.
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super hop-bomb....watch out! A lot of bittering hops used in this, but they do seem to mellow a bit as you drink more. Great PNW hop aroma and flavors, complex...good malt backbone. Not the cleanest hop flavor in the world, but a really enjoyable beer from a great brewery.