dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2003 My wife was about to kill me for ordering these. Not available in Illinois, so I had six of them shipped from California and it was worth every penny. If you like IPA's, this is excellent. The aroma makes you want to stick your face into the glass until you run out of air. The flavor is very hoppy but also easily drinkable. Dogfish head 90 minute IPA is the only beer I've had with more hop flavor but not near the aroma or smoothness of this one. This is near perfect.
Just picked up a keg of this stuff. Not as hoppy as my first impression, but a great overall beer.
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange colour with a generous, lasting head. This hoppy IPA is really good...floral nose with hops and fruit taste and good bitter finish. Definitely a superior IPA.
LDawg (72) - Rockport, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
19apr06 one bottle for $3. Great taste. Great aroma. I like the bottle too, so great marketing. Grassy and alcohol. Just wish I could get six packs without paying so much for it. Of course, sometimes when you wanna drink good beer, you’re gonna pay up for it. oh well.
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Exactly what I look for in an IPA. Refreshing, very drinkable, and no overpowering bitterness like a lot of double/imperial IPAs. Aroma is citrusy, with a hint of mint. Color is pure gold and clear. Very white moderate head. Citrus very noticeable in the taste. Slight soapiness in the finish. I hope to "borrow" many more from my brother.
penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very clear golden color with a nice white head.
Smell is of spicy hops with a hint o citrus.
The taste is very crisp and hoppy. The herbal, piny hops it first with the fruity hops adding immediately after. A nice malt presence envelops and cleanses the pallet to lead to a nice, smooth finish.
The drinkability of this brew is astounding. Quite possibly one of the smoothest IPAs I’ve ever had. Another top notch brew from stone.
Reviewed on: 08-17-2007
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark apple cider color with generous carbonation. Subdued hoppy aroma. Great, somewhat bubbly mouthfeel. Nice consistency.
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foamy white head over a cloudy orange beer. Brilliant hop bouquet. Cascade citrus, spicyness, grapefruit some floral notes as well as earthiness. Intense bitter bite, just enough malt to balance. Grapefruit starts to come through. Medium to light body. This is the IPA pushed as far as it can go without having to up the malt/body. Very, very good.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2004 22 oz bottle: this beer is truly delish! i could drink it ALL DAY LONG. or until i passed out. milky frothy white hed, looks like fluffy clouds. the color is one of orange and gold combined. Smells of, um hops? This brew puckers my lips at first encounter, it's sticky, resiny, and pungent as a mofo. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery, and slight malts too. i'm way into it. stone leaves you wanting more and more, tastes better everytime in my opinion.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Classic American IPA
Light and hoppy aroma belies what comes with your first sip.
First impression makes you do a double take, glorious hoppiness. Very fresh tasting hops with hints of fruity sweetness. Thick refreshing finish focusing on the malty/floraly finish as the bitterness fades. Makes you want even more.
Golden-orange appearance, finger amount of head that fades quickly.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful IPA, strong, hoppy, golden, and drinkable. This is ruinations tough little brother. The beer is like a sunrise on a day after a rain, bright, goldenrod, majestic. The hoppy nose is a near-perfect compliment to the lemony-grapefruity aromas that waft from a freshly-poured 22. I am a believer in drinking all good beer from a large-mouthed Belgian beer glass, and to truly appreciate this beer, you need to first inhale its essence. But that only barely prepares you for the oral assault you experience when this hop-bomb touches your tongue. Almost sweet in its balanced maltiness, this IPA is very nearly the avatar of its genre.