hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
In a word, boring. It's such a highly-regarded brew, perhaps my expectations were just too high! Incredible golden color, like bottled sunshine! Amazing! But the flavor was too single-note. Super hoppy, sure, but nothing special, nothing to run back to. Like a quick hop fix, or a rush of any kind; ultimately not truly satisfying.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Ahhh... such a masterpiece here. Pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head. The head commonly sticks around till the beer is gone, and leaves decent lacing all the way down. The aroma is quite hoppy and wonderful. The taste... wow. Wonderful fresh hop flavor balanced by the ideal amount of sweet, light malts. Perfectly bitter too. Malts kind of creep around the sides, evident but recognizing their place in this beer. Body and mouthfeel are just flawless... wow. I love this IPA. Itís not my favorite... but it is damn near perfect. Iíve been lucky enough to have had it bottled and on tap quite a bit in the last week- on tap the hops are a bit fresher tasting and more evident, but itís definately very similar. :) (edited on 6/10 because apparently I had a cascade pellet stuck in my nose.)
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, for an IPA, this is one hoppy beer. It smells of hops, it is very hoppy in flavor and I cannot think of any part of the beer that doesnít have some hoppy part to it. If you like IPAís definetlly try this one, itís solid.
changxao (104) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The hops come forth as soon as the cap is popped from the bottle. Besides hops the nose is sweet and bready. Of course the hops are flowery and citrusy. The color is orange amber and it pours with a good head that lasts but is not frothy. The flavor is hoppy(of course) with a slight hint of honey and bread. The mouthfeel is moderately full and is just right for the style. The finish has a lasting bitterness with pine citrus notes. Very good beer, in fact the best IPA Iíve had to date.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with a small white head and a lot of nice lacing. Aroma is very nice. lots of hops, pines and some grapefruit. Flavor has a lot of hops (even though I would like more) and some very nice grapefruit aftertast. great beer to drink a lot of!!
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What he said below. Crisp, clean and refreshingly bitter. Canít say appearance is above average but quality of beer certainly is.
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Lockview. Pours a hazy orange color with a lacy white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus hops, possibly cascade. Tastes of pine, grapefruit, some malt biscuit and sweetness as it warms. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Stone makes good beers, this is one of many.
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap.Nice citrus aroma, good first impression. Crisp and smooth beer, just what I am looking for in an IPA
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 (Bottle)I have to agree on the hop factor. Really hoppy but didnt balance well. A medium but slighty above average ipa.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft) Golden amber color with a nice white head. Flowery citrus Hop aroma with a bit grainy sweetness. Wow there is a beautiful hops explosion that is fantastically aromatic and citrus that mellows to a bitterness on the finish. Delicious