bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from brickskeller. color: pale gold. aroma is hoppy, but more herbal than most american IPAs. flavor is fairly hoppy, still piney despite the aromaís indication. a little light on the malt for my taste.
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Is this beer really that good? Donít get me wrong, a very pleasant highly hopped and modern style but just not mind blowing. Hops show good complexity with metallic hardness, aniseed and a grainy farmyard character early. The best showing I have seen and clearly this bottle was in better nick than a Purvis-sourced sample from 2008.
April 2008 (3.2)
Funny beer. Nose shows some faint hope sweetness and a funky, dirty fruit note. Not really hoppy at all in terms of aromas, at least in the traditional sense. Mild palate weight with elegant fruity notes before a harder metallic-like character kicks in.
May 2005 (3.1)
As can be expected from the marque a full flavoured in your face interpretation. Mild herbal nose with some fruity ale traits. Very similar early in the palate before giving way to some full throttled hop action. Long, strong finish, but just a touch too abrasive at the end. Served by the bottled at RFD in Washington
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - JUN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, amber color w/ off white head. rich hoppy nose mixed w/ orange and hops. full bodied, hoppy as expected. bitter aftertaste.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana beer club along with a few other tasty IPAs. Thanks to Andy (or Noah?) for bringing it. Its a decent IPA but nothing to rave about imo. A reasonable hop bite with some malt backbone. Some notes of lemon and orange peel blend in with a bit of grass/straw. The amount of carbonation distracted. This didnít used to be the case, but these days Iíd drink Ruination over this.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A delight for hop heads everywhere. I like to let this age about six months. The malt comes through a bit more and the hops mellow out a but. But I should advance this disclaimer: Iím NOT a hophead. Quality stuff to be sure, but I donít like sage brush/pine aromas to prevail over my mug. When Iím in the mood, nothing else will do, though.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Clear yellow-orange color with porous white head that laced the glass. Sprucy hop nose and flavor with some grapefruit undertones. There is moderate hop bitterness up front that wanes fairly quickly.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
SO this is Stone IPA. This was everything that reminds me of west Coast. The citrus, the hops, the cremy flavor, the orange jello color. This was pretty bitter for just a regular IPA but not bad. Very light and easy to drink. Thanks again Shag
thebeertourist (4520) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light amber with a rather modest head, more like a thin film. Fruity aroma that is not very pronounced. The flavours are more interesting with a good deal of complexity- fruits, a hint of caramel, though generally very dry. Rounded and not too biting hop flavours. Good mouthfeel. A very pleasant IPA.
bigbish (479) - California, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 A great IPA. Excellent balance between hop flavor and just a touch of malts. Would buy any day of the week.
isamublue (21) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Excellent amber color. Floral and hoppy aroma. I found the floral overtones a bit too overwhelming. Not my favorite IPA, but still a darn good beer.