Arayaga2 (1709) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper beer with a medium white head . Aroma is sweet and citrusy, but ithe flavor does not follow, only offering hops and water. Certainly better than your average IPA, but easily bested by any of Stoneís other IPA offerings. $2/12oz
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to shaker (pounder). Pours out a pale gold colour with a light creamy white head with nice lacing. Scent is light earth and sweet floral hops. The hop is abruptly agressive and then quickly subsides to mild sweet hops. Taste is as above- abruptly aggressive hop elements with a grain element additionally intermixed. Mouthfeel is smooth and the finish is amazingly smooth if not a bit quick. A good brew overall but it unfortunately seems a bit short lived and relative to other stone brews slightly lacking in aggression.
maltdog (609) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear tangerine, ebullient bubbles terminateing in a lumpy whipped cream head. Magnificent lace. Aroma disappoints with its mild ambiguityÖ butterscotch, parmesan, bubblegum, pinesol; an inauspicious beginning. I think Stone forgot to dryhop this one. Crackery malt evokes sensations of orange blossom honey and breadcrust, while resiny hops brand a double-edged blade of hot/cold spice: cinnamon and peppermint. Fleeting off-dry finish dosed with lemon pepper. Substantial palate, sensual and lubricatory. Citric, floral, and burnt sugar/cigar ash hop aftertaste. Bitter but not cloying. Decent IPA, though far less flavorful than expected.
cjginorlando (2) - Clermont, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was not thoroughly impressed with this beer, the aroma is there but only after pouring it out of the bottle, smelling it after opening it left me with virtually no impression of the beer. The strong bitter impression I expect from a good IPA just isnít strong enough, itís almost too smooth. Perhaps Iíve been drinking too much Dog Fish Head and Great Divide, but this just does not stack up for me.
goldbrew (99) - USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into standard shaker glass. Very piny and fragrant citrusy aroma full of lemon zest notes and Colorado winter skiing. That was the highlight for me though. Taste is smooth but not enough malt balance a la Dogfish 60/90 Minute IPA. Refreshing but a bit standoffish with the finish. Mouth feels cottony and too dry after sips. If you enjoy the bitter hop finish then reach for this. It was fun to enjoy a bottle but I wonít make extra effort to purchase this.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. light copper with clarity. frothy off white head. lacing. grassy hops, mild citrus, hint of liquorice, and thin malts. tastes much the same. perfume in aftertaste.
mingo1968 (51) - phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
floral, smell to it hazy, orange, color a minimal head, a light taste medium body, average carbonation, bitter, finish
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 Pours orange with this head. Smell is fruity and hoppy. Taste is harsh on the hops, more bitter than anything. Crisp finish, mouthfeel is too thin. Pretty solid IPA.
Re-Rate: just sampled this next to two hearted. No Contest. Two hearted destroyed this one.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to metzlers in denton tx. poured a clear gold with a white head. decent retention and lacing was present. aroma was slightly grapefruit and hops were noticable. flavor left me a little disappointed for an IPA. maybe i will try it again.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Lithy, thanks! Orange blonde color. Malty perfumed grapefruit aroma with pineapple. Sweet but oily hopbitter, perfumed flavor. Mint, grapefruit and pineapple. The perfume spoils the fun a bit, this would have been a great beer otherwise.