GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Each time I try a Stone product, I forget how badass these guys are. This is one stand-up-look-at-me-punch-you-in-the-face GREAT beer. Even if you arenít a hophead, this is something to get and get it quickly. If you canít, make your way to California and get it NOW. The aroma alone is simply pefect as perfect could possibly be. I wonít bother with words, just the advice of...get it. Appearance was copper colored, slightly hazy with barely any head. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, yet alive and bright. Flavors are the near perfect balance of hops and malts. The combo of those two profiles in this beer make it a must have. I donít say many beers are must haveís, but this is one of them.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. Bottle: Cloudy gold with a white head and sticky lacing. It wafts large sweet citrusy aromas and floral notes alongside some typical juniper action. It is "bracingly bitter" but also has a delicate flowery (almost sweet) sense to the hops which is immediately followed by a huge citrusy, bitter trailer. I thought this beer was really good, but I guess I thought from the commercial description and the reputation of Stone that it might be more robustly bitter.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clean orange/tan color, with a large foamy white head. The aroma is all hops. There is no scents present. And the feeling one gets is that these are strong hopps. The flavor is all hops, very hoppy nose, very hoppy finish. Very clean, while seemingly heavy, still easy to drink and very refreshing. The finish is not quick, and the aftertaste is highlighted by bitterness. Very ugood.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Clear orange with off-white head leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet orange/grapefruit hops and some cheesy yeast. Flavor of hops (what else?) very citrusy and piney and some dry slightly toasty malt. Leaves that wonderful bitter hop aftertaste. Youíll be licking hop oils off your teeth after each sip. Great beer.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notice the grapefruit predominantly on the nose which was ok as it didnít transfer fully to the taste, sure the bitterness was right up there, along with the malt, which made it balanced and very drinkable. Sampled at local homebrew club. Enjoyed but not my best IIPA.
BigHarryDeehl (3) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like IPAís in gerneral. IIPAís are a n occasional treat that I enjoy. This is a hoppy beer that reminds me of Great Divideís Hercules. Hoppy with a nice malt character. Not over the top hops as others say. There is only so much hoppiness you can get in a beer and the IIPA style is all about reaching that limit. Nice beer.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bitter, hoppy, sweet, and delicious. Dark goldedn pour, sweet hoppy aroma, hops all the way through with some slight fruity sweetness, and a bitter fantastic finish.
mattdmb (5) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruit/summery aroma. Pours blonde, dominated by citrus flavors. Balanced flavor, although prefer other IPAs
agl108 (1047) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Flat Rock Saloon. Pours a dark gold with nice, thick head. Head leaves nice chunks of lace. Sweet aroma of grapefruits. Flavor is dominated by citrus and an overwhelming bitter finish. Tasty IPA, although I donít agree with the lofty rating. Too bitter for me.
Bailz316 (247) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a gold color with small white head, which disappears rather quickly. The hops hit you immediately and dont let up. Bitter brew. Earthy and floral notes. Some malts. Aroma has a hint of caramel. Bitter finish that stays with you long after your final sip.