decaturstevo (5613) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An slightly hazed orange amber pour with a nice fluffy head that fades quickly to a slight lace. As you would expect the sweet smell of hops and malt meet you at the rim of the glass in that order. The hops really don’t jump on you like you would think on the drink. There is a 3-4 second delay of smooth malt before that hop bitter twistes your tongue up like you twist a towel to pop someones ass in the shower room. An excellent palate that isn’t watery or fizzy. Alcohol doesn’t rear its head until you finish the bomber then it whispers "yard work? hell no let’s drink one more".
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Imperial IPA, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This beer is quite an adventure. I was suprised how malty and bitter this beer is. I fully expected it to be hoppy, but the malt took me by suprise. Another great job by Stone.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can I say, everything Stone produces is awesome. This Double IPA pours a clear orange/copper color with big lacing. The aroma comes on strong with floral and citrus. Medium body that has a big hop taste, which lingers on the palate for a long time. Good job SoCal, I will keep this IPA in my rotation.
ender (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What can you really say about this beer? Freakin crazy aroma. So much hops bitterness and pinyness...smells like somone stuck a bouqet of hops in your face. Tastes about the same...a little maltyness in the background...obviously the hops takes over right away and leaves you almost puckering...love this one. Hop heads rejoice.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, no date via trade from Jason @ Knightly Spirits. Pours a hazy golden with a moderate off-white head. Big aroma of pine and sweet grapefruit up front, caramelly malt backbone. Very fruity, though doesn’t seem too bitter. Flavor is in fact pretty bitter throughout, pine and resiny bitterness more apparent. Still fruity, though not as much as the aroma led on. Piney bittersweet finish. My first Stone brew and everything I expected. Full bodied, light-medium carbonation, nice lacing.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crystal clear datk amber, moderate head, shrinks quickly. Aroma is floral, sweet and fruity, with notes of peach, apricot, grape, strawberry, citrus, hops, sweetgrass, alcohol and caramelly malt. Flavor is exceptionally well-balanced and full-bodied. Grapefruitty, piney bitter hops are right up front but don’t obscure the nice toffee malt, fruitiness (apple, pear, quince, peach, tangerine, strawberry, blueberry), candy sugar, woodland herbs, coffee, and spice. It has an earthy quality that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is excellent, with a fast depleting effervescence, a good dry hoppy finish, and little aftertaste.
PerfectV (10) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Starts with a very floral aroma. It has a burnt copper colour. This IPA is absolutely brutal in the sense that its initial fruity flavor is merely a set up for a vicious bitter finish. This is the Hop-lovers dream...A+++
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: I did not know hops untill I had this for the first time a couple years ago. Copper color, big white head. Aroma was citrus, pine, and some floral hops. Very intense aroma. Flavor was mostly citrus hops and some pale malts tucked in there. The finish on this is what got me the first time, and it held up as a good one even now that I’ve had so many other great IIPA’s.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden color. Smell of Alcohol, hops, citrus and spice. Taste of Hops and orange peal. Alcohol taste is high. Almost tastes like redi whip. A little dissapointed by Stone. I like the Stone IPA better. OH well, maybe my 200th beer will be better than my 100th rated beer.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bomber amber in color with a good off-white head. Aroma was strong citrus hops with just a touch of malt in the background. Flavor was a mix of hops and a bit of malt coming through. Finish on this one was bitter with a bit of alcohol warming. Kudos to Stone.