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 donít 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 Iíve had so many other great IIPAís.
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.
hosehead (1) - santa barbara, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice clean crisp slap to the tounge. it seems that when it comes to the glorification of hops, Stone can do no wrong. deffinitely a staple for me.
robertjm (853) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly cloudy. Strong golden color. Head that falls fairly quickly. Strong, perhaps one-sided hop flavor. Trying to figure out what it is..Chinooks, Liberty or Centennials??? Definately makes the classification of an IPA. Not as impressed compared to some of the other Stone brews Iíve head. Stays on the pallate for a bit. Nice aroma!
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is what Iím talking about. Courtesy of my little bro back from living in San Fran. The epitome of an IIPA, this beer manages to balance the slim malt profile while concentrating on hops. The beer poured a bright copper color with a one finger head. Aroma was citrus and bitter, bitter hops. I was looking for more pine but did not get it. The taste was what I was hoping for, clean flavor upfront with a little malt, but then all hops. No trace of alcohol, but the bitterness sits on your tongue for a while after each sip. I loved every minute of it, next week I will try the Stone IPA looking for more of the same.cheers JON
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a foamy, retaining to rocky offwhite head with gold color. Aroma is sweet tangerine & grapefruit, bubblegum, malt. Taste is lots of dry, biting hops with back up malt, alcohol. Taste gets mellower as I progressed, or my mouth and tastebuds got mellower.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a off-white head that is frothy and thick. The nose is pine, citrus, oaky, and brisk. The taste is a sharp bitter bite that starts your taste buds on crazy trip. It moves to a suttle and I mean suttle balance of malty honey vanilla sweetness but not much. This is a hop bomb and it will satisfy any hop cravings you desire. I love this DIPA, IMO it should be slightly more balanced but still fantstic.