ghawener (1553) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Bright orange-yellow, nice lacing. Aroma is floral, very hoppy. Also strongly present in the intense taste, a true IPA.
eaglefan538 (3016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2007 Original rating, 7/05: Nice amber orange color that came with a small but respectable initial head. The latter dissipated far before the drink was gone and the lacing was minimal to none. The aroma was hoppy (pine, minimal floral) with a touch of fruit (citrus). Flavor was much of the same with a fairly sweet base. The hop "bite" definitely gets you initially with a mild burn sensation. However, that disappeared quickly into a pleasantly hopped beverage to go along with the old bay-spiced crabs I had with it. Not a bad combination, although this DIPA was hard to distinguish from the rest of the bunch out there (good, but it didnít really stand out). Re-rate, Nov. 06: Pretty smooth, not overly bitter, nice hops presence for a dIPA, where the malts can outrun the hops. This one had a significant floral hop presence this time through over top of crystal malt and citrus hopping. A nicely balanced dIPA, but nothing to write home about. Re-rate, Sept. 07 on draft: Amber-yellow in color, very nice initial head, quite good lacing. The aroma was most certainly hoppy, lots of citrus and grapefruits in there, followed by a touch of resinous pine in the finish, absolutely no floral elements. The flavor followed suite, ample citrus and grapefruits over top of a malt base much like Stoneís basic IPA, crystal malts, etc.... This thing works for me quite well, and along with the standard IPA, this thing is up there among my favorites. Mouthfeel is full, yet not creamy, carbonated (with nicely slowed rising bubbles), alcohol gentle. The numbers on this thing have risen quite nicely over my experiences, this tap experience perhaps the best.
Beerdedone (3178) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of citrus and hops. Flavor is citrus and Hops, i donít care for an IPA but this isnít bad.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not my favorite 2IPA but a solid effort by Stone. Lots of hop aroma, but the flavor profile just seems a bit flat. Not quite as good as their Smoked Porter and Imp Stout.
thebigreason (2) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perfectly balanced Imperial/Double IPA. This is a big beer. You may need to be a hophead to really appreciate it, but the body and malts are there to back up the crushing blow of hops.
My wife love this beer so much, we split a bottle every Friday after work. Weíve dubbed it Ruination Friday.
californiapete (9) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
While I cut my craft-beer teeth two decades ago on Sierra Nevadaís hoppy pale ale, I canít really call myself a hophead by todayís rather ambitious standards. Thus, with a bias toward "balanced" beers rather than more extreme offerings, and with a lukewarm response to Stoneís Arrogant Bastard (which I find way too harshly bitter), I wasnít very optimistic about Stoneís facefull-of-hops iconic DIPA. But man is this one outstanding beer! The hop aroma upon opening and pouring is indeed in your face. Itís an aroma I enjoy while brewing beer, but much like black pepper and vanilla when cooking, Iíd rather it be tempered and blended with other ingredients when actually drinking beer. In other words, not unpleasant, just out of place. But thatís the last of my complaints. The bitterness is definitely pronounced, but the beer remains surprisingly drinkable. There are some really good sweet, biscuity malt undertones to this beer, as well as an appropriate amount of alcoholic warmth. Moreover, the longer one lingers over this beer, the more those malt aromas and flavors come through, making for an amazingly balanced beer (for something that claims -->100 IBUs) and a relatively drinkable one, too, at least for a beer of its strength. Iím still not much of a fan of Stoneís imagery (gargoyles, dare-you-to-drink-me marketing type/hype), but a great beer will always rise above its packaging.
rybowen (105) - Los Angeles 90039, California, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible. This is what IPA should be. A big, badass, hop-smelling hairy bear of an IPA.
Aromas of citrus, pine, flowers, and acetone with a stiff body and enough bitterness to keep you thirsty for more.
BuckeyeBoy (5479) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Pours out a goldish color with a tall white head. A GREAT Aroma of HOPS. Very nice. Also some citrus. Very nice IPA
marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2007 One of my absolute favorites. Rerating this because it has grown on me so much since I first tasted it a few years ago. Cheers to Stone!
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured a nice gold color with a small, mostly lasting white head. Nice clarity. Super hop bomb-a-thon aroma, touching off notes of pine, citrus (orange), grass, and flowers. Some butter and honey. Initially quite bitter with flavors of pine and metal. Lightly sweet in the middle with some alcohol warmth, then the bitterness picks up speed again for a very long, dry finish. Velvety smooth, medium carbonation. Not my style, but I can appreciate this brew.