harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Simply put, this is a great beer. It really needs to be served at cellar temperature to get the most of this one. A nice orange color with a strong citrus and pine scent. The flavor is all hops from start to finish. Yummy.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Quite simply one of my all time favs! It is crisp and big, yet smooth. Itís full and round and complex. I love Stone beers and this is in my top 3. Full hops and warms up my insides all the way down! Love it.....This beer began my hunt for the best double IPAís. This one rawks!!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2009 In the bomber bottle. Visually, this beer looks just like Racer 5, but has more of a yellowish head. Aroma is suggestive of wet cork. Has a grapefruity hop aroma, but nothing off thge scale. Floral in fact. The palate is on the rough side due to the high hop content, but again, not off the scale. In fact, the tongue tingle due to the hoppy palate is quite pleasurable. This is not quite as barkable as SN Celebration, but somehow seems smoother and easier to drink. Iím not sure that this was even as hoppy as the regular Stone IPA. UPDATE 2/2009: donít let this age for several years because it gets very lemony and loses its pizazz!
boto (1941) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber: This one pours a slightly hazy, slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a fair sized white head that drops off somewhat quickly. The aroma is definitely hoppy. It is a good mix, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange. The taste is quite good. The hopiness is right upfront and strong, but not as overpowering as I thought this one might be. Medium malt body behind the hops, but you canít taste it at all. There are a few that are better, but you can get this one most anywhere.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a complex mixture of orange, grapefruit, and floral hints. Pours a golden amber with a decent white head. At first the bitterness is surprisingly subdued but quickly begans to assert itself. The finish on the palate and the aftermath see the hop bitterness grow and linger.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper orange with a little quick white head. No lacing whatsoever. So beforeI begin I must say I just had a GD Herc dbl IPA s othis is tasting allot weaker in comparison. Aromas were citrusy and hoppy with a little pine. Flavor was balanced with a buttery malt flavor that transformed to ahop citrus flavor. not bad a lot better than most I have had.
twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong pine aroma, nice hop nose. Not much malt balance. 2nd best local IPA. Alesmithís IPA is a better choice by far.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with thick head that dissipates quickly. Nose is piney and citrusy, very big hop nose. Flavor is a little thin and mostly nothing but hops. Pretty bitter, but no where near as hoppy as expected. Pretty one dimensional, but being a hop head makes that one dimension pretty good. If you just want to get your bitter on then go for it!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 From 22oz Bottle. Lovely transparant orangish-amber color with a quickly diminishing soapy white head. Wonderful aromas of freshly cut cedar and spruce boughs, grapefruit, and some slightly sweet dried apricot. Very full, rich, buttery texture. The hop balance is quite nice - the bitterness that sometimes dominates has been tamed to be proportional to the soft texture. Clean, well drawn out hoppy finish that lasts for minutes. Some spiciness noted toward the conclusion. Alcohol is pleasantly disguised. Clean, smooth, must try example of an imperial IPA.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer. Golden blonde with a small white head with great lacing and retention. This beer is meeker and milder than I remember. 3 years ago, this beer really pushed the envelope, but now itís an average dbl IPA. Newer versions of the style would overpower this beer. Good, drinkable, but doesnít ruin me like it used to.