Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a bottle at the montly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Aroma of pine and citrus meet up strongly (dare I say harshly?) on the palate. This is a "brutal" hop attack, which is impressive given this was poured alongside Dreadnaught, 90 Minute, Hercules, and a few other good IPAs. Perhaps Iím a wimp, but I tend to find Stoneís standard IPA more enjoyable. Some time in the cellar might round out the flavors for a better balance.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (GBBF): Insane Hop Juice!! Dark gold clear with a lasting beige head. Juicy citric hop aroma. Pure hop flavour all the way through, loads of lychee, grass, citrus and grapefruit. Medium bodied, very refreshing. Nice stuff, though a little over the top at times.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Before I begin, I would first like to thank Stone Brewing Co. for the brutal masscre of countless hops. Orange with a thin white head. Looks almost identical to the picture. Aroma is floral and grassy with citrus notes (orange and lemon). The fruitiness is muted by the hop aroma. The first taste made me smile and cringe at the same time. I said to my good friend, "I got some words before you even try that." Can we say pure hop power? The aroma and appearance donít do the flavor justice. It is strongly hoppy at first. With each sip it gets sweeter. The first sip punches you in the face then it gets sweeter and sweeter. More fruity with every sip after the first. The hops are still there but already did their damage. I donít even know what to say other than it is so good. Strong malty body to it to balnce it. The appearance and aroma are what keep me from the perfect score here. As far as flavor goes this has to be up there. Worth every penny and then some.
kjharley (8) - anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
I am not a fan of IPAís and this one proved it for me not that it is a bad beer but not for my palate. If you like bitter, hoppy beers this ones for you.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber with a thick murky hop aroma. Strong hop flavour, and bitter but not that bitter. Thereís better flavour in their regular IPA.
OldMrCrow (1998) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 From a 22oz bottle.
Pours an almost-clear golden amber with a generous head. This beer has a great big hop-and-grapefruit nose that already starts to bite even before the first sip. The palate is rich and even a bit sticky --- but no way offensively so. The flavor is hops, hops, and more hops with pine resin and citrus peel. The finish is a long and lovely bitter that keeps the mouth watering for more.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2010 Bottle - GBBF 2005. A golden coloured beer which pours with a floaty white head. The aroma was good piney hops but not the extreme grapefruit character Iím looking for. The taste and the body are good with nice chewy sticky hops. Slightly on the sweet side. Nowhere near as hoppy as I expected, think it needed chilling a bit more, but a really good (just not outstanding) beer. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 4.1 Average becomes 3.9
harrisoni (14214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Bottle at GBBF
Thanks to maeib for this. Amber colour. White chocolate flavours, lovely hops, superb balance, good flavour, hoppy finish. Excellent. Just so full of flavour balance and quality. This stayed on the table for some time and I kept tasting it just to make sure I wasnít dreaming. 4.4/5.0
Re-rate Cask gravity at GBBF 2007. OK, so in the bottle 2 years ago I loved it. In cask? Aroma is terrific, itís got the body to carry it and then this mouth ripping hop on finish. For a hophead itís brilliant. Still a good beer. Yeah.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wonderfully different aroma of cut grasses and sour grapefruit. Nice head for an IPA. It is definitely very, very hoppy and very bitter. Even though it has such a high rating it definitely can be an acquired taste. Little bit of a sour aftertaste. Personally, I prefer Russian Riverís Pliny The Elder double IPA to this one. But if you love hops, this is like having an entire glass-ful!
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour was a bronzed amber with some wisps of off-white head. Fantastic nose... especially as it warmed... chock fulla grapefruit & citrus hops, as well as an nice sweet caramelly malt factor. Body was not as heavy as I anticipated... but thatís all good. Flavor was dominated by hoppy bitterness, with a respectable amount of malty goodness to back it up. Slightly sticky on the long-lasting grapefruity finish. Mmm mmm good!