ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Hazy rich amber color with a thick offwhite head and light lacing.
Aroma: Hoppy and mildly sweet, like a slight touch of apple.
Flavor profile: While it certainly is delightfully bitter, compared to the standard Stone IPA it seems less hoppy. That might be because its not quite as dry although it does have that crisp finish the IPA has. Its a little sweet with some hoppy but mellowed (for Stone) hops. A little smoother and fuller than the standard IP, also a little sweet with some of the malts they put in.
Mouthfeel: Easy on the mouth, but not watery. Somewhat smoother than the normal Stone IPA as well as stronger.
Overall: A pretty good IPA, but given the talk-up the bottle label I was expecting mroe. I like the regular Stone IPA better, but the Alesmith IPA best of all.
Mule (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer doesnít hurt as much as the label would have you believe, but the bitterness is lasting. I picked up this bomber after an evening of drinking hop deprived IPAs, and it certainly did the trick. I wasnít in the mood for any malty complication.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the mood for hops again so I thought Iíd try this one out tonight and see how it fairs from the rest of the bunch. Pours a transparent, golden-amber with a decent off white head. The hop aroma is indeed pungent...lots of pine and citrus and not much else...some light caramel malt perhaps. The flavor also has a good hop punch, lots of grapefruit, some pine, and some light malty sweetness. The body isnít as thick as I would expect for the style...itís almost a bit watery at times. Bitter punches in the front and backwith some light maltiness in the middle. Certainly serves my hop craving...though I canít help wanting a bigger body out of this one.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very strong smelling beer - rather cloudy looking but made a nice head. Not bad tasting but wouldnít buy it on my own
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle. 03/2006). Just what the palate needs to cleanse all those suggary brews. Big hop aroma. Big hop bitterness. Big hop taste. A good, easy-drinkiní beer. Donít be intimidated ... drink this down.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another one of my favorites! Very strong hoppy aroma, one of the hoppiest beers Iíve ever had. Then again Iím only 25 years old.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks an unimpressive red/gold with a crumby loose head. The aroma is terrific, fruit punch, bubblegum, malt, and of course, resinous hops. The mouthfeel is resinous and smooth/slippery with just the right CO2 (I see why the head stunk). The warming influence it has on the innards is also rather pleasant. The flavor is insanely complex. I can taste everything in the aroma with addition of grapefruit, pine, Umbelliferous (carrot family-like) tastes and perhaps a little salt. Oh yeah, and truckloads of hops and malt. Oh, and I think I forgot to mention that this beer is rather bitter, though thereís so much else going on itís easy to overlook. I canít think of a beer this sweet or this hoppy that pulls it off quite so well, Good job Stone!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
golden/copper color with a lot of carbonation, head doesnt last- big white bubbles. Appearance overall is a little weak. Aroma is great, I get grapefruit, mint, general fruitiness, hoppy. This beer is super strong, very hoppy, bitter. Definitely unique.
jake65 (3234) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich gold color followed by a rich hoppy flavor. It ran rampant with hoppiness, hints of pine, citrus, and no worries of sweetness. Hops are all you get! I liked this IPA very much and will have another soon.
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CLoudy golden appearance sith a frothed white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a flowery malt with sweet undertones. Flavor is fruit like with a sharp bitterness from the overwhelmingly hopped brew. Very good. Palate bitterness holds tight and finishes with a crisp hint of sweet clover. Unique. One of my favorite IPAs. Will buy again.