Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
More orange and grapefruit. Honestly, itís a little sweeter than Dreadnaught, but other than that, I can barely tell the difference. I donít know if Iíll ever learn to sort out hop complexities. This was.....interesting....not bad, certainly not....but way too much in the hop juice category.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2009 Awesome pale/ orange color with a nice fluffy white head and great lacing. Lots and lots of citrus hops in the aroma, and maybe some piney aromas too. Flavor is backed slightly by hops but again- is dominated by those strong american hops. Probably not too much chinook in here like in AB, which gives it more of a smooth citrusy and floral aroma and taste. Mouthfeel is great and it leaves an excellent sticky resin on the back of your throat. One of the best Imperial IPAís however, I think that victoryís Hop wallop uses a little more hops and is indeed more bitter, which is not to say one is better than the other. I like them both about the same. However- I have brewed Imperial IPAís that blow this out of the water as far as hoppiness goes. I really liked this beer and I will pick up plenty more next time i go out to my distributer.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Completely over the top. So incredibly overpowering that even I have trouble with the aftertaste. A lot of alcohol, and a lot more hops. A good beer as a novelty, but not one I want to drink every day.
billk (352) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2005 bottle 22 oz. Almost clear golden honey amber with large off white head ( a thin surface of fine foam on top of rather large bubbles) which fell rather quick. Moderate to good carbonation with minimal lace. Aroma is fresh, clean, resinous hops with a rich light amber malt background. Flavor is rich, somewhat sweet, light amber malt with alcohol and plenty of hops with a bit of a spicey/perfumey taste. Medium body. Hop bitterness hits right away, stays, and the finish is pleasantly bitter. Something wasnít quite right with this one. Perhaps a bit old or stored wrong. The noticible alcohol taste distracted from the flavors and there was a somewhat overcooked aspect to the malt as well. Will have to try again from a different source. www.stonebrew.com was on the cap.
5/27/05: Got a good one this time. Similar to their IPA but bigger especially in the hops dept. This is one of those brews that can put that hop "burn" on you and make you enjoy every second of it. The burn, & bitterness fit well, not "added on" tasting like some. Almost puckering quality. The alcohol was still noticable all the way through the 22 oz bottle.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Medium amber color witha mild head. Very hoppy at the start, malty sweet at the end. Dry and quenching.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, translucent orange-amber. White head. Thin but stable bead. Big floral & citrus (grapefruit) aroma w/ notes of pine & mint. Full, sticky, oily, body. Huge hop flavour of grapefruit, mint, & pine. Nicely supported by the malt but still balanced toward the hops. Long, intensely bitter finish w/ some very dry, peppery notes.
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Nice! Bam. It needs a bit of getting used to, but I do prefer it to the normal IPA. You all now what this one is like.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve had this bottle in my fridge for probably a year and a half now. No good reason for it sitting there that long, but it finally made its way out. Orange color, a little cloudy. Citrus scent, and a nice hop bitterness. Any more bitter, and Iím not sure how much Iíd like it. But at this age, its damn near perfect. And since I can only rate it the way Iíve had it, it gets a near perfect rating. Fantastic stuff.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this beer is aged about a year and it still has lots of hoppy goodness! Damn fine beer, I would like to like to try a bottle thatís not aged as long. This and Hop Devil make life worth living//
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy is this one a keeper. I spent a ton of bucks to have a variety of beers sent to me prior to my wedding. Iíve got Stone, Victory, Dogfish Head, North Coast, and Alesmith goods. A fine selection of barley wines, imperial stouts, and imperial IPAs. Iím in heaven. Everything I imagined about this beer was right. What a hop-boot kick to the head. The coppery orange color with fluffy off-white head is quite a sight. Thereís no letdown with the taste either. The hoppy, grapefruity aroma leads to a wonderful malt/hop flavor. The longer you let it linger in your mouth, the more hop you get. Delightful. The bitter hop finish is just right. Yep, Iím getting more of this gem.