Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An extremely bitter beer, yet the bitterness does not in any way detract from the taste. Nice hop taste and a not over-powering alcohol percentage.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer kicks me in the ass. Extremely hoppy and bitter. I understand the selling point of this beer is its bitterness, but I can do no more than sip it slowly. It feels like it dries out my mouth when I drink it.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with richlikebeer,thanks homie. Aroma was nice piney hop with a little banana in there. Pour was nice copper. Flavor was good a nice bitterness in it’s hops, a hint of sweet malts and some more fruit. Palate for me was right on nice body and finish. Overall another solid Stone.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper color. good head. Piney, citrus. Nice bitter taste. Duh.....really good IPA.
alobar (3095) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy,orange-amber color. Definitely a strong bitter taste,but smooth for an IPA.Sweet undertones. Full body.High hops. Thanks to richlikebeer for this one!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tons of hops, in both the aroma and the flavor, but i think this needs a little more malt balance to put it into the upper echelon of IIPA’s. lots of pine, some citrus, and a little bit of grass, but not enough backbone to counter all of the hops. the bitterness is a bit too much, and the overall character of this is coser to a regular IPA than an imperial. as part 5 of IIPA Sunday, this was a little dissapointing.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice example of an imperial IPA. Leans more to the bitterness side, without much sweet. Head was very thick and foamy, leaving a resinous aroma. Full bodied, it starts with the flavor of chewing on a pine needle and rounds out with some grapefruit and ends with a bitter hop kick.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic example of an imperial IPA. Strong american hop flavors of pine, grapefruit and other citrus. Tasty, if not a bit one dimensional.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from OhioDad...Thanks Scott! Pours a deep orange color with a big foamy white head. nose is kinda faint, light piney notes and some citrus is involved. taste is quite unimpressive. Hops of course are the main thing, very little malt backbone here to support the hops, decent bitterness in the finish.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Rerate. Draft at Frisco’s. Clear pale body with a small off-white head. The aroma is floral and citrus with light cotton candy sweetness. The flavor is just lightly sweet and moderately bitter with grapefruit, tangerine and caramel. Medium body is round with light carbonation. Decent, but unremarkable. I had this next to Clipper City’s Loose Cannon and the Loose Cannon was easily better.