KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours about as beautiful an amber color as you can possibly hope for in a beer. Aroma is a punch in the stomach of grapefruit and orange. Flavor is transferred directly from the nose, but comes nowhere near the claims of enormous hops bite. Still, an awesome brew.
blankboy (6565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear sparkling orange with an average frothy off-white head. Good lacing. The aroma of fresh hops and citrus is milder than I thought it would be but it smells great. The flavour, whoa, they aren’t kidding about 100+ IBUs! Hopheads rejoice, as they put it: "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" -- yes It’s friggin’ hoppy but incredibly well balanced with some sweetness and citrus. This is, plain and simple, a fantastic beer. Stone never dissapoints.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrusy hop aroma. Tea colored with a thumb thick head. Sweet citrusy foretaste orange peel bitter, but smooth middle and a pine/grapefruit rind finish. Very hoppy beer with a solid malt profile beneath it and very drinkable.
buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yeah Baby! Hophead wet dream! Go on wit yo bad selves Stone. Strong pine and citrus with that distinctive Stone smooth finsh. They are the masters of the clean yet un-watery finish.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of grapefruit, pine in the aroma. Taste is herbal, citrusy... bitter, yes, though it doesn’t taste like 100+ to me. I guess they did a nice job balancing it.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 My best description of this beer is pink grapefruit smell and pink grapefruit skin taste. Very citrus and the first taste trail is sweet and then goes bitter on the trail. Excellent take on an IPA!!
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper-orange with a generous white head, some effervescence, and nice lacing. Smells like a sandwich consisting of oranges, grapefruits, and pine needles. Nice and hoppy flavor, but not as much so as other Double IPAs I’ve had. Very well-balanced. Excellent, but kind of on the border between an IPA and a Double IPA.
BeerandBlues2 (10774) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22-oz bottle. Pours copper with a frothy off-white head and excellent spotty lacing. Resinous floral hop with huge pine notes and background caramel malts. Fizzy and spicy hoppy moderately acidic dry pine flavor with alcohol notes but mostly covered by the hops. Medium bodied and warming dry and fizzy palate.
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 I’m a wimp, but I tend to find Stone’s 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.