mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
American hops. But the american hops were not overpowering. Really mellow. Clear and golden in color. Pleasant yellow in color. Extremely drinkable. Malty and hoppy.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn. I actually thought that this would be hoppier, but...
22 oz bottle from the Beer Yard. Clear and golden with a nice white head. Pleasant big yet mellow hop aroma. The massive hop flavor and bitterness is backed up nicely with a big malt presence. This is an IIPA at its best. But far less hops than I expected from all the hipe! Extremely and dangerously drinkable, and that is an understatement!
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hops, significant alcohol. Not for the faint of heart nor those with an aversion to hops. Deeper color than Stone IPA. If you are doing a tasting, make this one the last, because after it, you will not be able to taste anything.
Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2004 A surprisingly drinkable evil hop monster. Medium body, dry finish with very spicy hop notes. The bubbles combined with the hop bitterness explode across the palate like a balast of pop-rocks. Enjoyable, and the best part was that it was not overly cloying or sticky on the toungue. I prefer Stone's regular IPA, though.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SO, perhaps I am not worthy. I cant tell if I liked this one. Pours a dark yellow/orange color with a rocky white head. The aroma is HUGE of hops. The taste, initially sweet tapers off quickly to extreme bitterness. I am actually a fan of bitterness, but this exceeds even dogfish's 120 minute IPA. Finishing this monster was kind of like a -strong cigar. It took some work. Overall, mixed impressions, interesting to drink, but not something Id drink often
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out a dark yellow color with a small white head. aroma is strong of hops, and definately right down my alley. has a citrus smell too. first taste is bitter, very bitter, but not as bitter as i was thinking it was going to be. spicy finish with a nice mouthfeel, tastes great! this is awesome. now if NC would only get their damn law removed so i could buy this all the time.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think my experience of this may be tainted, as I drank it AFTER having had half a fifth of Hennessey VSOP. FWIW: Very floral aroma with a nice coppery color and appealing head, flavor was pale and crystal malt with floral and citrus notes that lingered. Hoppy? Yes, but not ruinuous. Would like to try again.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Gorgeous, embossed bottle with a gargoyle on the front. Pours deep straw yellow, with medium head. Aroma is very strong hops and citrus. First taste is SUPER hoppy. Finish is smooth and somewhat tart, with hops and lemon all the way down. Great beer. The bottle states "By the time you develop a taste for this beer, you may find that you are permanently ruined from being able to enjoy lesser brews". I agree. Stone makes innovative, strong beers. If I may use Stone-type language, "This beer will tie your hands behind your back, and forcible pound tons of hops down your palate, and then it will defile your girlfriend!". A wonderful beer. Hopheads rejoice, all others need not apply.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this as part of an intense tasting with family. Tasted Stone Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, Smoked Porter, and Imperial Stout, and finished off with 3Floyds Dark Lord. Pours amber with white head and gets better after that. Potent aroma of grapefruit, flowers, earthiness. Out of this world flavor highlighted by rich hops. Got to be my favorite IPA.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange opaque light colored nectar with no head.
aroma is HOPS!!!!!, light fresh pomes, and dried pomes (apples, pears, apricots, peaches, etc.). alcohol too, like solvent alcohol, harsh.
Flavor is HOPS!!!!!, Syrupy, canned peaches and pears and apricots. oh yeah and Alcohol, like solvent alcohol, harsh.
MF is pretty good, maybe slightly heavy but it's suitable.
Overall, I'm enjoying this because it's big on hops and alcohol, but it's not as complex as other I2PA's. It's heavy on hops and alcohol and therefore far and away better than the vast majority of brew and actually I don't feel this is Stone's best job of masking high alcohol levels at all. Not a favorite, but it's good.