HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml). Poured clear copper-orange with a large foamy off-white head. Yes, it’s a Stone - strong fresh hops medley, resiny citrusy malt - very appealing. God, this tastes good! - fresh malt, extremely oak-pine resiny, enough malt roastiness to identify. Finishes quite bitter, but this is an exquisite brew - what’s with these west coast IPAs? Can anyone else make one? I want MORE.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating number 100! This is pretty much a hop monster. Strong hoppy flavor in the nose, and even more in the taste. Amazing balance. It finishes with a sweet almost fruity flavor. An excellent beer! Go Stone!
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I dont really like IPAs especially, this one is pretty dank. Hoppy like a cute little bunny. But its mean like a big wolfy wolf. Meaning that it gets you crunk. The appearance is ok, nothing special I guess. Flavor is exquisite, and it keeps getting better with every sip. Most definitely a Stone brew.
SilkTork (5451) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ GBBF, 2005. Tastes like a reasonably strong and hoppy ale. Quite peppery. It’s a decent enough beer - but somehow a little quiet considering the tension between the hops and the malt. Difficult not to be disappointed.
oh6gdx (23691) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Copper colour, white small head. Hoppy aroma. Very hoppy flavour with hints of flowers and weak fruitish hints. Very dry finish and long hoppy aftertaste.
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper brown, small white head. Very hoppy, but also oaky and smokey aroma. Hoppy flowery and very bitter. Some sweetness in the front. Long bitter aftertaste. Hopheads paradise.
rlgk (15335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 (Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Golden with a nice lasting offwhite head. Very hoppy flavor but also with some smoother fruity notes. Flavor starts hoppy and the hops just keeps growing. Wonderful dry bitter finish with citrus and maynbe also some sweeter fruits.
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect beer in every sense! This is what an IPA should strive to become. Balance of hops and malt is just right. Floral hops, citrus, grapefuit along with the malt just explodes onto the tongue. A wonderful bouquet!
Undefined (46) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma full of hops and fruit. Taste is full of hops and citrus-fruity tastes, a bit malt and caramel present, but not as present as the hops.
adrian910ss (2446) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a orange caramel color with a medium sized thick white head. Aroma is very piney and hoppy, with traces of citrus and flowers present. Taste is your classic west coast IPA. Very piney and citrusy and it leaves a nice taste in your mouth. Basically a slightly stronger version than Stone’s IPA. Almost identical in taste. Excellent !!