rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 One of the best beers in the US. This is perhaps the best IPA I have ever had. The hops donít overpower you. They are balanced and delicious. Just enough malt sweetness to balance, but not cloying like many other IPAs. Hop notes run the gamut, from the bitters to citrus to pine. There is a sort of "white"quality to this beer that I canít quite describe, except to say it smells white--maybe I mean like a white beer in the aroma. The persistent sea-foam head is beautiful and adds to the impression of whiteness. Clean and refreshing. Recommended.
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich, dark gold color. Nice deep cascade nose. Excellent initial flavor of roasted malts and, of course, a few hops. The alcohol is very prominent, not as well hidden as Dreadnaught or 90 min IPA. Not as complex of a flavor as the previous 2 either. Just a little too bitter of a finish for my palate--overkill. I do appreciate the amount of ingredients and effort this had to take to produce, however.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a deep and dark orange coloring. The head is rather large for a double IPA. The aroma is floral with some orange peel. It also has a hint of molasses. The taste is relatively subtle for a double IPA. Of course it has the normal orange peel and some burnt toast. It also has notes of yeasty bread. This is a hop lovers dream. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very solid entry.
IndianaRed (2466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle Pours a pale light orange, amber with a medium sized head that is very dense and creamy but eventually setled out leaving very thin but even lacing. Aroma is certianly hoppy but also strong grapefruit and other cirtus rinds. Tastes imediately very bitter and robust but full and heavy. My mouth feels like a big Hop bud. I think if I ate a Hersey bar right now, it would taste like Cascade Hops.
The feel of this IPA is very nice. Smooth, heavy, just nice. No surprises on the trailer. An IPA with characteristics that put me off, and turn me on. Glad to have tried it. Stone is certianly not shy with their offerings.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, there is 42 pages of Ratings here.... if you want to know what it looks like, smells like, or tastes like, read below. Just let me assure you that it is quite the TASTY BREW!!!!
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer does not live up to itís own hype. Itís good, but not *that* good. Totally lacking in real character aside from a whole bunch of cascade hops. Whoop de doo - like there arenít 500 other IPAs out there with a ton of cascades in them. Dogfishhead has 3 or 4 beers that hop that pants off of this dull-edged ale. And somehow, this beer just wasnít bitter enough. Iíve heard that the human tongue can only taste up to 70 or so IBUs and this beer is allegedly over 100. But still it is just not quite hoppy enough. It also lacks the powerful yet refined malt presence of beers like Speakeasyís amber or Rogueís Dead Guy Ale.
natep715 (1) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2004 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really disappointed with this beer, after loving the Arrogant and Double Arrogant. I love hops, but that was all I tasted in this beer. I donít get why people in bars keep recommending this to me...do they work for Stone?
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. is surprisingly clear light brown with a fat white head. has a creamy orange sherbert citrus taste and aroma. very smooth finish that comes through with a solid malt flavor mixed in with the abundance of hops at the end. leaves the best flavor of any ipa i have had at the finish. and the head laces down the glass beautifully.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Grapefruit/malt/hop nose. Medium bitter with a nice floral hop bite followed by alcohol and grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel. Very nice.
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice amber color with a medium sized frothy head. The aroma boasts of hops. It has a very smooth taste for a more potant beer....much better than some other double IPAís Iíve had.