blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was as good as the reputation that follows it -- aroma has hops literally jumping out and singeing your nose. Appearance was not exactly what I expected -- I thought it would be more copper but it was actually more brassy straw. Head was minimal with little lace (strange for such a hopmeister) But the taste -- ahh -- it was like SNPA on steroids -- I loved it -- so hoppy and delicious -- grassy and wonderful feeling inside. A treat if you can get it -- cheers!!
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. The aroma is quick and biting, getting right into your nose. Very nice amber coloring, with a smallish white head. Very little lace on the glass. Flavor is instantly on top of you. Upfront hops, a slight malt taste in the middle, and then a nice bitter hop finish. More balanced than I expected. A good one.
larsniclas (5936) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden, bubbly head.
Grassy, hoppy and sweetish aroma.
Sweet hoppiness with a late, flowery bitterness.
devi (2) - USA - JUN 18, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 The name fits. If you like hops, it may ruin all other beers for you. Everyone writes of the hops, from the aroma to the bitter finsh but there is a good malt balance that makes this a great beer.
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful golden amber in color with a decent off-white head. You can smell the ridiculous amount of hops. The hops are also, obviously, quite apparent in the flavor. However, I think that Stone may have overdone this one. The bitterness really does ruin your taste buds.....at least they warn you!
liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
damn good beer. hops, hops, and more hops. a great tasting beer. had it on tap and am glad i have a bottle sitting in reserve. a definite must have on-deck.
dwyerpg (4779) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow can you smell those hops. Fantastic. The head is nothing but hops. This reminds a lot of this HopGod microbrew I had at Boscos when I lived in Nashville. For the hop-lovers, which include me, this is true greatness. A smaller bottle would be my only request, so the portion is not so large.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden colour. Big citrusy Cascade nose along with a nutty(Centennial?) hop tone as well. Mouthfeel is big, richly hoppy and finishes with a mouthcoating bitterness. Add a little more flavouring hops and there is better balance.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden colour with a sparkling white head with some lacing. Agressive hoppy cascade nose with some nutty hints. Hoppy, flowery almost perfume like flavour. Extreme bitter palate. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is present for at least an hour.
guzzler67 (1548) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear copper appearance with a large white head and some serious lacing. Big citrusy, piney aroma, with softer fruit becoming more pronounced as it settled back to room temperature. I know there’s some malt in there, but the imbalance was overwhelmingly hoppy. A tiny bit of sweetness showed up near the finiish. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel that was surprisingly smooth given the intense bitterness.