hefehound (3) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber colour with a nice fluffy slightly less than white head. Aroma is of massive hops. Floral, citrus some piney notes. However the beer is not that massively out of balance. There are some malt and honey notes in the intitial taste, then the hops pile it on. Dry and just a bit bitter its the hop lovers dream. I would like to say that it was very very drinkable, but I think one does the trick. After drinking one of these your palate is pretty much scrubbed raw.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 Bottled. Pours crystal clear, honey colored, big off-white, fully lasting head leaving behind thick, sticky lace. Smells strongly of honey, floral, astringent grapefruit rind//alcohol, pine, fruit. Powerful flavor! Rich honey in the front and the hops just build and build, citrus, pine, flowers, harsh bitter after the middle and a dry, acidic finish that is...well balanced for quite a while, but the malts are outlasted by the hops and ruination? Oh yes. Alcohol is noticable as it warms. Full bodied, very light-soft, almost velvety carbonation, dry finish, not syrupy.
Hmm...after having this many a time and being able to compare it to many an IPA, it seems rather simple. I respect what the brewer did in choosing malts to highlight the hops, etc, but yeast presence is weak and flavor is simple. I still really like the stuff, but there are better IPAís. Highly recommended for the hop head...itís delightful.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 bottle from NAB LES NYC-
clear amber color strong hop ness, bitter to the extreme
but nice another brainbuster from the good folks at stone.
GregClow (2902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden-amber with a foamy white head. Absolutely huge hop aroma. Massive flavour of piney hops and orange peel that lingers forever and ever. Killer! Thanks to jercraigs.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this bad boy on tap at blind tiger, NYC...great, strong hop aroma..no head in glass i had...thick moutfeel,..,slightly sweet but balanced by lots of hops..great beer.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 2008-09-05. Hazy dark orange body with a small white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, resin and citrus, lemon and orange. Flavour is quite bitter, resin and orange hops, but mostly bitterness. Average plus palate suits the beer nicely. (3+) Solid but a bit rough at times. 8/3+/8/3+/16 - 3.8 Bottle from Skagway Liquor Store.
July 2004. Golden amber bodied with a small fluffy white head. MASSIVE hop aroma with notes of green hop pellets and some more subtle notes of pine. Flavour builds in intensity as the hops wear down your palate. This is all about the hoppy bitterness and it lingers on the tongue for a goodly long time. Surprisingly pleasant kick in the pants. A bit one dimensional but that is sort of the point here. Callie brought this back for me from Cali. Hehe. 9/3/8/3/15 - 3.9
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus, pine and malt aroma. Orange, pouring a fair sized, rocky, custard head, plenty of lace. Flavour at first is orange peel, then a creamy malt background. Full bodied, crunchy, extra hoppy bitterness. A very bold offering!
Thanks so much Aurelius!
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 Orange/yellow color, mild carbonation, thick frothy white head. Dense, sweet, hoppy aroma. Full-bodied with a nice bitter kick. The bitterness lingers on the tongue long after the swallow. Drinking this beer always makes me somewhat content. My girlfriend gets jealous because I donít smile at her the way I smile at this beer. I guess the hops get o my head a little bit.
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 I tasted this alongside their regular IPA and to be fair I really canít see a great deal of difference between the brews. Similar orange coloured beer with a white head. Aroma shows pine, grapefruit, other citrus, caramel and cookie dough malts. A bit more bitterness than the IPA but not as much as I expected. Some alcohol starts to sneak in at the end of this one. Less balanced than the IPA.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Bottle. Golden-amber beer with a big off-white head. Aroma of sweet grapefruit with some caramel backing. Thereís some balance here (if you can call something thatís still dominated by hops balanced). Itís smooth for a beer of this type. Bitterness prevails in some grapefruit/tar flavors, but itís relatively easy to drink. Less malt and assertiveness than an arogant bastard.