mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours a dark yellowish orange color with an off white head, which didn’t last all that long. I could smell plenty of hops, but I also picked up some foresty pine scent as well. In my opinion the malt flavor was overpowered by all of the hops. It smelt and tasted sweet, but it had a strong and unpleasant aftertaste. It was extremely bitter, as expected, but to me, it didn’t seem very balanced. It was over the top hops. It could be that I am just not a huge fan of this style of beer. One thing is for sure, this is one of my least favorite beers that Stone makes.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Definately my favorite from Stone Brewing Co. Big hops taste with a kick. The color is deep and rich. Highly recommended to IPA fans.
mkobes (2140) - 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 (2073) - 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 (7682) - 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.