tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. This is a great beer! However, Iím surprised it has 100+ IBUs. Itís pleasantly bitter, but it didnít strike me that high. The hops werenít overpowering in aroma or flavor -- which an Imperial IPA should have. The malt comes through nicely, especially in the nose (even more so than hops in aroma). Nevertheless, this is a very, very nice beer.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, copper in color, nice off-white head, strong scent of hops and citrus, taste is strong with hops and alcohol but balanced. nice taste at end of grapefruit with mild bitterness. a fairly good brew.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A worthy brew, but I usually pass it by and pick up something else. This IPA pours a brilliant looking deep copper with a nice and thick head. My favorite aspect of this brew is the insane hop bite it provides. Itís a big hop bite! but it just seems... well, I donít know it has that burley flavor that most stone brews have, which to me throws it slightly off balance. Once you settle into this brew it eases up though. Overall I like it very much, but I usually opt for somethiní else.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow..A fantastic Brew.A clear orange/red color.Great crip Hop burst with each sip!Its not huge on malt flavor,but just plain hops,wich is one of the reason this brew impressed me!
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Tasted as part of my 9 beer IIPA tasting. 52į. Orangish red color with a 3/4" white head. Piney, citrusy aroma. Tears and foam "dots" as the head receeds. Taste is a hop monster. PIney, floral hops taste. Bitter, but not overly so.
ADDITIONAL NOTES Very bitter. Initially it really seems like it is over the top. Either the beer warms or my palate gets used to the bitterness and the complexity of the beer shines through, lots of piney and citrus hops flavor in both the aroma and taste, but there is also a bit of honeyish gentle sweetness and a huge body. Lots and lots of carbonation. After a while, this drinks very nicely.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This IPA is causing me to stray from my loyalties to stout beer. Can Stone Brewery do anything badly? If they can, donít burst my bubble.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 Clear red-gold color, pale white head slightly lingering. Rich hop aromatics with tinge of alchohol warmth. Solid body with resinous bitter flavor from nose to finish. Sustained bitter mouthcoat. Malt and alchohol flavors become more evident as it warms, as well as a spicier character to the aromatics.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Solid double IPA. Great hop profile with a palate-destroying bitterness. Iím not sure it stands up to the title/reputation it has as the most incredible hop-monster in existence. I know itís what the good people of Stone are going for, but itís way out of balance -- on a second drinking, I couldnít finish a glass. Good but not drinkable.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours auburn, with a very sweet grapefruity nose. Alot of carbonation at first. Taste is really hoppy, and considering the 7.7% alchohol, it was well hidden. Palate is refreshing. I am not a fan of IPAís but I honestly have to say this one was very well done.
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bomber courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Thanks Mike! Awesome super hop citrusy aroma. Pours a cloudy copper color witha beige head with quite a bit of staying power. A super bitter hop blast that I love! This could make me a new fan of IPAís Love this beer! E.