Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber color w/ lasting head and thick lasting lacing. The nose was full of flowers and citrus notes w/ a slight alcohol sweetness. The flavor was piney and citrusy w/ a slight alcohol sweetness and hint of flowers. The mouthfeel was very bitter w/ medium effervescence and a light body.
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber. Nose was strong hops and more hops. Carbonation was moderate to weak. Head was thin, though. Tasted like hops and lager (interesting). VERY HOPPY! Excellent beer!!!
IslandHaole (1157) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A big Domo Arigatou to Joshpiledean (Dan) for this treat! A clear copper beauty with a thick foamy creamy colored head. Oh man, industrial strength hops. Crush truckloads of pine and cedar needles, throw in the rinds of 100 white grapefruits and a few handfulls of wildflowers, blend thouroughly and it might come close to this. OMG, delicious doesn’t come close to describing this hop juice. But there in lies the surprise, it isn’t just hop juice, there’s enough malt here to ’almost’ balance this. With 100 IBU’s, this couldn’t really be balanced by anything short of pure maple syrup or raw honey but Greg and the lads at Stone have done one hell of a job trying! I can’t wait to get back to California to drink this on a daily basis (even though I will be unable to appreciate the flavors of sushi for a week afterwards). I have found Nirvana.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Initially hazy copper that settles to a clear deep amber with a small off white head and lacing that sticks like velcro. No need for caffiene in the morning if you take a long sniff of one of these! Hops?? MAD HOPS! Despite the heavy hops, there was also some maltiness and even a touch of yeast in the aroma. The mouthfeel struck me before the flavor - creamy and very, very satisfying. More balance in the flavors than I expected but there’s still no mistaking the fact this is an IPA on steriods. Bitter but still very clean and dry finish with just a hint of oiliness. It’s a PITA for me to get this but it’s one pain I’ll happily endure again... and agian....
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, you can smell hops when you pop the top. Pours golden. Golden amber in an English pint glass. Bit of a strange wet sox note after getting accustomed to the overwhelming hops. Head is nice, very white for a pale ale, medium to fine bubbles, great lacing. Wild flavor profile. There seems to be a chocolate note, surprising but it works well. Classic big hops high alcohol levity. Great. Wet sock is a problem. Stone seems to go for greatness but never works out the flaws. Maybe this makes their stuff a little more interesting. There are all kinds of porter like notes, a little acrid, sharp alcoholic snap to it. This may not be IPA perfection but its fun. Maybe it is IPA perfection. Not sure if it is as complex as the great IPAs. Super carbonated. You get a strong fiz on the tongue. The color is pure perfection in the english pint with tons of bubbles rising from an invisible deep. Take that, endless bubbles budwieser bastards. Ah, the ruination has arrived!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper with white head that fades quick. Aroma is earthy floral and pine hops, with some malt in the background. Flavor is very well balanced even if it is hop heavy. Very well done.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle: copper colored and slightly translucent...very pretty. A huge white sea-foamy head that lasted and laced incredibly well. An aroma of grapefruits, sweet pine, grass, hay, honey and how can i say this without sounding disgusting...urine (in a good way if that is possible at any level) The malt was pretty typical of any paler ale...semi sweet, yeast, bready...very clean. The hoppy finish was not the absolute blitzkrieg the bottle warns of, but rather a grandeous hop character of piney, citrusy, lip smacking bitterness....all in all the malt and hops are in perfect accord, although the hops are the most highlighted aspect of this brew. Very good.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2004. Pours a light amber with carbonated head that slowly disperses leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very malty with a piney aromatic fragrance that lingers in the air. The taste is quite wonderful with bitter hoppiness combined with a well balanced spicey flavor. The bottle claims that some might think this beer is over hopped but i think it is just right. Very smooth and crisp which makes drinking the 1 and a half pint bottle seem like nothing. Expensive but worth it for an IPA lover like myself.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange coloured. Nice and very hoppy aroma. Very hoppy and bitter flavour. It is very tasty, but it could use some more depth and complexity.
gerbache (8) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love the look of this beer; beautifully clear amber with a strong head. Smelly more hoppy than it tastes. Despite the super-high IBU rating, I find it very balanced by a healthy amount of malt, which prevents the beer from being too one-sided. Underneath all that hops is a nice, fruity taste, especially after you get used to the hops.