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.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 a very very, very hoppy beer. i am not sure that this is not excessive, but itís definitely impressive. an interesting beer.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rules. I had it from the bomber the other night and was very sad when it was over. Although you (as I) may not be able to afford this beer regularly, it is a real treat if you love imperial IPAs.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This isnít as hoppy and ruinous as the back of the bottle might claim, but it is a great beer for hop heads. Nice light hued amber with tightly packed small bubbles leave nice lacing. Good heavy hop scent, but not extreme. Flavor and palate; nice mix of malt and lots of hops, leaves mouth (and liver) wanting more.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from Fredís Market in Berkeley CA. Colour is an intense and deep golden, almost like amber. Very clear and absolutely no head. Aroma is incredibly floral, spicy and slightly bitter - no hint of malt or sweetness in the scent. Flavour is intense, with a lingering acrid bitterness that bites the hell out of the taste buds.
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet hoppy aroma from a copper pour with a huge frothy white head. flavor i slots of piney hops balanced by some sweetness. resiny acidic mouthfeel . very good and not very bitter for 100+ ibuís.