21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve waited a long while to enjoy this fine brew. It did not dissapoint. Another great brew from the guys at stone. A hopped up IPA, a great concept.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 17, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I finally scored a bottle of this today at Gentileís in Grandview. I have been dying to try it since I spied itís inception on the Stone site. The aroma is heavenly. Perfumed and piney hops swirl with fruity undertones (even strawberry sparked my senses). The beautiful brew pours a perfect hazy amber. The titanic off-white creamy head is fully lasting with very good lacing. The flavor is beyond outstanding. The depth and complexity are beyond measure. IBUís donít tell the whole story. Rich, rich, rich flavor. No shortage of warmth either from the ABV. The medium body is soft and very dry and exceptionally clean. A masterpiece. I wish Koch would rename his company íPimp Brewingí because he could get away with it, I donít mean maybe.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this one lets you know immediately what it is all about, The Hops ! Bitter with a citrus kick, and a grapefruit finish. I would prefer this one with a meal a nice Grilled Burger or Steak would do just fine. The more Stone products I try the more I want, a very good beer from an exceptional brewer.
Re-rate Now after rating 100+ beers I can more appreciate this one, hops, Love them, not a complex beer but a Hop lovers dream, not for the fizzy yellow beer drinker,but for the true lover of beers with strong hops, it is not beer it is nectar. Extremely Recommended !
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Very fresh (month old) bottle. Seemingly lifleless aroma, with notes of cat urine and orange rind. Poor mouthfeel, flimsy and force carbonated. Grainy, crackery malts are accompanied by a disappointingly flat bitterness No obligatory hop-derived juiciness is perceptible. Utterly devoid of hop flavor, and what little flavor IS there consists of grass and grapefruit. No brightness whatsoever, and the lack of bright hop burps make it obvious that they skimped on the dry hopping. By no means is this flawed (maybe a bit grainy), but overall itís way too dull and simplistic.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity hop aroma, white head, and a very clear, light copper color. Malty sweetness is balanced perfectly with the hops. This is truely a great beer. Fantastic.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big floral/spicy bouquet that reminds me of muscat or sauvignon blanc grapes. The beer poured with a big marshmallow head that will not die. Upon first sip I get a lot of malt sweetness intertwined with a hop rush. The malt profile is evident enough to keep the beer from being overpowered by the hops. The hops are like pine tar, I am afraid that my lips will stick together and I will not be able to take another drink. The 7.7% abv is well hidden.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
How do you rate a beer that is well crafted, and suits the style that it is brewed for, when you donít like the style so much? The epitome of the West Coast style that I do not enjoy, it is still a better beer than many.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pineapple and slight hops. Nice clear orange color, very thick head. Initial taste is malty sweet with strong pineapple flavor. Aftertaste is VERY bitter, slightly burnt tasting. That bitter bite really lingers!
ARMed (571) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautifully crafted and very smooth. Fruity smell of oranges and lemons immediately hit the nose. Thick creamy head with lasting foamy substance. Excellent lacing that lasts forever. Rich powerful hop flavor with a smooth flowing aftertaste. Bitter spears of cloves and mint leaves are also noticeable. Sharp and dominutive but not overbearing. Very nice brew. Thanks jcalabre! This is a great beer.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hop lovers dream....Stone is the master of hops. This beer is a benchmark for west coast IPAís, but despite the great hop flavor, it was almost a bit one dimensional. A great beer, but not something I would want to have at any occasion.