mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. Bottle. Smelled like butterscotch mixed with hops. I really liked the malt to hop ratio in this IPA. I also liked the LONG hoppy finish. The hops lingered and lingered. A hop lovers beer for sure! This is a very well done IPA.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with nice thick head and some lacing. Tons of citrus hops in the nose. Malts pretty much consumed by the hops, but I don't mind that so much.
JorisPPattyn (7973) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draught) Clear dark yellow; white head. Nose of full fresh hops, very good: like crumbling fresh hop cones. Hoparoma and bitterness probably can't go any further - and yet it tastes alright in this case. There must be malt underneath it, but it is - well, ruined, I suppose. Burning mouthfeel, but only a little. Ever so slight oily touch (the hops?). If you're open to it, this one's great.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick tan head that dissipates at a moderate rate with great lacing. Aroma is quite citrusy and piney. Tremendous over the top hop blast upon the first sip that melds into a slight maltiness that just barely keeps the hops in check. Nice heavy mouthfeel. Another winner from Stone!!
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, deep orange/amber with a dense, creamy tan head that never seems to subside. The aroma is strong on hop florals and a bit of pine. The flavor is all hops up front, but then a nice surprising malt sweetness slides in behind all the hops and supports them nicely. Hop bitterness shows again on the finish to clean things up. Very solid mouthfeel is definitely a strong point of this beer. A very good IPA that has excellent hopping levels.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the hoppiest IPA's I have ever had. Nice lace on the glass. Drys my mouth up. Dare I say too hoppy?
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden amber color.Big fluffy hoppy head. Strong hop taste but a nice blend of malts that balances well. Great bitterness that stays with you a long time. A great IPA!
VAYankee (332) - Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber, with small white head, effervescent. Aromatic - brutally powerful hops spicyness. Exhibits a strong hops bitterness, but there is also fair amount of malt to act as a counterbalance. Leaves a strong but pleasingly bitter aftertaste.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Bottle: Restrained but fruity, and bit musty, nose flutters off this orange-yellow beer with a gigantic head. This is probably one of the purest hoppy -flavored brews, fruity and sweet up front, but bitterly resinous and puckering at the end ... the overwhelming bitterness subsides with time, but this is strictly for afficianados! All-time classic.
WabashMan (1013) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...a hop packed mouth destruction beer...and I love every bit of it! Great flavor, very bitter, but also very nice. A fine IIPA!