Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2007 Stone has a definite house character. Even the color falls in lockstep. Quality all over the place. Unfortunately, I canít get close enough to that character to adequately...ummm...characterize it! (Well...I could but it would be very expensive). Iíd like to have a real session with their beers.
Sweet malting and an overabundance of somehow sweetened hops make this a nicely balanced brew...despite the 100 IBUs. Or maybe Iím just jaded. Whatever, I like it...alot...
rich42 (128) - USA - AUG 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
the nose on this one had me scarred - it smelled like Iíd be drinking pure hop-juice... wasnít as harsh as I was expecting though... still pretty darn hoppy - more piney than citrus. the malt and alchohol are there - but in the background. Iím just getting into IPAís (a developing hophead?). this one may be my hoppiest yet. Iím having it as Iím writing the review - and I swear - every sip seems a bit more bitter... so much for my pallate - but what was I expecting with ídestruction achieved by wreckingí printed on the back of the bottle? a bit over the top - like all of stoneís brews - now if only they would do a bock...
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pale amber, translucent, light carbonation and foam. Exceptional fresh hoppy aroma, citrus and tropical fruits, but thereís also some malt evident. Lots of hop bitterness pucker the tastebuds, prickling the front and turning more bitter and citric at the end. But while there may be a strong citric bite at the finish it never really overwhelms (or is that just me drinking too many IPAís). Thereís some biscuity malt and tropical fruit sweetness that combine to good effect. Great IPA for those who want a little more.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 31, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
honey colored, nice dense white head, big hoppy aroma, with a distinct floral character.
big bitter hoppy flavour, the label claims 100IBUs and the taste is sharp and intense yet not without subtleties- I detected grapefruit, pepper and caramel.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orangey-gold color with a thick head that lasts. The aroma is wonderful, the lovely hop-floral aroma thatís very inviting to a hop-head. The flavor is as biting as anticipated, with a hint of malt sweentess. Unfortunately, itís a bit more than even I could take. Itís flavorful in a knock-you-upside-the-head kind of way, but then it beats you senseless. Thereís something not quite pleasant about it. Thereís an over-ripe sweetness behind the hops and malt that I couldnít place. It was lovely with food, though, since it holds its own spectacularly. I also respect this beer, even if it wasnít my favorite.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored and highly carbonated. Coarse head with a lasting creamy top. Aroma is citric. For the claimed 100+ IBUs this beer is tamed by a generous addition of aroma hops. A little smoother than the bastard and double bastard but definitely a step up from the standard Stone IPA. A good beer for rating #50.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the hoppiest beers that I have ever had. Big white head on an orange body. Each sip is an explosion of hops. Malts do a good job of keeping up at first, but lose in the end. Thanks bigal96!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good lord. The hops in the nose are so massive it makes my eyes water as I pour. Stone, just let me say, I love you deeply. Lovely, golden copper color with a sticky cream head. Nose, again, is massively hoppy, simply amazing. Rich, piney, grassy hops. Initial taste is puckeringly tart. Beatifically luxurious in both its softness and agressiveness, like drinking a goblet full of velvet wrapped around spikes. The huge IBU rating is balanced by its monster malts, giving hints of sweetness to the finish. Absolutely wonderful and, if I may speak in the tone of the Arrogant Bastard for a moment, if itís too hoppy, youíre just a big wuss.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, light copper color. Creamy but thin head and nice lace. Aroma is staggering. Sprucy,grassy hops, I smell oranges soaking in caramel. Medium bodied with a steady rising swirl of carbonation, very soft feel in mouth. The hops are there with brutal force immediatey drying the mouth but the caramel like malt holds them at bay. But for some reason the sweetness of the malt is a bit fatiguing and doesnt have the same addictive juiciness of a hop devil. But then again im nitpicking, this is wonderful and would gladly buy it again.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice beer. A bit tammer than I expected. Light amber color with bountiful aromas of grapefruit and lemon rinds. Initial taste is similar to Liberty ale with more complexity in malt character. Alas I feel that there are more intense IPAs out there such as DFheads 90 min. A good beer that, like itsítammer brother, could benefit from a better malt character, more body,and yes,... even more hops.