Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - MAY 4, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Now, don't get me wrong, I like hoppy beers, but this was not a well done hoppy beer. It has an average appearance, a thick
but not long lasting head, but it is extremely unbalanced in my opinion. It has a sickly-sweet smell to it when opened, it is
overloaded with Cascade hops, mainly due to dry hopping. The malt flavor is simply overwhelmed by the over-use of so many
hops. Stone brewing has great beers as a rule, and I like their Arrogant Bastard, and their Double Bastard, but this one was
just too much for me. I couldn't even finish the 22 oz. bottle I got, so that should tell you something.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Distinguishes itself from other IPAs by NOT having a strong grapefruit flavor. Extremely crisp, no unwelcome tang. Soft citrus nose, w/caramel undertones. Mellows and softens as one's tongue begins to surrender.
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 so it is brutish, western, astringent, tea-like, rough and husky, sweet. scrolling.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright golden amber, average head, hop citrus apricot honey aroma. Very bitter beginning and finish, little bit malt finish, keeps getting more and more bitter as I drink it until I start to get used to it, somewhat. Too bitter to have often, prefer the regular stone IPA. At times this has the same apricot taste as the arrogant bastard. I think this is where I draw the line and say uncle.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As the description says, very bitter but surprisingly well balanced for a beer with over 100 IBU's. Strong alcoholic aroma and you can definitely taste the alcohol. Wonderful, hoppy finish. One of my favorite beers.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - APR 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hoppy aroma. Nice golden color with unremarkable head. Extremely bitter taste with medium body. Finish is also bitter and substantial. When looking for it, can also detect some malt.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 Nice clear amber body with a big foamy head. Nice thick retention all the way down the glass. Aroma is big and citrusy with a biscuity yeast and malt quality. Medium bodied and a bit chewy. has a stinging numbing bitterness from huge amount of hops. Slightly sweet but oh so bitter. Really nice big IPA.
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is a good example of a Micro-Brew gone bad !!! It is real easy to make a beer so bitter that is not worth drinking!!! Over-Rated Brewery
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a small white head. Smells hops and wet dog aroma. Taste sweet bitter carmel.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A golden color with a lacing head. (side note: it is making a perfect butterfly in the middle of its liquid surface.) A hoppy and citrus aroma. Nice bitter hops right up front with a calmer citrus flavor rounding it out.