egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well a fruitfly poured out of mine. It was still alive and was walking on top of the head, so I know it wasn't bottled originally. It was a reddish golden color with a small head. Citrusy hop aroma, and the taste was dominated by hops. A big beer from Stone!
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A clear burnt gold color with a medium creamy white head. A mouthwatering aroma of floral pine, yeast, and frozen orange juice concentrate. Bitter hops are omnipresent, yet allowing spectacular background flavors ( caramel malts with a ever so slight hint of chocolate) to come through enhancing the overall effect. An extraordinary IPA.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must be jaded. Or my pallette has been destroyed (ruined) prior to tasting this. I found it rather nice and once again as I approached a Stone beer with trepidation, I found that I had no need to squirm. It took me by the hand and walked me through a happy, hoppy tase. Sure, don't get me wrong - there's all the hops and more than most could ever want. Have just had a few over-zealous brewers in this city that love dosing a kettle with as much as it can handle when it comes to the bitter. If this is what you crave, fear not, but enjoy as I did.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy hop-tastic batman. This is pure hops with a little bitter taste to compliment. This is the hoppiest beer I have sampled in my 120ish ratings. If you want hops, you want this. If you don't care for hops, stay away, very far away.
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful clear orange with a thick white foam head. Large, hoppy aroma. This is much maltier in both flavor and aroma than regular IPA, as well as hoppier. Medium bodied and almost creamy. Excellent.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a clear orange amber body topped by a medium thick off-white head with lots of lace. Wonderfully sweet citrusy (grapefruit) hop aroma. Sweet, piney hop flavor with notes of grapefruit and malty undertones. The finish is bitter from hops and lasting. Medium to full bi\odied and smooth.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Doesn't get much better than this. Extremley hoppy. In fact Don't know if I could stand much more. Damn this is good.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect IPA. Beautiful amber color and a nice head. The nose screams citrus, floral, and herbaceous hop character. The perfect blend of hops lends a flavor that is so prominent that it takes a few moments to really appreciate the masterfully crafted beer underneath. A titan of IPAs.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hm. Bitter! Tastes essentially the same to me as the standard Stone IPA. I get the same citrus (grapefruit, mostly) flavors, just more hops. Very very good but I have to rate this below the regular IPA because as far as I can see the extra bitterness only serves to mask some of the very good flavors in these two beers.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Re-Rate 11/10/05:My tastes and palate have changed over the last few years and I decided to give this highly acclaimed beer another try. Now I find it to be a wonderful, hoppy, citrusy experience. I still find it quite bitter but in a good way.
6/23/03: (3.2) Bitter, bitter, bitter! As much as I like Stone’s "other" IPA I have to admit that this one is way over the top for me in regards to bitterness. If typical IPA’s don’t do anything for you anymore then this would be a good ale to try. Did I mention that it’s quite BITTER!