mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper color. Slightly hazy. Medium two-finger white head after an average pour. Wonderful slighty-grassy hop aroma with balancing caramel malt nose. Very strong bitterness. Great hop flavor. Full malt flavor although not enough to balance the hops, and thatís okay. Some sweet caramel malt flavor. Medium-to-full bodied. This is damn good beer. The first time I had it, the bitterness seemed more subdued (although this was near the end of a long day of tasting). This time, itís a full-on hop blast with some tasty sweet malt to back it up. Damn good!
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
IPA with a super hoppy Stone flavor that this brewery is famous for. Solid aroma, slightly fruity. Heavy on the hops with a distinct flavor. Aftertaste doesnít last forever but still lingers slightly with the hops sticking to your tongue like glue. I like it and think that it is a great IPA but I am not sure I would want to handle two 22ozís of that type of taste bud displacement. The flavor changes markedly as it warms up, but perhaps not to the better. Definitely a strong arrow to keep in your beer quiver though.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Actually, I think I prefer the regular IPA. This is pretty much the same, except where as in the IPA you get more flavor and less bitterness, here you get the opposite. I also noticed that the bitterness seems to diminish rather rapidly, causing the flavor to do the same. This is less of a palate beer than the IPA. I had this almost back to back with Rogueís I2PA and this seemed less íruiningí to the palate. I know Iím being hard on the guys at Stone, but I have to give them shit now and then to balance out all the wonderful things I say about them.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice creamy head and great rich smokey fruity smell. Very bitter and delightful beer; creeps into your taste buds but aftertaste a little dry and weak. Aftertaste stops a little too early. I was expecting the goddess of all beers right here but I guess Iíll keep looking.
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 (2401) - 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.