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.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tons of fresh hop aromas smacked me in the face as I opened the bottle and poured it into the glass. Iím talkiní pine, grapefruit, and astringency jumping out of the glass. Incredible hop flavors accomany this aromatic onslaught and range from fresh Cascades/Centennial when the beer is poured to more subdued arthy tones as the beer warms. The malt backbone here is substantial, with toffee and caramel counteracting the hops well. Surprisingly, the finish isnít overly bitter thanks to that generous malt component. This beer is clear and perfectly copper in color with a moderate head that did not last. I agree that this isnít quite the hop monster that DFH 90 Minute is, but both are excellent. Great job, Stone!
tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely the definition of hops. Great beer. Itís a strong flavor, but I find it refreshingly bitter. Me like. I felt like I was getting slapped in the face by Mr. VanHoppy. 100 IBUís of CHIGGER NUT SALSA, DAMN!!.
Dionysian (39) - Paris, FRANCE - JUL 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very strong beer.
Bitter, hoppy.. crisp.. um.. toasty.. roasty.. ghosty.
A good strong beer, not for the faint of heart. The 100 IBUís shine through like a fat girl riding a tricycle.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, my palate is ruined. True. But this is not quite as hoppy as the Dogfish 90-minute IPA, I think. The Ruination aroma is a tad hoppier than the flavor.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2009 In one word, WOW! But I canít stop there: Golden-copper with a bleached-white & frothy head. Sweet & aromatic "hop blood" nose. Hops are taken to a new level. Up front, itís a blast of crispy malts, intense hops, and a sweet aroma. Many flavors exude. In the middle, it has a "hot" hop sensation that made my eyes open a little more. The hops tickled my throat and caressed my soul. Then they lingered like a very welcomed guest. And for 100+ IBUs, it was surprisingly non-bitter - relatively speaking of course. My burps were even tasty!
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The only bad thing about this beer is I ate a steak afterwards and could barely taste it. It also ruined the hop devil I drank 1/2 hour later. Loads of pine and very dry for an IPA. The alcohol is well hidden in this little beauty. If I could have one thing for Christmas, it would be for Stone to start distributing in my area.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
íOH BABY OH BABYí! Been waitení on this one all day. Crystal clear and copper colored, the head is an off white, the lace in sheets. íOh that smellí To quote Lynard, íTis hopsí that greets your nose, a bit of malt, Lemon-lime crisp. A tad sweet at the start. the top is medium, BAM, SLAM, POW, SPLAT, Hops íBaby, thatís the name of the game as far as Iím concerned, strong, dry, lightly acidic. Havenít tasted this much hops since I took a sip of íHop Oilí. ranks #159 on my master beer list.
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 14, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EKG or Noble hops without any mustiness, no sign of an imminent whalloping blast of hops -- itís a medium full aroma, the body is slightly heavier than the Alesmith IPA. Significant but subdued malt flavors. Delicious -- Iím happy. Lots of dry hopping and itís remarkably clean. Not quite the brutal hop juice I was anticipating but it is enjoyably hoppy. Maintains a great aroma and a building bitter to the bottom of the glass.