Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty Hoppy, not super hoppy though, I was expected face peeling hoppiness in this one. I had been looking for this for awhile, and had to go to San Diego to get it. The malt and hop balance is outstanding, smooth, great carbination. Almost like piney, with the hops. There was a thread that said this beer was overatted, I disagree, this is a very impressive IPA.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 22oz bomber- And when i say bomber i mean, da shiznitollbang!! my dream beer. i love hops and this aint a dissapointment. Somewhat cloudier than i remember, and a little yeast lingers in the bottom of the tulip glass we’re drinking this out of.. a fine mist of yeast, I feel like a baron. Fruity delish, lacing of foamy head. This beer is ruinous...bombastic. true love. Deep golden color, citrusy, and very very hoppy aftertaste.. My palate is energized as well as enlightened.. This brew is baffeling. stone is the shiiiiiiii-at
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is pine, bitter, and sour. Lots of christmas tree in this nose. Lighter than expected transparent copper with robust frothy white head. Start is sweet, getting really piney in the middle. Finishes very very bitter. Very smooth beer and easy to drink, though. Carbonation is turned down. Could use some more carbonation and the alcohol burn at the end is a little much for me.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2004 Rerate- had a few more of these over the last few months, and I am enjoying it less. The balance is a bit off in my opinion after trying other doubles.
Ruination is right. It shocks the palate for the next few hours.
Hop Hop Hop everywhere, aroma, taste, finish. Not much balance, but that is to be expected from this beast.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2015 This used to be one of my favorite IIPAs - a 4.5 in the old days, but it is a shell of it’s former self.+++ This beer poured an orange amber color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and spicy with moderate notes of vague floral and herbal hops. The flavor was bitter, dryish and somewhat tart with notes of vague floral, perfumey and herbal hosp and light undertones of pine, grapefruit and pepper. The finish was long and dry with lingering pine, pepper and floral/herbal hops. Moderately full bodied. This beer used to be a sweet grapefruit bomb but they have ruined an old favorite and I doubt I would bother to get it again after what they have done to it.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 Clear light amber, small white head, rising carbonation, massive PNW hops and perhaps a bit of malt in the nose. Rich mouthfeel, some sweet malt, way overhopped, very bitter finish. My impression of the brewer: good technique, very poor judgment. Like drinking Pine-Sol. What’s with the 4.11 overall rating?
zathrus13 (1740) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Pours yellow/amber, with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is flowery and fruity. Taste is grapefruit and the body is just right. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes with hops. Drinks very easily.
pexoo (17) - Avon Lake, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma hit with a flowery / fruit smell. For an IPA it has an unexpected creaminess, with a balanced hoppy flavor. My wife avers, "One of the best beers I have ever tasted. I like it."
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light carbonated yellow. Smelled sweet like oranges. Not crazy hoppy like a lot of stone ales. It does have a hop bite, but not overwhelming. Balanced out with a nice citrus flavor. This is a very good beer and should be tried by all.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a golden brown with a medium head that quickly faded. And after that all I noticed was hops. And that's it. From first taste to the long long long aftertaste is hops hops hops hops hops. I like!