matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks too BBB63, -AKA “The Bear” for sending me this brew!
Rating # 365
It’s the Stone IPA on steroids! Pours a beautiful orangey / bronze body with an insanely foamy thick stony white head. The aroma is an intense pinesap and spruce accompanied by a mammoth amount of caramel malts. Flavor is a oversized cluster of molasses, honey, caramel, overly ripe and sweet cantaloupe, actually lots of cantaloupe. Definitely has some grapefruit in the family, as well as some tangerine; Notes of brown sugar and rosemary make themselves known.
My description of this Ampped IPA is; I’m standing in a pine tree sawmill eating a grapefruit with brown sugar sprinkled on top, then I drink a jar of pine sap mixed with molasses.
A pretty good Imperial IPA but I would rather have Dreadnaught!
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Believe it! Pours amber, with a big foamy head that leaves wonderful lacing. Evenly carbonated. You've read it before, and it is true: grapefruit and hop aroma. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, and bitter all at once, with a bitter finish that lasts, while your mouth just waters for the next sip! There is an undertone of pine that is really pleasant as well. Watch out- the alcohol is not apparent, but it is in there.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Liquid is a amber orange color, unique looking? Yes. Nose stings of piney hops. Medium head, rather low lacing. Flavor is sweet, yet the sweetness is completely anihiated by the hops. Finish is bitter hops which stays in the mouth and on the tongue for minutes, which seem like hours. In other words liquid hops. Palate is little watery and dry. The hops party is presented with a high degree of freshness and quality. However, I'd much rather drink the standard stone IPA. Overall, kind of disappointing. I guess I was expecting something a little more interesting.
swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Three Floyds, get off your high horse. This ale is quite possibly my favorite beer ever. beautiful pour, just slightly cloudy,with an AMAZING aroma. The taste truly is ruinous, and oh so bitter. Not being a fan of sweeter PAs, this one just took the almighty Sierra Nevada off of my numbewr 1 spot! Perfect in every way!!!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2004 Extreme Beer Fest '04: Redish orange with white head. Aroma is heavy hop. It is a very good hoppy beer. I love the bitterness. However, it's not quite as good as the Dogfish Head IPA series.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color is a light and very clear orange. The head is moderate and white. The smell is strong of (cascade?) hops and slightly sweet, the smell of a malt may be slightly evident over the strong hops aroma.... Oh wow, the flavor is amazing, so bitter that it's sweet... my ears are popping (though that may be an unrelated effect) its hopped very hopped, and the flavor of alcohol very nicely blended. The end is bitter and a bit dry.... oh my god my tounge is numb. reminds me of "superhop" from the GABF.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty boring looking beer: tawny orange. Head is pasty and diffuse. Aroma is like fresh hop pellets: I'd guess maybe cascade and chinook but I might be wrong. That's about it. I mean, it smells good, but it pretty much just smells like generic PNW hops. OK, let's see what we've got in the flavor: biting, acidic and astringent flavor getting only a slight nuttiness from the malts. Yes, it is quite bitter. Usually I can be verbose when describing the perceptions of beer that I experience, but there's just not much here. A sensory assault for sure, but very boring in an odd way. I like IIPAs too, but this one just ain't all that great, IMO.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orangey amber color with an off-white thin head. Leaves a soapy lacing. No real head retention here. Aroma is warm grapefruit with brown sugar. Small amount of cinnamon (could be the alcohol). Caramel sweetness starts off the flavor along with gently sweet grapefruit. Yeast and alcohol notes as well. Creamy mouthfeel. A wonderfully balanced IIPA.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 Moderately citrus hop nose... Lemon + Grapefruit. Body is a really cool gold/amber color and started with an average head. Hops are a bit heavy, but very good. I wouldn't say they are harsh, but they are not flowery, probably piney with some lemon rind. And I taste some honey to, shockingly like Hall's honey lemon cough drops. Bitterness picks up in the finish, and yeast picks up at bottom of bottle. I really liked this, as it has a large body. I'm no hop expert, but I'd say maybe it could use more of a flowery Dreadnaught top of hop addition to add more complexity?
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, golden color, head unsupportable from the thick slightly alcoholic body. Big citrus, grapefruit aroma, and some impressive maltiness identifiable. The first taste, when it was still a bit too cold (I think) was not as overwhelmingly bitter as I expected. You open the bottle and expect with a beer like this that some genie or mystical dragon is going to bite your tongue off. However, that first sip proved interesting, with a bitterness at the middle-back of the tongue. However, subsequent sips as it warmed proved sharp, with bitterness all over the mouth and lingering extremely long. I guess some people must like bitterness the way I like sour (gimme a gueuze!), and this is impressive at one level for the extent to which they gave this beer interesting qualities of flavor and prevented the bitterness from having a metallic quality or other glaring fault as is sometimes found in run-of-the-mill "big IPAs". However, at some level this also seemed to me a bit like the Cave Creek Chili beer--yes, it is possible to brew a beer that tastes like this, but why would you want to? I guess I just don't care that much for bitter hop explosions--bring it down while retaining all its other nice qualities and you would have a spectacular beer. Big thanks to Jazz88 for the bottle.