mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Orange, pale color with a light head. I got a bit of a floral aroma under the hops. When they say this ruins your palete, they were right. Too much for my inexperience, I can't say I liked the finish. Other than that, a good beer. Hoppy and strong. The destruction of the palete is really all I didn't like.
Bryan (4) - USA - AUG 6, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
seductive aroma with a smashing palate. excellant example of an IPA both fruity and dry.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
For a super hoppy Double IPA, this loses nothing in its overall flavor. While exceptionally bitter, a perfectly blended mixture of hops combines with well balanced malts to make this a suprisingly refreshing, tasty beer (versus a hop soup).
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big time hop aroma, with just the slightest hints of malts. The head was rather small and fast on this. Tons of hops and bitterness in the flavor, I also got some mint flavor, and just a touch of malt. Hops linger for a long time. Good, but I appreciate a well balanced IPA more.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer pours a couldy orange color with a small head and minimal lacing on the glass. The aroma is very hoppy - like most micro IPA's. The flavor was very hoppy and spicy as the aroma hinted at. This is a good representation of the IPA class and if you're a hop head, this one is for you.
jeffmac (3) - USA - AUG 3, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
My dad always called me a "hophead", I guess it's true. Love the bitter finish. One of my favorites.
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 ok, this is a re-rate because i was not a hophead when i rated this before. now, this shit is the bomb. i really enjoyed this beer. better than the regular ipa. i can't believe i rated this so low before. cloudy color. very very very hoppy. glorious smell of hops that invites your right in
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 American brewers just love the hoptastic flavor of over-hopped beers. That's OK, because I do too. Intitally, my mamby-pamby malt-head couldn't handle the ass-kicking hops in some of these beers. Now, all other beers are like drinking water. Unfortunately, there is a limit. Stone takes this one a bit too far. It just doesn't have the balance that other beers, like Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, posess. Flavor is typical of a standard citrusy IPA, but a slight better malt balance could do this beer a bit of good. Regardless, it's a great butt-kicking beer that looks and tastes great.
Kinz (3449) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 Maybe I’m turning into a hophead. I could literally smell the hops at arms length, a shot of grapefruit across the bow. Possibly the most pure fruit aroma I have ever encountered from hops. The appearance is fantastic, light orange, the faintest haze, and a thin white head that just won’t quit. Tiny bubbles. Pefect palate. The flavor, although still very hop heavy, has a solid malt sweetness to give some backbone. Spruce, grapefruit, earth, more grapefruit, some flowers, grapefruit, and hmmm, more grapefruit. The bitter finish isn’t aggressive, it just lasts and lasts. Wow. RERATE: 7/4/08 - Standing by the original rating, a happy moment after downgrading the normal IPA.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 Re-rate 12/10/2004I keep coming back to tihs beer and each time I like it more. IMO, it kicks Dreagnaught’s booty and is 3rd best IIPA (Alesmith, Stoudts, Ruination). Both the Yulesmith and hte Stoudts exhibit more malt character and I find that to be an advantage. This is one of the least balanced (in a good way mind you) beers you can drink.10/31/03 ReRate 8/4/9/4/18 - 4.3 - Clear orange with a fine particled small head, very nice. Grapefruits to the maximum. Holy hop aroma Batman. Flavor is huge hoppy citrus, bitterness kicks your booty. Body is medium-full. Tasted this one right after the Stone IPA, they are similat but this one is much more extreme. Excellent beer.
A super nice IPA. Light clear copper color. Hops galore both in the aroma and the taste. Hints of maltiness. Good body but hops are the story. Very bitter finish. A true hop-head beer.