SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange tint with a small head. I'm sitting two feet away from it and I can just smell the hops. When beer is this hopped up I get a faint bubble-gum sweetness in the aroma. Alcohol notes as well. Complex hop flavor and bitterness abound. A light alcohol touch on the finish with an ever so slight malt presence in the body, but not enough. The jaws of beers to my palate. Excellent...I actually prefer their more balanced IPA over this. Worth drinking at least once a month though.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Loved everything about this bad boy!
Wow, what a fantastic looking glass full of necture if I ever saw one! Super clouded and deeply paled yellow with a golden orangey brown tone, head is small, compactedly thick and frothy, lace starts in huge thin sheets eventually breaking into spots and a thin haze on top always present.
Smell is a wonderfully complex hop nose, sweet soft pine, honey, flowers, light sour citrusy fruits of mango and lime, backing of caramel malt is nice along with a touch of alcoholic warmth. The pine is so intreging, lots of needles of nearly every kind, cedar, spruce, and Norway/Red. Yummy, super awesome nose!
Taste is lovely with a terrific hop bitterness lending solid pine fragments of needles, resin, and sap; fresh, a bit of dried sense and herbal calming, not over the top all that much but the presense is strong and balanced quite nicely with a caramel/toffeeish candied malts. Hops are so smooth on the palette in this its amazing. Quite a nice surprise.
Feel is very smooth and warm, medium to nearly a full peak at the midaway point, some creamyness and the hops linger with easy pine and slight spiced factions with some caramel chewyness. One easy drinkin' IPA, goes down smooth with solid hop character with a considerable malt backing. 7.7 ABV? Really? Wow, that doesn't show in any of the taste, sure, a bit in the aroma, but does begin to take over alot in the noggin once you've got through some of the bomber. And out of the etched labeling that Stone Brewing has on its bottles, this one is the coolest. Something about the color choice and the pose of the Gargoyle strikes me. I need more!
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. Bottle. Smelled like butterscotch mixed with hops. I really liked the malt to hop ratio in this IPA. I also liked the LONG hoppy finish. The hops lingered and lingered. A hop lovers beer for sure! This is a very well done IPA.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with nice thick head and some lacing. Tons of citrus hops in the nose. Malts pretty much consumed by the hops, but I don't mind that so much.
JorisPPattyn (8277) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draught) Clear dark yellow; white head. Nose of full fresh hops, very good: like crumbling fresh hop cones. Hoparoma and bitterness probably can't go any further - and yet it tastes alright in this case. There must be malt underneath it, but it is - well, ruined, I suppose. Burning mouthfeel, but only a little. Ever so slight oily touch (the hops?). If you're open to it, this one's great.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a thick tan head that dissipates at a moderate rate with great lacing. Aroma is quite citrusy and piney. Tremendous over the top hop blast upon the first sip that melds into a slight maltiness that just barely keeps the hops in check. Nice heavy mouthfeel. Another winner from Stone!!
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy, deep orange/amber with a dense, creamy tan head that never seems to subside. The aroma is strong on hop florals and a bit of pine. The flavor is all hops up front, but then a nice surprising malt sweetness slides in behind all the hops and supports them nicely. Hop bitterness shows again on the finish to clean things up. Very solid mouthfeel is definitely a strong point of this beer. A very good IPA that has excellent hopping levels.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the hoppiest IPA's I have ever had. Nice lace on the glass. Drys my mouth up. Dare I say too hoppy?
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden amber color.Big fluffy hoppy head. Strong hop taste but a nice blend of malts that balances well. Great bitterness that stays with you a long time. A great IPA!
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber, with small white head, effervescent. Aromatic - brutally powerful hops spicyness. Exhibits a strong hops bitterness, but there is also fair amount of malt to act as a counterbalance. Leaves a strong but pleasingly bitter aftertaste.