krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep golden like the glowing gild on a gallery frame. the creamy head showed up for work but was weak, unproductive and asked to go home early. the lace was a wet series of uniform dots spangling the glass. the appearance is really inconsequential, though, because this product represents something else entirely. it's a graduate level advanced study in zymurological calculous, stating that: if 'A' is good, ('A' being huge juicy succulent hops) then A to the third power is better. there is in just one glass sufficient and compelling evidence to convince me that this is indeed true--it's as true and infallible as a nuclear clock. this is basically industrial hop concentrate. this is what hop growers bring to their conventions for show and tell. this is the nitro-gycerin that you use to revive the most dedicated hop head that's had a massive coronary and is believed brain dead. dry hopped out the yin-yang, you picture the brewer chasing the stone beer truck down the street--like johnny appleseed, still flinging fistfulls of hops at the kegs. subtle as a charging rhino, impressive as a triple back flip, it makes no pretence of balance. malt gives the color, carbonation is the conveyor belt of flavors, alcohol lopes along beside the hop monster like a beta-wolf, but it's all about that hop perfume distilled--alaskan matanuska thunder-fuck hops. still hugely drinkable and wonderful.
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What a wonderful aroma this beer has; a very complimentary pairing of malt and hops. Golden amber in color with a bit of a haze. A very smooth mouth feel. Well balanced flavor. The hops are appearent immediately then the malt and alcohol shine through followed by a second wave of hops. Wow! This is truly a great beer!
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome aroma. Grapefruit, electrical ozone, sweet, hoppy oils. Huge white frothy lacing head over gold-amber clear liquid. Heavy watery body - silky. Light medium carb. Wow, this is a big beer. Hoppy. Fruity, citrus-grapefruit. Notes of alcohol and sugar, and good amount of malts. Great big bitter finish and after. A really nice IPA - great aroma, body, and taste.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very unique copper amber color with a very floral nose. Lots of hops in the flavor, but not as much as I was expecting. The closet thing I could think of as for the taste was was the sun. If that makes any sense.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 March 2003: Clear bright orange, smallish but lasting creamy head with thick lace. Aroma wonderfully buttery and malty, somewhat floral, not nearly as hoppy as Iíd expect but great all the same. The first thing you notice as it hits your tongue is the incredibly thick, juicy, smooth mouthfeel, God its wonderful going down. The second thing, unfortunately, for me, is a distinct lack of real flavor besides the hop. Sorry, this just doesnít hold a candle next to the regular Stone IPA, or Dreadnaught or DFH 90 M for that matter. Itís buttery and malty for a moment, but the piney resinous bitter orange hops ride in like the Nazgul and cast fear in their wake, and the malts and more delicate flavors can only cringe in the face of the onslaught. Iím not the worldís greatest hop-lover, itís true, but I can dig them when thereís something else going on. Here, there just isnít enough. The other components are excellent to be sure, its a very well-made brew, but it just falls a little short of "masterpiece" for me. 9/4/6/4 15 3.8
November 2007, 22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington VT served a bit below cellar temperature from a Hair of the Dog glass. Rock-solid stable billowy snow-white head tops the clear dark amber-gold....the nose, quite spicy, floral and resinous and lightly alcohol-peppery, not as pungent as I remembe it, quite nice....strongly bitter on the tongue right away, but leavened by plenty of malt sweetness, a hint of brown sugar, which lasts up till quite near the finish which is quite dry and harsh and almost entirely bitter....very smooth-drinking, rather light-bodied surprisingly, and without a trace of alcohol; on the whole I like this just slightly more than I did 4 years ago and find it a bit nicer to drink. Still far from my favorite, but a nice change of pace.
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Wow I have become a total hophead. Stone IPA used to be my favorite but now I think this one is the winner. Bitter is an understatement with this gem. A big ol freaking pine, orange, perfume, grapefruit aroma. Dear lord this and regular IPA are perfect in the aroma dept. It pours a deep orange color with a moderate head. The flavor is orange peels, a bottle of pine perfume, lemons, and some bitter ass hops. I could live off this stuff. The aftertaste is somewhat creamy and sweet but BITTER as well. I am worthy of the 100 IBUs beoch. Perfect on ya!
notalush (5210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 [itís funny to look at old ratings] Mother of God! This is the greatest IPA ever! The first few sips seemed just like dogfish head 90 minute IPA, but after a while I began to realize that this is superior even to that. The aroma is a bracing mixture of hops, flowers, sweet malts and a slight woody presence. The appearance is near perfect, but the lacing could be better. The flavor is massive, with malts and hops in outlandish abundance. Oak and sweetened butter. The balance is perfect, and the finish has a long lasting, but not overpowering hop bitterness. This is rocking my world!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh this beer is incredible! The flowery, extremely hoppy aroma perfectly accents the variety of strong hops in the flavor. Perfectly balanced.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Stone Kickoff at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC.
Nice solid IPA and has the description says "bracingly bitter". Can't really had to that.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2006 re-rate: Crystal clear dark yellow/light copper color with big off white head. Aroma has a significant amount of resiny, floral hops, subtle whiff of caramel and oranges, touch of vanilla. Flavor has some lightly kilned malt flavor, fairly significant herbal hops, with a touch of caramel. Finish is very bitter, as expected, and dry, though not quite as dry as I might have expected. A good niche brew, isnít made to appeal to the masses, certaintly canít be described as balanced. More bitter than I like my IPAís, but a nice way to destroy the beer geek palate.