JorisPPattyn (8645) - 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 (335) - 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.
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Bottle: Restrained but fruity, and bit musty, nose flutters off this orange-yellow beer with a gigantic head. This is probably one of the purest hoppy -flavored brews, fruity and sweet up front, but bitterly resinous and puckering at the end ... the overwhelming bitterness subsides with time, but this is strictly for afficianados! All-time classic.
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...a hop packed mouth destruction beer...and I love every bit of it! Great flavor, very bitter, but also very nice. A fine IIPA!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber with off white head. Intense hop aroma with some malt sweetness trying to poke through. Initial taste is an explosion of hop bitterness, both grapefruit and floral, some malt sweetness starts to come through midway for some balance. a hop lovers delight.
FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An orangey gold color, quite a bit of haze is present in this beer. Pours with a decently thick cream colored head. Smells of hay, a field of grass with some sort of spicy blooming flowers, slightly lemony. There is a solid mouth feel presence, it coats the front of the mouth. Of course it is quite bitter, but in no way is it out of balance, quite remarkable for that in fact. The hop flavor is crawling out of this beer all over the place. The bitterness stays with you after one swallows. A complex floral, orangey (though only slightly), apricot (but just a hint) mix of flavors. It is like sucking the nectar from an aromatic-fruity, but not particularly sweet, flower on some unspecified aromatic herb (of course this would be a hop). Effectively saturates one's taste buds as the bottle has promised. I am still struck by the fact that, though this is utterly bitter and hoppy, it is not perceived to be too over the top. There is a solid malt backbone that, though effectively hidden by the hop attack, is what makes this beer possible, it is what brings this beer to the next level.