beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Majestic golden with light head. Oddly the first thing I thought when I sniffed this earthy brew is that I could blind "nose" test someone with a chardonnay and fool them. Seemed very buttery and mislead me a little about what the taste would be. Then came the assault - as it happens I love a smooth bitter brew so I didn't mind, but it definitely wasn't very balanced. Hops to start and more to finish - but the bitter finish lingered nicely, not unpleasantly. Didn't ruin me but it did make me want more Stone brews. Thanks to radiomgb for bringing this one over to watch the Super Bowl.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i love hops i have to say. yes. but i love hops when they're flowery, spicy, peppery, even citric, but not when they taste solely of pine-o-cleen. anyway. full marks for a bitterness so big it goes in my mouth and exits through my nose like swimming pool water. but loses some marks for the carlsberg elephant-style bad vodka fuselcity finish. lurking under the smokers toothpaste and assorted cleaning products is some surprisingly mellow pale malt, not as much as in dreadnaught though.
hershiser2 (2047) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Paid $3.79 for a 1pt 6oz single.
Beautiful appearance: light amber, with a HUGE soft, beige head (and this was a very easy pour). Lotsa renention & lacing. Great looking.
PERFECT smell. This is THE smell I love in IPAs. Strong & sweet grapefruit... absolutely brilliant!
Very nice taste. Really hoppy, with the defined grapefruit there. It'd bit a tad higher than a 4.0 if it wasn't for a slightly soapy aftertaste.
Now that's one helluva mouthfeel! I can't even describe it- this is something one must experience for themselves.
Very drinkable... a bit too hoppy, which gives a soapy aftertaste, though. That aftertaste lingers a little too long.
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 (144) - 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 (579) - 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.