Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Disturbingly drinkable hop-juice, with a lingering teeth-coating bitterness.
ShawnC (76) - - SEP 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
AGED 2 YEARS. Found in my cooler. Golden cider like. Light lacing. Very muted nose. No hops slight malty nose. Very mellowed hops malts not quite strong enough. Thick mouthfeel but a little unfocused. A little boosy. A fun expirament. But nothing great.
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madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Donít know how old this is, unfortunately. Looks very hazey in the glass. A golden orange color.
The nose is a lot of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. Some pine and resin mixed with sweeter fruits like oranges, tangerines and grapefruit too. A slight malty backbone; toasted breadyness, maybe even a slight amount of caramel???
Taste follows the nose. Big hoppy bitterness right up front which moves into more balanced, malty flavor in the middle. Aftertaste is pretty bitter though. Not extreme, itís in a nice balance. Big grapefruit character in the end.
Overall, pretty good IIPA, but not the best Iíve had. Maybe the bottle is not that fresh??? Still, very good stuff!
Smallprint (74) - - JUL 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 660ml bottle, beautiful looking beer, a translucent, sunset orange with a thin, slightly off white head. Huge aroma, great example of an IPA, citrus, grapefruit, orange, mango, very fruity. Taste is quiet a lot of bitterness, not as much as I expected, but still a lot, with all the typical fruit flavours. The taste lingers for a long time, the carbonation is medium as is the body. One of the best IPAs out there, though Stoneís regular IPA is a good competitor.
HartManSam (74) - Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not that fond of memories come to mind when I think of this beer. I do believe itís time to give it another try and re rate this.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First sip was OMG I love this stuff. It whacks you right upside the head, gets your attention, then calms down nicely. Nice brown color, funky thick creamy head. Flavor changed quite a bit as it warmed up. Love the grapefruit rind bitterness on the finish, get a little underlying sweetness that lingers just about right, then the citrus bitters kick in and clean it all up so you can have another pull. Maybe not an every day drinker, but sure like having it around - special treat.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best by date is 4/11/11. Pours a bright, slightly cloudy yellow orange with a finger of foam. Nice carbonation. Great lacing. I love the way this beer smells. Lightly sweet and oh so hoppy. Mango, orange peel, and peach. The malt lies submissively underneath it all. It knows its roll. Carbonation is spot on. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine flavors play lightly on the palate. Not too resiny so it goes down relatively light and easy. Finish is dry, long, and hoppy. This is where the IBUs get you. Its not until long after you swallow that you feel like youíve been chewing on a mouthful of fresh hops. Still one of my favorite DIPAs. I donít know how Stone managed to craft such a hoppy, bitter beer and keep the flavors light enough to make it very drinkable but Iím glad they are keeping it up!
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The only bad thing about this beer is I ate a steak afterwards and could barely taste it. It also ruined the hop devil I drank 1/2 hour later. Loads of pine and very dry for an IPA. The alcohol is well hidden in this little beauty. If I could have one thing for Christmas, it would be for Stone to start distributing in my area.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a beautiful orange with little head . Strong citrus aroma with some grapefruit and apple juice. This beer was less bitter than I expected, however, it was probably the smoothest double IPA Iíve had. Great balance among the hops, bitterness, creamy aftertaste, and plethora of fruits and floral tones. Awesome beer!
MishkinBeer (73) - , New York, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is clear and has a deep golden color. The aroma smells of grains and hops. As you take a sip youíll notice minimal carbonation, essences of oranges, and a load of hops.This beer is pleasantly bitter while sporting a dry sweetness that balances out the pint nicely