400lb_midget (93) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tried on tap at the one and only Sugar Maple during the Stone Brewery release party in, I believe 2008. The first drink was dry, piney, crisp, and resinous, then subsequent laps were continually increasing in bitterness. I’m pretty sure I didn’t finish the beer before we had to skip to the next nearest bar on the bus tour for the release party. Unfortunately Stone Brewery is no longer available in WI, as the lagtime between brewery and consumer stretched beyond it’s tolerable levels. I may not be able to try this beer again until my Cali friends bring some home with them. But, I’m trying to get to San as soon as I Can. See ya soon!
IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber. Nose was strong hops and more hops. Carbonation was moderate to weak. Head was thin, though. Tasted like hops and lager (interesting). VERY HOPPY! Excellent beer!!!
BluePhish (93) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice orange-tinted amber with a stately pure-white head with good retention and lacing.
Floral hoppy aromas of honey-suckle, light citrus, and a bit or resin. Very layered and deep nose.
Taste is hop forward obviously, with balanced notes of citrus, resin, and a sweet honey-suckle finish that balances nicely with the hops.
Palate is medium bodied and carbonation in perfect balance, slight bite in the palate is welcome and refreshing.
Overall an excellent example of the IPA, hoppy certainly but well balanced and wonderfully drinkable.
sheep (93) - FINLAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle, enjoy by 11/3/13. So not quite as fresh as possible. Pours a clear golden orange with a decent white head that leaves a little lace as it recedes. Nose reveals caramel, dank fruity hops, citrusy notes and slight piney resin. Taste is citrusy lemon, caramel, slight pine and grapefruit. Huge, puckering bitterness lingers in the finish. Palate is crisp and soft with medium carbonation.
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alefest ’05 - 100+ IBU!!!!! This and Buckeye 76 at this festival combined to outduel the combination of most of my other samples IBUs! Near perfect product as expected from one of the excellent breweries out there!
IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is very pleasant, fruity and sweet. I must admit I was surprised by its taste. It starts out with a milk chocolate flavor with a hint of grapefruits. Eventually the fruit takes over and in the end blends into a hop finish. I would say it is a bit soft and sweet than I expected, but it is still very enjoyable. (In fact this makes it even more drinkable) I am still wondering how I missed this although I often see it in stores. I will definitely try it again.
toddkrem (92) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of head, orange colored body. Smells of grapefruit and hops. Smooth beer taste of hops is excellent without a major bitter aftertaste. Only downfall was that I expected it to be a little higher alcohol content. Great beer, less bitter than Hopslam but lacks the real kick I was looking for.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Poured a very clear, burnt coppery straw color, with a half finger of head. Citrus and floral nose. Great balance of hops and malt for a beer that is overpoweringly hoppy. Finishes smooth and hoppy. Great on the palate, and doesn’t have the bit that I expected. Tastes amazing with rosemary bread.
KegOstertag (92) - - NOV 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank on 11/2/12 in glass from a 22 oz bottle at home. Aroma-strong hoppy scent with light floral notes. Appearance- Golden orange color very appealing. Light head but long lasting Taste- Smooth to drink. Palate- Slighty aciditic mouthfeel. Very hoppy aftertaste. Overall very good IPA.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A palate wrecking ball. Hints of grapefruit and pine. Ultra dry, bitter finish that sits on your palate for quite a while (basically until the next sip). A hop bomb, but a multidimensional one for sure. Anything less would not be worthy of a name like RUINATION. He who is without an IPA cast the first STONE.