Sephiroth (66) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I remember how I puckered the first time I sampled this. Now, I kneel at the altar of the hop. Poured into a tulip, the beer is a clear, light golden color. There is an inch of head.
The nose is floral, and infused with a dry, citrus aroma. The taste is, "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop, " as the bottle says. There is just enough malt to prevent this from being unbalanced in a bad way. As it is, this is unbalanced in a good way. The hops are a rainbow of citrus flavors, and they do run the entire gamut. Bitter oranges and lemons, grapefruits, and then, a slight pineyness at the end. The mouthfeel is light for the style, but it does coat oneís throat. I must give this a lower drinkability than I would normally give the style because of the extreme hops. Do not drink this if are prone to heartburn, or face the consequences. I am not afraid.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2005 07:32:01
evilcougar (66) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
floral, kind of pine aroma... taste is a little bitter (but I like it that way) flavor is sharp and hits the tip of your toung with a burst of flavor
mitchgt (65) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hyper hoppy and extra super bitter. Which I love. íCitrusy hop, caramel malt, pine aroma. Initially citrus piney flavor with some carmel notes. Tons of hop juicy flavor. Bitter finish. Very good.í
anggrec (65) - Delaware, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. clear copper color. Strong floral aroma. Nice bitter flavor that lasts. I like this a lot. one of my favorites
Tycho52 (65) - California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours to a clear gold with a thin head. Moderate citrus hop aroma. Flavor starts with a good malt & toffee followed by very strong hop flavor (if youíre drinking more than one type of beer, donít start with this one - itíll "ruin" the others because of its hoppiness). Nice balance, nice ale.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A worthy brew, but I usually pass it by and pick up something else. This IPA pours a brilliant looking deep copper with a nice and thick head. My favorite aspect of this brew is the insane hop bite it provides. Itís a big hop bite! but it just seems... well, I donít know it has that burley flavor that most stone brews have, which to me throws it slightly off balance. Once you settle into this brew it eases up though. Overall I like it very much, but I usually opt for somethiní else.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop beer, maybe the most satisfying. Deep orange ale, mildly toasty, firm malt background, with the most assertively perfect hopping in the industry. You realize what is there (or isnít),while debating the possibility that another brewery in America could be making better ale - NOPE !!!!!!!!
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2009 Re-Rate. After a lot of IPAs and a lot more of Stoneís "regular" IPA, Iím taking this one down a peg or two. I donít find that the extra helping of hops adds anything (other than price), and in fact theyíre not really all that noticeable, other than the beer tastes a little more bitter, albeit lacking in the character and complexity of Stoneís regular IPA. Quite a good beer nonetheless, just not deserving of the hype (other than the bouquet) in my opinion.
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. Pours a golden color with a large white head. Aroma is very much floral hops, tastes of hops and citrus. Bitter aftertaste, lives up to the description of massive hop amounts. Good if you are a hophead.
tcfishler (65) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium orange-amber with a short-lived white head.
Aromas are grassy-hoppy.
Mouthfeel is not very chewy but is incredibly oily. Hops are grassy/herbaceous in character, and they strike me as more drying than bitter. This beer really dries out the palate. Subtle sweetness pokes its head through the hops just before the finish, which is dry but not unpleasantly bitter. Alcohol is apparent only in a good way; it sweetens the beer and gives it excellent body, without creating any unpleasant heat or sharpness.
A big herbal mouthful of hops, but not as complex or bitter as advertised.