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 Stone’s "regular" IPA, I’m taking this one down a peg or two. I don’t find that the extra helping of hops adds anything (other than price), and in fact they’re not really all that noticeable, other than the beer tastes a little more bitter, albeit lacking in the character and complexity of Stone’s 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.
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 isn’t),while debating the possibility that another brewery in America could be making better ale - NOPE !!!!!!!!
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. ’Citrusy hop, caramel malt, pine aroma. Initially citrus piney flavor with some carmel notes. Tons of hop juicy flavor. Bitter finish. Very good.’
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
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours out amber color with a head. Nice fruity aroma. Flavor is awesome!! Nice cirus hoppy flavor with a hint of pine. Awesome IPA!!!
tig397 (64) - dearborn heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 12oz bottle. hopped up. amazing citrus hop smell. grapefruit, hop, lemon, flower. has a really beautiful kick to it. my favorite ipa as of yet.
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter. it’s like I’m chewing hops, I really like it haha. Has a slight after taste of alcohol. They don’t carry this aroung my parts often, I’m glad I ran into it. ship more to texas!
nijuro (63) - USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
citrus and hops on the nose and a hint of caramel apple on the mid-palate. very hoppy, bitter finish. superb IIPA.