FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I dont really like IPAs especially, this one is pretty dank. Hoppy like a cute little bunny. But its mean like a big wolfy wolf. Meaning that it gets you crunk. The appearance is ok, nothing special I guess. Flavor is exquisite, and it keeps getting better with every sip. Most definitely a Stone brew.
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Despite a more translucent than expected pour (standard 12oz mug) and antiseptic (i.e. bone white) head, this is one of the best smelling beers Iíve yet encountered - and Iíve drunk a lot more than Iíve rated :) Iím guessing the same hops as Sierra Nevada IPA are used because they smell similar (Cascade? Hallertau?), but the Stone 22 oz bottle I bought smells reminiscent of the expended hop bags of a home brew - really assertive and fresh. Sweeter than a lot of IPAs, but a bitter aftertaste that evens it out...I thought Sierra Nevada IPA was the benchmark, but this one may make me reconsider...a thoroughly aromatic, well balanced IPA.
mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Appearance: large, frothy, white head; pretty clear; medium amber, reddish hue
Aroma: malt is almost non-existent; slight cereal, grain component to let you know its there, but minimal, more emphasis on orange, lemon, citrus with touch of flowers; hop component is more fruit, less pine; unusual banana component is probably the only flaw; also traces of pear, peach, pineapple
Flavor: Better balance and unity of flavors throughout compared to Dreadnaught; still a very long, bitter finish
Palate: Medium to full-bodied
uncle_rick (61) - Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle - Light orange color. Took a big whiff and all I got was a little hop scent and a ton of pineapple. Tastes more pineapple and a buttload of hops. It was smooth drinking though, and not as ridiculous as the label says. I will drink this again in the near future. Had a bitter taste in my mouth the next morning, so donít go trying to makeout with hot chicks (or dudes) after drinking this.
hopsandvines (61) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper/orange color, with a white head, aromas of oxidized hops/pine and alcohol, namely Centennial and Cascade type hops. Malt aroms of toast and crystal malt faint. Clean, yet some oxidized flavor distracts....Flavor is more like a bold American IPA than a DIPA, med to strong bitterness, hop flavor is muted. Well attenuated/dry finish, and has an alcohol bite like most Stone beers do. Good but not up to par with the best IPAís. Has a good rep plus status and marketing that probably makes this beeer taste better to most hop heads. Rated by Alex, hopsandvines.net
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrusy, buttery, very hoppy, bitter finish. Nice gold color with a hint of orange. Smells are floral, citrus, cheese. Overall a good beer!
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 6, 2003
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is a good example of a Micro-Brew gone bad !!! It is real easy to make a beer so bitter that is not worth drinking!!! Over-Rated Brewery
xShanex (60) - Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Another gem from the boys at Stone. Pours a beautiful rich golden with a slightly off white head. Wonderful lacing. Rich piney hoppy aroma. Strong hop flavor which is perfectly balanced with the malt. Wonderful Double. Have another? Keep em coming!!!
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 An unmenacing golden color with a small head. Aroma of pine, resin and hops. Nice flavor and mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice lasting, bitter finish. Very solid, although not mind blowing.
beedman (60) - Wonju, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Pours brown amber with thick foamy white head. Aroma of citrus hops with a hint of green olive. Toasty malt is overwhelmed by grapefruit like citrus hops. While it is fairly bitter, it is much more smooth than I expected. A quite nice IPA.