ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I hate to give a Stone brew such a low score, but this was like going to the brew shop, grabbing a handful of hop pellets and jamming them in your mouth. I mean, I love hops, but man, this stuff is out of control.
MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed the first half of this large bottle but after that the hops were overpowering for me. Iíd buy it again though just so I can train my taste buds to appreciate good beer. It was as well balanced a beer as it could be. Buy this if you like hops.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
to be completely honest i didnít take copious notes when first trying this warhead of a beer. once it was opened and in the glass i was quite content to simply relax, sip this incredibly pungent hop(that is both nose and tongue punchiní goodness) sonofabitch and watch a good portion of the second season of The Office. what i do recall (note that this was certainly not my only beverage of the evening,as i do believe that some bourbon found its way into my glass throughout the night, some irish whiskey as well...) is that this is an awesomely robust beer that i would say wirth certainty is not for everyone. but if you likes you some hops, come, take my hand and enter the champagne room.
direwolf9 (29) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Once again, I prefer the trappist quads over anything else but every now and then I come across a gem of an IPA or Stout. This is one of them. Bitter to the end but not obnoxiously so. The trait of every great beer is balance and this certainly has it. Easy to drink on a hot day........too easy. Great feel on the tongue. Any serious IPA lover would appreciate this beer.
galensmith (29) - Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flying Saucer during Stone Most Bitter Bar 2011 Challenge. Pours a pale yellow-orange with a fluffy white head. Smells like swimming in a bag of Centennial hops... amazing. Very hoppy and bitter, impressively tasty for a beer only 7.7% ABV. So damn delicious for a hop head like me. Honestly, not much different than the regular Ruination IPA (one of my favorite beers) - saying it is "hoppier" could just be the fact that I expected it to be. In any case, worth every penny - I was lucky to have the chance to give it a try.
FROMTHEBOTTLE (28) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.oz bottle...After description on label, was expecting taste buds to be assaulted... didnít happen. Pours golden amber with mild head and good lacing. Aromas of citrus and pine hidden behind the hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness that keeps you waiting for the next sip. Cheers
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Believe it! Pours amber, with a big foamy head that leaves wonderful lacing. Evenly carbonated. You've read it before, and it is true: grapefruit and hop aroma. The taste is sweet, hoppy, malty, and bitter all at once, with a bitter finish that lasts, while your mouth just waters for the next sip! There is an undertone of pine that is really pleasant as well. Watch out- the alcohol is not apparent, but it is in there.
Wildo67 (27) - USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hell yes, that about sums it up. A ton of flavor and an aftertaste to die for.
pollardjt (27) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This IPA is like a kick in the face. Hops galore, bitterness abounds, it’s absolutely everything an IPA should be. Just make sure not to try and drink your yellow fizzy beer after tasting this. . . it’ll actually taste worse than before.
jgeiman (27) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle: pours a nice bright golden orange color with a big foamy white head -which leaves tons of lacing behind. I have to agree with most everyone else that you should let it warm to experience the full flavors of this beer. First sniffs indicate big-time hops with soapy lavender and sweet grapefruit aromas. As it warms I get some peach and a definite apricot scent. Tasting is just as nice, with a big full goopy fruity sweetness that rolls off the tongue into bitter and then ends with a cleansing, almost puckering astringency. All of the transitions were seamless, and this beer was quite tasty. Iíll be having more.