Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
They don't lie. This beer will "ruin" your palate for any beers you drink immediately afterward. Dark color, with heavy hops. Definite pine and citrus overtone.
raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich gold color and strong flavor. aftertaste persistent and strong spice flavor. A few of this and your are ruinated.
XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful orange cooper colr. Great Thick meaty head. Initial sweet floral taste, becoming a bit more complex as it opens up over a bit of time. A great brew from Stone, took me a long time to find!
davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Nose is mostly Chinook piney/resiny. Perhaps a little caramel malt underneath. At serving temperatures the beer has noticeable chill haze (probably from the large amount of hops.) Warms to a beautifully clear deep amber. Head sticks around for quite a while.
In taste the balance is hugely towards hop bitterness. Again the Chinook piney/resiny quality came to the from with hints of citrus and perhaps some earthiness. The malt backbone was solid and could go with being a bit lighter as this trended towards barley wine like cloyingness.
I had the first bottle on itís own and found the hops and bitterness to out of balance with the malt. The second time I tried it I paired it with a very strongly flavored food, peppered beef jerky. Amazingly the perceived bitterness dropped dramatically and the balance totally changed. Iíd strongly recommend pairing this with something bold like a pepper steak. On itís own itís just too bitter (and Iím a fan of west coast hoppy beers.)
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and orange citrusy type hops. Flavor starts out with a gripping bitterness and carbonic bite then leads into a sweet malt finish with some hot alcohol flavor at the end. I feel this beer is over rated for what it is. A good beer but a little two dimentional with sticky sweet, quiet boring malt profile and domanting bittering hop quality. Not enough flavor and aroma hops. Sorry.
Chronickles (13) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíam not so good at pointing out the distinct flavor differences in beer. Instead I choose to point out the obvious. Of all the stone brewery beers, this is by far the bitterest. That is why I like it. It goes great with pork. Also a very drinkable beer if you have the alcohol tollerance. As with all stone brews alcohol content is up there.
Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally, I have tasted a hoppy beer that just isnít all hops.. theres (as it states on the bottle) some exceptional malt character to this.. theres a perfect (in my eyes) balance of bitterness and malty flavor.. Itís an all around awesome IPA.. Would definitely buy it again,... err.. if it wasnít 15 dollars for a 6-pack..
Lucremon (13) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
San Diego tasting note: Preferred Arrogant Bastard but still very impressive: Lighter colour than AB - AB more hoppy (?). Spicy aroma, maybe apricot? Medium-full with nutmeg, cilantro and sweet peanut brittle. Long balanced finish with a hint of citrus.
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with thin white head. The aroma expected from a good IPA. Bitter and smooth like it should be. The first and last stop for extreme IPA.
shablinky (13) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great citrus hops without too much pine. Bitterness through the roof. Buy this.