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. I’ll be having more.
bwbeall812 (27) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is one of my favs. Like the description says, it will completely ruin your palate for other similar beers. Extreme hops make this beer very bitter but great balance makes this one smooth all the way down.
Hopcrazy (27) - Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice pour - copper color - cloudy. Hoppy aroma, hoppy initial taste, hoppy end. A most wonderful hoppy experience overall. One of my all-time favorite IPAs
micieli6000 (27) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
85 characters of awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Drink.
neurbob (27) - - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tumbler. Clear, Golden. Fairly good head.
Aroma: pine, grapefruit, medium malts, slight alcohol
Taste: What do you expect? Bitterness prevails. but still feels balanced.
Moderate carb, long bitter/ citrus hop finish but I don’t think it ruins most bold food tastes. Certainly they slayed the hops here but IBUing is not really an extreme sport.
tendency (26) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
lemme just say this up front: this IS the standard bearer for west coast IPAs. this baby slips and slides on a massive hop bed between the IPA and double IPA line IMO. huge grapefruit, pine and orange chewy resin. sticky icky bitter aint no quitter. thank god you will not find your thick candy bar malted milk in this brew (yes im calling you out colorado IIPA brewers! ;)) however the malt that is supplied is wonderfully creamy but must labor mightily to support the massive hop drop. and labor it does to wonderful effect. west coast represent!
nj4christ (26) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours orange with a nice floral aroma. Quite hoppy, but not overbearingly. Well balanced for a strong IPA. Very good beer.
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Like others have said, very hoppy with quite a bit of bitterness. This doesn’t taste like other Stone beers as that stereotypical grapefruit flavor is weaker. Full aroma. Somewhat less head, however, than most IPAs. Personally, I like Arrogant Bastard and Stone IPA better, but this one’s definitely worth a try.
rodgers004 (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Singular, bold, orgy of hoppy goodness. Effervescent hops define this beer from aroma and flavor to its long lasting impression.
DickDunnigan (26) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark yellow, with good white head. Cloying sweetness, overwhelming hop domination. Strong alcohol notes. You just have to say, wow!