twcguy (32) - USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong pine aroma, nice hop nose. Not much malt balance. 2nd best local IPA. Alesmithís IPA is a better choice by far.
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium: Six 12 ounce bottles
Provides an initial jolt of hops, but uncomplicated in its lingering effect on your palate.í
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one isnít as sweet as most of the other West cost I.I.P.As, that I have tried. The hops do there business and a middle of the tongue maltyness balances it all out; this is very good beer!
Woweezowee (31) - Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím not huge west coast IPA fan, but you canít go wrong with this bitter bomb. I like a little more going on in my beer, but this one does piney bitterness to a tee. Highly recommended, but be ready for a "knack knack".
Bludwig (31) - USA - JUN 21, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: Hops. Stone is such a fun company. Hops. Ahh, the refreshingly bright, full of citrus and pine aromas of the west coast IPA are incredible! The only perceptible malt on the nose of this beauty is the light creaminess, which acts like a dressing on top of this hop salad.
Appearance: Light golden/amber in color with a frothy head which was as solid and white as the new fallen snow. The one finger head dissipated quickly but the ale retains a nice, solid, foamy head, even with repeated sipping.
Taste/Palate: The first sip of this beautiful ale is full of pine needles and resin allowing no chance of tasting anything else. Now that the shock and awe campaign unleashed in my mouth has subsided, slightly, I can pick up some different characteristics of the hops which when blended with the malt, hint at grapefruit and dried apricots. Then more hops! Thereís a wonderful tannin character to this ale which blends well with the moderate acidity.
Overall: This ale is a celebration of the hop and what an American style IPA can be. Anything. This ale would rival a raw hop sucked on and chewed, blended with saliva and creating the overwhelming sense that your mouth was going to explode with joy! Bravo to the definition of west coast IPAs.
Rocc90 (31) - Chester, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pungent aroma of ,well, hops. Bitter to say the least but fairly good but will probably keep the consumption of this IPA to a minimum
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bomber courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Thanks Mike! Awesome super hop citrusy aroma. Pours a cloudy copper color witha beige head with quite a bit of staying power. A super bitter hop blast that I love! This could make me a new fan of IPAís Love this beer! E.
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hoppy IPA. Nice color to hit. Great head, malty, but the hops win. I enjoyed this be immensely.
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is what Iím talking about. Courtesy of my little bro back from living in San Fran. The epitome of an IIPA, this beer manages to balance the slim malt profile while concentrating on hops. The beer poured a bright copper color with a one finger head. Aroma was citrus and bitter, bitter hops. I was looking for more pine but did not get it. The taste was what I was hoping for, clean flavor upfront with a little malt, but then all hops. No trace of alcohol, but the bitterness sits on your tongue for a while after each sip. I loved every minute of it, next week I will try the Stone IPA looking for more of the same.cheers JON
jds170 (30) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 22 ounce bottle. Pours hazy orange-gold with the lightest tan head. Aromatically resinous hop and orange aroma with some carmel as well. On the tongue thereís an immediate interplay of sweet caramel malt and a bracing bitterness with a hint of toast. Itís medium-thick and oily, finishing with a strong bitterness that keeps the palate clean. I like my DIPAs a little thicker and better balanced, but itís a great example of the West Coast sub-style, and itís always welcome in my cellar.