Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orangey-gold color with a thick head that lasts. The aroma is wonderful, the lovely hop-floral aroma thatís very inviting to a hop-head. The flavor is as biting as anticipated, with a hint of malt sweentess. Unfortunately, itís a bit more than even I could take. Itís flavorful in a knock-you-upside-the-head kind of way, but then it beats you senseless. Thereís something not quite pleasant about it. Thereís an over-ripe sweetness behind the hops and malt that I couldnít place. It was lovely with food, though, since it holds its own spectacularly. I also respect this beer, even if it wasnít my favorite.
jaymobrown (1768) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops, hops everywhere thereís hops. While clean and crisp, it basically comes across as a one-trick beer. Enjoyable for those who like extra-bitter brews, and very interesting to try. However, searching for anything behind the original hops flavor would prove useless. Strong and dry, puckers the lips.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a small white head. Smells hops and wet dog aroma. Taste sweet bitter carmel.
mushi (18) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. Orange, pale color with a light head. I got a bit of a floral aroma under the hops. When they say this ruins your palete, they were right. Too much for my inexperience, I can't say I liked the finish. Other than that, a good beer. Hoppy and strong. The destruction of the palete is really all I didn't like.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange opaque light colored nectar with no head.
aroma is HOPS!!!!!, light fresh pomes, and dried pomes (apples, pears, apricots, peaches, etc.). alcohol too, like solvent alcohol, harsh.
Flavor is HOPS!!!!!, Syrupy, canned peaches and pears and apricots. oh yeah and Alcohol, like solvent alcohol, harsh.
MF is pretty good, maybe slightly heavy but it's suitable.
Overall, I'm enjoying this because it's big on hops and alcohol, but it's not as complex as other I2PA's. It's heavy on hops and alcohol and therefore far and away better than the vast majority of brew and actually I don't feel this is Stone's best job of masking high alcohol levels at all. Not a favorite, but it's good.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SO, perhaps I am not worthy. I cant tell if I liked this one. Pours a dark yellow/orange color with a rocky white head. The aroma is HUGE of hops. The taste, initially sweet tapers off quickly to extreme bitterness. I am actually a fan of bitterness, but this exceeds even dogfish's 120 minute IPA. Finishing this monster was kind of like a -strong cigar. It took some work. Overall, mixed impressions, interesting to drink, but not something Id drink often
DYCSoccer17 (3509) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is pine, bitter, and sour. Lots of christmas tree in this nose. Lighter than expected transparent copper with robust frothy white head. Start is sweet, getting really piney in the middle. Finishes very very bitter. Very smooth beer and easy to drink, though. Carbonation is turned down. Could use some more carbonation and the alcohol burn at the end is a little much for me.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" This isnít a poem - it is War and Peace of the hop. Anything ever resembling a hop is in here. It doesnít make the result as appealing as advertised. The ruinous effect on the palate is true.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color, thinner white head. Nice hoppy nose, citrusy and a little flowery. Massive hop assault in the flavor, no balance at all, bitter as hell. Destroyed my palate like advertised but I didnít want it to be. Their regular IPA is far superior.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Pours bright golden orange with an ivory white head. I start smelling hops before I can get anywhere near the glass. No subtetly here, just a big slap upside the head with hops. Body is surprising thin considering the 7.7% ABV. Taste is overwhelmingly bitter and astringent. A bit like tea that has been boiled too long. Only hint of malt balance. Overall, an interesting experiment in how much hops can be crammed in a beer.