DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear amber body with a small but dense foamy head. Mild grassy, spicy hop aroma with balancing sugar cookie. Great flavor! Resinous mandarin orange flesh and grapefruit rind hops over a simple light caramel foundation. Velvety mouthfeel. Lasting dry, resinous finish invites you back for another gulp. I say "gulp" because this beer is very clean, has good mouthfeel and just plain tastes good.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa this is hoppy, and heavy malt too. Nice looking beer, clear copper/orange color with a big white head. Smells citrusy- dont get the huge hops in the aroma. Creamy palate, and the flavours (and the bitterness) linger very nicely.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a standard gold beer color with a not so shabby head. Nothing to right home about, but nothing wrong either. The aroma is intense--pungent with hops grapefruit, flowers, and pine stretched out over a big malty frame. In the mouth, this IPA is creamy and smooth with just he appropriate CO2 level. Also a bit sticky. The intensity of the aroma pales in comparison to the flavor. Those same three big hops notes--grapefruit, flowers, and pine--are amplified threefold with an even more irresistable malty sweetness. The lingering bitterness is straight up pine. Pungent, simple, and really drinkable. I usually enjoy complexity in a beer, but I feel this beer to really embody a beautiful simplicity. I could drink a bunch of these at a time--if only the undetectable 7.5% ABV was a few points lower. This sort of intensity is something you expect from Stone--I’m glad to see other brewers are coming to understand the glory of the hop!
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, thank you to kramer17801 for this one! Crystal clear amber w/ a short lived off white head. Initial aroma is grassy, raw, citrusy, grapfruity hops. They must have dry hopped the shit out of this one given the clarity and hop character of this beer!!! Also lightly piney. Also some white grape frutiness, like white grape juice aroma. Some very lightly toasty malt; no caramel. Well balanced flavor between hops and malt for the most part. A bit of bitterness in the finish, and bready malt flavor mid palate. Finishes w/a lightly herbal/spicy hop flavor and hints of caramel. Smooth m/f, alcohol is barely noticeable, medium bodied. Nice for what it is. A nicely flavored IPA with great bitterness and malt flavor once it warms. Chilled it’s pretty one dimensional, then again, most beers are. But once warmed, it gains a bit of malt complexity that makes it much more enjoyable...Beyond the grassy hop flavor/aroma...
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great IPA from my night of IPA drinking. Pours out a really impressive copper with small head. Nose is a great mix of citrus fruits and pine with a descent amount of malts. The flavor is really where this ones at though. It really feels as if all those hops float around you mouth letting you grab different flavors off of each one. Would really love a case of this beaut.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is quite the enjoyable IPA. While it does not have the slap you in the face, overwhelming hoppiness of say, an AleSmith IPA this one has some nice things going for it. Beer pours an attractive light copper color with a retained beige colored head and lots of lacing. Aroma is pretty hoppy but not overwhelming. Flavor is where this one takes flight. Very enjoyable, citric hop bitterness with just a hint of malt sweetness in the background providing a suggestion of balance. Very enjoyable. Thanks Andre’!!
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Super tasty - both in bottle and draft. Cool logo as well. Once the last sips of the bottle I have remaining are gone I will be pining for another.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a flat gold with an average frothy white head. Head deminishes but produces good lacing. A very good spruce hops aroma with a little touch of sweetness. Has a light body with a thin texture. The carbination seems a bit soft. Has a kind of watery finish. The flavor starts good and fades nicely. I would perfer more of a kick but its still good. Has a good aftertaste, seems to load up on it bitters. Its a very refreshing beer.
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good sized frothy head of white bubbles. Very creamy on top. Light carbonation. Thick sheet of lacing. Wonderful, big hops aroma with a whole grapefruit in the glass (not really) a whole bunch of dried flowers (again not really) and about an 8 foot douglas fir tree (you get the point). Makes the mouth salivate just from the smell. Color is a bright orange brown. Smooth and easy drinking with a boat load of bitterness. More grapefruit rind, and spruce. Some malts for balance but this is all about hops. Sof in the mouth yet dry and puckering at the finish. Little spicy also but I am sure that is from the hops also. A great brew and one that will have a permanent home in my fridge.
MattShizzle (532) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A better than average IPA. Nice and hoppy, while still malty. Hops dominate. Can tell this is a strong beer.