CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep golden orange color with a thick, puffy, and well-lacing white head. Very fresh floral hoppy aroma with some underlying caramel malt. Body has a good semi-syrupy thickness and a finely interlaced carbonation. Pleasant mild caramel sweetness topped by a tremendous amount of resiny hops. Kinda reminds me of Stone 7th, but not as dry. Finishes semi-sweet and bitter, but hides the alcohol masterfully. Doesn't really have the sweetness required to be a double IPA in my mind, but still an enjoyable brew. Hop-heads' delight. Thanks to slob for hooking me up.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa! Can you say hops? I had this on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown, PA. More hops than DFH's 90 minute - but almost no malts for balance. Robust with tastes of orange peel, pine and grapefruit. Very enjoyable but you only need a couple.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Usually i like strong hoppy beers and was looking forward to enjoying this one. That didnt happen. It had a nice hoppy aroma, but the beer offended my palate and lacked any malts to balance the intense hoppy flavor. Oh well.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 Pale yellow pour with nice fluffy white head. Citrus and pine aromas. All hops inside this bad boy along with molasses. Raisen finishes off this fantastic beer. ’04 version to me is similar to Stone’s IPA. This years isn’t as smooth but more hoppy. Not am IIPA per say, but more of a nice IPA. Rating lowered.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Is it me or is it because I live so near San Diego(hoppy beer capitol of the world) that this beer just does not impress? I tasted this one with jcalabre and I have to say that it is an east coast brewed Stone 7th anniversary. Dont get me wrong it's a decent brew, just not what everyone else is making it out to be imho.Anyways, its a dark golden brew with a decent white head. Nose is tropical fruit and orange peels when it decided to show up after warming. Medium/full bodied with a decent hop bite.Tropical/citrus fruits dominate the front with a spicy or peppery bite in the finish. If your impressed with this try some Alpine Pure or Exponential , you'll shit yourself.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden straw-like, crisp and clear in appearance. Holds a hearty off-white head. Nice citrusy nose suggesting a perfect balance of malts and hops later confirmed by tasting. Wonderful warm finish. Stone Ruination, you've met your match!
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
My bottle states 8.5% ABV and not 8.7%. Thanks to egajdzis for this bottle! Pours copper with a medium whitish head. Nose is sweetened hop bliss! Citrus fruit, maple, pine and sugar blend together to create a delightful aroma. Piney, grapefruit laden tongue that finishes with some sweetened tones. This is good! Not as rich as I expected it to be but still very "filling". Excellent beer!. Hopefully, this will be more widely distributed before long. Recommended!
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 03 bottle. It’s hyped, it’s in the top 50. . .it delivered! Brilliant golden orange color, quite bubbly, but not hazy or bottle conditioned (which is my biggest problem with this otherwise magnificent beer). Small disippating head. I had a medium strong aroma on mine, but what it was was fabulous. Sprucey hops, light conifer trees, very dry and peppery. Almost like some wintergreen in there or sweet mint. The aroma lasted pretty well too. Flavor is terfically balanced. This one had a nice hops and malt balance but tended more to the hops flavor, which is nice, as I would prefer more dry over more sweet. Pine hops, some juiciness, juniper. Not over-the top again (wow 3 not over the tops in one weekend for me). Slightly subtle, fresh and no acidity whatsoever. Quite carbonated, medium body. Finishes with a little bit of thiness, no doubt from the filtration, but still incredible. Thanks for the chance to try this George!
2004 bottle Nearly the same as the 03 (well, probably almost exactly the same recipe), but since trying this a year ago, I’ve since found better Double IPAs out there, still a great beer, but a bit too filtered which brings us to the conclusion that North York Sammy states, "Missing something."
2005 draught and bottle Excellently bitter from the outset, but with more of an herbal suggestion, almost like dill, lychee, wintergreen, tangerine and a touch of vanilla mixed in. Very curious in both nose and flavor, though it is more pronounced in the flavor. The bottled version seemed more bitter and with a bit more pine and sharpness, while the draught was stunningly balanced. Almost like they are using a similar (though amped) up recipe based on the prima pils. I must say, though it has american hops, it has a very crisp, light body, with pils like malts. Definitely not a cookie-cutter version this year. Upping it a few points.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jcalabre for this. Light gold, small head that laces nicely, very little initial aroma. Tasted this alongside some other *very* premium examples of the style and while it was quite good and has a subtle character that sets it apart from the others, it held onto last place on mine and others lists.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 clear yellow, hoppy, mild musty nose. Defintely need to let this one sit out to open up. This is far more a big APA than an Imperial IPA. Tasting this side by side w/ yulesmith, dreadnaught, 90 minute, ruination, I2IPA & white knuckle, it was the odd one out, style wise. It didn't have the look or flavor of what I'd expect of an imperial IPA, especially when the others did