Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Hazy and orangey-golden with a frothy-white head that seemed to recharge easily with just a little swirl. Lively carbonation and a sharp mouthfeel. Electric hops; flowery, spicy, and a little "hot." Sweet malt base was almost enough to balance out the plant-like bitterness, but it seemed to be lacking in depth and complexity. While it did offer a wallop of hops, the beer left me somewhat yearning for more (depth/personality), especially in the malt department. First few gulps were nice, but overall it was underwhelming.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a cool ass looking santa guy on the label. A deep clear golden color with minimal white head. Has a big powerful odor stank to it and some hops in there. Basically the body is also the same, just mildly hoppy, but thats still fairly solid. Quite smooth.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/8/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with gfb108 on RateBeer 1/7/04. Pours a pale golden, lightly hazy. Medium white head with mediocre lacing. Very viscous appearance to this beer as it pours and even as it sits in the glass-- the carbonation bubbles rise pretty slowly to the surface. Aroma is not that strong or spectacular, little bit sweet of honey-hops, some pine and citrus, and a sort of butteriness that reminds me of a Belgian. Flavor is very sharply bitter, a taste of piney hops with a touch of bubblegum and some pale malt. Creamy, full body, glowing in the mouth with effervescence. Sharp, dirty bitter and peppery finish, quite long and semi-sweet with mouth-wateringly strong, almost torturous grassy flavor. Almost too one-dimensional, but I quite like the uniqueness of the grass.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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 (5441) - 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!