piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good IPA. Nice copper coloured body, and an intense hoppy aroma and bitter flavor. That being said, it lacks a bit of subtlety and could use a bit more malty flavor to balance out the hops. Still, this is a superb beer.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another solid,but typical ipa. i like they type of brew in general, and stone puts out a nice widely available one here. hoppy, citrusy, and easy going down. enjoyed it and will put it on my rotating list of 6’ers to buy.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
They have this at the local specity shop here in Spokane Washington. Overall a great IPA but not as good as Stone’s effort IMO. It was a good brew but I will take a stone over this most times out.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2005 Yet another RE-RATE: this thing is good, and I am stupid. Balanced IPA that even holds up well to cask conditioning, try it because it’s fortified with essential vitamins.
Not sure here, but it seems as though I’ve lost some of my love for this beer. It tastes a bit blander to me and almost chalky. It still pours very nicely and looks fantastic, but I’m just not getting the "hop devil" taste anymoe. At first I thought it was the bottle/6 pack, but upon frequent revisiting, I am still a wee-bit dissapointed. Still a very nice beer, just not as intense as I’d like out of an IPA.
OLD RATING (4.2):The perfect IPA? Maybe. I love the dark color and feeling to this beer. This is an IPA without being TOO pale -- it still has some backbone to go along with the incredible hop punch. Go for this one, many times.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
29th beer of the 2004 Montreal Mondiale. Amber coloured, white head. Aroma is typical American-style hop profile, caramelly too. The flavour is also hoppy, with citric notes, with the same licorice undertone I remember from the Storm King. Full bodied. Good, but not outstanding.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful aroma of hops. Pours straight into glass with 1cm of head. Nice amber color. A bit dissappointed in the taste. Thought it would be more bitter but still an excellent IPA
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(sample @ brewery) a very nice amber-colored beer under an orangish-white head. nose is full of prominent domestic hops-cascades w/ maybe Mt. Hood?-and some caramel malt underneath. flavor a balance between hops and malty sweetness. aftertaste is hoppy and bitter, with a little too much malt stickiness coming through for great balance.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 Bottled. A sour fruit aroma to this hazy amber coloured beer. The beer is hoppy, sour, chewy and tasty. A nice beer but I’ve had better IPAs.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is flat out the kinda stuff that’ll turn you into a hophead. Luscious....delicious...scrumptious. The color is spot on for the style, a nice coppery-orange. The white pillowy head was perfect. The hoppy scent was accented nicely by a fruity, citrusy ovetone. The bitter piney/hop flavor had me wanting more and more. Very satisfying. No doubt, this baby is right there with the gems by Stone and Alesmith. I’ll buy this again...and again..and again.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hop juice to the max. On tap. A dark golden amber with a nice 1’’ head. A hoppy aroma follows through in the flavor, along with hints of fruit and black currant, just enough to balance out the bitterness nicely. Definately worth a try.