bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured a hazy amberish orange with a billowing beige head. aroma of citrus,flowers. taste was of grapefruit, orange, with a touch of malt sweetness, with a bitter hop finish. not as balanced as other IPA's and a tad on the thin side, but overall a solid IPA
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2003 Tasted in DC from Cairo. Dark Orange colour. Nice tan head. Scent of orange and spice, some mild hoppy bitternes. Flavour has a nice hop bite, but not over bitter. Good malt balance, with a wonderful finish.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin looking, amber body with a medium thick, butter colored head. Aroma is sweet and perfumy hops. Mouthfeel is appropriately thin (not watery). Hop flavor is intense, refined and perfectly balanced. You can taste the usual orange and pineapple but the flavor remains nicely bitter and never gets syrupy sweet like most of the Stone IPAs. Aftertaste is grapefruit bitter balanced with some breadiness. This is a well made IPA that delivers extravagant hop flavors without getting carried away and becoming annoying. This is a MUST try for all beer drinkers, even those not fond of the IPA style. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in McLean, VA.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This sure is a powerful and uncompromising brew. Extremely hoppy, not too much. Long spicey aftertaste, extremely pleasant. Great initiative by revolionary Americans!
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish-orange with a nice frothy 1.5 cm white head. Aroma is sweet and sort of sugary that is quite pleasant and rather complex in a way. Start is hoppy, but with a bit of sweetness. This turns into a more mellow sweetness and finishes extremely smooth. Theres a lot going on here, which explains why its such a highly regarded beer. No complaints here.
**after reading previosu ratings on this beer, I dont see where the tasters taste this huge hoppiness. It's there, but not extreme or overbearing at all.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy aroma, pours a nice deep amber with a good head. Tons of hops on the flavor, of course, with just a touch of malt balance.
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think that the balance just wasn't there in this one. The bottle that I had may have been passed its prime, but it seems that the high hop profile lacked a solid malt balance.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out reddish in color.Hoppy aroma that has a strong hoppy flavor but does blend the malts rather nicely.This is the hoppiest beer I have had to date. Finishes bitter and long.Nice!!
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red, blood/brick red hue. Big American hope nose. Finish is quite bitter, likely using high-alpha acid hops. Very little malt balance makes for a hop-head fantasy. Delightful beer, and a must for hop-heads.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2006 Beautiful copper colour with solid (yellow!) head and good lacing. Minty, spicy hop aroma with fruity (oranges, sultanas) and caramel notes. Flavour is dominated by hops - very nice - with the malt strong enough to balance. Not actually that bitter, however.
I reckon that the hops in this beer are concentrated too much around the middle-palate (ie. loads of hop flavour) but is lacking somewhat in hop aroma and especially in bitterness. The hops donít taste all that American either. Itís a good beer, but not really what I was expecting.