adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 31, 2006
22 oz bomber, nice looking bottle. Pours an orange amber color with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is floral and fruity,primarily mango, with plenty of piney and hoppy overtones to it. Taste is very hoppy with piney,floral and simcoe hops present all over the place. Mango is detected along with a hint of grapefruit. Very enjoyable and smooth. Easy to drink. Id rank this right behind Dreadnaught as the finest Double IPA out there and Stone’s finest moment to date. Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
WHAT GREAT TIMING FOR MY CENTURY MARK!!! The long awaited has finally arrived on the other coast. Virginia’s Bon Vivant has 2 left, I have the rest. An opaque, reddish-orange brew with a few tiny bubbles slowly gliding up to the foamy white head. Ahh, a very potent, pineappley sweet, hoppy aroma, like you are in a citrus market. Taste, wow, this medium bodied brew enlightens you with notes of oranges fresh off the tree, with a slight syrup like consistancy as it gently warms your soul. Stone has combined the perfect collection of the most divine, splendid hops, which combine characteristics perfectly to illuminate your senses. A hopheads dream. I wish Stone would celebrate anniversaries more often. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Wow. Pours a deep orange color with a medium white head. The smell is out of this world. Very fresh and pungeant hop aroma. It smells like taking a hop cone from the vine, smashing it in your fingers, and smelling the aroma. Citric, pine, sweet cherry/dark fruit, and a slight alcohol in the aroma. Very balanced flavor. Heavy in hop flavor, but sweet malt flavor and bitterness balance this out nicely. Alcohol is very subtle.Sticky on the lips. I had a Dreadnaught last night, and can’t say I would chose one over the other. Awesome!!!!!!!& Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2006
I immediately salivated when I saw this awesome painted bottle on a shelf in Colorado ... This poured dark, yet glimmeringly orange with a big rocky top. It gave a big fruity-malt aroma. Wow ... this is a chewy one ... almost liquid granola. Big earthy and leafy, full of hop oil. Big, big beer from a big, big brewer. Awesome. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 I have had a few bottles of this, plus had it on tap. This is simply a fantastic double IPA! Count me in on wanting them to make this a regular release. Full hop aroma and flavor dance on my taste buds. It has all the great character of the best DIPA’s. They describe it as colossal and i agree. I’m glad I bought a case when it was released so I can periodically enjoy this masterful piece of work.
bscanlon (18) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Had both bottle and draft. I cant wait to get my hands on more. All of the flavors in an IPA you like are in this one. Reminds me of Dogfish 90 minute but much smoother. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Aroma is very sweet, with a hint of berries and apricots. Appearance is wonderful. Dark brown and orange combine to make a nice hue. Head is abundant but settles quickly. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice sweet apricot/fruity taste. Flavor is excellent, full of hops and has a lingering pleasent taste. An excellent brew. glennmastrange (2869) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 3 Qt. 5.4 fl oz bottle. Oh yeah! This one does it for me. All the best in a DIPA. I thought I was going to be drinking an IPA (that’s what the bottle says), but one whiff erased that idea. Hops up the ass. Malts were caramely, hops smelled of herbs, pine and grapefruit, and the yeast of leather. Dates, brown sugar and smoke were in the background. Head was rocky, white, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Color was a hazy tan/orange. Flavor started moderately sweet and acidic and finished acidic, bitter and a touch acetic. Palate was medium, oily/creamy and the carbonation was soft. It finishes just a touch astringent. Maybe because I was on a beach in southern Long Island and it was a perfect day with great food, but this was undoubtably the best beer I’ve ever tasted. I’m still picking this stuff out of my teeth. WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Pours an opaque orange amber color. Thin off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is complex, with dominant citrus and floral hop notes. Flavor is even more complex, with some very sweet caramel notes balancing out the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly viscous but very smooth and hides the alcohol well. Absolutely outstanding. I can only imagine what it would have been like fresh. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2007
draft stone brewery: creamy white headed pour that was thick and dense on top of a copper orange slightly hazen liquid below. nose of big fruit citrus and flowery sticky hops, pine. nice nose that deepens with fruit as the beer warms. flavors push the same characters with nice grapefruit bitterness and some sweetness. well balanced smooth and crisp. would never know its 10% except i started feeling it a bit faster. an excellent beer.