jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bomber courtesy of Secret Santa! Pours a dark amber, with 2 fingers of creamy beige head. Smells of floral, pine, grapefruit. I’ll probably sniff this one longer than i drink it. Wow this beer looks great, head slowing going down, leaving a nice lacing around the glass. Tastes of grapefruit, Very nicely balanced, Malty, followed by a nice kick of hops, was kind of hopin for a bit more hops, but i’m not complainin. They have also hid the 10% perfectly, just the slightest hint. This is definitely, one of the finer Doulbe IPAs i’ve had, and the first of Stones beers that i’ve had, now i know, i must try them all! Thanks again Santa!! eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Its the best I’ve had from stone yet. It has a huge taste. So good I’m probably going to buy one in a few hours. BillN (3) - USA - DEC 17, 2006 does not count
One of the best beers ever brewed? Love this stuff, fresh hops, alcohol well hidden, strong, bold and flavorful, VIVA STONE! alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - DEC 29, 2006
Tap at the Brewery... wow!! this imperial y close to perfect.. the best of its kind ive ever had. Beautiful apricot golden color with a thick foam head that lasts more than the beer. Taste is slightly grapefruit but balanced out very well with large amount of malts, slight honey and brown sugar too. Oranges and butter, slight woody and pine notes with a creamy rich mango and peach finish. Very complex and full bodied brew. Mellow throught but with a big backbone... its a must try!!! 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.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2008
I don’t rate as much as the serious NERDS, but I felt compelled to speak up here: The beer is amazing. When it comes to medium-bodied ales, I want balance. BALANCE!!!! This delivered. The hoppiness is balanced between citrus and spice. The malt is the caramel that I find so savory and luscious. The nuttiness is the base. The finish hugs me. A harmonious brew. edgelow (1) - Alaska, USA - MAY 27, 2008 does not count
My brother and I had both held onto a Magnum bottle apiece and decided to crack them open this last Saturday. My rating may not be completely honest because we finished both of them. I will say that this is probably the best beer I have had from them and hope they release another "special" brew with this recipe in the future.
My only problem with this beer was the fact that it made me fall down while putting on my shoes, making my taxi wait a little longer. mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
22 oz. Bottle. I’m a big fan of this one. First off, this is much more like a barley wine at this point than an IPA. I think it’s better now than it was fresh. Pours a sparkling reddish copper with a tan head. Great lacing and retention. Aroma is fantastically caramely and a bit buttery with a slight hop twang. The flavor has tons of caramel that’s perfectly balanced by citrus and pine hoppiness. Not particularly complex, but incredibly smooth and balanced. Finishes with a nice bitter bite. Chewy with low carbonation. One of my favorites and I’ll be sad to see it go. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2010
22 oz bottle purchased way back in August 2006 when it was released. The color is orange and transparent. Smell is grapefruit, pineapple, and pine cones. The taste is very tropical fruit with sweetness and a noticeable alcohol burn. While the hops are not as explosive as they were when I first bought a case, they are still a big factor here. I think this is still holding up very well and is possibly one of my favorite brews.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-12-2007 21:45:22 beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
This Imperial IPA pours a deep copper color form a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is piney hops, mango and pineapple, somewhat sweet with some herbal and peppery notes. A Full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of fruit flavors, pineapple and caramel. Hops are piney, grapefruity, herbal and peppery. Ah.. Summit hops. It tastes more like a barley wine at the start and then the hops kick in and it could not be anything but an Imperial IPA. Nicely balanced. Good carbonation. There is a touch of alcohol hotness, but its not that bad. This one will only get better with cellaring. Awesome. Once again a very cool etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.