505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAR 20, 2007
I rocked a three liter bottle of this earlier with my housemates, and it was awesome. Rating from a 22 now. Lots of citrus in the aroma, with a touch of a pleasent flowery sweetness. Pours amberish, with a small off-white head. Flavor is lots of pine, some citrus, and some caramel flavors. Nice warming alcohol finish. I love all of the Stone IPA’s I’ve had. Nice beer. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Pours amber in color. Medium head. Smells hoppy and earthy, mostly pine. Smells a little bit like grapefruit. Taste has a very hoppy taste, with a nice malt in there as well. Taste is a little piney as well, hint of grapefruit present in the taste, but not as much as the smell leads on. FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Nice amber color with a medium sized lasting head with an orange tint. Wonderful grapefruit & floral aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor with some spice. Medium body and leave you with a clean palate. franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Poures a burnt orange with a cream colored head that settles slowly leaving a thick ring of lace. Smells of many different juicy hops, big pineapple and some sweet malt. Tastes of piney, juicy hops with big pineapple and a nice sweet malty balance to finish. Not the hop bomb I was expecting but very delicious anyway. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation. ABV isnt even close to feeling how it should except for the warmth from the alcohol. A delicious brew and a must try. Well done. ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Golden/Amber color with an off white head. Citrus aroma, with a smooth citrus taste. Hoppy and bitter from start to finish.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 18, 2006
This is an interesting beer and wasn’t really sure what to make of it. It was very strong and bold like a typical stone beer, but it tasted differnent than thier other double IPA and IPA. It was almost more barleywine in taste than an IPA. TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 This was a dissapointment for me. WAAAAYYY to piny. I wanted to like it, but just couldn’t do it. Tried it chilled, didn’t like the first glass so i let it warm a bit, still no luck. The overkill piny taste was too much. Couldn’t get any alcohol or hops flavor out of it. I will try it again, but not for a while. Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Re-Rated on 3-7-07
This thing has mellowed out a bit. It falls much more into may category of a top notch IIPA. The pine taste is there still, but in a much more blended taste.
Bottles at Collins Bar NYC. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
I was ther with a bunch of japanese customers and they didn’t know what hit them. Wonderful stuff. Everything’s great about this beer. Gorgeous hazy copper/orange color, creamy persistent head, laced wiht the copper of the ale. Hoppy aromas, balanced sweet and hoppy taste, substantial mouthfeel . If you like an IPA (double/imperial) you have to try this.
Clear appearance gives the impression of a stripped down version of a double ipa. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The taste alternates between sharp and spicy and sweet, round, full fruit. There is a wonderfully broad range of flavors in this ipa that truly highlights a thougtful combination of malt and hops. I have had a lot of double ipas as it is one of my favorite styles, but Stone consistently adds a transcendent dimension that makes me pray for the day they distribute in Minnesota. iride15 (238) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2008
A heavy IPA that’s great. Amazing hop flavor that shows they’ve improved on their quality.