Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
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. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, and fresh flowers. Appears a deep golden color with a mountainous yellow creamy head that lasts. Flavor is grapefruit, pine resin, honey, and malt. Palate is medium thick and lovely. Overall, a phenomenal double IPA and even better than my expectations. lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2006
So very one dimensional. Probably the hoppiest IIPA i’ve had. Little bit of toasted malt flavor 15 minutes later after the intense hop bitterness wears off. Maybe it’ll improve when the hops die down a little but right now i was not impressed. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Had some at the Stone Brew festival.....very tastey brew! Fruity/hoppy aroma. Flavor was malty, hoppy and strong, but put together well. Good stuff!
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2006
WOW! Pours a perfect solid amber color with a medium frothy white head. Couldn’t ask for a better look to an IPA. Smells of floral pine citrus hops all wrapped into one. Very intense and mutli-layered hop smell. The taste is fantastic intense hop smash to the palate with some notes of caramel and alcohol underneath. Aftertaste is a longlasting wonderful hop bite with some caramal notes at the end. This beer rocked my world, I love it. I wish I had more bottles of it. I should go buy some now... BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Big, Big, Big beer. Aroma is deep caramel, piney hop goodness, and strength in alcohol.
Frothy tan head with a clear, rich orange/amber color. Truly unlike othere Double IPA’s. Huge flavors with the hop complexities and strong malt profile. Finish is a little thick on the tongue, but I never argue when 10% is involved. I can stand a little burn for the amount of great ingredients in this brew. Always nice to have a brewer push the limits. winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Poured a clear amber color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is quite pleasant, and should be used as a showcase for the beauty of american hops. A bounty of citrus and as the brewers noted pineapple and mango. There is also a slight rubbing alcohol burn that would probably fade with some conditioning. There is a very sweet and malty base with plenty of crystal malts but is no match for the amount of hops used. Wonderfully resiny and piney with carmelized orange syrup and mangos. There is not a huge amount of bitterness, though there is plenty, just tons of aroma and flavor hops. Mouthfeel is full but mixed with the amount of hops this beer has, it is very enjoyable and satifying. Very good job by a company that I was starting to loose faith in. stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 If this was available year round, i’d be just like Nicholas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas. But instead of a bottle of Vodka, I’d be chugging a bottle of Stone 10th Anniversary Ale. It has all the good characteristics of a good Imperial. Fruity aroma, Malty initial tastewith ressinny after taste. Tons of Cascade hops here. I will continually write Stone about this beer until they end up supplying it as a year round brew or seasonal Bomber. A recupe this good can not just be brewed once!! TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Big flavor on this one. Pours amber with offwhite head. Aroma is sweet malt and slightly resiny perfumy hops. Taste is much the same. Thick and sticky. Crazy bitter finish.