aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Very resinous and floral beer. mild residual sweetnes. High alpha unastringent bitterness. clean mouthfeel with some metallic notes, pobably an artifact of the hops. Good conditioning and nice bittering finish. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Thanks to cquiroga again. This one pours with a golden orange body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are sligthly sweet yet bitter with a slight tomato sauce note, a little grapefruit and a little pine. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Soury fermented fruit and citrus w/ hints of flowers on the nose... Soury w/ grapefruit in the mouth, it was creamy and smooth, light bodied. This beer poured a very cloudy orange color w/ gold hues, thin lasting head and thick lacing. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of Chris Quiroga who was more than gracious in sharing his Stone Anniversary series last night. This beer pours a cloudy orangey color with hints of yellow and a thin white head which dissipated quickly enough. The aroma is piney...very piney...like pick the hops from my teeth piney and strangely enough sweet from caramel perhaps? The flavor is heavily piney..i mean really, did ya expect it to change? Significant levels of carbonation here... i cant believe this beer held up so well over the course of time. Very little if any of the 6.9% alcohol presence. Big time bittering tang....hoptacular! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Thanks to cquiroga for sharing.
This IPA has held up well. Dry, bitter & tasty, I would have loved to have tried it upon its release.
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Semi-clouded copper color with an off-white lacey head. This has a good deal more hoppiness than the year older 3rd Anniversary IPA. Still has some oxidation in the aroma, but has aged quite well. Nice caramel malty body has a good hoppy bitterness and crisp finish. Smooth, enjoyable, and plenty drinkable. Many thanks to cquiroga for bringing this to the GABF RateBeer gathering! Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Enjoyed this a bit more than the 3rd, as I felt it held up a hell of a lot better. Taste had a bit more fruit to it although after all this time the hops fell. out. I could still taste some grapefruit as well as the bitter hops. Thanks again Chris. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep, almost cloudy, orange body and a tight silky head. Ultra malty with elements of rich, buttery nuts and stone fruit. Little hop presence. I could see this being a very fine beer about two years ago. Different malt profile, but neither better nor worse than Stone 3rd. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing another dinosaur in a bottle.
egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Stone vertical in DavidP’s room, GABF weekend... Poured a cloudy brownish gold color with a large white head and nice lacing on the glass. Spicy, citrus hop aroma. A nice tropical fruitiness in the aroma. Taste was oxidized, though not as bad as the 3rd Ann. Sweet tropical fruitiness (melons) and more bitterness than the 3rd as well. Also just a tad past its peak, but still a rare opportunity to try these! Tweety83 (26) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Has a strong hops taste. It’s okay. I was not that crazy over it. Has a slight head and bitterness.