Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Orange, hazy, unclear. No head. Citrus aroma. Quite dusty. Sour and bitter simultaneously. The hoppy finish is still intact in spite of the age of the bottle. Good beer. Zymurgeist2 (2179) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Citrus nose folk mates with slight pine. Slight hazed copper-gold with full white head that fades to a dusting with large patterns down side. Flavor is mix of citrus and pine. Moderate bitterness and cloying aspects in the end. Side by side with the 10 year anniversary and this was the winner. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Clear golden-orange body with a clean, white, tight uniform head. Buttery, nutty malt quality and some nice subtle stone fruits that are the signature of Stone IPAs in my book. Nice citrus and woody hops still come through strong, especially in the finish. More compelling than Stone 3rd and 4th. Like aged Ruination. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing a trifecta of Stone Anniversary IPAs.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2003
2001: Heavily clouded, atumnal rust. Intense tropical fruit and freshly baked cookie aroma, prevalant hoppy oils. Sweet buttery shortbread intro and tropical fruits provide a nice cushion against the citric bitter finish. Plenty of hops but plenty of balance too. I tasted this next to a Ruination and the 5th definitely has more yeast complexities, although that may have something to do with the fact that it was 18 months old. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2002
This IPA ranks right up there with the best of them. This beer actually took a bite out of me! I was picking hop cones out of my teeth for the rest of the night. Great stuff if you can get your hands on it. All hopheads should get some ASAP. Enjoy.
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle shared @ Sebletitje’s Farewell tasting, shared by Sebletitje, thanks! Light floral, hoppy, pretty nice but I expect more from Stone. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Sweet aroma of hops and caramel malt.Flavor is of citrus hops and toasted malt charcater. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Beautiful clear dark amber with a white head. Quite bitter. Pretty standard these days I guess. But good. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2002
Woo. Huge beer. Loads of hops, but an amazing citrusy maltiness to balance it out. A much smoother and creamier palate than expected with a brew this hoppy. Exceptional. Based on further sampling, have upgraded a bit. wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Had the pleasure of sharing a bottle of Stone’s 5th at special release at Pizza Port’s bottle shop, a couple of days before Stone’s 11th anniversary party. A six year old IPA? We’ll see. Slightly cloudy yellow color. Nice 1" head, that dies somewhat slowly. As expected the hop aroma has transformed into a nice malty aroma. Has held up really well. A bit of hops bitterness in the taste. A tiny bit of pleasant buttery sweetness and the tiniest amount of pleasant lacto acidity. Nice.