radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle. Golden-orange in colour, lasting tan head, very nice lace. The aroma was of mild citrus hops, some pine, earthy, with a caramel sweetness. The flavour was of piney hops, orange citrus, malty in the middle (caramel, some light butterscotch). Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, lively carbonation. FInishes with a long lingering bitterness. This has held up fantasticly, Thanks for the beer Larry Pitonka. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
07.08.05 RBSG Orange-amber pour, sticky head. Nose is surprisingly ketchup-like, banana, spicey hops, some spruce. Thin body and very dry. Flavor is not at all what I hoped it would be. Must have been better a few years ago. joet (2662) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2002
This is wildly hopped and overflow with a West Coast hop aroma of pine and pepper. Despite the massive hopping, it's still balanced enough to feel some traces of malt though there's not much residual sugars. The feel is unique -- effervescent on the front and yet very soft at the end, finishing strongly astringent. The alcohol punch at 8.5 is something felt and not tasted -- no small feat for such a big beer. Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
Pours a deep amber, beautiful beige head and fair lace. Large hop floral nose, malt under tones barely detectable. Start is malt semi-sweet, the middle moderate, the finish is hugely hops as one would expect, the high alcohol warms the tummy, also a bit dry and a long lasting hop bitter after taste. A great IPA to be sure, and I have a Stone 4th Anniversary, plus a regular stone IPA, and a 'Big Daddy', WOW, what a line up. Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2005
An unclear orange beer with a foamy disappearing white head. Dominating fruit aroma, notes of orange and apricot. Quite full with hoppy hints, but the hops must have mellowed out from the age. Fruity hoppy flavor, not very bitter, more fruity. Thick and full-bodied and pretty good. Would love to have tasted this fresh!
Fatehunter (2615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body. Aroma is pine resin, lemon and a bit of honey. Taste is super pine and grapefruit bitterness front beginning to end. Texture is crisp. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 some time in sept. 02: Thanks to Marc for the opportunity to try this one..a creamy malty sweet aroma with mellowed hoppiness..crystal clear copper in color with a thin layer of big white bubbles..unbalanced up front and unbalanced at the end but in opposite ways (although being balanced isn't too important in an IPA IMO)...starts way more maltier than it ends..big thick body..creamy mouthful..heavy..warms the throat..carmal-like notes in the background..with hoppy twang in the finish..and some alcoholic trails on the way..I'm not quite sure this will get any better with age because the ageing so far has gotten rid of most of the stone signature 'Hop -Onslaught' I have come to love...still quite worthy though Re-Rate 12/01/02: This bottle still had loads of hops, a thick sticky mouthfeel, and a thick alcohol induced carmel background.. Emeister84 (2580) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2016
On tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of melon, grapefruit, orange, some pear, pine. Clear orange-amber with a fairly lasting white head. Pretty dry, balanced on the side of bitter, some tropical and citric fruity notes. Medium-full bodied. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Scrumptious! Starts off thick and sweet and creamy and becomes super hopped (as expected). The malt and hop combo is like an intricate dance - they tend to play and wrestle with each other throughout. Didn't notice the strong alcohol til I stood up - "whoa!" Typical Stone quality. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Well, I think age definately mellowed this brew out. It poured with a cloudy godlen orange body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing left behind. The aroma is slightly sweet and peachy with slight grapefruit notes and mostly malt. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter, hoppy and peachy with slight piney, grapefruit notes. Medium bodied, smooth and sligthly dry.