HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2002
Best IPA I've drank in a while, Intense hop flavors showcase Northwest hops amazing flavors...Nicely dry hopped...to be enjoyed only by hop heads.. bpeary (2) - USA - APR 10, 2002 does not count
dear lord, this is the best beer ever. thank you Stone Brewery for your unselfish gift to mankind! BIGFISH99 (3) - escondido, California, USA - MAY 8, 2002 does not count
The best IPA by far............................................... beersnob99 (2) - USA - MAY 15, 2002 does not count
Perfection in a bottle. Explodes with hop aroma and flavor, but heavy hit of malt stands its ground. A good IPA squared. ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 11, 2002
The hoppy aroma overwhelms you when you first open the bottle.Rich and complex in taste with hints of pine.An excellent IPA.
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Wow! Have been looking forwad to this one for a long time. I was stunned and amazed when my beer guy mentioned the other day that he had a case of these cellaring and yes he would send on to me. Don't bother asking who. Beer pours nice amber color with huge fluffy off white head. The aroma is massive with grapefruit dominating. Flavor is also huge with an initial huge hop assault, this is followed by a bit of malt sweetness and the finish is more hope that last almost forever. Obviously the predecessor to Ruination IPA, but this is better. 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. Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 Unbelievable pungent hop aroma, nostrils filled with piney hops, cedary, smells, an absolute cornucopia of hoppiness, West Coast hops at their finest. Sweet , slick, mind tingling bitter hops, remember the bitter beer face man ? he would scowl at this one,but hops Lovers would rejoice, at this marvel of Hoppteriese. Uniquely sweet and still full of hops, once again Mr.Arrogant Bastard has made a true winner, Good job Greg, ,a Really Good Job,and Thank You for showing us what an IPA is all about, Ok how about sending a few cases to KY,IN,or OH ?. anyway you are doing damn fine job at making the beer we seek, Extremely Remommended, a Definite Winner The only IPA so far that I have had that is hard on Hops and still sweetly complex!!! Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
Great IPA. Wish I'd been there for the 4th anniversary. Good luck finding any of this outside of Southern Cal. Light amber color belies the aggressive hop and malt flavors. However, the power of this ale in the mouth still doesn't accurately represent the high alcohol content. A masterful job of balancing high malt and hop contents. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Baby's got bite!! Excellent (and extreme) grapefruit-pine hoppiness permeates the aroma and the flavor, placing this hophead well on the road to Nirvana. There is some maltiness to keep this beer from becoming unbalanced. Cloudy orange with minimal head.