joet (2604) - 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. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2001
Soft, smooth, and INTENSELY hopped... makes the eyes water. Piney, grassy, and earthy. Malt is not as discernible. High alcohol is hidden pretty well behind the hops. Somewhat bitter in the finish, but not as bitter as one would think with such a hoppy beer; that’s probably because a lot of the hop flavors/aromas come from the dry hopping (which doesn’t impart much bitterness, if any at all). legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Deep apricot color; Head was minimal and whispy; caramel nose. Resiny and dry, dry, dry. Puckers the cheeks. Bready- would be great with some grape jam! Smooth across the tongue. Little effervescence. Hint of rye? Surely not. akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
For a hop head this is heaven, for anyone else this could be hell. In order to keep this short i will say only one more word: HOPS!!!!! brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Solid hop nose and flavor. Touch of oxidation which I tried to ignore. Finishes dry. Would like a little more malt to balance , but that's my palate.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Bottle-conditioned, cloudy amber. More head than basically any Stone I’ve encountered. A living proof of the sillyness of some top microbreweries to stop bottle-conditioning their double IPAs... Huge fruity aroma explodes with orange and citrusy flavors, dried apricots. Big malt bill here, almost vinous and slightly earthy. Taste displays a more pleasant than usual for the type citric acidity. It indeed IS vinous, and quite tart at that. Pineapple, grapefruit and melon flavors. Soft yet powerful hop profile marries the sweet malt with class. Long aftertaste has a pleasant alcohol backbone in it. In terms of mouthfeel, I assume it has lost some, but the carbonation is still more than adequate while the body remains medium in size. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Big thanks to KP for this treat. Been fridged the whole time. Poured a clear golden amber color. Hoppy aroma was earthy and citrusy. With a fair amount of toffee. Caramel malty flavor. Malt had that "aged"/oxidized presence. But not real distracting. Still had a good amount of hop flavor running through. Light bitterness on the finish. Held up very well. Damn happy to have tried it and not disappointed. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
At the Brewery, deep oarange pour with thick off white head. The nose is subdued grassy and floral hops, probably due to age. The flavor is similar with a malt influence. Wish I could have had this fresh. 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. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2016
12 oz pour at High Craft Beer Market. Lots of citrus, grapefruit lemon orange. Tad caramel malt streak. Clean golden orange color,ok head and lace. Botter sweet flavor. Heavy bodybthick creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Yup.