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. scraff (2125) - 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. Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
- cloudy orange/copper color, nice thick white head, lace, dry-hoppy aroma, mixed with slightly sweet malt, nice hop-malt mix (blends well), slight astringency that tickles the nose; flavor starts on the tongue with a malty sweetness and then a hop explosion, bitter and dry, flavors blend well but not as much as in the regular IPA, huge hop flavor (impressive that the malt and hops blend as well as they do), smooth with a touch of creaminess cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
11/12/03. Poured out of 3 L bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Clear golden amber body, pale. Still lots of carbonation left in this beast. Nice, fluffy head that retains very well. Nose is terrific- very reminiscent of Victory Old Horizontal Barley Wine- sweetly malty and yeasty, a bit of caramel, fruity, and hints of butterscotch beneath the bitter hops. Flavors are bitter hops, balanced maltiness and slightly sweet. Very delicious IPA. Finish is mostly hops and dirty malt-- very long and mellow, incredibly smooth. Simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 On to the good stuff. Big earthy taste, like a dried fruit salad. Orange, lime and peaches were prodominate here. Follow that up with a molasses yeast thing. Finish was a nice smoked apricot and chocolate. Can’t wait to bust open the 3L now. Re-rated off of the 3L. Much of the same flavors with a less oxidized taste than the 22 oz.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 17, 2004
This beer is truly an original. I am honored to have had the opportunity to taste this one. The aroma was very alcoholic with tremendous caramel and citrus undertones. The flavor was malty with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a top quality IPA. Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Draught at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
I cannot believe this beer is 4 years
old. It’s hop / malt / alcohol balance feels like it is just starting to
meld together nicely. Huge, massive, powerful, potent, stinging hop
bitterness precariously balancing itself upon a rich, syrupy, sweet malt
base. Noticeable alcohol as well. This may be the best IPA I have ever had.
Stone Brewing Company--Stone 5th Anniversary IPA--2001 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.50% ABV. (4.95 / 5.0) IPA--Wonderful floral hop aroma explodes in pour. Clear thin golden red color. Wow floral dry hopped front. Crisp sweet mild caramel body. Smooth rich thin and dry. Balanced hoppy end. WOW! Sampled 11/17/2001. jonsack3399 (8) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
so far the only IPA I enjoy more the the regular IPA........................ rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 16, 2002
wonderful ipa - I can tell it's aged well. plenty of hops - but you won't cringe - just quite zippy. ample malt - almost syrupy - but not sweet. color is cloudy blonde. you can taste the alchohol just a bit - but it doesn't seem like 8.5%.