TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2002
Piney, hoppy, and sweet nose. Excellent stick power with beautiful tiny bubbles. cloudy and unfiltered. Bitterness hits back of the throat with warming alcohol effect. Soft mouthfeel with not as much snap I would have liked. Obviously due to it having little carbonation. Overall, a solidly made IPA and a rather complex one. muellerdav99 (2) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - FEB 26, 2002 does not count
Heaven must be having as much of this beer as you can drink anytime, anywhere. maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 29, 2002
An amazing beer, insanely dry-hopped. Copper-color with a thick white head that settles fairly quickly. Woody aroma, sweet entry and bitter exit. A big, pleasurable treat. 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. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Medium gold color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops, piney hops, resiny hops and hoppy hops, with some maltyness. A BIG West Coast IPA. Very hoppy (resiny, piney, floral, grapefruity..) you name the hop and it there. With all those hops it still a well-balanced beer. Very smooth taste. Big grapefruit and citrus flavor. Mellow. Some yeastiness. Hides the alcohol well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Cloudy copperish color, hoppy aroma. Nice hop initial taste, with a beautiful bittersweet aftertaste,every swallow you get a fresh taste of hops and a malt sweetness, with a wnderful bitter film coating the tongue wlajwl (6885) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Aroma is very floral, along with fruit and citrus hops. The flavor is citrus, fruit, mild grapefruit/tropical fruit, malts and an increasingly bitter finish. Not as blunt or dank in bitterness as the more recent Stone IPAs, this is very reminiscent of another era of IPAs; at least where I live you don’t often get many this good and balanced anymore. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
This is a great brew!. I just had an Avery’s IPA prior it had more hops. This one was much more balanced. I’d buy it any time it was available at a reasonable price( $4-$6) per 22oz. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2003
beautiful copper color with an off-white head that lasted the entire beer. HUGE aroma very well-balanced between the caramel malts and hops. aroma didnt have tremendous citrus/pine qualities, but was more along the line of a resin. flavor was dominated mostly by a grapefruit with a very long bitter aftertaste. awesome beer...thanks to the Silky one for this! SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Probably the sweetest of all the Stone IPAs I've had. Nice biting aroma and flavor but very drinkable. The best "in your face" IPA I've ever had. More like a double IPA. Excellent. Sort of one-dimensional in flavor.