Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2002
Load of hops in the nose but the first thing I noticed was the stong malt aroma not unlike a scottish ale with a creamy head that disapates by halfway throgh the glass. Coppery and slightly slightly Baceing at first sip encompasing the mouth with hops. A stong malted barley charactor qickly asserts itself and makes for a superbley balanced IPA to the point of hardly noticing the %8.5 abv.. Oily mouth feel with a dry charactor towards the end and a fairly quick finish of hop flowers. Has defenatly benifited from age. Uglyradio (790) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Deep copper color with an off white head, nice hoppy aroma that reminds me of fruit loops. The high ABV is well concealed. This is a fine tasting IPA, almost perfect. The hops are not overpowering, they are just about perfectly balanced with the strong malt character of the beer. Excellent brew, grab a bottle if you find it. JCW (1279) - 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 (1538) - 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.
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Bottle. Cloudy amber brown color with off-white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of high hops and a caramel sugar malt. Palet is an excellent balance of heavy hops with a sweet citrus malt. I really like this beer. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Sweet, candy-like aroma balanced with herbal/floral hops. Orange/yellow/tan coloured body with plenty of suspended yeast. White head reduces to a lasting cover. MIld citrus (grapefruit/lemon) melds with the malty sweet dominant flavour very well. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with extremely fine carbonation. Very beautifully blended. Bottle enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, lubiere, MartinT and Rastacouere. Millhouse130 (1) - USA - MAR 4, 2005 does not count
Simply delicious. Balanced. Flavorful. Clean and refreshing. One of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. I want more. soulassasin (3) - San Marcos, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007 does not count
I had the pleasure and privilege of tasting this bottle of 5th anniversary IPA a friend had kept in the back of the pantry for 4+ years. The malt character really over ran the hops at this point, although after 4 years I’m ok with slightly oxidized rather then "turned to vinegar" that sometimes comes with over aged beers. Overall pretty damn tasty, all things considered. Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2016
The 5th Anniversary from the Encore 20th Anniversary 22oz bottle four pack celebration pours with a clear copper body that has thin gold edges and supports a near white head. The aroma offers up floral hops, minty notes, a bit of spicy dankness, a malt note and then grapefruit and citrus zest. The taste delivers a big floral hop hit followed closely by a minty hop note and then a blend of grapefruit and spicy bitter dank hops. Toward the finish it picks up a pleasing earthy tea note that takes this to another level. A few more sips and the creamy mouth feel is noticed as well as how this is getting more malt sweetened floral hops and bitter grapefruit like after each successive sip. Solid.