SudsMcDuff (8388) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2006
god this is good : Great smell when you open up the bottle, marmalade orabge colour, small but stable head, lacing = very good , delicous delicous delicous, oh man is it delicous, iím in hop heaven! sampled with barry and he liked it, at least thats what he told me, he didnít like red truck...hmmm maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Clear tangerine, ebullient bubbles terminateing in a lumpy whipped cream head. Magnificent lace. Aroma disappoints with its mild ambiguityÖ butterscotch, parmesan, bubblegum, pinesol; an inauspicious beginning. I think Stone forgot to dryhop this one. Crackery malt evokes sensations of orange blossom honey and breadcrust, while resiny hops brand a double-edged blade of hot/cold spice: cinnamon and peppermint. Fleeting off-dry finish dosed with lemon pepper. Substantial palate, sensual and lubricatory. Citric, floral, and burnt sugar/cigar ash hop aftertaste. Bitter but not cloying. Decent IPA, though far less flavorful than expected. hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - NOV 13, 2006
Pours an orange amber with nice lively appearance, good lacing and head. Cheesy, smoky, citrusy fresh hop aroma. Full bodied, smooth and long finish. Flower and perfume. Well balanced and not overpowering. Doesnít show its strength. I like. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 12 oz bottle shared with StompBrockmore - Pours a light honey colour. Decent head, but that went fairly fast. Aroma - WOW. Huge citusy-sweet hops that got me all excited-like. So, I was ready.....and then.......nothing. Well, something, but not much. There is a strange sweetness to the beer, and after that huge hop aroma, the flavour is kind of tame. Drinkable, sure - but given the amount of seriously great American IPAs around, I probably would be in no hurry to grab this one again. Being Stone, the stakes were high, but I was slightly let down by this one - probably a result of a few things - super high expectations, the grandiose claims on the back of the bottle, and having this back to back with the Smuttynose IPA, which made this one seem a little......washed out. StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
12oz bottle, shared with VeloVampire - I had high expectations for this beer, following itís fantastic reputation. Given that this is a good beer, I canít help but feel it is overrated. It pours a nice golden yellow with a bit of amber that is typical for the style. The head was white and fleeting. Aroma is a big hoppy blast, and quite sweet in the nose. Nothing terribly surprising or complicated happening, but definitely an inviting citrusy aroma. The flavour expands upon the scent, amplifying what youíd expect and making it bigger in the mouth. Very sweetly hoppy and citrusy off the top, with some orange flavours playing, followed by a solidly crisp and bitter finish. It didnít take my socks off and slap me around with them, but this is still a solid IPA. Iíve had better though, and I think this one might glide by on itís "bad boy" reputation a bit more than it deserves. Had back to back with the Smuttynose IPA which I thought was much more complex and superior.
AskForJenny (1085) - Ontario, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2010 12oz - Fleeting head over light tan liquid. Apples, honey and hops on the nose. Roasted barley and citrusy hops. Really one dimensional and average.
Four years later - This is thoroughly refreshing, sight, smell and taste. walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2006
got this bad boy from Ross. poured a nice amber with a off white head that left some good lacing. aroma big hops, orange and lemon, grassy, a sweetness that I cannot tell if it is honey or brown sugar maybe it is both. flavor dry hops, grapefruit with no sugar on it, pine, perfume and a slight ash tray taste but not in a bad way as it warms do get some sweetness. this is a good IPA spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2006
This beer has a great hop aroma.Pours light in color with a big head.Has a good amount of hops with a lot of malt.Has a medium mouthfeel with a great hop finish.One of my favorite beers. LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 Bottle. Typical IPA color with a nice, foamy head and good lacing. Very flowery aroma for an IPA. Flavor is fruity and bitter and perfectly balanced. This IPA is well deserving of itís lofty status. Maybe my favorite beer.
Re-rate - This is my favorite beer on the face of this earth, so I have to give it a 5. cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. The smell is amazing, very floral. Head is fizzy white but quickly diminishes. A strong beer, medium body. The taste is floral, piney. Definately a solid choice.