unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Great IPA. Great finish. Very well balanced malt/hop ratio for an IPA. nice amber color, citrus aroma. The Ruination is more of a favorite of mine. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Very pleased with my first beer from Stone. Pours to a golden orange, with thick off-white head that lingers and excellent lacing. Hoppy aroma of citrus fruits.... grapefruit, lemons and oranges. Flavor of hops and fruits, and excellent finish, which actuaally included a warming sensation from the alcohol. I was expecting a lot from this IPA, and was not disappointed at all. sbaz040 (38) - phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2006
it tastes like it was made with love. cant taste the alcohol at all.
strong smell and taste of fruit.
i didnt think it was that bitter.
great on a hot day. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with an ample white head. Aroma is citrus/floral. Hoppy and citrus/floral taste that mellows to a warm wheat glow. If there was a classic, definitive IPA beer, this would be it. marvinpontiac (117) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
The only beer I’ve ever given a 10 for aroma. Excellent hoppy boquet that masks a bit of the bitterness in the finish. Not an everyday drinking beer for me but great nonetheless.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Draft @ Falling Rock: Gold amber pour with a small, creamy head. Fantastic aroma is hop heavy - flowery perfume and orange citrus prevail over a slight caramel note. The body is peachy and drinkable, noting honey and toffee malts with an apple fruitiness. The finish is overly bitter and almost acidic. This really detracts from the creamy, malt backbone and puts an abrupt finish to this great drinking IPA. Still great though and went quite well with the Smoked Applewood BLT w/ garlic and herb mayo. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Aroma: Very attractive hop aroma. Rsinous, slightly citrusy.
Appearance: Good initial head, but dissipated quickly. Small amount of lace. Beautiful burnished gold color.
Flavor: Slight grapefruit. Medium-High hop bitterness. Underlying malt sweetness which continues into the aftertaste.
Palate: Medium bodied. Nice hoppiness on center and back of tongue, and roof of mouth. Lingering aftertaste.
Overall: A superb example of the style. Very hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. A nice balance of hop flavor, malt sweetness, and hop bitterness. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Fabulous floral hoppy aroma, cloudy paleness with foamy head. Agressively hopped with a great balance of flavors that are enhanced as the beer hits the back of the mouth, leaving an aftertaste that begs the taste buds for more. This a delicious IPA for the hop lover. awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2006
A great example of an IPA. Hoppy in nose and finish, although not ridiculously dry. Slight hint of sweet floral taste. Medium bodied. HighlanderOne (1330) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Poured from bottle. Plain and simple - this one is all about the hops. They dominate the aroma and flavor, but it isn’t overdone for an IPA, and even so, there’s actually an underlying smooth character to it. I attribute that to the quality of the hops, but what do I know? An excellent IPA.