xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Killer IPA, big-time grapefruit smell, see-through copper. Sweet and fruity with brutal hops. mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Well, I’ve been drinking a few different ipa’s recently, so I felt ready to give this highly rated brew a try. Wow, much hoppier in both aroma and flavor than any other’s I have tried. The hops dominated too much for my taste, but I guess that’s what it’s made to do. A treasure for hopheads for sure. Still, a fine beer. TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
Pours a very clear yellow amber. Smells great! The aromas are soft sweet malts and very present but not overwhelming American hops. The flavor is somewhat plain, but exceedingly well done. Soft malty sweetness balanced with very nice American hops. Finishes lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is great, I can really tell they adjust/filter their water with precision. Soft, round and clean.
Overall, none of the attributes of this beer are utterly beautiful or arresting, but everything is done just right, and together this for me the standard of a great IPA lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
CRISP! easily drinkable, you should definitely pick this up!, perfect IPA, hops hops hops hops! BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Bottled. Moderate head with nice lacing. Hoppy aroma. Clean and crisp without being overly bitter. Well balanced with a mellowing presence of malt. It's not as complex as my personal favorite, Victory's Hop Devil, but very, very good.
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2002
A pure citrus and hop amalgamation wafts over a crystal clear golden amber lake. The foam scribes angry dragons and monsters down the glass. Encroaching malt sweetness harmonizes with a brazen bitter. This is a classic. I keep coming back to it, and never tire of the senses it spins.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Amber color with a thick creamy white head. Flowery citrusy, junipery, Cascade hop aroma with a hint of maltyness. Strong citrus, tea, hop flavor bitterness and uncharacteristically but not unplesant subdued malt flavor for a Stone beer. An outstanding beer.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
[A] Very candy-like, sugary, smell. Malt must do it. Piney, orange, fruity hop perfume. This is quite a quaffer. [A] Clear gold. White head. Alive in glass. [F] Piney hops. Hops. Hops. Citrus. Some pale malt sweetness. [P] Between light and medium bodied. Easy to drink. Bitter is great for 70 IBUs. Lingers on. [O] This is a pretty damn flavorful brew. I enjoyed every sip of it. Highly drinkable. 99/100 is impressive. I imagine its deserving, as this is a great definition and rendition of style, let alone, a great beer. Nice. clueo (181) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Amazing hoppy yet slightly sweet aroma with a great milky golden appearance. Great hoppy flavor and a nice hoppy finish. Definitely one of the best IPA’s I have ever had!! charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a light amber with rocky white head. Aroma is of candied orange. Taste is sweet with hop notes of orange, grapefruit and spice followed by a solid punch of hop bitterness. Some toasted malt notes as well. Just perfect.