blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 30, 2008
12oz and 22oz bottles, and on tap.
So if you can’t tell by all the rave reviews and the top-5 ranking, this one’s a Classic. Here are my opinions after many many tastings...
Appearance: Clear, golden amber; frothy head, lively; looks clean and fresh.
Aroma: good hoppy citrus and pine needles with other less cliche things like under-ripe strawberries, herb gardens on a summer morning, and cold steel.
Flavor: west coast hops in the foreground with nice pale malts in the background -- remeniscent of homemade grapefruit/orange marmalade on fresh-baked bread in the Italian countryside -- refreshing enough to drink quickly on a hot day, but hoppy enough to leave a lingering bitterness on your tongue long after the last sip.
Overall, a great IPA. We’re lucky to have such a primo brew so readily available. Canadianlush (169) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Nice pour from the bottle, a cloudy orange with a nice head. Aroma is hops, hops and more hops, and a little fruity. Flavor is all hops, hard to discern any other tasting notes because the hops are so strong. A nice bitter finish and you’ll need to be careful cause the alcohol is very well hidden. A nice IPA, I just don’t think microbrewery plus pouring tons of hops into you beer = 99th percentile. shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 I was very impressed with this beer. First off, I like the way its brewed- with no additives etc etc. It really changed my whole outlook on IPAs. I normally am into malty style ales but the hops came through very pleasantly in this. Thats a lot to say for a beer that takes credit in its amount of hops usage. Anyway, it poured a nice gold/orange color with a small head. The aroma was of citrus and pine. The palate was very crisp and drinkable, and the taste was nice and mellow, citrusy, with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Overall, just a great, very enjoyable IPA. bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Dark in color with that fantastic Stone bitternesss. Nicely well balanced with great malts that blend extremely well wiht the tooth enamel stripping hops.Great mouth feel EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Pale in color with a definate malt background. Typical c-hop character, Pine, grapefruit, soem floral. I bit bitter for my liking. I would have rather a bit more hops in the flavor and aroma area. Good overall.
smallfry (169) - - APR 20, 2015
(Tap) Tropicla, citrus, grassy. Hops are too overpowering, and aftertaste is astringent. I don’t like it. Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 27, 2002
The best IPA i’ve ever had. One of my favorites tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Soapy/sudsy white head on top of a clear orange yellow body. Big malty aroma with plenty of citrusy hops coming through. Aroma is just excellent. Flavor doesn't quite live up to the scent. Soft, sweet, easy drinking. Lacks a bit of the hop bite I like in an IPA. Very orangey flavors. Juicy mouthfeel ends fairly dry. Real good brew but not my favorite IPA. zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Bottle - Pale yellow with medium foamy white head. Aroma is very hoppy with hints of citrus. Medium palate with a good bit of carbonation. Taste is extremely hoppy with nice grapefruit bitterness on the follow-through and a good crisp biting finish. This is an excellent IPA. The gargoyle most definitely does his job!! Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Big tropical fruits w/citrus- a touch of sweet malt underneath. Nice fruity flavor - grapefruit, guava and finishes with orange and citrus . Nice hop bitterness but not overpowering - an often overlooked fantastic west coast IPA in SoCal - great beer.