bennet65 (88) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2012
a lovely IPA this, served from the fridge @ brewdog glasgow. probably a bit over chilled as had a real orange haze about it. nice grassy hop nose and smooth drinking. nice balance. a fine IPA steadyj (87) - Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Pours a light bronze color with a lively white head. Aroma is of pine and citrusy hops. The hops hit you up front right away and without compromise (this is Stone after all). I can detect a very slight hint of malt as if it were added as an afterthought. Extra points for being my first IPA back in the day. Set the bar pretty high from the start. elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Pours a clear amber shade, with a wonderful head, and incredible lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and pine. Great bitter taste that isn't too harsh. A wonderful IPA, that's simple in design, but awesome in results. ChetLemmons (87) - orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
gold apperance, small pinkie finger white head. head dissapated quickly, but left a great lacing. a blast of smooth hops to the nose, hints of apples and citrus. delightfully smelling aroma. very smooth on the palate. smooth coming in, smooth going down, and only a slight bitter finish. i’m very glad to see this beer make it to florida! can get on tap at redlight redlight in orlando, and at total wine!!! ZR2Blazer (87) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2010
22 oz bottle - pours Orangish-Brown, nose is bitter and hoppy. Taste is strong and bitter. finishes bitter and lasts. Ok to try, not one of my favorites at all. I’m having a hard time liking anything from Stone.
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2010
Hazy amber body, with a nice creamy beige head. Good head retention and some lacing. No visible carbonation to speak of.
The aroma is full of the West Coast-style citrus hoppiness. Juicy grapefruit, oranges, and some floral notes. Also hints of caramel, apple, and sour dough. Pretty hop-forward but not one-dimensional.
As far as taste goes, first you get a good hop bite, with very apparent grapefruit notes and a hint of orange. Then sweetness, breadiness, and bitterness come in all at once. The finish is bitter and bready, with a little tartness. Very tasty!
Light-to-medium body to it. Not very carbonated. Quite dry in the mouth, though. A little spiciness from the hops can be felt on the tongue. A little hint of alcohol.
Pretty good drinkability, however, I wouldn’t make this my session IPA, because of its dryness and its ABV. Goes down smooth at first, but then it may become more challenging to drink, especially if you’re not a hophead.
Overall, I agree that this is one of the finer examples of the style. A true classic American IPA! madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours a cloudy yellow/gold, head is white and not as plentiful as I would have expected. Whatever head was there disappeared quickly. Smells hoppy and has deep floral notes, with a bit of honey mixed in. Simple, yet pleasing aroma. Taste is similar, as it doesn’t counter the bitterness of the hops with much of anything, but is not too bitter (in my opinion) as to be unpleasant. Leaves a nice sticky bitter coating in mouth and is very crisp from start to finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all, and each gulp does down easy. Simple, well done IPA. beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Aroma: Citrusy, grapefruity hop over caramel/toffee malt.
Appearance: Darker gold color, low head retention.
Flavor: Grapefruity and flowery hop flavor. Nice malt backbone and flavor. Well balanced flavor.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Nice and assertive bitterness,which gives way to sweet maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall: Straightforward IPA, but good stuff. BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2004
big robust hop nose.. piney, a little cirtusy... pours clear and golden witha big fizzy white head. Head leaves pretty quick.. lotsa hops.. hops hops HOPS. great taste, clean crisp in the mouth. Cut right through the curry I was eating. Fantastic brew. Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Amber in color with a tiny, off white head with little to no lacing. The aroma is of citrus, hops, and caramel. The flavor is very hoppy and bitter throughout with notes of citrus and an orange peel finish. The palate is syrupy. Overall I’d say its a good IPA, not as good as Stone’s Ruination IPA, but nothing to be scoffed at. Very enjoyable.