gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
From bomber. Pours a dull orange with off white head. Nose is a beautiful mixture of citrusy, resiny hops and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is a larger version of the nose with an underlying bitterness throughout. elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2006
bottle. golden color. hoppy aroma. lots of hop. a bit sweet and spicy. malts is detectable. very nice. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Always a favorite of mine, finally got around to rating it. Sweet, floral, grapefruit, pine aroma. Bronze pour. Taste is caramely and citrus, with a piney finish. Medium bodied. If only I had a dollar for every good IPA that comes out of California. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Draught pint at BJ’s Restaurant in Boulder, CO. Beer was clear, medium copper-orange with a small, creamy, white, diminishing head that left behind a clingy, thick curtain of foam on the glass as it retreated. The aroma was malty with a light note of toasted grain, moderate notes of cookie and caramel; Hoppy with a moderate-to-heavy note of resin/pine, apricot and cedar; Miscellaneous trace notes of vanilla. The flavor was moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter/grippy, with a long, moderately-to-heavily bitter, lightly sweet finish with a trace of astringency. More assertive in the mouth than in the nose. The body was medium, the texture was velvety and the carbonation was lively. I didn’t find it to be the palate ruiner it claims to be, although it was grippy. Not extremely engaging, but nice enough to sip on for a bit. Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Pucker up! This sick-creation of an IPA will shrivel your flavor hole. DELICIOUS! A hop heads dream! Hot. spicy, dry and floral. This IPA is only good when you need to cure that ichy hop craving. Drink it ice cold and it’s not a big deal BUT let it warm a few degrees and it will turn your ear wax into HOP FLOWERS. Join the Ruination!!
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Yuck. This beer, in my opinion, is just way too hoppy. Just becuase a beer has 10,000 pounds of hop oil in it doesn’t make it taste great. I know that high IBU beer is all the rage, but this was overboard. I couldn’t even finish this one. This tastes like Cascade hops tea, not beer. Mumpu (46) - USA - JUL 5, 2006
While not the prettiest beer to contemplate, it pours an opaque amber with an enduring very dense white head. Fresh hoppy aroma, predominantly with floral tones. Medium body and carbonation with an immediate boquet of hops -- first more herbal and piney, and then a strong grapefruit. Although I would have liked more zest and spiciness for a more rounded taste, this beer very much succeeds as a tribute to hops.
I wish Stone would tone down the blend and use it in their regular IPA -- the current version is excessively piney for my taste. bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized whiteish head. Very hoppy and fresh. Also a bit citric and yeasty. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
22 oz bomber picked up in Colorado. Drank this while watching the Germany v. Italy World Cup game. Tasty stuff. Tons of hops, obviosuly. There was enough malt to be noticeable, but this was all about the hops. I noticed some yeast in there as well. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while, which makes this a bit of a slow drinker. Watch out though, you’ll be be feeling it after just one bottle of this (i am anyway!). Happy Independence Day! Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Clear light copper color with full white head. Crisp grapefruit hop aroma with a bit of sweetness wafting in too. Nice thick mouth feel with hop flavor and hop bitterness hitting at once. I taste the grapefruit hop flavor along with some sweetness from the malt peeking through the steel curtain of hop bitterness. Delicious hoppy after taste.