blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a clear sparkling orange with an average frothy off-white head. Good lacing. The aroma of fresh hops and citrus is milder than I thought it would be but it smells great. The flavour, whoa, they aren’t kidding about 100+ IBUs! Hopheads rejoice, as they put it: "Liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" -- yes It’s friggin’ hoppy but incredibly well balanced with some sweetness and citrus. This is, plain and simple, a fantastic beer. Stone never dissapoints. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Citrusy hop aroma. Tea colored with a thumb thick head. Sweet citrusy foretaste orange peel bitter, but smooth middle and a pine/grapefruit rind finish. Very hoppy beer with a solid malt profile beneath it and very drinkable. buddahmind (39) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Yeah Baby! Hophead wet dream! Go on wit yo bad selves Stone. Strong pine and citrus with that distinctive Stone smooth finsh. They are the masters of the clean yet un-watery finish. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Lots of grapefruit, pine in the aroma. Taste is herbal, citrusy... bitter, yes, though it doesn’t taste like 100+ to me. I guess they did a nice job balancing it. fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 My best description of this beer is pink grapefruit smell and pink grapefruit skin taste. Very citrus and the first taste trail is sweet and then goes bitter on the trail. Excellent take on an IPA!!
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Pours copper-orange with a generous white head, some effervescence, and nice lacing. Smells like a sandwich consisting of oranges, grapefruits, and pine needles. Nice and hoppy flavor, but not as much so as other Double IPAs I’ve had. Very well-balanced. Excellent, but kind of on the border between an IPA and a Double IPA.
BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
22-oz bottle. Pours copper with a frothy off-white head and excellent spotty lacing. Resinous floral hop with huge pine notes and background caramel malts. Fizzy and spicy hoppy moderately acidic dry pine flavor with alcohol notes but mostly covered by the hops. Medium bodied and warming dry and fizzy palate. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Sampled from a bottle at the montly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club. Aroma of pine and citrus meet up strongly (dare I say harshly?) on the palate. This is a "brutal" hop attack, which is impressive given this was poured alongside Dreadnaught, 90 Minute, Hercules, and a few other good IPAs. Perhaps I’m a wimp, but I tend to find Stone’s standard IPA more enjoyable. Some time in the cellar might round out the flavors for a better balance. kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle (GBBF): Insane Hop Juice!! Dark gold clear with a lasting beige head. Juicy citric hop aroma. Pure hop flavour all the way through, loads of lychee, grass, citrus and grapefruit. Medium bodied, very refreshing. Nice stuff, though a little over the top at times. eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Before I begin, I would first like to thank Stone Brewing Co. for the brutal masscre of countless hops. Orange with a thin white head. Looks almost identical to the picture. Aroma is floral and grassy with citrus notes (orange and lemon). The fruitiness is muted by the hop aroma. The first taste made me smile and cringe at the same time. I said to my good friend, "I got some words before you even try that." Can we say pure hop power? The aroma and appearance don’t do the flavor justice. It is strongly hoppy at first. With each sip it gets sweeter. The first sip punches you in the face then it gets sweeter and sweeter. More fruity with every sip after the first. The hops are still there but already did their damage. I don’t even know what to say other than it is so good. Strong malty body to it to balnce it. The appearance and aroma are what keep me from the perfect score here. As far as flavor goes this has to be up there. Worth every penny and then some.