punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Pours a nice amber color... smells of sulfur and hops... the flavor is malty hops and orange rinds... very tastey... lingering after taste a lil dry... this is going to be a favorite! BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 Bottle: Attractive reddish-gold coloring and spotlessly clear. Piney-hop aroma hints at Cascade hops. Well balanced malt front followed by a strong hops kick with just enough malts to bring it together. Top notch. I wish I could get this on the right coast. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
The appearance is an average white head that disapates quicky but not fully. The body is clear and orangish. The head, although small, laces really well. The aroma is very hopped. I get notes of orange rind, pine, BAM! in your face grapefruit hops. All hops, no malts. The flavor is VERY delicious. I love this IIPA. I get lots of citrus hops and sweet malts. MMMMM.... Very dry-hopped flavor. The finish bittersweet. The palate is very bitter, well carbonated, and has a thick mouthfeel. jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Medium translucent orange with a cream colored head. Very clear beer. The predominate scent that I can pick up is orange rinds. Very hoppy. Good lacing. Nice and bitter. Not overwhelming though. Very yummy but I like IPA’s quite a bit... Thanks Blake (1FastSIi). MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
pours an orange hugh w/ a fairly decent sized thick white head that laces very well but dissapates a bit quickly. Smell is a HUGE cascade citrus hop aroma orange rinds hints of bubble gum and more hops.. smells good. Palate is rich and creamy big solid mouth feel. Flavor is almost overwhellmingly bitter w/ a touch of sweet malts in the finish and a warming sence after swallow.
Thanks to blake for bringing this one in.
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle: Translucent orange, medium to large off-white head, nice lacing, subtle carbonation. Hoppy nose, slight pine resin but very subtle. Bitter start, definitely hoppy, soft pine notes, but it doesn’t seem very thick or viscous. This seems more of a 1½ IPA to me. Nope, definitely not big enough. Tasty, but without the big sweet malty background it tastes quite average. Clean finish, but seems way too light for an Imperial IPA. Still prefer Dreadnaught and Double Crooked Tree over this one. Top 50? Doesn’t seem that way to me... and I was really looking forward to this one too! Its just not big enough... heavily hopped without the big malt backbone to support it. lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a bright rich gold with a thick white head. Smell is, you guessed it, all hops. Citrusy (grapefruit mostly) bitter hops. There is no malt aromas that I can pick up.
The fruity bitterness of the hops overpower anything else in the beer. That’s not a bad thing. Big bold bitter hops. So strong they almost burn. Damn tasty though. This beer says it will ruin your palate and it means it. You can forget about tasting any other brew for the rest of the evening. Except this one. Pour me another.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 9, 2005
Hazy, orange body. Some red shows when held to the light. Lots of bubbles on bottom of glass. Head is eggnog colored and coats glass nicely. Smell is deicious sweet malt and spicy hops: pineapple, apricot, bubble gum and sugars. Mouthwatering aroma has me ready for a taste. Sweet with incredible hopping all pineapple, apple and white grapes to begin. Medium-thick, somewhat oily. Beer hangs on tongue and releases a kaliedosope of hop flavors to the taste buds. Goes from sweet to lemony sour, then to roasted/vegetable hops. Finally rich yeasty/dough flavors hang in the back of the throat and cheeks like mama’s biscuits. Alcohol is strong but not overly so. Really great beer but so repetitive for this brewery. I can think of about 6 Stone beers this reminds me of, so I’m going to rate this, then subtract 2 from the overall score due to lack of originality meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Review came from a 22oz bottle with the usual stone look to it. This poured out a murky golden color with a tall beige head. The head lasts a good bit and decent sized chunks of lace were left about the glass, as it was consumed. Very hoppy nose here with citric grapefruit and floral notes galore. Not much else came through just hops, hops and more hops. The flavor was damn hoppy as well, bitter citric hops mainly dominated with a bit of earthy notes as well. This really grabs you tongue and doesn’t let go very much the palette destroyer that ends in a long lasting dry bitter hoppy finish. Hmm this is pretty light on the tongue for a Double IPA, with a less than medium body to it. Drinkability is hurt a little by the lighter body but it is still good. I would definitely have this again, as the flavor definitely packs the hops you are looking for in this type of brew. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
They say the road to ruin is paved with good intentions well Stone’s intent comes to definite fruition with this beer and I’ve got to say I’m enjoying ruination. Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick offwhite head that settles to about half an inch and hangs on from then down the glass. Aroma is very citrus and hoppy. Grapefruit, lemons, and some pine cones. My wife, who I always let have a whiff of the beer, said this is the best smelling one you’ve tried yet. I’ll give it a 9 for the hop power on the aroma. Flavor is interestingly malty for all of the hops. There is alot of malt backbone to this IPA. This is not harsh at all, beautifully bitter at the end but amazingly balanced. I cannot taste the alcohol at all and I think it is very nice on the palate somewhat creamy in the mouth and that puckering bitter bite on the back makes it very memorable. Also my first double IPA and I’ve got to say if they are all this good I’m going to try more in this style!