Tmoney99 (14368) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2005
Bottle. Medium light amber with large rocky off-white head that lasted the majority of the beer. Aroma was a heavy hoppy. Flavor was moderate bitter with a long bitter finish. Medium to full body with a oily texture. Moderate alcohol bite at the finish. Very good brew. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Poured from a bottle and into a snifter. Piney aroma. Gorgeous copper color with a very thick head that lasted throughout. Overpowering hoppy taste. Great mouthfeel, it’s chewy almost. Enjoyable beer that’s extremely hoppy. Not something I’d drink all the time but I’ll enjoy it everytime I drink it. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2005
Delightfully bitter hop flavors (pine, floral, and grapefruit) wildly running rampant (coupled here with a big ABV) , making you forget the malt bottom, your problems, and where you parked the car... georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2005
i had this beer as just stone ipa, but it is basically the same beer. i didn’t see anything really special with this beer actually i think it is quite overrated. this is a typical IPA with decent flavor and hops, but is nothing special paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2005 Good beer. Nice pour with subtl head. Aroma has faint citrus hint. The bitterness is what will keep me coming back to this beer, though.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2005
22 oz bottle. This is a great beer! However, I’m surprised it has 100+ IBUs. It’s pleasantly bitter, but it didn’t strike me that high. The hops weren’t overpowering in aroma or flavor -- which an Imperial IPA should have. The malt comes through nicely, especially in the nose (even more so than hops in aroma). Nevertheless, this is a very, very nice beer. qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - APR 4, 2005
Bottle, copper in color, nice off-white head, strong scent of hops and citrus, taste is strong with hops and alcohol but balanced. nice taste at end of grapefruit with mild bitterness. a fairly good brew. SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
A worthy brew, but I usually pass it by and pick up something else. This IPA pours a brilliant looking deep copper with a nice and thick head. My favorite aspect of this brew is the insane hop bite it provides. It’s a big hop bite! but it just seems... well, I don’t know it has that burley flavor that most stone brews have, which to me throws it slightly off balance. Once you settle into this brew it eases up though. Overall I like it very much, but I usually opt for somethin’ else. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Wow..A fantastic Brew.A clear orange/red color.Great crip Hop burst with each sip!Its not huge on malt flavor,but just plain hops,wich is one of the reason this brew impressed me! csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Tasted as part of my 9 beer IIPA tasting. 52°. Orangish red color with a 3/4" white head. Piney, citrusy aroma. Tears and foam "dots" as the head receeds. Taste is a hop monster. PIney, floral hops taste. Bitter, but not overly so.
ADDITIONAL NOTES Very bitter. Initially it really seems like it is over the top. Either the beer warms or my palate gets used to the bitterness and the complexity of the beer shines through, lots of piney and citrus hops flavor in both the aroma and taste, but there is also a bit of honeyish gentle sweetness and a huge body. Lots and lots of carbonation. After a while, this drinks very nicely.