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. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2005
This IPA is causing me to stray from my loyalties to stout beer. Can Stone Brewery do anything badly? If they can, don’t burst my bubble. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 Clear red-gold color, pale white head slightly lingering. Rich hop aromatics with tinge of alchohol warmth. Solid body with resinous bitter flavor from nose to finish. Sustained bitter mouthcoat. Malt and alchohol flavors become more evident as it warms, as well as a spicier character to the aromatics. Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Solid double IPA. Great hop profile with a palate-destroying bitterness. I’m not sure it stands up to the title/reputation it has as the most incredible hop-monster in existence. I know it’s what the good people of Stone are going for, but it’s way out of balance -- on a second drinking, I couldn’t finish a glass. Good but not drinkable.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Pours auburn, with a very sweet grapefruity nose. Alot of carbonation at first. Taste is really hoppy, and considering the 7.7% alchohol, it was well hidden. Palate is refreshing. I am not a fan of IPA’s but I honestly have to say this one was very well done. erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2005
2004 bomber courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Thanks Mike! Awesome super hop citrusy aroma. Pours a cloudy copper color witha beige head with quite a bit of staying power. A super bitter hop blast that I love! This could make me a new fan of IPA’s Love this beer! E. mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 a very very, very hoppy beer. i am not sure that this is not excessive, but it’s definitely impressive. an interesting beer. valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2005
This beer rules. I had it from the bomber the other night and was very sad when it was over. Although you (as I) may not be able to afford this beer regularly, it is a real treat if you love imperial IPAs. JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
This isn’t as hoppy and ruinous as the back of the bottle might claim, but it is a great beer for hop heads. Nice light hued amber with tightly packed small bubbles leave nice lacing. Good heavy hop scent, but not extreme. Flavor and palate; nice mix of malt and lots of hops, leaves mouth (and liver) wanting more.