marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
This amber ale poured with a fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. As advertised, there is an intensely hoppy flavor, with a fruity finish. The effect of the massive hopping is, surprisingly, well balanced, but is probably still a bit much for all but hopheads. Zekenhoe (4) - Northfield Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005 does not count
My favorite Imperial IPA. Reminds me so much of their 5th Anniversary. Malty with a slightly sweet taste. And then come the hops. An almost overwhelming (but in a good way) hoppy aroma and nicely bitter. Pretty close to being hop candy. beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2005 btl. nice, bright amber colour. brief release of gasses with a small head that dissipates rapidly. smells light with hops and citrus. i found this beer to taste a bit flat. otherwise, the flavours were mostly good:malty, nutty, ripe fruit, alcohol, and HOPS. too many hops, almost. it upsets the balance of the beer and is slightly sickining paired with the lack of carbonation. still, twas a good try. Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Enticing copper colour, hoppy aroma. Nice crisp and bitter taste, a touch much on hops for me but not by much and I’m no hophead for sure. ghett0yeti (29) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2005
I hate to give a Stone brew such a low score, but this was like going to the brew shop, grabbing a handful of hop pellets and jamming them in your mouth. I mean, I love hops, but man, this stuff is out of control.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Golden amber color w/ lasting head and thick lasting lacing. The nose was full of flowers and citrus notes w/ a slight alcohol sweetness. The flavor was piney and citrusy w/ a slight alcohol sweetness and hint of flowers. The mouthfeel was very bitter w/ medium effervescence and a light body. IHCNavistar (93) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark amber. Nose was strong hops and more hops. Carbonation was moderate to weak. Head was thin, though. Tasted like hops and lager (interesting). VERY HOPPY! Excellent beer!!! IslandHaole (1268) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2005
A big Domo Arigatou to Joshpiledean (Dan) for this treat! A clear copper beauty with a thick foamy creamy colored head. Oh man, industrial strength hops. Crush truckloads of pine and cedar needles, throw in the rinds of 100 white grapefruits and a few handfulls of wildflowers, blend thouroughly and it might come close to this. OMG, delicious doesn’t come close to describing this hop juice. But there in lies the surprise, it isn’t just hop juice, there’s enough malt here to ’almost’ balance this. With 100 IBU’s, this couldn’t really be balanced by anything short of pure maple syrup or raw honey but Greg and the lads at Stone have done one hell of a job trying! I can’t wait to get back to California to drink this on a daily basis (even though I will be unable to appreciate the flavors of sushi for a week afterwards). I have found Nirvana. GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Initially hazy copper that settles to a clear deep amber with a small off white head and lacing that sticks like velcro. No need for caffiene in the morning if you take a long sniff of one of these! Hops?? MAD HOPS! Despite the heavy hops, there was also some maltiness and even a touch of yeast in the aroma. The mouthfeel struck me before the flavor - creamy and very, very satisfying. More balance in the flavors than I expected but there’s still no mistaking the fact this is an IPA on steriods. Bitter but still very clean and dry finish with just a hint of oiliness. It’s a PITA for me to get this but it’s one pain I’ll happily endure again... and agian.... green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Wow, you can smell hops when you pop the top. Pours golden. Golden amber in an English pint glass. Bit of a strange wet sox note after getting accustomed to the overwhelming hops. Head is nice, very white for a pale ale, medium to fine bubbles, great lacing. Wild flavor profile. There seems to be a chocolate note, surprising but it works well. Classic big hops high alcohol levity. Great. Wet sock is a problem. Stone seems to go for greatness but never works out the flaws. Maybe this makes their stuff a little more interesting. There are all kinds of porter like notes, a little acrid, sharp alcoholic snap to it. This may not be IPA perfection but its fun. Maybe it is IPA perfection. Not sure if it is as complex as the great IPAs. Super carbonated. You get a strong fiz on the tongue. The color is pure perfection in the english pint with tons of bubbles rising from an invisible deep. Take that, endless bubbles budwieser bastards. Ah, the ruination has arrived!