aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
A very small Double in my opinion. This is more of an IPA. Some sweet malt almost honeyed. Biscuity and cookie malt notes. ok bitterness but not Stone big. A small Imperial by CA standards. Needs buttloads more hop bitterness and resin. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Huge flowery and citrus hop aroma that I could smell as soon as I popped the top. Pours a medium orange color with a giant, frothy white head. Flavors are grapefruit, oranges, some grass, some must, with a nice malt balance. medium-full bodied. Great brew. NigelTheGreat (16) - Northport, USA - MAR 13, 2005
I had a lot of double I.P.A.’s this day. This one ranked in the top 84th percentile. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Has a loose but thick head and a coppery amber color with resin and grapefruit in the aroma. The resin returns in the flavor along with very little malt flavor (a positive in this case) which leaves a clear palate for the hops profile. Lots of crisp, bitterness that leads into a long, lingering finish. ts well balanced alcohol makes this a clean, clear, and refreshing hops celebration. lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pour is a deep orange with thick creamy tan head. Aroma is of apples, citrus fruits and hops. Taste is powerful and hits like a punch to the face. Sweet and hoppy with a strong alcohol presence. Nice and thick with a dry bitter finish. Seems like a regular IPA with everything just turned up a notch. Not the most flavorful beer, but very strong and the quality is obvious.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Has that cake-like flavor and aroma I find in some beers (usually American Strong Ales) that just gets my gag reflex going. With all the hype about how bitter this was going to be I was hoping to drink something resembling Pine-Sol but alas I was dissapointed with this cloudy orange beer. Nice lacing and great bitter finish are a few redeming qualities but it was a miss-fire in my opinion, especially considering what a perfect example of the style that their IPA is. I would expect the same result from Stone’s Imperial IPA offering. Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Pours orangish amber with small thin head. Aroma wasnt as strong as i expected. Flavour was pretty tasty though. Lots of hops in this one. Nice and bitter but still very well balanced. Some roasty flavour in there too. Overall a pretty good IPA hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 Re-rate, previous rating 4.0
This poured an orange colour with a luxurious tall and creamy head. There was a ton of lacing left behind on the glass, even when finished it had a large blob of foam in the bottom of my glass. The aroma was lots of pine hops with some grassy citrus in there as well. My palate is pretty much immediatly assulted with hops, bitter, beatuiful hops. There is more pine resin like hops in the flavour with a larger hint of citrus than in the aroma. The malt evens the brew out, but doesn’t lend much of its own profile. If I had the opportunity to get this more often, I would. It is truly a fantastic IIPA marcus (10890) - 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.