Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Copper with white head that fades quick. Aroma is earthy floral and pine hops, with some malt in the background. Flavor is very well balanced even if it is hop heavy. Very well done. beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2005
bottle: copper colored and slightly translucent...very pretty. A huge white sea-foamy head that lasted and laced incredibly well. An aroma of grapefruits, sweet pine, grass, hay, honey and how can i say this without sounding disgusting...urine (in a good way if that is possible at any level) The malt was pretty typical of any paler ale...semi sweet, yeast, bready...very clean. The hoppy finish was not the absolute blitzkrieg the bottle warns of, but rather a grandeous hop character of piney, citrusy, lip smacking bitterness....all in all the malt and hops are in perfect accord, although the hops are the most highlighted aspect of this brew. Very good. GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle 2004. Pours a light amber with carbonated head that slowly disperses leaving a nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very malty with a piney aromatic fragrance that lingers in the air. The taste is quite wonderful with bitter hoppiness combined with a well balanced spicey flavor. The bottle claims that some might think this beer is over hopped but i think it is just right. Very smooth and crisp which makes drinking the 1 and a half pint bottle seem like nothing. Expensive but worth it for an IPA lover like myself. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2005
Orange coloured. Nice and very hoppy aroma. Very hoppy and bitter flavour. It is very tasty, but it could use some more depth and complexity. gerbache (8) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005 does not count
I love the look of this beer; beautifully clear amber with a strong head. Smelly more hoppy than it tastes. Despite the super-high IBU rating, I find it very balanced by a healthy amount of malt, which prevents the beer from being too one-sided. Underneath all that hops is a nice, fruity taste, especially after you get used to the hops.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a golden orange slightly amber color with a fairly large head that diminishes to a very thin layer. Lace is stuck all over the glass like spider webs. Aroma is.....uh......hoppy. Flavor is slight grapefruit blast of bitter, malt, then a flowery complex hoppy bitter finish with some warmth to it. This has so much wonderful flavor to it without any medicinal qualities. I genuinely enjoy this and need to taste side by side with Stone’s regular IPA which I also enjoyed. One of these will become a regular in my supply. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 "O Frabjous Day! Calloo! Callay!" A hop-head’s delight! The aroma, tho’, is actually more tame than I’d expected, having heard Stone’s braggadocio and word-of-mouth from the embittered. Coming from this apricot colored, two-finger headed brew is a serious grapefruit/piney/herbal/earthy hop aroma, sure to wake the weary, but not overpowering. It’s in the drinking that the 100+ IBUs really come across. Plenty of the mouth-burning, tear-inducing hop bitterness that I’ve grown to crave. Sure, there’s some malt there, but in this kind of a brew, I don’t care! Great lingering bitter finish, causing my mouth to water, making me want more!Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2005
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Hops, hops and more hops. You can smell the bitterness before the first drop. Pours a dark amber in color. Starts out a bit bitter and finishes just as it started...with that perfect spicey whallop all good IPAs should have. This one’s a keeper! Jaybeatle (2) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005 does not count
Deep amber color, strong hoppy smell, very bitter in the beginning but smooths out with a spicy tinge. Definitiely more harsh than the standard Stone IPA oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Pours a dark golden with a thin white head. Has a hoppy aroma. Tastes of hops, spices, and pine.