Hildigöltur (5103) - 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 (5569) - 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 (6368) - 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. elektrogeist (158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Intense hopness but very well balanced. I’ll have to cellar some of this and see how it comes out.. can’t say much anyone else already has, except if you love IPA this is a must! wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 Beautiful Golden pour which is a little darker then the Stone IPA. The head is very creamy and quite nice to look at. In terms of the aroma there is malt, orange, graitfruit, and citrus. Really terrific aroma. If you want hops this beer has them. The taste is dominated by pine, graitfruit, citrus and lots of hops. The bitterness is a little high, but I still like it. The aftertaste is very nice and has a lot of hops. The hops are so present in the mouthfeel. This brewery is very impressive. It is hard to believe that the ABV is not higher. It is interesting because this Double IPA has a bit of a Barley Wine taste to it on top of all the hops. It is quite appealing. I got this on 10th and Pine in Philly and there were plenty left. johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 pours deep orange with a decent white head. This is some great stuff, much more refreshing than one would expect from such a strong IPA. Not overly hoppy or extreme, rather just full of pine and citrus flavors that finish with just enough oilyness to let it linger on the tougue. Not necessarily the most complex beer ever brewed, but i’m not complaining about that.