IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Pours golden yellow/light orange with a creamy white head that lasts a long time and leaves a lacing on the glass. Beautiful beer. Aroma is strong and hoppy, as it should be. Very refreshing. Taste is similar to Stone’s IPA, but smoother, creamier, and more drinkable. There is not that as strong of an aftertaste as one would expect. Body is pretty full. Overall, an excellent brew for hopheads. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2004
Orange colour, small firm white head. Nad and brutal hop aroma of grapefruit and orangepeels. Mostly bitter citric hops in flavour. Lot’s of hops. Can’t pick up much else. Maybe some notes of fresh oranges and spices. long brutal hoppy aftertaste that lingers. Grapefruit, pines, mint and lot’s of bitter citric fruit. Wow. Very rewarding and addictive. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 first off i gotta say the beer looks beautiful.it has a very nice dark golden color.i really liked it overall,but it was very hoppy,and you taste the alcohol a bit.this is a stone brew for sure.RE-RATE 1/13/05
golden brown brown with a nice head that does leave lacing.less hops then i mentioned before.mouthfeel is a bit light.but still a solid brew. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Bottle. Smells of sweet candied pineapple, flowers and alcohol. Is one of the better looking ales, crystal clear, with a tornado of tiny bubbles feeding a nice white head. Tastes sweet and resinous with strong smooth hop flavor (Warrior Hops?) and a bitter finish that I doubt would bear out 100 IBU’s in a lab testing. Very good, though a little sweet. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Great in yoiur face hoppy aroma. Floral and pine predominate. Flavor is intensely hoppy but nice balanced by a strong malt backbone. Great palate and overall a superior beer. On par with their IPA as well.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft) This is not for everyone just anyone who is addicted to hops. I think they managed to put enough malt in this beer to keep it from being too one dimensional. Anouther advance for hop heads everywhere. cathcacr (650) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Spectacular. Like a mushroom cloud on my tongue.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Thanks a lot, Stone Brewing Co. -- my palate has been forever Ruined!
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours a darker orange with a white fluffy head. Aroma is dominated by what else? HOPS. The Flavor is full, smooth and full of hops. Much more smooth than I expected. I love hops. Flavor is so full and delicious, full of hops, malt detectable also to me suprisingly! :) One of my favoirites!
INDIANA RED ROCKS! THANKS KEN!!! Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 Pours bright golden orange with an ivory white head. I start smelling hops before I can get anywhere near the glass. No subtetly here, just a big slap upside the head with hops. Body is surprising thin considering the 7.7% ABV. Taste is overwhelmingly bitter and astringent. A bit like tea that has been boiled too long. Only hint of malt balance. Overall, an interesting experiment in how much hops can be crammed in a beer. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Pours orange with fluffy billowing head. Hop nose is present as I pour from the bottle. Big hoppyand pinelike nose. Flavor is of citrus, spice, bitterness and mild malt. Bitter finish lingers. Good IPA.