gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 Awesome topaz color with thick, tight, foamy head. Hoppy, piney and citrus aroma and maybe a little caramel. Bitter as hell but great. There is just enough sweetness to cut the absurd bitterness and smooth it out...palatable even. Resinous and lemony as well. Perfect consistency. Bitter aftertaste but not what you’d expect from a beer that will split your tastebuds. Another great one from Stone. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2004
Hoppy,Hoppy,Hoppy! Loved this beer, started out very strong, but turns mellow very quick. My German Brother in law hated it, so I know they did something right! robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Dark Amber Coloring. No Head. Heavy Hops on the Nose...and Initially on the Tongue....Peters Out on The Palate and Becomes Very Drinkable. Some Ctrus and Spice In There as Well. I was Expecting No Mercy...But It Was Quite Passive By The End. Very Drinkable for a Hops Dominated Beer! badgerben (5253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Original Rating Sept 13, 2004: (Thanks to SDbruboy for this!) Dark amber color with a medium head. Sudden onslaught of hops up front in the aroma and taste. Kind of mellows out after that. It tones down into an actually smooth hops taste with a good citrus zing and malt backbone. Not nearly as overpowering as I was expecting. One of the better balanced IIPAs out there. 7/4/8/4/17 Re-rate July 17, 2008: Man... been ages since I’ve had this. Ages, and lots of beers. Copper color with a large head Strong citrus aroma right off the bat, then it fades into a kind of grassy-ness. Piney taste. Very resinous. Moderate caramel malt, more of the grass flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Oddly, not too bitter at all. I would call this a pretty solid IPA. A double? No way. happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 Best before 9-04.Aroma is faint at first?(grainy,milky malt,bit of raison once it warms with some juicy piney hops,a little citrus in there as well)Appearance is a nice orange/golden color,with a decent head/lace.The taste is pretty good,resinous and piney,not really the hop monster it claims to be,though don’t get me wrong,it’s quite hoppy and malty as well.The palate is really nice and oily and pretty full with a nice enjoyable bitterness that shows up most of the time.Overall this IIPA is a bit overated IMHO but..I will seek out some more of these.Nice dry finish with lots of resin on the toungue.Good stuff.Can’t wait till this stuff is available in MD! Just wanted to mention this is now available in MD 3 years later... and also I am enjoying this very fresh imperial out of a 12 oz. bottle. Dig these six packs.The aroma is a mighty fine blast of fresh Hops with some caramel malt for balance. This was brought to me from my good friend Greg and purchaced at Liqour Stop, Harford County.14.99 for a sixer.
SDalkoholic (2395) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 An average hopped aroma and once sniffed hard i also smell a small background of rubbing alcohol. To me this is borderline of being an IPA vs double IPA. Extremely bittering hop action and hanging more towards the metallic side of things. A notice of citrus like grapefruit is noticeable but nothing compared to the other westcoast stuff out there. Somewhat thin of a body and not as memorable on the palate. Golden copper in appearance and has thin head with decent amount of lacing. MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Bottle. Pale orange with a medium thin white head. Aroma is very pungent with hops, could smell it from a distance away. Very bitter with plenty of hops, some malt and caramel too hiding under there. Mouthfeel is great and the hoppy aftertaste gently faded away. I love hoppy beers so thought this was phenomenal, an outstanding brew. shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Bottle version purchased from Premier in Buffalo NY. Great IPA, not as hoppy as hop devil but extremely smoot and drinkable with citrus overtones. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2004
This brew is a damn hop explosion. Wow, great bitterness and amazing hop taste, a really impressive IPA that really makes a summer day great. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 6, 2004
Pours orange with a white head. Hop aroma all over the place. Taste is bitter hops, citrus and a little earthy. Very long lasting and enjoyable bitter aftertaste. This one is very thick and sticky on the tongue. A great IIPA.