Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Clear straw coloured, white 1cm head is actually larger than on the regular IPA, but is fully diminishing. Aroma surprises for it’s not nearly as intense as it’s made out to be. Straight hops hit the nostrils, earth like, citrus like and mostly fuelic. In mouth, flavors are intense, but hard to put words on. It’s very perfumey, somehow leathery, acid, fuelic. Generous alcohol vapours come through. Fine body helps the drinkability a lot with its adequate medium carbonation, but if not thin, it’s definitely not full. Miles away from a yulesmith or dreadnaught’s flexibility. Mostly pure hoppiness and I found nothing to mention about the malt although there’s a considerable bill felt. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2004
Golden color with a thin white head. Strong aroma of slightly piney hops with caramel. Strong piney and spicy hops flavor with caramel. Strong bitter finish,medium body. A good assertive beer but not excellent. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Beautiful, bright orange color...fine, 1/2", bubbly head.
Aroma: Big, bad, gorgeous hoppiness, fruit aplenty, some grapefruit, yeah, but peach, orange, tangerine, non-stop, glorious hops...so sweet, so utterly pleasant, abundantly delightful. Bright, luscious, lively...all bow in honor of the almightiness of humulus lupus!
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Full force of hops on the palate, a devastating wave of hops across the palate up, over, around, about, and above the senses! Dominant to say the least, absolutely overpowering and spreading nothing but delight to those of us hopheads who revel in the luxury of an immersion of such bitter, tasty delights!
Each time you put down the glass, and finish your gulp, the flavor subsides on the palate, resides fully in the senses, and you eye that glass and are eager for more. You don’t need it, for the flavor has never left your senses, but it tempts, it teases....like the label says, it ruins you for anything of weaker flavor, and why would you ever want that, anyway?
Fantastically delicious, this super-hopped ale, one I’d return to as often as I could, when fortune provides. This is the IPA that should be the emblem, the acme, the standard any ultra-hoppy IPA should strive for!
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 You want hops? Oh you want hops, do you? Well, here you go. It’s good for what it is. There is some malt trying to make an appearance but it has a tough time. I’ve had much better Imperial IPAs. It’s worth trying once if you haven’t. Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
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rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 28, 2004
This was the first IIPA that I ever tried. WOW!!! *[email protected]
# Me!!! I’m not a hophead but this beer grabbed me by the shorts and kicked me across the room. I truly had the feeling that I had grass growing out of my mouth and that my tongue was covered in hop flowers. Hoppy in no way describes this beer. Unfortunately my tastebuds have become accustomed to this beer and others like it and I no longer have the feeling of grass growing out of my mouth when I drink it.... but it still kicks me in the ass every once and a while.
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 One of the best beers in the US. This is perhaps the best IPA I have ever had. The hops don’t overpower you. They are balanced and delicious. Just enough malt sweetness to balance, but not cloying like many other IPAs. Hop notes run the gamut, from the bitters to citrus to pine. There is a sort of "white"quality to this beer that I can’t quite describe, except to say it smells white--maybe I mean like a white beer in the aroma. The persistent sea-foam head is beautiful and adds to the impression of whiteness. Clean and refreshing. Recommended. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Rich, dark gold color. Nice deep cascade nose. Excellent initial flavor of roasted malts and, of course, a few hops. The alcohol is very prominent, not as well hidden as Dreadnaught or 90 min IPA. Not as complex of a flavor as the previous 2 either. Just a little too bitter of a finish for my palate--overkill. I do appreciate the amount of ingredients and effort this had to take to produce, however. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Pours with a deep and dark orange coloring. The head is rather large for a double IPA. The aroma is floral with some orange peel. It also has a hint of molasses. The taste is relatively subtle for a double IPA. Of course it has the normal orange peel and some burnt toast. It also has notes of yeasty bread. This is a hop lovers dream. The alcohol is very well hidden. A very solid entry. IndianaRed (5122) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2004
22oz Bottle Pours a pale light orange, amber with a medium sized head that is very dense and creamy but eventually setled out leaving very thin but even lacing. Aroma is certianly hoppy but also strong grapefruit and other cirtus rinds. Tastes imediately very bitter and robust but full and heavy. My mouth feels like a big Hop bud. I think if I ate a Hersey bar right now, it would taste like Cascade Hops.
The feel of this IPA is very nice. Smooth, heavy, just nice. No surprises on the trailer. An IPA with characteristics that put me off, and turn me on. Glad to have tried it. Stone is certianly not shy with their offerings. shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2004
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