ReadySetToke (14) - - MAY 15, 2015
Drank from the bottle, has a dull citrus / hoppy smell to it, absolutely delicous on the palate. Has that sharp bite that other IPAís just donít have, and 8.5% abv you canít go wrong! Not as bitter as you might expect, but has a wonderful SUPER strong hop flavor to it. This is gonna be my new go to beer, via 6-packs at my local specs ; ) Tycho (13) - USA - APR 23, 2004
They don't lie. This beer will "ruin" your palate for any beers you drink immediately afterward. Dark color, with heavy hops. Definite pine and citrus overtone. raperea (13) - El Paso, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Rich gold color and strong flavor. aftertaste persistent and strong spice flavor. A few of this and your are ruinated. XCKC (13) - Tigard, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Beautiful orange cooper colr. Great Thick meaty head. Initial sweet floral taste, becoming a bit more complex as it opens up over a bit of time. A great brew from Stone, took me a long time to find! davelouw (13) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Nose is mostly Chinook piney/resiny. Perhaps a little caramel malt underneath. At serving temperatures the beer has noticeable chill haze (probably from the large amount of hops.) Warms to a beautifully clear deep amber. Head sticks around for quite a while.
In taste the balance is hugely towards hop bitterness. Again the Chinook piney/resiny quality came to the from with hints of citrus and perhaps some earthiness. The malt backbone was solid and could go with being a bit lighter as this trended towards barley wine like cloyingness.
I had the first bottle on itís own and found the hops and bitterness to out of balance with the malt. The second time I tried it I paired it with a very strongly flavored food, peppered beef jerky. Amazingly the perceived bitterness dropped dramatically and the balance totally changed. Iíd strongly recommend pairing this with something bold like a pepper steak. On itís own itís just too bitter (and Iím a fan of west coast hoppy beers.)
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Pours hazy orange color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and orange citrusy type hops. Flavor starts out with a gripping bitterness and carbonic bite then leads into a sweet malt finish with some hot alcohol flavor at the end. I feel this beer is over rated for what it is. A good beer but a little two dimentional with sticky sweet, quiet boring malt profile and domanting bittering hop quality. Not enough flavor and aroma hops. Sorry. Chronickles (13) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Iíam not so good at pointing out the distinct flavor differences in beer. Instead I choose to point out the obvious. Of all the stone brewery beers, this is by far the bitterest. That is why I like it. It goes great with pork. Also a very drinkable beer if you have the alcohol tollerance. As with all stone brews alcohol content is up there. Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Finally, I have tasted a hoppy beer that just isnít all hops.. theres (as it states on the bottle) some exceptional malt character to this.. theres a perfect (in my eyes) balance of bitterness and malty flavor.. Itís an all around awesome IPA.. Would definitely buy it again,... err.. if it wasnít 15 dollars for a 6-pack.. Lucremon (13) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2007
San Diego tasting note: Preferred Arrogant Bastard but still very impressive: Lighter colour than AB - AB more hoppy (?). Spicy aroma, maybe apricot? Medium-full with nutmeg, cilantro and sweet peanut brittle. Long balanced finish with a hint of citrus. NeroWolfe (13) - USA - JAN 6, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours golden with thin white head. The aroma expected from a good IPA. Bitter and smooth like it should be. The first and last stop for extreme IPA.