ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Appearance: Hazy rich amber color with a thick offwhite head and light lacing.
Aroma: Hoppy and mildly sweet, like a slight touch of apple.
Flavor profile: While it certainly is delightfully bitter, compared to the standard Stone IPA it seems less hoppy. That might be because its not quite as dry although it does have that crisp finish the IPA has. Its a little sweet with some hoppy but mellowed (for Stone) hops. A little smoother and fuller than the standard IP, also a little sweet with some of the malts they put in.
Mouthfeel: Easy on the mouth, but not watery. Somewhat smoother than the normal Stone IPA as well as stronger.
Overall: A pretty good IPA, but given the talk-up the bottle label I was expecting mroe. I like the regular Stone IPA better, but the Alesmith IPA best of all. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Not my favorite 2IPA but a solid effort by Stone. Lots of hop aroma, but the flavor profile just seems a bit flat. Not quite as good as their Smoked Porter and Imp Stout. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Amber colored with light head that disappeared fairly quickly. Hoppy, citrus aroma. I thought this was a bit thin bodied and lacked the flavor of the regular Stone IPA, but I may have had it a bit too cold because the last 4 or 5 ounces were much better. I was a bit disappointed at first because of the great beers thst Stone has, so I guess I’ll have to give this one another try and rate it again! Bailz316 (256) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pours a gold color with small white head, which disappears rather quickly. The hops hit you immediately and dont let up. Bitter brew. Earthy and floral notes. Some malts. Aroma has a hint of caramel. Bitter finish that stays with you long after your final sip. TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Crystal clean orange/tan color, with a large foamy white head. The aroma is all hops. There is no scents present. And the feeling one gets is that these are strong hopps. The flavor is all hops, very hoppy nose, very hoppy finish. Very clean, while seemingly heavy, still easy to drink and very refreshing. The finish is not quick, and the aftertaste is highlighted by bitterness. Very ugood.
Arayaga2 (2198) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Orangey colored with minimal white head, this beer has an exquisitely sweet citrus aroma. Taste is not particularly sweet, and naturally hops dominate with deeply stteped tea bitterness. Very nice, but it does not seem like an IIPA $5/22oz AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2006
deep orange coloring with a big white head, earthy hop nose, rubbery hop flavor, grapefruit, crispy malts, warming and enriching like being read a story by a non threatening man wearing an electric blue bow tie and wafting the aroma of kellog’s golden grams badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
ruination: act of destroying something...unfortunately in this case it is the flavor that they are talking about....beautiful amber pour with medium beige, creamy head...aroma is initially full of floral and piney hops, and has a light, sugary malt finish...the flavor is awful initially (like taking a shot of rubbing alcohol or popov vodka), yet develops into a somewhat appealing piney hop mash (missing the chewy malt complement that i want to see in IIPA though)...if the initial flavor wasnt so repulsive, the overall rating would be a 3.8 or 3.9, but i cannot justify it here...dissapointing, conisidering all the elements of a "good" beer were present MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Golden pour with little to no head. Grasy /hoppy smell. Sweet citrus taste with a slight bitterness. Balanced well. A good brew. gallagwar (30) - USA - DEC 23, 2006
If you like bitter beer, you’ve come to the right place. Very strong. One bottle can kick the unseasoned beer drinker in the backside. A beer you MUST be in the mood for.