Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 19, 2002
Oakes me and Daboskabouter had this one on our little beer meeting last weekend. Bottle look neat with that stone gargoyle. So...
It had light amber color, lively look. Some bubbles. Strong intense taste. Hop big time. It said 100 + IBU was said (I was not sure if there really was that much but what do I know?). I must agree with my fellow friends SPF all time. Nice stuff but I do wonder if it is really top 50 material ?
By the way SPF means Spruce Pine Fir.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
Light golden appearance. Lumber is evident in the nose, something of a 2x12x16 piece of quality grade SPF lumber. Touches of malt also in the aroma along with some citrus. The body is really where the malt comes in handy, really hides the 100+ IBU’s that this beer claims to contains. Don’t get me wrong, this beer is big and hoppy, but the hops are balanced well by the malt. Interesting beer. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Thick, golden color, head unsupportable from the thick slightly alcoholic body. Big citrus, grapefruit aroma, and some impressive maltiness identifiable. The first taste, when it was still a bit too cold (I think) was not as overwhelmingly bitter as I expected. You open the bottle and expect with a beer like this that some genie or mystical dragon is going to bite your tongue off. However, that first sip proved interesting, with a bitterness at the middle-back of the tongue. However, subsequent sips as it warmed proved sharp, with bitterness all over the mouth and lingering extremely long. I guess some people must like bitterness the way I like sour (gimme a gueuze!), and this is impressive at one level for the extent to which they gave this beer interesting qualities of flavor and prevented the bitterness from having a metallic quality or other glaring fault as is sometimes found in run-of-the-mill "big IPAs". However, at some level this also seemed to me a bit like the Cave Creek Chili beer--yes, it is possible to brew a beer that tastes like this, but why would you want to? I guess I just don't care that much for bitter hop explosions--bring it down while retaining all its other nice qualities and you would have a spectacular beer. Big thanks to Jazz88 for the bottle. daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2004
How unassuming, sitting there in the glass. Amber in color with a soft looking white head. A soft grapefruity hop aroma drifting slowly to your nose. You lift the pint slowly to your salivating mouth then BOOOOOM!!! You get hammered with hop... Great beer though I'm not a hop head. I wasn't able to decipher much from this one because the hops stole the show which is what I thing they were going for... So good job Stone and keep up the good work. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 This used to be one of my favorite IIPAs - a 4.5 in the old days, but it is a shell of it’s former self.+++ This beer poured an orange amber color with a large creamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and spicy with moderate notes of vague floral and herbal hops. The flavor was bitter, dryish and somewhat tart with notes of vague floral, perfumey and herbal hosp and light undertones of pine, grapefruit and pepper. The finish was long and dry with lingering pine, pepper and floral/herbal hops. Moderately full bodied. This beer used to be a sweet grapefruit bomb but they have ruined an old favorite and I doubt I would bother to get it again after what they have done to it.
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. 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. jonas (7573) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 30, 2004
Pine and grass aroma.
Amber, big bubbles, low lacing head.
Hop bitterness is the theme here (surprise!).
Dry grassy, pineresin and slightly citric notes.
I do not feel that the body is quite living up to the hops, a bit more stability here might be good - a bit more body, and the bottle I had was a tad fizzly as well.
Wonderfull long pine bitterhop aftertaste. Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
Golden ale with no head. Light hops aroma Rather nice hops and malts, light citrus. Good bitterness but not ruinating. Good balance and body. (Sept. 2004) ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2004
pretty well balanced IPA; doesn’t seem like a 100 IBU brew; solid bready toasty malting with a heavy citrus finish. A damn fine IPA.