corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very hazy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Earthy, herbal aroma with lots of piny, grassy hops and green tea along with a pale malt character. Slightly spicy hop presence but mostly soily/earthy with pine needle and grass. The green tea adds an herbal/vegetal presence but never overpowers the hops.
Chewy medium body with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the green tea character and pale malt backbone into a slightly sweet, dry finish. Strong alcohol heat in the back end hurts drinkability. Slightly spicy with lots of sticky, dry hops that give of a strong soil/pine character. This is countered by subtle sweetness and a herbal/medicinal/vegetal presence from the tea. Again, I was expecting the green tea to overpower bu it provides balance without taking away from the hops. Pale malt backbone with hints of toffee and biscuit. But this beer is all about the hops.
I was excited to try this one but was a little skeptical going in. Thankfully it was well balanced and the hops remained the star. A bit too hot in the finish fir my liking but still enjoyable.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy golden with a thin white head and a nice halo around the top of the beer. Nice bright sweet grapefruity aroma with a hint of pine. Strong thick sweet caramel backbone in there as well. Nicely mild bitterness on the palate with a good caramel backbone to give the hops a good platform to work from. I donít really seem to pick up on any tea in there. If there is any, itís too mild to really get much from it.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottle pours an awesome opaque orange with a medium sized white head. Mostly citrusy grapefruit aromas with some piney resinous hops and herbal green tea notes in there as well.
Plenty of big juicy hops for plenty of bold flavors. Citrusy sweetness and piney bitterness create an awesome blend of flavors. Herbal green tea flavors linger in the background and become more pronounced as the beer warms and also prevalent in the finish.
Medium bodied. Somewhat sticky texture. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% ABV beer. Love the long bitter hoppy finish accentuated by the green tea. Only complaint would be that I would have liked to gotten a stronger green tea flavor.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
All over the place. 12oz bottle. Iím not sure how a light delicate flavor works its way into a big 9.2 abv IIPA. Virtually no aroma, maybe some lighter herbal notes. Looks good and the taste is amazing, super light and the tea actually comes through. Not boozy or unlike any other imperial Iíve ever had. Goes down like air, a very dangerous yet tasty offering.
nsquishee (594) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Relatively standard west coast IPA aroma with a twinkle of green tea in the background. Orange marmalade color with suspended sediment. Tastes lightly sweet with an aggressively bitter and boozy finish. Flavors of lemon, mandarin orange, green tea, and flowery hops. Very nice presentation of a double IPA with Eastern influences.
bookman10 (626) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Outstanding. One of the best IPAs Iíve encountered. Pours a nice, hazy, golden-orange, almost peach color with a nice mid-sized head. Strong grassy, hop aroma. Flavor has a nice bitterness, with citrus and strong pine-hop flavors showing through.Very fruity. Nice smooth finish to it. One of the best collaborations from Stone and among their best IPAs in general.
properhops (88) - - OCT 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtz54l9HsQ
Appearance: Hazy orange glow, Ĺ-finger head dissipates to layering, average lacing
Smell: Pine, orange citrus, green tea, grassiness, earthiness, leafiness, white tea astringency
Taste: Medium body, earthy, dirt, dead pine wood, over-steeped white tea, citrus + pine throughout, over-steeped green tea bitterness, green tea residual, mild carbonation
Pairings: Fish! Tilapia, rockfish (maybe?)
Chuckaduck (628) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head. Has all sorts of little specks floating around in it, though I could not notice them in taste or texture. Aroma is herbal and citrusy. Flavor is remarkably mild and drinkable; light citrus, bitter orange peel, breadiness and a touch of green tea. High carbonation but very light and clean in the mouth. Interesting and worth trying.
madmitch76 (14513) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Clear gold beer, residual white head. Light hoppy nose. Light semi crisp palate. Mild but rich hops, grassy with some marmalade. A little creamy malt with a touch of green tea. Finishes semi dry with a mildly bitter aftertaste. Interesting - I want a whole bottle to myself.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Binnyís Buffalo Grove. Pours pale golden orange with a white head. Aromas of citrus, hops, grass, and some spices. Flavors of citrus, grassy hops, green tea, and some spices. Not a huge green tea fan, but this works on some level for me.