beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Grapefruit aroma. Fairly astringent too. This bitterness really lingers and I like it. Fluffy white head when you pour. This is a complex IPA / Session hybrid.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from BevMo Carmel Mtn. Ranch: Clear deep golden color with a medium light beige head. Aroma is grassy, spicy, herbal hops. Flavor starts with a little citrus followed by a grassy grapefriut bitterness and finishes dry with a lingering herbal bitterness. Light body is crisp with lively carbonation. Lots of flavor for a 4.2 ABV brew.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice hoppy nose..floral, citrusy with some sweeter tree fruit as well, most notably nectarine...in fact, thatís the most nectarine Iíve ever encountered in a nose...in fact, thatís the best nose that Stone has had any part of, ever. The Beer pours a pretty transparent golden color with a frothy white head. Flavors are a kind of muted reincarnation of the nose, but with slightly less success in my opinion..again, sweet nectarine, some peach, and floral hop attributes making their presence...but i think it needs a crisper finish to be what I really wanted it to be after smelling it. That being said...for a 4.2% session ale, this kicks the shit out levitation in balance and goodness of flavors...thatís a no brainer...and the more I drink, the more Iím digging the flavor/palate profiles...but as mentioned in a previous rating (though my 12oz was $2.99) thatís not a session beer...thatís $18 a 6er of 4.2% beer...doesnít stone already charge that much for a hamburger at their bistro?
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Stone brewery. Pours a clear yellow-amber with a half finger of white foam which quickly dissipates. Aroma is full of fresh hops -- citrus, grass, spicy herbs, cat piss. Flavor is an onslaught of bitter earthy hops but moderately balanced with a surprisingly strong malt profile. Quite light mouthfeel which is about the only indication that this is a session ale -- otherwise, itís aroma and flavor are quite full. Not sure if this should be classified as an APA as it currently is here, but itís good regardless. (14, 369)
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale straw yellow, nose is heavy with hops, nice balance of citrus and floral, taste is quite dry, mildly resinous, good hop flavor, great session beer, wish it was a year round release.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Rating #12. Dark gold with a bit of orange and a nice white head with pretty decent lacing. Big hop aroma just like smelling the pellets out of the bag, kind of an onion like aroma, hard to place, but still enjoyable. Moderate bitterness very upfront with the hops, more light onion. Interesting and pretty nice. (1377)
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing some bottles of this beer. It pours a clear dark gold and has a nice hoppy aroma. It has good hops on the flavor with a clean, dry finish.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. First off, this should not be in the IPA category. Pours a clear deep gold with a good sized white head, nice lacing. Great nose of citrus hops and biscuity malts, slight resin. Dry and crisp on the finish.....killer!
StefanSD (1992) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a medium sudsy off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is pungent with a big citrus blast--mostly oranges, but also some sweet lemon--and a bit of caramel with mild herbs. The flavor is similar to the nose with the citrus dominating and caramel, biscuit and herbs subtly filling in the sides and back. The palate seemed just a bit light to me, the carbonation was soft. Finishes medium in duration with biscuit and biter oranges. Overall: Very tasty, very well done, bravo.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This is killer. Poured it in a glass and was smacked upside the head with Pure delicious Humboldt green. No surprise here, the taste is pure delicious hops. Bitterness is a little over the top at times, but somehow it works. Itís interesting to have such a hop monster compressed into such a light clean body. Iím sure some of you may find this pedestrian, but I dig it. At roughly $4 per 12 oz bottle, I wonít be drinking much of this. Itís delicious, but $24 a sixer? Interesting that such an expensive beer is deemed a "session ale", but whatever. It is tasty.