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 (2960) - 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 (2183) - 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. It’s interesting to have such a hop monster compressed into such a light clean body. I’m sure some of you may find this pedestrian, but I dig it. At roughly $4 per 12 oz bottle, I won’t be drinking much of this. It’s delicious, but $24 a sixer? Interesting that such an expensive beer is deemed a "session ale", but whatever. It is tasty.
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. from BDBS in San Diego. Pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma has notes of tropical fruit as well as citrus. Nice hoppy taste, not overpowering. A bit of lingering bitterness. Great drinkability.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (marked best by 11/10/10). Pours with a clear golden body and a small white head. Aroma is room filling, citrus, guava, pine, mango, dankness paired with tropical fruits. A bit of pine. Super fresh. Some tangerine. Taste is bitter, dry grains, some citrus, straw. Doesn’t have the same hop punch in the flavor as the aroma (I am talking about flavor components, not bitterness). Light pine as well. Light bodied and dry. Lingering herbal bitterness. Medium carbonation.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a nice brilliant gold with s medium white head. The aromas are rich with earthy hop tones with a nice malty back. The flavors have an earth bittering hop kick, lots of flavors, very impressive for the low abv. The mouth is light and refreshing with a mild bite in the after taste that slowly grows. Nice brew, congratulations Kelsey.
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Stone 14th Anniversary. Nice golden pour, white head. Citrus, grapefruit, some caramel malt, fruit, and lots of floral hops. 4.2% really? This is very hoppy for the abv, I thought it was quite good.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz’er from SBD. Pours clearish light orange with a thin white head that leaves specks of lace. Smells citrusy and earthy hoppy, light and crisp. Tastes light and crisp citrusy hoppy. Good. Poundable for sure. Light body with good carbonation. Goes down real easy.
westcoasterSD (10) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 Draught at Stone 14th Anniversary Celebration. Floral, hoppy aroma. Beautiful light golden color with a good head in the Stone taster glass: http://twitpic.com/2hb7zt . Floral, citrus aroma really comes through in the taste, as well as the large amount of hops (Colby Chandler said this is the second hoppiest beer Stone has ever brewed, behind only their 13th Anniversary Ale). Light-medium, crisp body. Mouthfeel and carbonation perfect for a session ale, although you would never believe this wasn’t 6-7% ABV instead of 4.2%. As Kelsey McNair put it, truly an "all-day IPA."