HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty standard Stone IPA with citrus fruity hops, a bit of pine resin character, fairly bitter, a little hint of berry fruitiness. A solid IPA though not particularly great in any respect.
NikkTwist (1812) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Good Dog. Very cloudy orange gold pour with an off-white head that left a fair amount of lace. Red grapefruit pith. Queen Anne cherries. Blood orange brulee. Slight smoke. Sweet but also strongly bitter. Strong woody elements. Fruity peppery hops. Surprisingly intense. Nice.
GranvilleTim (1735) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit. Taste is berries in the finish, malty backbone, fruity hops/mango. The hops are put in check with the malt and elderberry. Tasty IPA. Swirling the beer gets the coriander aroma out, but it is hard to taste. Nice lacing.
probstblueribbon (3160) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear amber with a so-so off-white head.
Aroma: Strong, rich maltiness, savoury/brothy/mashy malt, very deep and dark with lots of black pepper, very deep toffee/treacle, a little dark dried fruitiness, is that the elderberry??, not getting coriander, black licorice?, quite the big beer!
Palate: Medium+ body, moderate to moderate-low carbonation.
Flav.: Quite mashy/brothy/savoury with strong pepperiness, quite resinous, I can’t find the elderberries or coriander, deep toffee/treacle, a bit too severe for my palate; dry with big bitterness and a long, darkly malty and peppery finish.
Too much and, yet, not enough. Oh well.
drowland (6517) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/4/14. Sampled at Bill’s Oktoberfest party, I believe. Orange amber pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Okay aroma, mild fruitiness, grainy pale malts, a touch of citrus and tropical fruits. Good bitterness, okay hop character, mild citrus and tropical fruits, grainy pale malts. Not bad.
marcus (6988) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours murky amber with a decent off--white head and a citrus aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a hint of berry and a bit too much coriander. Finish is very bitter.
berkshirejohn (4818) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. a hazy amber pour with a tight cream head; aroma of spicy aromatic hops, but also with some fruit; the taste is interesting and complex, a grainy, toasted oat body, some delicate fruit, and a well-balanced spicy hop bitterness, that completely masks the alcohol; the finish is sticky with lingering hops and fruit and some warming spice. Rather good.
Fantomasus (256) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very cloudy orange amber with a nice head of off white bubbles. An odd appearance. It almost looks good but the cloudiness throws me off for some reason. It has ample aromas but they aren’t completely pleasant: caramel, toast, herbs, cheese, some clove. The taste is interesting but wildly off balance. It’s all sour/bitter and then overpowering umami. Palate is the worst element of this brew, a lingering astringent bitter finish that resembles sour unripened blackberry. It’s obvious that this is a craft brew that some love and thought went in to but nothing seems to jell here. Worst offering I have had from an amazing brew crew.
gunnar (5906) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Halftime web order. Pours unclear deep reddish/amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, tangerine and grapefruit, some weak sweet malts. Taste is light sweet caramel malts, loads of grapefruit and citrus hops, fresh oranges and weak spicy, good aggresive hops in the long finish, very nice DIPA.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[6581-20140808] Bottle. Grainy orange floral aroma. Clear, golden orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Bitter orange resin leaf hops flavour. Medium body. Tasty. (7/4-/8/3/14) 3.6
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "Didn’t you know this? Different owls make different types of hops."
sudomorph (772) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2014 650ml bottle. Bottled 5/2/14. Pours a clear, but bright orange with a half finger, off white head that thins to a film. Aroma has great notes of pine, citrus, resin, berries, and bread. Taste is bitter but enjoyable. Pine, resin, tropical fruits, and citrus to start, then moving to bready caramel at the end. Big, bitter, resiny, bready aftertaste with a touch of alcohol warmth mixed in. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Overall a very tasty stone brew. Aggressive bitterness but with great flavours. Kinda an odd flavour mixed into the finish.