fordest (2137) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted during the San Diego Fesival of Beer. Nice hoppy aromas. Very citrus and fruity. Flavor fell off a bit, still very hoppy, just not quite as pleasant as the aroma was. Still good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz from HiTime. Big pour, halfway between amber and gold, with a decent head (average retention). Very, very bitter beer, but a bit one dimensional in the hop profile. Refreshing, potential quaffer if readily available, but not overly memorable.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale orange-gold with a very thin, loose head. Low-level hops in the aroma along with honey, oranges, and some sweet malt. Very light flavor profile--thin and sweet with weak bitterness and vague hops flavors. It’s thin and watery mouthfeel doesn’t offer much either.
DYCSoccer17 (3551) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap at Lamp Post Pizza in Davis, CA. Orange, citrus, piney, metallic hop aroma present. Transparent orange body with a medium off-tan head and fair lacing. Starts a bit resiny, but becomes a little sweet. Husky, chewy, roasty malts follow. A nice juicy, grapefruity "C" hop finish. Very drinkable and quite solid. Well-crafted although not mind-blowing.
WeeHeavySD (3362) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. On advice from my pal bikesandbeer a native Sacramentonian this is there best beer so thats what I had. Pours amber with a bright white ring head. Nose was light and hoppy. Tasty strong with a big hoppy bite. Nice.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stone. Copper brown with a slight fizzy white head. Mild grapefruit and pine aroma. Pine taste with citrus notes and a bitter bite to the finish.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Lucky Baldwin’s IPA festival, June 2007
This beer is topped by a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deeply red, copper color. The aroma is fresh and hoppy with notes of clean, sweet citrus (made up of grapefruit and orange peel). Malty aromatics towards the end contribute notes of biscuits, soda crackers and perhaps a wisp of crystal malt / caramelized aromatics.
The flavor is quite bitter with lots of pine & menthol flavors that I did not notice in the nose. There is still an ample citrus character in the flavor; notes of sweet citrus, tangelo, lychee and grapefruit all play a role here. This beer has a good balance between the citrus hop notes and the sharper, herbaceous hop character. It also has a nice, lingering bitterness in the finish. It is fairly light bodied, which really helps it to be easy drinking. It does have a certain malty fullness to it that helps to carry the dominant hop flavors. I get a hint of caramelized malt sweetness and a hint of toasty malt character in the finish. I also like that this is fairly dry, though with enough sweetness to accentuate the citrus notes. The dry character helps to accentuate the biting bitterness and the herbal notes over the citrus character.
riversideAK (5944) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a skunky bitter one. Some pine funk. A red orange color with a minimal head. Flavor is pretty much exactly the same. Very dry and resiny. A peppery flavor peaks through as it warms.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Stone - Pours a clear golden color with a small of white head. Light carbonation and lacing. Has a pungent hop aroma. Flavor is caramel malt and pine hops. Slight bitter, astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A decent IPA.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Paper thin white head sat atop a dull copper colored brew. A nice web of lacing formed all the way down the glass. The aroma was spice and pine hops, no real citrus of floral hops to be found. Disapointingly the flavor followed suit. I was hoping for more balance but alas, none was found. Dominated by spice and pine hops with little if any citrus or floral hops to be found. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Not that good.