NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Bomber. Pours just a little hazy with a light orange hue and a good looking head. Wow, this is quite a hoppy Belgian styled ale. Not to mention the hop profile is straight up PNW style. Strong grapefruit and pineapple mix with banana esters. Other notes of pepper, cloves, and flowers are present. A decent level of sweetness is present in the flavor and this isn’t as hoppy on the palate as I’d hoped. Still, all the citrus action makes for a zippy, drying finish. There’s something that strikes me as candish about this, but it doesn’t become cloying. Hints at apricots, cloves, and banana are made. This is a pretty decent take on the style.
[October 12, 2008]
Bomber. Pours a hazy dark gold with a bubbly head. This stuff smells great. It’s certainly hoppy, not over the top, but hoppy. Hints of apricots, pine, pepper, and grapefruit are piercing while mellower scents of banana, clove, and fruits are present. The mouthfeel is spritzy and works well. This starts with a broad flavor encompassing hints of apricots, pot, banana, sweet fruits, and finishes dry with emphasis on lingering hop sting and earthy esters. I still like this one.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Slightly hazy golden orange color with a small white head. Appley malt and bubblegum ester meet a floral and citric hop character in the aroma. Candied citrus hop flavors dominate up front. Sugarly apple juice malt character peer through. Tinges of phenolic spice mark transition to the finish. Vestiges of hops combine with bubblegum and dusty yeast characters in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly drying and hot.
guzzler67 (1650) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright, golden/yellow appearance with a small, off white head and spotty lacing. Subtle yeasty aroma yields to well spiced hops, Well carbonated, full bodied mouthfeel. Spicy taste takes on characteristics of pitted fruit and resinous hops. Dry, bitter, lingering finish. This may be a good one to lay down for about a year.
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours hazy pale gold with a medium off-white head. Aroma is straight up peppery hops, some mango makes it’s way through, as well as slightly funky barnyard. Flavor isn’t in-your-face or extreme at all, especially considering Stone’s fondness for hops (which I’m not ragging on at all). Instead it’s a very well blended quite Belgian tasting creation that is moderately hopped. Citrusy fruits, a bit of caramel-like sweetness, Belgian yeast, and lots of pepper and clove are nicely balanced together. Mouthfeel is fitting for the style, and the finish is really dry. The more I drink of this, the more I like it.
dankbrewqueen (41) - Morongo Valley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
found this at Bev Mo (beverages and more) and then was fortunate to make it to the brewery and enjoyed it there also. another great one from Stone!
milewide (2010) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful bitter after taste, with Belgian yeast tastes upfront. Solid body and head. Gold color. Stone could enter the Belgian segment if they would brew this on a regular basis!
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle generously given to me by csbosox. Pour is a slightly hazed yellow golden with a one inch white head. Sporadic carbonation bubbles lift to the surface. Falling head leaves behind nice lacing. Aroma of fresh resin hops, floral aspects, lemon grass, and some interesting sweet Belgian yeastiness. I also get some faint nuttiness, peanut shells almost. Interesting nose. Taste is pretty sharply bitter initially, with the resin hop, and some orange peel sweetness. I get the same nuttiness mid-palate, and this follows through to a dry and dusty finish. As it warms, I get more rock candy Belgian yeastiness out of it. Some black pepper spiciness too. The palate is medium to thin, pretty slick. There isn’t a lot of sweetness in this beer, yet something was quite cloying in the finish. It’s almost a metallic grassiness (I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either). Overall, this was a creative, interesting beer that was well made. Thanks for bringing this one back for me Chris.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wonderful beer! Pours a hazy blond with aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Heavy hop smell that equates to heaven. Taste lasts long and the perfect amount of bitter.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Brilliant yellow-gold color with fizzy carbonation and a developing rocky white head. Sweet malty aroma with a sappy, hoppy bite. Ginger spice and a bit of grapefruit citrus follow. Flavor leans sweet with some clove and mango tones above the malty tripel base, finishing crisp and bitter. Tastes pretty good fresh, not sure what this will be like in a few years. Reminds me of Signature Ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a transparent bright golden with a wispy-lacing froth of clingy white head. Aroma of rich, sweet biscuity pale Belgian malts and light fruity esters with a good clove spice. Body starts with a good sweet doughy malted wheat and caramel flavor balanced with resiny piny hops and mild citric grapefruit. Finishes slightly warming and crisp. Should age fairly well and smooth out a bit.