goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a glowing amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with big notes of those candied pineapple chunks. Also notes of mandarins and pine. Light alcohol comes through as well. The aroma is thick and you just know this is will be big. The flavor fills the mouth with thick sweet malt as well as pineapple, citrus and piney notes. Then it covers every surface of the mouth with a crisp bitterness that finishes long and semi-dry. Full bodied and with a pleasant warmth in my chest. This is one of those beers that you can just sit with, finish off and relax for the night.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a big white head. Short retention but good lace. Hints of orange, citrus, piney hops, simcoe hops, pinapple, vanilla, mango and graitfruit are in the aroma. Bitter taste with lots of pinapple and piney hops. Palate is perfect in terms of thickness and balance. Very well done.
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noticed this one was getting alot of good reviews, so I ordered a case of it just for good measure. Pours out an orange color with a huge white head. Smell is grass, hops, oranges, grapefruit, and more hops. Taste is sweet and lightly carbonated. Complex, fruity, and full or oranges, the alcohol isnt even apparent in this beer, unlike the Bells I just drank. I cant wait to see where this one ends up after having more than 300 ratings. This reminded me alot of Weyerbacher 11, and if you dont like 11, im not sure how you could like this one as there are a ton of similarities. Very nicely balanced IPA, and proves the reason that I always order stones anniv beers.
SpringsLicker (3132) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to OhioDad for sending this one!
This starts with a huge off-white head over a clear, deep amber body.
The aroma is juicy malt with piney sappy hops.
The flavor has plenty of malt, but the overall flavor goes to the bitter side. Possibly some alcohol bitterness at the sides of the tounge. Big and bitter with lots of pineapple.
Iíll try this again in few weeks and if the alcohol touch fades, Iíd upgrade the palate a point. I think this will cellar some nicely under the proper conditions and will blossom into a big malty, well balanced, strong ale.
TAR (2494) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burnt orange. Fluffy ivory head dwindles into an uneven-edged halo. Dull nose of tangerine, melon seeds, pinesap, and honeyed dates. Bright mango is buried beneath the sappiness. Fuzzy carbonation. Dense and weighty on the palate. Fairly slick, as well. Stagnantly hoppy right from the start, with a concentration of tacky resins and a stinging lash of alcohol. Pinpoint pricks of pine needles augment the minty alcohol, but with the exception of the pine thereís very little poignancy. Brightness lacks to a great degree, as stiff alcohol suppresses the sparse hop-derived juiciness. Hop character is quite dull and soggy, and the palate remains densely resinous. Fairly fruity, but exceptionally unpolished at all temperatures. Rampant honey, sap, and overripe peaches overshadow the glimpse of brightness that the mango provides. Tongue-coating hop oils lacerate the palate as it reaches the finish, but it remains brashly alcoholic and medicinal during the swallow. Muted hop burps ensue. Comes off as much more of a barleywine than anything else, and a rather dull one at that. Far too weighty. Quite disappointed by not only the tamely hoppy aroma but also the sheer lack of grace/finesse involved here.
derkruk (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought a 22 oz. bottle at my local (Bottleworks). Poured in a tulip glass, started with a moderate, off-white head that laced a little, but eventually dissipated. The body is a beautiful amber that is slightly hazy. Initial aroma has a sweetness that reminds me of the country, like hay and fresh cut grass. But the actual aroma contains many elements, alcohol sweetness, slight bready/toasty aroma from the malt, and of course the hops! Lemony, piney, resiny, with some grass in there as well. Thereís even a bit of baked pineapple in the aroma. The flavor is big, bold, but very balanced for an imperial IPA. The hops dominate with a bitterness that lingers throughout but does not overpower. The hops flavor is a little grapefruit, a little pine, some resin, but balanced by the malt flavor and by the alcohol. The malt gives it nuttiness and sweetness. The alcohol also contributes to the sweetness. The body is medium-full with good carbonation. And man, does that alcohol warm me up. Very rich, even a little creamy, with a finish that has a long lasting bitterness and sweetness. Overall a wonderful, huge, amazing beer that I should buy more of! Incredibly balanced and worthy of celebration! Itís hard to do it justice in words.
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bomber, nice looking bottle. Pours an orange amber color with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is floral and fruity,primarily mango, with plenty of piney and hoppy overtones to it. Taste is very hoppy with piney,floral and simcoe hops present all over the place. Mango is detected along with a hint of grapefruit. Very enjoyable and smooth. Easy to drink. Id rank this right behind Dreadnaught as the finest Double IPA out there and Stoneís finest moment to date.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a fluorescent orange... no an absolutely neon beautiful hue when held up to the light. A nice frothy head sits atop the beer that slowly fades away into a thick resiny lace. The aroma, man the aroma.... huge grapefruity, catty, citrus mango smell that just knocks your socks off and begs to be smelled again. The aroma is all hops with very little malt coming through, which is how it should be. First sip was what really blew me away. Hops are huge but somehow kept in balance with the sweet malt. Flavors of mango, tangerine, and grapefruit, maybe a little bubblegum...... SO much fruitiness from the hops. The malty side is quite nice as well. Lotís of sweet nutty caramel with a touch of dough. Very nice. Finish is bitter, but not too bitter, just right, with absolutely no trace of alcohol. I canít believe this beer is 10%! The buzz after a pint told me it was though. Stone really came through on this one.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold background to a red beer with an almost non-existent head even when hard poured into the glass at 50degF. There is also noticable hop particulate matter floating throughout...cool! Aroma has an intense Simcoe hop signature. Fruity, sweet, soft, round and piney hops but really no malt aroma. Flavor has the aroma components sitting perfectly on a huge, sweet, caramel malt foundation that is not overdone and hides the unbelievable 10%ABV well. No excessive heat or overly fruity alcohol impression. I almost do not believe this is 10%ABV. I think Stone has perfected the sweet, round,caramel malt foundation that is found on so many of their beers.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Pours a perfect solid amber color with a medium frothy white head. Couldnít ask for a better look to an IPA. Smells of floral pine citrus hops all wrapped into one. Very intense and mutli-layered hop smell. The taste is fantastic intense hop smash to the palate with some notes of caramel and alcohol underneath. Aftertaste is a longlasting wonderful hop bite with some caramal notes at the end. This beer rocked my world, I love it. I wish I had more bottles of it. I should go buy some now...