SpringsLicker (2937) - 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 (2380) - 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 (2268) - 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...
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
iíve come a long way since i had my first stone beer, what was it 5 or 7 years ago. i picked up a bottle of arrogant bastard(mainly for the bottle, i thought it was cool) and i drank it and thought, this sucks. my tastes have evolved, a whole world of beer has been made available to me. i have tried so many good beers, and now i am back to a stone bottle, tha i think looks really cool again. a dark amber body with a fluffed white head that lasts. aroma was mango, pineapple, wet grass, roses, and pine sap. a pleasing inviting aroma that i really dig. flavor is more fruit punch like grab bag of mango, and pear, hop flavors are more floral than anything else, but yes the whole gammut is represented. really tastes like a spring time flower garden smells. while this is not the greatest taste to me, it inít bad by a long shot. really sweet vanilla ice cream flavor doesnít mesh with the bitterness here. this gets a lot better as it warms though, and it does get a bit smoother in the way the flavors stop taking turns and start blending. pineapple and mango give way to a lingering nutmeg and rosey floral bitter.
TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange amber with a bubbly/creamy off white lacing head that sustained. Aroma...wow love that hop aroma. Various citrus, mostly orange, fruity, floral, some light pine and caramel malt. Simcoe in the dry hop is the way to go. Flavor does a great job at matching the aroma. That orange, pine mix with the great malt balance that came across as a sweet caramel with some grains and a touch of nuts. Light ABV presence that became more noticeable as it warmed. Beers like this is why IIPA is my favorite style. Drink this one young as the hop aroma is great and not something you want to let "settle out".
kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is all about the hops, and a great many many varieties, ranging from fruity, grapefruit, pine, citrus, herbal, floral and spicy, to tropical fruit, pepper. Man, I gotta get some of these Summit hops to brew with!!! The body is round, lush, and full of the malt base that is reminicent of Ruination, but a bit more balanced and nutty. Finishes with wonderful taste bud tweaking bitterness, and very well-hidden alcohol that leads you to cosume yet another sip, and another.. This cannot be 10%abv! With each sip, there is something different to experience.. Glad I loaded up on 4 bottles, and just may go pick up more before the day is out!! Quite a treat from Stone!