jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz: Not your typical IPA or I think what you would expect from stone, but its damn good. The aroma is like nothing that I have ever inhaled: tropical fruits, espicially pinnaple. The nose is also resiny, earthy, and herbal. The beer pours a dark amber with tones of ruby with a great head that form as the beer billows to the top. The flavor is a lot sweeter than I expected. I expected to be punched in the face but bitterness, but there is balance and even sweetness. The alcohol is well hidden, I think that it goes back into the sweetness and fruityness of the simcoe hops. Beer has great finish as it bitters out more in the end. Sweet in the front of the mouth and bitter in the back. the palate is full and sticky. there must be a lot of hops thrown into this brew. You know you have to try one. cheers! its awesome.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009
Tasted from 22 fl oz bottle at Riverís Bend on 8/25/2006. Thanks Matt! -- Clear copper color with a nice yellowish head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of sweet citrus and hops. Flavor is pretty well balanced and not overly bitter, but the hop flavor is definitely there. Nice bitterness in the finish. This beer is smooth, but a bit thick on the palate, bordering on being to syrupy. This is a really good IPA that is definitely worth trying. Rating: 8/4/8/3/18 = 4.1
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Enjoyed at the "IPA/Porter Brewout" on 2/10/2007. -- The brewout was more of a party, but we did manage to brew 3 batches of beer as well. In between brewing steps and other bottles of homebrew and commercial beer, somebody popped open a 3L bottle of Stone 10th to share! This beer was just as good, if not better, than it was when I first had it in August 2006. Malty and sweet, lots of citrus juiciness and flavor, aggressive yet reserved bitterness. Thick, full, and smooth on the palate. This beer is aging quite nicely. I look forward to drinking the bottle I have tucked away in the basement for sometime in the future... Updated rating: 8/4/8/4/18 = 4.2
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8/29/2009: Stone 10th Anniversary India Pale Ale... Aroma: Very RIPE pineapple, rich toffee malt. Appearance: Cloudy amber-orange color; rapid currents of small carbonation bubbles; dense and lasting ivory-colored head; plenty of nice lacing. Flavor: Tons of malt and aged hops; extremely ripe orange and red grapefruit, a hint of resin; tons of dried, chewy apricot in the middle and finish; moderate bitterness overall. Palate: Full-bodied; thick, smooth, and creamy; goes down extremely easy! Overall: This beer has aged quite well for the style. It is more like a barleywine now and an excellent one at that. It is quite hoppy with a stong level of bitterness, but it is also heavy on the maltiness and accompanying sweetness making it perhaps the best of both barleywine worlds! However, Iím not sure how much longer this beer is really going to stay good. It would probably be best to start drinking it up soon as it is starting to slip a bit (as expected).
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle ( 10% ALC/VOL). Rating: 7/3/8/5/17=4
csuders (30) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! pours a nice dark amber color. white head that lasts forever. Has a cvery crisp flavor. It sure doesnít seem like a 10% abv beer, this one will sneak up on you. has a woderful flavor, very well balanced and has a clean aftertaste with a bit of bitterness. one of my friends who is far from a micro brew taster thoguht it was wonderful when he tasted it. i love this beer.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a frothy, fairly good lasting, initially three-finger thick, tan colored head that is a mix of finally beaded bubbles and ones that are a bit bigger. The beer itself is a brilliantly clear, darkish amber color that shows a lightly, ruby hued, amber color when held up to the light. Initially the aroma is a massive hit of candied fruit. Notes of mandarin orange oranges in syrup (straight from the can) mix with notes of lychee, juicy fruit and sweet tangerine. A touch of menthol like pine barely is able to peek through all of the massive hop fruitiness. This beer is really sweet smelling, though it is mostly hop derived, but I am sure the malt character contributes to the sweetness. All in all this is a very smooth, yet massively hoppy aromatic brew.
Quite sweet up front, this is quite thick on the palate as well, or at least thick for an IPA or even Double IPA. The massive fruitiness of the aroma is definitely in the flavor as well. Perhaps it is not as sweet as the aroma seems, but it is still fairly sweetly fruity seeming. Candied fruit is still an apt descriptor; notes of lychee soaked in syrup are quite prominent, as well as notes of mandarin orange, and candied grapefruit peels. Starting somewhere in the middle is a light pine note that carries through to the finish, though it is mostly drowned out by the amped up fruit notes. This has a nice light lingering bitterness. I only say light because of the massive malt induced body and hop / malt induced sweetness, which tends to mitigate the otherwise ample bitterness.
This is a hop combination which is quite enjoyable, it really reminds me a whole lot of the Brewers Den Uwe’s hop glow Triple IPA. I think that edges this one out though, and since I encountered that first, this does not quite seem as original. It is still quite tasty and I really like how smooth, yet incredibly hoppy this beer is. I must say that this is quite tasty though, and is definitely a huge step up from the 9th Anniversary ale.
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SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From what i remember the release date of this beer was August 21st but was in a store in the southbay as of August 24th. So thats not to bad compared to other beers being released on time. Huge hoppy and floral aroma that is very appetizing and making me salivate. This beer is a monster or should i say a little evil gargoyle. Talk about a strong punch to the tastebuds of bitterness,sweetness, and with a tad bit of the salty part on the tongue being activated too. This DIIPA is on overload with the amount of hop and a classic signature of grapefruit juice with pulp. Truly a beauty to look upon with its copperish brass color and perfect and flush topping of foam. Amazing 10th anniversary.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a transparent deep amber with a somewhat light tan head. Big aroma of pineapple, sweet malt,bread, pine, citrus and alchohol...I really like the strong aroma...itís fresh yet thick. The flavor has a good bit of grapefruit in the front, sweet malt and tropical fruit in the middle ending with some burning alchohol and sorta metalic pine. Nice body, a bit chewy with some smooth carbonation...the hot alchohol at the end makes for a kinda sloppy finish. Pretty good stuff overall with a few minor character flaws, I imagine in a few years this will be one super-sweet IIPA.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is pleasent and complex with resin, pine, grapefruit, and malt. The pour is a deep amber with an off white head. Flavor is a combination of grapefruit, resin, pine, fruit, and toasted malt. Finishes with a nice sharp bitterness.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Started out drinking this warm at Discepoli , with Guy the owner. Aroma was a mix of piney and lemony my guess was that it was hopped with Centinenial. Warm it was slightly hot with alcohol. There was a fruity sweetness that many have complained about. I took some home chilled it, and the alcohol hotness went away. Much of the hops aroma/flavor did too! Left with only malty sweetness, which isnít a terrible thing, but not what I was looking for either. Iím not the hop head that I was, but even then I donít think this would have been my choice. For $2 more I could have had a Yulesmith, and yes enjoyed it a lot more.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Letís see, should I drink this now, while it is a hoppy, oily, resinous, sticky, piney mess that is way too sweet, or should I cellar it and let it get absurdly sweet with little discernment of the different hops? This is certainly a well made beer, but subtlety is not itís strong suit. Blasting sugar, pineapple and alcohol scream out of the bottle. A bit of metallic flavors (I always seem to get that from Simcoe) to mix with your tropical fruits and cotton candy. Syrupy, big Crystal malt-y mouthfeel. In my opinion itís quintessential Stone; in fact, itís Stone turned up a notch. To Eleven, if you will. Thatís just not a note I like anymore all that much. Have at it people, but really, cellaring will only round this out into the sweetest thing on the planet...Oh one more thing -- this has been done before many times. Some of these double IPAs are more herbally, florality + tangerine (PP Frank?) and earthy, which I prefer.
KAME (160) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2007 An amazing IPA with a great fruity aroma and strong hoppy taste. Alcohol is well masked but prevalent. I agree that it is much better than the 9th anniversary. Iíll add more to this review in time...