SDalkoholic (1767) - Chula 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 (918) - 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 (1273) - 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 (2350) - 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...
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 Bottle from BevMo La Mesa. Pours a medium to dark amber color. Minimal head. Sticky sweet candy aroma. Syrupy hoppy scent as well. Fruit smelling. Bursting with hoppiness upon sipping. Big and bold. Sweet and malty as well as sticky and hoppy. Some spicy bitterness towards the finish. Very rich and very bold. Well hidden alcohol. Good beer that has a sweetness that kind of drags towards the end.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW!!The aroma was the best iíve smelt so far!Candy inviting aroma.The smell alone begged me to drink it.Color was a warm amber.head was average and short lived.Nice lacing.The taste was very drinkable.sweet,red caramel flavor.medium bodied.Is it really 10% alcohol??so smooth.This could be my new favorite beer.I went to the new brewery and the employees said that they had a small taste and thought this was the best anniversary beer yet.this might be my favorite Stone brew!I donít really like the rock gut over the top types like their Imperial russian stout,so this is good for me.as some of the ratewrs have said,I think this may be better with age.tastes like a young beer,but Oh! so good!Better go and buy some befoe I buy them out!!
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to tever for sending me some of this: Translucent copper orange pour has a nice, dense, frothy, well-lacing cream-colored head that has slight greenish hues. Aroma boasts a big citrusy grapefruity hoppy presence dripping with hop resin and lots of sweet caramel malt with a hint of earthy mustiness. Body starts with a rich sweet, candy-like caramel malty presence with the constant balance of fresh citrusy hops turning more bitter toward an incredible balanced finish that masks the alcohol with almost no warming, or should that be warning... Either way, a very enjoyable beer that reminds me a lot of Oggis Hop Whompus. Cheers to Greg and everyone at Stone for a great 10 years!
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a clear amber color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is quite pleasant, and should be used as a showcase for the beauty of american hops. A bounty of citrus and as the brewers noted pineapple and mango. There is also a slight rubbing alcohol burn that would probably fade with some conditioning. There is a very sweet and malty base with plenty of crystal malts but is no match for the amount of hops used. Wonderfully resiny and piney with carmelized orange syrup and mangos. There is not a huge amount of bitterness, though there is plenty, just tons of aroma and flavor hops. Mouthfeel is full but mixed with the amount of hops this beer has, it is very enjoyable and satifying. Very good job by a company that I was starting to loose faith in.