Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle shared at Immy’s Backyard Gathering. Pours an amber color with a medium head. Average head retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, citrus hops and something a bit cheesy. Taste is toffee and citrus hops. Very high bitterness level. Full bodied.
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Herbal, light piney and citric aroma. Flavour of citrus, pine, alcohol, fruits and caramel. Quite balancced. MEdium to full bodied. *Very dry and acidic. Light soapy end filled with caramel, sweetness, alcohol, and loads of bitterness.
Dogbrick (11061) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Rerate 06/26/08: Had a sample of this in the Stone gift shop and the aging by 2 years has improved what was already a good beer. The look and smell of the beer are primarily the same but it has more nuanced flavors. I thought this beer was very good on draught and aged a couple years.
01/08/07 (4.1): Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. The beer is a clear orange-amber color with a thin ivory-colored head that stays for a bit. Thin spotty lacing on the whole glass. Piney hops aroma that has floral and citrus notes here and there. Rich and smooth mouthfeel with a nice sweet malt base that props up a juicy, resiny hops flavor. Sweet fruit (peaches) shows up at times too. As with most Stone beers, the complex flavor profile does not affect drinkability at all. The finish is hoppy with a good malt base. Overall this beer seems to fall somewhere between a normal and double IPA. While not solidly in either category, it is still a very good beer.
hopdog (11021) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep orange / amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, orange peel, spicy hopiness, pine, tropical fruitiness, and light caramel. Tastes of citrus, spicy, melons, caramel, and has a light sugary sweetness. Some alcohol in the finish. Nicely bitter with a lighter sweet balance.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Date: 09/02/2006
amber with a slight haze, whispy white head,
sweet pine aroma,
lots of sticky pine flavor, nice balancing lasting bitterness
Score: iii to ii+
clear red, pours with a nice cream head that quietly settles down, traces of drippy lace,
picking up sweet citrus along with the pine aroma, upon warming it pick up lots of hot alcohol,
Words: double dry hopped version from the Stone Bistro
thick creamy head and tons of lace,
the hop flavor is very smooth and balanced from beginning to end,
Words: cellar party
no alcohol showing up, otherwise has not changed after a year of cold storage,
Score: 3.3 to 3.5
picking up some really nice fruityness in the aroma and flavor, still sweet crystal and lots of hops, cold storage works,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Sammy (10789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wafting aroma greets me, a barleywine aroma in there. A great bubblyhead, lace in the glass is abundant. Its c-hoppy and it remiods me of a barleywine, some cross-style. Aggressive carbonation, and big in every way. Full mouthfeel and balanced not as bitter as expected from hop city.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Clear, amber ale with orange highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Tropical fruit, piney nose with lots of biting alcohol. Well-balanced flavor with sticky pineapple, citrus fruit and caramel… alcohol, citric acid and hop bitterness provide balance. Full-bodied and creamy/sticky with soft carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, tongue-tingling finish. World class brew! Thanks to growler for the bottle!
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day via trade with pineypower. Pours a hazy orange appearance with no head. Very malty, caramel, oxidized, cardboard, herbal aroma. Flavor is again quite malty- the hops are completely gone at this point- and has some notes of citrus and toffee. This one is long gone but it was still interesting to try.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Tasting @ thewolf. Pours a deep orange bit hazy colour with an off-white slightly yellowish medium well lasting head. Fruity, sweet, bitter, hoppy alcohol aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet and fruity peach flavour with bitter hops and pine. Very long lasting dry fruity finish.
jercraigs (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by HogTownHarry - many thanks! Orangey amber body witha moderate thick fluffy beige head. Aroma of moderat resiny hops, muted orange citrus notes. Similar flavour, hops with a strange but pleasant earthy notes, not overly bitter and very different from what I expected. Average palate is quite smooth (3+). Alcohol is barely noticable - I did not realise it was so high! This is very good, but I only like it, not love it.