barbiedoll0808 (11) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice beer with a wonderful hop aroma. Yeast and alcohol aroma are also present and add nice balance and character. There is a slight malt finish in the back, but for a 10% beer it is actually surprisingly dry - which is just right for this big of a double IPA. The bitterness is robust early, but then subsides quickly and lacks a lot of back of the mouth bitterness. The flavor is a bit hot - perhaps a hot ferment. I also get a slight medicinal flavor to it. Overall a very good beer, though the hot flavor in the after taste is a little overpowering. May need some time to age and mellow.
slowrunner77 (9225) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
to be fair, i think i had this 2006 beer past it’s prime (1/09), but it’s all i have to go on...still pretty good, although the hops have mellowed too much and it tasted and had the body of a hoppy barleywine as opposed to an imperial ipa. i bet it was awesome in 06 or 07!"
blipp (7863) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Toffee malts, light earthy notes, some faint rustic grainy notes, and moderate oxidation. Obviously past it’s prime. Like a bad barleywine.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle - 22 oz) We tried it knowing that there’d be a chance it had gone south, and sadly it had. Turned from what was probably a big IPA into a huge malt bomb. Wasn’t spoiled, just had literally no hops left.
ads135 (3944) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly balanced for a double IPA, especially one from Stone. Lots of bread malts partly balance out this citrus and resin beer.
jeep1982 (4) - - OCT 7, 2013 does not count
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
I’m not a fancy beer person. I basically pick top rated beers and give em a try ( or beers with cool labels). Usually with top rated I am not disappointed however this is the exception. This beer was had some citrus to it maybe a liquid dawn kinda taste?? Not exactly sure and a second swig I pour it out. So sad.....
Steve_0 (3742) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ Crooked Stave ROY-G-BIV Day, courtesy of adnielsen. Thanks, I think. This thing has to be over 4 years old and boy could you taste the age on this one. Murky caramel pour with no head. Huge oxidation, cardboard, old malt and stale bread in the aroma. Taste is much the same, nasty cardboard, dirty earthy hops, and bread. Medium body with soft carbonation. If you still have one of these please drain pour it.
adnielsen (10401) - 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.
TEJA (2080) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, Swoppy aroma but not resh more pungent. Strong alcoholic taste with balanced bitterness and much malty sweetness. A bitterness that lasts a long time and a huge body. A big beer but not as resh as I want my IPA’s or imp IPA’s.
edwardbass (765) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone must be re-making this one. Had a couple of bombers recently. Interesting double IPA. Has a unique maltiness that I can’t quite place. Good beer.
PhillyCraft (5227) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle a good 3-4 years back. Poured hazy orange with big head. Aromas and flavor were citrus, penny, malt, and stale pineapple. I think this was sitting on my local liquor store shelf for a good year or more.