dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark amber with very thick light tan head, lots of lacing. Head stuck around for almost entire glass. Aroma strong of citrus hops, pine, strong caramel malt, and slight raisins and dried plums. Flavor is all over the board, but comes together for a great final product, matching the aroma pretty well. Mouthfeel is slightly slick. Finishes bitter and pleasant.
pbts (2) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2009 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like a mellowed-out Arrogant Bastard. A good beer, but in my opinion, not worth the price.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Copper amber in the glass with red highlights. Big fluffy latte colored head. Nose is hoppy, citrus sweet, and brown sugar hidden. Taste is much the same. Refreshing, hoppy, sweet. Reminds me of a number of the Lagunitas brews (Lucky 13 maybe?). Complex in the mouth. Pretty good.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. What an amazingly fresh, eye opening beer this was. So clean, so enjoyable...it really showcases the hops in a way that is rarely seen. The beer pours out a dark copper/amber color with a 1" thick creamy tan head. The headís creamyness stayed nearly the entire length of my pint consumption. The aroma is a blast of resinous, opulent piney hops, mango, peaches, alcohol, and sweet caramel. Flavor has such a clean hop/malt combo itís like listening to the great harmonies of John and Paul. Pine sap, toffee, peaches, alcohol, bitter orange peel, and caramel syrup just make this soooo fín drinkable. Kudoís to Stone for making this a memorable anniversary beer.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark crimson red, brown, but with a light behind, it has the red glowing through it.
I have to say, the last two Anniversary Ales havenít made me giddy. The tenth was beyond perfection, and I evne still have several in the fridge. [they are maybe beyond peak, but still way great]
back to the present.....
the nose isnít quite there..... some pine and something esle, but not what i think it should be for something off the truck....
Nice frothy head, not quite the tiny bubbles, but nice slibhty tqan head. Sticky lace down the sides...
Interesting taste... bitter then malt, then sweet... not sure how they do it... um, this is my um... 6th bottle over 8 days, and ivíe gotta say this is pretty good, but not quite the 10th...
However, if they want to keep this with the 10th and along of course with ruination and the rest, well iím all for it. lol...
I am curous how this will be in a coulple of weeks...
OK, Iím all for this being a keeper, Iím going back for another case!
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pour! Deep, dark ruby red, with a medium-sized head the color of burnt cream. Huge hop bomb right off on the nose. Pine resin and grapefruit, and man is it crisp. Detectable caramel malts, but the hops really shine in here. The flavor starts out with the citrus and resiny hops, which fade for just a second to allow the burnt-toffee / caramel (very roasty) malts to come through. Just as you think it might mellow out into smoother malts, it slaps you back into an intense hop bitterness, which dries it out and lingers forever in your mouth. This stuff is dynamite. A real palate bomb, and a kickass brew if you can handle it.
drjay44 (2566) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, shared with myself. Pours an off white head which rapidly decreases to a thin layer, with some lacing, over a clear dark reddish amber (SRM 25) body........nose is a pine forest, heavy with resin, also toffee, and a bit of citrus.......taste initially has hints of heavy sweet malt, but pine, resin, come in and linger long, with just a hint of citrus......mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation medium. This is almost a Barley Wine in its presentation, but Stone says drink it now, as does Russian River with Pliney the Elder. It must have to do with the flavor changes of the hop profile. This is remarkably well balanced.
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 bomber. dark amber pour with medium tan head that sticks around. fantastic aroma of piney citrus hops and caramel malts. sweet dark fruity malts up front and then the dry bitter citrus hops take over. alcohol barely shows through. a perfect medium chewy texture. great bitter stuff.
dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chased a couple bottles of Stone IPA with a couple of these.
Wonderful nose of hops. Residual sweetness at the finish is a nice counterpart to the hop flavor. Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden.
As an aside, my wife and her sister, who both favor watery store beer, both said it was tasty.
Personally, I found it to be absolutely delicious. Iím glad to have stumbled upon it.
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish color with nice little head. Aroma of fresh piney hops. Taste of caramel hops, toffee and sweet fruit. Nice balance of hops not too bitter. Stone with another kick ass beer.