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. I’m glad to have stumbled upon it.
JoeTheYounger (1147) - 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.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby with a fully receding tan head. Notes of grapefruit, mango, pine, woody, and caramelized earth. Full bodied with thick resins and fizzy carbonation. Very nice.
SSSteve (3801) - - JUL 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear deep copper with a large frothy beige head. hoppy citrus, a bit of alc, caramel malt aroma. bitter citrus hops and alcohol flavors. the caramel malts shows up a little. hints of licorice. chalky mouthfeel. warm finish. unbalanced and astringent. i don’t like it.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Beautiful dark red color with a light brown head, could look at it all day, just spectacular. Strong hoppy aroma, very piney with some malty, carameliness in there as well. Very smooth, hoppy, very lingering hopiness with some roastiness as well. Good stuff, kind of in the Arrogant, Double Bastard mold.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of spice, wood, and pine nuts.
taste is strong, spice, malt, hops come out from the back, caramel, and woody, ends thick on the tongue.
Suttree (5212) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark red, nice thick dense head. Big piney, graprefruity aroma, plus I swear I got a note of pineapple, too. Huge sticky, earthy hop note, and a looooong aftertaste. . Some alcohol heat at the finish, as well as a bitter aspirin flavor. As it warms, a nice caramel note emerges. It kinda reminded me of a lot of the Rogue John’s Locker series American Strong Ales.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This American Strong Ale pours a deep red color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white rocky foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with some nice citrusy and piney hops. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Starts with some sweet caramel malts and finish with some very big bitter hops. Nice carbonation. The bitterness seems to grow as you drink. Hides the alcohol well. The hops are well balanced, even if it’s a big bitter beer. Definitely a slow sipper, it would be deadly to beer bong this one. Some orange and some more grapefruit start showing up as it warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleworks. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a tan head. Aroma is almost entirely pine with a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is dominated by bitterness. Grapefruit runs from beginning to end. There is a decent amount of toasty/caramel malt, but not nearly enough to balance out the huge hop presence. Medium to full bodied with a nice smooth carbonation. Complete hop monster and I have no problem with that.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Bomber from Casa De Oro. Super deep amber/ruby in color. Very crisp aroma. Some sweetness and a lot of citrus. Very hopped up. Lots of bitter grapefruit. A decent amount of malt character as well. Good stuff.
2012 rating. Dark fruit like raisin dominate. Getting pretty sweet. Hops are still there, but are really starting to take a back seat. Maybe an old ale sort of taste going on now.