Fatehunter (1829) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a satan glass. A cloudy yellow color going towards an orange. Inch and half of white head.
Smell: Great citrus aroma, grapefruit and a sour, but good, smell in there too. It has a sharper smell than most IPAs.
Taste: Wow. The hop bitterness hits at the beginning and just keeps beating up those taste buds all the way to the end. Of course in the best way possible. I would expect nothing less from Stone. Then the hops just hang out for awhile in the aftertaste. You will not soon forget this.
A little softer, almost creamy, than expected. Still nice. Low carbonation.
Obviously the hopheads will love this, but I think it is also very approachable for the general beer public. I am not getting worn out drinking this IPA as some are apt to make me. Nice take on the "Emperial" word use.
Lilja (2274) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frisk doft av tropiskt frukt. Smak av tropiskt frukt, honung lite metallisk med sparsmakad beska med en kryddig chutney känsla i eftersmaken, välbalanserad och därmed väldigt god.
smaynard6000 (848) - Apopka, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle marked June 2010. Pours a bright hazy yellow with large white head. Aroma is spicy and just a little fruity. Flavor is at first spicy and then citrusy bitter. Just a little bit of sweetness in this one and a long bitter dry finish. Full creamy mouthfeel. Lucky to find this one considering it was brewed two years ago. Pretty good.
Ron (3178) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Pours a cloudy tan yellow to orange color. Has a minimal head with a noticable lacing. Can also see yeast specs in the bottom. Aroma consists of pine, resin and citrusy hops. Medium to full body, light to average carbonation, oily texture and long bitter finish.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/13/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
This pours a very hazy, bright tangerine color with an elegant 3 cm white head. Pretty good retention, and some nice lace sticking on the glass. Pretty much what I expect out of a Stone IPA. Lots of yeast particles float around toward the bottom of the glass.
A nice bouquet of floral, grapefruit citrus, and a little bit of piney hops in the nose. Some sweet biscuity malt in the background.
There is definitely a ton of hop goodness in this one. Stone knows that’s what I love and provides it for me. There is some sweetness up front, but the bready malt is really light. The flavor quickly moves to a floral bouquet, some grapefruit hop goodness, and some bitter sticky pine to close it out. Finishes bitter on the tongue.
This has a wet and juicy feel, with bubbly tingly carbonation on the tongue. A little bit fuller than medium carbonation.
Actually just a little disappointed in how this turned out. Having a ton of floral, citrus, and pine hops in the mix is a good start, but the malt is really lacking. It was pretty good, but it will get lost among the better beers in the category.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old Review from back 8/10 - First off I love the look of this beer. You don’t see this color in a beer often. It’s like a radioactive glow. Cloudy, orange, and glowing. Small white head.
Smell is not your typical IPA. It’s spicy and earthy. Small amounts of citrus and lemon peak through but the earthiness came through mostly for me.
In the taste the fruits come through more. Citrus and lemon zest. The earthiness and spiciness still come through big here though and are the main components. There is a nice bready malt character holding everything together. The finish on this beer is very bitter and it just sticks around. Small amounts of alcohol peak through.
The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and dry from start to finish. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel on this one.
superspak (3750) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled June 2010. Pours extremely hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap. Some decent lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange, herbal spices, floral, some pine resin, and light spicy alcohol. Fairly nice aromas here with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, grapefruit, herbal spiciness, pine resin, biscuit, honey-like sweetness; and other light fruits. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, herbal spice, pine, and bread on the finish for a while. Good balance of flavors and bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is well hidden at 8.9%; with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall, for being and DIPA, this has held up quite nicely since 2010. Nice hop flavor profile is still present; with nice flavor balance.
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was a Stone IPA that got the most basic part of Stone IPAs so drastically wrong: the hop flavors just didn’t work as well as I wouldve hoped. Not bad, but good evidence that english IPAs should remain little.
stefannilssons (1551) - SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jag tror inte att detta är en rättvis bedömning av ölen då den intogs tillsammans med en onödigt stark curryrätt som lade beslag på mina smaklökar. Men av de smaker som jag kunde urskilja var jästen den mest framträdande tillsammans med beskan.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drank on 12/31/11. Pours a burnt yellow. Tastes smells of caramel, bread, hay, grass, floral, citrus.hazy, minimal head, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, lively, bitter. Over all a very nice tasting beer, the hops still fresh with a grassy taste bit lemon more then grapefruit. Fresh.