illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Midtown. Pours golden amber with a slight haze and a one finger white head. Aroma of fruity ale esters and piney hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Malt backbone is extremely pale with notes of honey and toffee, but the hop flavors of grapefruit rind and herbs really takes center stage. More attenuation that Stone’s usual offerings which gives this some dryness. Pretty solid effort here.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blonde with a fairly small white head. Nose is very bitter and hoppy (this is a Stone IPA, duh), but with a good dose of sweet malt and a hint of yeast as well. The flavor plays out similarly; the initial taste is a big malt with a hopped background, but it quickly switches over to some very intense and almost exclusively bitter hops. Finish is surprisingly short and bitter as well. A good IPA but not all that different from Ruination....it seems a little less balanced, actually.
2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, aroma hits you as soon as you open the bottle! Sweet earthy aroma that is amazing. Pours a hazy honey color with a large white lumpy head with plenty of lace. Taste is over-the-top hops, just as it should be! Really unique flavor profile that’s hard to break-down. Very spicy. Leaves a hop residue that just lingers forever. Another great year for Stone! Don’t drink if you’re not a hop-head, it just might kill you. Plus that might leave more for me.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with a sticky off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of lemony, spicy hops that have a light earthy edge, as well as a light caramel, biscuit scent. Lots of bitterness all the way through with just enough malt sweetness to balance the hops, very light alcohol bite at the end. Medium bodied beer with average carbonation and a dry bitter finish. I’ve been drinking Stone since the 10th anniversary and I love how they really mix up the beers and try different things. Lots of bitterness in this one but you can tell they dry hopped the heck out of it too.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Rating #67. Pours out a hazy golden/yellow pour with a pretty nice white bubbly head. Piney aroma, it was very nice to sit back and breathe it in actually. Flavor was very different to me, very bitter and very sticky on the tongue, a little over the top on the bitterness for me, maybe it was more astringent than bitter, but it didn’t hit me right I guess, I will have to try another bottle and come back too it. (1276)
arondee (544) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas is sweeter than expected. It smells like sweet honey, malt, and of coarse floral hops. It pours a clear yellow with very little lacing and medium carbonation. The taste is hoppy, lots of pine hops. The hops are slightly balanced by some sweet malts but this thing is a hop bomb. The palate is very oily and the biterness stays on your tongue forever. Very good beer and a lot different from all of the other hoppy beers that stone makes. It’s unique and very good.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi hazy orange with a cream head. Smells a citrusy pine aroma. Big bitter pine and citrus taste with a caramel sweet backing. Lingers on the tongue forever. Great beer.
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow/ orange pour. Aroma of floral hop, earth and bread. Nice floral taste with subtle hints of fruit and pine. Strong sharpness on the tip of the tongue. Blended well. Cool label on bottle. (What more could one ask for?)
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, fresh from grape & gourmet. pours a very bright, slightly hazy, yellow-gold (looks almost ironic in my "fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" pint glass) with a thick, creamy white head leaving drippy lace. aroma is great, very different, with big, sticky pine resin, wet grass, and orange citrus with some skunky/catty, lemony notes, interesting spices, biscuity malts, and hints of sweet tropical fruits including pineapple and peach skins. flavor is outstanding, unique even for the stone boys, with huge notes of sweet peaches, starfruit, and apricots up front with spicy, herbal hops, pine sap, and black pepper and just a touch of funk and light, crackery, caramel malts on the back end. palate is medium bodied, creamy on the tongue, with great carbonating a long, agressive, dry, bitter hop finish. overall, while not my favorite stone anniversary ale, it’s different, daring, and delicious.
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum. Another great one from stone, Thanks guys! This is what happens when England mets San Diego. Citrus and pine aroma. Citrus hops dominate this brew so its a winner in my book. Hints of greatfruit. No sign of the 9.0 in this one. Great brew.