arondee (596) - 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 (2512) - 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.
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m pretty disappointed in this one. It’s probably just the style it was brewed in, though. I can’t really get into English type IPA, so there you have it. It’s fairly bitter but I can’t help feeling that it reminds me of Ruination after it gets old. Just sort of blah.
SSSteve (3891) - - JUL 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. hazy light gold under a large, fluffy, white head. i hate to say it but this smells bad...sweaty socks, mildew aroma. mildewy flavor with herbal/hoppy/citrus and tropical fruit. medium body. the aroma is killing me. weird stuff, i dunno.
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from CBX. Pours a cloudy, very light orange/copper with medium amount of head. Smells of grass, resin, maybe a very tiny citrus in the end. Very distinct bitter taste, not the kind I’m used to in most IPAs. Its more sharp, if that makes sense, its a dry bitterness. Get the same kind of feeling after a grapefruit bite, but without the grapefruit taste. Rather interesting beverage.
alexsdad06 (6433) - Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized off white head. This is quite a bit lighter than expected. The aroma has a skunky quality that I have not experienced from Stone. Other notes include grassy, earthy, dry fruits, hints of citrus and cat urine. The combination is actually very interesting. The flavor is dry and bitter from the outset. Pale, bready malt with hay, floral notes, citrus influences, resiny character with more bitterness in the finish. There is no hint of the 9% alcohol. Medium bodied, dry, but very drinkable. This is an interesting beer that I would purchase again.
DialSquare (3118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Three quarters of a growler fill from charleston beer exchange -- they ran out on my pour and generously gave me the partial fill -- good peoples. Yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma of pine hops, citrus and caramel. Really does taste like an amped up version of the ipa -- maybe a little more of a floral quality. Awesome stuff. The texture and finish are perfect. Getting a bomber to go for a more detailed rate.