Tmoney99 (12237) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation and thin particles. Medium to heavy smooth yeast bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???
daleharshman (982) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Mesa Liquor ($6.99). Pours a clear light orange-amber with a finger and a half of off-white foam with pretty good retention. Aroma of spicy and earthy hops which include some interesting notes: watered down citrus, unwashed feet, must basement, and even salt water...as if this really has just completed the long voyage to India. Flavor is more of the spicy and earthy hops; grapefruit, pepper, salt, bitter under-ripe fruit, herbs. Though there’s certainly a healthy amount of earthy bitterness, it actually came off quite a bit sweeter (in the middle) than I might have thought. Bitter finish and notably dry for an IPA...not "juicy" like many other West Coast IPA’s including Stone’s. Another unique and very good one from Stone. I appreciate their desire to re-create what an original IPA might have tasted like. (45, 330)
CheersMate (1316) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Hazy appearance that is - translucent appearance. This beer has a nice gold/peach/orange color to it. It actually looks pretty good despite not having any head whatsoever. Not much hop assertiveness, but a very pungent mango, peach, and other light fruits are dominating the aroma. Quite different in terms of its use of hops. I’m not really smelling any type of expected bitterness, in terms of flavor. I’m only getting that very fruity aroma. There is a very hot and caustic citrus hop flavor. The flavor eventually phases into a nice fruit flavor, but that lingering and spicy bitterness provides a lovely flavor. Seems to add a bittering quality that is more caustic and unnecessary more than anything else. I’m liking the bitterness, but it doesn’t seem to flow well with the fruity aroma. I don’t like certain aspects of this, but overall, I wish the fruit and hop flavors would blend a little bit better. The fruit aroma is overshadowed by the hops and the hop flavor overshadows the fruit flavor. Pretty good, but I may have to try this again to get a better opinion of it.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUN 30, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think you guys are crazy. I love hops and IIPAs, and this is just NOT a superior IIPA. Smells like a cereal wheat beer. NO hops in the aroma. Pours a murky orange/tangerine color. the flavor is all bittering hops without any flavor or aroma hops. This is just a weird beer.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very hazy orange with a half finger of head with very good head retention. Aroma is rather pungent with spice and green vegetables. Up front the taste is very heavy on the spice and an almost carrot like sweetness which lingers on the palate for a very very long time. With the sweetness of course, comes a rather strong earthy bitterness as well. The alcohol is barely noticeable as well. Damn this beer has some attitude to it! If you like a good ol’ fashioned crazy anything goes double ipa then go for it!
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. My mood... I must admit I’m excited for another Stone IPA...expectations are high as I open the bottle. Yellow orange yellow lightly hazed with big fizzy bubbly white head that mostly disappears but some lingers... I’m not too impressed by appearance but I’m still excited. Aroma is more delicate than most Stone IPAs. I get some sweet salty caramel and citrus in the nose. As it warms, maybe more just grass and citrus and a touch spiced. Good but tame. Flavor follows starting spiced and sweet but then slowly turning very very dry Boozy... real Boozy in the back of your throat. Finish is super long never leaving. I dig I dig!
J_man (814) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a good laugh when I poured this beer out and the first thing I saw was how yellow it was. Stone’s long-time saying "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" went through my mind. Of course, the only part of this beer that fits that deScription is "yellow". And slightly hazy yellow at that with a nice firm white head that hangs in there almost to the end. Strong hop aroma (of course) with what I can only describe as salt water coming off the pour. Despite it’s appearance, this is an almost creamy beer that tricks you into thinking it’s smooth until the bittering hops lacerate your tongue as only Stone beers can do. The bracing, resinous piney hops are actually quite nicely balanced with the slightly sweet English malt with a little hemp and vanilla mixed in. Another great anniversary ale for Stone, may there be many more!
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bomber purchased from BevMo Long Beach.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a strong creamy white foam head. Aroma is full of hoppy goodness, with lighter malt and yeast aromas in the background. Upfront is a nice sweetness which morphs into a nice peppery, floral hop bouquet, and finishes with a very nice complex hop finish. This beer feels nice and full on the palate without becoming syrupy. For the amount of hops in this beer it finishes surprisingly well. Overall a very nice offering from Stone and my favorite anniversary beer since the 10th. Definitely recommended.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Liquid gold in appearance. Smells yeasty, spicy, peppery. Smooth up front; chalky and rich in the middle; dryish toward the finish. Flower-petal-like bitterness in the aftertaste. Yeast has some funkiness, in a good way. Earthy. Malts are cracker-like, with hints of cocoa and dry dough. Hops are very floral and somewhat perfume-like. Healthy amount of bitterness, along with a nip of warming alcohol. Curiously different and new, even in a sea of similar IPAs. Definitely has an imperial English-style IPA taste to it, which is actually an untapped domain. Tasty stuff.