Caskalefan (139) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is what an Imperial IPA should be all about. It’s the perfect marriage of English ingredients with a San Diego hop intensive profile, except there’s no cattiness in this one, just plenty of peach, and pear esters to compliment the more typical grapefruit, mandarin orange, and tangerine.
The malt provides a marmalade-like thickness to support all those hops, and the finish is positively endless, but never interferes with the craving for yet another intense sip.
This stuff puts me in mind of my old standby, Youngs Special London Ale, only on major steroids!
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bready, bitter, and maybe a little too strong IPA. Bomber pours clear yellow/orange with a thick warm white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is overwhelmingly floral hops. Taste is thick and chewy golden malts supporting intensely bitter hops. The bitterness almost burns your mouth, and carries all the way down to your stomach and up into your nose. Strong notes of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and grape seeds dominate. Dry, but hot finish lingers for several minutes.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden straw color. Nose is hoppy, but not a citrus hop. Flavor is incredibly hoppy, dank, woodsy, musty. This actually reminded me of Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Definitely another winner from Stone, but something I can only handle in small doses.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful pour of Hefe-weizen like cloudy golden color. Head is thick, creamy, and pure white.
Nose is lighter than anticipated, with some bready-biscuity notes & melon rinds.
Chalky dry on the palate with herbal & garden vegetable earthy hop flavors.
Intense flavor lasts awhile on finish
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color wih a dense off white head. Aroma is earthy, floral, and spicy wih some honey like sweetness. Flavor is initially chalky bitter and grainy then very earthy and sweet at the end.. the bitterness is very strong but smooth throughout and lasts a very long time. Hints of overrule fruit as it warms. Slick on the tongue and leaves your mouth dry and wanting more! Good stuff.
TheMantle (37) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle into my sam adams pint glass. Pours a straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. Smells earthy and peppery. Suprisingly I dont smell much hops at all. Has a nice spicey and peppery hops flavor. Nice malt backbone but not too strong for and IIPA. Leaves a nice spicy bitter aftertaste.
22415brewery (366) - redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very very smooth drinking IIPA. Courtesy of Malt & Vine in Redmond, Washington. Complex, unctuous (can I say that about a beer?), and overwhelmingly tactile. Pours with the golden color of a Bock with a lingering thick cap of foam. Aroma is of Texas smooth skinned orange pith, peppery mature arugula, and golden caramel lollipops (yes I said lollipops...WHAT’S MY NAME? SAY MY NAME! SAY IT!!!) The alcohol is smooth and is complemented by a very smooth bitterness with no harsh or catty flavors. Based on the complexity and smoothness of this beer you can get a good feel for the fact that they worked on changing their water chemistry. Malt characteristics are amplified, however they equally matched it with the aggressive hopping. This is a special beer. Treat it with respekt. Share it with all who are worthy. Shut your mouth and savor it. WHAT’s MY NAME!!!?
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very spicy and woodsy. First sip is really peppery. Nice to have a potent yet variant IPA. pours a yellow orange. bitterness really lingers on the palate. another anniversary winner from Escondido.
beerfest5 (1026) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
like an imperial version of their regular ipa. thats exactly how this tastes. really good hoppy aroma that stone has made very popular in the last few years taken to another level. the abv is not that bad considering its only a few more degrees more than the regular ipa. the taste is distinctive stone, hoppy and grapefruit. nice beer, enjoyed it more than 13.
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a shiny yellow-orange. with an ample offering of fluffy white foam head. Aroma is mostly subtle piney hops, with a tough of citrus and honey. Taste is rich and balanced. Initially bitter hops (though pleasant and mild), followed by honey-graham sweetness. Full and very well balanced throughout, with just a touch of the ABV coming through at the end-palate, with a slightly boozy burn. Happy anniversary Stone!