Fatehunter (1327) - 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.
Naka (708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again, I forgot I had this so it is old now. Pours golden peach with a slight foamy white head. Aroma is spicy citrus and malt with some slight pine notes. Hop flavor is a ton of apricot with some pine in the finish. Rich body and nice lingering bitter.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"nice beer for sure. a fusion between a west coast imperial and an english ipa. hops are big, but less floral and fruit, and more pepper. different yet familiar. quite frikkin tasty, though not quite as awesome as last years."
Butters (3811) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled with maniac. Hop profile has turned old and slightly stale. Sickly sweet, and without the burn that I recall from when it was fresh. Vaguely reminiscent of citrusy fruits and peppery spice. Not awful, but not great.
orangesol (894) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.
A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, lightly toasted malt, bright citric fruits; most notably grapefruit and orange peel; and some light booze. Very bright and refreshing nose.
T - Lots of bright grassy hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of light malt, citric fruits, and plenty of pine resin. The viscous resiny feel is very strong, wearing on the pallet quickly. Finish is mostly sticky resin with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, good not great.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The booze is light at the beginning, getting a bit stronger as it warms.
O - Not too bad. This one is definitely a sipper. I enjoyed the strong hop presence but the lingering sticky pine resin feel really wore me down quickly. I could have one of these but that is it.
Travlr (12913) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Churchkey. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit, grass. Decent malt balance, but this one is all about the hops. Straightforward. Bitter.
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body has a pale orange-ish tan color. It is quite hazy but carbonation is still visible. From the pour it makes a tall bright white head of tightly packed creamy foam. This slowly fades to thin foam covering that hangs on well and makes nice lace rings on the glass. The aroma is full of bright leafy, floral/botanical (almost minty) and citrusy hops with a hint of pine as well. Under that are notes of clean pale malt and bready yeast. The flavor is in your face hops right from the start. It is complex and brings all hop aroma notes to the flavor. The malt is clean, biscuity and adds a bit of sweetness at the start which makes the hop notes pop. There is a lightly noticeable sweet alcohol as well that adds some warmth. In the finish dry bready yeast and strong hop bitterness come out and dry things right up. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time in a good way. The body is just on the full side with nice lively carbonation.
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber: This one was hiding in the back of the fridge. It pours a fairly clear, straw golden yellow color. There was about a finger of white head on it that leaves a bit of lacing. Nice nose on this one! Floral and spicy hops are predominant. I get a little yeastiness too. The taste is good. Not much bitterness left, in fact a touch of sweetness poking through. Malts, perhaps a touch of orange, earthy, spice, a touch of breadiness. Very Nice!
radiomgb (2302) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden in colour with a lasting white head, good lacing. Aroma is of pineapple, quite sweet, lots of tropical fruits. Flavour is one demential, lots of hops, sweet but mostly bitter, lots of tropical fruits. Bitter mouth, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes quite long, bitter, warming.
Pretty big in your face DIPA, good.
Opened on September 8, 2010.
tectactoe (2156) - Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 Bottle: Disclaimer: the first time I had this, I literally just turned 21 & was first getting into craft beer, suggested by a friend. Found it way too bitter at the time, too heavy, wasn’t a huge fan, but it was long before I started review beers so I have no notes. This is four years later, & I still have a bottle in my fridge. Bottled June 2010, consumed April 2014 just for fun. Radioactive orange, completely opaque body, still some sound, off-white head forming on top. Aroma is orange juice, lightly floral hop gardens, & some malty sweet toasty notes underneath. Still quite fragrant. Taste is excessively bitter. Wow. I though before it was just my noob palate, but goddamn this is unabashedly rough on the senses. Like drinking perfume. Pungent, floral notes, extremely bitter orange peel & grapefruit rind, ashy & stinging hops with an earthy, topsoil finish. Lingering bitterness... Crazy bitter. Nearly tough to drink.
hotstuff (4219) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 5-04-2011 (Bottle) When poured, the head is small, fizzy and white. The body is hazy and golden with very little carbonation. There is spotty lacing as well. The aroma is malt, hops, earthy, and spicy. The taste is peppery, spicy, quite bitter, malt, hops, and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is lively and this is a medium-full bodied beer. Overall, this beer is very hoppy tasting with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. This is a beer for the hop heads.