mcberko (8550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of orange zest, massive peppery and piney hops, and some earthiness. Flavour of huge, but balanced pine hops - orange zest at the beginning, followed by citrus, lemongrass, and more hops. Excellent lingering bitter finish.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
draft. cloudy golden wheat body, small bubbled white head. musty cheese and BO nose, honey-tinged, green, raw and vegetal (onion, garlic, canned tomato sauce). similar flavor: musty, cheesy, stinky, almost putrid, with garlic, butter and onion thrown in for good measure. surprisingly soft texture, low sweetness, high bitterness, medium-high acid. but.... disgusting.
Scopey (8397) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog Bar, Aberdeen. It pours a hazy straw yellow colour with a foamy white head. The nose is hay, farmyard, floral notes, straw and citrus fruits. The taste is of farmyard, biscuit, bread, lots of lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and spicy ginger towards the decent bitter finish. Quite a bit lighter than I expected, especially with the % and IBU it boasts.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Peppery, spicy hops proliferate atop and within this Double IPA’s lightly toasted cereals, before expanding into a vivacious bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces around the hazy pale blonde.
-Alcohol is present, but mostly hidden by the lengthy hop bitterness.
-Hops also develop coniferous angles, which I admit I haven’t gotten often from UK grown hops.
-Malts also offered some honeyed character, mostly supporting the hop display.
DocLock (8345) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles from Capone’s and Frank Smith’s. Pours hazy canary with 3 finger white sticky head. Nose is mangoey, spicy, floral, with malt, very fruity, with berry, and sweet. Very complex nose. Tastes malty, very assertively hoppy, reminds me a bit of a sweeter version of Southern Tier Hoppe mixed with Gemini. There’s a lot of hops here, a lot of fruit, some cloying notes, and a very earthy, spicy overall flavor. Very good, with minor late heat, and very unique. I’d love too stack this against some of Stone’s historically great IPAs/IIPAs. Well done, Greg.
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-01-08. Lightly hazy golden pastel body with a small fluffy white head. 3+ Pleasant bitterness throughout, light fruity character, lemon grass as it warms. 7+ Pleasant hoppy aroma, sweet lemon, dry lemon accents. Smooth average bodied palate. Very enjoyable, alcohol is barely noticed. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
"…But then it hit your gut… and ricocheted!"
JorisPPattyn (8248) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small dense, just off-white head over hazy orange-yellow beer. Ureum!! Dry, ureum-rich (indeed, British) hops. Strawy, hay. Ureum seems to be volatile, less obvious after a moment, but it is really adaptation: leave the glass for a couple of minutes, and the smell returns in force. Dry bitter, other grains hints, even drier finish. Medium bodied, very slick, hopoils. Aftertaste shows the alcohol and... liquorice? Ureum is just too present to be really great. I fear that the American idea of "more is better" just doesn’t work for British hops, some of which indeed have this enormous amount of ureum-like components.
gnoff (8173) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
650 ml (bomber) bottle, thanks to ekstedt!
BB 2011-04-30, sampled on December 15, 2010
Hazy hay colored yellow color, medium though lasting off-white head. Sweet, sugary, hoppy, berry, alcohol scent. Hoppy at first in the taste, though quickly move on to maltys weet mixed with sweet alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, warming alcohol. Medium hop bitterness, but a dry alcohol bitterness is very evident.
Rated in a blind tasting
650 ml bottle thanks to Mats (not on Ratebeer)!
Sampled on December 17, 2010
BB date 2011-04-30.
Cloudy yellow color with yeast particles, smallish off-white head. Sweet, a bit of stable scent, also cheese. Hoppy, red berries, apricots, sweet, dry taste. Very dry aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, high dry bitterness.
Bottle is too big, even when shared with 3 the first time and 5 the second, most of it still got poured out.
Bottle thanks to larsniclas! On February 4, 2011
Cloudy apricot color with floating stuff in it, white head. Sweet, caramel, hoppy scent. Malty, cream, bitter, hoppy, grainy taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium dry grainy aftertaste.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Slight bit hazy yellow color, medium sized white head. Grainy, malty, some white pepper, sweet scent. Sweet, malty, bitter, grainy, hoppy, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Grainy and alcohol aftertaste.
Like it better on draught and less fresh than the bottles I’ve tried in the past.
arminjewell (8100) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice orange with white head, aroma is sweet mango, pineapple, and more citrus with a touch of pine. Taste is big citrus and pine up front, with more tropical fruit, finishing nice and bitter after a small malt backbone. Stone never ceases to disappoint!
DrSilverworm (8000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, big thanks to Jay for this one. Shared with Alicia and Robby. Bottled June 2010. Totally hazy yellow orange yellow color. A lot more yeast and particles in the later pour. Thin off-white head. Dots and ropes of lace. Looks good. Some grapefruity, citrusy hop aroma in the nose. Light caramel malt. Kind of spicy malt. Surprisingly hoppy still, definitely not a malt bomb. English ingredients selected seem to have held up very well. This was kept in a cooler continuously while it aged, as far as I know. Metallic aroma in the nose is impossible to ignore, though. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick, just a very light bite. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Light to moderate sweet, way less sweet than expected. Pretty decent stuff. A lot better and hoppier than expected, can’t believe how hoppy and bitter it is for 3.5 years old. Well done, Stone.