DocLock (8797) - 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.
MartinT (8736) - 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.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very hazy gold, enormous frothy gold-tinted head leaving clingy lace. Intensely piney, slightly vegetal hop aroma and flavour. Sweet, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Intensely bitter finish.
olio (8206) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110312.
Pale yellow colour with medium head. Aroma of hoppy fruits, mild malts and caramel notes. Flavour of exotic fruits, some caramel, grass and sweetish malts.
KyotoLefty (8141) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Grassy hop aroma, alcohol there, dryinsh. Big grassy and wededy flavor, light citrus and other fruit, and a slight sweetness followed by an amazing, harsh, bitterness. Hop tea? Some turpentine? Dry and peppery, with an unfriendly finish. I don’t dig this kind of absolutely balance-less hop bomb.
sebletitje (8124) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hay color, silky white head.
aroma, nose was on the weak side, light yeast, pine hops.
flavors, spicy hops, tropical fruits, warming abv, with a mild bitter finish, grapefruit and citrus aplenty along with other tropical flavors.
Mouthfeel is thick, light malts that tend to be overtaken by the hops and strong bitter citrus and spices in the finish
Hansen (8092) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas. Golden coloured and faint hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma of cerials, citrus, hops, crisp too. Flavor is moderate sweet and finish heavy bitter. Dry, creamy texture and soft carbonation.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Buckeye on our way to RBSG. Pours a hazed grey to brown with a medium sized beige head. Toasty and nutty, hoppy citrus and toast. Spicy, subtle and complex. Does have a bit of a strawberry flavor, the very seedy ones. Nutty and juicy. Light alcohol, long tannins and grapefruit bitterness.
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Monk’s Kettle. Pours cloudy golden with an attractive white head and a marvelous spice and yeast aroma. This is a well-balanced beer that combines sweet light malt, citrus, yeast, pine, and spice into an amalgamation of flavor. Well-done, Stone.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
200th rating for this beer and it won’t be as high as the others. 22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with an initially large eggshell white head that fades. Stinky aroma of pine hops, sour milk, sweaty socks, grass, straw, and pale English malts. Flavor isn’t as bad, with a ton of malty sweetness, piney hops, straw, and grass. Overly sweet, and finishes bitter. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation. This seems like a misfire to me, and easily the worst Stone beer I’ve ever tried.