Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours deep clear gold with copper hues and nice bright white head. The aroma is bold with pine sap drenched apricot wedges, spicy grapefruit, floral hops and orange hard candy at the end of the draw. The taste is rich full yum with pineapple, tangelo, resiny pine-apricot, spicy hops and floral hops. It gets a bit more citrusy midway and then moves toward floral and spicy hops into the finish. It has plenty of citrus and pine hop bitterness bite to balance out the firm floral notes.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost opaque pale golden hue covered by a more than fair white sheet that mostly lasts. Pretty herbal nose without the usual brash American hop nose. Instead, it heads towards herbal, orangey, green earthy notes (chives, cilantro, parsley...) and growing grapefruit as it warms up. In mouth, the malts feel pale and quaffable despite their relative thickness. At 8.9%, it boasts a fair amount of minerally biscuitiness, but remains moderate in terms of alcohol and stays drinkable enough. Still, this does not come across as a particularly characterful ale. It seems fine for hoppy food pairings, but the hops used are a weird mixed bag, not having the rustic charms of pure nobility nor the punch of straight American varietals. And I can’t quite call it the best of both worlds as it does not feel greater than the sum of its parts.
sebletitje (5991) - 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 (5976) - 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.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared with tupalev. Hazy gold, nice lasting fizzy-frothy off-white head. Aroma - my first thought was "Hopfenstark?!!!!" - seriously, this is one funky-smelling beer ... a real melange of spicy dry yeast, alcohol, lemon rind and some kick-ass sour/funky hops that I don’t have the words to describe - "UK" is lamer than usual in this context, but that is NOT your normal west coast DIPA ... amazing stuff. The taste follows, but there is more traditional citrus/resin and even a hint of spruce - enough sweet malt body to give the alcohol and bitterness something to cling to, but this is quite a ride of a beer. VERY lively mouthfeel, acidic, well-carbonated, juicy oh-so briefly, then a long somewhat boozy funky-bitter finish ... man, I hope I can snag a couple more of these before they disappear: and hey, Stone - maybe make this a yearly offering? Please????
Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Good head size and retention for a Stone beer. Very yeasty (raw vitamin B stink) in the nose. Sadly, there’s nothing British about the brutish/burning alcohol presence and the resin/grapefruit hop onslaught. Doesn’t Stone make enough US west coast styled IPAs that they could have, just once, made something that actually made you think it might have come from England? That would have been awfully cool. But this is just another average American DIPA.
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle, 06/2010, light clear yellow golden with tall milkshake foam, aroma of lemon pledge, medicinal metallic flavors of citrus and sour milk
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: An very bitter hop bomb with an unusual spicy and herbal hop signature. A bit too intense for its on good.
How: Bottle 22oz. A few times. This rating for a bottle consumed about 2 months after the beer release
The look: Slightly cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Strong hoppy nose of grass, green herbs and spicy notes. Taste is rather intense. Malt bill is crisp honeyed cereals with a light wheat sensation (Shredded Wheat™ flavor). Nothing subtle about the hop bill. Intensely herbal, grassy and spicy with notes of some pine-tree. The bitterness level is very high and the alcohol joins in with an additional bite in the
finish. The strong spiciness of the hops at times is almost like”hot” spices. This is anything but a sessionable IPA. A little too intense for its good. A full bomber of this beer is a lot for one man. I used to like bold and aggressive IPAs but that’s not the case anymore. I am now old and more mature enough to prefer more sessionnable IPAs and to be more careful when I stick cabbage leafs into my parent’s house electrical outlets.
DuffMan (5789) - 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.
Benzai (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Clear yellow / golden color, big white head. Smell is not very good for an Imperial/Double IPA, but overall still decent. Taste is also a little disappointing, a little bit like old, somewhat fainted hops. Ok carbo, medium body.