Caskalefan (153) - 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!
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into tulip glass. Golden yellow pour with a finger of white head. Super-hoppy aroma full of citrus, pine, and resin (it’s Stone: don’t act surprised). Flavor is, of course, bitter and hoppy, but there is surprising hand-fruit sweetness that would have made the beer better had it been more pronounced. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. Pretty good, but nothing Stone hasn’t done before.
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden cloudy color with a white head. Has a very bready and floral aroma to it. Medium bodied. Very bready, doughy, yeasty taste to it, along with a blast of hoppiness that one would expect from a Stone Ipa. Has a dry finish to go along with it. Personally not a big fan, but I think it is a well made beer, just not nearly worth the price of admission.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer poors with a huge grapefruit aroma which settles to a very nice orange aroma. Beer has an excellent white head that sticks around on a very pale foggy body that appears like a white ale. Flavor carries citrus characteristics through to the mouth. Very bitter from the hops but seems ecsensuated by the alchol. Overall the beer is good and I like the citrus aspects. Would be curious how this calms down over shelving for a year.....
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a golden yellow with a slight white head. Aroma is a strong sweet orange citrus hoppy goodness. Strong bitter mouthfeel that is a wonderful hoppy, piney, grapefruity, floral oasis that moves to a sweetness then follows up with a lingering bitter. Good stuff.
aaronbr (132) - Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lots of fruit on the nose, this one pours a hazy straw gold. Very pleasant, and the taste is great. Tons of pine flavor, with a touch of lemony freshness. An exceptional brew by Stone. Cheers to their anniversary!
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - JUN 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bomber purchased from BevMo Long Beach.
Pours a hazy golden orange with a strong creamy white foam head. Aroma is full of hoppy goodness, with lighter malt and yeast aromas in the background. Upfront is a nice sweetness which morphs into a nice peppery, floral hop bouquet, and finishes with a very nice complex hop finish. This beer feels nice and full on the palate without becoming syrupy. For the amount of hops in this beer it finishes surprisingly well. Overall a very nice offering from Stone and my favorite anniversary beer since the 10th. Definitely recommended.
v8powered (127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good. Not as strong as I thought, especially or 8.9%. The hops are different than their regular IPA and somehow not as bitter (not as grapefruit like). Well balanced malty flavor and great beer to try. Great beer for an IPA lover.
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22 oz. Bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow. Medium white head. Smells of hops and alcohol notes. Tastes of hops and citrus. Good beer. A bit pricey but worth a try.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs a cloudy, dark yellow. Like a dense hefe or a troubling urine sample. Frothy, off-white head. Lemon scent wallops you. Lemon rind. Lemon zest. Lemon, lemony. Maybe with a teensy hint of Jolly Rancher in the background. Lemon Jolly Rancher. Sharp and bitter (in a good way). Booziness. Sharp lemon. Pepper? Slight marmalade in finish. Tasty and interesting but I don’t think I would seek out more. (tastes better as it warms).