russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great pour. One or two finger white head that slowly dissipates. Medium body. Nothing about this beer gives up its almost 9% ABV. Good smell, Citrus and that common hoppy aroma. Earthy. I smell the alcohol more than I can taste it. I like IPAs, but sometimes I struggle to find a difference in the taste. This beer overcomes that. I keep finding a unique taste, that I can’t quite place. Other reviewers say fresh, earthy hops, with lemon and citrus. Which is common, but I feel intrigued it, way more than normal.
Skvader (115) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light,golden with big pieces of yeast in the bottom. Aroma of papaya, mango and pineapple. Very dry, very bitter. Could have been better balanced by something, possibly the bottle was a bit too old.
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was only able to ’save’ this one for about a month in my cellar (pantry)....just below the mac ’n cheese shelf. Great Brew! The pour is beautiful! cloudy golden color with a thin creamy head that never left me! Aroma is very delicate with just a hint of citrus. Taste is also delicate almost perfect, but has a very ’dull’ version of the IPA aftertaste. Get this one down your gullet!
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi hazy orange with a cream head. Smells a citrusy pine aroma. Big bitter pine and citrus taste with a caramel sweet backing. Lingers on the tongue forever. Great beer.
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice IPA. Aroma is strong bitterness and tropical fruit. Color is pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Flavor is tropical with a strong malt backbone. Palate is a bit thinner than I would like on a double IPA.
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This gets points for being different. It pours a surprisingly pale yellow color with a thick white head. The aroma is grapes, fruit punch, and grapefruit. The flavor is very earthy and bitter with a strong grainy malt presence. Fruit punch with a touch of tropical fruit and earth in the finish. A bit phenolic.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a cloudy straw yellow with a small white head that hangs and laces nicely. On the nose it’s like walking through an xmas tree lot, evergreen every where, along with some citrus, oranges, tangerine, and floral. Medium body, plenty of carbonation and bitterness, drying finish. Tastes of pungent hops, at times it’s like drinking an evergreen but in a good way, eary, spice and citrus hops follow, all over a sweet malt backbone.
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I am coming to love "Empirial" IPA’s. I have had several and they have all been good. This one was no exception.
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very different then most stones ive had. thin on the palate lite hop flavor is over powered by grass and earth and lite grapefruit tart flavor. in the end not much hops. very different then ipas that i usually drink but very interesting
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Smells like another winner from Stone! Hop-forward nose with big grapefruit presence and some resiny notes as well and just a touch of malty goodness to balance. Pours a beautiful light gold and almost peachy color. Slightly hazy with barely off-white persistent head. Medium-low carbonation. Nice lacing. Taste is big bitterness like the nose on the attack, a little malt sweetness creeping in the middle and a long bitter finish. Pretty much just like the commercial description. Medium body with a creamy/sticky texture. Medium carbonation and a wonderfully long bitter and dry finish. Great beer. Plan on stocking up on a few of these (me AND you!).