HogTownHarry (5977) - 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????
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a cloudy deep gold with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges and laced nicely. Aroma had pine and sweet grains with a bit of caramel. Flavor had a strong pine note accompanied by a slight grapefruit note and a bit of grain backing.
marcus (5896) - 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.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/19/10. Bomber into a pint glass. Cloudy, very light orange pour for a DIPA with a frothy off-white head that fades to a few millimeters with clumps. The aroma is fresh earthy hops with solid cat pee, pine undertones, minerals, and definite malt backing. The flavor is loaded with things... orange peel, fresh orange, pale malts, sweet malts, juniper, lemon, and more. I had a little taste of this on tap and it was nothing like this bottle... this is much better. Chalky and minerally but big mouthfeel. Really not bad!
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours a cloudy burnished medium bronze with a dense and creamy platinum blond head that really sticks around. Tons of densely webby lace. Big tangy tangerine, grapefruit, and orange rind nose--very marmalade-y. Creamy medium body, plenty of lively carb. Toasty caramel and biscuit on the mid-palate, along with tons of citrus preserves and sharp oily pine. Long piney resin finish. Great DIPA, as expected.
Svesse (5821) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Hazy golden colour with lasting, off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of orange, lemon, grapefruit, honey, tropical fruit and herbal, citric hops. Fruity, hoppy taste with citrus, peaches, pineapple, toffee, honey, grassy herbs and generous amounts of grassy, citrussy hops in a bitter finish. Some alcohol comes through at the end. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Tasty, refreshing and very drinkable for its strength. Stone delivers as expected. Lovely beer!
KyotoLefty (5808) - 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.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle [22oz] shared with and courtesy of garthicus. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with an average size diminishing frothy white head -- almost looks like grapefruit juice. Great aroma, so hoppy and citrusy, along with yeast, some alcohol, tropical fruit and light spices. Flavour’s hoppy and yeasty, a good balance of the two, along with citrus fruit and juicy malt. Sweet and earthy as well. Some alcohol but it’s pretty well hidden considering the abv. Medium bodied. Very good stuff, I really enjoyed it.
phaleslu (5723) - 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.