Scopey (6180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog Bar, Aberdeen. It pours a hazy straw yellow colour with a foamy white head. The nose is hay, farmyard, floral notes, straw and citrus fruits. The taste is of farmyard, biscuit, bread, lots of lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and spicy ginger towards the decent bitter finish. Quite a bit lighter than I expected, especially with the % and IBU it boasts.
KyotoLefty (6145) - 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.
Ernest (6143) - 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.
Rastacouere (6119) - 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.
after4ever (6059) - 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.
HogTownHarry (6042) - 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????
Svesse (6041) - 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!
blutt59 (5999) - 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
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nice orange with white head, aroma is sweet mango, pineapple, and more citrus with a touch of pine. Taste is big citrus and pine up front, with more tropical fruit, finishing nice and bitter after a small malt backbone. Stone never ceases to disappoint!
drowland (5980) - 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!