BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes: poured a very cloudy straw color with a small white head. Aroma was surprisingly mild-piney hops mixed with yeast. Very deep palate, with a notable thickness. Found it to be mildly hoppy with a lot of biscuity yeast mixed in. I usually really like Stone’s brews, and reading the other desscriptions in the reviews leaves me wondering if I got a bad bottle...
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very hoppy with floral hops and bread like malts. The appearance is hazy gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is smooth. Overall this is OK.
coldbrewky (1423) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber: Pours a thick and hazy honey golden. Thin white head with drippy lacing. Nose of whole hop with a light under tone of caramel malt. Hop resin tone is elevated at start and plateaus for duration. Their own definition shows the single dimension of this brew.... HIED or Hop Infused Explosive Device. Fairly one dimensional. It is brewed with British ingredients but lacks the reserve to be anything other than a one off anniversary brew.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is intensely pine hops, very sweet, some fartiness, but mostly pine and dank hops.
Taste is woah! way too sweet, pine, dankness, lots of milky pine, and more bitterness.
Finish is cloying and slightly bitter. Way too sweet.
dagimp (718) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bomber into a plastic cup. Pours with a good amount of head that doesn’t stick around too long. Not much lacing but that could just be the cup. Pretty decent aroma, very grassy and bananaey...almost Hefe like. Mouthfeel is medium for an IIPA. Taste is bready, cloves, light lemon and citrus hops... and that banana flavor again. Interesting, but not very. An OK IPA. Not that impressed but at least it wasn’t a total hop bomb like the rest of Stone’s IPAs.
Ernest (6217) - 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.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweaty socks, pine resin, grass, earth, and some citrus. Flavor of peach up front with pine, grass, metal, and grapefruit. Finishes dry and bitter.
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours hazy yellow with a foamy white head. A bit of harsh alcohol on the nose, with lots of herbal and grassy hops and some lightly sweet tropical fruit. A decent amount of sweet, caramelly malt, light yeast, dark chocolate, and a bitter, grassy finish. Really resiny in the mouth. Really sharp and not super pleasant.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2010 Bottle from Binny’s on Marcey. Pours a mostly clear pale copper with lasting sticky white head. Nose is all EKG, sweet and orangey. Distinctly English, which is what I’d expect. Taste is a bit too sweet with grapey notes (likely from the Boadicea hops) and again throws the fact that I don’t care for EKG back at me. Meh.
AndyReynolds (886) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Aroma is odd for an ipa, even an english ipa. I pick up sweet malts, noble hops, and spices. Notes of mint and pine stand out. Palate is smooth. Flavor brings out cheese? Something is off.... I am a little dissappointed compared to last year.