nick76 (4322) - 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 (1532) - 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.
dagimp (859) - 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.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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 (1079) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy straw colored pour with a small off-white head. The aroma is faint hops, plenty of yeast, but nothing special. The mouthfeel is full for the style, and nicely carbonated. The taste is nutty, and light malt up front. After that, the hops kick in for sure. The bitterness hits you in the back of your mouth. It’s a definite earthy hop profile that lingers in your mouth for quite some time. Imperial ESB? As this warms, I get more spice, especially coriander out of the aroma and flavor. Not a big fan, really.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells and tastes like rotten cheese and fermented onions ... maybe a hint of humus. There are some hops also... but just plain awkward... enough said.
SSSteve (4007) - - JUL 2, 2010
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. hazy light gold under a large, fluffy, white head. i hate to say it but this smells bad...sweaty socks, mildew aroma. mildewy flavor with herbal/hoppy/citrus and tropical fruit. medium body. the aroma is killing me. weird stuff, i dunno.
blutt59 (6286) - 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
phaleslu (8006) - 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.