theOptimator (284) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Aroma is heavy sweet citrus, mango tropical fruit forward, spicy rye, sweet malt. Appearance is hazy copper with medium thick frothy light tan head. Taste is very sweet malt mixed with heavy aroma hopping forward. I notice the lemon oil but probably would think it was aroma hopping if I hadnt read it on the bottle. Spicy rye quite present, possibly a hint of ash. Earthy tones and a bit of vanilla. Palate is meium+, Hint of alcohol warmth warms the tongue. Sweet malt and a smooth but firm hop bitterness lingers. Overall a very nice beer. Complex but it works. A little different from the typical IIPA.
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA bomber bottle. The IPA pours a murky apple juice amber with a nice beige head of small bubbles that is persisting nicely. Nose is a acidic sweet blend of spruce and citrus hops. Taste is slight citrus on the front that mellows into pine mid taste and mellows nicely into a clinging mix of mild honey and good bitters. Body is lively and a bit tangy. Nice nice beer. I need to find more of this.
ryanfolty (1842) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 30, 2012 bottle at BVery’s tasting. Dark golden pour with some head. Citrus and floral hops with some caramel for aroma and taste. Wish there was more malt to balance this one out.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is pretty hoppy but it is also reminiscent of floor cleaner because of all the lemon products in there. There is a good hop presence on the palate but it also has an herbal funkiness to it that reminds of old bell peppers and/or licking a Christmas tree trunk.
BeerSquare (117) - - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not usually that much of a Stone fanatic, but I like this one more than many of theirs.
It’s an interesting competitor to DFH’s Hellhound-- perhaps a new sub-genre "Lemon IPA."
In this case the lemon makes it feel lighter, and really marginalizes the malts, with the actual citrus playing off some citrusy hops.
Aroma is pretty minor, considering the taste, and mouth feel is also surprisgingly watery, considering this is a big beer.
It’s a good IPA, and surprisingly drinkable considering the full on flavor assault.
wilnatp (564) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown orange pour. Aroma of spice, rye, floral hops. Taste is well balanced bitter hops. Dry mouthfeel after.
BVery (6191) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Rich reddish orange pour with a white head. Huge floral hop aroma. Sharp floral hop flavor, with some caramel malt - really rich and tasty. Nice brew.
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah, the Stone obnoxious IPA... crystal clear caramel color with a fat, thick, dense white head that lasts minutes! Plenty of them. More than 23. The aroma is dense lemon peel and an undertone of grain. I can’t get over the sheer quantity of bubbles in this beer. Reminds me of Pearl’s advertising. The palate is full, bitter hoppy resin. Yeah! After the first 1/4 pint the hops kill all the lemony bullshit. Thank God. I can’t even see through the thick white blanket left on the glass by this beer. One of the best looking 3 beers you’ve ever seen.
ICEatALAMO (937) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours golden in color with hints of red. Aroma is full of hops and citrus, but don't really get lemon. The taste is a little off for me. Can for sure taste the lemon, but not really refreshing at all. A little disappointed.
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Ratman197 (9794) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of lemon, bread, spice, grapefruit, pine, light orange anmd light tropical fruit. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, lemon, grapefruit, pine, light erarthiness and light spice with a crisp dry bitter lingering lemon finish.