IrishBoy (3909) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from BevMo Valencia. Nose is pineapple, mango, lemon, and bits of caramel. Lightly hazy copper orange with a medium off white head. Flavor is bitter with lots of tropical fruity notes and very lightly caramelized sugar. One of the most "tropical" DIPAs Iíve had.
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an interesting IPA. Pours a classic orange with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is loaded with juicy tropical fruits, oranges and lemon. Thereís a slight malt sweetness and some bready characteristics. The taste starts off nice and bitter, followed by a kick of spices, and hints of grapefruit and lemon. Dry finish. Not too sure if this is balanced that well, but who cares, since I donít taste the 10% abv at all. Nice job and way too easy to drink.
theOptimator (300) - 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 (1378) - 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 (2007) - 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 BVeryís 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.
Itís an interesting competitor to DFHís 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.
Itís a good IPA, and surprisingly drinkable considering the full on flavor assault.
wilnatp (630) - 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 (7383) - 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 (3741) - 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 canít get over the sheer quantity of bubbles in this beer. Reminds me of Pearlís 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 canít even see through the thick white blanket left on the glass by this beer. One of the best looking 3 beers youíve ever seen.