timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 S: Lemon, grapefruit, tropical fruit bitterness. Malt presence - toasted rye
A: Deep amber with foamy white head with great retention
T: Lemon zest - almost Belgian ale spiciness - malt - all well balanced
P: Medium-full bodied, creamy and lingers really well - leaves that great hop lining
O: Another hoppiní Stone
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
HmmmmK. Props for trying something different. Wasnít totally sold on it, but enjoyed it at the same time. Big Stoned malt nose, lots of lemon juice hints up front. The body is thick and Stone DIPA, with crushed lemon flavor all up in your grill. For the most part it blends with the DIPA part, but the rye has such a sweet flavor as well, they meet in a bit of an odd way in the middle. Itís like...both the flavors are presented well, and taste great, but maybe just donít belong together. An off shoot of two beers could be done here. Still yummy and Stone and all that, yah. Woot.
scrubfish (43) - Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting IPA. Beautiful Copper color, Solid one finger head, scant lacing. Lemon/pine notes up front with unmistakable smell of a big IPA.
BUT, something changes and it drinks rather light and carbonated, the big malt backbone you would expect at 10% abv is missing and it drinks much lighter. Nice
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Binnyís Arlington Heights. Pours clear copper with white head. Aromas of intense lemon and pine needles with a bit of sweet malts. Flavor is much subdued compared to aroma. Lemon, pine, resiny hops with a good deal of bitterness. Unique for sure but was not a huge fan.
csaso (1342) - Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - average size foamy head, medium amber color, lemon citrus hop aroma and flavor with a mild sweet malt bakbone, fair alcohol taste - pretty damn yummy
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at a Sprouts market in San Diego. Poured it into my favorite tulip glass. Pours mostly clear amber with a finely-textured white head. A really great nose immediately...big lemony aromas, with a kind of yeasty, bready undertone thatís really appealing. Medium-full body...this beer feels pretty rich! Flavors are all caramel-malt, and very citrusy, but also VERY bitter, and Iím immediately reminded of Dogfish Headís Hellhound On My Ale, which also pits lemon flavors against hop bitterness in a really nice way. This one has such a long, resinous bitter finish, that itís almost too bitter for me, but the interplay between the bitterness and citrus flavors keep it interesting and make me want to keep drinking. Itís been a while since I had the Dogfish Hellhound, and itís tough to say which one of the two I like better; theyíre even similar in alcohol content. At any rate, this is a very good, rich, complex IIPA.
TomTron (370) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper with an off white head that leaves some lacing. Aromas of lemon zest, pine, citrus, and some spice. Taste packs a hop punch with the lemon verbena shining first before some other citrus and spice comes through as well as the rye malts. A lot going on in this one. Has a bit of a dry, spicy finish and some alcohol warmth on the way down.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, served at around 45F.
Pours clear copper with a three finger off-white head that leaves good clumpy walls of lacing and holds a good cap.
Aroma is citrus, lemon, apricot, some fruity hops, a bit of pine, grass, can pick up the rye and some caramel malt, bread, toffee. Good to very good strength.
Flavor is lemon, citrus rind, pine, resinous hops, strong malt backbone of caramel and rye, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, strong alcohol bite on the finish. Pretty boozy.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, pretty sticky, good carbonation.
This is one big beer. Bigger than I prefer my Double IPAs, bordering more on the American Strong Ale or even Barleywine style. Good, but far from my favorite Anniversary brew from Stone.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper with a white head. Smell is citrus and lemon up front with some earthy hints and resiny splashes. Tastes nutty with some resiny hints, some sweet melon, spicy with a semi bitter finish. Too malt forward for a IIPA.
Strykzone (4900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. This is a crystal clear copper colored beer that has an off white head. It took a while for that to dissipate. A big citrus nose jumps from the glass. Citrus is also a major flavor theme. It is grapefruit and softer lemons. Rye is also prominent but is more in the background and a bit of grass is tasted. Malt is almost as big as the hops. Caramel and pale malts. Spice is not as big as expected or hoped. Alcohol is not tasted at all and for it to be 10% that is impressive. Bitterness begins big but settles considerably by mid glass. This beer is tasty.