TomTron (344) - 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 (6322) - 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 (4401) - 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.
johnnnniee (1954) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep golden in color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever and leave lots of lace on the way down the glass. Spicy and lemony aromas waft from glass signaling that this is no ordinary IPA. Earthy and herbal hops mesh with just a hint of bready malt aroma. The initial hit to the palette is bready malt until the earthy hops lake over. The spice takes over and when mixed with the lemon provides a mesh of herbal flavor long into the finish of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Interesting IPA. Iím not totally sold on the rye and lemon combo but it is great to try a beer with non traditional ingredients.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is pine, lemons and a strong hint of spice. The flavor is lemons, citrus, spicy malts from the rye, a hint of sweetness and a mix of hop bitterness and tartness in the finish.
Wombata (357) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: Clear orange with great beige head
Aroma: Floral and orange citrus from the hops, lemon and white pepper, orange malt
Flavor: Pepper attack followed by orange, apricot and tropical fruit (guava?) nectar on the mid-palate. Pepper resurfaces on the finish.
Comment: Very aromatic. Wisely reduced the hop bittering to accommodate the peppery flavors. This result is an excellent balance of hop, spice, and malt, regardless of the big malt. Very smooth palate with the pepper adding some bite on the sides of the tongue. I originally thought this might need some time to come together in the bottle, but it drinks well now. Better than I expected. Outstanding.
mrmartin (648) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber pour with small off-white head. Big dry Lemony and herbal nose (verbena/rosemary). Body is light, hoppy, smoother than i expected, definitely prescence of lemon verbena and a little pepperiness (from the rye). Bitter herbal (medicinal) finish and gets more herbal as it warms. ...hmmm
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, thanks Brenn79. Pours hazy orange with a thick cream-colored lacy head with excellent retention. Aroma is citrusy--grapefruit and lemon rind, bready malt, cooked vegetables, very Stone-ish. Taste is also very Stone-ish, being very bittersweet. The lemon verbena really comes through, which makes it stand out. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is full. Itís a quality beer, but itís not the best Stone Anniversary.
michcam8 (261) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber in color with lots of lively bubbles making their way to the top of the glass. Fluffy off white head about a half inch thick. Lots of lacing left on the side of the glass. Aroma is somewhat lacking for me, relatively compared to taste. I pick up hints of grass, lemon and malt....but not to overwhelming. Taste is yummy...sweet roasted malts, lemon, citrus, warming alcohol, grass, and bread. Creamy, medim body smooth mouthful on the palate with some linguering heat. Enjoyable beer from Stone. I would recommend to others.