csaso (1225) - 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 (355) - 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 (6329) - 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 (4475) - 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 (2035) - 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 (3546) - 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 (358) - 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 (655) - 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