Ratman197 (10554) - 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.
MrFecesious (1156) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at rattle n hum. Clear amber, with minimal cap, but a dense ring. Foremost aroma is lemon. Holy shit. This is definitely a different impy. Lemon rind assaults with a gentle tart bitterness. Supreme rye malt flavor, with the lemon poking it's nose about. Steady lacing on the glass. Back to aroma, the rye is there but the strong player is still the lemon. Great lingering bitter finish.
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 hoppin’ Stone
skoisirius (1818) - 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. Wasn’t 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. It’s like...both the flavors are presented well, and taste great, but maybe just don’t belong together. An off shoot of two beers could be done here. Still yummy and Stone and all that, yah. Woot.
scrubfish (46) - 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 (2212) - 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 Binny’s 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 (1557) - 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 (117) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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 that’s really appealing. Medium-full body...this beer feels pretty rich! Flavors are all caramel-malt, and very citrusy, but also VERY bitter, and I’m immediately reminded of Dogfish Head’s 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 it’s almost too bitter for me, but the interplay between the bitterness and citrus flavors keep it interesting and make me want to keep drinking. It’s been a while since I had the Dogfish Hellhound, and it’s tough to say which one of the two I like better; they’re even similar in alcohol content. At any rate, this is a very good, rich, complex IIPA.
TomTron (416) - 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.