Beaver (1283) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours clear light copper with a big creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.
The aroma is piney, resiny hops and some lemon.
The flavor is sweet lemony honey fruits and toasted rye malts quickly followed by a big resiny piney hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a huge fun hop monster. The lemon is interesting but doesnít quite fit in.
thomas15 (683) - USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lemon candy aroma just sweet and aromatic and pretty unique smell wise for me. Amber with ample off white head. Taste is abrasive and full, bitter and imperial. Earthy malt bitter lemon rind and pine. The taste takes some warming up to as it has some subtleties in between some serious assertive bitterness. Intricate beneath it all. I fine effort and a welcome addition to the variety of ipas Iíve had from stone.
WanderinCelt87 (169) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Has a very subtle aroma of flowers and hops. The taste is a crisp and bitter with a hint of lemon. Appears to be a dark amber with a white head. Finish is amazing and doesnt leave a bitter after taste like some double ipas.
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Jubilation. Lemon & rye = yum. Aroma is a bit too cognac-y, especially as it warms. Warming alcohol on the tongue.
Peacehammer (619) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark amber. Huge two and a half finger cream white head. Big pine lemon citrus nose. Easy drinking and balanced for such a huge beer. The pine and lemon play very well with the malts. This is an incredible double IPA
19Ei8hty (1170) - Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright orange tinted copper body with medium carbonation and a tall, long lasting, well laced foam head. Moderately roasted malt body highlighted by some caramel and a touch of spicy rye. Tropical fruit character without being overly sweet. Lemon zest with notes of pineapple and lime. A bit of an herbal quality with light tea essence. Light peppery spice finish. Fantastic.
Atom (1338) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber pours a clear copper/orange with a large khaki head. Aroma is clean with rye, pine, oranges, and caramel. Taste of spciey rye and hops, with a big hit of herbal lemon and an almost ginger, caramel malt, ending with alcohol. The lemon with the alcohol level really donít do it for me.
keanex (1431) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 2012 on the bottle.
A: This is an absolutely stunning beer that fills out my Dogfish Head glass wonderfully. I poured semi-hard and was greeted with a beautiful light tan head taking up the top 1/4 of the glass and even a tad above the top, but not overspilling. The head has excellent retention sitting strong over a minute after the pour and still going. The body is an absolutely crystal clear amber with a moderately paced stream of carbonation in the body.
S: Strong lemon aroma, but neither sour or sweet, and a tropical hop aroma, slight rye in the background. This is a bright and clean smelling beer, moderate presence.
T: This is a lot sweeter than I expected with the lemon flavor leaning sweet rather than tart, but with good presence throughout that lingers for a bit on the finish. Tropical hops provide a mild bitterness and mild fruitiness contributing to some of the sweetness but dry out a bit by the end as the lemon and rye hit. The rye is very subtle, only hints of spice on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
O: I think this is a nice interesting IPA combining a lot of flavors really well and itís a huge surprise to see Stone make a sweeter IIPA instead of their usual hop assaults. I prefer this to the Enjoy By IIPA for sure.
badwhale (356) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber to glass mug. Pours a dark yellow with good head. Lots of nice smooth hop flavors with a lemon twang. 10%AVB is subtle to say the least. Tastes light for a double IPA, but great.
Terminus (3231) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-purchased at Jubilation in Albuquerque, NM-Aug 2012-pours deep orange almost red with a nice fluffy soapy off-white eggshell head. nose is kind of wierd-lots of lemon cleaner notes, tropical fruits, spice (esters), lite alcohol, rye (must be the spice i smell)-as it warmed up a bit, the rye came out more pronounced. flavors are different for a IIPA-lots of lemon/citrus (from both the hops and the lemon added), rye spice, lite toasted malt, lite alcohol heat, and moderate bitterness. not as overly bitter as i was expecting-actually is very pleasant. long finish of the lingering rye spice and piney/spicy hops. a very solid offering from this brewery, which i have come to really not like. however, the last few beers i have had from them have been very solid.