Atom (1192) - 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 (1232) - 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 (336) - 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 (3084) - 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.
Sublym (78) - Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Wonderful aroma while pouring. Good taste, has little more of an alcohol taste than hoppy ipa taste. Good beer just a little to much ABV for me. I know, I just cant pass that 10% mark for some reason, after that it taste like hard alcohol. This one came close, it hid the 10% fairly well. My loss I guess.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a deep copper with a very decent head and aromas of lemons. Flavor is lemon and caramel malt. Itís decent but an explosion of lemon peel with a little medicinal edginess.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer has a dark amber color in the glass. Aroma of pine and lemon zest. Taste has a nice mild bitterness to it mixed with citrus. There is grapefruit and more lemon. It has a long finish. Good beer.
GMCC2181 (1490) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL... Pours a redish orange, with a nice frosty head that stuck around. Nose of spicey rye malt, flower, piney. Taste is more of a rye ipa in my opinion but doesnt mattter. Hoppy, malty, sweet but not perfumey sweet. Nice spiceyness while holding a piney floral bitternes. Medium body. Easy to drink. Overall: Enjoyable.
lurch88 (11) - - AUG 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone could put dog shit in an IPA and it would taste great. I was unsure of the lemon at first but it pairs well with the rye malt.
ccex (885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours a clear orange color with a fair off-white head but minimal lacing. Smells like another knockout IIPA with lots of citrus hops. Aroma has the lemons standing out in front of other fruits, and the rye is definitely present. Aroma also includes a bit of floral hops, caramel and toffee malts, and some spiciness, Tastes slightly sweet but not at all boozy, with the expected dry finish. Medium body with perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, An interesting, slightly different IIPA that Iíll try to find again before this one is gone forever.