FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Amber color. A litty spice. Not finding any lemon a but there is a nice piny hop. This is pretty good.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured on tulip. Clear golden body with a long but no very lasting white head. Smells of coriander, lots of hierba buena, mint and citrus. The taste is very unique, the lemon zest comes through very strong, heavy on the bitterness of the hops, yeasty, notes of the rye nut, and it has a light mineral soda texture to it. a medium to light carbonation texture with a citrus finish.
callmemickey (1835) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber body. Large foamy white head. Good lacing. Nose is full of lemon, floral notes, ginger, pepper, and rye. The addition of lemon verbana and rye is clear. Comes across as though it could be a hoppy saison. Flavor is a bit muted and conflicted. Lemon verbana and ginger highlight a spicy rye base. Medium bodied, effervescent, mild bitterness in the finish. Spicy aftertaste. Interesting, but not as successful as I had hoped going into it.
Jesterdeal (1465) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of lemon pledge. Pine and lemon zest are very dominant. Pours like an IPA, frothy in all the right ways. Taste is floral and lemoney. A little too much lemon pledge going on.
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Giant Eagle. Pours a hazy orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus particularly lemon oil, caramel malt and some spicy rye on the back end. Tastes of subtle lemon with big hop flavor and a malt back bone that compliments and gives pretty good balance. Definitely medium bodied, oily with a nice stickiness that tends to stay true to the style. Overall not really my bag but respect to Stone for putting together another solid beer. By the way the 10% ABV is REALLY well hidden, drinks like a standard IPA. I shared this with a couple friends and we all had a good little buzz when finished.
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dmac (3505) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber shared by Scott. Poured a orange/amber body with a very foamy super light beige head. Aroma is lemon scented furniture polish, woody and oily. The body is woody with a medium body and light carbonation and a dry woody finish. Flavor of earth, dirty citrus rinds, dry resinous hops, lemon citrus. Meh last years was worlds better and the lemon is too much in the aroma.
radagast83 (3730) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Shared a 22oz bottle with friends. Poured a hazy orange color with a large white head. Aroma was big hops, with sweet malt characters, and a touch of lemon and spices. Flavor was nice, citrus hop bomb with plenty of floral notes to it. Nice lemon character - notes of lemon poppy seed muffin notes. Really enjoyed this particular one.
tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks good, smells good big lemon taste. Pretty damn good even though super lemony. Stone does awesome masking the high abv on this one. Innovative and excitingly good.
Reynolds314 (1873) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a golden straw color with billowing white head. Aroma is citrus, fresh cut grass, light rye. Abrasively bitter and astringent. Not at all pleasant to drink with none of the rye or lemon coming through once your palate is completely obliterated by this bitter mess.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful orange hue, brilliant clarity, whispy white head with spattered lacing. Nose is spicey rye and lemony zest and overall citrus notes. Flavor is uniquely complex with the rye presence and graininess up front followed by big citrus bursts with lemon overarching, lightly sweet and bouncy, well balanced, not overly warm or hot, the 10% is well-disguised here. One of the originals keeps innovating, gotta tip the hat to another unique anniversary ale from Greg, Steve, and the crew in North County....