talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical Stone pour with a clear amber color and a full, creamy, frothy, off-white head which settles to a thin froth and leaves drippy, frothy lace. The nose is surprisingly subtle (is this really a Stone beer?); subtle lemon, very floral, fresh herbs (basil, rosemary), subtle toasty notes, some raw hops, light spicy bread, and faint tropical fruit. The flavor is much less subtle; still very floral and herbal, rosemary notes all over, medium high bitterness, mango and papaya, a light lemon acidity, and some spicy rye grains. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, creamy, and slightly oily. The finish is spicy, drying slightly, bitter, subtly acidic still with lemon, some raw hop notes, light fruit left, and strong herbal notes lingering. Not a typical IIPA from Stone but I did appreciate the sublte intricacies and balanced approach to the style. The herbal notes matched with the rye notes were very intriguing and the lemon was used with only enough to add depth without overpowering the flavor or adding too much acidity. Not typical of Stone but still a nice anniversary beer.
vyvvy (3989) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour clear copper / orange with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has toasty malt, lemon verbena floralness, some citric hoppiness and some lemon citrus - floral is the main trait here and itís quite pleasant, just doesnít seem very IIPA. Medium / full body that is a bit slick with moderately soft carbonation and has some resiny roughness at the end. The beer starts out much hoppier than the aroma with citrus, pine, earth melding with the lemon oil (I think) for a citric abrasiveness that is really pleasant. There is a little bit of toasty malt presence, but itís overshadowed by the hop onslaught. The verbena from the aroma is not noticeable to me on the taste off the bat. The finish is really dry, lemony and resiny. The 10% is hidden really well and it is really pleasant to drink. Nicely done.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. Golden hazy ale. Lemon, citrus flavor. Taste is clean, hoppy, citrus ale. Easy.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber and clear with a white head that fades to a sticky lacing film. Aroma blasts citrus juice, bitter citrus rinds, spicy hops, orange, tropical fruits, and sweet toasted bread malts and light caramel. Flavor is lemon nuances but sweet- not even a citric tartness, spicy hops, woodiness, resin, citrus, tropical fruit. Moderately full body and some sticky sweetness on the back end balanced by bitterness. Good and interesting. Glad to try this since last year was a disappointment to me.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour, good head. Aroma was over the top lemon, piney hops, spicy malt and light booze. Flavors were big and bitter, noticeable lemon pledge presence, left a lingering aftertaste of lemon and bitter hops. Syrupy mouthfeel with standard carbonation. Slick and oily. This just didnít seem to work for me. Unbalanced, too much lemon, way bitter.
zizzybalubba (1418) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours dark orange with a frothy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of pine and grapefruit rind mostly with faint notes of lemon zest and faint malts. Delicious bitter hop flavor of pine, wet grass, and light citrus. Fairly balanced and the 10% ABV is nowhere to be found. Great beer!
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a fluffy head and an orange glow. Bright, lemon-accented nose. Snappy hops are complemented by a nutty, slightly toasted and slightly sweet malt backbone. Subtle notes of caramel and honey linger in the background. Bold bitterness, some alcohol warmth and spicy aromas of flowers, tea, white pepper and lemon.
Bartzilla (533) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first sip reminded me of the movie Evil Dead 2 (Dead By Dawn). Horror fans will recall that in this movie a gal, against the better wishes of those stuckin the cabin, ran out into the woods to flee the evil. Sadly, she did not realize EVERYTHING was evil, and got caught up in a buch of trees that proceeded to rape her, alone, in the forest. I had a similar experience after finishing off my bomber of Stone 16th. Except the trees were hop vines and they were raping my mouth. Saying this was a prodigious hop experience understates the facts: It looked great in the glass. Almost an orange hue to it. The smell was that of a questionably strong bag of weed. The taste was hop-raping my mouth. Plenty of burn, but in the good sense. Glad I tried it. Wonít be a mainstay, but I know this was a good beer.
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at WF Watering Hole in Chandler, AZ. Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Resiny hops with some citrus and lemony zest. Flavor is similar with a pretty good smooth finish. Good stuff!!
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. It pours super clear dark gold with a large off white head. This looks really nice in the glass despite the fact itís obvious thereís a lot of caramel malt in here. The aroma is pretty good with big sweet lemon tea, caramel malt and a bit of tropical fruit and spice. The flavor is about the same. Sweet, lemony and a rather rough bitter finish. Some spiciness in there, but this is pretty one dimensional. The body, while being pretty oily, actually feels pretty nice going down. I donít normally like IPAís this sweet and oily, but this one for some reason hits the spot. Maybe itís the lemon. Anyway, a pretty decent beer. Get it while itís fresh.