JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Brew’s Cafe. Clear gold to amber pour with a medium off-white head. Citrusy nose of orange peel and lemon balm with some maltiness and piney hops. Malty flavor with lemon and orange character before a piney and earthy hop finish with a bit of herb. Different, but it works.
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 2012-08-16. Crisp golden body with a nice white head. 3+ Flavour is an interesting melange of tastes, an interesting fruit character that is sort of citrusy and a bit melony? Fair bit of bitterness with interesting spice notes. Dry alcohol in the finish is noticeable but not as much as it could be for the abv. 7+ Fruity hoppy aroma with a lightly spicy accent to it is pleasant but a bit strange. Average plus to medium palate. 3+ Melon like fruit grows as it warms. I like it but find it a bit perplexing. 7/4/7/3/16 3.7 On tap at Blue Monk, Buffalo
2012-12-17. Lightly hazy dark orange body with a small off-white head. 3+ Aroma is hoppy, fruity, alcohol. 7+ Flavour is an interesting fruit melange, citrus, tropical fruit, light not quite herbal quality to it, sweet lemon notes in the finish. 7+ Smooth averad plus bodied palate. 3+ It is nice but just a little bit odd overall. 7/4/7/3/15 Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
Daytonbeer (677) - Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amberish yellow with white head and no lacing I really like the aroma. Strong citrus hops and some rye with spices. Taste is hoppy with strong citrus flavor, some spices and a touch of carmel for good balance. The beer disguises the high alcohol content. Very nice.
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - pours golden orange with crimson highlights. Huge creamy white head with excellent retention. Big notes of bitter lemongrass, lime, sweet tarts and spice. Taste is fruit forward, bittering finish, citrus notes and a creamy, medium bodied palate. Very little apparent alcohol. Nice and easy, great cold after a long day. Goes well with KISS’ Destroyer.
bookman10 (688) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden copper-yellow, with mid-sized head. Aroma is very strong--almost like a lemon air freshener. Flavor is dominated by the lemon verbena (they say "subtle lemon," but it’s hardly that), but there is a nice combination of hop bitterness and rye underneath it all. It’s another typical, outstanding double IPA concoction from Stone. Definitely worth a try.
b3shine (6070) - Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a completely transparent copper with sticky off-white lacing. Smells solid; bitter hops. Tastes BITTER! It’s good, but DAMN! You can definitely pick up the rye in this. Average on the palate. Good beer.
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours an amber orange with a retaining thin cap of white. Leaves behind great lacing.
Aroma: Huge grapefruit and wet wood. Pine and mellon rind.
Taste: Grapefruit, ginger, earthy spicy bitterness. Finishes dry and hoppy, maybe a touch astringent too.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, average carbonation.
Overall: This beer is very unique to all the other IPAs Stone has released over the years. Still need to get to know this beer better.
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark amber with thick off-white head. Aroma is hops and pinesol? Flavor is a little bit spicy and a little too lemony. Light to medium body with medium mold carbonation. Slight bitter finish. I liked it when I started drinking it but hated it the more I drank.
BucannonXC5 (977) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Co. on Aug. 17, 2012 (for $4.75), in San Diego. Poured a caramel, toffee with 1-2 fingers (when I got it) of whiteish, khaki head. Good and consistent retention all around on the way down.
Smelled citrus hops (grapefruit?), bitter and strong. Woody, pine (pine sap?) and lemon. Some floral notes as well. Bitter dominates here.
Tasted sharp bitterness up front. Citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and pine. A bit of rye spices, wood and lemon grass.
Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.
Was excited to try this beer and wasn’t disappointed. My slight cold may have hurt or helped this rating as well. Would love to try it again (and see if my ratings would change). Surprised at the lower rating by the fellow Beer Advocaters.
nsquishee (622) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, sweet, hoppy, and laced with lemon. A very interesting turn on the many IPAs that lean toward orange and grapefruity citrus notes. This one is directly laced with a lemon-flavored herb.