Dodgrblu (550) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 22 ounce bottle from Nugget Vacaville. Medium disappearing head, aroma of lemons, taste is soapy lemons
drjay44 (2449) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a long lasting ivory head, with light lacing, over a amber-copper (SRM 15) body......nose is citrus, pine, toffee/caramel, various tropical fruits, mango, cantaloupe ....taste is toffee/caramel, pine, lemon, rye (which is very cardamom like to me), ending with a variety of spices including cinnamon, ginger, pepper and a lingering moderately bitter hop bite....mouth feel moderately heavy, slightly sticky, slight alcohol warmth present, with a light fusel bite, carbonation low. This is obviously a D/IIPA, and is a nice beer. It is very complex in both aromas and flavors, I personally really enjoy dissecting the aromas and flavors of these complex beers. However, I wonder if we are becoming too effete with the use of the 4 original ingredients ( malt, hops, yeast, water) and using too much erudition with others. The myriad modifications of the original four gave us just a few tens of thousands of beers. They were all consumed. BJCP 7/3/14/3/7
UDBeernut (1424) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big nasty brutus Dipa in this one. Pours golden amber with foamy slight off white head, amazing retention. Scent is a punch of pine, citrus, lemon. Hops smell like a boiling kettle with simcoe hops. Taste is much of the same with plenty of body and bitterness. Slight caramel malt forces in to the picture just to be bitch slapped out by the bitterness. Best anniversary beer from stone in some time.
bluejacket74 (1186) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and thereís a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like citrusy (lemon peel, tropical fruit) and pine hops, rye malt, and some lemon oil. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, lemon peel, rye malt, and a bitter herbal flavor. Thereís also a nice long lasting bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and coating and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, I might have to pick up another bottle soon! $7.99 a bottle.
wchesser (994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big DIPA right in the Stone style. Rye adds a nice earthy spicy dimension. Lemon very, very subtle. Smells fantastic as youíd expect. Probably the best anniversary from them in several years.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Bottle courtesy of Dan, thank you! Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of lemon, pineapple. Taste is bitter lemonpeel and tropical fruit. Decent.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
So I was worried about this one with all the lemon but I love Stone, I wanted to give it a try. So I agree with one reviewer that: " Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, nice lemon and oily notes, hints of a slight herbal and grass mixing into some dank notes, finishing fairly sweet, but balanced with a fairly bitter kick."
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2012
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer was utterly awful. Drain pour to the extreme. Thanks to yourefragile for sharing. Served in a goblet. Pours inoffensively enough, but then it quickly fills the air with the disgusting scent of lemon household cleaner and...nothing else. I was hesitant to take a sip, thinking it couldnít be safe. For my taste buds, it wasnít. More lemon. At least some bitterness here, but that didnít help anything. Memo to Stone: sometimes itís okay not to go extreme.
NielsenRatings (8116) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Foco. Pours a fairly clear, rust orange appearance with a light tan head that has pretty good lacing. Dank, grapefruity, fairly spicy, cinnamon-like, herbal hoppy, slightly sprucey, caramel aroma. Very spicy (nutmeg/cinnamon), tangy orange/pineapple/grapefruity, somewhat piney/herbal hoppy, toasty malty, light toffee flavor. Alcohol is masked quite well. Really a strange spiciness going on and seems a bit all over the place. Drinkable but not nearly as good as some of Stoneís other IPA releases.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
another year of stone to enjoy. A bomber to myself. a clear light amber with little head film on the top. Aroma is a unique mix of lemon oil, pepper and a savory spiciness from the rye. Taste has that rye malt at first but some tropical passion fruit comes through and ends with a light bitter film on the tongue. Never had an IPA like this and in no way get a sense of this being a 10abv beer except maybe some booze notes if i smell it very deeply.