ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, dated 8/8/12 (this fresh?! on the east coast?! awesome!), from grape & gourmet. pours a clear, pale gold capped by a thin, smooth, bright white head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is outstanding, actually quite unique for a Stone brew, with heavy floral/perfume esters, pine resin, and tropical notes of tangerine and pineapple backed by spicy rye, fresh lemon zest, and honeysuckle with a touch of toasted, glazed donuts as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful, exactly what i expected following the aroma, with juicy, sweet tropical notes of mango, tangerine, and pineapple backed by a hefty dose of bitter hops, pine esters, and fresh lemon peel with subtle notes of rye toast, honey, and fresh herbs on the back end. as it opened up, this actually reminded of an obnoxiously dry-hopped version of Saison du Buff which is certainly a good thing in my book. palate is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and the lemon zest adds a nice tart, citrusy balance to the huge, bitter, and tropical hop notes. overall, another over-the-top and wonderfully unique anniversary beer from stone. cheers to 16 years!
peteinSD (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear, golden bronze pour with a large white head. Aroma is lemon, rye, sweet malt, pine, floral hops, and more lemon on the finish. Taste is lemon, rye, a fairly heavy and sweet malt presence, aggressive hop bitterness, and a somewhat clean finish although the alcohol does show. Heavy and on the sweet side IIPA but it drinks well. Coating, sticky mouthfeel. Nice beer.
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly muted hop aromas. Tangerine, Orange peel, biscuit, rye and white fruit flavors. Overall seems like an amped version of Ruination 10th.
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrusy, perfume lemon hop aroma. Flavor is citrusy sweet spicy rye with lemon hints, grapefruit, mango. Signature stone hop overload. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is not detectable! Worked well in the current California end of summer heat. I would love it if this beer became bottled on the regular. I love it. Definitely one to drink fresh!!
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Bomber purchased from Red Carpet in Alta Loma. Aroma is lots of citrusy lemon notes along with a touch of honey. Pours a copper pour with white foamy head. Taste is initially bitter with lots of citrus as well. Wow this stuff is really bitter in the finish too. Not very balanced but damn this is yet another good hop bomb from STONE.
WesIRS (4) - Alta Loma, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
stone 16th has a citrus aroma bitter hop finish. with lemon peel bite good beer to have many times again.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber split amongst friends. Really nice lemon presence mixed with a solid hop/malt balance. Wasn’t sure how the lemon oil would play into this but it seems to work pretty well.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really tremendous lemon aroma on this golden orange brew. Then the taste smacks you with what could be called an arrogant amount of rye spice with a hint of tart lemon underneath. Bitterness is in the mix too but is a third wheel to this rye IPA. One of the better IPA’s and beers that I have had in 2012.