jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden tinted blonde coloured body with a nice light straw glow all with a large three centimetre tall white head. Aroma of fresh grassy and herbal hops, alcohol, very light malt and a ton of white grape juice - very strong and assertive. Medium-bodied; Strong herbal and grassy hop notes throughout with a good bitterness and a large body of the malt right behind. Aftertaste shows the depth and assertiveness of the flavours with the malt at first then immediately overtaken by the hops, the bitterness and especially by the grapey sweetness on the finish. Overall, a surprisingly good IPA with a lot of hop notes, a ton of white grape flavour and a smaller malt body that really hides this at 9,5% abv - I thought it was around 7,5% or so. I’m happy this was so good, since I usually don’t buy into names/reputations, but this one is a very good beer and should be had if you can still find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station on 11-November-2013 for US$7,27 sampled at home in Washington as my very first beer back in the states after a 2,5 week trip to asia - the land of mostly pale lagers - so this was a nice treat!
TXBadger (1398) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden with white head. Floral notes, pine, citrus, and grapefruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little grassy hop note.
arnold931 (554) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden amber nice white head. Nose is mildly citrusy, Some pine. Some sourness here as well.
Camons (6052) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of bready malt, caramel, light yeast, light bitter flowery hops, pine, resin. Flavor is malt, bready, caramel, flowery, pine, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter finish with some alcohol. Clearly not fresh. 120414
Valgreen (660) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Slightly hazy light orange, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, malty, sweet, hoppy, orange, faint pine, passion fruit. Taste, malty base with some sweetness, hops, pine, resin. Dry bitter mouth feel. Long bitter aftertaste.
rumproasts (2878) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. The European hops used in this hop bomb provide quite a different taste that what I’m used to. While plenty hoppy, this seems less harsh, and maybe a bit more earthy than a typical Stone offering. Still delicious though.
Lothore (551) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours a golden yellow color which a small, off white head which leaves lots of lacing on the way down
S - mild citrus, hints of wheat.
T - mild maltiness followed up by an absolute assault of hops. Deep piney, resiny bitterness.
M - thick with ample carbonation. Very resiny
D - huge beer that is a complete hop bomb. Unbalanced but delicious
Wrenchbody (7) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One full tick up from the unbelievable regular Stone IPA. This is one we should hope they keep in long term production.
BeerdedDave (352) - - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy gold-light amber color; citrusy, floral hop aroma; a bitter, hoppy beer; light malt background with lots of hops and notes of alcohol; a little fruity; dry, bitter finish
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sweet! There is a strong berry flavor to this - perhaps raspberry - yes I think it’s raspberry! Not my favorite IPA but certainly drinkable for a change of pace.