chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange copper pour with large white head and lacing. Aroma of citrus and bittersweet hops and a hint of earthiness. Flavor is more citrus, hint of grapefruit and lots of bread, really heavy on the bread and malts. This is very heavily bodied and sweet on the finish. Not as refreshing as most IPAs/DIPAs as this just gets closer and closer to the Barleywine territory, minus the color of course.
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden with medium fluffy white head. Aroma is juicy citrusy hops with some sweet malty notes. Taste is floral and grassy hops upfront that fades into some sweet bready malt on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering bitter spruce hops with some notes of sweet malt coming through. Palate is thin and somewhat sticky. Overall a nice balanced double IPA with sweet and bitter playing together nicely.
GnarlyGnome (835) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: clear orange with a nice white head. Aromas of sweet flowery citrus. Flavor is bitter, citrus, but a super light body to it. Good... But I want more body. Still very tasty, though.
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle, bottled on 7/26/13. Pours clear golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet malts, ripe fruits and floral, grassy, slightly resiny hops with some alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet fruity toasted malt (slightly soapy) with a big floral, grassy, slightly resiny bitterness in the finish. There are some notes of cream ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, an OK DIPA, I think going German was not a wise choice.
charule (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from binnys. Pours an ultra clear amber color with think white head. Pleasant mild aroma with light hop and sting. Quite smooth med body. Bitter grapefruit taste but over whelming.
ChrisFields (98) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance- Pours a nice golden copper with a solid frothy white head.
Aroma- Hops. Fruit and citrus with floral notes and a touch of pine resin. Very nice indeed.
Taste- Bold hops, tastes of sweet grapefruit and burnt pine resin. Has an almost buttered cracker flavor underneath that eases into a mild bitterness with just a slight alcohol warming on the tongue.
Palate- Meduim bodied, mildly carbonated.
Overall- An interesting IPA. Worth a try and looking forward to next years offering.
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear darker golden color with a quickly fading white head. Light pine and medium hop bitterness in the aroma with some dry, toasted malt qualities and perhaps some earthy grains. Taste has a heavier pine and bitterness aspect with noticeable sweeter malt and alcohol but there are also some dryer malt notes as well. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Certainly not a pilsner or lagerish type beer but it’s a nice IIPA variant and drinks cleaner than the last few Stone anniversary beers as best as I can recall. I like it; nice work Stone!
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. pours a clear copper with a lasting fat white head. smells of so much sugar, and some citrus hops. smells like a a fairgounds cotton candy stall. one of those i take a whiff of and think: "fuck, this is going to be a cloying motherfucker. i bet they packed it full of hops to seem balanced". well, not packed, but still too sweet. hop flavor tastes burnt on the finish. lemon hop notes don’t mesh with all the cotton candy flavors. overall this is a disappointment.
ddemmingjr (790) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another fine bottle from Chucks: pours deep golden, lots of carbonation bubbles flowing from the bottom of the glass forming a fluffy white head that remains thick. Really appealing nose of baked bread dough, pineapple, tropical fruits, fresh grass and spearmint. Spicy herbal hop bitterness and drying along with a smooth earth malt backing. Detectable pilsner cracker malts and clean, fresh German hops. A pilsner IPA hybrid done only the way Stone does it. Superb beer.
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jeremyh70 (927) - Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a really clear dark golden with a persistent off white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma is all hops with a floral, grassy and light fruit scents. Taste is floral and spicy hops with a resiny pine bitterness and a bit of alcohol detectable. Smallest amount of cracker malt. Finishes bitter but clean. Mouthfeel is slick with a light/medium body and high carbonation. Higher amount of alcohol is hidden well making this more drinkable than I imagined. Huge hop flavors that are somewhat out of the ordinary. I enjoyed the spiciness.