charule (1333) - 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 (80) - 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 (1414) - 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 (2110) - 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 (728) - 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 (795) - 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.
emacgee (4176) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very pretty pour, crystal clean straw gold with one finger of sticky white head. Nose is very herbal and earthy with some spicy notes and citrus rind. A touch buttery with some bready notes. Flavor shows a lot of hop resin/oil, very full character with a heavy bitterness. Clean malt profile with a very soft backing. Medium full bodied with a dry finish.
zizzybalubba (1527) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Orange pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, and wet grass. Plenty of bitterness from the hops in the flavor. I can certainly tell that both German hops and pilsner malt were used as this, as odd as it may sound, comes off as a very heavily hopped pils. Stone makes it work. The only reason this is a slight disappointment has to do with Stone’s recent stellar results with other DIPAs. Nice beer overall.
bubblehouse (543) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love most stone ipa’s and this didn’t dissapoint. Very hoppy but very smooth. Excellent
undsioux7 (814) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think the highlight of this beer is the right amount of bitterness that I wasn’t expecting from the german hops. I guess if you put enough hops in regardless of variety, you will get the bitterness you want. I got some grapefruit and light citrus with light caremel malt with the more german hop flavors coming through which is a nice change, but not really better then west coast hops.