emacgee (4024) - 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 (1419) - 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 (382) - 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 (797) - 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.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeast and lush fruit on nose. Mouthwatering fruit flavors, more bread notes. Finish strong hop and creamy caramel malt
Steasy66 (883) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bit of a gusher, beware. Golden with 2 finger dense off white head. Aroma has a lot of yeast and some subtle earthy hops. Opens quite sweet with a grassy hop finish. Somewhat thick body, medium high carbonation. Good IPA but not life changing. Wouldn’t buy again at the price we pay for stone in MN.
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is yeast, citrus, light tropical fruit, hop resin notes and malts. The flavor is citrus, tropical fruit/candy, mild hop resin, a hint of grapefruit and a mix of bitter, dry and slight sugar/fruit in the finish.
3fourths (8029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I intended to scroll past this one but the forum talk about possible diacetyl and sensitivity to flaws made me curious enough to actually read about this beer. Pilsner malt and German hops? I’m interested. Sometimes they work magic in Anglo-American styles, but with 100+ IBU and Stone making this thing, I had a guess how this would smell and it’s mostly correct: cheese rind and cheesecloth / whey is a character I get in beer which overuse German hops (Keserű Méz is a great example of this smell and flavor but it’s not a beer you can find without going to Hungary so it’s not a good recommendation, but it’s what I think of when I smell these sorts of Westernized beers with German hops). Aroma has mild touches of that distinct German pilsner malt sweet baked bread and biscuit character but mostly the nose is hops, no surprise (give them credit for some malt expression in the aroma, more than you get in typical double IPA). A little game-y and somewhat like banana candies (runts), but the primary notes are floral / pepper / cheese rind / BO, again typical of using an absurd amount of German hops. The light lemon character and the stronger pepper and floral scents and all that, I see that as what you get with Hersbrucker and Sterling and Strisselspalt. Not so much citrus fruit character as you would expect given the Hallertauer and Opal and other hops used. A small bit of garlic and onion is there as well, which reminds me of Simcoe, and funny enough some descriptors I found online for two of these strains that I’m unfamiliar with mention Simcoe as a substitute. As for diacetyl? Not at all. Perhaps something in this beer varies wildly bottle to bottle but I would not guess diacetyl, and I consider myself very sensitive to it - for me it doesn’t manifest simply as butter, but as rancid foot sweat and popcorn flavoring (which uses diacetyl). It also manifests as an oily solvent-like texture on the palate. I get oiliness in this beer but it’s not solvent-like and there is no rancid character. Instead, guess what, it tastes like a high-gravity pilsner malt beer made with loads and loads of German hops. So maybe the American DIPA drinkers are seeing this German hop character as butter, the thing that I call cheese rind, must, BO, etc. Sweet, medium to full bodied, some pear and white grape-like esters, some bubble gum and pineapple rind and citrus peel show up as it breathes but it’s not pulpy or juicy. At 10% it’s very boozy for me, and the hop acids linger in the mouth while the alcohol burns the throat feeling like acid reflux. I’m not a fan of the hot alcohol or the excessive bitterness, but the aroma and the approach are pretty enjoyable, though I’d take a 5% version at 35 IBU any day over this version. YMMV.
RABinCO (1287) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours gold, slight white head. Slightly grassy, citrus aroma with bits of bread and cereal. Assertive bitterness but not overwhelming like many Stone anniversary beers.
RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is grapefruit, pine, malt, and florals. Somewhat bitter. Decent.