HonkeyBra (3113) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the first time I’ve been excited about a Stone beer in a long time. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a nice orange color with a fairly stable egg shell colored head. Aroma of grass, pine, spruce, and more grass. Flavor is very bitter, strong herbal and grass flavors, complimented by the crackery pilsner malt. Finishes with a strong german hop note. Real talk: this is the best beer Stone has made in years.
RedSox2004 (1139) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold with a full three-finger head from an aggressive pour. Head dissipated to a solid film and left very nice lace. Aromas of pine and grapefruit with a little pine and orange. Big citrus hop character up front with some bready malt and pine. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, and a moderately bitter finish. Extraordinarily soft and smooth mouthfeel, almost like a well-crafted pilsner, highlights what would otherwise be just another great IIPA.
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honestly thought this was a bit of an onion bomb. And I am a Stone fanboy. Pours perfectly to style clear gold with white head. Taste is not sweet enough up front and is just a little off in its bitterness. Scent is citrusy. Carbonation is solid but beer seems a tad thin. Was really hyped to try this and felt a little let down. Bottle - Sherlock’s - Decatur, GA
Steve_0 (2232) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pour is clear orange with a big cream head and great lacing. Bright, lightly floral, a touch of citrus, fruity hop notes, soft soapy notes, noble hoppy, grassy, straw, somewhat spicy, and earthy aroma. Taste is grassy, floral, honey and big caramel with a very apparent butterscotch note, caramel corn, somewhat peppery, and fruity with a big bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel with high carbonation. The off-flavors don’t necessarily ruin it, but it is probably my least favorite Stone beer in recent memory.
olr1984 (918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a light gold with thin white head. Pine and fruit aroma. A citrus hop taste
TimsRatings (366) - - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 22oz bottle.
Clear amber with a touch of white head. Somewhat mild citrus aroma. And that is the last you will see of the word "mild"... The citrusy/hoppy flavor has the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but it is still very drinkable.
Not as harsh as Palette Wrecker, nor the smoothness of RuinTen.
I rate it just below RuinTen in the power- hop beers.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap for this anniversary beer. Decent strength - I like the German flair to the West Coast IPA
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: Brass orange body, 1/2 finger white head. Smell: Tropical Flowers fused with fruits (like a woman’s perfume), citrus, tobacco and faint alcohol. Taste: Floral, citric rind, spicy, fruits, tobacco, strong bitterness, mild alcohol bite. Feel: Medium body, active carbonation. Overall: 17th reminds me of a certain other beer named Victory Hop Wallop. Nothing wrong with that though the malt sweetness is a bit brighter with Stone. All the flavors and aroma are the practically the same. I sipped this and Hop Wallop came to mind. The only thing that sets them apart is the bitterness and pilsner malt sweetness. Other than that this brew is worthy. Nothing earthshattering but still very solid.
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Two Stones.... Nice looking DIPA, bright orange in color, good head. Nose is hoppy... little grassy. Classic Stone taste, big but not over the top. Hoppy, grassy, bitter, little sweet in the after taste. Medium body. Overall Good stuff hope I can find a bottle
bytemesis (2579) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a small white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is a mix of citrus, pine, spicy herbs, caramel, perhaps a touch of butter. Flavor is the same, medium spicy as if rye were present, light sweet, light plus bitter, with bitterness lingering to the far finish. Medium body, silky smooth mouthfeel. My overall impression is that it is a nice beer, but a bit harsh, and lacking the hop juiciness of my favorite IPA’s