BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright 24 karat pour with a massive ivory crown that left excessive lacing inside the glass. Evergreen, lemongrass, and leafy crisp hops along with grapefruit pith and bitter orange peel. Honey, caramel, and candied citrus in the backbone. The German profile is definitely unique and distinguishable. Quite different than west-coast varieties but a nice change of pace. Solid.
tectactoe (2293) - Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Clean, clear golden orange body, clarity off the charts. Foamy white head gone in seconds to a collar. Aroma very grassy and fruity like Fruity Pebbles. Tastes like Fruity Pebbles, too, with heavier hops. Hop oil, lupulin strike with zesty fruity and citrus collage. Mildly bitter, more towards the back end. Oily and a little sticky, heavy carbonation. Interesting but quite tasty.
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grabbed a bottle of this today. Clear golden color with a tight eggshell head on top. An herbal, biscuity malt aroma, with grass, spruce, and some grapefruit. This is very bitter and hoppy; sharp pine, a little grass, and lots of crackery malt flavor. The pilsner malt is definitely prominent and provides an interesting twist to a Double IPA. Dry, bitter finish, spruce notes and biscuits linger. There is a sharp alcohol bite so the 9.5% doesn’t hide. It’s a good beer but something is missing to make it a great one. Maybe it’s just I feel I’ve had the same beer from Stone for years now with just a little twist each time to make it different. I think I’m just bored with Stone Double IPAs.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear orangeish color with white. Aroma is citrusy, resin. Taste is sweet with some sharp bitterness. Dry finish. Good.
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet herbal oranfe marmelade. Gets better as it goes with a creeping bitterness.
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to my mom. Pours a orange with a gold hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine with a bit resin and light dankness with a sweet grain backing. Flavor is full of strong pine with a good amount of resin with a touch of grain backing.
HonkeyBra (3516) - 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 (1322) - 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 (703) - 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 (2874) - 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.