Kroney (140) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 everything an ipa should be plus extreme drinkabilty. floral and fruity nose with some sweet malt backbone. same flavor profile with some resin and tropical fruit undertones. extremely smooth but extremely bitter at the same time... hope this makes its way to the full production line.
jkwood04 (3264) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours transparent amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of floral and almost fruity hops and light, pale malts. Flavor the same, with a nice blend of the malts and hops. Average texture. A pretty good beer, definitely not tasting like 9.5%.
b3shine (4236) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks good; a transparent light orange with white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good; a nice balance of hops with a sweet but mild backbone. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer; I really like what the pilsner malt does to this beer.
Tmoney99 (9992) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured a clear copper color with an average to large frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex citrus, earthy and floral hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex change of pace standout beer.
DrSilverworm (4766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dutch’s... Two snifters’ worth. After hearing about this a month ago, and having the keg spray in my face a half hour ago, I’m very excited to finally get to try this now. Our keg is labeled as batch #3533, filled 7-22-13, 9.6% ABV. Nose is a very nice floral and citrusy hop bouqet, balanced with bready, moderately peppery pilsenry malts. Tasty, big, floral and citrusy DIPA, but still distinctly german in the flavor profile. Creative and impressive, and still tasty and hoppy in that classic stone anniversary IPA way. The body is a perfectly clear orange-gold color. Thin off-white head, that leaves decent splotches and short ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation, kind of creamy texture and mouthfeel, with a more dry finish, but a nice fullness to the body. Really easy drinking for a 9.6% DIPA. Seems like a great choice to enjoy outside on a breezy 74F day like today. It’s big and flavorful... But not heavy nor assertive. Good big bitter taste, lightly spicy, minimal sweet. Just a light alcohol warmth in the nose, but the fantastic flavor overwhelms it in the finish. Awesome, surprisingly easy drinking DIPA. Finished my portion easily, so easy-drinking. The pilsener of big hoppy DIPAs. The floral, lightly spicy, citrusy long hoppy aftertaste leaves me wanting a revisit after every sip. Love the creative concept. Earlier this year I was trying to guess what Stone might do for their 17th, I didn’t come anywhere close to guessing "German-style DIPA". And it works. Kudos.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Clear yellow with a fizzy white head. Sweet grapefruit, apple, and candied lemon peel aroma and taste with a thick creamy and chewy palate and a bitter candy finish. Very good.
JohnGalt1 (276) - , Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at the COOP tonight for $5.99... shared tonight with the Tuesday night crowd... Mixed opinions, but I think Stone set out with a mission and accomplished it.
Pours very clear sorta dark golden... short lasting foamy white head with decent lacing.
Nose is really damn hoppy of course, but not for the timid... Don’t expect any "C" hops... this is about the heavy grassy and catty hops.
Flavor is aggressively bitter... astringent throughout... with warmth some heavy grassy/catty hoppiness comes out hard and leaves a bit of black pepper and even some apricot fruitiness... just enough pale maltiness to carry the hops/bitterness but just BARELY... finish is really dry and so astringent it is almost tannic... a lite peppery note hangs on for a while.
Medium body with a good carbonation...
Very interesting... I want another bottle right away... Drink this one fast, I suspect it is going to fall off fast.
Overall an interesting take on Continental hops, but the aromas and flavors IMO just don’t translate well on an "imperial" scale.
wildbeercat (325) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22floz/650ml bottle into a tulip. Served cool.
Aroma: Very citrusy hop profile; not really piney like Stone’s brews usually are. Almost sweet. Really good!
Appearance: Clear dark orange body with a full, creamy, white head.
Taste: Gottdam! Wow that is something else. Quite hoppy, but not bitter. Flowery! Leafy! Wow this is a game-changer!
Palate: Full body. Lots of presence but not oppressive. Light on the tongue, slightly warms, and very refreshing.
Overall: Game-changer. Blows my mind. Happy Anniversary, everyone at Stone! Thanks for all the great brews; here’s to many more years!
benedwards86 (1) - Arnold, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is exactly what I expected after reading the label: a spicy, noble-hopped IPA that is highly aromatic and as dry as I have come to expect from stone’s myriad IPA offerings. An excellent beer, and one that I would like to see made available regularly.
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to Toby. Aroma of fesh hops, sweet caramel, malts, and cereal. Taste is much like the aroma, with Europe hops and malts.