Bule (1178) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a pale golden color. Strong hop flavors that start out really mellow. Bitter aftertaste that lingers. Very unique hop flavor.
bluejacket74 (1538) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says Enjoy By 10/17/13. Served in a Dogfish IPA glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like herbal and pine hops, peaches, and bready malt. It tastes like herbal and grassy hops, orange peel, peaches, bready malt, apricots, peppery spice, and a little bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and slick with moderate carbonation. For a brew that’s almost 10% ABV, it sure doesn’t drink like one. Alcohol is well hidden. I think this is a good overall brew. Definitely worth a try at $6.99 a bottle. An interesting brew, that’s for sure!
bhensonb (12322) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours translucent gold/orange with a creamy near beige head. Aroma is fresh fruit - not citrus. Med body or better. It’s very hoppy. It has a grassy spice bite. Nice caramel background. It gets grassier. Then a little sugar/fruit pops out for a bit. Maybe it’s just fruit. It’s really finishing grassy dry. Blind taste, I’m sure I’d have called out Imperial Pilsner and said it needed more hop. Tho it has a lot of hop, I’m sure there is never enough.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with eggshell white head, aroma brought notes of big white fruits, lots of dank weedy hops, hints of biscuit, more orange, grapefruit, touch of earth. Taste is a big mix of dank hops, pine, grass, hints of orange, slight white fruit, more biscuit, finishing fairly bitter. Your typical stone IPA, very well done.
JohnnyJ (4883) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear bright amber gold, with a white head. Lots of Stone’s standard bitter hops, citrus, grapefruit, crackery malt, peppery, some fruity sweetness, earthy, and a bit buttery. A strange DIPA, certainly tastes similar to imperial pilsner. Ok
beerbastard (773) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bottle. Pours a clear gold. Grass, Herbal, and Pine nose. Hops dominate the flavors, mainly pine. Full palate and hides the alcohol well, until the end when it finishes with some burn. Impressive twist on a Imperial IPA.
davey101 (744) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoy by 10/17/2013. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass.
A - Pours a crystal clear golden body similar to that of Enjoy By or RuinTen. Two fingers worth of white foam slowly creeps away leaving behind ridiculous amounts of whispy lacing and some solid retention. Swirling it just starts the process all over again.
S - Bubble gum, peaches, honey, earthy spices and hibiscus are intermixed with some notes of grass and pine. Light bready dough on the finish. Really soft and fresh smelling. This is really different and super aromatic. If this were a Yankee Candle I would name it "Fresh German Countryside Summer Laundry"....or something....
T - Shares the soft bubblegum/honey/stonefruit trifecta found in the nose but it finishes with dank resinous piney hops with a pretty considerable level of bitterness. The very end showcases some bready malts and grass/hibiscus but the bitterness is pretty intense. Mouth feel is slick and coating, well carbonated. Alcohol gets more noticeable as it warms.
O - A really different beer. I was expecting an imperial pilsner or something but instead its a floral/stonefruit heavy amped up European IPA. Just wished the hops were turned down slightly to better showcase the "German" flavors.
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice bright orange color, pretty clear with a decent off white head. The aroma is interesting with some honeyed maltiness and a combination of fruity and noble hop character. The flavor is really nice with mostly melon, grape and some peach up front followed by a more spicy bitterness and a touch of noble earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of honey throughout. Alcohol comes through somewhat in the finish. Very potent and complex hop profile and pleasant malt backbone without any cloying sweetness or caramel. A tad on the punishing side as Stone usually is both with the alcohol and bitterness, but I really liked this one anyway. Good job.
574deadzone (1195) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a similar hazed golden to all the other big Stone IPAs I’ve had. Off white head descends to a thin ring and leaves some cobwebby lace. Really weird and cool nose: lots of pine resin and spicy hop notes riding above some honey, a touch of apricot, hearty bread dough and touches of alcohol. Fairly substantially sweet but much more bitter. Medium bodied, quite oily, almost astringent but stopping short of being off-putting, with a long bitter pine resiny finish. I really like what they did with this. It’s German, but it’s American. Whatever it is, it’s a damn nice DIPA. Like Ruination went to Germany and got in a few fist fights.
Sregnar35 (1023) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the abbey. Pours strawberry orange with no head. Aroma is full with caramel. Flavor is sweet and euro hop sweetness dominates, not my fave.
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