574deadzone (1263) - 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 (1028) - 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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cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine (Park Place) - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Aroma is floral, herbal, pine, and light citrus hops. Flavor is pine and herbal hops with a bit of sweet malt to back the hops. Bitterness lingers on the tongue and is slightly astringent. Full bodied. A good beer.
Daytonbeer (707) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bright yellow with white head and no lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Taste is bitter throughout. Grassy with some cough syrup aftertaste. Slightly oily and lingers in the mouth. I think my mouth is numb. Very nice 2IPA even if it’s not a west coast style.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very clean, pilsner-like malt, barely detectable under a cascade of floral and grassy hops, a bit of pinching astringency with black pepper and mild stone fruit. Bitterness is steady and leaves a fine mouth coating. The malt and hops are delicately balanced and mask the alcohol well.
thome50 (1235) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Anthill. Pours a nice golden with white head. Aroma is slight orange peel, and some dankness. Taste is fruit and sweet. Not really any of the "Stone" house taste which is a plus for me. The 9.7% definitely doesn’t come through. A few odd notes I can’t place.
after4ever (6818) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours a cloudy medium amber. Loose white head. Plenty of lace. Big buttery nose. Seriously buttery...shocking that they would ship this, what with all the extra attention that an anniversary beer from a big brewery gets. Malty, biscuity, sweaty. Creamy slick medium body. Soft carb. Medium toasty caramel, earth, biscuit, and plenty of movie popcorn butter on the mid palate. Slick finish. Toasty, herbal, grassy, buttery finish.
ACHops (997) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours pale copper, with a bright clarity and thin white head. Aroma is thin slightly sweet caramel malt with floral citrusy hops. Taste is big dry sweet rye malt with plenty of bitter hops to balance. Grassy, earthy notes dominate the hops, with a hint of floral and citrus notes. Finishes a lingering bitter. The thin pilsner malt is an odd match with the huge DIPA hops, but it’s a great concept. Can’t expect Stone to just keep cranking out standard IPAs, this is a nice diversion from their typical fare.
tmongoose (1802) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared. Poured bright yellow with white frothy head. Nice big citrus/pine aroma. The flavor is to me like candied fruit I’d citrus and then on the back end is oily almost resinous. Full bodied beer. Many many flavors in this make it very complex.
Kroney (214) - 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.