ACHops (757) - 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.
jkwood04 (4167) - 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%.
tmongoose (1389) - 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.
b3shine (5825) - Indiana, 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 (11071) - 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.
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.
Kroney (158) - 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.
thome50 (1081) - 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 (6251) - 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.
Daytonbeer (665) - 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.