Claymeister (69) - USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with my good friend Ken. Pours cloudy amber with a medium sized white head. Aroma is mainly hoppy with citrus and some malt. Good balance and medium bitter taste. Interesting IPA and overall not bad.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1204) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 At a tasting at KyotoLefty’s place. A mellow deep gold color with pine, citrus & mint notes in the nose. The medium-full body was bitter, complex & syrupy with nice sweetness from the malts. As I loved the 16th I was expecting a bit more, it’s good but not great. UPDATE: 9.5% bottle from Asahiya, the classic copper gold I like in an IPA. Minty, herbal, fruity aroma. Mouth-puckering bitterness with pine, resin, mint & a touch of fruitiness. Quite bitter but still good though not as great as the 16th...
rmussman (1664) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice Ipa with a big time hop palate. Great on the tongue and big time hops. A little bit citrusy and quality.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very interesting. From the commercial description, its kudos to Stone for the craft that has always gone into their beers--here, trying really uncommon hops. I’ve recently noted that in some beers that have claimed to have as many as 75 ingredients that the complexity and craft is very hard to detect. In this case, I didn’t read the commercial description before drinking it, and I found this to be a moderate variation on the typical Stone Double IPA. There was the sweet edge and the more floral hops, which I thought might have been New Zealand hops. But I am still not sure that the effort that attends such beers is paid off in the nuance of flavors. Still, fine beer. Bottle.
strongpieman (1362) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Slightly cloudy, gold/yellow with white head. Overall, excellent with medium body, a little thick, moderate carbonation, lighter finish for an assertive tasting beer. Bitter and strong, but balanced at the end.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice, very rough IPA. Potent in grapefruit, pine, and citrus. A bit resinous at the end.
xBEERxNOLA (51) - - NOV 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance - gold and a bit cloudy
Aroma - light grass
Mouthfeel - creamy with a kick.
Taste - different. Less IPA than would expect. Bitter aftertaste. The German hops must be milder. Used to more light and crisp but this is heavy and earthy.
Overall - decent but not really great. Has the double IPA signature but the hops are just different. Missing the crispness I want.
KyotoLefty (5787) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Interesting noble hop nose, very grassy, orange, bread and caramel. Sweet, malty, bready, grapes, maybe muscat, crackers, interesting. A bit thick, slightly syrupy. Very fruity.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best by 31OCT13
It’s a toasted gold ale with a central weak cap of whites. Really looks like it could be flat. Smells like blueberries and cream oatmeal. Just so happens I fucking dig that oatmeal. A little vitamins, some resiny almost cigarette smoke smells also (Marb’s though, not Camel’s). Flavor is a little grainy for me up front, the bitterness is plain and evident but not nearly as one stroked as the coconut IPA. There are some bits of corn and maybe orange peel. Medium on light bodied with moderate yet spiky carb and an off dry finish. I like this beer, but not buy it again like this beer.
Tonkun (583) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy light orange pour with a big white head. Herb, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Good and well balanced carbonation. Medium body with refreshing, mint-like, finish within some bitterness. Slightly sweet throughout in a good way. Really good.