ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy amber color. There’s a pretty good head crowning the body, about a finger high, barely off-white, and rather foamy. Retention is pretty decent, and lacing is downright plentiful.
S: Not as different as I expected. Orange marmalade helps counteract some of the grassy, floral hop notes. There also seem to be additional apricot and sulfur (not detracting) scents, as well. Maybe I shouldn’t have expected a radical aroma, because on its own it’s quite enticing.
T: This seems to be a two part brew: first comes a large wave of floral bitterness, followed up by a surge of orange marmalade sweetness, with augmenting hints of apricot and peach. Some flavor definition exists within the bitter start. The distant aftertaste is probably the biggest problem of this brew - it’s not far off from being soapy tasting. Everything up to that point is damn good, and even the finish isn’t horrible. Hell, it even has some depth; granted, it isn’t the most refined or harmonious complexity by any means.
M: It has a medium body, with carbonation that isn’t necessarily STRONG, just poking through the texture well. The off-dry finish helps give it decent drinkability, and the sweet linger helps conceal the alcohol.
O: I think this tastes much like an IPA Victory would make - no, I’ll go one further, this isn’t far off from Hop Wallop. Ergo, it’s a super solid example of the style. Congratulations Stone, you’ve redeemed yourself for making the crappy 16th anny IPA.
As a caveat, the soap really wore on me as I drank more of it. I won’t chalk it up to bad brewing, but to a fault of the German hops. For that, I’m still going to give it a very good score. Just share it with someone - problem solved.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
IPA 8/15/13 Pours gold with a big fluffy white head, classic Stone quality brewing. Aroms has grassy, floral, tea on nose. Flavor is big, some straw-like malt accompanying robust spicy and leafy hops with strong bitterness in tow. A bit hot and alcoholic towards finish. ABV contributes a weighty lick on an otherwise crisp body. 3.7.
jrodooo5 (779) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hmm, not one of my favorite IPAs. It has a good cloudy amber pour w/ a good retaining white head that leaves lacing. The aroma is surprisingly mild at best & not all that enticing. The taste is fairly subtle as well. There’s a big bitterness kick upfront but it quickly fades & almost finishes clean. The 9.5% is hidden well but this just doesn’t have the flavor complexity I was hoping for!
Mep3222 (296) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty sweetish aroma with some grapefruit hops. Taste is some grapefruit but mostly piney bitter hops. The malt balances well though making it very enjoyable. Bit of a sweet finish but well balanced.
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IrishBoy (3726) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is light pine resin, floral, and some sweet caramel malts. Hazy urine yellow with a medium, heavy lacing, pale yellow head. Flavor is only lightly bitter, hints of fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol warmth. Finishes with light bitterness.
decaturstevo (4626) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazed yellow pour with creamy white head and lace. Aroma is resiny hops and sweet malt. Sweet malty start with a nice bitter finish. Smooth carbonation and medium body. nice beer
borre_m (32) - - FEB 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is of German hops, and more modern hops with aroma such as citrus and pine. There is also a slight malty sweetness in the aroma and you can also notice the 9.5 % ABV. This beer is a venture into the German malts and hops by Stone and I felt it was very successful.
Color is golden, slightly cloudy. When tasting you notice the hop bitterness. The beers I have tried by Stone have showed me that they are not shy of using hops, and this is no exception. Ther eis lots of hops, but it is still a balance there with maltiness and alcohol.
The mouthfeel is crisp, the body is medium and the foam holds up well.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[My bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a hazy golden-orange with a small semi-lasting frothy white head. Aroma is pretty much all hops, resiny, floral and grassy along with a bit of fruit and alcohol. Flavour: Wow, this is a big beer, hoppy and boozy. Big bitter finish. Medium to full bodied. An interesting beer with different hops, I thought it was quite good.
thebsmitty (115) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours golden yellow with small white head. Smell is very floral, earthy hops, orange peel. Taste follows with almost a old grapefruit notes, grassy, lemon notes. Tasty!
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 31, 2014 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel. 22oz bottle c/o blankboy. Hazy gold, average off-white head. Floral and heathery bitter aroma, some alcohol - odd fruity light aroma - what’s the hop? German? Okay. Taste follows - grassy, fruity, pretty dry, emerging grapefruity pith. Average body, a bit astringent, decent carbonation, and a medium-long dry pithy bitter finish and linger. Different - really good.
hockeybeerguy (549) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Consumed 10/07/13.
The appearance has a hazy golden orange colored body, one finger white foamy head, leaves some fairly thick lacing.
The smell has a large amount of grapefruit, a fair amount of grassy resinous hops.
The taste maintains a citrusy sweetness throughout the beer, grapefruit aftertaste, sticky sweet finish.
The palate is about a light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me, actually this is very smooth but I’m thinkin’ that’s due to the fact I’m having this closer to expiration (10/31/13)
Overall, this is a pretty good DIPA that I would have again.