Ratman197 (9055) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, spicy hops, light grapefruit zest and light lemon zest. Palate was medim bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, spicy hos, earthiness and lighht grapefruit zest with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a golden color with an off white head. Citrus, some breadiness with a spicy finish.
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a bit hazy, dull golden orange appearance with a cream colored head. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, cream, sweet grain, bread in the nose all with a bit of spiciness. A little chewy, toasted bready, cracker, slightly tangy, herbal hoppy, slightly dank flavor with a slight veggie note. Probably my least favorite IPA released by Stone to date.
JoeMcPhee (8216) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Pacific Standard. Tap at Pacific Standard. Hazy golden orange pour with a thick white head. The aroma is awesome. Bright and spicy with a lot of light herbal/spicy notes. Intense and a bit fruity with notes of orange zest and tangerine. Really lovely - intense and fruity. A bit of soft fruitiness and a touch of spice. Intense yet restrained.
Sammy (8095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big orange taste, high abv hoppy beer. Big carbonation, along with very good drinkability. Orange colour, with lasting head. Slightly above average DIPA.Fresh from Premier Gourmet.
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of snappy, herbal hops and pale malts. The taste is spicy, herbal, fruity hops, toasted caramel malts. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Solid beer.
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Mohawk Bend. Thanks to ChinoSkillzian. Clear orange. Sheety white lacing. Nose is candies, orange rind, fresh fruit. Taste is juicy, squashy, big noble hop squash and honeydew and cantaloupe. Doesn’t get sticky or alcoholic. Pretty nice.
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I intended to scroll past this one but the forum talk about possible diacetyl and sensitivity to flaws made me curious enough to actually read about this beer. Pilsner malt and German hops? I’m interested. Sometimes they work magic in Anglo-American styles, but with 100+ IBU and Stone making this thing, I had a guess how this would smell and it’s mostly correct: cheese rind and cheesecloth / whey is a character I get in beer which overuse German hops (Keserű Méz is a great example of this smell and flavor but it’s not a beer you can find without going to Hungary so it’s not a good recommendation, but it’s what I think of when I smell these sorts of Westernized beers with German hops). Aroma has mild touches of that distinct German pilsner malt sweet baked bread and biscuit character but mostly the nose is hops, no surprise (give them credit for some malt expression in the aroma, more than you get in typical double IPA). A little game-y and somewhat like banana candies (runts), but the primary notes are floral / pepper / cheese rind / BO, again typical of using an absurd amount of German hops. The light lemon character and the stronger pepper and floral scents and all that, I see that as what you get with Hersbrucker and Sterling and Strisselspalt. Not so much citrus fruit character as you would expect given the Hallertauer and Opal and other hops used. A small bit of garlic and onion is there as well, which reminds me of Simcoe, and funny enough some descriptors I found online for two of these strains that I’m unfamiliar with mention Simcoe as a substitute. As for diacetyl? Not at all. Perhaps something in this beer varies wildly bottle to bottle but I would not guess diacetyl, and I consider myself very sensitive to it - for me it doesn’t manifest simply as butter, but as rancid foot sweat and popcorn flavoring (which uses diacetyl). It also manifests as an oily solvent-like texture on the palate. I get oiliness in this beer but it’s not solvent-like and there is no rancid character. Instead, guess what, it tastes like a high-gravity pilsner malt beer made with loads and loads of German hops. So maybe the American DIPA drinkers are seeing this German hop character as butter, the thing that I call cheese rind, must, BO, etc. Sweet, medium to full bodied, some pear and white grape-like esters, some bubble gum and pineapple rind and citrus peel show up as it breathes but it’s not pulpy or juicy. At 10% it’s very boozy for me, and the hop acids linger in the mouth while the alcohol burns the throat feeling like acid reflux. I’m not a fan of the hot alcohol or the excessive bitterness, but the aroma and the approach are pretty enjoyable, though I’d take a 5% version at 35 IBU any day over this version. YMMV.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Alcohol winks through powerful herbal hops and coniferous resins in this rich and bitter brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-Citrusy whispers add complexity.
-Mouthfeel could be drier, crisper.
-Malts aren’t very well defined.
-This remains nicely different for a strong hoppy brew.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft and bottle from Whole Foods PM and Capone’s. Pours dark straw with off-white head. Nose is resiny hops, pineapple, grapefruit, florals. Tastes hoppy, floral, similar to Flower Power but with more tropical fruit notes. Finishes hoppy, fruity, and bitter.