3fourths (7976) - 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.
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a clear pale orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that diminishes gradually to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and minty spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of citrusy hops, toasted malt and spice. The finish is moderately bitter with a zesty citrus and spicy hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
DocLock (7824) - 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.
MartinT (7779) - 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.
jercraigs (7691) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013-09-01. Crisp dark yellow body with a modest white head. 3+ Aroma is hoppy, fairly alcoholic, grassy notes and muted fruit. Flavour is pleasantly hoppy, sort of fruity, relatively bitter sort if grassy. Touch of tropical fruit, vague pineapple undertones. Bitterness grows as you go. 7+ Smooth average to medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. Nice but the grassiness of the hops is a touch distracting from the pleasant fruit character. Pretty nice. Bottle from San Diego shared by a friend.
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pineapple and juniper/yew aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange-pineapple malt and moderately bitter juniper/yew flavor - reminds me of the shubbery in front of my parent’s house (yews and arbor vitaes) than first got me interested in my career as a shrubber.
Meilby (7384) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Stone 17th Anniversary Brewers Reception, San Marcos, CA
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, citrus, grape, pine and peach. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with a warm, citrus fruity and piney finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
crossovert (7200) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet herbal oranfe marmelade. Gets better as it goes with a creeping bitterness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: pours a clear deep brassy golden with a creamy froth of white head. Has a fresh floral herbal perfumy hop nose with a touch of citrus and clean biscuity malts. Starts with good fullness and sweet pale malts well-balanced with an assertive piny flavor hop profile and a healthy dose of bitterness. Finishes drier with lingering bitterness. A unique and well-made brew.
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured light-medium golden with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up juicy floral and grapefruit notes over pale and biscuity malts.. peppery on the back of the nose.. very nice. The flavor found more of the peppery stuff and rye-like notes.. honey and bready notes supported.. finished warm and tasty. Heavier-bodied and a tad too hot.. otherwise very good.