DocLock (8707) - 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.
3fourths (8702) - 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.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a Stone tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Clear golden with a white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma, citric, grassy, piney and resinous. Flavor has some sweetish maltiness, a bit bready, and very tasty hoppiness, citric, piney, grassy and herbal, with a great strong bitterness. Medium-bodied, a bit chewy and heavy. Really nice.
MartinT (8661) - 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.
deyholla (8605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to my mom. Pours a orange with a gold hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of pine with a bit resin and light dankness with a sweet grain backing. Flavor is full of strong pine with a good amount of resin with a touch of grain backing.
BVery (8222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Clear orange yellow pour with a soapy white head. Big herbal hoppy aroma and taste. A bit syrupy. Mellows out late. Very nice!
Camons (8043) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of bready malt, caramel, light yeast, light bitter flowery hops, pine, resin. Flavor is malt, bready, caramel, flowery, pine, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter finish with some alcohol. Clearly not fresh. 120414
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Big citrus hops, spicy menthol notes. Medium-bodied, spicy hops, cool citrus, malt and spicy earth. Big spicy citrus hops into a long herbal bitter finish.
KyotoLefty (7996) - 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.
marcus (7838) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at City Beer. Pours amber with a thick white head and a citrus aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor that starts sweet then turns more bitter. This is sort of a cross between a DIPA and an imperial pilsner, and it works pretty well. It’s got lots of grapefruit but also plenty of malt flavor.