CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.
Scopey (7059) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours clear amber with a medium white head. The nose is pine, fresh citrus, floral and grassy notes. The taste is crisp, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, Irn Bru, dry grass, resin, alcohol and some hay with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Interesting and pretty tasty stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber pours with a crystal clear deep gold body that supports a white head of foam. The aroma is . . . hello rich Noble hoppiness. I get floral and dank spicy onion notes as well as earthy grassiness and some sweet candied lime. The taste starts by tossing up a load of rich deep sugary malt sweetened Noble like hops at ya all at once. These are Noble hops at a robustness and smoothness rarely attained, if ever, IMHO. I get floral, lime candy, earthy tea and some smooth dank onions that unleash loads of hop flavor and hop bitterness. Wonderful rich vibrant bitter and flavorful brew. Well executed. Love it.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head, Pine and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit flavor with pine. Medium bodied. Very good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with light earth and light tropical fruit.
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.
mcberko (6704) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma brings out cotton candy, lots of residual sugar, caramel and some slight hops. Flavour brings out peaches, caramel, residual sugars, resinous hops, and cotton candy. Quite sweet, with loads of residual sugars without being too malty. Nicely balanced with good use of malts and hops.
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via in-person trade in STL. Pours a clear, bright orange-gold with about two fingers of frothy off-white head. Rising carbonation bubbles, some trailing lace. Aroma of spicy, sweaty, citrusy hops, toasted, pils and caramel malts, grass, rye crackers, some straw- unmistakably German in influence. Flavor of spicy, citrusy hops, pils and sweet malts, herbs and florals, melon and mango, and a hint of honey. Medium-bodied, with a bready, bitter mouthfeel and medium-high soft carbonation. Long, lingering bitter finish. Potent.
j12601 (6607) - 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.
marcus (6589) - 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.
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dutch’s... Two snifters’ worth. After hearing about this a month ago, and having the keg spray in my face a half hour ago, I’m very excited to finally get to try this now. Our keg is labeled as batch #3533, filled 7-22-13, 9.6% ABV. Nose is a very nice floral and citrusy hop bouqet, balanced with bready, moderately peppery pilsenry malts. Tasty, big, floral and citrusy DIPA, but still distinctly german in the flavor profile. Creative and impressive, and still tasty and hoppy in that classic stone anniversary IPA way. The body is a perfectly clear orange-gold color. Thin off-white head, that leaves decent splotches and short ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation, kind of creamy texture and mouthfeel, with a more dry finish, but a nice fullness to the body. Really easy drinking for a 9.6% DIPA. Seems like a great choice to enjoy outside on a breezy 74F day like today. It’s big and flavorful... But not heavy nor assertive. Good big bitter taste, lightly spicy, minimal sweet. Just a light alcohol warmth in the nose, but the fantastic flavor overwhelms it in the finish. Awesome, surprisingly easy drinking DIPA. Finished my portion easily, so easy-drinking. The pilsener of big hoppy DIPAs. The floral, lightly spicy, citrusy long hoppy aftertaste leaves me wanting a revisit after every sip. Love the creative concept. Earlier this year I was trying to guess what Stone might do for their 17th, I didn’t come anywhere close to guessing "German-style DIPA". And it works. Kudos.