DocLock (9687) - 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.
jercraigs (9681) - 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.
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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.
slowrunner77 (9620) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"I was a little apprehensive about the all German schtick, but if anyone’s earned the right to tinker, it’s Stone. Comes across as a delicious and incredibly hoppy yet soft imperial IPA/imperial pilsner hybrid, bringing the best of both into play. Unique yet familiar. Bready, sweet, yet piney and grassy and spicy and weed all rolled into one. Thanks ill have another. I imagine better now, after say September, it’ll fade."
j12601 (9549) - 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.
BVery (9405) - 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!
JoeMcPhee (9268) - 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.
phaleslu (9254) - 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.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with eggshell white head, aroma brought notes of big white fruits, lots of dank weedy hops, hints of biscuit, more orange, grapefruit, touch of earth. Taste is a big mix of dank hops, pine, grass, hints of orange, slight white fruit, more biscuit, finishing fairly bitter. Your typical stone IPA, very well done.
MartinT (9191) - 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.