mcclainc50 (164) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden color with a nice white head that leaves moderate lacing. Piney citrusy hoppy scent is intense. Flavors of a lot of hops that hits right up front. Citrusy afterflavor, hops really punch you in the mouth if you let it sit. Very nice mouthfeel for an IPA a little heavier than you expect but works well for this beer. Definitely a worthy beer from Stone and any hop head should seek this one out.
zsb19 (154) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden with medium fluffy white head. Aroma is juicy citrusy hops with some sweet malty notes. Taste is floral and grassy hops upfront that fades into some sweet bready malt on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering bitter spruce hops with some notes of sweet malt coming through. Palate is thin and somewhat sticky. Overall a nice balanced double IPA with sweet and bitter playing together nicely.
BrewHaMeister (154) - - DEC 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a hazy golden orange with thin lacing. Aromas of grapefruit and citrus hops. Spicy hop flavor lingers with a bitter finish. Very tastey.
Claves77 (152) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice consistency, but pale color belies the body. Mild smell for Stone with different hop smell. Great mouthfeel with lasting palate, but flavor doesn’t suit me. better than most, but no comparison to other Stone brews.
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light orange/ gold in color with dense white foam. Aromas of grassy/floral and spicy noble hops with a touch of crisp sweetness. Taste is malty and crisp with hints of toffee, floral notes, mild spice, sublte citrus and grass trimmings. Finish has a lasting, almost astringent, bittering.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: Brass orange body, 1/2 finger white head. Smell: Tropical Flowers fused with fruits (like a woman’s perfume), citrus, tobacco and faint alcohol. Taste: Floral, citric rind, spicy, fruits, tobacco, strong bitterness, mild alcohol bite. Feel: Medium body, active carbonation. Overall: 17th reminds me of a certain other beer named Victory Hop Wallop. Nothing wrong with that though the malt sweetness is a bit brighter with Stone. All the flavors and aroma are the practically the same. I sipped this and Hop Wallop came to mind. The only thing that sets them apart is the bitterness and pilsner malt sweetness. Other than that this brew is worthy. Nothing earthshattering but still very solid.
Kroney (150) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 everything an ipa should be plus extreme drinkabilty. floral and fruity nose with some sweet malt backbone. same flavor profile with some resin and tropical fruit undertones. extremely smooth but extremely bitter at the same time... hope this makes its way to the full production line.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft poured into a tulip. Hazy golden/amber slight white head, medium body. Very smooth with creamy mouthfeel, really good beer.
msnelling09 (146) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a dark gold with orange and yellow highlights. A beautiful head of slightly creamy, white bubbles sits a finger’s-width above the glass and seems to last. The head leaves a sticky, tight packed lacing along the sides of the glass in sheets. In body the beer is clean of any particles or haze, with a pure translucence to it. On the nose, this beer starts to show its character. Right as the beer hits the nose you are struck with deep juicy fruit notes, mixed with candied hops and plums. Herbal, Noble spices touch the nose, but the thick, candied fruit smell is the big player here, and it is complex and just lovely on the nose. At the very back of the sniff there is a slight dank, earthiness to the beer, along with just a ghost of stale malt. The more you stick your nose in this beer, the more scents you pick up. This thing is layered and rich, and the Noble parentage of these new hops definitely shows itself as the beer warms, bringing more spice and grassiness to play with the stone and tropical fruits that are already whopping my nose. This may be one of my favorite smelling beers of all time. It smells like fresh hops and fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially candied sweet, but this mellows into a smooth, drying bitter that slowly bites down on your mouth. An alcoholic burn can also be briefly felt as the beer musters its way down the back of the throat, and a light bready sweetness can also be felt. The most surprising part of this beer is the almost tart feeling that the hops portray on the mid palate. In flavor, the beer begins as fresh, candied stone fruit with touches of grape must, sweet mango, and cloying alcohol. This flavor builds to a lovely crescendo of bitter pine and grapefruit, which reminds the palate that this is a Stone beer. The finish is incredibly long for hops, giving nuanced, fruity character as the bitters build into a proper strength. The only problem with the taste is the cloying alcohol, which hits mid palate and but then leaves. The aftertaste is pine bitter, but with an odd, yet pleasing flavor of maple syrup on the back of the throat. In the mouth, the beer feels thicker, sitting on the heavy side of medium with a middling carbonation that provides a gentle scrub to the tongue. The mouth is left dry yet full of saliva trying to cancel out the almost puckering sense of hops. Overall, this is one of my favorite and most unique smells in a beer. It’s rich, it’s old world, its new world, and it is very pleasing. The flavor starts off along the same strain, but loses a little something to the cloying alcohol and the excess of fruitiness in this beer. This is a great beer, but I would love to see Stone do some tinkering with it and turn it into an extraordinary one. This is my favorite Stone beer so far.
hopmelt (144) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden, slightly hazy, finger thick white head, nice lacing. Aroma big noble hops, sweet pilsen malt, fruity esters. Taste bitter spicy noble hops, then the slight sweetness of pilsen malt shows up, then more spicy, peppery, slight onion hops. Mouth feel is on the thin side of medium body, good carbonation, very spicy, dry finish. Overall very good, unlike anything I?ve had, well made and very interesting.