mcclainc50 (217) - 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.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
More of a sweet malty aroma than a hoppy aroma. Semi-cloudy golden color with small white head. Definitely a unique hop profile, and I'm not sure how to define it...not citrusy, not particularly piney, maybe slightly floral? Has a sort of lasting mustiness to it.
Kroney (210) - 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.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle: pour is an almost clear bright golden color. Tight white foam. Hoppy aromas comprised of citrus, herbs, resin, and pine dominate. Hints of bread and cereal. Favor is intense hoppiness up front with a malty backbone to balance the bitterness. Herbal, floral, citrusy flavors explode forward with toasty malt flavors playing the support role. Clean flavors. As someone who prefers American hops, i am a fan of this beer. Well balanced and easy drinking.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Pineapple and tangerine with a subtle floral note that I cant place because I am not that knowledgable about flowers. Appearance: beautiful and clear light gold. Head retention is terrible, though, otherwise this would be a five. Taste: pineapple and dank grass give way to light notes of black pepper, soft alcohol. Palate. Crisp and not as oily as Id expect for a pretty hoppy beer.
hopmelt (196) - 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.
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a small off white head that fades quickly. Nose is all kinds of savory herbs, rosemary being prominent, floral notes, bright lemon zest and some sweet grain. Flavor is moderately sweet with some strong bitterness. Spicy herbs and floral notes along with some doughy sweet malt and lots of bitterness that takes over and lingers. Grapefruit and pine flavors start to emerge after a few sips. Medium body. Pretty interesting but the some of the herbaceous notes imparted by those hop varieties aren’t my favorite.
Lupulucid (189) - - SEP 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not an overwhelming DIPA but not pedestrian either. The unique aspects of its construction are a bit subtle and the most prominent feature is hop expression. Malt adds some flesh for a round but structured mouthfeel.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours one of the nicest golden oranges I’ve seen. Aroma is subtle with hints of hops and a nice malty tone. Taste is very hoppy up front with a toasted malt middle and a bitter finish that lingers. Palate is similar with a very nice mouth feel. Nicely balanced. A very hearty and "warm" IPA.
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden amber with white two finger head. Smells of huge hops, citrus, grapefruit, pine needles and floral notes. Taste is bitter floral hops, fresh grapefruit, pine and a resin finish. Not as balanced as other Stone beers. Clean hop refreshing beer, but not in the same category as RuinTen, and Ruination.