msnelling09 (154) - 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.
Claves77 (154) - 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.
mrhopsbeertalk (152) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Generally a lover of all things Stone, I found this to be undrinkable. To my palate it tastes of phenols, bandaids, and Jägermeister.
hoju777 (152) - FRANCE - SEP 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like strawberries and beer. Blonde color. Tastes punchy, sour, and bitter and sweet. Is that a good thing? Nice and thick palate. Overall, a weird beer that’s easy to drink.
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.
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.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy orange color. Very rich flavor with German hops that aren’t noticeable. Too much malt and not enough good hop flavors. Normally I am a fan of Stone brews but this one did not hit the mark.
Michbeerlover (141) - - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Month old bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a 1 finger white head. Good lacing. Not your typical American IPA. It's like a cross between an IPA and good quality pilsner. Not very bitter and has a sweet malty aftertaste. A good IPA for people who don't like the bitterness associated with American IPAs. Can't tell at all that it is almost 10%. You could chug this down on a hot day then seriously buzzed. Good beer for $5.99 a bomber. Great label as well....
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BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange/yellow with soapy, filmy head. Hop profile is interesting, spicy and very dry and bitter. Not your usual stone IPA, but I’m impressed. Not just a west coast hop brewer.