hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... Clear amber pour with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is a mélange of toffee, honey, tea biscuit and peppery hops, and. Full-bodied and fatty with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with metallic bitterness to go with the honey and toffee malt sweetness. Finishes bitter, metallic and a bit alcoholic. Meh.
tendency (25) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hmm..basics: pours thick golden..nice head and retention when poured properly. strong malt backbone like good pennsylvania steel. you know you’re driking a 9.5% beer with this one as the booze is not well hidden at all. beer has a definite hard on. malt burst through at front of mouth touch sweetness then the hot bitter hop bite. however, well, shit ill just say it: it kinda tastes like a super hopped budweiser on steroids. very bitter kudos for that but the flavor profile is too restrained and a touch bland for my taste. complex, nuanced hop feel lacking this drank more like a punch to the mouth and get the hell out attitude.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland. Herbal, onion hop aroma with a lighter underlying malt sweetness. Some metallic character and a little yeast ester character. Transparent pale golden body with a medium whitish head. Good retention. Starts herbal, and fairly bitter with decent hop flavors. Becomes a little sweeter and chewy in the middle. Finishes with more herbal and earthy hop flavors. Ethanol is hidden well. A decent beer. Nothing too exciting, though. Surprised this is 100% Pilsner malts.
DrinkinWell (265) - - SEP 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with light head and tart aroma. The beer will please hop-heads, but I think that the bitterness can come across as overpowering (not surprising, given the beer’s name). Sweet citrus flavors come through, but they’re dominated by the hops. A good beer, but not as mind-blowing as other reviewers seem to suggest.
maxwelldeux (3664) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Pours a hazy copper color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is quite hoppy and pleasant, with some floral and grassy tones coming off it. Taste was weird, though - while it was nicely bitter, it seemed very dirty, like there was just a bit of soil thrown in with the beer. Made it feel a little gritty and unpleasant as well.
popery (1418) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice, pale gold. Quite clear, filtered. Medium white head. Some lacing and decent retention. The aroma has a lot of floral hops with some grass, herbal and light citric notes. Interesting minty edge to the hops. There’s also a fair bit of sugary caramel malt, more than I’d like. It’s sweet and perfumey. Everything seems rather sweet, and the sugary malt just pushes it all over the edge for me. The taste is similar. Lots of floral, herbal-dominant hops with bready, caramel-y, sugary malt. I like the sweet hop flavor, but the malt sweetness seems to throw if off balance. It’s sweet on sweet. Somewhat cloying. There’s little hop bitterness, just a light pine resin bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is not too heavy for the abv, but it’s fuller than I normally like in the style. Fairly slick. Overall, I’m not a big fan, and unfortunately, it’s not getting better as it warms. With a drier malt character, I think this would be much improved.
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ah, Stone. Always upmost among innovation and extremes, they have made some of the greatest beers I have ever tasted, along with some of the absolute worst (tending more toward the former than the latter). I wondered what was in store for me with a bomber of Gotterdammerung. Upon first sniffs, I detected pine, orange fruits, and some strong sugary malt. Powerful stuff; good upon modest sniffs, but gaggy upon deeper whiffs. Head is nice, though dying down quicker than I might expect. Lacing a little better, albeit not outstanding. Flavor: IBUs assault! Alcohol assaults! Sweet malts assault! Burps assault! Second sip: sweet malts. BITTERNESS! Gaggy alcohol. *cough* Third sip: *GAG* Bitterness and alcohol! Tasty stuff beneath all that, though - lots of flowers, like dear Ruination. I need to eat and take a break; I cannot just drink this like a nice fruity IPA or a nice Saazy Pils. There; had some nice burger soup with a slight jalapeno kick. Ah. Took the edge off the high-powered flowers. Great pairing. Took another big bite just for balance. Another whiff: GEEZ LOUISE BITTER MALT SUGAR HOP ASSAULT. *deep breath* Okay. Another smell: orange juice gag. *deeper breaths* I will take another big sip now. *cough* *burp* Mmm, bitter orange juice. AGHHH ALCOHOL BURN *COUGH* Seems higher than 9.5%. Bitterness lingers nicely, though. Still, need more burger, green bean, tomato, celery, and jalapeno soup. Ahhh. Several gulps later, I am ready to face once again this German Gotterdamnwhatever from Stony. Smell: women’s perfume, orange juice, and ... another smell: BLECHperfumeOJ. *clears throat* Time to drink. *burp* Big sip and three more gulps - *COUGH*. Grapefruit now. Mmm. Booze *cough/throat-clear* Geez, I am really congested now, but - flowers and grapefruit are now lingering. mmm. Still, need more soup to offset this powerful stuff. Mmm, burger soup. I have two sips left, I think, from this serving size. OKAY HERE WE GO: Two big gulps OMAY GAGGING ON FLOWERS AND BOOZE! If this thing weren’t so freaking *burp* harsh...*burp x3*. Several more burps. Just too much here, ladies and gentlemen - I want my Ruination. Almost done with both soup and beer, but let’s try to get rid of this beer first - one last drink: *COUGH* yeah, too much. Just too much. Sorry, Stone - this is not one of your best. It’s not as catty and urine-like and bad over-the-top as some of your worst offerings, but it’s still too much for me. I think there is enough good going on to finish the bomber, but not without the assistance of balancing soup. Thank you for your *burp* time.
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a bit hazy, dull golden orange appearance with a cream colored head. Grapefruit, tropical fruit, cream, sweet grain, bread in the nose all with a bit of spiciness. A little chewy, toasted bready, cracker, slightly tangy, herbal hoppy, slightly dank flavor with a slight veggie note. Probably my least favorite IPA released by Stone to date.
ADesenberg (592) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: clear orange with a nice white head. Aromas of sweet flowery citrus. Flavor is bitter, citrus, but a super light body to it. Good... But I want more body. Still very tasty, though.
maddmatt639 (243) - Pacifica, California, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of malt. Medium retention and some lacing. Not overly hoppy or malty. Smooth in the finish, but bitter in the aftertaste.
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