DocJitsu (1664) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a crystal clear classic golden color with just a faint greenish tint. A huge off-white head with an faint orange hue forms quickly and stubbornly retains. Aromas of lemon meringue pie or the creamy citrus filling in a donut and somewhat peachy and pineapply. Wet, somewhat crisp mouthfeel. The aggressive hop character is more prominent up front. Citrus, pineapple, and sweet cream flavors emerge. Decent.
nimbleprop (7373) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4oz pour at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a hazy, dark gold with one ring of white head. Malty nose, lemon, pine, soap, kind of earthy. Flavor is sweet, malty, lemon, white grape, some light grapefruit, a little vinous. Clean finish. Decent.
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pour is clear orange with a big cream head and great lacing. Bright, lightly floral, a touch of citrus, fruity hop notes, soft soapy notes, noble hoppy, grassy, straw, somewhat spicy, and earthy aroma. Taste is grassy, floral, honey and big caramel with a very apparent butterscotch note, caramel corn, somewhat peppery, and fruity with a big bitter finish. Sticky mouthfeel with high carbonation. The off-flavors don’t necessarily ruin it, but it is probably my least favorite Stone beer in recent memory.
after4ever (7541) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours a cloudy medium amber. Loose white head. Plenty of lace. Big buttery nose. Seriously buttery...shocking that they would ship this, what with all the extra attention that an anniversary beer from a big brewery gets. Malty, biscuity, sweaty. Creamy slick medium body. Soft carb. Medium toasty caramel, earth, biscuit, and plenty of movie popcorn butter on the mid palate. Slick finish. Toasty, herbal, grassy, buttery finish.
3fourths (9110) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I intended to scroll past this one but the forum talk about possible diacetyl and sensitivity to flaws made me curious enough to actually read about this beer. Pilsner malt and German hops? I’m interested. Sometimes they work magic in Anglo-American styles, but with 100+ IBU and Stone making this thing, I had a guess how this would smell and it’s mostly correct: cheese rind and cheesecloth / whey is a character I get in beer which overuse German hops (Keserű Méz is a great example of this smell and flavor but it’s not a beer you can find without going to Hungary so it’s not a good recommendation, but it’s what I think of when I smell these sorts of Westernized beers with German hops). Aroma has mild touches of that distinct German pilsner malt sweet baked bread and biscuit character but mostly the nose is hops, no surprise (give them credit for some malt expression in the aroma, more than you get in typical double IPA). A little game-y and somewhat like banana candies (runts), but the primary notes are floral / pepper / cheese rind / BO, again typical of using an absurd amount of German hops. The light lemon character and the stronger pepper and floral scents and all that, I see that as what you get with Hersbrucker and Sterling and Strisselspalt. Not so much citrus fruit character as you would expect given the Hallertauer and Opal and other hops used. A small bit of garlic and onion is there as well, which reminds me of Simcoe, and funny enough some descriptors I found online for two of these strains that I’m unfamiliar with mention Simcoe as a substitute. As for diacetyl? Not at all. Perhaps something in this beer varies wildly bottle to bottle but I would not guess diacetyl, and I consider myself very sensitive to it - for me it doesn’t manifest simply as butter, but as rancid foot sweat and popcorn flavoring (which uses diacetyl). It also manifests as an oily solvent-like texture on the palate. I get oiliness in this beer but it’s not solvent-like and there is no rancid character. Instead, guess what, it tastes like a high-gravity pilsner malt beer made with loads and loads of German hops. So maybe the American DIPA drinkers are seeing this German hop character as butter, the thing that I call cheese rind, must, BO, etc. Sweet, medium to full bodied, some pear and white grape-like esters, some bubble gum and pineapple rind and citrus peel show up as it breathes but it’s not pulpy or juicy. At 10% it’s very boozy for me, and the hop acids linger in the mouth while the alcohol burns the throat feeling like acid reflux. I’m not a fan of the hot alcohol or the excessive bitterness, but the aroma and the approach are pretty enjoyable, though I’d take a 5% version at 35 IBU any day over this version. YMMV.
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.
brokensail (15774) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Stone Liberty Station. Golden orange pour with a white head. Light butter on the nose. Orange, Fruity Pebbles, and pineapple. Light pine, booze, and grass. The flavor is decently fruity. Some orange and grapefruit, light pineapple, and some pine bitterness. Malt sweetness, grass, and minimal butter.
hoju777 (153) - 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.
ryecatcher (1339) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden orange, white head with good retention, solid lacing. Nose is citrus and piney hop, hint of malt. Mouth is full bodied, medium bitter-sweet, with a whole lotta hops pretty much getting in the way of everything else. Other things detected (briefly, before being dismembered by the the hoppy buzz saw): some orange peel, malt, white pepper, toasted bread, lemongrass. Lots of bitterness and a lot of body, but it sort of gets wasted.
evergreen0199 (2980) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Belmont Station, Portland, Oregon, USA. A golden/orange coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, pine aroma. Tastes hoppy, pine, citrus, malty and bitter.