JohnGalt1 (316) - , Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at the COOP tonight for $5.99... shared tonight with the Tuesday night crowd... Mixed opinions, but I think Stone set out with a mission and accomplished it.
Pours very clear sorta dark golden... short lasting foamy white head with decent lacing.
Nose is really damn hoppy of course, but not for the timid... Don’t expect any "C" hops... this is about the heavy grassy and catty hops.
Flavor is aggressively bitter... astringent throughout... with warmth some heavy grassy/catty hoppiness comes out hard and leaves a bit of black pepper and even some apricot fruitiness... just enough pale maltiness to carry the hops/bitterness but just BARELY... finish is really dry and so astringent it is almost tannic... a lite peppery note hangs on for a while.
Medium body with a good carbonation...
Very interesting... I want another bottle right away... Drink this one fast, I suspect it is going to fall off fast.
Overall an interesting take on Continental hops, but the aromas and flavors IMO just don’t translate well on an "imperial" scale.
arnold931 (213) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours hazy golden amber nice white head. Nose is mildly citrusy, Some pine. Some sourness here as well.
Camons (5092) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of bready malt, caramel, light yeast, light bitter flowery hops, pine, resin. Flavor is malt, bready, caramel, flowery, pine, resin. Medium body, soft carbonation, bitter finish with some alcohol. Clearly not fresh. 120414
Valgreen (465) - DENMARK - APR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Maxi. Slightly hazy light orange, small white head, some lacing. Aroma, malty, sweet, hoppy, orange, faint pine, passion fruit. Taste, malty base with some sweetness, hops, pine, resin. Dry bitter mouth feel. Long bitter aftertaste.
rumproasts (2596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Golden with one finger head. The European hops used in this hop bomb provide quite a different taste that what I’m used to. While plenty hoppy, this seems less harsh, and maybe a bit more earthy than a typical Stone offering. Still delicious though.
Lothore (455) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours a golden yellow color which a small, off white head which leaves lots of lacing on the way down
S - mild citrus, hints of wheat.
T - mild maltiness followed up by an absolute assault of hops. Deep piney, resiny bitterness.
M - thick with ample carbonation. Very resiny
D - huge beer that is a complete hop bomb. Unbalanced but delicious
Wrenchbody (6) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One full tick up from the unbelievable regular Stone IPA. This is one we should hope they keep in long term production.
BeerdedDave (126) - - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy gold-light amber color; citrusy, floral hop aroma; a bitter, hoppy beer; light malt background with lots of hops and notes of alcohol; a little fruity; dry, bitter finish
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very sweet! There is a strong berry flavor to this - perhaps raspberry - yes I think it’s raspberry! Not my favorite IPA but certainly drinkable for a change of pace.
patrick767 (3407) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle - Pours hazy yellow with a lingering off-white head. It has a pleasant aroma led by citrus and floral hops. The flavor has big hops bitterness with complex hops character that spicy/herbal as well as some citrus. Medium bodied with a bitter finish, this is a strong, dangerously drinkable beer.
wilderthanyou (752) - Guelph, CANADA - MAR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange colour with a thin white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit and orange, floral, grassy notes, and orange pekoe tea. The orange pekoe tea is a main component of the flavour profile accompinied by citrus grapefruit notes, resinous hops, the malty toffee notes are in the background but still help to balance everything out. Solid.