jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Stone - 2/1/08. Shows signs of nice aging - flavors blend and mellowed in harmony. No real signs of this on its way down. Nice lush mouthfeel...subtle flavors throughout with touch of pine hops and sticky caramel. Leaned toward the sweet side, but very graceful. Reminded me of a dumbed down version of the 05 Double Bastard that night. I liked it.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Stone Winter Storm 2008. Very nice. Flavors were balanced and very easy to drink.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Stone winter Storm 2008. Poured a burnt orange with a wispy off white head. Nose was a good balance between both malt and hops. Finish was pretty sweet with some hop presence in the backdrop.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at W.S. at the Brewery. Thin whitish head on amber yellow colors.Not a unique aroma.Malty and semi sweet with alcohol on the finish. Fairly thin and not very complex. Would not search this one out. Pretty average for sure.
hapjydeuce (910) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2008 Stone Winter Storm. Amber-yellow color with some light carbonation and barely any head formation. One of the more average Anniversary IPA’s in my book. Sweet hops aroma that is more difficult to pick up. Crisp and lively flavor of floral hops and well-balanced use of malts. Bitterness is quite subdued, and it finishes with a dry malt undertone. Nothing too special going on here, but enjoyable nevertheless.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone’s 2008 Winter Storm. Dark amber color. Medium carbonation. Light bitterness. Malty. Hint of oxidation. Nice.
badlizard (5519) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden brown with no head. Grainy cereal and citrus aroma. Good tangy citrus taste with an alcoholic warmth to the finish.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on-tap at the Stone World Bistro 9/13/07. Poured into 8oz. snifter. Pours a cloudy deep yellow color. Frothy head that lingers and laces the entire glass. Smells sweet and malty or maybe that’s a hoppy sweetness, it is an IPA I guess. Tastes sweet, none of the hop bitterness that you’d expect. There are some hops there but they’re sweet, not spicy or citrusy or anything. Thickish, with just ok carbonation. Maybe a little too old by now. It’s novel now I guess.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange with some brown hues. Malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness and some hop presence. Obviously aging has mellowed this one. Its got some pleasant caramel sweetness with a subdued fruity hops. The finish leaves a tingling hoppiness. A nice beer to sit, sip and enjoy.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 On tap at Stone World Bistro during the XIth Anniversary Festival - 08/07. Burnished orange-copper-red with a thin, fine, light-tan head. Husky, grainy, light toffee/caramel aroma with some light oxidation characteristics and subdued light citrus hops notes. Smooth, lightly penetrating hops bitterness over light caramel sweetness. Some light, fruity hops flavors are present but definitely showing their age, albeit gracefully. Soft, well-rounded mouthfeel that is robust yet delicate, powerful yet graceful.