biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super carbonated hazy blond with a mountain of a head. Sweet light crystal malt aroma with some resinous hops. Prominent alcohol upfront. Big sweet malt flavor with some hops. Doesn’t come together too great.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a glowinly orange to light brown color. Hops and more hops in the aroma, consistanly pleasant. Has a dry crisp mouthfeel of a wheat. Contrasting flavors, leans to a IPA then wants to bolt to a barlywine slash hefe. Alcohol makes its presense known then dissipates. Carbination ends this beer with a boring aftertaste. A pleasant beer but either Stone was trying to hard or not hard enough.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright honey tone with fine visible particulates, medium carbonation and a thick, foamy, collapsing white head. Aroma of papaya, lime, and butterscotch. Some wheat flavor but mostly hops with strong tropical fruit qualities, warm alcohol, and medium bitterness. Mouth-filling carbonation and somewhat syrupy feel. Decent, but nothing enthralling about this. I’d take a Gumballhead over this every day of the week.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden orange body under a frothy off-white head. Nice lacing as it goes down and dancing bubbles in the body. Aroma is hoppy/citrus, spices, pine, floral notes. Nice, robust feel in the mouth with gentle carbonation. The flavor was a refreshing hoppy/malt mix, some alcohol hints. A good beer but not among Stone’s best.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color with a very thin white head. A very citrusy aroma with some hints of oak and grass. A piney and citrusy hop flavor, with a slight warming of alcohol. No malt flavor that i could detect. It was like a different tasting IPA, with a rather thin body!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the montly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club thanks to Andy. This was a disappointment compared with previous anniversaries. I can’t imagine this taking on any additional virtues in the ageing process. Some grass and hay blended with a hop bite. A wheat beer in the usual sense it is not, nor is it a wheat beer in the IPA Gumbalhead sense either. What its trying to be I’m not certain (and that’s often fine), but its not innovative enough to define a new style. I likely need to rerate this one blind, just too many expectations going in and disappointments coming out.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden yellow in color with a nice white fluffy head. Fresh piney hoppy aroma. Sweet citrusy malty and hoppy flavor. Not enough body. Finish is hoppy. You get lots of hops and little malt. Not balanced.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold color with a lasting white head. Aroma is fresh spicy & piney hops. Tastes like a toned down Ruination, as the hops jump right at you. The malts follow with a lot of sweet citrus, mostly tangerine. Nice lacing throughout. Color seems a bit light for the category but oh well. Although the malt flavors are sweet and the hops are tangy & chewy, there’s no balance. You really get one or the other. Maybe anothr month or two will mesh the flavors.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t pick this out if I tasted it side by side with Three Floyds Gumballhead. It is a hop dominated wheat beer, a good summer beverage. Hops come through in the form of citrus/pine and the beer has enough body to back up the hops. Well made.
Tmoney99 (10440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Dark amber color with medium creamy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate citrus and hop aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Full citrus, malt spice flavor with a sharp finish. Good brew that was a good change of pace for Stone.