Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color and makes a dense offwhite head. Aroma is loaded up with pine, backed up with some sweetness. Flavor opens with some bitterness, but is full of apricots, bubble gum and pear, with a spicy alcoholic bite in the end. Medium body, sticky sweetness coating on the palate with a sticky finish. Carbonation is peppery, yet smooth. I smell this and think west coast IPA, but the flavor takes me into a completely different direction. Don’t get me wrong, it is hoppy, but the other flavors are welcome and new. I like it.
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Man this one was tough. First bottle was way to cold, so i had to open a second. Poured an awesome orange tan color. First smell was a bit like toasty yeasty dough, then it got a bit citrousy and herbal. Initial tast was lively a bit fizzy with bitter peachy finish to it. Great long flavor to this beer.
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pale orange with medium white head. Sweet citrus aroma. Flavor was quite sweet with fruits and hops mixed in and finishes was some bitterness.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow - Stone does it again! Picked up two bombers - don’t usually like wheats, hedged my bet with Stone IPA - wish I’d bought some more. This one’s like an over the top wheat/IPA or something. All the cloudiness and complexity of a good wheat, with the typical hops bite of a Stone. The alcohol comes through a little too clearly, but other than that, a VERY fine brew. Definitely gonna pick up a case or two for long-term appreciation.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden, like an Arizona sunset. Bitter w/ a hoppy taste that will send you into a euphoria. Let your mind and palate obambulate, as this potation is a phonistery. Better towards the beginning of the experience than the end of it. Put on a cup, and take a sip, because it may kick you in the nuts.
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty well ballanced ale. It has a good fruity sweetness combined with a generous dose of hoppy bitterness to create such a well rounded ale.
glider (57) - Shrub Oak, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Over 18 months aged, beer dist has a slew of them....22 oz big bottle. A bright orange-amber color, thick sticky frothy inch of white foam. Clingy head. Grapefruit/citrus+ pine hop aroma. Bitter, not too sharp. Mucho hops + malt : good body, NOT the greatest that Stone has made...good mouthfeel. Glad I tried it; won’t have one too soon
BitterPoet (57) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My wife pegged it: a strong cross between a banananosed hefe and a floral IPA. Good, but I actually would have liked to taste a version with a lower ABV. This would have made a great session ale. As is, though, a nice sipper.
pfhyde (56) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great buy--7.8% ABV for 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. of consistently tasty, Belgium style ale. If you want the fizz of Belgium, but can’t afford the real deal, give this a shot. It comes across as subpar at first, but believe me, it’s worth a second (third, fourth) try. (Oh, and make sure you look up all the words on the bottle description in the Oxford English Dictionary--they’re great fun.)
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz Bomber - poured a cloudy Golden color with hints of orange. The white head disapates quickly. Aromas of astringent grapefruit, sticky pine sap and alcohol. Flavor was very hoppy with an aggressive bitterness, very astringent! I was very dissapointed with this beer! Far too hoppy and astringent, masking all other nuances, except for the alcohol which comes to the front more often than I like.