matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper body and wonderful ivory head in retention. The aroma is undeniably STONE IPA, but a twist…. Spicy esters, mango, guava, grapefruit… the dry-hopping is SO fresh and aromatic that it’s near euphoric! Yet the phenols are a bit shrill.
The flavor is tropical fruit and citrusy zest. Sticky palate, Ahhh…. I’m in love!
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft at Trinity in Colorado Springs, CO) Clear copper color. Medium off white head. Strong hop aroma. Spicy hop flavor. Long duration. Light bitter finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Good lacing.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botle. Pours a faintly hazy gold with thin off white head. Aroma is classic Stone IPA, but with hints of the belgian yeast and fruitiness. Flavor is dominated by citrusy and piny hops, though there are some fruity notes buried in the background. Finish is dry and lightly bitter and spicy. This one was good, managing to maintain mostly the profile of an IPA but with an added belgian character that adds to the flavor without confusing it.
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper color with a creamy head. A little on the sweet side and slightly fruity taste for an IPA. I thought it was good but I prefer two hearted ale hands down.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled as part of a 22oz bottle. Pours light yellowish brown. A very crisp brew. Very little head on it. The aroma is very malty. A really interesting IPA but more like a strong ale. Pretty good brew and worth a try.
Lubiere (10846) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden IPA with a thin white head. Mix of C-hops, coriander, herbs and fruity esters in aroma. In mouth, very maltuy with good restrained c-hops, light spiced notes, more IPA than Belgian. Medium bodied. Tap at BCTC 2009
gservo (23) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good, Turkey Sandwich beer, or a Grilled Chicken. It would also go well with Buffalo wings. Call me weird but Give me some Cold Green Apples and a bottle of this on a summers day, and I would be happy
I has to Choose between and A normal IPA and a Belgian IPA, the Belgian would always win. I am not the biggest fan of IPA’s but I really did enjoy this
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-08-01. Golden yellow body with a creamy beige head. (4+) Big hoppy aroma of green leafy hops. (7+) Flavour is also quite hoppy, modest resin with a melange of citrus touches. (7+) Smooth average plus palate. Pretty decent. On tap at BCTC 2009
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Funky, a completely different trip than the IPA. The fresh hop bite is very nice w/ the fruity Belgie yeast. It really brings more depth to the beer; the sugars taste a lot more Belgian... but they’re the same as the IPA?? Crazy brew.
swoopjones (6755) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @ BCTC 2009. Perhaps my favorite of the 2 to 6 shift. Deeper golden pour. My second favorite in the style to Houblon Chouffe with the Belgian aspect is a bit more prounced. Yeasty belgian ness in the aroma along with that big Stone hop profile. Taste is somewhat hop dominated with the Belgian yeast cutting it down a tad. Extremely drinkable & mostly delicious. Come to Buffalo. Dennis Flynn are you listeneing??