mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 [2381-20090801] Sample. Ivy greenery aroma has some floral and spice notes. Hazy, light brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head and nice lacing. Nice spicy yeast flavour with a mild burnt straw notes. Medium body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
(BCTC @ Ommegang; Cooperstown, NY)
[3891B-20110819] Tap. Light wheat aroma. Clear, pale yellow orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet light grass grainy flavour. Light body. Good. (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured semi cloudy golden with a nice white fluffy head that lasted. smells sweet with a nice hoppy taste with hints of fruit in there as well. taste is lightly hopped with a nice sweet fruit flavoring as well. after taste is smooth.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden amber with a ton of dense white head. Sweet citruc hop aroma, very sweet and faintly piney (surprise), but not as sharp or spikey as some other Stone IPA offerings. There is a really nice peach/pineapple scent that I can also pick up. The first taste is actually pretty faint on the flavor side. I get a lot of hop and malt, but almost no citrus until later in the palate. Creamy mouthfeel and lasting taste are impressive. I almost prefer this to some of the other Stone offerings in this style. It is somehow smoother and more balanced, to my taste, than the regular IPA. Good stuff here, but not strikingly Belgian in nature, at least not to me...
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep gold with moderate head and neautiful lace. Bright fruity hop aroma, with a peachy sweet and a bit buttery edge to it. Sweet very orangey citrus bite to start, Develops into grassy, citrus hop, and mild bitterness on the finish, which lasts wuite a while on the tip of the tongue. Just a bit of herbiness and yeasty complexity - not obvious, you really have to search for it.
This tastes great, but pales in comparison to Stone’s other IPA’s, and the belgian influence is very subtle.
vtafro (4696) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden? pour, was dark not quite sure of color, with nice head. Decent Belgian ale with slight hop influence. Alright beer definitely not the best they make. Would prefer if they characterized this as a belgian ale instead of an ipa though.
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.