sunnyridge (222) - USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone offers a pretty good stab at this style. But personally Im not that into this beer style. The Belgian beer yeast gives this IPA a huge sweetness and unfortunately detracts from the hop flavor and the bitterness. Sweet IPAs just don’t make sense to me.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and resinous hops tower above this lean and polished India Pale Ale, bouncing off of crisp, biscuity cereals into a long sandy bitterness. This is yet another very good Stone IPA.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear golden.
-Apart from tagging along the hop’s prominent fruitiness, I can’t really taste how the Belgian yeast strain changed their base IPA.
-The slick body is refined, but doesn’t point towards Belgian stylings at all. The beer’s name made me expect a fluffy Belgian mouthfeel...
-This is very drinkable and very aromatic. A great sunshine brew for hopheads.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz draft at Smith’s in downtown Springfield. This is a straight up Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. I love the light bread flavor with the citrus and slightly grassy hop oils. This reminds me of the Urthel Hop-It beer quite a bit. Stone has never let me down with a new beer.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold with good, foamy, white head / Nose of fresh cut melon / Medium body, good balance, only modestly hoppy, with long, biting, dry, finish / Flavors of passion fruit, cantaloupe, orange, resin, and dry hops / Outstanding. Modest hop profile, though, aside from the finish.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Earthy hop aroma with a nice sweet malty note. Clear pale yellow, med head, hoppy flavor profile backed with med-heavy sweetness. Well bittered, but far from overpowering yet well complimented by the Belgian yeast. Exactly what you’d think you get mating stones gargoyle with a Belgian beauty.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Im just not a fan of the style I guess but I can appreciate it. Obviously crafted well, I get the big American hop bomb side of it with the Belgian yeasty malty backbone. The styles just dont do it for me...
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served cold from bottle. Love the aroma. Clove, citrus, yeast, resin. Lovely golden color with a light white head. Medium bitter taste, nice fizz. Warm and sweet with just a hint of alcohol. A fine, fine IPA.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Spicy grassy nose with resin, very floral aromas. Pours clear gold with a thick white head. Earthy bitterness with some grass, with very spicy flavors as well, strong grassy hop flavor with a very heavy malt flavor to hold it up. Very nice belgian yeast notes that blend very well with the hops. nice brew!
drowland (7868) - Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/22/10. Bomber into a snifter. The pour is cloudy orange with a nice white head. The aroma is funky Belgian all the way with some cat pee aromas. The flavor is very funky with dashes of sour and a big sour kick as well. Very interesting.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber. Pours a hazy bright golden yellow with a large fluffy white head that leaves a nice thin sheet of lacing as it recedes. Aroma is spicy Belgian yeast, light clove, banana, fresh citrus and fruits and some grass. Flavor is bitter citrus hops that linger, along with more spicy yeast notes, grass and some ripe banana. Solid stuff, and an enjoyable Belgian influenced IPA.