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 (7798) - 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.
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear like apple juice with a funky soap aroma. Way more Belgie than Cali. It seems like it is packed with strong Belgium yeast. A yeasty funk in fact. Alcohol grazes across the tongue and leaves a richness in the mouth that is warm and sweet. The hop presence of a typical IPA isn’t as prevalent as I thought it would be. My Stone IPA currently still sits in the fridge. I should probably try it....
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a light hoppy, spicy aroma to it. It’s like half IPA half Belgium. Has a light color with no foam. The appearance is light and a little hazy. Pretty decent.
ttutony (830) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Ginger Man in Austin, TX. Very interesting, there’s a definite fruity Belgian yeast character overlaid on the classic Stone IPA hop backbone. A must-try for fans of Stone or fans of just good, interesting beer in general.
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Uptown Grille in Commerce Twp, MI. Clear gold/amber with thin off-white head. Aroma of citrusy grassy hops which is typical of Stone’s beers. But there’s also the Belgian yeast influence of fruity banana/bubblegum. Taste is bitter with slight fruity malts. Medium bodied and crisp.
Frank (3892) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not going to lie, the idea of an IPA made w/ Belgian yeast was quite off putting to me for a while. It just seems weird. They are really OK though and it makes sense; you combine fruity yeast and fruity hops. It’s a damn fruit salad! This banana-ish esters from the Belgian yeast combine w/ a vaguelly citric pine quality from the hops here. It is medium bodied w/ mild carbonation, possibly too mild to be suitable for a Belgian yeast strain. It is also a bit too bitter to work w/ a Belgian yeast strain. Actually, it’s almost as if they took an American IPA and just replaced the yeast. As it turns out, that’s exactly what they did. (Note: To my credit, I figured this out before reading the bottle which say that this is Stone IPA brewed w/ a Belgian yeast. Give me a pat on the back next time you see me.) Still though, this works reasonably well--not as well as the regular IPA but reasonable well--and the nose, especially, is really nice. I’d imagine that if they had six packs of this at my corner store and six packs of the regular IPA, I’d pick the regular IPA nine times out of ten but still get this occasionally and coming from me that is a decent bit of praise.
mezr (76) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color and forms a medium, white, foamy head that laces nicely. The aromas are that of citrus and resin, clear, but subtle. I’ve had other Stone IPA’s, but this is clearly different. It’s brewed with Belgian yeast, and while I’m not well versed in Belgian beer, I’m guessing that it’s what makes it so different. Medium bitter, slightly sticky and fizzy. Nice, long finish. I prefer double IPA’s, but definitely enjoyed this beer and would look forward to drinking it again.
CaptainTitus (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is definitely one of the best IPAs i have ever had the pleasure of drinking. The description on the bottle states that it is similar to the regular Stone IPA but with an undeniable Belgian influence because of the yeast strain they used to brew the beer. I was skeptical at first and believed I would be drinking a glorified Stone IPA, however I was pleasantly mistaken. This beer definitely takes on an identity all its own. One can honestly taste the distinct flavor produced by the Belgian yeast in the brew and it only adds to the greatness of the overall flavor of the beer. The hoppiness is excellent and exactly what one would expect from a great IPA. The aroma smells of a refreshing citrus enhanced by the scent of the yeast. It is quite a refreshing brew and would be great to drink on a warm or hot day just relaxing outside.