slowrunner77 (10242) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2014 "bright aroma of belgian yeast and citrusy hops...same in the mouth! leaning ever so slightly towards an IPA til it warms, then the belgian yeast starts to come out more, as opposed to the vertical epic 08 which is significantly more hops...but this one is better and more flavorful. Great balance between the two styles. Stone IPA with a special yeast strain. Due to the uniqueness and feel, i like it just a touch better than the ipa. 2/27/09 just had another...ditto! Just a great beer! 7/11 haven’t had a 4 1/2 in a while...downgrade to 4.3...still great, though."
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Pony Bar. Pours a semi-clear honey color with a thick, pure and creamy white head. Sharp floral aroma with dandelion and grass. Light caramel and earth sweetness with pine, resin and grass hops. Meium bodied with soft almost flat) carbonation. Finishes with grassy bitters and some mild grapefruit. Very good.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark yellow/amber with decent, lasting head. Vary lively carbonation. Like the regular Stone IPA with a Belgian twist. The aromas definitely have hints of Belgian yeast (bread and banana) but the west coast hoppy IPA comes through with a punch. Very nice on the palate, but not for the faint-hearted. Tastes is straightforward hops and notes of yeasty goodies. Finished nice...this is best when not served ice cold. Let it warm up a bit to 48-50 degrees and you will be happy.
AdamDaily (9) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bam! Orange and lemon peel punch to the nostrils. Quite pungent citrus aroma, with a touch of yeast, obviously. First sip was a little surprising; this brew is a thinner body than I was expecting. Not weak and tenuous or anything, but I was expecting a thicker feel. After the citrus and yeast, the brew is grassy and floral. Make no mistake, this beer is Californian before Belgian. The only thing I wasn’t impressed with was the appearance. Decent head that recesses into a bit of lace, but the color is a real unassuming, light amber color. But you know, who cares, it’s a beer, not a mural. Delicious brew, and worth the price of the bomber. Nothing breathtaking, but tasty.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Pours a light gold color with a small white head. The nose is fresh and hoppy with plenty of the typical stone ipa hops. Big and bright with a touch of the belgian yeast underlaying. I personally prefer the regular stone IPAs to this hybrid. Why get something that’s only half something and half something else? I like my ipas from the west coast and my belgians from belgium (or the west coast too; long story).
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty nice. Has a nice spice blend mixed in with some strong pine hops. Takes some getting used to, but I think it comes out pretty good. Nice body.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Relatively clear, light golden appearance, light foam. Distinct coriander/clove aroma, mild piney citrus. Yeasty coriander flavor in the middle of the palate, gives way to typical dry, citrussy bitter finish - a little drier in the finish than their standard IPA. Yeasty fruit and coriander flavors linger mildly in the aftertaste but the hops still dominate. This is interesting but I’m not really a fan of this particular combination.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a two-finger, foamy, sticky head. Very nice. The head thins out slowly, leaving a bit of lacing, though not too much. Color is light, golden amber. The aroma is exactly as expected, citrusy hops backed up by distinct Belgian yeast notes. The flavor follows the aroma, but with a pronounced bitter finish. This is an excellent blending of the two styles, and artfully done.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours light copper with frothy head that sticks to the glass well. Nose is sweet hops and lemon. Light in the mouth, this is a very unique beer. Very European-influenced yet with a lingering bitterness you would expect from a Stone IPA. I’m loving this.
mmmbeer (1392) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a transparent thin orange/yellow color, medium carbonation, half finger white head tried to lace. Aroma of grassy floral hops, yeast, and citrus. Hits the mouth with an even medium body, the malt is very restrainted and hardly noticeable, the typical Stone hop party crashes onto the scene (’bout damn time!) in the middle, finish has a very odd acidic feel from the hops with yeast intertwined. Damn near a fail Stone, but this one is tolerable.