SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz brown glass pry-top. Enjoy by 7.14.09 etched around base.
Appearance: Pours crystal clear with 1 finger of off-white sudsy head. Lots of staying power and leaves nice lacing.
Nose: Split between fruity aromas from the yeast and citrus aromas from the hops. The dusty/pine quality gives the hops a slight edge over the yeast.
Palate: The Belgian yeast strain plays a more important role on the palate. Lots of black pepper, seared grapefruit, toasted malt, and something brooding that reminds me of charcoal-grilled steaks. Hops pull up on the finish, coming back strong with grapefruit and pine, and drying.
Notes: A really unique beer that captures both styles really well. Probably best when fresh. Thanks Michael for getting this beer into Vermont!
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: clear amber pour with light off white diminidhing medium head. Smells lare IPA light with a sour note. Flavor is the same, weak IPA with a sour belgium ale flavor. Medium body. Overall: not to bad at all and fairly smooth, this just not my favorite flavor for beer, but I would definitely drink another.
scoth (578) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear-amber, with a medium cream-colored head, good lasting lacing. Smells of grapefruit, grass, pineapple, bananas and pine. Smells fantastic. Medium body, velvety and smooth. Tastes of caramel, and banana, with pine and grapefruit. A fantastic blend of styles. Sadly, I accidentally spilled several ounces on the floor. I will have to buy another bomber.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 4/28/09 (BevMo-Torrance)-Pours a nice golden with a huge off white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste of the same with some Belgian yeast. This medium bodied brew is very tasty and well balanced. Great beer.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden color. with a foamy white head. Clove nose. Clove and banana taste followed by by hop bitterness with a lingering fruit yeast flavor. Medium palaate. Surprisingly, the Belgian qualities became more prominent with food. I would have expected more hops or alcohol. This was very good.
jgb9348 (4986) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden orange and light amber coloured body with a very thin white head that fades very fast. Aroma of yeast, coriander seed, oak, vanilla and a bit of hops - not as much as any typical IPA, especially from Stone. Medium-bodied; Strong malt up front with yeast and coriander seed right behind. Assertive hops finish the beer, but still very lacking compared to other beers. Overall, yet another let down from a way too overconfident Stone - Iíd easily be more happy with any typical Belgian IPA - not with any California stuff. Or, Iíd also take a West-coast IPA, but this mix just doesnít go over well. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tysonís Corner), Virginia on 06-February-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 26-April-2009.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a bright gold with a faint haze. Carbonation is light with a small tight white head. Aroma is a hoppy citrus scent. Taste is the same as aroma. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a smooth crispness. Finish is hoppy with a little floral then a bold citrus and bitterness that rollover a bit of malt sweetness that also carries a very faint yeast fruit flavor. In the after taste the bitterness and citrus linger on. This is a good IPA but I was hopping the Belgian yeast would have played a bigger part
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours golden amber with a frothy white head, fruity aroma and a hint of hops, taste is hoppy, citrus, nice bitterness in the finish.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Powerful citrus fruity aroma. Hazy bronze-amber body, fluffy white head. Flavor is grapefruit and spice, nicely bitter, a touch of sweetness. Lengthy pleasantly bitter finish. A very nice and enjoyable brew.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: lots of citrus fruits, mainly orange, but also pineapple. Hops work well with the malt sweetness and yeast character. Palate is more citrus hops, clove, lots of malt sweetness, but not cloying. Slight bit of toffee/caramel. Palate is nice and thick, low (good) carbonation. Finish is really nice. i think this mix works really well.