gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian yeast on a stone ipa. Pours blond with diminished head. Good carbonation. Dank hops, thick warm aroma. Fruit...lemon, nice and bitter.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours golden with a nice white head that sticks around. Aroma is of piney fresh hops. Beer has a dominating IPA flavor with a slightly "funky" flavor from the yeast (also the description from the bottle). The different yeast use is definately noticable but not overbearing. The palate is slightly sticky which I like in an IPA. Overall I like the beer. That said, Iíd probably pick up a regular IPA before picking this up again.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. por golden clear with nice white head. aroma is slight with a little floral hops. not typical stone ipa... mouthful has a bit of spice that is followed up with a nice bitter hop finish. the balance is more toward belgian than ipa. very nice but not a stone fav of mine.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.
Pours a hazy pale copper, effervescent, with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that doesnít want to go away.
Nose is sweet, smooth banana and some creamy sweetness from the yeast, citrus peeks through from the hops as well, melting into the sweet yeasty note.
Taste is yeasty up front, some banana, with the hops coming through as a grassy bitterness - not really getting much citrus through the yeast, maybe just a bit. Malt character is doughy, biscuity, also gets wrapped up with yeast. Finish is a light lingering bitterness, more yeast hangs around in the exhale.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, fluffy, medium-light bodied. Creamy from the head that never quits.
An interesting variation, kind of startling how far away this beer is from the standard IPA. Yeast changed the whole character of the beer - unfortunately, I feel like the beer loses some major character from the transfer. The malt and hops notes just kind of get tangled up in the yeast, and the result is a beer thatís just very yeast-dominated in the end. A nice enjoyable beer, but not the masterpiece the IPA is.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 bomber thanks to jrob21. Pours a clear, pale yellow with a huge white head. Nose was spicy, perfume and floral hops. Taste is Belgian yeast and spice. Mouthfeel is medium with a bitter finish. OK, now this was different. Like an IPA, but with Belgian yeast thrown in. Kinda odd, but still decent.
jdjuice (330) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a regular gold. Doesnít look like anything special. The aroma is strong hops. First taste is in stark contrast to aroma; taste is hoppy, but not overly so. Very interesting how the Belgian yeast changes the flavor profile of Stone IPA.
While itself this beer may be somewhat unremarkable, I find it very interesting to for a brewery to change one aspect of a flagship beer and release it to the public. By changing the yeast, drinkers get educated regarding the impact the yeast strain has on the beer. I applaud this approach and would like to see more beers that are slight variations on well known varieties so that the consumer better understands the effects of the ingredients and brewing techniques on the final flavor of a beer. I applaud thee, Stone!
All in all, a drinkable, pretty hoppy yet strangely light IPA that is distinctly Stone yet distinctly Belgian. Unique yet entirely quaffable.
That1Guy (1942) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Crushed with Jakebra. Fuck. Skunked bottle. Not sure how old it is. Will have to keep my eye out for it when it comes out again. Some hop presence is detectable, but overall itís skunky. And I respect this brewery too much to assume the brew sucks when itís fresh. Bummer.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber. Clear golden in color with a medium off white head that recedes but retains well. Aroma has a good deal of citrus and some light floral hops, some fuity esters from the yeast- touch of banana and spice, a touch of earth. Taste has a good deal of citrus hops, some mild belgian esters- banana mostly and a touch of yeast spice. Medium bodied, finishes with a moderate hop bitterness.
lawless (8) - , California, USA - FEB 2, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very surprising and unique beer. I tried this awhile ago so I dont remember the specifics, but I have to admit that it is the first beer from stone that I have enjoyed.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Iím happy to see this around. At first I wasnít sure of itís availability near one of the places I usually hit for beer. Interesting unique use of Belgian yeast. Light floral notes and low hop profile.