Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a very nice yellow/golden color with a decent fluffy white head and nice carbonation out of my Sam Adams Sensory glass.
Smell is of the typical pine and citrus hops with a belgian yeast character of breadiness.
Taste is closer to a tripel than any IPA, it isn’t very hoppy but obviously that’s a part of the style. Has small hints of spice and clove.
Mouth is medium and carbonation is high.
Probably wouldn’t get this one again, but it was nice to try this once.
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE: A beautiful bright orange beer, with a beautiful white foamy head.
AROMA: A noticeably hoppy scent, citrusy – grapefruity or lemony – with a slight yeasty, spicy note.
FLAVOR: The hop smell comes through in a hoppy California IPA sort of way. Very citrusy hops, very little malt or sweetness, which I expected from the “Belgique” side. The
PALATE: Medium-bodied, balanced but hoppy. As it got to room temp in the glass the malt seemed to start to peak its head in, and it finished nicely. It was just creamy and complex, as I would expect from a Belgian, but just thin enough that I could take a few down like an IPA.
NOTES: The only regret I have surrounding this beer is that I only picked up one bottle. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this. I could get into some trouble if I had a keg of this laying around. I’m not a hugely crazy Belgian fan, truth be told I haven’t made it a point to really try a whole lot of Belgians, but this was just IPA enough that I could put more that a few down and be happy. I think I usually find the Belgians to be too rich for my taste, but this was more of a medium body and just rich enough that it was a joy to drink.
dchmela (2850) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden amber with a thick white head. Super citrus hop aroma (Centennial hops?) just bursting out of the glass with some malt sweetness and Belgian esthers, peppery notes. Light crisp malt body with a big citrus, Belgian funk and tart dry body. A unique twist on a Stone classic.
Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy yellow with a dimpled white head. Aroma is bubble gum, tangerines, Taste is dry and biscuity with pithy citrus bitterness and wheaty spice notes. $7/22oz
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 [2381-20090801] Sample. Ivy greenery aroma has some floral and spice notes. Hazy, light brown body with a long-lasting foamy white head and nice lacing. Nice spicy yeast flavour with a mild burnt straw notes. Medium body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
(BCTC @ Ommegang; Cooperstown, NY)
[3891B-20110819] Tap. Light wheat aroma. Clear, pale yellow orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet light grass grainy flavour. Light body. Good. (6/3/6/3/13) 3.1
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured semi cloudy golden with a nice white fluffy head that lasted. smells sweet with a nice hoppy taste with hints of fruit in there as well. taste is lightly hopped with a nice sweet fruit flavoring as well. after taste is smooth.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden amber with a ton of dense white head. Sweet citruc hop aroma, very sweet and faintly piney (surprise), but not as sharp or spikey as some other Stone IPA offerings. There is a really nice peach/pineapple scent that I can also pick up. The first taste is actually pretty faint on the flavor side. I get a lot of hop and malt, but almost no citrus until later in the palate. Creamy mouthfeel and lasting taste are impressive. I almost prefer this to some of the other Stone offerings in this style. It is somehow smoother and more balanced, to my taste, than the regular IPA. Good stuff here, but not strikingly Belgian in nature, at least not to me...
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear deep gold with moderate head and neautiful lace. Bright fruity hop aroma, with a peachy sweet and a bit buttery edge to it. Sweet very orangey citrus bite to start, Develops into grassy, citrus hop, and mild bitterness on the finish, which lasts wuite a while on the tip of the tongue. Just a bit of herbiness and yeasty complexity - not obvious, you really have to search for it.
This tastes great, but pales in comparison to Stone’s other IPA’s, and the belgian influence is very subtle.
vtafro (5085) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Golden? pour, was dark not quite sure of color, with nice head. Decent Belgian ale with slight hop influence. Alright beer definitely not the best they make. Would prefer if they characterized this as a belgian ale instead of an ipa though.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper body and wonderful ivory head in retention. The aroma is undeniably STONE IPA, but a twist…. Spicy esters, mango, guava, grapefruit… the dry-hopping is SO fresh and aromatic that it’s near euphoric! Yet the phenols are a bit shrill.
The flavor is tropical fruit and citrusy zest. Sticky palate, Ahhh…. I’m in love!