ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 300th rating!! Bomber poured into pint glass. Crisp aroma, with slightly sweet Belgian spice. Very clear pale yellow color. Good hopped up Belgian I PA. Worth buying worth drinking.
10-20-08: Upgraded to 3.9- added .2 to impression. Dang, I like this beer and could drink alot of it.
SDalkoholic (2057) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Fills my trappist glass with a fine layering of head that has a short life span which then leads to a bare naked 24K gold ale just waiting to be had. There are light scents of Belgian yeast and spices but in a mild moderation that is too faint to rant about. The flavor is crisp and strong of alcohol with note worthy signs of hops and undeniable Belgian spiced yeast true to its origins.
Bartzilla (524) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. Basically, exactly what I expected. Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast. Nice. Should be a mainstay on the shelves. I know I’d drink the living hell out of it. Not going to blow your socks off, but if you like Stone’s IPA and you like that Belgian yeast flavor, then WTF? Here you go.
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are we sure this is not the Vertical 08 rebottled? They are pretty similar IMO, EXCEPT that this seemed a little hoppier. This is a really hoppy bitter beer and the aromas are strong hops with the fruity Belgian yeast esters in the backgroud, a nice mixture, hops dominate... appearance is a clear amber with a small head that settles to a layer of medium sized bubbles... lacing abounds... flavors; once again the citric acidy hops and spiciness dominate with some of the sweetened fruits in the background, finish is bitter... my overall impression is that there are better versions of the IPA Belgian beers but this one will not disappoint in the end.... just wish they had this in the 6 pack 12oz bottles, 22oz was about 6oz too much to get down.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Decent citrus aroma. Golden body color with small off white head. Decent citrus grapefruit flavor with the malts hold back that cooll and crispness on the palate. Good just didn’t have tha ahh this is good factor.
DTM (776) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Holingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Great blend of a belgian and an IPA. Bitter hops up front, followed with a plethora of fruity flavors. This one is definately a winner.
rayOfBeer (651) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from tap at the brewery a golden amber with thin white head. Aroma is belgian fruity with yeast and bubblegum. Flavor is full with sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, some light fruit, yeast, white pepper, added to some lightly tart citrusy grass notes and a little bitter hoppiness. Overall I really liked this beer. It had a lot of flavors to digest and a good crisp carbonation. I could drink more if only I could find it regularly in my area.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light amber orange, heavily carbonated, almost no head.
Fruity aroma with floral hops, peach, and pine. Some hints of grass and nuts.
Flavor: sharp hop bitterness followed by a nice bouquet of fruit, strawberries, peach, apricot, and a piny wood finish.
Palate is smooth, balanced, and interesting. Drinking it at stone bistro really helps the experience.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malt, belgian yeasts and some hops. Flavor is pineapple, lots of sweetness, citrus, spices, esthers, belgian yeasts with a hoppy finish. Interesting take on the style. Decent brew.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden in color. Strong Belgium yeast nose. Very interesting taste as the IPA fights back and forth with the Belgium. Very malty, and a nice sweetness that pokes out every few sips. Lots of yeast flavors, and some tough of pine. Different yet familiar flavors. Good beer!