BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by aplusbreaks, thanks dude. Poured a bright golden-orange color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a soapy layer. Fruity citric aroma (orange, tangerine, peach skin) with a leafy, lightly bitter hoppiness, some undertones of honey, clove, and a light yeastiness. Smooth, lightly dry entry with some fruity undertones (orange and tangerine, faint banana) lead into a moderate leafy hoppiness paired with a soft spiciness (clove and something else I couldnít put my finger on) that ends moderately bitter and dry. Moderate carbonation and a decent mouthfeel with a solid bite. I hope to revisit this one at some point.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear amber pour. Lots of bubbles and a thin white head. Yeasty aroma with lots of spice, bubble gum, and clove. Intense bubble gum and banana flavor. Very dry and bitter with a hoppy finish. Very light and drinkable yet full of flavor.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tasted and looked like an IPA mixed with a saison, likely due to the belgian yeast. I like the idea.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Bomber from Hi-Time. Definitely a hybrid kind of beer in more than one way. I wasnít even sure what type of glass I should use. Pours a golden-amber color with a thin, pretty much short-lived, off-white head. Nice aroma here, theres a citrusy hop scent, similar to Stone IPA with the addition of yeast and cloves. Juicy hops, citrusy flavors, cloves, yeast and crisp bitterness in the finish. Some of the Belgian characteristics linger into the aftertaste. The Belgian yeast is certainly noticeable in the flavor and gives Stone IPA another element. Unforunately, I donít really think Stone IPA needs any tweaking. This is a good beer but if I want hops and I want Stone Iíll just take a Stone IPA. If I want a Belgian Iíll look to another brewer. Iím glad I got to try this.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice golden color with a medium sized head. Floral aromas and the flavor is sweet with a little bitterness.
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at the Gulfstream beer fest. Pours a nice gold color with a small white head. Aroma is really nice and unique. I get yeast, citrus, spices, bread, honey and some really nice floral hops. Flavor is full of spices, yeast, great floral hops and a great mouthfeel. Nice. VERY nice.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color with a moderate size white head. Aroma is heavy on the citrus with some gentle hops, oranges, yeast & sugar. Flavor is moderately sugary and hoppy with some tropical fruit, light spice, and yeast. Not sure why, but I was very underwhelmed by this. Stone usually does very well with Belgian & hoppy beers, but this one was lacking in personality & taste.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle purchases today at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a clear amber with a foamy cream-colored head. Aroma: Honey, hops, and grapefruit. Flavor: A perfect mix of an IPA and a Belgian-style ale (obvious). Farking shiat...I love this beer.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a honey amber transparent body with a thin off white head. Fruity esters of pear, and banana drift from the glass. Bitter, dry and earthy at first. Then expands to include note of spice, and light fruit, notes of banana and bubblegum to round this one out.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a light brownish rust color with a minimal head. Nose is odd, kinda hoppy but also a bit yeasty and lemony and dry. Palate is smooth and clean. Flavors are almost saison like with some light yeast and a bit of dry pepper but also some fresh hop notes and caramel like sweetness. this was real interesting.