Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Utobeer, shared at home with Mes, 27th Feb 2009. Golden amber with a big white head. Sublime floral aroma. Good flavours - fruit, soft malts, varied hops. Nice palate. Really impressive stuff.
pineypower (2734) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from EZ. To me beers like this are the best of both worlds, I’m a huge Belgian fan and a huge IPA fan, so this works. Pours out a slightly orange, light copper color with a small to moderate white head. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops, fruit and slight spice notes. Taste is complex with a good balance of both worlds, citrus, piney hops go with some sweet fruity malt notes, dry finish. Another winner from stone
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t know Stone brewed IPA’s. Wow, news to me. This one has been sitting in my fridge for long enough, I finally decided to drink it. The aroma is more of a perfumey floral hop scent, not spicy or too citrus-y. It has a kinda sugary scent in there (almost bubble-gum like). The flavor is really smooth and full of sweetness and bitterness. Again, there is this sugary flavor to it, more like candy. But with the hop characteristic... it all works out pretty nice. A good mingling of styles.
ben4321 (4744) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried this one out of a 22 at RFDs. Jan ’09
Overall Impression: This one was really tasty, though I’d expect nothing less from the boys at Stone. A Cali IPA made with Belgian hops? Yes, please! An excellent experiment.
decaturstevo (5438) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden pour with a hint of orange with a creamy off white head and lace. Citrus, cinnamon, pine, and perfume on the nose. Abv, citrus hops, clove, semi sweet malt on the flavor. A bit aggressive on the carbonation. Very unusual and interesting beer with a nice bitter.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very clear, almost lager, amber with a very powerful nose. Smells hoppy yet fruity(i smell a very strong grapefruit) at the same time,. Very little head. Very nice hoppy taste with a complex fruit overtone. Heavy citrus flavors compliment the bitter hops to round out the flavor very nicely. Very nice carbonation with hints of the alcohol in the palate. Very nice beer.
jredmond (6289) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the tip, at the tip, at the tip of my tongue!! Bottle. Pours a clear orange body. Aroma is very nice - fruit, citrus, grapefruit, and hops. Taste is very different. IPA mixed with a light witbier. This beer is like singing two notes at the same time. Pretty neat beer, thanks Stone.
Dorwart (2439) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
About a 1 inch thick head of fine bubbles. Good carbonation. Bright brownish orange in color. Big hoppy and spicy aroma. Lots of dried flowers, spices, and citrusy hops. Some other aroma that is familiar but I just can’t place. Dry and very bitter flavor. Lots of tea leaves, herbal flavors, bitter grapefruit and light spice. You definately notice the spicyness of the belgian yeast. Bit of lemon and dry grass. Noticable alcohol presence for a brew under 7%. Finishes bitter with slight lingering sweetness that wasn’t very obvious in the flavor. A pretty good and hoppy/bitter IPA.
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pale golden pour with a finer of beige head. Thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is fruity, citrus and floral filled. Light presence of Belgian spices. Flavor is dry and floral with a light presence of citrus and cloves. Rather dry, lingering finish. Nice.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: bottle thanks to Caspar.
Lovely golden blonde colour with an impressive white head. Superb U.S. piney hop aroma. Grassy and citric with a good dollop of creamy malt. Good spicy hop flavour but it’s some way off the quality of the aroma. Assertive resinous bitter finish with some clear spicy notes. Nice and dry and typically drinkable. Jolly good beer.