Sregnar35 (1031) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good, but give me a regular old IPA. Nose is all hops, awesome. Tastes sour to start, bitter to finish. I’d rather have my begians sweet and my stone, stone.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz brown glass pry-top. Enjoy by 7.14.09 etched around base.
Appearance: Pours crystal clear with 1 finger of off-white sudsy head. Lots of staying power and leaves nice lacing.
Nose: Split between fruity aromas from the yeast and citrus aromas from the hops. The dusty/pine quality gives the hops a slight edge over the yeast.
Palate: The Belgian yeast strain plays a more important role on the palate. Lots of black pepper, seared grapefruit, toasted malt, and something brooding that reminds me of charcoal-grilled steaks. Hops pull up on the finish, coming back strong with grapefruit and pine, and drying.
Notes: A really unique beer that captures both styles really well. Probably best when fresh. Thanks Michael for getting this beer into Vermont!
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: clear amber pour with light off white diminidhing medium head. Smells lare IPA light with a sour note. Flavor is the same, weak IPA with a sour belgium ale flavor. Medium body. Overall: not to bad at all and fairly smooth, this just not my favorite flavor for beer, but I would definitely drink another.
scoth (626) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear-amber, with a medium cream-colored head, good lasting lacing. Smells of grapefruit, grass, pineapple, bananas and pine. Smells fantastic. Medium body, velvety and smooth. Tastes of caramel, and banana, with pine and grapefruit. A fantastic blend of styles. Sadly, I accidentally spilled several ounces on the floor. I will have to buy another bomber.
Headbanger (3577) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 4/28/09 (BevMo-Torrance)-Pours a nice golden with a huge off white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Taste of the same with some Belgian yeast. This medium bodied brew is very tasty and well balanced. Great beer.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark golden color. with a foamy white head. Clove nose. Clove and banana taste followed by by hop bitterness with a lingering fruit yeast flavor. Medium palaate. Surprisingly, the Belgian qualities became more prominent with food. I would have expected more hops or alcohol. This was very good.
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Golden orange and light amber coloured body with a very thin white head that fades very fast. Aroma of yeast, coriander seed, oak, vanilla and a bit of hops - not as much as any typical IPA, especially from Stone. Medium-bodied; Strong malt up front with yeast and coriander seed right behind. Assertive hops finish the beer, but still very lacking compared to other beers. Overall, yet another let down from a way too overconfident Stone - I’d easily be more happy with any typical Belgian IPA - not with any California stuff. Or, I’d also take a West-coast IPA, but this mix just doesn’t go over well. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tyson’s Corner), Virginia on 06-February-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 26-April-2009.
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a bright gold with a faint haze. Carbonation is light with a small tight white head. Aroma is a hoppy citrus scent. Taste is the same as aroma. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a smooth crispness. Finish is hoppy with a little floral then a bold citrus and bitterness that rollover a bit of malt sweetness that also carries a very faint yeast fruit flavor. In the after taste the bitterness and citrus linger on. This is a good IPA but I was hopping the Belgian yeast would have played a bigger part
bp (838) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours golden amber with a frothy white head, fruity aroma and a hint of hops, taste is hoppy, citrus, nice bitterness in the finish.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Powerful citrus fruity aroma. Hazy bronze-amber body, fluffy white head. Flavor is grapefruit and spice, nicely bitter, a touch of sweetness. Lengthy pleasantly bitter finish. A very nice and enjoyable brew.