kyzr (1148) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to doubleo. Pours a dark gold with white head. Hoppy and belgian yeast nose. Flavor has a good citurs bit up front with a lot of yeast and sweetness from the malt. Well balanced with a hoppy crisp finish.
JohnnyJ (4307) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap and from growler. Pours a clear golden orange with creamy white head. Grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, banana, belgian yeast, and pepper. Very nice drinkable IPA with a twist.
Moosington (28) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle From Hi-Times. Pours a great copper-orange hue. Off white head with medium to solid lacing. Light hoppiness in the nose, moreso dominated by banana/citrus esters with a touch of spice and a belgian yeast finish. This beer accomplishes its end. Flavor profile starts with a heavily belgian golden ale tint, with a flavor akin to the nose. The hoppiness flows in and extends to the finish without too much of a lasting impression. Fantastic brew from Stone, maybe my favorite of theirs so far.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to dad- pours golden with orange tints. big yellow tinted head, nose is intensely hoppy, orange, pineapple. but also some distinct yeastyness. my nose wasnt a hundred percent so it was kinda hard to gauge. taste was much the same with a hint of sweetness to balance the hoppyness. very good brew. i could drink like 20 of these happily.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of pineapple, peach, apricot, ripen banana, and clove. Flavor of pepper, coriander, crisp grassy hops, peach, orange peel, and Belgian yeast.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 22oz from WeeHeavySD - thanks, Jon! Lovely pour recalls typical Stone vibrant, yeasty orange brews. Nice creamy head and an appealing aroma of yeasty esters and tropical fruits with a bit of spice. The name does seem appropriate. Itís less hop-dominant than I was expecting, or at the very least has a different hop profile than one is accustomed to - take that, Stone haters. Not a typical banana and clove (blah blah) concoction but something like mild mango and grapefruit in there, nice and mellow rather than overpoweringly sweet. But whatís really appreciated is not only the subdued and well balanced flavors but the pleasant dry finish. A real treat.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BBF 08. Pours a nice slightly hazy golden with a fluffy tight head and some lacing. Aroma is very floral- pungent hops- a bit citrusy- and your typical Belgian yeast-american hop aroma that you get from all these belgian IPAs now- but this one is done well and the aroma is very refined and big. Flavor is cleanish and refined as well, but there is still lots of clean peppery and lemony phenolics with tons of grapefruit and citrusy hops- nice doughy bready malt backbone and a dryish finish that you don’t get with the 080808 or the Mikkeller Alesmith collaboration. Really well done.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ BBF 08, Boston. Pours a hazy gold with a lacy white head. Aroma is banana, floral hops, and Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite interesting, with vanilla, banana, candy sugar, and clove up front, dissolving into a wonderful hop bite that’s enhanced by the Belgian yeast. It’s a unique offering and quite a beer.
Taverner (1089) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Has both the bitter spike from good hoppage, and a clovey floral bouquet. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is bananas. Flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly - ends on a bitter finish. SECOND ANALYSIS: What is it with the Belgian IPA and the Clove flavor? Le Freak by GF has this - I will check my Urthel Hop It and Piraat to make sure they don’t all have this.
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, color of apple cider, head is quite still, nose of fortified peaches, flavor is peach also with a floral clove background