maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. Cloudy pale orange body with a small off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma. Belgian spice flavor with citrus and floral hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this bomber. Pours a mostly translucent golden amber with a large foamy/bubbly off white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of orange peel, Belgian yeast esters, lots of citrusy notes, some pine, Belgian yeast really showcased with a bunch of American hops. Flavor was a nice mix of Belgian Ale meets American IPA. Banana, orange peel, clove, spicy Belgian yeast notes, floral, pine, moderate hop bitterness, bready malt with a touch of caramel malt. Well done...a big fan of the Belgian meets aggressive American hopping.
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma gives little suggestion at the wonderful flavor this one has to offer. A simple Belgian smell gives way to an amazing IPA that has highlights of all the wonderful flavors you can coax out of hops. Strong grapefruit (Cascade), grass, hemp, and even a bit of bubblegum. The head is great, fades out though leaving some great lacing. Every now and then I think Stone is over-rated, but then beers like this remind me that they deserve all the praise they get.
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear gold with off white head. The aroma is an even mix of malt sweetness and grapefruit hops and then some mild bubble gum and faint banana. The taste brings up a nice level of Belgian yeast notes like mild bubble gum that mixes with tart grapefruit hops, some acidity and a background of sweet maltiness. The malt note grows some into the finish. This is a fresh tasting brew with tasty hops. I think I prefer the standard IPA version better. Although itís fun experiencing the impact the Belgian yeast strain creates.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy yellow/gold with a three finger white head. Aroma of pine and floral hops. Flavor is grapefruit and candied sugar. Very different beer than I’ve ever had.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gracias WeeHeavy! Yellowish body with pleanty of white head. Nose is pine and taste is all grapefruit for me. Pure grapefuit with a nice hoppy touch on the tounge before going down. This is more of a sipping IPA, not a session. Another solid brew from Stone.
ilovedarkbeer (2286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a yellow somewhat honey esque color. Nose is flowers, violets, cloves, and apples. Taste is bazooka joe bubble gum, yeast, and finishes fairly dry and slightly bitter. Very different interpretation of the IPA style.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye.
Pours a clear deep gold with white fluffy head. Aroma of hoppy citrus, horse blanket, a bit wild and malt. Flavor is very much the same with a hoppy bite and nice fruit notes. Mouth feel is medium body with lively carbonation. Good stuff!
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice looking translucent yellow body with a white head that leaves lacing.the aroma is a mix of orange ice cream,belgian yeat,and spices.flavor is much of teh same with some lemon peel and hops in the finish.very nice stuff.
drfabulous (3977) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m drinking this right on the heels of the Mikkeller/Alesmith collaboration and the new Vertical Epic. I have to say, all three are very similar. This one is not as "candy" intense at the Epic, and not as dry as the collaboration, but of a family tree that is not hard to detect. Same yeasts? The yeast here tells all. It masks the IPA so that a blind taste would call this a Tripel. It is a Tripel, a light Tripel. The IPA is very hidden.