PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear, honey color, earthy pine aroma and flavor from the hops which also give a lingering bitter aftertaste... some lacing but subsides quickly..
Alengrin (3365) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, thanks to Beertemple’s Ster for keeping this one aside for me. Clear ’old gold’ colour with calm sparkling under a creamy, egg-white, lacing head consisting of medium-sized but equal little bubbles. Interesting aroma indeed bearing the Stone IPA characteristics with an estery Belgian twist: bubblegum and banana on the one hand and fragrant, delicate, blossomy hops on the other hand; I get, apart from the aforementioned bubblegum and banana odours, lots of delicate impressions involving lime zest, toasted bread, chamomille, raw parsley as in many other Stone IPAs, white pepper, pink grapefruit, rose petals, a whiff of fresh cantaloupe, dry hay, dried apricot, dry crémant, bitter honey, lavender soap, strawberry, hints of cigar tobacco, faint pine resin and green, moist moss, as well as some very weak ’burnt rubber’ (maybe DTMS, but too weak to be sure) - the ’Belgian’ qualities seem a bit stronger than the American hop qualities, but I guess I left this one standing in the cellar for too long, making it lose part of its fragrance; my mistake. Clean fruity onset, touching the tip of the tongue with suggestions of unripe pear, raw pineapple and passion fruit, some minerals as usual with Stone but also a (remarkably restrained) impression of ’Belgian banana’, medium carb, smooth and lean body of slightly biscuity malt sweetishness with a vaguely honeyish as well as undisturbing metallic edge but rather ’bitter honey’ (and yes, such a thing really exists) in combination with the hop bitterness, which becomes apparent from an early stage, bittering with a salty touch and increasing in the finish, where they far overrule the Belgian yeast qualities; this IPA ends with the resiny, oily, piney, citrus peel-like hop bitterness you’d expect, fragrant retronasally, with a long but still fairly gentle and deep, tonic water-like bitterness to it. A dash of warming alcohol is noticeable too without disturbing. Very interesting, quite complex and flavourful beer with an elegantly ’feminine’, delicate aroma and well-balanced taste. The Belgian effect, if it can be qualified that way, renders this beer some extra depth; the aroma has certain ’animalistic’ traits but in all, blends the Belgian fruitiness with the American hoppiness very well. This is Stone IPA with an extra dimension just the way it was intended, though it is still the latter which gets the last word. Hugely enjoyed this, and many would-be Belgian IPAs in Belgium can take this as an example.
ametras (808) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Hazy amber with a frothy white head. Flavors are pale cereals, bubblegum, lemongrass, orange peel and pine with floral and spicy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slick texture. Subtle Belgian yeast character blends with classic IPA essences in a cohesive manner. But somehow, the sum of its parts falls short of becoming something memorable.
willisread (922) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Stone in Asagaya. Pours a clear goldenrod color with a small soapy white head. Aromas of iyokan, orange and lemon with some nice Belgian yeast character on the nose. Taste is more of the same. Very bright citric flavor on the palate with a nice light peppery and semi-sweet character. Mouthfeel is almost saison-like...wonderful carbonation throughout. Very crisp and refreshing. It is what it says it is perfectly.
sudomorph (927) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy by 10/01/15 650ml bottle. Pours a nearly clear yellow/gold with a one finger, white head that thins but leaves mild lacing. Aroma has bright notes of citrus, bubble gum, candy sugar, and medium pine/resin. Taste is balanced. Starts with candy sugar and bubble gum, then goes resiny and piney with citrus, slight bread/caramel, and a drawn out, resiny ending. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny texture with a dry finish. Overall a fantastic Belgian IPA. Big American hop flavours mixed with classic Belgian notes.
Listigovers (527) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is slightly hazy gold with a big white head, no sediment at the bottom, curious for a Belgian style. Smells yeasty and citrusy hmmm. This beer was exactly as I imagined it, not quite as bitter as the regular IPA but with much weirder flavours, some yeasty and banana flavours, bitter enough but that doesn’t seem to be the focus here. The palate is great, rolls around your tongue with lots of carbonation, medium bodied, very long aftertaste, dry. I always have high expectations of Stone this lived up to them!
HippyHop (476) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As the reviewer below notes, this stuff really is exactly as advertised. At first pour it smells just like Stone IPA, but as it warms the yeast really starts to come through (coriander in particular). A bit of soap, too, and something almost minty. Taste-wise there’s a nice peppery quality in there that provides a welcome tingle (am I right, ladies??) Good stup, and nice mashup.
Gluepot (148) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As advertised and really tasty. The Belgian yeast works effectively with the citrus and tropical fruit hops to create a classic Belgian IPA. The malt backbone is sweet and blends well with the more prominent hop and yeast elements. Really excellent balances for a brewery that doesn’t do a lot of Belgian beers.
adster (531) - HUNGARY - AUG 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Egy jó adag komlós karakterrel megtŕmogatott, s tartalmas belga mondanivalóval egyarŕnt felruhŕzott IPA a Stone háza tájáról. Gyümölcsöskertek illata selyemcukor, parfümös élesztő hangulataival keverten tárul elénk, ízjegyei pedig ha lehet, meg üdébbé teszik a kompozíciót. Gabonás teltség, éretlen gyümölcsös fanyarság, mindez olajozott kortyokba ágyazva. Ilyen egy igazi belga stilusú ipa.
Patjeadam (89) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It smells less than what it gives your mouth. First sip of this golden ipa with a nice white foam is indeed a funky ipa. Then you taste the malts and the fruits and the bitterness. It is not a clone of their ipa, but it is an sibling. Really well balanced, good bitterness. Amazing ipa!
---Rated via Beer Buddy (iOs)
jeevan (137) - SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours a slight hazy golden. Sweet bubblegum and lemon Belgian yeast aroma. Delicious grapefruity pine hop taste and bitterness all balanced with the malts; not an excessively loaded USA malt bill that is. Rich character and yet easy drinking. Another favourite of mine that I’ve finally got around to rating.