Beergeek23322 (419) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05/17/13 version from a 22 oz. bottle. Big floral and pine aromas. Clear deep orange color with a white head. Flavors are citrus, pine and grass with a dry hoppy finish with a slight alcohol burn.
KickInChalice (842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Enjoy By IPA pours a soft golden amber color. It is quite transparent, with visible carbonation rising up from the bottom of my glass into a robust off-white cap. This exhibits great head retention and leaves a few spiderwebs of lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is the strongest aspect of this beer. Sweet and juicy mango and tropical fruit hop notes waft out of the glass first, with some candied grapefruit, dank, and pine notes coming through as well.
Even without seeing the label, it would be easy to tell that this is a Stone beer. Brazenly hopped, there is still a great transition from sweet to hoppy, which is a progression that separates the best IPAís from the rest. A bit of honey and caramel lead nicely into the caramelized grapefruit hop notes, with tons of mango, peach, apricot, pine, and herbal hop flavors as well. The finish is bitter, but the flavors help to grow the bitterness over the course of the sip.
Stone also brews its beers with an understanding of keeping the ABV, flavor, and body all in line, and this is no exception. A high ABV by IPA standards, the flavor really masks any suggestion of booziness, and the smooth body and creamy carbonation work to keep each sip fresh.
With a robust addition of hops across a wide range of flavors, this is a great addition to the Stone family. I also appreciate their effort to encourage hoppy beers to be labeled fresh for immediate consumption.
xdtfx (3) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
5/17 bomber poured into Founders snifter. Golden amber with white finger height head, decent lacing. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, pine. floral. Taste of grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, pale malts with a little bite in the finish. Love the hop freshness this one. Hop heads dream right here. I had the 9/21 batch as well, tasted just as good. Definitely one of my favorite Stone releases to date. For the price per bottle you canít go wrong with this DIPA.
BeerFlavoredBeer (224) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/17 from the bottle. Heavy pine and dry floral smells. Slightly pungent, peppery. Very full-bodied when it comes to the "just chewed up a pine bough" flavor. Some dry lemon rind flavor in the finish. The bitterness is long and lingering, but not overly sharp. Very good, very "Stone".
EricTeusink (106) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First I tried fresh hops, now Iím a believer. A good friend has been espousing the gospel of fresh hops to me for a while. While I didnít doubt him, I also didnít make any additional effort to seek out fresh hops. This beer, along with some other recent experiences, will have me fastidiously checking dates. Smells of pine and a bit of gasoline (in a good way). The color was a bit paler than I expected. The slightly bubbly mouthfeel is finished with biting hops. Bomber - Intown Market - Atlanta, GA
stevencon (268) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
By 5/17 tap at proof. Hazy straw golden with white head. Sweet malt candy lemon and grapefruit. Some pine straw. Taste is sweeter than expected and not as bitter. Very floral and citrus grapefruit. Good but too sweet to have more than a pint.
gschrade (32) - Collinsville, USA - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. I thought it was pretty good. I would drink this again.
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dresden (519) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
05-17-13 on tap at Stone. Clear with big sticky head that laces with every drink. Huge aroma of fruity hops - lots of pine with lots of fruity tropical fruits. Taste is very sweet and very fruity. This is a fantastic IIPA, I canít stop thinking about how much money they must spend on screenprinting these bottles for each batch. I guess that has nothing to do with it. Great beer!
hayduke (2933) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a 22 oz. bottle and was the 05/17/13 version. Poured a clear golden color with an off-white head. Big nose of citrus and pine hops. .Mediium plus body. Flavor is a good balance of caramel malts and the flavoring and bittering hops. A really easy drinking DIPA, and fresh tasting it is indeed
tom10101 (1052) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz). Enjoy by 05.17.13 Golden with a medium persistent fluffy white head and good lacing. Aroma is piney with citrus, tropical fruits and perfumy hops... itís also somewhat a little boozy. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet with tropical fruits, pine, citrus, malt and alcohol. Medium body. Very good hop bomb with a little too much residual sugar for my liking.