keanex (1135) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2013 Bottled on April 13, 2013, Enjoy by 5-17-2013.
Appearance: The body is clear with a beautiful golden amber hue, the head is short though even on a hard pour and the retention isn’t very great either. The head settles into a frothy uneven coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of oranges, pine, grapefruit, and grass. The aroma is very resinous, a bit too much upon swirling.
Taste: This is a very hop forward beer, as to be expected, but surprisingly there’s enough balance to keep this interesting. The malt base is outshined by a grapefruit, grassy, piney and spicy hop profile, but it provides a light sweetness, notably some caramel on the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
Overall: This gets near the same ratings that the 9/21/2012 one gets. It’s very similar from memory, but perhaps a tad more balanced. I don’t love this, but it’s a good IPA and I see why people love it.
Bottled on 8-17-2012. Enjoy by 9-21-2012.
A: This is a pretty good looking IIPA, haze is minimal in the amber body as carbonation bubbles gently float towards the surface in every part of the beer. A thick and messy white head sits on top. This is how an IIPA should look.
S: Very pungent hop aroma that I can smell from near arms reach away. Putting the beer to my nose produces an intense aroma of hops hinting at spices, oranges and grapefruit providing a moderately bitter and moderately sweet aroma.
T: The flavor is a bit bland up front, moderately sweet, but the grapefruit bitterness hits hard with a perfume like floral flavor at the end with a lingering spicy tingle down my throat. This isn’t a huge hop-bomb, but it definitely caters to hop lovers more than the sweeter IIPA lovers.
M: Medium-thick bodied with soft carbonation.
O: This is a West-coast IIPA through and through, the hops hit hard and do not disappoint. I personally prefer the sweeter IIPAs, but this is a good change of pace and I applaud Stone for providing such a fresh IIPA for us and making sure we drink it fresh.
Ratings: 7, 4, 7, 4, 15.
MIBRomeo (2449) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good not great. Lots of citrus sweeter grapefruit off golden pour nice pal pretty avg but lightly creamy. A slightly bitter finish. Above avg for sure not a 100% though.
drowland (5693) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/11/13. 22oz bottle from Grassroots. Turd from shelf aroma. Barely made the date cutoff on this one. Almost waited a few days because fuck Stone. You heard me. Also, ScottPurchase is obviously an alias and plagiarizes texts in his rates. Okay, down to business, I guess. Super clear orange pour, slightly darker than orange, I guess, under a nice off-white head that sticks and laces well. Looks good, I suppose. Rich hop aroma, sweet and floral, very floral, with touches of dankness, resin, pine, and grapefruit zest. Surprisingly sweet flavor, malt definitely coming through, some sweet caramel and doughiness, mild balancing hop bitterness definitely shows up, but could use more in my book to help cut the sweet. The hop character accentuates the sweetness in many ways. Some juicy fruit aspects (literally, not the chewing gum), with orange and grapefruit popping out as well as earthy, green hops, pine, more floral and sweet aspects. The bitterness lingers on the tongue slightly and grapefruit pith sits on my tongue. Not bad.
ontbeermaker (2155) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap and a bottle, pours a nice bright yellow, aroma is piney and taste is nice sharp and bitter, overall quite enjoyable.
Pdowns916 (5) - Travis AFB, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoy by 12-13-13. Bomber to tulip, pours a copper with nice head. Smell is amazing with dank and pine, lots of citrus as well. This is my favorite beer! Different than the other Enjoy Bys. I wish this one was year round.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hondajunkie (76) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.13.13 bomber $5.49 bought on sale at Binnys (3rd one ;-) ) As of 12.7.13 they still had a few cases left. Stone definitely ramped up production on this one for it was readily available. Couldn’t believe it, as every other edition before was so hard to find/get.
Pours a cloudy golden color with a 1 finger head that settles quickly leaving a thin white ring and little sticky, bubbly islands floating about. Big pine notes followed by some malt & biscuit aromas on the nose. Great balance of malt, then a nice bite of hop bitterness. Awesome brew.
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09.13.13 version. Pours a two finger off-white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Light hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose and flavor is nearly sweet grapefruit and some pineapple, lingering grapefruit aftertaste. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Marlboro, MA.
OPIE788 (52) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This review is for the 12-13-13 because I was just recently talked in to rating beer. I’ve had all of them and this is the best one to me. Draft. Yellow color with a white head. Floral and citrus hop light in the nose. Bright bitter pine hop flavor. These are getting better.
fletchfighters (923) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Sheraton 4 points LAX
12.13 enjoy by
Clear Orange color, short white head. Some visible carbonation.
Bold nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit. Very forwards and aggressive.
Full of resin and bitterness. Touches of aspirin and a bit chalky though.
Nice but needs more balance
Oregon_butcher (36) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden yellow color, good IPA carbonation, smells pungent of simcoe or summit, sweet dank like garlic. Taste is overwhelming dank hops to an excess. I love a hoppy beer but this is alittle odd.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
VastActiv (1661) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Zeitgeist, San Francisco. Batch 12/13/13. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Piney, fruits, citrus, grape, hops and malts.