HonkeyBra (3061) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. This beer pours a clear orange with the slightest tint of red. I get a nice big floral and pine aroma, with touches pineapple and citrus. The malt profile is subdued, mildly sweet. Flavor is certainly fresh. Nice, big fresh floral and pine hops. There are a few notes of citrus. As it warms, I get more tropical fruit notes and maraschino cherry. A bit light bodied for a double IPA. Overall, good concept, decent execution. This is somewhat middling or unspectacular to me. It’s good, it’s fine, but nothing to really go crazy about.
mystiksc (59) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is all hops. Palate is hops, fruity citrusy flavor, Light malts. Nice light golden color. Very little head. Moderate Carbonation. Nice and fresh. The only way I like to drink ipas! Another great ipa by stone! Love the 9/21/12 on the label. I think all ipas should at least have a small drink by stamp on the bottle. You can’t enjoy an ipa that’s past it’s prime. Oxidated skunky funk!
Billicus (286) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Large 22 oz bottle
aroma, flora hoppy esters very fruity
color, warm light amber pretty good lacing from the head,a sparky beer
taste, frontend bitter hops, very smooth and flora backend
overall, Iam glad i got a bottle they go quick, awesome stuff!!!!!!
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle enjoyed on 9-21, so should still be good right? Haha. Crystal clear bright yellow, slight orange pour, white head. Fresh citrusy hops, floral, verging on tropical fruit, light caramel malt backbone. abv is well hidden. And considering the abv it is very dry, only slight sweetness. An enjoyable DIPA from Stone.
rxeight (977) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I picked this up today and enjoyed a month early. Pourss a yellowish orange, with a half inch of clean frothy white head. Aroma is dominated by citrius and bitter hops. Taste has lots of floral and citrius hop tast to it. has a spicy hop character to the finish that gest stronger as the beer warms. Lots of bitterness to this beer. Fans of runation will not be dissapointed in this offering.
daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler fill from brewery. Pours from growler a very clear gold-orange hue with two fingers of fluffy and very white head with good retention. Aroma of dank and resiny hops with lots of non-citrus tropical and stone fruit (peach, mango, mangosteen stand out) as well as some notes of white pepper. Flavor predominately has fruity notes of tangerine, peach, and strawberry with some lesser "traditional" west coast DIPA elements of bitter citrus and pine. The flavor has a later emerging lightly toasted caramel maltiness which adds good balance and a bit of sweetness. I actually do not find this particularly bitter. Medium body with a well-concealed 9.4%. Having been to New Zealand a couple months ago and experiencing some of the great all-Kiwi hop IPAs there, I am pleased that Stone has opted to add the Motueka and Nelson Sauvin here...I like the more tropical fruit notes the Kiwi hops bring to the table. Stone has certainly achieved what they set out to do here -- the hop elements of this beer come across super fresh with a zesty kick. Though my rating is from the growler from the brewery, I am impressed with the lengths that Stone has gone to deliver this as fresh as physically possible to the public in SoCal, Chicago, and New Jersey...today is Tuesday and the beer was bottled only four days ago (and actually available on shelves yesterday, only three days after bottling). I will certainly be sure to pick this up on future releases. (5, 719)
lovemyhops (7) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2012 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 Pours a clear golden color with a one to two finger soapy white head. Strong floral and citrus aroma jumping off of this one with a little bit of pine and spice. Taste very similar to its aroma. Taste is bitter citrus with some tropical notes balanced by a slight caramel and bready malt that works well with the aggressive hoppiness of this monster beer. Finishes dry with slight bitterness that lingers on the palate for a little while. Overall a very hoppy, but balanced, easy drinking DIPA. Kinda wish this wasn?t a limited release. Great beer! Possibly the best beer I?ve had from Stone.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine cones, citrus, and and some toastiness. Tastes of citrus, some caramel, floral, and pine. Overall the alcohol content well hidden.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light orange with a yellow tint to it/ Just popping the cap releases a citrus aroma. That aroma becomes much more spice driven than citrus as it warms. The taste is relatively mild for a Stone IPA. The bitterness sticks to the roof of the mouth for awhile but is pleasant and not palate wrecking. Primarily spicy pine notes. Drank on 8/21/12.
peteinSD (1237) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Bottle. Light and clear golden caramel colored pour with a large froth of white foam. Aroma is dominated by floral hops, citrus, and near tropical notes over a clean and dry bready malt backbone and more floral notes into the finish. Taste is heavy with floral hops up front followed by pine, light citrus, noticeable bitterness, and a somewhat corse, slightly harsh bitterness into the finish. Barely any sweetness in the taste and almost to a fault as the bitterness gets a bit out of balance. Fairly clean mouthfeel and the relatively high abv is well hidden. I like it. (8/3/7/4/17=3.9) 12 21 12 batch is very dry with almost no noticeable malt sweetness and a pungent, semi-tropical nose. Damn! Worthy of a score bump.