BeerKurve (520) - - APR 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch label "Enjoy By 05-17-13"; Bottled on 04-12-13
Pours a clear orange color and leaves behind some good lacing. Strong Citrus Hops with some apple/cider notes and slight malt sweetness. Taste has very strong citrus & piney hops, along with honey and malts. Body is heavy and the carbonation is on the stronger side, so you have to take your time with this. Overall, a solid offering by Stone; Let’s hope they keep bringing this to Minnesota
portableparty (2273) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle (5-17-13). Pours clear bright orange amber with a large foamy sudsy white head that settles to a sudsy film and nice lacing. Aroma is nice bitter pine grapefruit mango pineapple and apricot. Taste is resinous with more bitter hops with flavors of pine grapefruit mango pineapple and tropical fruits with a subtle malt balance. Palate is crisp clean and finishes dry. Solid beer that I could drink regularly if price was right and readily available.
bookman10 (874) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 This is the 5/17/13 batch. Pours a clear, golden-copper with smallish head. Strong, strong hop aroma. Flavor is fresh citrus/pine hops, very bitter, with little other than hops, hops, and more hops to distinguish it. Luckily, that’s just what I’m looking for in a double IPA.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/17/13 batch from bottle. Clear orange- golden color, thin white head. Big aroma of lime, grapefruit, orange, slight pine. Medium light body, crisp light carbonation. Taste is grapefruit and pine bomb, big round bitterness, mellows to light bitterness with almost tangy lime finish. Great fresh DIPA.
Ericular (936) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2015 12.25.15 batch. More fine-tuning. This is great stuff. I thought about a -1 overall, but I think it’s just because I’m more familiar with it in 6-packs now that it doesn’t blow my mind each time. However, with how close this is to 10% and with no indication whatsoever, I can’t knock it down.
7.4.15 batch, 8 days since bottling. Still super good. Aroma is dank and spicy with just the right touch of malt. Big green bitterness. Very nice! +1 overall
2.14.15 batch, 6 days since bottling. Just checking in. This is still outstanding. Sometimes edging on green and oniony, but if I see that flavor as part of a greater fresh bitterness, it puts it in the right light. Only $6.99 a bomber these days.
7.04.14 batch, straight off the delivery truck, bottled just 6 days ago. More of the same - lasting head, perfect lacing, fresh, raw, green, and dank in all aspects. Truthfully, it’s a pretty intense flavor, yet inexplicably it retains a ton of drinkability. Couldn’t drink this every day, but a couple times a year it’s a fun experience.
4.20.14 batch, bottled 13 days ago. Pours a perfectly clear light amber with a foamy white head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing. Aroma is dank and juicy with grass and pine resin. This one is fresh and green, but not too raw at all if you’re prepared for it. Slight tomato vine in the aroma and taste, adding to the green vibe going on. Perfect for what it sets out to accomplish. +1 aroma. This has been a consistently solid beer. Sweet malts in the end keep it from getting too crazy. Just a touch of alcohol to remind you this is a serious beer. That said, if I was forced to chug a ~10%, this would be the one. Easy drinking. Super good. 10+5+9+4+17 = 4.6
9.13.13 batch, bottled 8 days ago. Not sure what I was thinking calling this "crazy high priced" last time, since all of the Stone Imperial 22oz bottles are $9.99. Aroma is super good with fresh piney and grassy hops exploding from the glass. Taste is raw, green, dank, and resiny with pine and rind. It will seem too raw at first, but it grows on you by the end of the bottle, and the tastes meld well together, with a good aftertaste. Alcohol well-hidden and sneaky. 10+4+9+4+18=4.5
5.17.13 Batch - Pours much lighter than expected, a very pale light gold redeemed by lasting bubbles and great lacing. Aroma is out of this world - fresh signature Stone hops with grapefruit and other citrus. Taste is bitter from start to finish, with a slight reprieve as some malt comes through in the aftertaste. No evidence of the ABV apart from a little warming. I’m glad to have tried this hyped beer, and overall it’s very good. I bought this the day it arrived in MN, just 5 days after bottling. Still, with how hard it will be to find in the future, and the crazy high price ($9.99 for a bomber), I’ll be able to find better for less. 10+4+8+4+17=4.3
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 5.17.13 batch #MN. The first thing that I found to really love about this beer is the aroma. Mainly grapefruit with some other stone fruits in the background (lemon, & orange). Appearance is much lighter than I expected, goldenrod or pee is the best descriptor. Taste is were this goes downhill.... A lot of the normal IPA flavors and a heaping of straight bitterness. I dont actually find this balanced. It is bitter heavy. Many Minneapolis IPA’s are better. Not really sure why the hype (oh wait, its an Apple mentality.) Palate is more thin that I like with a DIPA. It is missing a viscous feel. Overall, I can get much better cans of Furious, bottles of Saga, and Growlers of any local IPA that I would buy again before this. It is scary easy to drink though.... #enjoynomore
*** on tap this excels greatly ***
ryanfolty (2346) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
April 17, 2013 - on tap at Soha. Clear orange pour with big head that lasted and lacing. Aroma was malty and citrus hops. Taste was consistent with aroma, but also had some floral bitterness. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Well balanced and scary easy to drink for the abv. 4.20 batch.
bnielsen13 (260) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
05.17.13 batch. Color is orange with a white head. Aroma is citrus, resin, pine, Flavor is citrus, resin, pine, maryjane and malt. Very good.
rejtable (2206) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Update 04/20/2015 batch: Maybe some more pledge aromas to this one than earlier, but still a world beater. Did a side by side with Heady tonight and the Stone is definitely more aggressive, no more or less good, just a harder beer. Love both!
Update 10/31/14 batch. Ah this is more like it. Like early tasted versions. Bursting with juicy bitterness. A world beater!
Update 4/7/2014 my birthday! Finding less in this one. Less nose, less flavour, less bitterness in finish. This is a lesser version for me.
Update 4/20/14 batch. Still spectacular. Pretty much same profile as below. 4/20/13 batch. Pours slightly hazy light orange with limited head but huge lacing. Nose is bursting with fresh pine. Aromas showing pine, floral hops, some grapefruit, maybe some sweeter fruit like pineapple. Tastes are nice bitter up front, some light sweet through the middle and a good lasting bitterness to the finish. Mouth is medium bodied, a bit sticky with a long dry finish. Great stuff!!
BeerOtter (12) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was a really great IPA. I have not had another that was comparable or close too. The first that I had was 02.15.13. I will definitely buy again when it comes out in my area.
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