ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a golden yellow color ine glass. There is a peach and floral aroma that has a uniqueness to it. The lemon comes through in the taste along with some grass. Short finish.
dogfishho (588) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden color with a light, white head. The aroma is rich and full of hop florals, some grapefruit, and some grassiness. On the palate, the first sips are a bit disappointing. I didn’t find it to be nearly as hoppy as the aroma would have indicated it would be. However, a combination of some warming and some palate coating lead to a really interesting hop profile. Very spicy with some of the florals in the background. Juicy grapefruit. The malts are really nicely sweet and bready with great balance. The alcohol is also hidden incredibly well. If you told me this one was 6% I’d have no trouble believing you. Fun beer.
Blairgus (2567) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 aug 2012, tap. Light yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is big grapefruit rind, some bubble gum and maybe cotton candy. Thin body and fizzy. Really big grapefruit rind, super harsh plant stems, some lemon juice. The harsh plant stem is rather unpleasant.
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keanex (1401) - 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.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Blue Monkey Tavern in Merchantville, NJ. samples on 8.24.12.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Dank and über fresh floral hop aroma with earthy pine needle and spicy, grassy hop notes countered by citrus and tropical fruit notes. Really tropical with mango, papaya and pineapple along with orange peel, tangerine and curaçao. Pale malts underneath with biscuit and grainy graham cracker.
Chewy full body that’s much heavier than anticipated. Slightly hurts the drinkability. Dry bitterness up front with dank, sticky hops that linger over sweeter notes and pale malt into a slightly dry finish. Spicy hops, grass and earthy pine are slightly floral but countered by sweet fruit notes. Not as tropical as nose suggests with some grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Pale malt backbone is a bit stronger than I prefer with strong biscuit and graham cracker graininess toward the finish. Also, there’s a strong perfumy booziness that gives off some distracting sweetness toward finish.m ABV is decently masked for 9.4 but it’s still a bit strong for me taking away from the hops. Overall, this beer has some nice hop flavors but needs more tropical/citrus fruit sweetness, a lighter body and less booze. Decent but nothing out of the ordinary.
JoeTheYounger (1143) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been to about four different beers stores a few different times trying to find this and all locations have been soldout within about a half hour of throwing it on the shelves. I was lucky to have it on tap at Eureka Burger Claremont last night. After having a Pliny and a Sculpin I had one of these and thought it stood up to both if not slightly above. I love the floral aroma and the dryness of this beer. Stone went a different direction with this one being it is not bitter like all of their other stuff. Great DIPA if you can find it. I dont think they have to worry about it sitting on shelves past 9/21/12 LOL.
callmemickey (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Crystal clear orange-amber body. Capped by a nice sized off-white head. Quickly receded to a frothy skim. Soapy lacing. Nose if ripe grapefruit, resin, and pine. Some cracker-like pale malts peek through the hops. Robust grapefruit and resinous notes shine with some orange, pine and grass to accentuate things. Light malt presence. Medium bodied. Oily on the tongue with moderate carbonation. Bitter, crisp finish. I really like the concept. Anything to push for better, fresher IPAs and dIPAs is a GREAT thing.
Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of pine hops. Pours light with a big fluffy head. Taste is delicious and piney with great resin and slight floral. Stone knows IPA’s.
dmac (3924) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber shared by Scott. Poured a very nice clear copper gold body with an average sized frothy bright white head. Aroma started off with some nice pine resin, citrus, juicy pulp and bitter rind, orange marmalade and then with some warmth garlic onion croutons. Rather dry and bitter with an average to stronger carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Flavor of pine isn’t as strong as the aroma with a bit remaining , citrus rind and dry hop cones. Overall a solid DIPA.
Alfonzo (13) - Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours clear golden amber with a white head. Strong aromas of hops and grapefruit. Doesn’t have the alcohol aftertaste most strong beers do. Absolutely delicious.