DesertDevil (645) - Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(02-15-13) On tap in a chalice at Whole Foods Chandler’s Watering Hole. Pours the color of apple juice (very clear) with a one-finger, off-white head. A big, bold, hop blend aroma fills the nostrils along with heavy floral notes and some citrus and slight tropical fruit tones. Incredible fresh hop taste but extremely smooth despite the bitterness with a hint of sweet bread for balance. The most remarkable point is how clean and crisp this was throughout for nose, taste, and palate. This is not a dank, chewy DIPA with a bitterness that lingers forever as if you’re chewing on a hop cone. Do as Stone says and try one as fresh as possible.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle (02.15.13) from Total Wine (Park Place) - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a 3/4 finger thick white head. Very light lacing. Aroma and flavor is resin and pine hops. The beer coats the tongue. Medium body. Nothing complex, just another good offering from Stone.
Terminus (3346) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-enjoy by 2-15-13. Purchased at Toucan Market in Las Cruces, NM January 2012-pours crystal clear bright orange with a lovely fluffy white head and awesome lacing. medium amounts of carbonation. nose is like a tropical bag of hops-mangos, papayas, lite green onion. reminds me of Alpine brewing ipa’s. wonderful nose! flavors follow suit here with lots of tropical passionfruit, papaya, mangos, very low bitterness, not a resionous/grapefruity type of bitterness here. ibu’s are probably pretty controlled for an american IIPA (say 70 or 80). long finish of lingering papaya and mangos with lite bitterness. a hint of green onion, and i mean a hint shows up as well. This is fantastic!!!! Probably the best beer Stone has brewed in 5 yrs!
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 Bottle... Poured a right, golden amber/orange with a thick forming off-white head. This was great. Big floral, resinous spiced hops nose. Thick mouthfeel, some booziness with a thick malt body and bready sweetness. Well balanced with floral hop tones, bitterness, pine and earthiness. This is what IIPA dreams are made of. It’s complex yet so accessible.
bhensonb (12440) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
02.15.13 Bomber from Nugget Market in Northern Davis, CA. Tough for me to get. Most stores near me only got 5 cases, and I finally found the last 3 bottles in one of them. But they’d only sell me two. Pours light amber gold with a creamy white head that laced a bit. Aroma is a sort of floral muted cat piss - which I take to be citrus. Med + body. Creamy/foamy carb. Flavor is definitely floral and citrus, over some rather low roast malt. Malt is always their for support, but this is lightly astringent and mouthwateringly hoppy and bitter. Probably a bit smoother than P the E. Maybe inappropriate to compare. But it finishes absolutely hoppy and delicious.
pilgrimoutlaw (865) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2014 On tap at UJs. Pours copper with tan head. Citrus, floral, pine, grass. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full bodied, somewhat creamy. Trailing bitterness.
Updated 12/8/2014. Much better the second time I had it.
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll definitely say that Stone achieved the "fresh" taste. Grassy, floral, light citrus aroma. Light sweetness. Medium thin body. Pine, citrus, grassy flavor with just a hint of malt sweetness. Falls apart in the finish. Rough. Good brew but definitely a one trick pony. Had a pint the first day the 2.15.13 version was available in Philly.
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Update: Had it on draft this evening after originally rating from a bottle. The hoppiness is definitely more pronounces this time around in the aroma, Still a weird cereal character all around. Still not that enjoyable. Didn’t finish a 10 oz pour.
------- bottle. Bought and drank the day it hit shelves. Pours super clear amber with a slight white head. Aroma is excellent, big and citrusy, but there’s a bit of grainy cereal at the end. Taste is surprisingly malt forward. There’s a great hoppy, bitter bite, but really this is incredibly malty.It’s like drinking cereal. It really overpowers any fresh hop flavor. Was really hoping for some more grassy tones. Fairly disappointing.
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal light orange pour with thin white head. Great hop aroma of pine, floral, and citrus. Good Mouthfeel. Taste had great hop flavor, but the bitterness lingers more than I’d like. Overall I’d say it’s overhyped.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2013 Poured (into a tulip) almost the color of a single malt with little head that quickly disappeared to nothing. Nose was wonderful - citrus (especially orange and grapefruit) grass and some other herbs in the back. Taste is, at first, pretty dry and bitter but quickly gives way to sweet citrus notes of lemon, mango and grapefruit. Finish brings in just enough malt to balance this nicely. Alcohol warming is there as you would expect with the ABV, but not excessively. Carbonation is fairly low but present nevertheless. Mouthfeel is medium but doesn’t present an overly cloying or sticky feel as you might expect. All-in-all, this is a delicious west-coast style IPA I hope Stone shares again.
"Enjoyed" from a bottle purchased from Pinocchio’s in Media and served in a snifter. Poured a light golden orange with a one-finger head which dissipated almost immediately to a thin coating. While there was light lacing, it marked the glass throughout. The nose was oranges, lemon, grapefruit, mango, and pine. The taste was wonderfully hop-centric, with oranges and lemon predominating but the malts in the background ALMOST come forward for balance. The finish was only slightly bitter, moderately dry and slick. Beer was medium in body and somewhat oily with nice carbonation. None of these descriptors would necessarily suggest my conclusion that this was a GREAT DIPA. I wasn’t prepared for HOW good, given my previous experiences with Stone’s other Enjoy By offerings. If you like hoppy beers, you MUST try this!