VoodooBear (48) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: 22 oz. brown bottle with the 05/16/14 "Enjoy By" date right on the label. Served in a Sam Adams pint glass.
Appearance: Perfect clear, bright, gold color. It develops a robust head that quickly goes away and leaves just a thin ring. The lacing is incredible, covering the whole glass and slowly sliding away.
Smell: Big citrus, hop aromas of pine, grapefruit and spices attack the nose. The smell is very good and very important to the overall experience.
Taste: The citrusy grapefruit taste is right at the front along with some pine and spicy pepper notes. There’s also an alcohol sting at the end thanks to a 9.4% ABV that gets stronger and more noticeable as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. It’s smooth and very refreshing when cold. It only gets smoother as it warms up.
Overall: It was a big deal for Puerto Rico’s craft beer scene getting this. Believe the hype, it’s simply incredible in every aspect. Hophead or not, you need to give this beer a try. It should be noted that in order for this beer to be enjoyed fully it should be had slowly. The taste and texture both change the warmer it gets.
Hopster34 (1) - - APR 26, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Delicious. The only thing I’d mention is watch out because of the abv. It’s delicious and is worth getting just to smell it. I might have smelled more than sipped.
Barnoloid (174) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle of Enjoy By 4/20/14. Cracked this open on 4/19/14, so just within the bell! They label this as ’devastatingly dank’ - which is no joke. Sweet fruit and honey taste to this. Hop profile is pleasingly strong but not overwhelming - this is a true crowd pleaser and is eminently drinkable at over 9%. In a strong field of double IPAs this beer takes itself to a top level with the balance in essence here.
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with beige head. Smell is orange and grapefruit, and hoppy with maybe light booze showing up. Taste is orange fruity bittersweet hops. Full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and neither dry or syrupy. Pretty good.
Thebullshornbar (73) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An absolutely well balanced Imperial ipa that is musty in the freshest way. The nose gives away the dank resin, piney, minty hops, and sugary cereal notes, that all find themselves present in the on tongue. Hints of lavender, grapefruit, and fresh cut flowers peak through on the palate to balance the deeper notes. Overall this is a well conceived beer that is hard not to drink before said date.
TomTron (376) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden, yellow with a soapy, white head. Lots of citrus in the nose. Definitely the most fresh tasting brew I’ve tried. After a few sips it’s almost like it’s leaving a sticky resin on my teeth. Stone isn’t afraid to make a hoppy beer and this one is no exception, definitely an experience. Get your hands on any one of the releases if you can, it’s worth it.
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoy By 4/20/14; $8.29 bomber from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours golden with a golden-white head. Smells of luscious pine, grapefruit, and melon. Yummy as hell: grapefruit peel, orange peel, pine, and soap.
agl108 (786) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber, enjoy by 5/16/14. Finally got my hands on this, only had to go to Charleston, SC to get it. Pungent floral nose. Poured a dark, hazy gold with minimal head. Splotches of lace present. Sweet malt with dank pine and tropical fruity flavor. Just a touch boozy. Medium bodied. Couldn’t stop noting the similarities of this one to Lagunitas Sucks.
Whatup14 (725) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
En fût au Parker Pie, Enjoy By 04-20-2014. Couleur dorée légèrement trouble, mousse beige éphémère laissant une légère dentelle. Arôme de mangue, malt mielleux, houblon résineux. Goût de mangue, litchi léger, amertume moyenne-élevée. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense.
lightbias (94) - USA - APR 20, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy By 4.20.14, bottled. A citrusy floral punch with a sweet full body, this hoppy brew packs a wallop to the senses. A gorgeous golden color with a nice soft white head. Amazing flavor, complicated and simple at the same time, citrus, resin?, grapefruit and sweeter? Something sweet...someone mentioned passionfruit. Perhaps. What I do know for sure? Amazing flavor, amazing experience, from the top of the bomber to the finish.