Darkmagus82 (1976) - - OCT 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-5-13-
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Enjoy By 12.13.13 IPA (9 days to spare)
Appearance – The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a billowy two finger just off-white colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of thick foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of tropical fruit aromas. Mango, papaya, and tangerine all make a strong sweet showing with some lighter hints of some pear and peach as well. Along with the sweeter fruit smells is a good level of hop aroma. A pine hop smell is the greatest, but other hop aromas of grapefruit and some grass are there as well, rounding out the overall hop aroma profile. With a hint of an alcohol smell mixed with the rest, the aroma is overall pleasantly fruity and hopped with a nice warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins with the sweeter tropical fruit flavors that were detected in the nose, as well as a moderately strong presence of hop. The tropical fruits are heaviest of a tangerine sweetness, but contain nice notes of mango, pineapple, and papaya as well. The hop that begins the taste, is of a more pine like flavor, with it starting out on the lighter side and getting stronger as the flavor advances to the middle. Beyond these two flavor types, there is also a nice doughy flavor mixed in there as well, which with the sweeter tropics, creates an unchanging base for the hop profiles to evolve upon. While the pine hop grows stronger more toward the middle of the taste, it is joined by other hop flavors of an earthy and grapefruity nature. The pine then starts to fade ever so slightly with the grapefruit getting stronger and a little bit of a caramel sweetness sneaking onto the tongue toward the end. At the very end the earthy flavors along with a woodsy flavor really ramp up in the taste, and with the nice sweet and doughy backdrop and other hop flavors, end up leaving a rather pleasantly fruity and hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The thick body is fantastic for accentuating the hop tastes on top of the sweeter tropical fruits and doughy flavors, with the lower carbonation only enhancing the feel of the thick body even more.
Overall –This was a very enjoyable IPA. Rather balanced for a stone brew in my opinion and not quite what I was anticipating. It blended a sweeter and thicker base with a nice hop profile, making for one very enjoyable sipper.
AAEA (213) - California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 FL OZ ($7.99) 10.31.14 beer, omg! wow! this is gooooooood beer. imagine an IPA you really want and then kick it in the ass and and 3.4% ABV to it. yea then you’ll have this beast. very very drinkable 9.4% abv. so IPA lovers are gonna say wow. I really like this beer. go get yours before its gone and if your state doesn’t have it order it online.
JeffFaust (8) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful aroma of grapefruit and sativa. Appearance is amber and clear with a frothy white head. There’s no surprise that this is a heavily bitter beer, and tasting it brings out more aromas of lemon and oregano. It’s surprisingly creamy on the palate for a DIPA, average carbonation, and a long bitter finish.
TraderCoop (6) - - OCT 2, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I was in love with this Stone 10/31/14 at first sip. Perfect DIPA for my palate. Super fresh hops burst into your mouth with a fresh citrus, Sits great on your palate as you crave another sip. Much better than the 9/20/14 offering. One of my favorite Ipa of the year.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
10-31-14 batch. This is pretty much everything I want in a double ipa. Has a nice citrus burst with a danky resign type finish.
decaturstevo (5408) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gold pour with creamy white head. Bready malt with a resiny hop kicker. Medium malt with a nice floral/resiny bitter finish. Nice body form a solid beer
MRodgers1982 (108) - USA - SEP 25, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Everything perfect here, hence the 5 rating...you just gotta have this hops are perfect and the cereal malts balance perfectly even though this is a hop dominated brew.
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
"A GREAT super fresh, super tasty IIPA that blew the very good Stone 16th AV ale right outta the water. Dank, bright, complex hop profile with enough malt to balance but in no way interfere with the hops, which are showcased superbly here! Wonderful beer. Upon repeat visits, gott bump it to the upper stratosphere of 4.7.
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09-20-14. Pours golden with a creamy white head. Aromas are loads of fresh floral hops, pine, citrus. Flavors are bursting with crisp hops, sweet grapefruit, pine needles, hay and biscuit. Finishes with bitter citrus and sharp hop bite. Medium mouthfeel; slightly syrupy. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: enjoy by 7-4-14 almost 60 days past best by date, pour is hazy golden orange with large white head. Aroma is hoppy, faded somewhat I think but still big with citrus and a touch of tropical fruit. Flavor is stone fruit, tangerine, a bit of mango and light caramel. A good beer even past it’s prime, missing the bigger Aroma and flavor pop that a fresh one has. I will have to try a fresh batch for comparison.