infoman411 (19) - Stamford, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful pour from 22oz into pub glass. Golden Color nice lacing and decent head. Complex hops on the nose citrus and some onion dank like pleasant fresh smell. Heavy alcohol mouthfeel. No real carbonation. A sweaty strong too bitter unbalanced finish which is the only part of this I didn’t love. Really don’t understand the devotion to this series as its not Stone’s best. Stone Ruination IPA even thought higher in IBU finishes so much cleaner than this.
bbbeer (543) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler, Presumably this was the by 12/13 batch. Hazy golden orange with medium white head. Strong citrus and floral hop aromas. Medium body. Bit of alcohol. Flavor matches aroma, citrus predominates, there is a good malt backbone but basically it’s bitter and hoppy. Aftertaste just a little harsh. Fresh and crisp. Very nice DIPA.
probstblueribbon (2746) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber via Lubiere (merci!), served cool in a tulip glass. 09-13-13 “vintage”.
App.: Hazy deep golden with a small white head.
Aroma: Strong dank, citrusy, cat pee hops, a bit of eucalyptus, green tea, minimal malt contribution, evolves into pine and green peppercorns, still seems fairly fresh, not really for me.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly aggressive carbonation.
Flav.: Quite peppery, piney, some citrus, some cat pee, still some eucalyptus/medicinal herb, a little touch of malt character; sweet with big bitterness and a fairly long, pine/cat pee finish.
Age isn’t the problem for me, simply the choices of hops. Oh well.
merc7186 (1739) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 5 - 4.1.13
Bomber into pint glass.
A: Golden Straw/Mild Amber Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Great Lacing
S: Grapefruit Rind, Citrus, Grainy Malts
T: Toasted Malts, Citrus, Floral
M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying, Mildly Bitter
Overall, this batch was good but I had tried batch 2 previously and thought that the flavor was not as bright as the previous batch. Good, but not great.
Mep3222 (315) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Fantastic grapefruit hop aroma. Very nice. Citrus hop grapefruit aroma. Bit of a bitter finish. This is as close of a hop profile I have found to heady topper ever. As good I would say? Very well balanced and a brilliant ipa!!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mrhopsbeertalk (64) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2014 I’ve tried four batches of this beer, 2/15/13 4/01/13 9/13/13 and 11/12/13. I’ve really liked them all, but find each distinct and unique in flavor and aroma. They say you never forget your first time... 2/15/13 happened waiting for a train in Philly. I remember thinking it was the best, or maybe second best beer I had ever tasted. The April batch was equally impressive. The last two seemed to show a departure from the previous broad hop flavor character. Of those batches I was not such an all out fan. I found the earlier batches to taste significantly bigger and better.
*** 4/20/14*** - this batch is underhopped in both aroma and flavor. additionally, they seem to have used falconer’s flight or sorachi ace in this batch creating a harsh lemon pith flavor. disappointing considering this WAS a perfect 10
CJack (31) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour, clear golden with light head, decent lacing. Fantastic fresh floral hop aroma, flavor is hop-forward, nice malt balance, sweet without too much bitterness or acidity. Gravity well masked. Good mouthfeel. Long, sweet lingering finish. Wow, well done Stone!
---Rated whilst imbibing
Berard (210) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. 11/12/13 pours pumpkin orange with light white head. Nice hop aroma with mild carbonation. Nice floral hop flavors with decent complexity. Very tasty while you can get it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Exactly what you expect in a stone release - aggressive, bitter hops (although not as bitter this time around) and lasting, astringent finish. A medium-heavy punch of hop flavor with some citrus and pine accent. Not the best, not the worst. Drinkable.
maekchu (1766) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 11.12.13 vintage imbibed on 11.02.13. Sampling session at Lefty’s. Medium pin/citrus blend aroma. Medium straw color. Balanced initial / hops dominate, with a light sweet caramel backing / finish extends the sweetness. Medium body. Good enough, but taste is so reminiscent of many another Stone IPA style.