coachd (319) - Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoying the 10-31-14 version. Smells great - honey, pine hops, a little citrus and earthy aromas. Perfect dark golden color with a sticky white head. Tiny bubbles continuously rise to the top. The taste contains more citrus hops than pine. Not much up front, then the aftertaste hits you hard. Taste wise, I have had better IPA’s, especially from Stone. This one tastes like the Stochasity project grapefruit slam IPA made by Stone. A little too much citrus without enough malt sweetness to balance it. Where is the sweetness from the aroma? Palate is highly carbonated, but pretty good for the style. Overall good, but Stone has set the bar so high for me, especially for IPA’s. Try it, but don’t expect a score of 100.
BeerBunker (930) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy by 10/31/14. Pours a golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is of hops, tropical fruit, and pine. Taste is of sweet, juicy hops. There is lots of tropical. Fruit in this one. There is also a fair amount of pine and caramel. Long lingering sweet hop flavor. The alcohol in this one really warms you up. Very light in the body, and it goes down easy. Just an all around solid beer.
Lutz2jm (183) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big Bang of hops all around this one. From front to finish. Good amount of bite that is awesome. Drink this beer and enjoy it!
sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy By 10/31/14 on Sunday, 10/5/14. Paired with 4.5 mg leaving me able to barely recall drinking it let alone the specific flavors. But this was absolutely spectacular--massive bright citrusy piney hops saturate every bit of this and it was big and glorious. Need to try to find more of this. Just a great feel-good big IPA.
Davidwbrown (2) - - OCT 7, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice nose, soft on the palate, good balance. Overall a very satisfying and tasty IPA. Enjoyed on October 7th for the Enjoy by 10.31.14 IPA in bomber size.
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy By 10.31.14. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer on 10.6.14. Pours a light golden yellow, slight hue of orange. Aroma is explosive. Hop saturated. Nothing wrong with that! Flavor is big big hops, slightly sweet. Not cloying in the slightest. Finish is moderately bitter and dry. Very nice brew.
Voodoo (430) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
10-31-14......the color is similar to new motor oil, amber but with a slight tinge of greenish in the amber and near zero head.......aroma is concentrated hop oil smell, sweetness......taste is crisp, clean green hop taste with a full mouthfeel and heavy bittering in the finish. Quite a nice double, and no oily residue on the lips......quite refreshing.
Darkmagus82 (2004) - - 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 (214) - 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.