AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden in color with a thick white head. Fresh citrus hops and malt aroma. Hoppy, citrus, sweetness and malt tastes. Similar to other Stone IPA but less bitterness. Great beer
mysticbrew (114) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. The fragrance is apparent as soon as the cap is popped. Stone is not lying when it says "Devastatingly Fresh" on the bottle. This is fresh hops all the way .... Cascade is what I pick up. It's got an IPA bite with a massive floralness that pulls in the crispness of the light malt flavor. Extremely tasty.
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bigtaster (897) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours s a clear gold copper color with a large off-white head. Nose is full of hop fuirt, mango, pineapple, peaches, slight grass, reminiscent of el dorado. Medium to low carbonation, sweet to start off, with slight hints of caramel then turning into almost candy sweetness, huge apricot, mango, slightly dry finish with lingering fruit. This is as west coast as it gets, straight tropical fruit, very enjoyable.
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 22oz. (12/26/14)
Pours golden with low white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of tropical fruits, citrus, pine, some booze. Taste is of bitterness, malt, alcohol, citrus, fruits. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Quite good. Fair balance.
sheiner (4) - - DEC 6, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours lighter in color than expected, with a thin and tenacious head. The nose reminds me of kitchen prep. Notes of fresh greens and basil, citrus, and fresh pasta. It’s an enticingly complex aroma! The body is light, but the flavor is marked by traditional UP A intensity, including sharp bubbles. The taste is traditional Stone IPA. Strong upfront hops, followed by mild spice and a touch of sweetness. It’s too bad this won’t be available year round!
dagimp (936) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-26-14 version. Poured into a pint glass.... I can make this review real short and sweet. If you’ve tried any other Stone IPA, you’ve tried this one. They’re all pretty similar; this one my be a little bit better than most. Lots of citrus rind and some minor dankness. Other than that, surprisingly little depth of flavor. That about sums it up.
Kavu (3940) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A small taste on tap @ The Lower Depths. Pours pale golden with a medium head. Strong aroma is malts, fruits, hops and alcohol. Flavor is malts, some fruits, fresh hops and alcohol. Awesome stuff.
TattooJack (481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2015 Enjoy by 12.26.14 enjoyed on 12.04.14. Bomber into a pint glass, I really like this fresh hop stuff. Smells incredible and tastes so much better than most bottled IPA. Not to mention 9.4% which is also impressive. *update* Just picked up the 4.20.15 version today (3.23.15) I stand behind all my previous statements. Picked up the 07.04.15 (6.15.15) version in a 6-pack, Great!
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into pint. Great, super hoppy aroma. Pours a great light gold with minimal head. Amazing hop flavor with a slight bitter finish. Great IPA, would recommend.
nimbleprop (7202) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle of the 12-26-14 bottling over Thanksgiving week. Pours a lightly hazy, deep gold with some nicely lacing, rocky white head. Nose has punchy citrus, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, distinct herbs, chivey, a little onion-y, pine too, quite resinous, soap, perhaps a few hints of honey comb. Flavor follows right along, bitterness right off the bat, orange zest, grapefruit zest, soap, garlic scape, some tropical fruit, yuzu, soap. A little malt sweetness really rounds off the edges. Full bodied, bitter but refreshing finish. Scary easy to drink at 9.4%.