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 (935) - 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 (3812) - 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 (464) - 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 (7088) - 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%.
Troupis (201) - - DEC 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really fresh; enjoy by 12.26.14; bomber. Really vibrant copper color. Better smell and palate than overall taste but really strong beer overall.
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Nejhleader (1424) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice. Has a nice subtle hop pine aroma. Great spice pine hop taste in a nice body.
Obfuscate (444) - Minneapolis, - NOV 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2016 Very good, clean and bitter. Plenty of that west coast citrus on the nose and taste. Super easy to drink for a 9.4%. The wife even liked this one and she doesn’t typically like west coast IPA’s. I bought 2 bottles, pretty sure I will be back buying a few more from this batch. Then buy more of the next batch. O boy.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours gold with a just off white head that lingers. Excellent color. Brussels Lace. Aroma is overwhelmingly fresh: hay, cereal, floral hops, basement aromas, and alcohol. Taste is heavily weighted towards sour/bitter but still delicious. Palate is near perfection. It’s really good. Oh, 12.26.14