grsing (2) - Mystic, Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Obviously, hops predominate, but in a fresh way that I’ve never tasted before. More citrusy than bitter, the hops just shine through. Belies its strength and actually pretty easy to drink. Would definitely have again
On draft at Timberwood, Charlottesville, VA
nike (824) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, golden pour, white head (small), good lacing throughout the drink. Aroma of citrus, floral hops. Well balanced (typical from Stone). Nice hoppy taste up front, medium balanced, thick feel (chewing gum of hops) floral hops, slight bitter finish.
umich03jm (1333) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2013 Enjoy by 2-15-13. Bomber from a buddy in Arizona. Pours a perfect clear golden orange color with a nice head that lingers a bit, leaves nice lacing too. Aroma is great. Musty, fresh hops, black pepper, flowers, tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is super fresh hops without being overly musty or oily. Lots of flowers, fruit, black pepper, and spiciness. Finish is very floral. Lots of body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Great DIPA. Re-rate 10/17/13 - I’ve drank this about 10 times now and I just love it. I’ve even had it past the enjoy by date and it’s still good. It’s one of the best beers I’ve drank.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12.21.12)... Clear golden ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Musky, dank hops are the aromatic highlights. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with soft carbonation. The flavor falls on the bitter side of balance, but there are some nice malts here as well. Dank, bitter, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
artmcd8 (1087) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2013 This is one of the best if not the best IPA I have had. I know itÃ¢â‚¬â„& not saying much coming from a stout guy but this is delicious. It pours a golden color with an earthy hoppy aroma. Some citrus. No head. Effervescent carbonation. The taste is perfect. No harsh bitterness, just pure hop accentuation. I hope to try this again. Love my hoppy burps. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Edit: Had 09.13.13 on tap and in bottle. Tap blows away the bottled version. The hops are much more pronounced in the aroma. Very good stuff.
11.12.13 - Still amazing. Huge tangerine and mango aromas.
DoppleBitch (1) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Normally, I steer clear of IPA’s. As I get older, I get more annoyed by hops. They no longer taste agreeable; instead, they flail my palate with briars.
That being said, I was able to enjoy this on tap immediately after it went live. Both late summer and fall, as soon as the distributer delivered it.
It was fucking delicious. Maybe I fell for the whole gimmick? I mean, come on... you gotta admit it was an advertising ploy.
But it tasted like hoppy flowers, and soon I rolled down that hill.
blemansk (5) - - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the best beers I've ever had. So fresh. Really big fan. Not overpowering hoppy.
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dwmiller16 (52) - Delaware, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoy by 02.15.13. Pours light amber, great lacing on the glass. HUGE hop aroma, amazing hop taste! So fresh!! Best double ipa ever!
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FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale, just tan head. The beer is a pale copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, concentrated gold hue when held up to the light. As I pour this I get a vibrant aromatic note of mango and lychee. A deeper inspection of the nose yields notes of definite lychee, guava, a slightly metallic hop note, some dank herbal notes that lean toward “hemp”-oils, aromatic grainy smelling brown pepper, this last has a dried herbal, not quite woody, herbal edge to it that is almost savory in character.
Dominantly hoppy up front, the beer has a perceived sweetness from the ample, fruity hop character, but this dries out substantially into the spicy, hop driven and bitter finish. Flavors of bright lychee, kumquat, guava, bright tangelo zest, and a dank, herbaceous, almost woody hop character that gets very pepper in the finish. The beer has a biting bitterness that is not overly sharp, especially for an IPA; this last is of course relative to today’s over-hopped IPAs. Woody, almost cedar like, hop notes add to the dankness and there is just a touch of garlic-chive like character, and a touch of a metallic like note. The body is nice and light, yet has some texture and weight to it; enough to carry the hops, but not so much as to keep this from being quaffable.
Quite a nice IPA, vibrantly fresh, fruity, herbal, tasty and one of the best IPAs from Stone yet. I really like the balance between the expressive fruit character and the peppery, herbaceous character.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Enjoy By 02.15.13. Amber pour with a short white head. Fresh floral hops, citrus, soft pine, spicy hops and caramel in the aroma. Strong pine and citrus with spicy hops and floral hop rounding out the flavor profile along with chewy malt, tropical fruit, light bread and caramel. Body is medium-full and chewy with a soft, dense carbonation and strong, lingering hop bitterness. Ends with more citrus, fresh floral hops, pine resins, light spicy hops, caramel and chewy malt.