Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2013 Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. 04.01.13 edition. It pours a deep gold with a large and lasting white head. The nose smells absolutely marvelous. Lots of grapefruit peel and tropical fruit notes. The flavor is a lesson in bitterness with hops smacking the tongue from start to finish. Primary is the grapefruit and tropical notes with a little cotton candy and pine lingering in the background. Medium to full bodied with the alcohol well hidden. This brew is delicious. Wish I had more.
Update: Had a bottle of the 09.13.13. Seems like a pretty different IPA. More pine, resins, and herbals than citrus and tropical fruit. Less malt balance. More towards a traditional west coast IPA. A little harsh, but still pretty tasty. Scoring adjusted accordingly.
Swaroga (1108) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle (04.20.13). Clear golden with small, snowy white head. Nose : delicious smell of tart with strong notes of pine and pomelo peel and other citrus. Sip : oily texture with delicate carbonation. Medium thick body. Sweet tart with citrus flavour. It develops herbal and spicy dry feeling. Earthy and bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is really well hidden but it warms well. Considering the amount of the alcohol the beer is easy to drink. The bitterness is just right to invite for the next sip. Perfect.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso Easter "Flags of many nations" Tasting, 31/03/13 thanks to Bruce for this one. Enjoy by 04.01.13 so within the enjoyment date by a day!
Clear pale golden with a thin off white head that clears to a film.
Nose is hops, sugars, grapefruit, bitter tropical fruit notes.
Taste is hop forward, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, sugars.
Fullish body with fine carbonation, dry and bitter in the finish.
Tide (1453) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at bar. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, grapefruit, floral hops, tropical fruits, pine and resin. Bittersweet body with lots crispy hops. Bitter finish with tropical fruits and grapefruit. Exquisite imperial IPA.
topherh (1907) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy by 4-20-13 Pours orange-golden with a white head. Aroma is catty hops. Flavor is sweet malt, lots of orange and citrus, catty, good bit of bitterness.
unclemattie (4032) - Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoy By 04-01-13. 22oz bottle, enjoyed on Easter 2013 (03-31-13). Entered in 04-02-13. Orange color, tall off-white foam. Resinous aroma, skunky weed & orange blossoms. Very hoppy aroma, I love the hop florals in this beer. Sweet malt flavor, tastes of cotton candy. Pine bitterness. Soo smooth, can not believe that this is a 9.4% beer. Soft bodied. Loads of berry flavors, light resiny pine bitterness. Hoppier than any other beer, yet this one is so soft. I am now re-turned on to fresh ales!
jkbachman (179) - - APR 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully fresh hop aroma: apricot, woody, pine, and citrus. Hop bitterness has an onion/leek like flavor mixed with stone fruit. Deceptively smooth for being close to 10%.
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Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A golden color with a white head. Aroma is lemons, pine, grapefruit, perfume. Flavor is bitter with a strong lemon and vanilla presence. Well balanced. Hopheads will love it. Overall great beer.
vicg12 (16) - - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoy By 04-01-13 on 03-23-13
Honestly to see all the hype I am disappointed in this beer. Don’t get me wrong this is def a good beer, but I’m not buying into this brewed to be extra fresh crap. The beer pours average, no exciting appearance, nothing special with the head. The aroma is quite unique though. It has the basics of a West Coast IPA but more, there seems to be tons of varieties of hops, very complex. This strong hop flavor makes you forget it’s over 9% abv. Although I appreciate all these hops, I feel like they could have been chosen differently to better compliment each other. All in all my opinion breaks down to this. Every other type of IPA I have had from Stone Brewing has been better than this beer, and they are all half the price. I was super excited to try this been and unfortunately I was disappointed. Save your money and buy the original Stone IPA, it is the better way to go.
kirk36 (107) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just tasted the enjoy by 04.01.13. It was: resinous, full-on IPA front-and-forward. Great style example for fresh IPA. Yes I waited until the day before to drink it...but it was worth the wait.
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