Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very excited to try my first bottle of this.
Enjoy by 2.15.13
The beer is crystal clear and appears a radiant golden hue. The head measures in at approximately a half inch, leaving sparse lacing on the pint glass. The aroma brings tangy citrus and tropical fruit. Smells awesome. The flavor is also exquisite. A hop bomb with notes of pine and a bouquet of tropical fruit. Pleasant lingering bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and bit sticky on the palate. Highly drinkable with alcohol presence dangerously well hidden. Not only the best IPA I have had from Stone, but the best beer I have had from them overall. A world class IPA. Delicious.
NikkTwist (1247) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Draft at Khyber Pass. 2-15-13 version. Very nice clear gold with a frothy head that left some draping lace. Huge bitter floral notes. Like chewing on fresh hops. Lemon seeds. Fresh grass. Grapefruit pith. Feels fizzy on the tongue despite being poured in a tulip with no visible signs of heavy carbonation. Gentle sugar cane sweetness but mostly it is all about the hops. Little fireworks. Lasting bitter finish. Great stuff.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle by 02.15.13:   Bright straw, fiery, very translucent, moderate frothy white head, little lacing.   Big sweet pithy nose.   Also seems dank.   Big citrusy hop goodness, pithy, slight sweet pine.   Thankfully not overly bitter given its a hop forward example.   Big dankness, pith, and citrus peel base.   Not as big or thick as I expected for an IIPA.   However, smooth without being overly bitter.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Smooth pithy and citrus peel finish.   Loads of citrus, not too sweet, but also not terribly bitter either.   Very fresh overall.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 02.15.13 variety. Pours a transparent orange with a small head. Nose? It’s all hops. Literally like sticking your nose in a bag of whole-cone hops -- they really, really did the hops justice in this one. I suppose that’s no surprise. Just barely enough caramel malts to counter -- just the way it should be.. Mandarin and grapefruit dominate, with floral notes present -- just slightly boozy, but really pretty smooth for almost 10%. Flavor doesn’t have quite the hop punch that the aroma does (makes me wonder if they hopbursted this brew) -- but this is really pretty great. Up there with the Plinys, for sure.
BOLTZ7555 (2600) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright 24-karat pour with brass, copper, and peach highlights. The tightly packed ivory head diminishes to a swirl quickly but leaves lacing inside the glass. Incredibly pungent grapefruit pith, orange peel, and lemon zest aroma. Like taking a bite through the rind of a tangerine. Earthy, sour, bitter, tart, piney, and leafy. Wet, floral, moist, dank, herbaceous. Grassy, citrus-filled, lacking any caramel/sweetness. Teeth melting, jaw breaking, throat blistering, enamel peeling. Unique. Fresh. Delicious.
pras (353) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! It isn’t often that something which has been built up lives up to the hype. This is an exception!
This beer is golden in color and has an aroma or citrus (orange, lemon and grapefruit) and pineyness. The flavor is bitter throughout. I am talking start to finish and even the aftertaste. The flavors in the aroma follow through to the beer. The aftertaste has a bitterness which is best described as the altoid peppermint bitterness. I have never experienced a bitterness like that in the aftertaste. It just lingers on the palate. The bitterness is in perfect balance with the backbone of the beer. It finishes nice and dry. The alcohol is completely masked. I really enjoyed this one. Probably one of the best if not the best beer I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Stone: Keep making beer like this and you will reign supreme!
Thanks Dave for the bottle!
Toadvine (68) - Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the 2/15/13 on tap at O'Niell's Pub in Albuquerque. Great pine hop aroma and taste. Tasted fresh. Great beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fuck yeah rare beer. So rare the fag at 99 bottles seemed upset when i asked if they had it. Guess i dont look like your average just got into beer ba homo. My bad. Just give me the motherfucking beer im not going to trade it for whatever rare beer most of you cock fags want currently. Eat a god damn dick. Guess he didnt know im the number one mother fucking rater in the whole state. Next time i will learn him on that shit, comprende. Anyways, beer is pungent and citrusy grapefruit orange floral some dank crackery malt a light sweetness. Pours golden great head and lace clarity all that shit. Flavors of bright citrus hops crackery malt a little bread. Light sweetness. Chewy citrus. Dank bitterness. Clean malt fuck yeah. No sign of 9.6%. Yup. Eat a dick beer fags. Gobble gobble gobble. Its beer. I hate you.
troopie (2293) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best IPAs I’ve ever tasted. Floral aroma. Yellow orange body with white head. Lots of lacing. Floral flavour, just stunning with a hop goodness. I bought a carboy to take home.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dank pine, spruce, only slight cat urine character, wonderful intensity. Clear amber, thin head. More cat urine on the palate. Grapefruit peel. Light body. Dank, green, and tasty.