NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Bomber from Green’s. I have sought this beer since its first release because of one-upping even Pliny’s freshness mantra. And my search has paid dividends in profound hoppiness. The second the cap comes off it’s hop intensity even a foot away from my nose. Loads of dank goodness onslaught my olfacroties. It has been ages since I’ve experienced this. The flavor is a mouthful of hops with perfectly inoffensive malts serving merely as a canvas. The depth of the herbs, citrus is insane.
[March 6, 2013]
Another bomber of the Enjoy By 4-01-13. Let me tell you something, I love how Stone has overcome the foolishness of the Vertical Epic by embracing their true strength: fresh hoppy beers. Making a date stamp the literal title of this beer and prominently, boldly displaying it on the front of the bottle is a gimmick that I absolutely love. Stone has the IIPA prowess to back it up. SO much hop intensity is dripping off this beer. Endless dank herbal bite with a wash of citrus to back it up. Best hop showcase I’ve had in a great while. I love it.
StefanSD (1991) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone enjoy by 04-01-13. Pours a translucent brass color with a small white head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is big with oranges, grapefruit, melons, pineapple and something a bit soapy. The taste mirrors the aroma, lots of emphasis on the pineapple flavors, with oranges and grapefruit following. The malt base is neutral and transparent. The palate is full and silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering pineapple. Overall: Wow--powerhouse of an IPA, I’m thinking they used Nelson hops here. Well done stone.
Chuckaduck (602) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoy By 04-01-13. Bottled 2/22/2013. Consumed 3/1/2013. Considering the freshness of this bottle (a week since bottling), I am shocked at how underwhelming this experience was. Pours green-gold with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel, pine, biter hops, spice, leafy, resin. Taste is spicy, bitter, bread, crisp, fresh, fruity. Very clean mouth feel. Well-hidden alcohol. Certainly not bad but not in any way worth the hype that this beer is surrounded by. Too much malt; not much in the way of aromatics; just not as hoppy or as bitter as I think this should have been. May revisit another batch.
DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear deep gold with moderate white head. Not as aromatic as other Sone IPA’s - a bit of pine. Bright pine resin flavor against a full, slightly sweet malt backdrop. Long hoppy, bitter finish. Excellent.
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The hop profile in this beer is like smuttynose balanced and refined. Maybe some Willamette sorta hops too. Catpiss aroma (sans ammonia), sour diesel flavor, sugar coated pine aftertaste. Alcohol very well hidden. Kinda like 3 parts smutty IPA, one part stone IPA, one part dogfish 60 minute. Enjoying this price wise (like many others) is what i guesslike being raped by Angelina jolie would be like. Very delicious but still feeling violated
Bule (532) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy By 04.01.13 on tap at Taps in Petaluma. Another amazing installment of this beer.
Belgian22 (17) - Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Was lucky enough to have a faithful friend put one aside for me - this was the 4/1/13 version, 22 oz.
I’ve had most of the best double IPA’s around, so my expectations were quite high. Not sure I like the ’sense of urgency’ marketing scheme, so hopefully that didn’t affect my impressions. But they are:
Very good beer, all told. But not in my top five DIPA’s.
The color was a burnt amber, more akin to the Six Point Resin, so that is a plus. Carbonation and head were frothy and decent, but not as much so as the ’topper. The aroma was probably this beer’s best feature, nice development as it warmed up. The mouthfeel, medium, I could have used just a bit more froth. Taste was really crisp, nice flavor burst, but a tightly controlled balance, quite drier than I expected.
Again, aside from marketing and cost, a very good beer, but at some point those factors have to be considered.
Hop Crisis, ’Topper, Resin, all better - even the Dogfish 90 is better and that’s been largely unchanged for quite a while.
If you can get one, great, you won’t be disappointed - if not, don’t buy into the hype. There’s bigger and better fish in the sea.
This time for the 5/17/13 model.
I’m not changing my numerical scores - but just add a quick note on this version.
Another kingly gift from a friend. In my review of the 4/1/13 I was too ashamed to admit that I was visiting the cape and didn’t have proper glassware - had to drink from a highball...
So this time I’m at home and have dumped the contents into a nice tulip chalice. The carbonation is sluggish, a bit like a light snow in reverse. Color as noted above. Juicy lacing, with a couple of swishes it retains about a half cm on the surface with plenty of suds clinging to the sides above. Nose is again unreal for a hop fan, mouthfeel medium/heavy, but for my money the taste this time is a tad sweeter. I have to say this one wins out for me.
jrob21 (2288) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
4/1/13 growler from ale yeah. Aroma is intense and incredible. View is pretty nice too and the flavor is smooth, well balanced, and rounded out nicely on the back end of the sip. Citrus grapefruit pine aroma. Orange candy sweetness in the flavor. Cream sickle like tendencies. Straight up orange pour with a billowing white head that dissipates quickly. Medium bodied and full flavored. Dang liking this one the more I get through the glass. Really solid double that I could drink over and over.
BoostIPA (1058) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Honestly, this looks like Budweiser when poured into a glass. Crystal clear, straw colored, white head that fades quickly. The comparison ends abruptly there, as soon as you take a whiff. Very floral and citric hop aromas... Juicy grapefruit and some evergreen pine in there as well. Taste is a straight grapefruit/juicy fruit bomb. Extraordinary. Jimmy Buffet. So much juicy hop bite. I hate to throw around phrases like "this is the best I’ve had", but shit. This is pretty close to the best DIPA that has ever crossed my lips. Fucken hell.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
resin, onions. a bit spicy. unexpectedly thin bodied. it’s fine for what it is, but I cant help but feel like it’s hyped up a lot more than it deserves to be