nj_BierMaven (121) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2-14-14. Grapefruit and pine aroma, not-quite-clear golden hue. Not much head, but decent carbonation, leaves a lacing on the glass. Resinous mouthfeel, I expected it to be more bitter but nicely balanced, malt not overpowering, can’t taste that it’s an Imperial strength brew. Delightful, good thing I only have one in the house because it’s too good to stop!
ScipioA (405) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a glowing orange/red with very little head. Fruity and earthy aromas wafting up out of the glass with surprisingly little alcohol for 9%. Very hoppy obviously, some pine, citrus, and pear flavors. It has sort of a spicy flavor to it, enhanced by the alcohol warmth. I made the mistake of reading a few reviews before drinking it, so I’m totally getting the onion tones. Thanks guys. Malt provides a clean sweet base. Overall really tasty IPA with an appealing gimmick that covers up a pretty impressive logistical feat. This was the Enjoy by 2/14/14, enjoyed on 1/24/14, bottled on 1/10/14
BroSpud (2008) - , Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle of the 2-14-14 edition. This is kicking my @ss. Probably better if it had come in a smaller bottle and I did not drink it on an empty stomach but it is so tasty I can’t stop drinking it. In my mind this is basically the same as a dogfish head 90 minute plus 4. I like hops I like the dogfish 90 and I like this.
Adamrandels (15) - - JAN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2-14-14 bomber. Golden pour with thin head. Bright, sweet nose. High carbonation for an imperial, also a little more balanced than I expected.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JHeath99 (1634) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours transparent gold with a nice layer of off white head and good lacing. Aroma slightly citrus with subtle hops. Taste is pure Stone: up front bitterness (not as strong as some of their beers) that lasts longer than most with little peeks of piney wood and citrus.
VinegarStroke (365) - Napa, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle 04/20/2014: 22oz- Very light haze, deep honey copper with light head and poor lace. Fresh clean hoppy nose with sweet malt aromas. Very lifted and floral. Not green. Dry, not sour and moderate bitterness to moderately high. Rubbery hoppy finish with honey malt.
Bottle (22oz): Golden, hazy, light to medium head. Honey malt and sweaty hops. Not as lifted as two months ago. Dense nose. Dry to off dry. Not sour and certainly bitter. Very rich , dense and long. Almost balanced. Bitterness is too high. Loads of flavor. Piney flavor. Good beer. Not great. 3.5
Enwiebe (263) - - JAN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/23/14. Bomber. Enjoy By 02/14/14. Pretty classic West coast IPA plus the alcohol punch. Somewhat surprisingly light hop nose. Could be I'm close to the EnjoyBy date. Piney citrus mouth with a somewhat boozy base.
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OldMrCrow (2310) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bob’s, consumed same-day. ("By 02-14-14", on 01-23-14). If I’d read anything about this beer, or even read the abv on the bottle, I probably wouldn’t have bought it -- I’m that sick of DIPAs. But buy it I did, and it clearly isn’t going to get better with age.
Pours golden orange with a coarse white head in my tulip glass. Intense hop aroma: grapefruit pith and pine and TOO MUCH ONION. Must be some of them newfangled hops the kids are drinking these days -- the antipodal galaxy and nelson sauvin. The flavor more or less follows, malts taking a back seat, not too sweet, lots of hop oils late as one might expect from a Stone IIPA. Entirely reasonable, and it was no extra effort to finish a 22 of this stuff, but it’s not about to displace my go-to favorite, Sculpin.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Clear orange gold. Malt, tropical fruit and maybe a hint of pine. Smooth and dangerously drinkable.
-- rated with beerbasher
Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A wonderful hop bomb! I greatly appreciate the blatant naming convention. Too many breweries abstract any sort of bottling date away from you yet Stone wears it on its sleeve. Aroma is straight hops, tipping more toward spice than grapefruit. Unbelievably clear in appearance which completely outclasses other beers in this category. Flavor follows the aroma closely. While using the word "balanced" with this beer feels a bit funny, it is actually more balanced than the other hop bombs out there like Heady Topper. I dig it.