Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle
This might be one of the best Stone beers to date for one reason - you never have to wonder how old the bottle you’ve purchased is no matter which store it was purchased at. Couple that with world class contents and an affordable price point and you might just have one of the best IPAs commercially available through most of the United States.
Aroma / Appearance - A bronze base glows as it absorbs the crisp white head. Resin, spruce, and the nose of a typical Stone IPA brighten the air like the smell of polished hardwood floors left to dry overnight.
Flavor / Palate - Lemons, orange slices, and spruce tickle the tongue and back of the throat. It slowly warms the throat after a few sips until it finishes strong. This is not a superaggressive imperial IPA by extreme standards. That makes it all the more better - you won’t feel burned out after a glass or two. I’d recommend everyone try this once.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoy by 04JUL13
Golden with a loose soapy white foam sheet. Smells nice: mango, pineapple, resin, biscuit, dextrose, bit of mint. Bitter, sweet, sugar sweetness, some onion, some body odor, some grapefruit. Medium bodied with moderately sharp carb and an off dry finish. This was better the first time I tried it, but I feel there are a couple characteristics here I’m growing tired of: onion and body odor in the IPAs - seems to be a palate trend for me lately unfortunately.
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 Oz Bomber. The beer pours to a medium golden color with a small white head. The aroma has a very floral, citrus, stone fruit scent to it. The taste has a light body with a well balanced malt / hop somewhat sweet upfront & a nice smooth finish.An excellent DIPA for me.
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer has so much hops it could win the slam dunk contest. Very appealing citrus aroma.
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Jerm719 (157) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Weak head. Big citrus, mild grapefruit, perfect balance! Mild pine, very mild malt. Almost no alcohol presence. One of best IPAs i ever tried! I’m very picky about IPAs ....
MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Direct from the tap at Stone in Escondido CA! Wow! The perfect IPA. Fresh, aromatic, tasteful. Enjoy By is always a pleasure!!
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juicyhops (48) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. 12.13.13. Citrus hops on the nose wafting from a beautiful clear golden body with a thin white head and bubbles. Citrus hop taste with smooth honey notes and medium bitterness. Very good and very easy to drink.
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
13 Nov 2013 tapped today at Green Onion, Utica NY. Fresh/earthy IIPA, dry, 9.4 alc. well-hidden. Astringency in the long finish. Not for the faint of heart.
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Bottle split at Craft Beer Co. Thanks to Ryan? 10.25.13 batch. Aroma is big nelson sauvin, burnt clutch, tarmac. Clean golden yellow pour with a persistent thin white head. Flavour is pine, nelson sauvin light smoke, dank hop, pine. clean malt bill. Nice stuff
hoju777 (153) - FRANCE - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle.Smells really good. Like a musty carpet that was really beer stained by skunky smelling dudes. Clear and copper. Tastes like heady topper, but with more flavor and the perfect sweetness. This is what Heady topper would taste like if it was actually a special beer. A perfect beer.