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 (9250) - 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.
infoman411 (21) - Stamford, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful pour from 22oz into pub glass. Golden Color nice lacing and decent head. Complex hops on the nose citrus and some onion dank like pleasant fresh smell. Heavy alcohol mouthfeel. No real carbonation. A sweaty strong too bitter unbalanced finish which is the only part of this I didn’t love. Really don’t understand the devotion to this series as its not Stone’s best. Stone Ruination IPA even thought higher in IBU finishes so much cleaner than this.
bbbeer (729) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler, Presumably this was the by 12/13 batch. Hazy golden orange with medium white head. Strong citrus and floral hop aromas. Medium body. Bit of alcohol. Flavor matches aroma, citrus predominates, there is a good malt backbone but basically it’s bitter and hoppy. Aftertaste just a little harsh. Fresh and crisp. Very nice DIPA.
probstblueribbon (3717) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber via Lubiere (merci!), served cool in a tulip glass. 09-13-13 “vintage”.
App.: Hazy deep golden with a small white head.
Aroma: Strong dank, citrusy, cat pee hops, a bit of eucalyptus, green tea, minimal malt contribution, evolves into pine and green peppercorns, still seems fairly fresh, not really for me.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly aggressive carbonation.
Flav.: Quite peppery, piney, some citrus, some cat pee, still some eucalyptus/medicinal herb, a little touch of malt character; sweet with big bitterness and a fairly long, pine/cat pee finish.
Age isn’t the problem for me, simply the choices of hops. Oh well.
merc7186 (2930) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 5 - 4.1.13
Bomber into pint glass.
A: Golden Straw/Mild Amber Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Great Lacing
S: Grapefruit Rind, Citrus, Grainy Malts
T: Toasted Malts, Citrus, Floral
M: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying, Mildly Bitter
Overall, this batch was good but I had tried batch 2 previously and thought that the flavor was not as bright as the previous batch. Good, but not great.
Mep3222 (1273) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 Fantastic grapefruit hop aroma. Very nice. Citrus hop grapefruit aroma. Bit of a bitter finish. This is as close of a hop profile I have found to heady topper ever. As good I would say? Very well balanced and a brilliant ipa!!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CJack (52) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour, clear golden with light head, decent lacing. Fantastic fresh floral hop aroma, flavor is hop-forward, nice malt balance, sweet without too much bitterness or acidity. Gravity well masked. Good mouthfeel. Long, sweet lingering finish. Wow, well done Stone!
---Rated whilst imbibing
Berard (627) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. 11/12/13 pours pumpkin orange with light white head. Nice hop aroma with mild carbonation. Nice floral hop flavors with decent complexity. Very tasty while you can get it.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone