PorterPounder (6018) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Escondido, Ca - on tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - 9/13/13 edition. Medium copper pour, off white head, nice bubble action. Aroma is hoppy and resiny with plenty of spruce accents, a hint of spiciness and pineapple. Flavor is bittersweet with with plenty of juicy grapefruit, a touch of pineapple, some hard to pin down spiciness. Alcohol hidden well Mouthfeel is rich and thick. Pretty solid.
MrBunn (2535) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2013 Bottle. Pour is a somewhat thick looking, yet clear, orange with a big foamy head and aromas of resiny hops with a lot of sugary sweetness. Maybe a touch of tropical fruit in the nose, too. Flavor is heavily sweet and boozy with a crushing hops presence that screams "West Coast!" Hops are primarily resiny with some papaya and mango in there. The beer has both heavy hops and heavy residual sugar to make it interesting. That said, it doesn’t offer anything I would consider unique to the style. It’s a very solid and lovely DIPA, but not innovative and I was a little disappointed. Very good, but nothing that pushes the envelope.
Round two, with fresher bottle... not past expiration date. (Original rating was an older bottle, maybe a month past it’s Enjoy By date: 7, 4, 8, 4, 15.)
This bottle definitely has a better hop bite. Lots more resin than I remember from the first go round, but with a very nice Mosaic/Galaxy fruitiness... mango, passion fruit and pear... edge to it. Lovely...
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap (5-17-13). Pours a clear light golden color with a big white frothy head that lasts. Aroma is loaded with tropical fruits and citrus. Big pineapple and grapefruit, mango, vanilla, and pale malt. Taste is doughy, slight grassy and herbal bitterness, a bit of alcohol, pineapple and orange. Juicy and sweet yet balanced. A little resinous as it warms. Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied and a nice mild lingering bitterness.
Deadfly101 (2) - - JUL 31, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If your a Pliny hunter and happen to try this is a must!
A= Big Citrus pine Tropical notes . Light alcohols. Malt Takes back seat to this hop forward beer. Dank comes thru as it warms.
A= Light amber straw , Hazy but not un realistic. Full off white head faded to tight bubble lacing.
Face punch of hops! low toasty bread , light caramel. Sweet malt . Dank Citrus Grapefruit ,orange lemon spicy pine. All over the place.
Med body good carbonation . no astringency but the hops do leave a lasting bitterness.
O= If you see it on tap its worth a try . Solid and most interesting IPA Ive ever had from Stone
SDalkoholic (2210) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sprout’s: I was taken by surprise when I saw this sitting on the shelf because I never received an E-mail from Stone announcing it. It wasn’t until I got home later that night I saw the newsletter sent only hours earlier from when I bought it. Anyways, now about the beer. Poured a golden blonde liquid and was accompanied by an average sizing of white foam head. Aroma is completely dominated by fresh oily green hops that smell organically earthy of fruits and vegetables yet also musty. The flavor is even more vibrant than my nose led me to believe because of an intense level of bitterness that comes from some seriously oily hops. These same hops give off a strong taste of citrus fruit and zest, vinegar, honey and sweet onion. So glad I got to sample this fresh off the shelf.
BillWyce (811) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: 5/17/13 version. Poured hazy golden-orange with a 2-finger off-white head. Strong, deep citrusy hop aroma. Medium body with a mildly oily finish. Strong flavor of grapefruit hops, with a bit of citrus peel acidity in the finish.
tozac (19) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good. Amber color, crystal clear. Great nose, awesome hop flavor. I did prefer ruinten however
J_man (780) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The grassy, herbaceous hop aroma coming off this has Stone written all over it. Beautiful crystal clear medium gold color with a nice and lasting white head. The first sensation is a bite at the back of the throat which I’m not sure is caused by the hops or the alcohol or both, but it’s an enjoyable sensation. This is quickly followed by a devastatingly bitter, tongue numbing bitterness with a delicious combination of grass, pine and grapefruit (all the greatest hits!). This is countered by a caramel malt sweetness that helps mellow the hops just enough to keep it from becoming ridiculous. That balance of sweet and bitter sticks to the tongue through the finish. I did miss my perfect window of 7/4/2013, but I can’t imagine this being any better than it is.
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; poured a dark orange color. Aroma was perfumy with alot of floral. Taste was quite bitter; floral, perhaps too much so. Strong, but not the best/most complex flavor.
alexanderj (3392) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; 8/2; strong aroma of citrus, grapefruit, earth and BO/funk. Flavor was good, but probably average for the style. Earthy and citrus; alot of hopping. Some sweetness; alcohol fairly well subdued. Good, not great.