ToastedMUFFiN1 (1) - - NOV 27, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma-Tropical fruits, Citrus, Grape fruit, and Lots of Pine! Smell was great like DIPA should be.
Appearance-Light Amber color that was super clear no haze at all. Nice off white head with tight bubbles that dissipated quickly because of the higher ABV. Good amount of carbonation.
Taste-Begins with sweetness from then malts and bitterness from the hops. Not bad at all. I did not taste a lot alcohol but it was there towards the end. Not a lot of lingering aftertaste you get from most DIPA.
Palate- Carbonation was average and finish was bitter but in a good way.
Overall-Excellent brew from Stone get this if you can! Should pair nicely with food. Maybe some tacos. I would recommend this one to friend.
deekyn (864) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-filtered golden ale with good lacing and a lingering white head. S-malts, pine and heavy floral up front with bits of honey, pineapple, grass, orange and sweet tea to the end. M-syrupy and mild carbonation with some tackiness and decent body. T-relatively well balanced with good hop base. Floral notes with malts, pine and passion fruit in the middle. A very faint peppery bite on the end, with some mild vegetable malts, pine, bread and floral notes.
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ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle, 12/21/12 (had to have this one as it’s LJ’s birthday!) poured into a stone pint courtesy of deftim13. pours a clear, pale gold capped by a thick, soapy, bright white head. aroma is incredible, definitely the best nose on any Stone DIPA i can remember, with huge notes of apricot, pineapple, stonefruit, and mango backed by subtle hints of papaya, pink grapefruit, and lemon zest with rich, floral notes emerging as it swirls. flavor is remarkable as well, it’s definitely a Stone DIPA, but there are nuances of tropical melon, peach, tangerine, and mango that add a balance to the bitter citrus hope notes while a touch of vanilla and biscuit emerge on the back end. palate is medium bodied with perfect carbonation that allows the tropical fruit notes to make this one almost juicy in the mouth. overall, this is one of the best Stone brews i’ve ever tried and certainly no gimmick. great beer.
kdm1984 (566) - Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Pale yellow with good head, but weak lacing. Aroma is too pine-forward, though sweet caramel and popcorn malts keep it from being totally gag-worthy. I was worried this might be another Wookey Jack pine-bomb, but thankfully, Stone balances the pine with delicious malts in the flavor department, and the palate/body are just perfect. In-your-face hops for sure, but not one-dimensional by any means. Kind of your classic strong DIPA in most ways, actually. Ruination is much better, but this is by no means a bad DIPA. DECEMBER UPDATE: This sat for about another week, and it got absolutely awful - total drainpour. Pine and cat urine. NASTY. I DID have it by the recommended date (12/3 vs. 12/21), but the longer it lasted, the worse it got. BLECH!
kidmartinek (2971) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear copper color with lots of bubbles and a sticky white head. Very floral hop aroma. Smells like something that is perishable. The taste is impeccably bitter with a touch of sweetness in the finish. The aroma gets a little danky as the beer warms and the bite is pretty stiff. A real palate pleaser. This beer has some indescribeable additictive quality.
RobertDale (2635) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Comes a clear dark gold with a decent white head. Big aroma of citrus, pine, and florals. Taste is grapefruit, lemons, pine, grain, florals, and malt. Exceptional.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Nick! 12/21/12. Clear straw pour with lively carbonation in the body and an ample frothy white head. Earthy dank manurey hops with hints of garlic and scallion, giving way to evergreen resin and biscuity caramel in the flavor. Medium body with medium carbonation, finishing off dry. Very nice!
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle and on tap - 12/21/12 version.
Clear golden amber brew with some fluffy white head. Nose is incredible and up there with some of the most complex imperial IPAs out there - tons of hops, citrus, herbs, fresh cut grass, floral. Punches you in the face! Flavor is citrus and pine forward - wonderfully balanced.
fiveacestx (419) - Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber (12/21) - Deep gold pour with average head. Has an aroma that hits you in the face from a distance. Superb hoppy flavors of orange and grapefruit. Medium mouthfeel and not too dry. Would love to have another but glad I got to have one!
Odysseyalien (33) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was tasty and enjoyable. A quality brew from Stone. Nothing too different from their current IPA offerings though. Probably one of the freshest tasting beers from a bottle. Seems more of a marketing endeavor. Very good beer but nothing I'd write home about.
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