Johnsense (791) - - MAR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold pour into a goblet. Floral fruity hop aroma, mango, grapefruit. Very bitter. Grapefruit, citrus peels. Medium body. On tap at pizza plant.
davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4.01.13. Finally man-handling a bottle solo so I can provide a proper review. 22 oz bomber into a thin tulip glass. Reviewed on 3/07/2013.
A - Crazy clear beer. Like "the bottle looks like its filled with water" clear. Beautiful golden amber body with some rising carbonation. Two to three fingers worth of fluffy off white foam which settles down quickly leaving behind some serious lacing with retention that will outlast the beer. Even swirling this beer is sexy as tons of rapid carbonation floods the surface of the beer right below the head. I’m a sucker for unfiltered IPA’s, but this is hands down the best looking filtered IPA I have ever seen.
S - The hop bill is pretty insane and its very apparent. This is just a cluster fuck of hops varieties. Grapefruit, orange juice, pine, danky dank, peaches and a slight hint of savory onions. There really is a lot happening here, but the beauty of the beer is how damn fresh it is and each hop is in its glory here.
T - Despite an unbelievably complex and busy nose, the taste is actually rather straight forward. Bitter and juicy grapefruit, peaches, and a dash of pine. Very bitter finish with a light onion savoriness on the very tippy end. The bitterness does seem to wipe everything away and mute flavors out.
M - Thick and creamy with perfect carbonation.
O - A pretty impressive and damn near perfect IPA with a wide array of hops on display. I love the idea behind the beer, I love how deadly serious Stone is about it, and I love that nose and flavor. I’ll be salivating for each batch and I hope CT gets it again. I will say that I was a bit less impressed when having it on tap though.
UnionBeerCzar (80) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft to pint @ Clarkston Union (04.01.13). Inch of off-white puffy head slightly hazey orange body almost copper. Dank citrus nose, mega-grapefruit action. Medium mouthfeel with spot on carbonation this drinks nothing like 9.2 ABV. Two pulls and I’m almost 3/4 of the way done. Just enough malt to stand up to a hop assault, tons fresh citrus fruit here... Crisp without being biting, long dry finish. Stone never fails to disappoint, their IPA game has been tight lately. Don’t front and swoop some of this up fresh.
rangerred (917) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy by 04.01.13
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a clear light gold with just a tiny white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. Just a few chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.
The aroma has a very pungent, almost oniony thing going on combined with some pine sap and a touch of tropical fruit. No malt to speak of as it is all hops here and they prove to be very mouth watering.
Lots of orange and pine in the flavor with just a touch of butterscotch. More earth and sap coming in towards the middle along with some tartness. There is a brief sweetness that appears but is then quickly ushered away by an extreme drying bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat silky but then finishes very dry which is impressive for a beer of this strength. Alcohol is completely hidden making this dangerously drinkable.
Overall, another great IIPA from stone. I love the drinkablity and the unique hop combination of this brew and am really glad I picked it up.
Ataraxia (363) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cheerful clear, golden in color, thin white head. Bold citrus aroma: oranges, lemons, and grapefruit. Followed by hints of floral hops and bread malt. Sharp bitter bite, rounded out with sweetness at the fringes. A little too much carbonation, thin- to medium-bodied. Lasting bitterness in the finish that masks the alcohol.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoy by 4.1.13. Yellow gold with foamy white head. Fresh citrus hop aromas, with a hint of pine resin. Medium-full palette is bright and extremely fresh with more pine resin, grapefruit and orange blossom flavors on the palate. This is one of the best if not THE best IPA I have ever tasted.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap...04/01.. Clear deep golden pour,two finger white head,excellent lace.Aroma is pine resin,dankness,peach/pineapple and catty.Smooth but firm bittering.Flavor is moderately sweet and juicy.Touch of roasted/biscuit malt.Finish is a dry and lasting bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonation.Excellent
tbelczak (9) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great citrus hop aroma. Pours clear golden orange with small white head that fades quickly. Definite grapefruit/citrus flavor, but also a touch of earthiness to it. Nice bittering - sligjtly high but great for an imperial. Alcohol is nicely balanced and well hidden. Awesome brew!
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge hop citrus aroma and palate. Malts are hidden, alcohol present but manageable. Awesome beer
ICEatALAMO (924) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-01-13 edition. Pour is a very yellow, similiar to a lager. The aroma is overpowering hops, consuming. The taste is big all the way through. Hits you up front big, and follows. Big bitter taste in the finish. A decent iipa, but not as good as some of the others I have had.