BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma was citrus, appearance was very nice with good head, taste was pretty balanced with a little extra hop. overall very good beer
joshmcg000 (357) - Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5-17-13 Edition. I had one previously but did not rate.
Pours hold with lots of carbonation a pillowy white head and great floral citrus hoppy aroma. So much hops. Its like eating a pineapple. Tons of big citrus and floral flavors. Fresh as it can possibly be. Medium bodied caramel malt backbone, but you will barely be able to tell with all the hoppy madness. Brilliantly hides the high ABV, cannot tell its that strong at all. This is one of the best IPA’s I’ve had hands down. Right up there is Three Floyd’s dreadnaught.
DCLawyer (1641) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy by 05-17-13. Draft->snifter at RFD DC. Pours orange/gold with faint white head. Strong resin aroma. Taste is bitter citrus and pine hops. Thick and chewy. Excellent.
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
stone 5/17/13 ipa
resinous pine, wet stone
taste nicely bitter, almost antiseptic. thin, not much malt prescence, flavor is hop driven
thin body, fizzy
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Beergeek23322 (2588) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
05/17/13 version from a 22 oz. bottle. Big floral and pine aromas. Clear deep orange color with a white head. Flavors are citrus, pine and grass with a dry hoppy finish with a slight alcohol burn.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Enjoy By IPA pours a soft golden amber color. It is quite transparent, with visible carbonation rising up from the bottom of my glass into a robust off-white cap. This exhibits great head retention and leaves a few spiderwebs of lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is the strongest aspect of this beer. Sweet and juicy mango and tropical fruit hop notes waft out of the glass first, with some candied grapefruit, dank, and pine notes coming through as well.
Even without seeing the label, it would be easy to tell that this is a Stone beer. Brazenly hopped, there is still a great transition from sweet to hoppy, which is a progression that separates the best IPA’s from the rest. A bit of honey and caramel lead nicely into the caramelized grapefruit hop notes, with tons of mango, peach, apricot, pine, and herbal hop flavors as well. The finish is bitter, but the flavors help to grow the bitterness over the course of the sip.
Stone also brews its beers with an understanding of keeping the ABV, flavor, and body all in line, and this is no exception. A high ABV by IPA standards, the flavor really masks any suggestion of booziness, and the smooth body and creamy carbonation work to keep each sip fresh.
With a robust addition of hops across a wide range of flavors, this is a great addition to the Stone family. I also appreciate their effort to encourage hoppy beers to be labeled fresh for immediate consumption.
xdtfx (5) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
5/17 bomber poured into Founders snifter. Golden amber with white finger height head, decent lacing. Smells of citrus, grapefruit, pine. floral. Taste of grapefruit, tropical fruits, pine, pale malts with a little bite in the finish. Love the hop freshness this one. Hop heads dream right here. I had the 9/21 batch as well, tasted just as good. Definitely one of my favorite Stone releases to date. For the price per bottle you can’t go wrong with this DIPA.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/17 from the bottle. Heavy pine and dry floral smells. Slightly pungent, peppery. Very full-bodied when it comes to the "just chewed up a pine bough" flavor. Some dry lemon rind flavor in the finish. The bitterness is long and lingering, but not overly sharp. Very good, very "Stone".
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 First I tried fresh hops, now I’m a believer. A good friend has been espousing the gospel of fresh hops to me for a while. While I didn’t doubt him, I also didn’t make any additional effort to seek out fresh hops. This beer, along with some other recent experiences, will have me fastidiously checking dates. Smells of pine and a bit of gasoline (in a good way). The color was a bit paler than I expected. The slightly bubbly mouthfeel is finished with biting hops.
**Re-Rated 3/22/14 - Enjoy by 4/20 Version**
Bomber - Intown Market - Atlanta, GA
stevencon (497) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
By 5/17 tap at proof. Hazy straw golden with white head. Sweet malt candy lemon and grapefruit. Some pine straw. Taste is sweeter than expected and not as bitter. Very floral and citrus grapefruit. Good but too sweet to have more than a pint.