Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So the beer stocking gurus pushed this hard on me, although even at $8 a bomber, it is nowhere near the most expensive offerings. It is the 4/1/13 edition, in stock for one week only supposedly. Aroma of sharp bitter citrus peels, and yes the strength comes through in the nose. Has the yellow color of a nice lager. Wow, there is not going to be any malt in this one. Intense bitter citrus flavor, and the hops are so fresh that they maintain there own sweetness, which is good because there’s nothing else here. So light it’s oddly drinkable, but will certainly cause some digestive issues later. In the world of ageless bocks, barleywines and quads, here is a beer with a four week shelf life.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pint from Sam’s, about an hour later than I usually have a beer. I knew it would be gone if I didn’t get while the getting was good. Pours a lighter golden orange with a slight haze. Moderate head and not all that impressive lacing. Still looks like I want to put it in my belly, though. Nose of orange, tangerine, grapefruit--fruit and rind. Pineapple and mango notes as well as a piney resin thing, almost slightly peppery. Those notes on the nose come out as an impressive bitterness on the tongue. A step slightly over the line for me in terms of bitterness... geez, never thought I’d say I wish an IPA had a bit more malt balance. Anyway, still superb and quite lovely. And strong, so thanks for the slight headache today, you sexy bastard gargoyle.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap At Max’s. Look: Sunset golden orange, 1 1/2 finger head. Smell: Fresh tangerines, grapefruit, mild mango, some earthiness. Taste: Citrus peel, mild earthy pungency, very sweet malts back the hops, clean bitter finish that isn’t overwhelming. Feel: Medium-light body, nice carbonation. Overall: This is very good. Fresh citrus flavors rule,yet there is a touch of pine needles. Enough malt sweetness to let you know it is a beer, and not a hop soup. The bitterness is a bit tamed for a DIPA but makes up for it in juicy hop flavors. This is recommended.
flatmatt (1080) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Floral hop aroma with tropical fruit. Tropical fruit flavor, floral, grassy, herbal hops, and a nice bitterness. Pretty good.
Galleyboy37 (15) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I'm typically not a huge Stone guy, but this is a great beer. Light golden color, strong, hoppy nose. Strong piney, hoppy flavor, but still pretty light and drinkable.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sam’s, Durham. A nice surprise that, right after I missed out on bottles, a wicked fresh keg should appear. Bright orange pour with just a smidge of cloudiness (signifying freshness) and a crisp, lasting carbonation. Big and booming hopalicious nose, very fruity but not floral. Ripe and bitter for sure. Crisply effervescent mouthfeel keeps the flavors lively, and the buoyant citrus and pine flavors aren’t anything especially new for devotees of Califas hops; but they are superbly realized here, and it’s a dangerously drinkable brew.
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (04.01.13) : The aroma consists of moderate citrus, fruit (peach/mango), orange peel, grapefruit, grass, spice, floral notes, and faint pine. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a two finger yellow-tinged off-white head that last a minute or so before fading a thin film. There’s some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with some sweet citrus, fruit, and a touch of peach. The finish is all hops with moderate-heavy grapefruit, light-moderate pine, and light grass.
salvaticas (408) - - MAR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pretty crazy. Insanely fruity aroma, strong, but surprisingly mellow palate. Really interesting
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jmikolich (1438) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, Enjoy by 4-1-13 consumed 3-6-2013. This is some serious stuff, good nose, just want to inhale as much as I can.. really good flavor profile hits all the right notes, little light looking but by no means a flaw.. appropriately carbonated for IIPA, just fantastic brew.
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed on: 3-6-13
Appearance: Large, foamy white head. Totally transparent medium gold. Lots of visible carbonation.
Aroma: Tons of grapefruit augmented by melon, tangerine smells. Juicy hop presence. This is probably the single best smelling beer I’ve ever encountered.
Taste: Piney, resiny hops up front that mellows to those juicy citrus hop notes (grapefruit, tangerine, some apricot) in the finish. Not much in the name of malt presence to balance those hops out; this is definitely a hops only beer on my palate.
Mouthfeel: Slight alcohol presence, very smooth feel in the mouth similar to a lower alcohol IPA (like a DFH 60 minute); this is a beer that could get me in trouble, for sure. Gets a little bit sticky as it warms up.
Overall: This is a very tasty IPA, but I can’t agree with the 100/A+ rating that I’ve seen it getting online. I’d love to do a side-by-side comparison with regular Stone IPA or Ruination to see how it stands up. My score is definitely influenced by the hype factor (negatively). It’s a great IPA, but it doesn’t warrant the absolute fervor that surrounds it.