48FanInCali (728) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Tasty treat. Nice golden pour with thick head. Gorgeous looking beer. Strong nose of citrus and hops along with a taste. Not as sweet as I was hopping for but still an awesome IPA
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weihenweizen (1766) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a snifter. Pours clear light amber with small white head which dissapates quickly. A little lacing, medium body, low carbonation, and grapefruit/pine aroma. Taste is big grapefruit, some pine, and bitter hop finish. Second to dreadnaught for me.
freedivesurfer (13) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
04.01.13 release. On tap at Mellow Mushroom Wrightsville Beach. Pours a golden color with minimal head. Nose is tropical fruits, floral, maybe mango. Taste is incredibly balanced for a 9% IPA. The freshness is evident. Nice hop characteristic. Piney notes. Very smooth drinking. Hop flavor sticks around for awhile, which I like. I have had 1 out of a bottle and 2 on tap. I have enjoyed the ones on draft much more than in the bottle. Excellent beer! Drink this while its around!!!!!
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kennydiaz (352) - Manahawkin, New Mexico, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a nice golden color with mild head. It has a crisp hop taste with a strong citrus ,pineapple and floral taste.
Nephilium (1369) - Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(04-01-13) Starts off with a big over the top tropical fruit hop aroma. Pours a clear light amber, with a quickly fading white head. This is a hop bomb, and that doesn’t even begin to describe it. This is a punch in the face with hops, with a long lingering bitter finish. If you can get your hands on this, I would do so, and try it quickly.
joes (90) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample @ Braukunst Live 2013, poured by Greg Forest Gump himself :-)
Dark gold, a bit hazy, small white head. A very fruity, well rounded aroma with mostly citrus/grapefruit and just a hint of pineapple. Fresh hoppy, fruity taste, with orange and grapefruit/lemon in the front. Good carbonation and alcohol very dangerously hidden. A very good IPA indeed.
Johnsense (824) - - 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 (693) - 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 (936) - 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.