ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 3/10/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a freaking gorgeous golden amber shade with perfect clarity. The head is a three finger white shade. Everything is good here - retention, texture, and the lacing down the glass. This beer makes Sofia Vergara look like a damn horse in comparison.
S: There is a distinct savory note from the hops that reminds me of onion/garlic. Otherwise, this one comes off as being bitter just from the nose alone; there is a lot of grapefruit peel, black pepper, mango, papaya, pine, and guava. It really smells damn great, but perhaps it’s not quite to my preference for an IPA.
T: At first, there’s some slight maltiness (in an earthy expression) before it finishes both dry and bitter. Transitioning between the vaguely citrusy opening and piny, bitter ending is a strong midtaste of onion and garlic; I actually like this portion of the flavor profile the best. But the biggest problem here is how boozy this one seems. Maybe it’s some of the earthy and oniony qualities coming through on the back end, but there’s a real distinct sharp heat to it that doesn’t strike me as being hop-derived. Certainly it feels every bit its 9.4% ABV. To be fair, this note helps to rein in the bitterness somewhat, so it’s not all bad, I guess.
I’ve got another one on standby that I plan to serve more chilled than this one - maybe this will tone down the booze some? Regardless, what a letdown.
M: Typical Stone IPA: bone-dry, clean, astringent, and bitter as fuck. Well, maybe not ’as fuck’, but it does have a good lingering bite to it. Something like this should be spectacularly drinkable - thanks to all the poorly concealed alcohol I taste here, I’m reduced to vegging over this one for a moderate length of time. Drinkability is actually okay because the general feel is quite good - but then again, I expected something fantastically chuggable.
O: I really thought this was going to be a world-class DIPA, but instead I find it kind of harsh and meh. I hate to say it, but this has nothing on some of the local DIPAs I can get fairly readily (Evolution Lot 6 DIPA and Troegs Perpetual IPA); and let’s not talk about how badly Lagunitas Sucks pounds this one into submission. Absolutely worth trying, though - hell, I seem to be only one who doesn’t love this. But Stone, unless the second bottle I drink manages to make me shit out rainbows and sunshine the way I expected this one to, you are back on my naughty list again.
Dorkenstein (92) - - JUL 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
big reinous pine needles, grapefruit, pineapple aromas. taste is bitter pine needles, pineapple/mango/citrus. some light malts.
Bkcaldwell (12) - - JUL 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Has a kick that satisfies. Very hoppy, golden Double IPA with a nice white head. Very enjoyable after a day of physical labor. Made for the 4th but enjoyable while it was with us.
77ships (5299) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Obtained in a trade with LouS. Thanks! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. BBF 07.04.15 - Enjoyed on 07.04.15. Golden, light orange, little white head. Nose is more mellow than expected, some oily sweetish caramel with dank, faint onion, pine resin & orange peel hops. Taste is oily grapefruit peel, touch raisin, faint diesel hops, pine resin, mild dank, orange, oily caramel malts, far more mellow than expected & very easy to drink,… Drinks like water. A great repeat drinking beer – not sure of the price-point. Malty but very easy to drink. It really didn’t taste 9.4 %. Very nice as a basic, mellow & very easy to drink offering.
RIVERA_HOU (14) - Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy By 07.05.15 is up there with my favorite IPAs! I like the floral-sweet-strong hop tasting IPAs. I think I taste cascade hops which are my favorites. Hard to describe but cascades are coming through strongly for me.
Fashawn (413) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JUL 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finalmente riesco a mettere le mie mani su una birra che cercavo da tempo. Enjoy by 07/04/2015, e ce l’ho fatta in tempo. Fresca, bella da vedere, intensa. Scivola dalla bottiglia al bicchiere senza paura, oro antico con qualche riflesso ambrato. Schiuma bianca e persistente, abbondante inizialmente ma poi compatta. Non scompare fino a fine bevuta. limpidissima, appena la schiuma si compatta lascia emergere un bouquet di odori non da ridere. Anans sulle prime, intenso e fresco. Ma anche pino, scorza d’arancia, qualche vegetale ed un po’ di pesca. Buonissima l’intensità, forse si poteva essere un filo più puliti,ma è pura capziosità, un cavillo inutile. In bocca non si discosta molto dalla dolcezza pervenuta inizialmente al naso. C’è l’ananas, che lascia spazio ad un brevissimo intervallo di pane dolce. Il tempo di assestarsi e trovarsi un nuovo amaro, che è frutto di scorza di limone e d’arancia, leggeri sentori di pompelmo, che guidano ad un finale fatto di erba, di verde, un po’ di pino, nella maniera giusta, e l’arrivo della pesca che con un filo di dolcezza riequilibria l’ultima volta la giocata. Questo, forse, è l’aspetto più importante. In bocca nessun sapore eccede, sono tutti presenti e tutti giocano il loro ruolo. Perfetto, in equilibrio. Con il palato c’è un feeling estremo, poi. La birra è leggermente oleosa ma liscissima, nessuna pesantezza. Il finale è amaro ma secco, estremamente secco. Questo permette alla pesca di riemergere e di non avvertire quasi mai l’alcool che pure è abbastanza marcato. Una birra, insomma, sicuramente potente, fresca e decisamente buonissima.
Yorker (1549) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2015-07-04) 66 cl bottle @ home. Pours clear golden with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are pine, juicy tropical fruits, and caramel - with a smooth finish. Incredibly easy to drink and impressively balanced. Would have loved to have tried it fresher but didn’t get it until today.
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing 77ships. Danky, piny hops, bitter but not too much. Awesome.
hohops (502) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A special one for rating #500- Enjoy By 07.04.15. Appearance is light and golden, a little bit cloudy, an almost white bubbly head of about half a finger. Aroma- lots of it- tropical fruits, lemon, mango, orange, pine, grapefruit juice, an underlying sweet maltiness, hint of yeast, loads of hops. Taste- orange juice, pineapple, bitter orange peel, hop resins, tropical fruit juice, no hint of alcohol, there is a malty, caramel tinge in the background, less carbonation than expected. Oily mouthfeel, a very fruity, clingy finish. Outstanding.
BrewTom (430) - - JUL 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A beautiful light amber colour with a thick white head. Aroma is grass, lemon & lime. Thick mouthfeel for an IPA with balanced bitterness (not the hop bomb I was expecting). Some sweetness (crystal malts?) with light mango, grass & wood/earth taste. The taste disguises the strength. An exceptional IPA. Drunk on 3rd July 2015 (just in time!).
Rated by BrewTom
thb (748) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
07-04-15 edition enjoyed under the wire. Mostly clear bright orange with centimetre of vanilla coloured foam. First impression is tremendously aromatic, even through a head cold. Lots of resin, pine, grapefruit. Taste is big, to be sure, and very, very fruity. Bit of a boozy hit initially but it opens into a glorious citrus bomb. Remarkably little finish, oddly enough, but it keeps it from being too overpowering. If only all IPAs were this fresh!