ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
rayOfBeer (668) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: enjoy by 7-4-14 almost 60 days past best by date, pour is hazy golden orange with large white head. Aroma is hoppy, faded somewhat I think but still big with citrus and a touch of tropical fruit. Flavor is stone fruit, tangerine, a bit of mango and light caramel. A good beer even past it’s prime, missing the bigger Aroma and flavor pop that a fresh one has. I will have to try a fresh batch for comparison.
Shot (136) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
09-20-14. Pours golden with a creamy white head. Aromas are loads of fresh floral hops, pine, citrus. Flavors are bursting with crisp hops, sweet grapefruit, pine needles, hay and biscuit. Finishes with bitter citrus and sharp hop bite. Medium mouthfeel; slightly syrupy. Very nice.
firemarshal (156) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy by 09.20.14. Pours crystal clear amber. Very little head and carbonation. Aroma is all the goodness you would expect from a proper American DIPA. Mango, melon, pine, light crisp malt. The flavor is very good, but young. I guess that’s the idea. Resinous, salty, tropical fruit, and a bitter, slightly alcoholic finish. A damn fine brew.
gschrade (616) - Collinsville, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours orangish with a white head. Taste citrus, pine, bitter. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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Duhast500 (413) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoy by 02-14-14
Poured from a 22.oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip glass.
The color is a deep darker orange with a finger of white head with some nice lacing left on the glass. There a cloudy look to this beer that blocks the light out a bit does have a slight yellowish hue in the margins.
The smell is very piney hops flavored bringing a spruce aroma. There is a saturated clementine aroma that brings a bright citrus aroma that is hard brings visions of pulp to mind.
The taste of this beer is citrus at first but as it goes toward the back of the younger it pastes a layer of pine flavor hops that have slight sting as the go down. A slight scrape of the tongue by the bitterness of the hops is felt but feels like a battle scar since there is also tinge of pleasure there as well. At the corners of the mouth there is a nice slight tangerine flavor that resides there for a short time.
The feel of this beer a has a nice fullness that feels like it surrounds the pallet but does not engulf the entire mouth. This feels like a big IPA but does not hit hard either but slips into a push into hops here, there, and everywhere.
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
enjoy by 02.14.14
pours a clear amber-orange with a small snow white head, and good lacing.
smell is of burnt toffee, dry leaves, and caramel.
taste is oily up front, hops, a touch of pine, caramel, and earth. ends bitter.
ibrubeer (92) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma a blend of citrus and pine. Head dissipates quickly. Very clear golden color. Flavor not overly bitter, but nice citrus & pine. Medium bodied. Great beer!
Nocturne (775) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated 16/8. Had a taster of this in the US and glad to see it again. Slightly hazy orange pour. Nose is the grapefruit I remember, peach, and a strange interloper: onion. Juicy, resinous taste with much bitterness. I think this is good but a little overhyped to be honest.
Marsiblursi (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours light hazy orange with an off-white head. The aroma holds pine, black currant jam, tart apricots red berries, gooseberries, light wood and citrus alongside bready malt and maybe something light caramel-ish. The flavour is light sweet to dry, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Citric, floral light fruity and fairly tight malt. The mouthfeel is clean and soft with a medium carbonation. Near medium bodied.
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2. Labeled Enjoy By 08.16.14. Pours hazy golden with a frothy offwhite head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly fruity, slightly herbal and tiny earthy with crackers, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, lemon balm, orange zest and lemon zest. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter, fruity and tiny herbal with crackers, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, pineapple, mango, orange zest and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is round, oily bitter, tiny sticky sweet, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, fruity and tiny herbal with biscuits, grapefruit juice, moist grass, pine needles, unripe mango, orange zest and lemon zest. Tasty but i suspect the only way to really enjoy this is crazy fresh on spot in San Diego.