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.
BringOnTheBigUns (11) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Although each time it is brewed the flavor palate does change slightly, it is by far one of the best series of DIPAs available. If you can get it, drink it. The absolute freshest beer available when it gets released with a limited shelf life expectancy.
bbader (6) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 4, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Lovely beer, balanced taste, hops are not over powering, crisp CO2 mouthfeel, fresh taste and feel
culchiem (2878) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Marco. Clean Amber gold with a full head. Aroma is fruity, taste is grapefruit and hop. Decent
samsmith33 (523) - - MAY 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle to pilsner glass.
Enjoy by 4.20.15.
Appearance: big white head. Hazy medium yellow.
Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, light grasses and pine.
Taste is mostly hair spray, some lemon and pine.
Not impressed, though I rarely am by an ipa.
c0fein (336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from Whole Foods - Tribeca, New York. Thanks Jesse! Enjoy By 04.20.15. Bottled 03.16.15. Better late than never!
Clear orange/copper colour with a white head. Sharp tropical and fresh aroma. Flavour of grapefruit, orange, dry bitterness. Good stuff but expected a bit more. This is still fresh to me!
WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Enjoy by 4.20.15. Whoops, I’m a week late. Clear pale orange, minimal head. Danky resinious hop aromas. Bubble gum, citrus, floral for the hops profile. Otherwise relatively light bodied and easy sipping. Seems to have a bit of funk to it as well. Finish is dry and clean. Definitely feeling it after one. Good stuff.
MarinEvelyn (645) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hoppy, bitter. Tastes of melon, pine, earthy/herbal.
Aroma is citrus, sticky, herbal, a little tropical.
mghj (20) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy by 4/20/15 on 4/20/15, 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours nice thick head, clear amber color. Aroma of melon, nicely carbonated. Citrus start and ends slightly bitter
lana5 (42) - Canton, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice golden color. Has a sweet flavor with a bitter after taste. The after taste could be because it’s has a citrus/grapefruit taste.
Mjp12 (663) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was 4/20 , on tap. It didn’t have the hop freshness that I was expecting, while still a decent beer, I was expecting more.