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.
raradel (314) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright nose and flavor. A little thin on the body for the ABV but the great fresh flavors make up for it!
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[5299-20130428] Tap. Orange citrus aroma has a nice hoppy sap note. Slightly hazy, light orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head and lattice lacing. Bitter orange rind and citrus juicy sap flavour. Medium-full body is fairly bitterly boozy. Delicious, very drinkable. (8/4/8/4/18) 4.2
(@ The Whiskey Room, Burlington, VT)
CpyNPrnT (109) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 edition, I’m guessing 12-21 from my notes. Orange, floral, hoppy goodness. Palate wrecker, see Stone.
SW4Y1N (3) - - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark golden color. Aroma of hops and wooden notes. Tastes extremely floral, yet has a nice complexity.
reberiii (242) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bomber, 2-14-14 batch: Crisp clear pour, orange in color. Orange flavor, orange on the nose. Slight foam. Finishes clean. More to come when I finish my last bomber.
polomagnifico (1190) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy By 02-14-14. On tap. Medium amber hue with decent white head. Aroma has huge notes of citrus, pine, catnip and caramel. Full bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Heavy bitterness on the finish. Overall a lovely skunky kindbud IIPA. Loved it.
bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
HAd the 2-14-14. Hands down the best IPA I’ve ever had. Strong hop aroma, out of this world flavor. With a 9.5 alc%...it’s the beer that just keeps giving. Lovedit, can’t wait for the next batch
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft (2.14.14) at Taps 25, Lansing. Hazy medium orange body with a medium dense off-white head. Spicy, musky nose, catty with skunky cannabis or wild sweet cicely. Super-catty, medicinal, spicy, leafy body with anise/licorice and orange peel. Weird and potent.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Enjoy by 02.14.14. This one poured a glowing golden color and crowned by a small head of frothy foam that quickly washes away to streaks of lace. The aroma is very typical west coast IPA with notes of tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, and orange to go with some pine resin. The hops are balanced by nicely by a toasted caramel malt base. The flavor follows suit with tropical fruits, grapefruit, and orange hops dominating, but balanced nicely by the biscuit and toasted caramel malts. The hops are still the star though. Medium bodied and incredibly smooth and easy to drink with just the right amount of carbonation and without the heavy feeling a double IPA can bring. The finish is nice and dry with a lingering hop bitterness that just begs another sip. This is just very light and easy to drink for the high abv which is dangerous for sure. Another winner for Stone and a stellar west coast style IPA to boot.
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle (660ml)] Pours a slightly hazy copper-gold with an average size lasting frothy off-white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, fruity, citrusy, piney, a bit hempy and resiny -- a bit sweet as well. Flavour of those same aforementioned hop notes, also a bit sweet and alcohol is pretty well hidden. Moderate to big bitter finish. So easy to drink for such a high abv. Medium bodied. A great DIPA.