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.
Guilow (8) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2016 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolute flavor BOMB. I’m not a believer in drinking "fresh" IPAs like this. Takes one of my favorites, Stone IPA, and simply intensifies everything. So good.
morri (269) - NORWAY - JAN 30, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Medium frothy off-white head. Hazy pale orange body. High carbonation. Aroma is fresh yeast. Grassy hoppiness. Citrus. Very well balanced on the tongue. Creamy feeling in the mouth.
Hop_Hedonist (392) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy by 10-31-15 so I’m pretty late - really good DIPA - light malt body which suits me - squarely in the floral hops dominant taste spectrum - super easy to smash down - another winner from Stone.
neurbob (102) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy by 2-14-16. Light yellow golden mildly hazy. Small off white head, decent lacing. Massive floral fruity hop aroma. Chuggable sweetness with intense hops but not overwhelmingly bitter. Home run.
blueshockey24 (184) - Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Enjoy By 2-14-16. Pours hazy golden. Aroma is piney dank spiciness. Taste is sweet, spicy and fruity with a alcohol warmth and piney grapefruit finish. Really good!
Cunningham (6245) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice tasty evening sipper with a dangerously well hidden alcohol.
Clear deep golden color with a big frothy white head. Nice lacing. Looks good. Nice hoppy aroma with a fine intensity. Medium to full body and a fine smooth carbonation. Tad sweet and a fine bitterness. Citric hoppy, pine, toffee and a bit resinous flavor.
[Bottle (12.25.15) from a trade with RobertDale]
Banksiz (71) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the 12.25.15, rated 1.15.16. Piney nose with some maltiness and tropical fruit. Pleasant bitter flavor with a backing of malty sweetness and a touch of honey. Medium creamy body with a long bitter finish. A superb double IPA.
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 14, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tastes incredibly fresh. Aromas of peach, mango, grass. Bitter, but with great malt support. Excellent project.
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy by 12-25-2015. Pours clear golden with a thin off-white top that clings a bit. Aroma is really nice, even though I’m 6 days late! Lots of tropical fruit mixes with a caramel malt. Similar in flavor, a nice malt backbone smooth a never-overwhelming blast of fruity and citrus hop flavors. Finishes slightly dry and slightly bitter.
Steven_B (50) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of 12.25.15. Pours a deep golden colour with a white head. The aroma is full of citrus/grapefruit with a hint of pine. Taste is, again, citrus with lots of hops and a freshness to it all. It all ends on a big bitter finish. A fine beer worthy of it’s high rating.