Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoy by 12.21.12 from bottle. Deep golden color. Very thin head, little lacing. Aromas of skunky herbs, matchstick, green onions, pine, and bitter grapefruit. On the palate, layers of bitter grapefruit, orange citrus, juicy stonefruit, and tropical nuances that linger elegantly. Fine carbonation. 9.4% alc. is well hidden as beer warms a bit. Little malt backbone. A beer more about balance, elegance and freshness, then power and strength. If I had to compare for reference, more like Blind Pig, then Pliny... Except with a stronger alcohol kick. We all need more of this on the market.. More often.. Visit the Stone website and vote for your area.. Cheers!
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
siennaemerson (21) - New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
IvoR (72) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beer Culture in NYC. Appears crystal clear with a golden hue and a tiny white head. Pure hop aroma and flavor. Packs a lot of alcohol yet very drinkable. Flavor is a nice (really, perfect) balance between sweetness and hoppiness. I am not a big fan of IPAs but this one is great.
mrhopsbeertalk (152) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve tried several batches of this beer including 2/15/13 4/01/13 9/13/13 and 11/12/13. I’ve really liked them all, but find each distinct and unique in flavor and aroma. They say you never forget your first time... 2/15/13 happened waiting for a train in Philly. I remember thinking it was the best, or maybe second best beer I had ever tasted. The April batch was equally impressive. The last two seemed to show a departure from the previous broad hop flavor character. Of those batches I was not such an all out fan. I found the earlier batches to taste significantly bigger and better.
*** 4/20/14*** - this batch is underhopped in both aroma and flavor. additionally, they seem to have used falconer’s flight or sorachi ace in this batch creating a harsh lemon pith flavor. disappointing considering this WAS a perfect 10
***07-04-14*** - the disappointment continues. a solid and enjoyable earthy herbal aroma leads into another turn of harsh lemony hop flavor. what the hell happened to this beer???????????????????
***08-16-14*** - a dramatic improvement over the last few releases. the flavor is much more balanced with a pronounced earthy spice and much less lemon pith. still not what it once was, but far superior to the pith bombs of late
***12/26/14 - sigh back to the lemon pith...
RHutch (11) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 22, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Another perfect brand from this co. Super nice hoppy aroma that covers the spectrum from pine to grapefruit. Taste matches perfect body and clarity. Awesome
LoganL166 (16) - Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy by 12-26-14 poured into a tulip. Pours a clear golden orange with a thick white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma of hops, resin, citrus and herbs. Taste is clean hops that leave a really clean finish. Texture is nice and not oily at all. Darn good IPA
BOSSbrewer (1937) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Stone Liberty Station in San Diego. Pours a clear gold. Thin white head. Aroma is malty and some citrus. Really nice beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MayorOfSudz (43) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into tall glass. Nice lacing. Superb piney citrus blast. Very fresh hop notes bordering on just an absurd dank flavor. Good bitterness to level it out. Hides the 9.4% extremely well. A favorite, for sure.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TychoJames (133) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från bottlerock. Gyllenfärgad med vitt skum. Barrig och sötfruktig doft. Blodapelsin. Pepprig smak med touch av melon och hö. Relativt rå smak med bra beska
FunkyF (103) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaska från BottleRock LA. 12-05-14. Kryddig doft med inslag av anis. Fruktig med tydliga inslag av honungsmelon i början. Mycket bra.
sigh_borg (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoying this not by 10/31/14, but rather on 11/7/14, so take that for what it’s worth. Pours a hazy orange with small head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, nothing too special. Taste at the beginning lot sweeter than expected, then transitions to a nice mellow bitter, with the sweetness still lingering in the background. Really nice, full bodied mouthfeel. I love that this is not hopped to the extreme (which has been my experience with most Stone beers); the balance here is excellent. Very tasty. And definitely fine to enjoy AFTER the "best by" date.