seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Batch 12.21.12... picked up out of state thanks Nick! Getting resin, grapefruit and some other sort of tropical... maybe mango? Smells fantastic. Pours a clear orange will a slight head. Taste follows and I get the grapefruit and mango(?) upfront. Slightly bitter, really easy drinking for 9%. Would definitely seek out again!
Batch 05.17.13 bottled on 04/12/13 drank on 04/21/2013. Again, heavy tropical fruit scents and pretty much everything I said above again. Great beer and props to Stone for keeping this going and delivering this time to my home state.
cafgen (120) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light orange color with a two finger head. Aroma is pineapple, mango, peach, citrus and pine. Taste is sweet in the front with a nice balanced bitterness. A must have IPA because it is fantastic!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tomer (1644) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks Levi, smallish head, just a little hazy lightish orange with yellow hues, aroma of pine and grapefruit, malty biscuity flavour with strong herbal grapefruit bitterness. Straight forward and quite enjoyable.
Ktwse (1869) - SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light cloudy orange amber with medium tall white head. Aroma of resin, grapefruit, peach, mango, very fruity. Taste is an excellent balance between bitter and sweet, starting off slightly sweet before a big bitter kick, then the two balance out before a long resinous finish. Body is light to medium, very smooth with soft carbonation.
b3playr (1) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At home from a 22-oz. bottle, 07.04.14 edition (bottled on 05/28/14). Arrowine - the fantastic wine/beer/cheese shop in Arlington, VA - had this beer reduced from $8.99 to $6.99 due to it being past expiration. However, it’s still really tasty, as to be expected. I’ve had this on draft in its youth, and am well aware it hasn’t really aged all that much. In fact, I’m loving it more now than ever. Consider it context influencing my rating...
Aroma: fresh grapefruit, juicy overripe pineapple, almost the sweet notes of durian (in a good way) - this is a classic California IPA! Hoppy and boozy, there’s no mistaking what style this is.
Appearance: mellow gold, clear with gentle bubbles that keep things lively, fine white head.
Taste: well-balanced with the hops and sweetness to keep you going back for more, though may be missing a bit of the bite from it pushing a couple months in the bottle. Still, surprisingly easy to drink at 9.4% ABV.
Palate: full body, a bit oily in texture (no doubt thanks to the fresh hops), an average carbonation to keep things fresh, and a nice long finish that’s quite satisfying.
Overall: this is a great beer, particularly yummy with the rotisserie chicken from neighboring Crisp & Juicy. I’m awfully glad I bought two!
CacheManyHose (164) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From San Diego. Completely translucent honey amber pour with sudsy white head and no legs. Smells very, very strong - floral and piney hop like a punch to the nose. Some juicy malt and spice/pepper as well. Tastes similar (so much hop!) though more drinkable than the aroma might have you believe, and less malty. Body is oily but crisp. Like the 8 Wired Fresh Hopwired but with every flavour - especially the hop - amplified. Big and enjoyable.
HKdIPA (208) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stone Tasting Room in SD at home. Clear light amber pour with thin foamy head. Piney hops aroma - very piney. Taste is super sharp piney hop explosion followed by enough sweet malt to...not balance it (at all) but even things out. Lasting bitterness. Hard to believe this is 9+% alcohol - it's actually quite drinkable. Despite the intense hoppy bite it's pretty easy going. Would be interesting to taste alongside other fresh IPAs like Fresh Hopwired. Would definitely get again.
Leafs93 (1644) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
7/4/14 - Pours clear gold with a medium white fluffy head. Aroma is pine, resin, grapefruit and floral...all hops. Taste is bitter throughout with a lingering tart finish. A touch of citrus sweetness.
sudomorph (508) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2014 650ml bottle. 07.04.14 bottle drank 07.11.14. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Aroma has big juicy notes of resin, pine, citrus, tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is bitter but balanced. Resin, pine, citrus, slight pineapple and tropical fruits, and a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny texture in the mouth with a big, dry finish. Overall really tasty. Lighter body than I would expect. Pine, resin, and citrus. Yum. Now to find a bottle before the enjoy by date.
Evolutionary (271) - Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at mellow mushroom. Nose is sweet and hoppy. 2014 version. Real strong floral hints at first but super smooth body and floral taste doesn't overpower. Very satisfying despite being 3 days late. Really smooth.
---Rated via my mouth
GTAEgeek (1160) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste of a 22. oz. bottle, thanks to Ian! 07.04.14 version, so it’s a couple days expired. Pours clear gold, with a small, bubbly, off-white head. The aroma is strong floral and earthy hops, light caramel, cloves, and resin. Strong bitterness, with just a touch of citrusy sweetness. Medium to heavy body, acidic, sharp, and astringent. Overall, this is a strong, bitter beer. Very little balance, but still pretty tasty.