DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 Rating #2500!
I had hoped my trajectory would take me past one of these beers, preferably on draft. So how lucky that I happened to notice it was on tap at Maria’s, right along the way home from the IIT campus.
Draft IPA tulip, $6.
Smell is amazingly hoppy as one might expect mostly grass, with a little note of pine resin. Currently, the bartender has set a bottle of watermelon liqueur in front of me for mixing, and a patron next to me has been out dulling his senses with cigars. But yes, there’s some citrus in the grapefruit family, too. Color is on the lighter side of an IPA, more gold than amber. Taste is an expected smackdown of hops that helps blow the memory of the cigar guy out of my olfactory. Hop smell stays strong through the glass. They also keep a big bitter aftertaste on the top part of my tongue that amplifies the malts more than they probably are. That is, a lighter malt as befits its color, with little caramel roast to it, just a small stage for the hops to work their magic. The alcohol shows up, with a warning that I might set that aerosol flavor spray the bartender’s using on fire. Stays pretty bright in taste and texture. I;m still not feeling the octane internally, but it’s likely a good thing this is just a 12-ounce glass. Though the malts are light in color, they are definitely, um, making a statement. Any spills down the side of the glass get very sticky right away. A very complex hop bill sets this limited limited release aside from the others, and made me want to vote to make sure it comes back to Chicago on the next go-round.
Lowandslow1972 (12) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 29, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone is the bomb. Clear orange copper color. Fizzy ok bring out hoppy character. Really hoppy bitter with extra clean finish. Can’t go wrong with stone.
lusikka (7481) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA. Pours a hazy copper golden colour with a firm white head. Aroma of fresh resiny hops, grapefruit and caramel. Flavour of heavy resiny bitterness, grassy hops, caramel sweerness, grapefruit and herbs. Full bodied. Really heavy and enjoyable. Alcohol is rather well hidden. Great.
olio (7941) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Pizza Port, Ocean Beach.
Pours clear dark golden color with a small head. Very intense hops on the nose, resin, tropical fruits, mild caramel malts also with hints of pine. Dank grapefruity flavor, resin, hops, orange zest and caramel sweetness. Very quaffable and fresh. Excellent.
laiti (7627) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Pizza Port, Ocean Beach. Aroma has tropical fruits, pineapples and mango. Also passionfruit. Flavour has resin, gluey notes, tropical fruits and menthol. Aroma was nice but flavour is a bit too gluey. Drinkability suffers.
BlazerT (281) - POLAND - JUL 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sensoric. Cooper, cler with big, white, medium head. Nice lacing, average head retention. Nice clear malty profile, mostly high aroma of tropical fruits (lychee, passion fruits), also some citrus and resinous aroma. Taste is medium bitter, creamy texture, average carbonation, finish is bitter and semi-dry. In overall not thebest IIPA I’ve try, this one isprety balanced, but hoppy aroma is not so intense.
flying_pig (1160) - SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle from BottleDog, London (£15):
A truly outstanding beer from Stone right here, I was expecting a lot from this one going in (particularly given how much the bottle cost) but it definitely delivered and then some. There was tonne of hops and bitterness to kick things off with some touches of alcohol appearing too but it still managed to remain drinkable and well balanced with a really refreshing and highly drinkable palate; this one was well worth ever penny I paid for it.
tderoeck (6491) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
4/VII/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG IV - BB: VII/4/15 (2015-844) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!
Yes, finally got to try this one!! Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, bit resinous, sweet, sugary, passion fruits, pineapple, mango, caramel, some honey. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: pretty sweet, fruity, mango, bit resinous, nice, fruity, lovely beer! Aftertaste: bit sweet, resinous, very fruity, grapefruit, some caramel. Love it!
JefVerstraete (2141) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBBSG 2015. Many thanks! Hazy amber colour, medium carbonation. Sweet nose of pine and tropical fruit. Some caramel also. Bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced. Good!
szeli (78) - GERMANY - JUL 13, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Enjoy by 3.14.15 Enjoyed by 3.24.15
Vollkommen überhopft. Getrunken beim GBT15. Von allen in der Gruppe als überhopft deklariert worden, sogar die Assoziation "Müllsack" fiel in den Raum. Zu viele verschiedene Aromen in der Nase, sodass keine Differenzierung vorgenommen werden kann. Auch im Geschmack ist es nichts als hopfig. Das Malz ist zwar vorhanden allerdings harmonieren Hopfen und Malz nicht.
AtronSeige (991) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: High hops, citrus, guava, naartjie ("Game" concentrated drink)
Appearance: Clear, gold body. Small head. Good retention. Lacing.
Flavour: Medium-high bitterness, but still smooth. Medium sweetness. Fruity, guava, naartjie, ("Game" concentrated drink). Hops supported by a good malt backbone. Medium-dry finish, lingering medium-light bitterness and hops flavour.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, creamy.
Overall: Wow! A great beer. Well balanced.
Enjoy By 07-14-15
750 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Wimpie and Amanda!
14C. Imperial IPA