JohnGalt1 (481) - , Idaho, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one a couple of times but finally getting around to reviewing one of the last bottles left in my fridge... Picked this up at the COOP a couple weeks ago.. Pours a crystal clear golden with a short lived white head.
Nose is huge hop-forward tropical fruits with plenty of pithy citrus zest for so little malt backbone.. almost too much, but I really like it nonetheless.
This tastes like my idea of summertime brews! Very hoppy and still balanced.. bitterness melts back fast into the pithy hops with just enough melon and finishes back bitter with a dry pale maltiness...
Light body... nice bubble... incredibly drinkable especially for Stone..
Danyel (696) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours light orange with white head. Aroma is very piney and citrusy, very hop forward. Taste is bitter, extreme piney, easy, very hoppy with out being too heavy. Very good session IPA.
slowrunner77 (809) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
101st Stone beer. coincidence? i think not cause they just took every other session ipa to school. session ale 101. Every time I start to have even an inkling of a doubt that Stone is my favorite brewer, they release something else that makes me feel like an idiot for ever doubting. Most likely my new favorite session IPA, and easily the best one I can find fresh on the shelves here in Reno. Huge hop aroma and flavor and more than adequate bittering. The body is thinnish, but not nearly as watery as some, and better than some 6-7% IPAs. Fruit and pine galore, and even hints of sweetness to balance. Knocks of All Day & Alpha Session. Reminiscent of the SD Session Pale from a few years ago, but hoppier."
peterschreurs (46) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Light copper in color with a thin white head. Fantastic aroma of grapefruit. Great flavor for a session IPA.
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Stine (1547) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Lightly hazed blonde pour. Yellow pepper, dandelion glue, crushed herb aroma, flamboyant and pungent. The flavor seems elusively weird. New fangled weedy hops have overgrown the citrus, the needles, the fresh bright fruit. Garlic, crushed fennel seeds, celery seed and leaves, and bile-like green papaya. The starkness of these hops is too much for this style. The palate is lightly acidic, lacking the dry mineral content that frames the best examples. Finishes with a marjoram and nettle green bitterness. The weirdness of this satisfies curiosity; my experience of this tap version is decidedly more vegetable, weed and herb heavy than any prior version, and possibly an outlier.
scoth (493) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange with a thin beige head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of pine resin, grass, biscuit, and grapefruit. Medium body, velvety smooth, dry. Mildly sweet, medium-strong bitter finish, with a nice lingering piney bitterness. An excellent session IPA.
SHIG (3573) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow with a fluffy to frothy off white head. Aroma is huge citrus and pine hops, very fresh. Taste is strong fruit juicy hops, very subtle and not overly harsh, great summer refreshing beer.
dutch23mp (272) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
love them hops nice floral aroma with a very strong lively abrupt bitter hop taste. A very good IPA
Criz (82) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle decanted into pint glass. Pours a very pale see-through golden color with a medium lasting sticky white head. Nose of earthy pine, apricot, and pineapple. Flavors of resin, grass, pine, bitter hops and cascade hops. Very thin on the mouth. Big flavor from a low abv.
tmoreau (2380) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ellynís Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and dispensed to a shaker showing a hazed, gold color, with a presentable layer of frothy, white head foam, and a wavy display of lacing. The aroma was an expressive nose of pine, white grapefruit, and pineapple. The tasteís intro was a subtle malty smoothness, before being struck by a very strong citrus, resin, & rind hop bitterness that possessed some dryness, and lingered well past the finish, overwhelming even my buffalo wings in intensity. Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation successfully projected these flavor notes. Hop bomb with low buzz, maybe just a bit abrasive, but love the concept!
HuskerTan (489) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Citrus, juicy, peaches, pine, tangerines.
A- Yellow color, cloudy liquid, white head.
T- Citrus, juicy, piney, bitter.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, citrusy bitter finish.
O- Wow, talk about an amazing aroma. Big juicy citrus smells. Sadly, my bottle was a month past the nest by date. Had it been fresh, the taste might have equaled the nose, but it just didnít quite match up. None the less, the first Stone beer Iíve ever really really liked. Well done.