cwondo (24) - Rochester, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Creamy light orange color with 1.5 finger white head that stays. Lacing. Aroma of sweet, flowery hops. Flavor had citrus and caramel notes along with a ton of hops. Palate was creamy and light with a dry finish. I was looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. Killer logo too!
EdInSaltLake (282) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus (grapefruit), herbal, spicy--with just enough light caramel sweetness to hold up the hops. Nice bitterness; stronger in aftertaste, but in a good way.
pinkie (144) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear, amber/orange with a good size head of white foam that fell almost reasonably to a thick cap; leaving some monstrously stubborn lace. Nose is big with lemon, floral and herbal, citrus, lime and a nice soft spice under all the fruit. Not a lot of malt on the nose. Just a hint of bread and some caramel sweetness. As it warms the lemon sweetens deeply and so does the caramel. Taste is colossal. Fruit washes over the palate a bit too quickly and meets a heavy resin for a bitter that starts mid palate. Bread shows up in back with some light biscuit right before an oily pine blast. Finishes slick with a powerful bitter that lasts long into a finish that isnít really dry as much as pithy and sour. Body is thin and while the malt constantly approaches it never rounds out and so this leaves a touch imbalanced Moderate to low carbonation.
This was a strong, beer that grows on you as you drink. I didnít find the same cocky personality in this that I have found in other Stone beers and I think I missed that. I also think that the fruit character suffered in the attempt to make it intensely bitter without provoking it sufficiently first. The malt came out more and more to show that it was indeed stronger than you might have realized. The hop character engaged you more and more as well as the expansive bitter just kept unfolding and at the end of the bottle I was mysteriously satisfied.
Beergeek23322 (530) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Probably the best widely available IPA out there. Complex flavors, very refreshing.
CorneliusBunkr (6) - Oakwood Hills, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
There really isnít anything else that can be said about this brew that hasnít been said. Quite simply It is the best standard IPA out there.
Emitch14 (61) - Westhampton, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best IPA I've had and I don't like IPA
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RumRunner101 (412) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber pour with white head. Aroma is candied malt, ripe fruit. Flavour has malt sweetness with peaches, mango and honeydew. A nice piney bitterness cuts in mid palate. Bitter-sweet finish. Wonderful balance and flavour.
GenkiGonzo (9) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint at Tadg. Fantastic balance of fruit and pine, accentuated by the dry-hopping. The slight maltiness makes it incredibly drinkable.
MrFecesious (413) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in the Garibaldi econolodge, enjoyed out of a tiny plastic cup. Been so long since Iíve had this, and still smells delicious in itís hazy glory. Pine needles and caramel nose. Same in taste, but more malty with the pine coming up after. Pleasant dryness, and carbonation.
joeleaux (5) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - JUN 7, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Seriously, one of the best IPAs i have ever had the pleasure of quaffing. Pours a beautiful orange/gold, honey and the fragrance of pine greets your nose by the time the bottle cap hits the counter. Velvety smooth, with medium carbonation. The taste of pine, citrus, a hint of sweet maltiness that gives way to a gentle heat on the finish. Utterly mind blowing.
closey22 (320) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange with no to little head; aroma of fresh grain and maltiness; Flava is of fresh barley; feels medium with little fizz; finishes dry and bitter; not much character; I think the bartender screwed up