jcr (2101) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Rich O’s. Deep amber, approaching brown body. Fizzy, off-white head, mostly lasting. The aroma is dominated by grapefrit and floral hops with a hint of resin. Notes of toasted grain, caramel and bread. Lightly yeasty with some doughy notes and a bit of earthiness. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. The finish is lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body turning full in the finish, syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Very much like a double IPA, but without the complexity. Both aroma and flavor are hop forward. the taste is full or orange and grapefruit with a thick, malty backbone that doesn’t, surprisingly, add much to the flavor making this a one-trick pony beer. What’s there, however, is enjoyable, especially if you like big hops.
Gregis (1276) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously shared by JB. Pours a deep orange-amber with a thin beige skin and wispy lace. The nose is a big beautiful blend of hop notes (dank citrus, pine and wet forest) over a solid, sweet malt backing. Medium-bodied and slick with a tight, bitter finish. Sweet, round malt hides behind big citric and piny hops. If you love hops... well hell, it’s a Stone beer. You know, you’ll get your fix. Nice stuff.
mcberko (4863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, abrasive hops, and oak. Flavour of caramel malts and hops, with a bitter hops finish. Very good.
Ernest (5925) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
One-dimensional resinous hop odor and a very astringent, acidic, acrid, crudely bitter mouth experience. A silly beer.
jstraw (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, cloudy, caramel color with good, creamy, tan head / Nose of cut pine and caramel / Medium body, fine carbonation, malty, with great, hoppy, balance and long, lightly sweet and bitter, finish / Flavors of cut pine and resin with caramel, brown sugar, and grapefruit notes / Pretty much a double ipa. Could use a little more fruit to balance out the hoppy bitterness, but still very good.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep chestnut brown with fading head. Potent slightly vanilla hopped grassy pine to smell, fairly pungent with a touch of caramel and almond. The body is slightly viscous with a tooth coating bitteringly chocolate touch and a floral piney echo lasting well into the finish. Seemingly rough and abrupt it mutates into a more balanced and nuanced finish highlighted by mocha figs and hay. Easy to drink despite its rough edges.
SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. clear reddish bronze. hoppy, tea smell. flavor is mix of hops and malts. sweet malts and biting hops. medium body. lots of everything.
peteinSD (1183) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from brewery. Looks like a bastard in the glass. Aroma is pine, citrus, hops, and sweet malt. Taste is dominated by somewhat bitter hops although the bitterness if relatively restrained by Stone standards (perhaps the oak influence). I also taste dark malt, underlying caramel, and an alcohol tinge after the finish. Solid enough beer.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a large sized off white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of wood, citrus, some pine, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, citrus, and lighter wood.
scottw86 (1039) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark brown with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with fruit and citrus. Slightly oak-ey notes as well. Taste is quite hoppy but with a good amount of sweet fruity flavors. Finish has lots of caramel malts. Hops are slightly floral. A tad smokey with some oak? Overall a very good IPA, it is very crisp and drinkable. Not too sweet or too bitter, the balance is just right.