swoopjones (4196) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Coles, Buffalo. Copper orange pour, light head. Piney hops, resiny, grapefruit, peach, mango notes in the aroma. BIG sticky hop presense. Big bitterness in flavor. Mainly grapefuit & pine. Explosive citrusy fruity & piney hops. Wow
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep amber pours from the bottle and trails off into lighter golds and amber once in the glass. A half finger head is white with large soapy bubbles that dissipate very quickly. Lacing is thick with a slight alcoholic "leg" to this beer.
Sweet, sweet crystal malt on top lingering with biscuit and caramel. This is followed quickly by floral scents. Lots of stickiness to the scent. The floral aromas are followed by a bright grass scent that trails off.
Holy Shit! Bright burning, resinous hops up front but balanced so well by the malt bill that this is just too drinkable! Flashes of orange, lemon and lime appear on the tongue but they’re carried so well by caramel and sweet biscuit that the burning almost never happened. It begs for another drink!
Slightly chewy in the mouth but the burning hops take away from this and clear it out extremely fast. One of the lighter DIPAs that I’ve had (surprisingly).
Amazing. This beer is mind blowingly good and if I could buy this year round, I would. Never been a huge Stone fan but after this, I am a convert!
Radek Kliber (5906) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coles
Aroma cotton candy sugars, plenty heavy dose of hops, some citrus with balancing darker tannin black tea. 7+
Appearance neat, cloudy amber, large foamy creamy top. Rings of lace. 4+
Flavor and Palate : Yum. Plenty of hop but with refined lighter profile. Sweetness of sugars balance things up. Very mature set up. Definitely hoppy yet with good approachable softness. Has a sweet tooth. Perfect for Halloween.
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice DIPA by Stone. Generally im not a huge fan of Stone’s IPAs as I think they are assertively bitter but lacking hop flavor/aroma. This beer however has immense hop aroma and flavor with tons of citrus, and a dank grassyness. Great beer.
walleye (1042) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a cloudy amber with a off white head that left some good lacing. aroma, malt and hops right after the cap came off and poured into my glass, agave syrup, sanders caramel (for you Mich. people), grapefruit, orange zest light fruits, alcohol. flavor sweet, malts, hops, pine, floral. has nice bitter finish. Good Beer
tricyclist (444) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample pour, medium amber with little to no head. Nose is intense, heavil hopped, citrus, grapefruit, simcoe, amazing!! Flavor doesn’t let down either, heavily hopped as well, fruity, citrus, faint malt, bitter and grapefruit. Light-medium body and healthy all over. Amazing!
Marko (3611) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Luttonm who let us try it! Poured a slightly hazy dark amber body with a white head. Slightly fishy malty taste, strong hopiness, herbal, yeastiness. Full malty taste, soapy notes of agrumes, slightly sticky. The notes on this one are completely jumbled yet I retain a vivid memory of the taste itself. Strong bitter finish. Now, this is undoubtedly a very, VERY respectable beer, and I can appreciate extremes, but this kind of maltiness on this kind of hopiness just didn’t do it for me. Damn glad to have tried it though!
ThisWangsChung (448) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed 9/29. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 5 oz poured into a tasting snifter, and compared side-to-side with Stone 16th anniversary IPA.
A: Pours a cloudy golden amber color - the clarity of the 16th is a lot more appealing to me. There isn’t much head to this other than a bit of an offwhite collar, albeit with good lacing.
S: Very sweet, with a little augmenting citrus peel and piny hops. Sadly not fresh, but still decent.
T: Man, I can tell this could have been amazing fresh. In spite of this, it’s still really enjoyable right now. Lots of big maltiness while the finish is still fairly strong with sweetish grapefruit and touches of herbal pine.
M: Not too heavy in texture, and as such comes across as a little boozy - but it’s still far more drinkable than a 10.8% has any business being. The finish isn’t as hyper-dry as regular Ruination, but it does build up a peppery sensation.
O: Flawed in its old age, but still a damn nice drink, one that kicked the 16th Anniversary around the schoolyard. I’ll give it an 17 here on the basis of "this was likely fantastic fresh".
HighWine (836) - Whalesbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally! Tap at Fischmanns in Chicago, served in a frosted plastic cup. Yeah, I know. From the moment it was placed in front of me I could tell this was going to be big. Strong citrus hop aroma from a foot away. Upon closer olfaction, lots of peach, mango, and dried apricot appear. Excellent lacing of the shitty plastic cup. A classic. Peach nectar, pink grapefruit, and pine resin flavored fill the mouth. Malty but very drinkable. A little alcohol heat rests on the gumline. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
omhper (17436) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks oh6gdx! Citric grapefruity nose with caramelly malt shines through. Near full bodied with well rounded mouthfeel. Very malty with loads of caramel under a thick blanket of grapefruity piney hops. Warming finish with pleasant bitterness. Surprisingly gentle and balanced.