spacemonster (84) - Igo, California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This thing goes for the end-zone. And scores. Freakiní mean hop rush up front backed by a very stern and able malt kick. The Hops mid-palate stratify and get their groove on. The finish is fairly dry yet very resinous. This is a 1st rate Imperial IPA. Donít know what they could have done better. got my nose open as the olí blues dude said. Yikes. Potent. Delicious.
sitzds (318) - - JUL 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Randy Jones Sports Grill. Very hoppy with strong bitter finish. Smells of grass and orange.
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell - London. Big thank you to Aaron for bring this from the USA. Pours clear, deep gold with a creamy head. Juicy melon makes up the majority of the aroma, with grapefruit and pine lurking at the periphery. Medium to big sweet flavor with more heavy fruits, juicy citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, bitter pine. Medium to full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Resinous pine to finish with notes of alcohol, dry bread and grapefruit. Nice, not world-class.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: orange pour with large beige head. Aroma is citrusy, pine and topical fruit hops with a bit of toast and caramel. Flavor is sticky sweet with caramel and some pineapple-orange note then move into a big punch of thick pine resin, grapefruit and orange peel with some toasted bread and slightly astringent alcohol notes running in the background. Overall, it has some nice hop flavors, but the sweetness is too cloying, and total flavor profile is not cohesive.
BrewBoxer (2123) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a standard brown amber color with a thick head. Hoppiest most grassy beer I've ever had maybe. Delicioud
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks and smells the part. Way, way way too sweet. Makes me want to spit after getting about halfway though the bottle. Hop palate is great, beer below average, especially for Stone.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Like the rater below me, I am no longer worthy. Could not believe how SWEET this beer was. Could only muster a few sips. Tasted like 2 year old dreadnaught. Give me fizzy yellow beer any day over this garbage.
Suttree (5256) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a tough one to rate because by pretty much any objective standard it is a good beer, and even even by my personal tastes it should be something I would love. And yet...It wasnít quite right. I think, honestly, that considering how much effort was put into the hop profile (which is outstanding) it seems odd that the malt was off. Too heavy. Too sweet. Too boozy. I guess Iím not arrogant enough anymore.
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2014 Update: For whatever reason, I was not as impressed with this one this year. Itís very similar to "Enjoy By", but with a little less of that raw fresh feeling, and a little more sticky malts for balance. Overall it is good and strong and in your face, but just not quite at the elite level it used to be for me.
Pours a clear amber with long lasting head and great lacing. Aroma is a slap in the face of
resiny citrusy hops, tropical, floral, and some caramel malts in the background, and alcohol. Taste is similar to Ruination, but with a bit more resin and alcohol. Be prepared, as the resin is aggressive at first, but necessary for the lingering aftertaste that is out of this world. It mixes with the stronger malts. Maltier and thicker palate than Ruination. Palate is good - chewy and dry. This is a hop lovers dream. 10+5+9+4+18-4.6
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Medium-dark copper pour, soft white head head that leave a slight trail of lacing. Fresh, fragrant aroma of spruce and slight herbal mint - intoxicating. Flavor is bold and robust with the requisite grapefruit citrusy bitterness, some nectar-like hop juiciness, some nectarine fruitiness, a touch of spearmint. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick. Best beer I have had in a long time. Looking forward to visiting Stone next month in San Diego.