maddmatt639 (135) - Belmont, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good lacing with light retention. Smells of citrus hops, pine and vegetables. Tastes of sweet malt, piney hops and vegetables. Medium bitter finish.
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jbarty91 (4) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a big fan of Stone Brewing and this is probably my favorite beer by them. The aroma is citrus and floral with a very strong alcohol presence. The appearance is orange with a white head. The taste is very bitter, and at the same time is layered with multiple flavors. The palate is where this beer is at its best. it has a full body and long finish that just keeps lingering. This is one of the best DIPA’s that i have had and would highly recommend this to anyone interested in a bitter beer.
biokid23 (97) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, rather bitter IPA. Not as harsh as it lets on, or at least I didn’t think so. That being said, you won’t be chugging this one anytime soon.
ARH (112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 On tap poured into an 8oz snifter. The initial aromas of citrus and light caramel come through. There’s also a some hints of honey, clove, pine, and wood. It pours a clear orange-yellow body with a light, tan head that recedes quickly and doesn’t really lace. Extremely hoppy bitterness with a light, mild caramel sweetness underneath (but the bitterness almost washes the sweet out). It’s a medium bodied beer with an average amount of carbonation. It hits the tongue with mostly citrus rind, pine, and some buttery/caramel notes. It definitely fills the mouth with a sharp, astringent and pine bitter quality throughout, but this does give way a bit to some light fruit notes. It finishes dry and clean with bitter citrus astringency and some. This finish sticks around in the aftertaste.
pdx76 (451) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours cloudy copper. Nose of piney hops and yeast. Taste is mostly hop with strong bitter backend.
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pdx77 (932) - Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. Deep golden color with thick white head. Aroma is pungent caramelized citrus and pine. Taste is resinous pine, caramelized tart grapefruit, floral/vegetal notes and light malting. Balanced intense bitterness in the finish, pine and citrus remains.
BrettTaylor (370) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright, clear, gold with creamy white head. Head leaves lots of lacing. Aroma - initially lots of citrus hop nose, fading to a bit of resin. There’s some malt sweetness very underneath. Taste mirrors aromas with initially citrus and a touch of tropical fruit, followed by a giant swath of resin and spruce which stays till finish. Finish is pretty long and leaves your mouth and tongue tingling just a bit.
gegwilson (520) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Brewdog Nottingham. Pours amber with a white head. Huge hit of hops as expected. Sweet at first with pine grass and caramel. A really good long bitter finish. Excellent.
paintedmaple (314) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Blackthorn Pub, Holly,MI..massively bitter (as advertised) and dry on the finish this IPA is wildly unbalanced and as a result is not something you’d want to have another of. However, I get it...this is what Stone was going for...so OK you have bragging rights for wicked bitterness, but it is a ’one and done’ beer and by done I mean for a long, long time.
lukedarock (79) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok in the aroma and appearance department, nothing standing out from what was expected, taste is obviously very hop filled but decently smooth considering the alcohol amount, very solid beer with a great kick!