Zymurgeist2 (1324) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sad to see this one retired after years of enjoying it. Massive hops and slight alcohol warmth. Clear golden with full white head. Moderate bitterness is nicely restrained. There may be some Stone beers I enjoy a little more, but this is always tasty.
kremmin (8) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An unashamed all out hop assault. Perhaps could use a stronger malt profile for balance. Perhaps. But job done. Palate ruined.
mitchh200 (21) - - APR 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong floral aroma. the color is a dark orange. The liquid is hazy. The head is frothy. Heavy bitterness when tasted. Full bodied beer, lots of character. It was a bit sticky. Lively carbonation. The finish was bitter. This is a quality double ipa .Good work Stone!
Druid (101) - Wamuran, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good IPA, great balance of aromas and a nice long palate. Bitterness is subtle at first then lingers and lingers. A great example of this style. As already another exceptional beer from Stone.
Setroc (12) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From draft. Pours a hazy orange, with off-white head. Aroma of floral, citrusy grapefruit. The flavour is predictably full on hops with pine and lemon at the forefront, and floral apricot at the back, but the sweet caramel malts balance it perfectly. Long dry bitter finish. Wonderful.
echudy (89) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hoppy aroma, good hoppy flavor to start, just ok on the finish. Lighter color than expected
coachd (341) - Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know I have tried this before, just never got around to rating it. Aroma is a combo of pine and grapefruit hops with only a hint of malt sweetness to balance it out. I think stone wanted this one unbalanced. Not a particularly attractive beer. Murky light orange color with a huge white head of foam that leaves a mess on the glass as it recedes. Taste is hoppy, but not crazy bitter like you would expect. Grapefruit hops and honey sweetness that linger all the way to the aftertaste which is also hoppy, but still not bitter. The flavor stays with you even when you put the beer down for a while. I like that in an IPA. Palate is substantial and holds up to a beer this size. Not watery at all. Overall very enjoyable. Don't let the name scare you off. You can handle this one.
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Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - APR 24, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Clear, orange, rocky head, white foam, very bitter, medium sweetness, full body, oily feel, flat, & long finish.
fletchfighters (1275) - AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ML bottle
Straw yellow color, slightly syrupy looking, thick looking and a big, billowy white head.
Nose is a citrus, pine, and grapefruit attack. Very full on beer. Highly aggressive and fruity. Just hints of biscuit malt to back it up.
Lean, clean, bitter, and dank. Just a big, bitter beer. Grapefruit and stewed stone fruit. Hints of biscuit and lots of oil. Full on and big. Even though 8.2% it is bigger in the feel. Shame it is going away.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3347) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Taniguchi. I am sure I had this but lost my review when the app crashed taking 1000 reviews with it >_< Anyways, enjoy this while you can folks as it is being retired. It pours a copper gold with a creamy off-white head and a big hop bouquet which gives lemony citrus and floral notes with a touch of candy-ish sweet malts in the background. Geez 8.2% this is a big beer with a full mouthfeel and a sandpapery raspy carbonation tht scrapes your tongue clean with a lemon & pine hoppiness before hugging you with some sweet malty caramel. Yum. There’s a reason it is a classic and part of that is it is perfectly balanced and damn smooth.