HKdIPA (659) - HONG KONG - JUL 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap from Craftissimo for Stone 20th Anniversary. Clear dark amber pour with frothy dense white head. Aroma is intensely resinous and piney - astringent and boozy. Taste follows - huge pine resin bitterness, boozy burn, then caramel sweet roundedness. Sort of exactly what you'd expect, but in a good way. Surprisingly balanced, though, if you can say that for such a gigantic resin hop beer. There's a nice sweetness at the very beginning and at the finish. Really solid. Not an everyday drinker.
markextrae (3702) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from bottle, poured a deep orange to amber colour with a creamy head. nose of sweet malts, grapefruit, orange, caramel sweetness, sweet mango, pine, taste is bitter, harsh, with crisp sweet bread malts, bitter hops, light resinous. bit to intense bitter
ttoadee (1269) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clean copper pour, decent head. Nose is wood and booze. Bittter. Middle is orange marmalade and caramelized malt. Finish is deep hop bitterness. Delicious.
teamsale (154) - Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a clear dark copper amber with a thin beige head and great lacing. Smells citrus, woodsy, alcohol. Tastes high alcohol and has a bouquet of flavors. Medium bitterness and lasting good aftertaste.
ZacM612 (553) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, clear, light off-white head. Citrus and piney hop aroma. Nice balance of malty smoothness with a mildly bitter hoppy finish.
rosskyle (513) - - JUL 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Clear Amber color with a white head. Malt citrus pine hops aroma. Malt resin bitter hops. Medium body. But too much dank resin flavor for my taste.
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tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
6 oz pour at Craft Beer Cellar, Clayton. Aroma is dominant strong pine with citrus and fruit. Appearance is golden orange with 1/2 finger-width off-white head with poor retention, mild sparkle. Taste is delicious strong pine, sweet citrus and tropical fruit, malt backbone. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick texture, soft-to-average carbonation with balance of sweet/bitter piney finish. Overall, waves of strong piney flavor along with complementary goodness.
nealblind (1671) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
red gold pour. aroma onion, cucumber. tastes brown sugar, mangoes, citrus. great smooth hoppy way of getting wasted. not what I’m looking for.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of alcohol, onion, chemicals. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Rather dull aroma doesn’t really say much (and this is assuredly fresh as it just arrived on shelves in the last week or two), surprisingly...and what’s there is tainted with oniony and chemical-ish odors. Not attractive, and hopheads will likely be disappointed by the relative lack of hop bouquet. In the mouth it’s about what you’d expect from a mediocre DIPA...unpleasantly acidic and harshly bitter. While not completely out of character for the style, it’s not a good example by anyone’s definition.
cicerone23 (1) - - JUN 25, 2016 does not count
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent nose, but I found it to be a bit boozy on the tongue and not as balanced as I would enjoy.