ryecatcher (545) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a really nice deep amber, medium head with good retention and decent lacing. A bit sweeter than its cousins, Ruination and the Stone IPA, and a bit warmer too (the 10%+ is noticeable). Mouth is mainly tropical fruit and malt, with a surprisingly mild finish. Medium bodied. Considering who made it, Iím going to call this average overall . Although, while not my favorite Stone brew, it certainly it didnít go to waste either.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a brilliant and clear orange/copper with a big foamy white head. Nice lacing.
Smell is nice. Big maltiness but also big hoppiness. It is just a classic west oast ipa scent, Big fruitiness, juiciness that blends with the sugary malt. There is a slight off-scent that i canít put my finger on though.
The flavor is huge. It starts out sweet and juicy. Lots of citrus and a bit of tropical. It finished with a nice lingering bitterness with some pine and citrus rind.
This is a beer that is a bit shocking at first but as you move a long it is nice. Very acidic and biting, a bit of unhidden alcohol, but a nice one.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber shared by rebelmusic- thanks a lot, Chris! He got this the day before we tried it at Wolfbrau in St. Peters. Pours a nice color, a clear orange-amber with a small eggshell colored head. I know this term is frowned upon as a descriptor of aroma, but damn, this dank. Like pure hop pellets, very weedesque. Grass, herbs, caramel, and sweaty oils. The flavor has notes of oily, herbal hops, lots of caramel malts, resin, citrus, and grass. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, resinous, oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this one a lot; much better than regular Ruination. Drink super fresh.
BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received a bomber as a gift from a friend. Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Two fingers of head. Color was caramel, maybe caramel amber. White, cloudy, frothy lacing that had good retention throughout the pour.
Good balance on the nose. Initially got citrus hops, which was a mix of lemon and grapefruit. Also some sweet sugary floral notes. Finally ended with a bitter, spicy ending. Seems like even some pepper in there.
Could definitely taste the alcohol, nothing hidden about that. Initially got that sharp bite of alcohol, which gave way to a long, alcohol finish. Reminded me a bit of bug spray or cologne, but in a drinkable way. After all that alcohol got away, next came the citrus hops. Definitely more grapefruit than anything else.
Medium body. Creamy, slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Definitely smooth and long lasting though.
Just a really good beer. Got that, ďOh, wow, Iím feeling itĒ after just a few sips. I heard they went fast, but Iím going to buy a couple if I come across them.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy orange with a small off-white head. The aroma is has lots of tropical aspects, dankness, sweet maltiness and smooth citrus. Medium / full body with fairly soft carbonation. Taste starts with lots of sweet malt, hoppy bitterness (pine / earth / citrus / tropical fruit / spice), caramel and some alcohol. The finish has lots of fusel alcohol, earthiness of hops and sweet malt. I think I would have really liked this if the alcohol would have been dialed down a bit. The alcohol burn takes away from the other flavors and my enjoyment. Oh well, Stone makes a lot I like, not all can be made to my tastes.
eringel2 (7) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is fantastic. Probably the best of the Stone brews. It has a great malt flavor accompanied by a great hop flavor. While there are some stronger in hops or stronger in malt, this one is the greatest balance I could find. An overall exceptional IPA
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent hop monster of a brew. Lots of piney hops and grapefruit citrus, pushing the envelope as far as it go. In that regard I love it. Malt body however is a little heavy and syrupy. Love it for all the positives, malt pushes it to the barley wine category though. Iíll still take the regular Ruination or DDHR first.
eros47 (47) - Huntington Park, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells great! Right off the bat you get bombarded with fruity and sour hops with just a little bit of alcohol in the back end. Very nice clear and golden color. I poured a three finger head. Taste just like it smells, very fruity, sour and hoppy. Goes down very smooth, highly carbonated. Well done stone, well done. Cheers!
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from BevMo. Huge hop nose. Tons of skunk and pine. A little sweetness as well. Smooth mouth-feel. Loads of piney hops and a solid malt backbone. Alcohol is very well hidden. Goes down real easy. Really good.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle purchased at City Beer Store. The aroma on this is full of sugary, sweet candy sugars. Some floral hop character is also there, but the hops in the aroma are very subdued. Syrupy and sweet with some ethanol present retronasally. Transparent copper-colored body with a medium off-white head and fair lacing. This beer starts sugary, cloying, and very sweet and sticky. This has some herbal and spicy hop character in the middle, which is then followed by a good deal of ethanol. Finishes with some grapefruit hop flavor. This beer doesnít hold a candle to other, big IIPAs like PtY and Hoptimum. This is a sweet, cloying mess of a beer that isnít even that hoppy.