Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper color, piney hop aroma, hops slap you in the face ith a bitter citrusy finish, very good overall
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Classic copper clear color. Whitish dissipating head. A west coast palate temptation if I've ever had one. Over the top marketing but still a great ipa. Bitter grapefruit. Long lasting and can enjoy a bottle a while.
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EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I texted Westmeister with thirty seconds of my first sip that this was a "beautiful beer." It pours a clear light gold with a white head with staying power. The scent is pine first, citrus second. The bitter of the hops leads perfectly into the sweet maltiness. An all time favorite. Hoping that Stone keeps bringing it out every year. Bottle - Ale Yeah! - Decatur, GA
UDBeernut (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a sturdy cream colored head. Nose of pine and melon. Taste has solid bitterness with some light caramel mid pour, hop presence in form of pine, cat piss, and faint melon. Alcohol burn ends the sample.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored with a small off white head. A bit too dark for my liking. Big hop profile. Lots of melon, too much pine, a bit too bitter as well. It wants to be a big juicy hop bomb, but falls just short with the aspirin like bitterness. Reminds me of what I remember hopslam being 5 years ago.
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark yellow/orange with a decent head. The aroma is intense deep grapefruit, pine, slightly vegetal hops with some very ripe tropical fruit to round it out. The flavor is sweet boozy with intense bitterness throughout overpowering most of the notes mentioned. Feel is sticky, boozy and bitter drying and mouthwatering. As promised, a pure hop bomb done like few others can.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light copper pour with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Caramel first and then pine, grapefruit, berry, flowers, mocha and spice. Not overwhelming on the nose. Smooth, full body with nice carbonation. Nice balance of pine-like bitterness and sweetness. Not overwhelming because of the well balanced aroma and taste, but powerful. Very nice
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the RateBeer Gallery event in SF. Pours coppery orange with a light tan head. Aroma is piney and grapefruity, lightly sweet, with pervasive garlic. Dense malt flavors with caramel and molasses, strong pine and unripe grapefruits and oranges, clearly quite strong with a slight boozy sharpness. Not impressed.
gravit8 (12) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz Bottle 2013 edition; Nice clear, clean amber color with a light lacing that persists. Piney, almost woody nose, reminds me of Two Hearted on first scent. Very light on first splash of the tongue, with deeper flavors evolving on the palate as it settles, hop bitterness filling the top of the mouth with a crisp snap mixed with the slight feel of alcohol. The strong underlying malt rounds everything out with a slightly sweet, if ’off’ finish that lets you know that hops were the focus of this brew. Stone keeps refining the ’hop monster’ style with this one. Not their best ’west coast’ IPA overall (see: drink by series) but a nice companion to Ruination.
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle after missing out on this last year. Big fresh pine aroma, complemented by some citrus and backed up by caramel. Amber in color, head is white and dense but dissipates quickly. Taste is big and bitter but with ample sweetness underneath. Full body, slick, thick texture, average carbonation. Lingering bitter finish, noticeable alcohol. Overall: Nice big double IPA, full of bitterness and booze.