tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample pour, medium amber with little to no head. Nose is intense, heavil hopped, citrus, grapefruit, simcoe, amazing!! Flavor doesnít let down either, heavily hopped as well, fruity, citrus, faint malt, bitter and grapefruit. Light-medium body and healthy all over. Amazing!
Marko (4646) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Luttonm who let us try it! Poured a slightly hazy dark amber body with a white head. Slightly fishy malty taste, strong hopiness, herbal, yeastiness. Full malty taste, soapy notes of agrumes, slightly sticky. The notes on this one are completely jumbled yet I retain a vivid memory of the taste itself. Strong bitter finish. Now, this is undoubtedly a very, VERY respectable beer, and I can appreciate extremes, but this kind of maltiness on this kind of hopiness just didnít do it for me. Damn glad to have tried it though!
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2013 Iíve been meaning to re-try the new batch by any means necessary - ChurchKey to the rescue! 4 oz. served into a snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is a one finger white shade thatís creamy and well-retaining for the style.
S: The hops here are ridiculous. Pine, mango, grapefruit, apricot, passion fruit, the works; I am bowled the fuck over. The notable hint of booze is the only thing keeping this from receiving a 5.
T: First things first, itís not balanced, complex, or refined in any manner, itís just tropical fruits, bitterness, and booze. Incidentally, the deScriptor Iíd use for this is "tropical fruit, bitter, and boozy heaven". Intense fruitiness opens this one up, gradually giving way to a slightly alcoholic finish. Itís actually not as moronically bitter as I feared, thankfully. All I know is that I love it.
M: This doesnít have the syrupy bulk of a 10.8% TIPA, so the hops are doing their job of cleansing the finish properly. Before that happens, it is pretty creamy and thick, with a mild hit of finishing booze. Very drinkable for what it is.
O: This is about a billion times better than Enjoy By in my opinion, and is easily Stoneís best product right now. Actually, itís one of the finest DIPAs (make that TIPAs) Iíve ever had. Now time for me to hunt down bottles!
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally! Tap at Fischmanns in Chicago, served in a frosted plastic cup. Yeah, I know. From the moment it was placed in front of me I could tell this was going to be big. Strong citrus hop aroma from a foot away. Upon closer olfaction, lots of peach, mango, and dried apricot appear. Excellent lacing of the shitty plastic cup. A classic. Peach nectar, pink grapefruit, and pine resin flavored fill the mouth. Malty but very drinkable. A little alcohol heat rests on the gumline. Very nice.
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omhper (22623) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks oh6gdx! Citric grapefruity nose with caramelly malt shines through. Near full bodied with well rounded mouthfeel. Very malty with loads of caramel under a thick blanket of grapefruity piney hops. Warming finish with pleasant bitterness. Surprisingly gentle and balanced.
anderson01 (312) - Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The appearance is a cloudy ruby red color. Very good lacing. Hops are very prominent in the aroma. Creamy texture with a bitter finish. The smoothest bitter finish I have ever had. Anniversary what more can Idaho. Awesome.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a cloudy burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that reduced down to a large puddle and collar of residue, and had good spotty lacing.
The aroma was of pine and resin hops, grain malts and a soapy yeast with notes of citrus (grapefruit and orange), caramel and a mild apricot sweetness.
The taste was a little sweet and a tad bitter with a hint of caramel and a mild fruity ester at first, and then had a serious hoppy citrus bitterness along with a mild alcohol tinge at the end. The flavor lasted an very long time after the swallow with a nice bitter and mild sweet hoppiness settling in on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was between light and medium in body with a dry yet slightly oily texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall a very well put together brew with tons of flavor and a smooth feel, which just complimented the mildly sweet bitterness...
GTAEgeek (1750) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours copper with a medium, off-white head. The aroma is sourdough bread, resin, and butterscotch. The flavor is very bitter, with a surprisingly sweet background. The palate is heavy, sticky, astringent, and clingy. Overall, this is a strong, hoppy beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Wow. Quite intense. Very hoppy, but probably even more balance than the original. Incredible transition from sweet to bitter. Not super complex, just a total hop assault on the nose and mouth.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, orangey amber with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; slight grain and toasted malt; heavy floral, perfume, pine, resin, grapefruit, and earthy hops; light maple syrup; and alcohol. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and heavy to nearly harshly bitter with a long duration. There were grapefruit hops, caramel, maple syrup, pine hops, citrus hops, alcohol, floral hops, a little more alcohol, and resinous hops. The medium to full body was oily and then a little dry with fairly soft but still tingly carbonation and a slightly metallic and moderately alcoholic finish.
markwise (5082) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Bottle Rack, Tampa. Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a white head. Nose is booze, floral, big pine, and some white grapefruit. Flavor is light malt, some floral, pine, and white grapefruit. A bit syrupy in mouthfeel and bitter as hell in the finish. A bigun on the hop front. Very boozy and very bitter with some floral notes and light malt.