Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, thanks to Doug. Huge hop nose. Lots of resin, spicy, floral. Notes of caramel, slight toasted malts. Great beer. Thanks Doug.
Guerde (1260) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours a hazy orange color with a thick, fluffy white head that only settles to a medium cap after a long time. Solid lacing. Good enough for a five. The aroma is pretty interesting, with different scents being showcased upon every sniff. There’s a prominent spice element here that smells a bit like cinnamon. There is a carrot element here too, so the pairing with carrot cake does make sense. An off scent of watermelon pickles wafts from the glass which I don’t particularly care for. A bunch of herbal scents here too, with some cilantro and mint. Booze doesn’t make its presence known. After some warming a nice scent of orange sherbet shows up. Flavor tastes pretty juicy right away, and its mostly of the orange stripe, with a bit of ruby red grapefruit thrown in to the mix. Also some sweeter caramel accompanies the juice. The finish morphs into a bunch of pine, which offers an interesting transitional effect. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is restrained. Overall this is a solid IIPA, but nothing extraordinary.
JulienHuxley (5203) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy gold pour with smallish white head. Aroma is hoppy, menthol, unfortunately a bit of onion as well, not particularly enticing. Taste is oniony, wet, really bitter. Really not what I was expecting. A bitter disappointment to say the least.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glorious golden yellow orange color. Very thin white head. Amazing hop nose. Bright bitter dry hopy attack. Lots of grass, pine, flower notes. Yumm.
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a medium, foamy white head. Strong resinous hops, pine, citrus oils and caramel in the aroma. Taste is rich, floral hops, pine resins, fresh, wet hops, candied orange, citrus oils, tropical fruit and chewy caramel. Damn tasty! Body is medium-full and chewy despite the resinous feel and creamy carbonation. Ends with big caramel, sweet malt, lots of fresh hops, floral hops, pine resins, citrus fruit and tropical fruit notes.
greatscott75 (21) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a dark apricot. Two finger head that quickly disapates with moderate lacing. Aroma is mild pine with grapefruit/lemon. Great mouth feel. Taste is piney, citrus and floral with a big malt finish. Damn fine DIPA. I’m pairing this with a 5 Vegas Serie "A".
douglas88 (7796) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Dave! Pours a clear dark copper hue with a large white head. The aroma is massive sweet fruity hops, some resin and deep caramel and earthy malts. Sometimes you have an IIPA and you know it is right, this is the case. A big initial flavor of bitter and sweet citrus and resiny hops, but a massive malt backbone with dry sweet caramel. Excellent palate, creamy and big. Excellent brew. Really chewy and resiny at times, akin to a Barley Wine.
CanIHave4Beers (3790) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange with a tight head and good lacing on the glass.
The aroma is hoppy key players are pine & melon. Pungent and fruit forward, yet there is not a lot to "say" about the aroma here. It smells like a bunch of piney fruity hops.
The flavor is hoppy, fairly bitter, with lots of pine and grapefruit flavors. Melon and citrus rind come to play a little more apparently as the beer warms. The alcohol flavor is very mild and there is a light honey character to the beer.
I drink ruination so infrequently, but this reminds me of the first time I had that beer. The last time I had a ruination I liked it, but wasn’t falling back in love with it as I had expected. This on the other hand, just seems more refined (somehow). I expected it to be over the top, but the same sort of finesse and care is taken to this beer that is taken to the other IPAs I’ve had from Stone.
PhillyCraft (4762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 On tap and bottles. Pours a hazy glowing orange color with medium white head and lacing. Aromas/flavor of pine resin, grapefruit citrus hops, nice malts. Medium bodied, finishes nice and bitter from the copious amount of hops. Very good, prob better then the regular version. Tried again in ’13...gross sugar and malt typical of stone. Pass
adrian910ss (2484) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a cloudy orange honey gold with a large cream colored head. Beautiful aroma of fresh bitter hops, grapefruit, oranges, bread malts and tropical fruit notes. Taste is dominated by fresh bitter hops, grapefruit with a hint of bread malts. Superb. I hope Stone will release this regularly.