41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very excited to find this one local here in Jersey. Smells heavy into the minerals, like a pine tar covered penny found in dark soil. The flavor of this is pure big west coast hop smack with an earthy overtone that mutes out much of the classic intensity. The finish remains pretty heavy on the medicinal sweetness and bitter punch. Mouthfeel is almost a disservice as it is a bit coating so therefore leaves the taste to linger a bit longer than it should. To reference other brew, this is very similar to Victory Yakima Twilight and a slightly more aggressive Stone Brewdog Bashah. This wore out its welcome after only one bomber. Sorry to a great brewery. Thank You Stone for your efforts. 2010 22oz.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red to brown pour with a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy malt, chocolate, and fruits. Flavor is strong on fruity sweetness and counter-balanced grapefruit bitterness. Texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
achtungpv (250) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin black with a hoppy nose. Roasted malts with a hint of bitter coffee. Lots of flavors going on.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours opaque brown with a nice light tan head. Stong hoppy nose, which almost tilts towards penicillin for me. There are other things in there, including roasty malts. I can see how for somebody whose nose doesn’t associate that smell with penicillin it would be very interesting and alluring, but for me it was a warning bell. In the mouth, the warning was on target. It’s not as bad as, say the Goose Island IIPA, which was undrinkable, but for me it was distracting. I understand how people like this one, but I would take a 10th any day before this.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with creamy tan head. Smells of hops and malts. Tastes of hops, bitter, malts, and alcohol. Has medium carbonation and long bitter.
jh773 (247) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells a little hoppy with light notes of bread. Taste is slightly bitter with vague coffee notes and rye. Pleasantly carbonated. More subtle than I expected and very good.
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a nice 1/2" thick white head. Smells of citrus, dark chocolate, pine and cut grass. Dark roasted malts,chocolate, coffee, grapefruit, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is long and well balanced between the roasted bitterness and the hoppy bitterness.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2007 Bottled, consumed on 11/2/07. Cola colored pour, modest tan head with excellent retention and plenty of bubbles. Smoky, piny aroma: reminds me of a robustly hopped porter in the nostrils. Nicely chewy in the mouth. When served cold, hops are assetive in this beer, easily the strongest flavor. There are some faint suggestions of bread and honey mixed in there, but this is a hophead’s brew. As it warms, balance appears, allowing a stronger malt profile to emerge. Reminds of pumpernickel bread or a dash of mocha. Strong as it leaves the mouth with a lasting bitter finish.