Strykzone (4376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown opaque. Little head. Citrus is prominent in the nose with a bit of roast. This is a straight forward ipa and a good one. It is citrusy and also has a sweet side. I like it.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour, off white head. Very straigh forward aroma of hops and light caramel malt. The flavor is smooth, creamy, hoppy, malty, lightly bitter but not over the top and is a damn good brew!
marcus (5848) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a huge beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a brown ale flavor with lots of treacle and a citrus finish. Complex and tasty.
Peacehammer (585) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour. Almost more black than brown. Fresh hoppy aroma. Very complex flavor. Certainly more reminiscent of a brown ale than any sort of porter or stout. A well crafted beer that changes as it warms up leading to More roasted flavors of burnt chocolate and coffee.
LilBeerDoctor (3296) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin light tan head. Aroma of hop resins, citrus, tropical fruits. Flavor is lemon tea and citrus but less overtly hoppy than the aroma. Roasted malt is quite subdued, Iím not sure I can taste any of it. Although there definitely is a dark malt presence with all the hops. Great ipa, very interesting.
zizzybalubba (1301) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. The name does not lie as the pour closely resembles a brown ale albeit a tad darker. A huge amount of grapefruit can be found on the nose with a slight amount of dark chocolate in the background. Citrus and piney hops are the dominant flavor with only a touch of smoke and chocolate on the finish. The bitter hops linger on the tongue long after each swallow yet the subtle smoke and chocolate let you know this is not an ordinary IPA. With everyone rushing to make a great black IPA many brewers miss the mark. Itís no surprise that with Stone in the mix this one gets it right. Outstanding.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is full of hop notes that have a more resinous quality combined with some tropical fruity notes. The appearance is exactly what it says on the bottle. It pours with a deep ruby/brown color when help up to the light. The taste is very nice, it only has a slight malt flavor that comes through as a roasted malt or a darker malt, but it is in no way the prominent flavor. The big star in this beer is the generous usage of hops in the beer. I can taste Citra or Galaxy for sure. Great beer, however; I enjoy Heady Topper from the alchemist more
bodegaboy (3) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours medium brown with tan head. On the nose aromas of grapefruit, dark coffee, earth, hay,cocoa. On the palate the grapefruit/citrus arrives first, quickly followed by the roasty/earthy/hay plus some smoke on the midpalate, and finishing with more of the citrus and some cocoa. Overall medium bodied , balanced and dry on the finish, another classic example of the Stone house style. An interesting, balanced effort
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Baronís Market Place RB: Dark, dark brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit with light pine notes. Flavor starts with some sharp stout like bitterness followed by lots of citrus and a lingering dry orange rind finish. Medium body is velvety with moderate carbonation.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours darkish brown with small tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy, mostly citrus. Some sweet, roasty aromas linger in later. Flavor is predominately pine and grapefruit, but is a bit muddled with the roasty efforts. Smooth finish; easy drinker.