drsordr (2659) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle pour hazy yellow with orange hue. Nose dank hop, slight bread and hint of malt. Taste grapefruit, bitter, dank hop. Mid palate malt with a hint of vegetal. Aftertaste bitter with faint vanilla. PhillyCraft (7225) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Backlogged review, tasted in 2011 i believe. Poured murky light brown with ok head. Aromas of hay, lemon, grass, and pine. Taste was a lot more astringent then the aroma, wasn’t a fan. Medium bodied. Think this wasn’t as fresh as it could’ve been. 3.2 diabel (1713) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2012
Orane hazy body. Fizzy white head. Well balanced aroma of citrus and malts. Well balanced bitter aroma of bitter hops. Excellent, especially for its abv. kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Very aromatic and the best part of the beer. I like the description as it is true to form. This was like an IPA that had a low enough alcohol content to make it perfect for most occasions. Great piney hops aroma. Dirty golden color with foamy head. First hit by hops then malty grains. A little one sided but still good. Palate was thin. ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma of substantial resin/pine and butterscotch maltiness. Appearance was cloudy copper with thin bone head. Flavor matched the nose; the finish was quite dry. Palate was bubbly and fluffy. Good.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
12oz bottle $4. I was quite interested to try this collaboration to see how hoppy it really was. They are not fucking around, this is a very, very hoppy beer no matter the ABV. The smell is all grapefruit, citrus, straight hops, very nice. The taste was more of the same but also super bitter, almost too bitter but there really is no such thing. This is a great beer for hopheads but I’d say its no session beer just because it really assaults your palate and its not cheap. Levitation is still the best hoppy session beer I know of.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-16-2010 03:50:50 scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Classified as an IPA on the bottle, APA on beeradvocate
A: Pours a mostly transparent, partly hop-hazed pale gold color with a small white cap. Retention is pretty good.
S: Lots of piny and resinous hops, along with a mellow pale malt accent. The hops really dominate the nose, and really give a nice floral note. Seems like a subdued version of a West Coast style IPA.
T: Probably the most flavorful beer I’ve tasted under 5%. I really like this one. Bitter resinous hops in the flavor, but it doesn’t have the stickiness from the alcohol, and you can really throw these back. Light pale malt backing, but for the most part, the hops are pretty damn intense.
MF/D: Medium carbonation, slightly prickly feel, awesome resinous hop finish. Drinkability is awesome due to the amount of flavor and the lack of alcohol.
Notes: I usually don’t care for resinous IPAs, but this one is awesome. So much flavor and so little alcohol. New favorite session beer for sure. robforbes (2242) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a small white head.
smell is of floral, some citrus, caramel, malt, and pine.
taste is of pine-cone, hops, come caramel, and malt in the back. ends refreshing and bitter. trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Rating this beer that I drank in 2010 based on memory. Really impressed with the success at an attempt to brew a session IPA. I can’t recall ever having a beer so full of flavor that was below 5% alcohol, and this one had plenty of hoppiness without being annoying thin in body (even though it must be!). It mystifies me to this day why Stone has kept marketing Saison du Buff, but allowed this to become extinct. I doubt that any of it was brewed past 2010, so most more recent ratings are based on old beer which has certainly lost a lot of its hop edge. I really hope something will prod Stone into releasing this very good beer once again. toxichop (597) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
These are old notes of when this was fresh. P:Bronze with a nice white head. A: Pine, grapefruit and grass notes. T: Know this is where it got me. Big ass hop bomb, pine and grass, mango, white grapefruit, herbal nots and a bit of sweetness from the malt. O: this has to be brewed again and I want to see this in cases. Would also like to reviste and see how I would feel about this one today as my palate has also grown since this was brewed.