BeerRenter76 (1034) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours a bright, light golden color with a thick head of foam. The sticky, white bubbles last for some time. The aroma is floral, fruity hops on top of a pleasantly sweet malt backdrop. Pine sap, apricot, orange, from the hops. The malt adds honey and caramel to the mix. The taste starts off with pale malt sweetness before those floral-citrus hop flavors take over. The finish is lightly sweet with some light hop bitterness. It’s definitely hop flavor over bitterness, but there is a grassy bitter note in the finish to clean things up. Feel is relatively light with a lot of hop oiliness, smooth and slightly sticky. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some caramel malty tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. commonmac (1337) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2016
On tap at Stanley’s in NE Mpls. 12oz pour in snifter glass. Full finger white head. Golden and orange hues blend together to give that color you expect from a double IPA. Nose leans hard on traditional hop characteristics with some good pine resin and citrus aspects. Taste has a healthy dose of citrus coming through as grapefruit and a lingering bitterness. You can tell they went for a full on hop forward double IPA echoing what Stone has always prided themselves. It’s a heavy hop hitter and definitely impacts the palette. Very good for this type of style. Almost reaches the apex but falls ever so slightly short. Lacho (109) - USA - AUG 12, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2017 Got this from the mothership itself, this brewery was one of those that I visited while on a beer tour to Santa Rosa. I was the first person to get inside the brewery restaurant, either 10 or 11 am and asked for their best seasonal and got this. Pours an ambery orange, frothy head that dissipates in a moment. Aromas of pine and tropical fruits, the way an imperial IPA should smell. It is very drinkable with everything an Imperial IPA should be: potent but in equilibrium.
Great beer; glad I bought a bomber to take home. rochioli1965 (15) - USA - NOV 4, 2006
Intense hops and intense malts bordering on sweetness. Poured a hazy dark copper, with off white head that disipated after a min or so. For this style the carbonation and head where well done. Intense hop flavor supported by an iintense sweet malty palate, but not over cloying.
SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
On draft at O’Briens. Clear orangey amber color with a small whitish head and good lacing. Aroma of toasty malts, cturs hops and orange juice. Juicy sweet citrus flavors, caramel malts too, grapefruit notes and hints of spice with a nice puckering finish. Smooth, medium to full body, lightly carbonated. Enjoyable. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Very nice IIPA. A little bit lighter in body than most but goes down very nicely and easily. Very crisp and well balanced. JoeMcPhee (9549) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Hazy pale amber ber with a thin creamy white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy with a nice bright orange marmalade character. Lightly pithy bitterness on the back, but in general its quite nice. Soft palate with a light sticky resinousness toward the back. As it warms, it becomes more obviously fruity. Bitterness softens, with a lightly spicy herbal character to the hops. It’s a very lovely IIPA. hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. Tried this towards the end of the Friday night session, amidst many other IPA’s in the Pacific section. Mild hop aroma with a dark amber color. Flavor leans more malty than bitter, but still some hops puckering on the palate. Tasty.