shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, biscuit, and grassy citrus hops. Flavor malty, biscuit, caramel, and a bitter spicy citrus finish. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
On tap pours a hazy amber color with a off white head. Aroma is bold hop, pine, and sour. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Has a great hop pine flavor with a nice caramel flavor on the back end. Overall this is a great session IPA I will going back for on a regular basis. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
10/30/2007: Cornerstone 7 is a solid representation of an American-style IPA. I’m not sure that it is quite strong, hoppy, or bitter enough to make it into the "Imperial" classification. Even though the alcohol content is 7.5% (it’s well hidden in the flavor by the way), it really is at the bottom end of the "Imperial" scale. Regardless of the classification, this beer has a nice honey color with a soft off-white head. The aroma mostly showcases the citrus and floral qualities of this beer. The flavor delivers the same along with a solid bitterness balanced by some sugary caramel matliness and some well-placed hop fruitiness. This beer goes down smooth and quickly and the alcohol wastes no time kicking in! Overall I was satisfied if not slightly impressed with this beer. It’s definitely worth trying if it is available.ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Draught sample at Cornerstone Brewing Company in Berea, Ohio. Rating #11 for this beer.
On tap at the brewery. It is a good IPA, but as others have mentioned it is a bit too sweet. The alcohol is surprisingly noticeable for only being 7.5%. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
On Tap at the Oakroom in Athens. Light amber, with a fruity, floral hop aroma. Medium body, with a bit of an oily mouth feel. A bit to floral in the hops. I generally prefer a more resin hop flavor.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Transparent and pale honey copper in color with a khaki head retaining well. Lemon-lime cardamom, lemongrass, freesia, spring rain and atmospheric elements joyfully blitz the nose. Chewy substance is heralded by bright, pulpy oranges and christens the palate. Caramels jam with papaya, honeysuckle and stark starfruit with the emphasis leaning toward heavy and sweet. Enzymes of papaya pills lurk in the sticky saliva palate formation. Orangey pulp and chalky bitters snap dryly about the palate. Orange grease and orange blossom honey syrup sweetly sing a tropical song into the afterlife. RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Solid IPA, if a bit plain jane. Piney hops are surprisingly one dimensional for all the varieties they use, but I find the balance to be pretty good. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy, some grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is milde sweet, earthy, some grapefruit, quite bitter. Smooth medium body. Needs more balancing malt. NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Copper color with some lacing. Hoppy aroma, but not really rippin’ like I like in 2xIPA. Light amounts of bready crystal malt in the nose, too. Flavors are just a little too malty sweet for me. Will sample again and re rate. brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
Alefest ’05 - Just okay IPA. Didn’t stand up to the others of this style at the festival. Medium body with slight malt, medium hops palate.