TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Draft: Golden orange. Foamy, big-bubbled head. Extremely fragrantly and pungently hoppy aroma. Lots of tangerine peel, resin, and peach scents. Quite flowery with a hint of fresh grass. Fluffy carbonation. Oily on the palate. Inundation of hop-derived oils scrape the tongue with a brash leafiness. Despite the onslaught of resins, the underlying hop character possesses ample succulence and brightness which negates much of the unpleasant brashness. Fusion of grassy bitterness and spicy orange steadily intensify but never become overbearing. Although they aren’t notably soft or vividly defined, crackery whispers of malt caress the hops with a dainty sweetness.Hints of mango and fresh sliced oranges explode and saturate the palate before linking up with a flowery-soft core to help squelch the slightly acidic hop aspects. Finishes appetizingly sharp in its assertive peach skin and orange-laden bitterness. Accents of grass and tongue-numbing oils lag behind the bright hoppiness. Malt generates a gentle dustiness, which lingers, but never interferes with the hops due to its cleanness. Although it’s considerably resinous, brash and alcoholic, this has a number of qualities that so many IPAs lack: A soft yet flavorful and explosive hop character. Purdy good. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2007
OC Tour, tap at brewpub: Golden hue with frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of fresh citrus (grapefruit, orange), grassy and resiny hops, biscuity malt and peppery ester. The taste has a moderate fruity bitterness with a pale malt and caramel background. Spicy and dry metallic finish. A solid brew and refreshing. scottmc (167) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2007
GABF. A tasty IPA with a nice hoppy aroma and earthy taste, not too bitter at all. A good IPA. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Pretty solid citrusy IPA. Lots of aroma. Flavor is a bit grainy. Pretty standard IPA with nothing spectacular standing out. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
14th sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. Pours dark amber with a bright white head. Nose is light with some typical hops. Taste is a typical IPA, nothing special.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Tasted at Stone XI Party. Reddish golden with a fizzy white head. Grapefruit and pine aroma and taste with a decent bitter finish. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/04/2005IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Source: Brewpub, San Clemente, CA
clear amber, thin fine off white head, sweet piney aroma, tongue scraping bitter hop flavor but not too big, nice long bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Draft at The Bistro’s IPA Fest; Nose of piney and lemony hops with a little caramel; copper-orange with a medium off-white head; Flavor of hop bitterness and some citrus with a what else, bitter hop finish. Decent IPA though! riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Dark orange beer with a honey sweet and sour hop aroma. Flavor is a sappy pine accompanied by a honey sweetness. The hoppy bite is wierd to me. Not my favorite IPA. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2007
On draft at O’Briens. Arrived a clear bronze amber color with several nice bubble streams feeding a small off-white head. Sweet and hoppy aroma, toffee and citrus in the nose with a little brown sugar and evergreen needles. Fruity malts in initially, then slammed with hop flavors grapefruit, pine oil and citrus peel - brash, brash, brash! Medium body and prickly carbonation. I have to say that this one occurred to me almost like an IIPA, so I was a little surprised (but not disappointed) to find it a single.