snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is pretty big, citric, some pine hops, caramel in the maltiness, tropical fruits. Flavor is caramel maltiness, overly hoppy with some tropical fruits. Flavor bends a bit too far toward the hop characteristics and neglects the malt. Finish is dominated by the hops but not particularly long. Really bitter, I think probably so bitter that it masks a lot of the flavor in the finish. jblendy (521) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Pours light reddish golden/amber with abundant tan/amber head. Powerful aroma of sweet citrus hops, pine, and some malt characteristics. Flavor is intense citrus/floral hops, very piney, nice hint of the alcohol, and nice smoothing malts, very balanced. Full bodied palate, warming, and bitter with a hint of sweetness. Fairly unique IPA compared to others, but similar to other Stone IPA’s. That’s a good thing though. sistinas (108) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
22 bomber. Pours a reddish-amber color with a medium sized head. Hoppy hoppy hoppy with notes of pine and a little citrus. Taste - well, hoppy hoppy hoppy. Holy hops. There is a slight sweet malt backbone that I wish was a bit stronger to offset the hoppiness. The texture is actually really nice though - creamy and full with the exact right amount of carbonation. There’s a definite alcohol aftertaste that I’m not into though. Solid brew, though not quite as amazing as my friends told me it would be. DYCSoccer17 (3712) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 22 ounce bomber purchased at Pole Line Nugget in Davis, CA. Extremely resiny piney hop aroma with a bit of citrus grapefruitiness. Much more pine than grapefruit, though. A touch of hemp. Smells like a forrest. Not much in the way of malts, sweetness, or booze, though. Mildly hazy orange/copper color with a nice, long lasting off-yellowish head and nice lacing. Piney, piney, piney hoppiness present. Some light hempiness is also present in the background. Ethanol is detected in the middle, but the hops distract you quickly from the burn. A bit of sweetness is present in the middle, and the malts are a bit underdone in this one. A very hoppy IPA, that is better than the Ruination, but still is a bit too hot. I like this, but I think it is severely overrated. 8/5/7/3/15/3.8 jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Beer #1 at Grant’s Blind IIPA tasting. Single blind tasting. Floral, pineapple, piney, ethanolic aroma. Transparent coppery color with a small, light, off-white head that is pretty listless. Resiny, dry, bitter hoppiness to start. Light, light malts in the middle. Finishes a bit dry, with plenty of ethanol. Booziniess is definitely there, but not overbearing. Rather drinkable. 6/3/6/4/13/3.2
Pours an attractive fiery copper with an off-white head. Very pungent piney, tropical fruit nose - quite simcoe-y. Flavor has big notes up front of pine, fresh tropical fruits/mango, peach, apricot and grapefruit. Supported by a solid malt base with some caramel in there. Pleasantly sweet with promininent, but non-harsh bitterness. Slight alcohol warmth post-swallow. Full, lush body with moderate carbonation. It sort of drinks like a mega-hopped barleywine. Very well made, tasty brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2006
22oz. bomber. Clear light copper color with a medium sized off white head. Piney hop aroma with lots of citrus, apricot and honey. Flavor is brash and bitter. Lots of pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits and honey. Alcoholic burn on the finish. A bit too hot for my taste. raphael (1295) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2006
A sweet hay aroma, then the hops smell, slightly resiny. amber color just a bit cloudy, yellowish head maintains well.. aromatic in the mouth, light on the tongue. I’m surprised by the sweetness here, a little cloying, yeasty, a hint of mint, finishes like a trippel in spite of the hops. I’m a Stone fan, but this is disappointing. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2006
I was really dissapointed with this one. Im a huge fan of Stone, and it almost hurts to rate this low. Aroma is fruits, yeasts. Flavor is big hops, malts, and the alcohol content does come through a little to much. I think that Stone was trying to do that though. This is their 10th Anniversary, and Stone is known for their strength in beer. A nice hoppy burn on the palate, and warming as it went down. I think that i enjoyed the 9th better. Arayaga2 (2222) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2006
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Deep orange IPA appearance with beautiful citrus aroma and a hint of pine. Taste is as expected... wonderful citrusy hops with just the right amount of bitter. [email protected]
Bottle courtesy of Naven. Thanks Dave. IIPA or barley wine? Not sure. Probably a hoppy strong ale. Reminds me of Weyerbacher 11. Not a lot of citrusy hops. More piney, resiny hops. Alcohol burn down the back of the throat. Definitely taste the Simcoe and Summit hops. Good beer. Bet it will cellar well.