SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 I’ve had two bottles of this and the second made me drop my score considerably. I think at first I was caught up in the - "OMG it’s Stone’s 10 Anniversary Beer!" hype. When it comes down to it, there is just no real hop definition in this. The malts are muddled too. The nose is a little more subdued than I expected from such a big beer. Still nice, the aroma is full of mango and apricots, grapefruit and candied oranges. Lots of sugar too. A hint of earthy yeast and ethanol lingers beneath. The body is nicely bittered - the IBUs are kept in check and are nowhere near tongue scraping. This is a good thing in my book as it allows me to taste everything else in the body equally. As the intial bitterness subsides, a nice combination of sweet malt and citrusy hops come through. The malts are extremely sluggish near the finish though, weighing on the tongue. As I drink more and more of the bottle, the weight of the hops and malts just pull me down. It becomes a cloying mess - like pineapple and caramel syrup. Really hard to finish 22 oz. This lacks definition and finesse. vyvvy (6715) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2006
First the good - nice bottle design and nice aroma. After that this thing is an overrated trainwreck of a beer. It pour clear copper with a good sized beige head. On the aroma I was getting lots of floral simcoe hops that had me excited to taste the beer... the taste didn’t live up to expectations. Medium to full body that is cloying and sticky with some semi-soft carbonation. Taste starts off with cotton candy like sweetness and a ton of alcohol. This says it is 10% and it doesn’t mask any of it - I would have guessed it was much more due to the horrible burn this has. My favorite beers are IIPAs, BSAs and ASAs and I don’t think I’ve had more burn on a beer than this one. The finish has some spicy hops (first time I noticed any) but the alcohol is the most dominate aspect. This beer is nothing of what it is cracked up to be. I don’t know if ones feel they have to give this a good rating because it is a "Stone anniversary beer", but I can’t think of a more overhyped beer ever. I got two bottles and will not be consuming the other one myself. For a brewery that takes such an ’arrogant’ stand for being the epitomy of quality this is a hypocritical offering - it’s far from being yellow and fizzy, but it is also not good. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
22 Oz Bottle. This beer reeks of Balsam Fir, and I love it. There I am under the Christmas Tree a couple days after the event. Drying needles droping their sweet orange resin on to the carpet and I’m rolling it it. The vacuum eminates the aroma throughout the room. It couldn’t be more festival. This merges into the night I got high and watched the Christmas Tree lights for a couple hours, with the mingling of Fir and Creeper in my mouth. It pours a little flat, to say the least. Has a creamy ivory head and a very even amber orange body. Mmmm. Rich, bready, yeasty, creamy, sweet pine resins, orange peels, lime zest and lemon juice all swirled and concocted over a bed of grassy wild plums. The carbonation is a little shy here, are they learning from AleSmith? The fruity notes dance well with the nostril scorching hops and the ten percent of alcohol is hardly noticeable. Creamyness maybe doesn’t hold up as it should and is washed away in a sea of long tall green grasses. Right now, I’m just happy to have a beer redolent with hops. There is some discordance in the individuality of each ingredient. This beer actually could use some time in my opinion. Double IPA? Nah, just a whopper of an IPA. Thanks Andy! mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2006
it was about 8:00 on a Wednesday night when i tryed this a very good IPA I was at first skeptical in the beggining of the drink but i soon was over pleased by the notes of grapefruit raisins apple lemon and malts combined with the choice hops I would recommend trying this one before you can no longer purchase it. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Pours amber in color. Medium head. Smells hoppy and earthy, mostly pine. Smells a little bit like grapefruit. Taste has a very hoppy taste, with a nice malt in there as well. Taste is a little piney as well, hint of grapefruit present in the taste, but not as much as the smell leads on.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Wow. Pours a deep orange color with a medium white head. The smell is out of this world. Very fresh and pungeant hop aroma. It smells like taking a hop cone from the vine, smashing it in your fingers, and smelling the aroma. Citric, pine, sweet cherry/dark fruit, and a slight alcohol in the aroma. Very balanced flavor. Heavy in hop flavor, but sweet malt flavor and bitterness balance this out nicely. Alcohol is very subtle.Sticky on the lips. I had a Dreadnaught last night, and can’t say I would chose one over the other. Awesome!!!!!!!& luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bomber. Beer is clear, medium amber-brown colored with an average-sized, off-white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is pretty skippy! :) Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel, cookie; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes of resin/pine, cedar, lemon zest, flowers; Yeasty with a lighter note of funky dish rag; Moderate miscellaneous notes of apple, brandy, wood and alcohol. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, heavily bitter (but not in the tounge-scraping way), lightly acidic with a long, moderately-to-heavily bitter/grippy, moderately sweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is velvety/syrupy and the carbonation is lively. IMHO time, this is the perfect balance between Stone’s tounge-beaters and some of their more subdued offerings; complex and challenging. LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Citus & Grapefruit aroma. Off white head, orange/amber color. Grapefruit and Citus with strong alcohal taste Ernest (7815) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of pear syrup and alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Stone 7th and 8th were mostly drinkable if unexciting. Their 9th was a complete drain pour. This one is somewhat in between as far as enjoyment goes...pretty boring/dull. Not a lot of malt or hop aroma, lots of burn in the finish, quite syrupy sweet, etc. Surprising for an anniversary (or any) beer from Stone to just be a vague mess of malt and hops, but that’s all I’m getting here. I was at least expecting to have my nose torn off by the hops (it IS supposed to be a double IPA, after all, but most ordinary American IPAs are hoppier in aroma than this), but I didn’t even get that. Odd beer for this brewer. Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Pretty huge grapefruity and sweet malts in the aroma. Brief flashes of Dreadnaught. Pours dark copper with a soft and creamy white head. A big amount of bitterness and citrusy and grapefruitty hops. Most strikingly there is a ton of maltiness. Almost too much for an IIPA. It’s kind of syrupy. Can’t detect the alcohol. Very good, but I don’t think I’d choose it over a Dreadnaught, Yulesmith, or Hercules. A lot better than Ruination.