kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2006
22 oz bottle, thanks to mjames for splitting a case of this with me. Pours a clear bright copper under a great tight bubbled creamy beige head. Excellent retention on the head. Aroma is well balanced with a slight edge to the thick resiny hops. A nice sweet toffee malty base and just a touch of alcohol. The flavor is just brash and in your face. Huge piney resiny hops up front with a thick sweetly malty base. The finish is a bit harsh for me, extremely bitter with a hot alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Slightly sticky in texture with pleasant soft carbonation. Overall, this was pretty good, but for some reason it just didn’t all work for me. The individual components were alright, but the overall satisfaction just wasn’t there. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle at The Wit’s End in San Diego, CA. I have a few bottles cellaring so I thought why not have it for the first time out. This is an extremely hoppy brew. It pours a light straw with a large head. It is extremely fragrant with a severly hoppy aroma. This brew is hops hops hops, and more hops, it is quite smooth for a 10% but has a serious kick. The aroma is the best part, the beer tastes nice but is not very complex it is pure hops. Good work Stone on another fine brew, though some might fall short this is a fine I-IPA IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks go to ceweldre for this beer. Poured a clear dark amber with a large creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy, heavy hops... earthy pine needles and pine cones, bitter and acidic grapefruit, some spearmint mouthwash, and just a slightest touch of candy. Flavor is heavily hop dominated, with earthy notes of bitter grapefruit and pine coming through. There’s a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, but it’s way in the background. Can’t really taste the alcohol here. Finishes very bitter with much of the hop complexity preserved. Even several minutes after my last swallow, I still have a bitter taste lingering in the back of my mouth. Stone has really upped the ante with this one... lots of good hop flavor but also massively bitter. This beer is to bitter what Cantillon is to sour. I feel like it’s ripping apart my insides as I savor every sip. Congrats to Stone for ten years of phenomenal brewing! Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2006
WHAT GREAT TIMING FOR MY CENTURY MARK!!! The long awaited has finally arrived on the other coast. Virginia’s Bon Vivant has 2 left, I have the rest. An opaque, reddish-orange brew with a few tiny bubbles slowly gliding up to the foamy white head. Ahh, a very potent, pineappley sweet, hoppy aroma, like you are in a citrus market. Taste, wow, this medium bodied brew enlightens you with notes of oranges fresh off the tree, with a slight syrup like consistancy as it gently warms your soul. Stone has combined the perfect collection of the most divine, splendid hops, which combine characteristics perfectly to illuminate your senses. A hopheads dream. I wish Stone would celebrate anniversaries more often. Beaver (1807) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, light reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2006
The aroma is resiny, piney, grapefruity, floral, peppery hops. More tropical fruits and some alcohol come out. As it warms, the alcohol gets to be a bit much. The original whiff was a 10, but the fusel alcohol and mustiness brings it down some.
The flavor is sweet and fruity caramel malts leading to a big peppery hop bitterness. There is a little alcohol bite in the finish, but it’s masked fairly well. Some of the flavors are a bit harsh, and not well blended. This is a bit of a nitpick - maybe some aging would help smooth it out a bit. The mouthfeel is full and velvety.
Overall, a very good DIPA! I liked this much better than the Ruination. The first few sips were excellent (right up there with Hercules), but as I drank more, it started getting a bit harsh and alcoholic. On the plus side - one of the coolest bottles ever.
Bomber. Pours with a huge beige frothy head, very impressive. Body is golden brown. Aroma is big juicy grapefruit hops, light honey sweetness. Taste is robust hops, piney and spicy. Lots of bready, toasted malt in this one, helping create a balanced beer that isn’t just a hop bomb. Light fruitiness. Finish hints on toasted malt, light bitterness, very clean. Excellent medium body, appropriate for the style I think. Wow. A quite enjoyable IIPA from Stone. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 22 OZ bottle from Liq Sol. Pours an semi- clear dark orange color. Average size head. Tons of tiny bubbles work their way to the top. Lots of lace left behind as the head rapidly diminishes. Aroma contains caramels, orange, grapefrut, pine, fresh bread. This begins very sweet and syrupy upfront, then turns to some citrus bitterness, then some pine notes, and a bittersweet crisp dry grapefruit finish. Medium to full body. Sweeter than i would have thought. Rough around the edges, somewhat medicinal tasting, not nearly as good as a couple of Imp IPA’s i have sampled over the past week. (Hop Rod Rye & Butte Creek Rev X are much better) BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2006 Pours a thick, syrupy amber with minimal whip cream head. Aroma is full of citrus, some pine, malt, some spice and candy. Flavor has a hop rush up front, then some sweetness and then an alcohol burn. Tastes like a kicked up Arrogant Bastard, Old Guardian and a Belgian combined. The ABV got very intense as it warmed. This was great but will be better with age. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 Hazy orange color with a beige head. Citrus hop aroma. Flavor of tangy citrus hops and syrupy malts. pineypower (3344) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2006
I was expecting something out of this world, and well I guess thats what I get. I’m not saying this is a bad beer, but...pours out a deep reddish copper color with a very small lacing head. Aroma is of pine and citrus hops. Taste is a nice mouthfeel with a well hidden alcohol content, but it reminds me more of a heavily hopped barley wine. The malts take over the palate with the hops taking the back seat. Citrus and piney hops linger in the taste but a sweet syrupy malty taste domniates. Not a bad beer, but I honestly can’t stand when an IPA takes such a lean to the malty side