MrBunn (2867) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Bomber bottle. Beautiful orangish pour with a two finger tall head. Aromas are a wonderfully rich mixture of pineapple, grapefruit and pine, but pineapple really dominates here. Flavor is fairly sweet... pineapple and caramel malts are the main event, with some resiny pine hops that are an interlude before it shifts back into a sticky sweet finish. Not at all what I was expecting... I was expecting a more typical over-hopped, over-alcoholic beer, but probably should have expected better of Stone. The alcohol is burried nicely and not very detectable... the warmth is there, but the rubbing alcohol flavoring certainly isn’t. (As it is warming the alcohol comes through a little stronger in the taste, but I still find myself enjoying it immensely.) I bought a spare and will revisit this one in a year or so... sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Woah! I should never count out those folks at stone brewing. This is a seriously good beer! The aroma is abundant with citrus, pine and is that peach, passion fruit, honeydew, I have no idea what the hell it actually is but its damn enticing! The pour is a classic golden IPA pour that appears sappy but is much more dry to the taste. The palate is a thick body with soft, long, and bitter in texture...sounds like I’m describing a porno but I’m not. This is just one of the best reasonably priced imperial IPA’s I’ve ever tasted. Bravo! dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Aroma of pine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, and fresh flowers. Appears a deep golden color with a mountainous yellow creamy head that lasts. Flavor is grapefruit, pine resin, honey, and malt. Palate is medium thick and lovely. Overall, a phenomenal double IPA and even better than my expectations. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Ahhh, this was quite tasty. Amber colour with an eggshell like head. The hops are very apparent in the aroma, Pine hops with some resiny qualities, there are some apricots as well. The flavour is wonderful, exploding with hops, but not overly bitte rlike some double IPAs. Smoth, well balanced, flavourful, just a great beer. I’m glad I grabbed a few of them! WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 OK, to start, IPA is my favorite style, and this is a great example of an American IPA. If you don’t like American hops and indeed if you don’t like beers hopped to exces you won’t care for this. Huge pine nose with citrus. Great appearance ... clear copper with a small off white head and fantastic lacing that promises wonderful body, which the beer also delivers. Great balance of sweet malt and citrus and pine. Love it. A bit more alcohol than I like to find in a big bottle, but I did not know until the beer knocked me out. // Even nicer after 10 months. Same great nose, appearance, mouth. Flavor is even hoppier, even maltier, even better balanced. Love it.
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Translucent and honey copper in color with frozen cellophane for the head. Sweet, sugary marigolds get drenched with honey, along with papaya and petunias, to intertwine in the nose. Pine resin glaze goes over roots of grass stains waiting to ripen. Spruce juice and sweet, biscuity, golden dates waft rhythmically to seal the deal. Thick fluid settles into the mouth with a remarkable orange-vanilla-crème graham toffee composure, eliciting a growing cottony bitterness post-sip. Orange dream custard gets sprinkled with papaya enzyme, crumbled on top for building bitterness momentum in its wake. Soothing toffee melts with caramel drizzles over the maple orange candi shell. Supple carbonation lets the orange marmalade marigolds pipe the rhythm via candi-esque flavor hops, generating backdrop bitterness while they’re at it. Thick fluid keeps a candi-crusted clementine character and a bitter peach heart, bearing down through the finish as it was at the start. Thanks much for the bomber tpkenned! ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 When this beer was fresh and on tap, it was sweet yet earthy with very fruity and balanced hops. As the years drag on, it gets more acrid and bitter. A very smooth bitter, mind you, just more Ruination, less Dreadnaught. Still a fine beer while it lasts. I rate the earliest version to do it a favor. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
22oz bottle poured a clear amber color with a nice long lasting off white head. Aromas of awesome piney hops and large amounts of caramel malts. Taste has a nice bitterness and a good malt balance with a huge alcohol warmth. Overall another great anniversary brew from Stone, definitely want to stock up on this one for the cellar. winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Poured a clear amber color with a moderate off white head. Aroma is quite pleasant, and should be used as a showcase for the beauty of american hops. A bounty of citrus and as the brewers noted pineapple and mango. There is also a slight rubbing alcohol burn that would probably fade with some conditioning. There is a very sweet and malty base with plenty of crystal malts but is no match for the amount of hops used. Wonderfully resiny and piney with carmelized orange syrup and mangos. There is not a huge amount of bitterness, though there is plenty, just tons of aroma and flavor hops. Mouthfeel is full but mixed with the amount of hops this beer has, it is very enjoyable and satifying. Very good job by a company that I was starting to loose faith in. SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
From what i remember the release date of this beer was August 21st but was in a store in the southbay as of August 24th. So thats not to bad compared to other beers being released on time. Huge hoppy and floral aroma that is very appetizing and making me salivate. This beer is a monster or should i say a little evil gargoyle. Talk about a strong punch to the tastebuds of bitterness,sweetness, and with a tad bit of the salty part on the tongue being activated too. This DIIPA is on overload with the amount of hop and a classic signature of grapefruit juice with pulp. Truly a beauty to look upon with its copperish brass color and perfect and flush topping of foam. Amazing 10th anniversary.