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 (1934) - 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 (2393) - 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. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Mahogany with a foamy head that dissapates quickly. Some spots of lace adorn the glass. The nose is overpowering. Hops abound in this one! There is a great aroma of grapefruit citrus and pine. It’s almost like mango, really. There is a strong sweetness in the background. The flavor assaults you with hops. I just can’t get away from these brews this weekend! With all the IPA/DIPAs from last night coupled with this, I am sure that I simply sweat hops. Mango again, maybe another tropical fruit. Honey is in there with the caramel malts. Reminds me of honey and oatmeal kind of. Thick, sticky, and chewy. Leaves a nice bitter, fuzzy feeling in the mouth. This is a nice beer. I wholly agree with papajohn. Greg, you must brew this again!!! bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Poured a reddish amber color with a pretty big white head that actually didnt stay around that long. I got a piney aroma and also some pineapple. I also was getting some sweetness in the aroma probably some of the caramel malt and also a little alcohol. The flavor was very sweet, bitter, hoppy, and burning. It was everything I love in a beer. This was excellent. If this was just a little more drinkable it would be perfect. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Clear appearance gives the impression of a stripped down version of a double ipa. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The taste alternates between sharp and spicy and sweet, round, full fruit. There is a wonderfully broad range of flavors in this ipa that truly highlights a thougtful combination of malt and hops. I have had a lot of double ipas as it is one of my favorite styles, but Stone consistently adds a transcendent dimension that makes me pray for the day they distribute in Minnesota. kevinphish (31) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Copper amber, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is all about the hops, and a great many many varieties, ranging from fruity, grapefruit, pine, citrus, herbal, floral and spicy, to tropical fruit, pepper. Man, I gotta get some of these Summit hops to brew with!!! The body is round, lush, and full of the malt base that is reminicent of Ruination, but a bit more balanced and nutty. Finishes with wonderful taste bud tweaking bitterness, and very well-hidden alcohol that leads you to cosume yet another sip, and another.. This cannot be 10%abv! With each sip, there is something different to experience.. Glad I loaded up on 4 bottles, and just may go pick up more before the day is out!! Quite a treat from Stone!