drjay44 (3801) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2009
22 oz. bottle, shared with myself. Pours an off white head which rapidly decreases to a thin layer, with some lacing, over a clear dark reddish amber (SRM 25) body........nose is a pine forest, heavy with resin, also toffee, and a bit of citrus.......taste initially has hints of heavy sweet malt, but pine, resin, come in and linger long, with just a hint of citrus......mouth feel is thick and chewy, carbonation medium. This is almost a Barley Wine in its presentation, but Stone says drink it now, as does Russian River with Pliney the Elder. It must have to do with the flavor changes of the hop profile. This is remarkably well balanced. DialSquare (5123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 bomber. dark amber pour with medium tan head that sticks around. fantastic aroma of piney citrus hops and caramel malts. sweet dark fruity malts up front and then the dry bitter citrus hops take over. alcohol barely shows through. a perfect medium chewy texture. great bitter stuff. dollarbill (13) - , California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Chased a couple bottles of Stone IPA with a couple of these.
Wonderful nose of hops. Residual sweetness at the finish is a nice counterpart to the hop flavor. Great mouthfeel. Alcohol is well-hidden.
As an aside, my wife and her sister, who both favor watery store beer, both said it was tasty.
Personally, I found it to be absolutely delicious. I’m glad to have stumbled upon it. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Dark reddish color with nice little head. Aroma of fresh piney hops. Taste of caramel hops, toffee and sweet fruit. Nice balance of hops not too bitter. Stone with another kick ass beer. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Pours ruby with a fully receding tan head. Notes of grapefruit, mango, pine, woody, and caramelized earth. Full bodied with thick resins and fizzy carbonation. Very nice.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 5, 2009
clear deep copper with a large frothy beige head. hoppy citrus, a bit of alc, caramel malt aroma. bitter citrus hops and alcohol flavors. the caramel malts shows up a little. hints of licorice. chalky mouthfeel. warm finish. unbalanced and astringent. i don’t like it. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
22oz bottle. Beautiful dark red color with a light brown head, could look at it all day, just spectacular. Strong hoppy aroma, very piney with some malty, carameliness in there as well. Very smooth, hoppy, very lingering hopiness with some roastiness as well. Good stuff, kind of in the Arrogant, Double Bastard mold. robforbes (2263) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2009
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.
smell is of spice, wood, and pine nuts.
taste is strong, spice, malt, hops come out from the back, caramel, and woody, ends thick on the tongue. Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Hazy dark red, nice thick dense head. Big piney, graprefruity aroma, plus I swear I got a note of pineapple, too. Huge sticky, earthy hop note, and a looooong aftertaste. . Some alcohol heat at the finish, as well as a bitter aspirin flavor. As it warms, a nice caramel note emerges. It kinda reminded me of a lot of the Rogue John’s Locker series American Strong Ales. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
This American Strong Ale pours a deep red color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized white rocky foamy head, with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, with some nice citrusy and piney hops. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral, citrusy and piney. Starts with some sweet caramel malts and finish with some very big bitter hops. Nice carbonation. The bitterness seems to grow as you drink. Hides the alcohol well. The hops are well balanced, even if it’s a big bitter beer. Definitely a slow sipper, it would be deadly to beer bong this one. Some orange and some more grapefruit start showing up as it warms. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter.