CacheManyHose (724) - HONG KONG - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle from Brewcraft, drank at home. Hazy orange-beige pour with off-white sudsy head. Smells of peppery hop, wood chips, toasty cereal and corn malt, yellow pear skin, a bit of metal locker. Tastes is somewhat sharp resin bitterness, very dry, light pepper, slightly metallic edge. Body is medium, slick, very bitter and bone dry, a bit stony, quite smooth. Not generally a huge fan of English IPAs but this takes the style and makes it big - very nice. HKdIPA (808) - HONG KONG - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle from Brewcraft at home. Slightly hazy golden pour with dense white head. Aroma is earthy hops with some resin underneath. Taste is big grassy earthy bitterness with smooth honey biscuit malt. It’s very much as promised - big Stone take on an English IPA. Nice heavy but not unbalanced booziness. Finish is quite sweet malt which lasts, along with some bitter booze and vegetal flavors. Palate is slightly rich. Quite good to try. VinegarStroke (426) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 9, 2017
22oz bottle. Bottled 10/22/16. Hazy, light head and lace. Closed, funky nose. Reminds me of bad home brews or commercial ales from the 70’s. Spice, malty & yeasty. Very little hop lift. Dirty, funky palate and bitter. Very bitter. There’s also a smoked malt note. It’s malt driven rather than hops. Finishes with an ashtray flavor.
It’s a history lesson which is fun but it’s also a lesson about continuous improvement. There’s a reason why IPA’s have evolved. No balance and it’s hard to enjoy this beer.
I’m not a fan.
puboflyons (3432) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2017
From the 650 ml. bottle that is dated 10/22/16. It’s 3 1/2 months old. My bad. This had an influence on my rating. The pour is amber-orange with a lingering white head. Slightly foggy. The aroma is more like a malt bomb, sadly; but if I really dig in I can get hints of white bread, orange, tangerine, and tobacco (probably due to its age). Medium body. Smooth. The malts have kicked in more than the hops on this beer with a tobacco, herbal, and slight fruity note. I might have liked to have tried this in October or November 2016. LinusStick (3459) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Ugh. Not a fan. Aroma and taste were the same. Lemon, earthiness and spicy Noble hops. A little hot in the finish. Nice light gold color with a one finger white head. If you ever want to get a feel for the difference between European and American hops, drink this followed by and American IIPA and youll get it. Medium carbonation. I would take an IIPA with American hops any day overt this.
davidezdonz (498) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JAN 24, 2017
A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 22nd October 2016, and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It poured a slightly hazy pale golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing. Aromas of caramel and pine with fruity apricot jam, orange and perhaps a touch herbal. Tastes of caramel malt, biscuit sweetness, light lemon tea, followed by pine, herbal and lingering citrus bitterness. Dry-ish, medium to light bodied with moderate to light carbonation. Overall this was an interesting English DIPA with nice maltiness and hops. tia (2226) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Sample at brewery. Hazy golden withbthin head. No overwhelming aspects of aroma- maybe some spice, toilet, fruit cocktail. Flavor better, but not my fave. Tropical, bitter. Fine carbonation, that comes off as harsh. DocJitsu (1976) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Pours a cloudy tangerine color with an eggshell-colored head. Malty nose subdued hop notes given that this is a Stone. Tangy flavor with much less of a malty quality than is noted in the nose. willisread (3342) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Tap at J’s. Pours a deep orange/gold color with a finger of foam that lingers. Big peach nose with stone fruit and pine. Clean and crisp and lovely that lovely San Diego light body. Dank stone fruit as it warms. Smooth finish. So drinkable and the hops shine. Really nice. hman43 (1586) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2017
It pours a cloudy orange with a whittish orange head. There are aromas of citrus, biscuit, and pepper. There are flavors highlight by sweet flavors and then bitterness. There are flavors of biscuit, citrus, pepper, and a slight bit or orange. There is also a bit of spiciness in the background. It has a moderate feel on the heavy side with moderate combination and a long lasting bitter finish. Overall, the balance is towards the hops but the malt background of biscuit makes this an extremely enjoyable beer.