jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle. It poured a cloudy golden color with a white head. The aroma was of citrus, pine, hops and some lemon zest. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, citrus, lemon zest and hops. The aftertaste was of bitterness and spicy. Really good. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Enticing aroma pulled me right in. Perfect color, taste is excellent. Nicely spiced but not overly so which agrees very well with my preferred taste. AirForceHops (7702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2016
22 oz. bottle purchased at One Stop Market. Fresh Encore bottle with a date of 11-28-16, aroma is candied oranges, sweet malt, mild floral hints, canned peaches. stevoj (5440) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Flavor shows citrus up front and a lot of sweet malt though out. Hops come in at the finish as a leafy floral character. Medium body; average carbonation and mouthfeel.
WAY more sweet then I was hoping for. It also shows a tad of the alcohol. Not a huge fan of this one but serviceable.
Bottle from Boise Co-op. Medium amber with a slight haze, soft, spare bubbly head. Different from the start, aroma is earthy, musty and leather. Taste changes gears, mild citrus, savory spice, sweet malt. Hops are not immediately evident, but shiw themselves st the finish with a short, bitter bite. A bit funky, not your run of the mill DIPA. superspak (5891) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2016
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/22/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, peach, apricot, mango, melon, peppercorn, citrus rind, pine, honey, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Great complexity and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, peach, apricot, mango, melon, peppercorn, citrus rind, pine, honey, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, pear, peach, apricot, mango, melon, pepper, pine, honey, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.9%. Overall this is an excellent English style DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Great mix of earthy hop character in combination with English yeast fruitiness; nice malt backbone without being too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Bomber into tulip glass, very cloudy amber-hued golden color with white head. Aroma notes of biscuity malt, earthy grass and light tropical fruitiness. Taste adds dried pepper, bready sweetness, lemon zest, cedar wood, herbal spices, some garlic and light caramel. Heavy-medium body, moderate-low carbonation, oily, dry with lingering wood/earth bitter finish. This is certainly a unique DIPA, an English hops punch. Booga (114) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2016
Bomber dated 10/22/16. Opaque golden pour. Little head and low lacing. Not much aroma. Very West Coast... lots of bitter but not much other flavor. ryanfolty (2585) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2016
December 5, 2016 - on tap at Gerst. Murky orange pour with head that lasted. Aroma was a mix of hops and malt. Taste was consistent with the aroma and had a nice spicy / peppery finish. Obfuscate (593) - Minneapolis, - DEC 4, 2016
Peppery spice, orange peel, rubbing alchohol. Fairly light. Not one of the better Stone IPA’s IMO. User134089 (1644) - - NOV 30, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Hawai‘i Bowl shaker pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Oct. 26, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 31, 2016
Reviewed as: English IPA
Misc.: 2016 release; Bottled Oct. 14, 2016; 2010 label
Not really a fan of this style (averaging 3.483 for 13 reviews), but had to try this since I’d been on the Stone 20th Anniversary kick. Hoping this one is close to the 15th and 20th (in ratings, not in style).
Poured a straw gold yellow, almost orange, cloudy color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Could not see any bubbles coming up from the bottom because of the haze. Average watery lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.50)
Smelled peppery spices out of the gate. Also got earthy grass, lemon zest, herbal, menthol, a touch of spoiled orange peel and hints of vomit. Different to say the least. (Smell - 3.25)
Tasted better than the nose. More flavors, but still dies off pretty fast. More malty than hoppy, kind of like an ESB even. Very dry. Peppery flavors, very bitter orange peel, leafy pine, grass, bitter woody notes, lemon zest, herbal, hints of menthol, bready and honey. (Taste - 3.50)
Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, spicy finish. (Feel - 3.50)
Well this wasn’t terrible. Unusual is the better term I guess. Very dry, bitter and spicy. Still not all in on the style, but this was better than my average review on them. (Overall - 3.50)
3.44 78 B-