muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Earthy hoppy aroma. The golden cloudy appearance is almost perfect. This is what a beer should look like. The taste and bitterness seems to fall somewhere in between the Ruination IPA and Stone IPA. Definitely a great beer. obguthr (6295) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Fruit cocktail aroma with pineapple, pear, cherry, and grapefruit peel notes present. Milky golden, thin yellow head. Strong grapefruit peel start to finish, with sweeter pear and pineapple notes briefly appearing at midpalate. Lovely story on the bottle about how quintessentially British this is, but in the end, this is a west coast IIPA that I would expect from Stone. Very nice and very bitter. drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Pours golden orange with nice fluffy head and good retention smelled a little sour tasted bitter and light with a hop fruitty finish good dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2010
It seems as though Stone and their IPA’s can do no wrong. This one is a shining example of that. The appearance has a light goldish tint on the outter section and dark towards the middle. The aromas I got where floral hops, citrus, and barley. The flavor had earthy tones with hints of spice and a smooth clean finish. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz bottle. 07.10.10.
Pours a light golden yellow color much like a light colored black tea with very little off white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is pungent, dank , bitter hops and a big pineapple quality. There is a light caramel malt background, light black tea, and earthy, pine like hops. The taste is a light caramel malt followed by slightly dampened hops, a pine like peppery finish and a dry earthy mouthfeel. The lacing is minimal but this is a pretty nice iipa. The abv is not noticeable at all Nd doesn’t burn. A great, refreshing drink but not the best iipa I’ve had. However this has a nice twist with a lighter smell and taste from the white malt and British yeast. Would have again.
mcberko (17169) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma of orange zest, massive peppery and piney hops, and some earthiness. Flavour of huge, but balanced pine hops - orange zest at the beginning, followed by citrus, lemongrass, and more hops. Excellent lingering bitter finish. Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is European hops, earthy and slightly piney. Flavor is bitter with slight caramel flavor and some lemon, and a smoky note. Lively carbonation, Finish leaves lingering bitterness. 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bright orange tinted straw body with a tall standing, frothy white head. Interesting hop aroma that im struggling to sieve through my pollen soaked nasals. An earthy herbal note with a strong spice note and a light black tea quality. Strong lemongrass character. Very rich biscuity malt body with strong herbal, earthy notes. Not nearly the bitterness I was expecting but still pretty goddamn pungent. Great resinous component that compliment the dopplebock-esque pepper and a lemony citrus. Dry finish that is wonderfully expressive and counter to where most big IPAs dwell. Really fantastic departure from a heavily cookie-cutter’d style. LilBeerDoctor (3903) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small, thick white head. Aroma of citrus, mango, lots of sweet fruits, sour patch kids candy, bitter hops. Flavor of spicy hops, pepper, tangy citrus hops. A nice spicy IIPA - interesting and tasty. Finally a winner from the Stone Anniversary series!
7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5] cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2010
fresh color from fathead’s.
A-pours an extremely murky orangish amber color with tons of dense white head leaving solid lacing.
S-nose is interesting, doughy bread with some funkiness to it, melon rind, honeydew.
T-much more towards a traditional english ipa, sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, honeydew and a little melon rind, hints of herbal and grassy hops in the back, moderate to strong bitterness in the finish.
M-soft but very grainy palate, syrupy and thick, moderate carbonation.
D-nicely balanced with good malt body and strong hop presence in the back. quite enjoyable and pretty unique, all in all a very good beer.