beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Very spicy and woodsy. First sip is really peppery. Nice to have a potent yet variant IPA. pours a yellow orange. bitterness really lingers on the palate. another anniversary winner from Escondido. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pours an attractive unfiltered cloudy golden/orange with a white head. Nose of earthy brit hops, and a light whiff of berries and a twinge of alcohol. Has a strong light malty base with notes of bitter black pepper, grapefruit rind, berries, mineral-y water and earthy/herbal hops. Finishes dry , lots of lingering bitterness. The body is full and round with pleasant, moderate carbonation. Well-made and everything but I just don’t dig the flavor that much. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a pale gold with a white head. nose is hops, dried oranges, and faint citrus. not bad on the palate, super dry hops up front with oranges and a slightly bitter finish. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle a few weeks back. Overall it was ok. I think they hit what they were going for, but it just wasn’t all that tasty. Perhaps what is good about the original style is lost in imperialing the beer. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy golden straw color with a dense white head on it.
S: The nose is quite inviting (at first). Initially there is plenty of fruitiness to it--pineapple and grapefruit, especially. Then some lightly floral and spicy hops come into the picture along with a very distinct grassiness.
T: Initially I really liked the flavor of this as it matched the nose nearly perfectly. As the beer warmed up a little bit, the hop flavor became grassy and very spicy. A good bitterness to it without much in the way of malt (typical Stone beer).
M: The body is perhaps on the light end of medium with a moderate and tingling carbonation.
D: I usually like Stone’s anniversary beers, but this one just didn’t quite do it for me. I guess if I’m going to have any more of these, I’ll have to drink them quickly.
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
very different then most stones ive had. thin on the palate lite hop flavor is over powered by grass and earth and lite grapefruit tart flavor. in the end not much hops. very different then ipas that i usually drink but very interesting TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2010
okay. Smells slightly farty, and the nose is uninspired. Just not diggin this particular brew. But I’m just a whiny rb/ba user who lives in his moms basement, so take that into account. Sorry my review is so lame but this beer just didn’t inspire me to write much more. Fucken hell. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye dated June 2010) clear yellow with a lasting film of white tight bubbles. Nose is sweet, gym socks, juicy citrus. Taste of celery, bitter grapefruit, sweaty. The finish is oily with more juicy citrus. Not sure what to make of this one. It was one of my least favorite Stone’s yet, but I really appreciate what they’ve tried to do with what is normally a very boring style. This wasn’t boring at all. mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bomber. Pours a very hazy pale orange with a small white head. Aroma consisting of sweet malt, orange starbursts, and other citrus fruits. A nice bodied beer with a slightly above average carbonation leads into flavors of orange, spices, english malt, and bitter, bitter hops which follows with a loooooong finish that sticks with you a little too long. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
In short: An very bitter hop bomb with an unusual spicy and herbal hop signature. A bit too intense for its on good.
How: Bottle 22oz. A few times. This rating for a bottle consumed about 2 months after the beer release
The look: Slightly cloudy blonde body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Strong hoppy nose of grass, green herbs and spicy notes. Taste is rather intense. Malt bill is crisp honeyed cereals with a light wheat sensation (Shredded Wheat™ flavor). Nothing subtle about the hop bill. Intensely herbal, grassy and spicy with notes of some pine-tree. The bitterness level is very high and the alcohol joins in with an additional bite in the
finish. The strong spiciness of the hops at times is almost like”hot” spices. This is anything but a sessionable IPA. A little too intense for its good. A full bomber of this beer is a lot for one man. I used to like bold and aggressive IPAs but that’s not the case anymore. I am now old and more mature enough to prefer more sessionnable IPAs and to be more careful when I stick cabbage leafs into my parent’s house electrical outlets.