TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2010
HAd a bottle with pat from Caponeís. Pour is a slightly hazy dark orange. some lacing head. Aroma is a nice hop combo with some hops and barley leaves. Flavor is pine hops and sweet vanilla. angolajones (17) - Angola, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Great beer. Got this on at Jungle Jimís also. Poured nice with a big head. The most remarkable thing about this beer is the flavor that doesnít stop once you have a drink. There is a lingering that is unique to IPAís and this one is a supreme bitter taste with hints of fruit. I highly recommend this one to anyone wanting to try a great IPA. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2010
22 oz. bottle- shared with poisoneddwarf- Pours cloudy orange with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates to a collar around the rim. The aroma is citrusy grapefruit and floral, the aroma also has a hoppy character to it, very impressive in the nose. The flavor is hoppy bite and a sweetness like some kind of melon. The bitterness lingers long after the swallow. Medium carbonation, full flavor adds up to an excellent beer. aaronbr (182) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Lots of fruit on the nose, this one pours a hazy straw gold. Very pleasant, and the taste is great. Tons of pine flavor, with a touch of lemony freshness. An exceptional brew by Stone. Cheers to their anniversary! cfrancis (3405) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours a gorgeous cloudy light yellow with a beautiful frothy white head. Great lacing. Aroma is golding hops and ginger. Taste is a warming bitterness of hops that builds through the tasting. Slightly citrus and slightly floral. This is one beer that I wish wasnít a one-off.
Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bomber pours deep clear gold with copper hues and nice bright white head. The aroma is bold with pine sap drenched apricot wedges, spicy grapefruit, floral hops and orange hard candy at the end of the draw. The taste is rich full yum with pineapple, tangelo, resiny pine-apricot, spicy hops and floral hops. It gets a bit more citrusy midway and then moves toward floral and spicy hops into the finish. It has plenty of citrus and pine hop bitterness bite to balance out the firm floral notes. HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2010
22 oz bomber poured in a shaker glass. A lot lighter color than I was expecting but a real beauty in the glass. Cloudy dark straw color with a bright white head. The head laced perfectly around the top half of the glass. Aroma was like a fruit basket: pear, nectarine, pineapple, and both citrus and grassy hops. I love the taste, especially contrasted to Stoneís traditional IPA which is one of my favorites. Fresh fruit hit the palate, then some light malt, and tons of English hop bitterness. Pineapple flavors stand out to me. Itís like a bright ESB, served with a pineapple ring. Sounds weird but the layers of flavor are what make it great. Perfect amount of malt to hold all of the delicate flavors together without making it too heavy. The variety and combination of hops really steal the show. I bought a bottle to age and had to drink this one fresh. Iím glad I did. Not sure how long the other bottle will last... DKS4011 (8) - Black Earth, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2010 does not count
bottle: gentle hop smell, beautiful orange color and stiff white head. Taste was oily and heavy (dense) but in a good way. this is a smooth IPA perhaps because of the English hops not the tannin-like twang of American IPAs. I loved this. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
650 ml bottle
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2010
From the moment I opened this I wished it were a regular release rather than a one-off anniversary beer. This is one of the best balanced imperial IPAs that I have tried. If it were any more aggressive it would have actually lost points for being over the top. Did I mention the price is not too bad either for the results?
Aroma / Appearance - A creamy orange body and powdery soft head started with the illusion of near perfection. Glowing and bright this was like looking at the sun as it begins to set on a cloudy autumn afternoon. Strong orange, grapefruit, and other citrus notes pack a potent punch. Malt is evident but only as a foundation for the hoppy bite.
Flavor / Palate - Very bitter without being intense this has struck the near perfect balance between a dry finish and fluid palate. Resin, creamsicle, and malt drive the point home quite effectively. Less fruity than its kin like Dreadnaught it manages to leave a memory that has me salivating more than two weeks later.
Nice pine, citrus, and floral aroma... Very smooth taste, strong alcohol presence, with less hop kick than I expected, though Iím not complaining as it was quite nice. Yet another fine offering from Stone.