budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours copper with a white head that sticks around and leaves behind some soapy lacing. Aroma is fruity hops, grapefruit, and pine. The taste hasa nice malt profile balanced by bitter hops and pinecone. Definitely solid double ipa with well hidden abv. Darwenus (1134) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Tangerine color with a creamy white head, this stuff has a lot of rye and a little citrus in the aroma. The taste is extremely good. It’s malty up front, then a lot of hops and rye, and a smooth finish with tones of dark bread and graham crackers. I’m gonna have to pick up a couple more bottles of this. crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2013 650. Amber pour, nice head that lasts. The smell isn’t a total punch in the face but it has some good citrus rind. Teh flavor is unique. It is super spicy. Not too much tropical fruit on my palate. Medium to high bitterness, and a bitter finish. It definitely has some herbal notes, some basil, sage, orange, and lemon.
It isn’t bad. bcb07 (19) - - AUG 24, 2012
This beer is very different. Very smooth, but taste is very different. Not a bad beer, definitely something unique to try. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Excellent beer from Stone, these guys know IPAs and put out quality stuff, hoppy, sticky, malty, fruity. Nice dry finish. Very refreshing. I was expecting a little more hops, but all in all I can’t complain.....stone does it again
robforbes (2241) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2012
pours a clear amber with a large white head and very good lacing.
smell is of citrus, light grapefruit, a touch of caramel, and hops.
taste is of grapefruit, some pine, caramel, some malts, and hops. ends smooth and bitter. overall very nice. jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a shade or two darker than tangerine, nice cream colored head. Veritably scintillating aromas of tropical fruit and resin. Mouthfeel a tad on the soft side. The malt profile is amazing, toasty, spicy and sophisticated for an IIPA. Awesome tropical fruit, lemon, and pine spice notes. Magnificent. RedSox2004 (1890) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bright straw yellow with a big foamy and very nice lace. Bright tropical and citrus fruit aromas featuring lemon zest, pine, tea and black pepper. Crisp bitterness with a solid malt base that only hints at the rye. Lots of other "stuff" in the background: pepper, pine, tea, grass, lemon, bread, pears, and the list goes on. Medium body, lively carbonation, smooth texture and a busy finish. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Typical Stone pour with a clear amber color and a full, creamy, frothy, off-white head which settles to a thin froth and leaves drippy, frothy lace. The nose is surprisingly subtle (is this really a Stone beer?); subtle lemon, very floral, fresh herbs (basil, rosemary), subtle toasty notes, some raw hops, light spicy bread, and faint tropical fruit. The flavor is much less subtle; still very floral and herbal, rosemary notes all over, medium high bitterness, mango and papaya, a light lemon acidity, and some spicy rye grains. The palate is more than medium, nearly lively, creamy, and slightly oily. The finish is spicy, drying slightly, bitter, subtly acidic still with lemon, some raw hop notes, light fruit left, and strong herbal notes lingering. Not a typical IIPA from Stone but I did appreciate the sublte intricacies and balanced approach to the style. The herbal notes matched with the rye notes were very intriguing and the lemon was used with only enough to add depth without overpowering the flavor or adding too much acidity. Not typical of Stone but still a nice anniversary beer. vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pour clear copper / orange with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has toasty malt, lemon verbena floralness, some citric hoppiness and some lemon citrus - floral is the main trait here and it’s quite pleasant, just doesn’t seem very IIPA. Medium / full body that is a bit slick with moderately soft carbonation and has some resiny roughness at the end. The beer starts out much hoppier than the aroma with citrus, pine, earth melding with the lemon oil (I think) for a citric abrasiveness that is really pleasant. There is a little bit of toasty malt presence, but it’s overshadowed by the hop onslaught. The verbena from the aroma is not noticeable to me on the taste off the bat. The finish is really dry, lemony and resiny. The 10% is hidden really well and it is really pleasant to drink. Nicely done.