J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Brilliant yet slightly haze golden yellow body with a decent foamy white head. Slight vegetal scent along with a white pepper spicy note. That made me think I was about to get my tongue stung with some kind of crazy hop juice (not that Stone *ever* does that! :). Instead, there was a mildly sweet floral/citrus flavor like honeysuckle! This was followed by a more vegetal, thistle-y, bitter flavor that balanced out the sweetness without clobbering it. Good caramel malt base here, but the hops really shine here. I just looked at the description and it’s no wonder now why this is so different and complex! I have even heard of some of those hops! There’s a good alcohol bite too although it doesn’t seem like 9.5% and I’m guessing all the other things floating around in there take the tongues mind off it. Finishes sweet, semi-dry, floral and bitter. Once again, Stone knocks it out of the park in a crazy unique way. Happy Anniversary! Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours hazy amber with an ample off-white head. Complex fruity hop aroma. Bright, floral, citrusy hop flavor with a very long bitter finish. Do I have enough knowledge and a sophisticated enough palate to tell that these are German hops? Nope. Do I enjoy drinking it? Certainly. jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours a hazy orange color. Very rich flavor with German hops that aren’t noticeable. Too much malt and not enough good hop flavors. Normally I am a fan of Stone brews but this one did not hit the mark. jzzbassman (1619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Pours a hazy orange with sticky white head. Slight aroma that shows the aroma. As it warms, the German hops are surprisingly sticky and flavorful. Light to medium bodied. JulienHuxley (5792) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Light hazy gold pour with white head. Aroma is piney really resinous, spicy old-world hop aroma. Crisp malt flavor, definitely pils, however also quite bitter and a tad boozy, still quite enjoyable though. Palate is lightly carbed and oily. Good.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Clear amber color with ivory head. Nice floral, tropical fruit, citrus, ganja bud, pine aromas. Medium body with average carbonation. Tooty fruity Columbian, tropical fruit, light booze, pine flavors. Mild alcohol twang to finish---tasty. PorterPounder (7894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Albany, Ga. - Warehouse Package Store - 22 oz bomber.Hazy medium golden pour, soft white head, light lacing. Very earthy aroma with hints of spruce and yeast. Full bodied flavor with some fruity peach accents a touch of citrus bitternes some raw cookie dough. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Pretty solid. raphael (1240) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2013
I said to Melba I smelled powdered sugar and she said i meant cornstarch & sugar. So aromas of powdered sugar, white crackers, honey & a bitter spice. Powdered sugar is a definite but minority element in the flavor, dancing beneath pine & alcohol , a hint of lemon & peach. Clear slightly orange yellow. My palate is confused, as is the finish. A Californized super Pilsner with a Belgian accent? I’m a big Stone fan, including the anniversary IPAs but this one doesn’t work for me PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 6, 2013
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 22 Oz Bomber. The beer pours to a very cloudy orange color with a medium white head. The aroma is very strong with floral & citrus from the hops. The taste is very light with a very crisp strong bitter finish. The beer is your normal DIPA but is well worth a try. Overall a very good but different DIPA. RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle. Nice clear gold look with fluffy white head. Weird malt pee aroma. Hop taste which finishes very bitter.
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