JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle. Clear bright amber gold, with a white head. Lots of Stone’s standard bitter hops, citrus, grapefruit, crackery malt, peppery, some fruity sweetness, earthy, and a bit buttery. A strange DIPA, certainly tastes similar to imperial pilsner. Ok beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22oz. Bottle. Pours a clear gold. Grass, Herbal, and Pine nose. Hops dominate the flavors, mainly pine. Full palate and hides the alcohol well, until the end when it finishes with some burn. Impressive twist on a Imperial IPA. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Enjoy by 10/17/2013. 22 oz bomber into a teku glass.
A - Pours a crystal clear golden body similar to that of Enjoy By or RuinTen. Two fingers worth of white foam slowly creeps away leaving behind ridiculous amounts of whispy lacing and some solid retention. Swirling it just starts the process all over again.
S - Bubble gum, peaches, honey, earthy spices and hibiscus are intermixed with some notes of grass and pine. Light bready dough on the finish. Really soft and fresh smelling. This is really different and super aromatic. If this were a Yankee Candle I would name it "Fresh German Countryside Summer Laundry"....or something....
T - Shares the soft bubblegum/honey/stonefruit trifecta found in the nose but it finishes with dank resinous piney hops with a pretty considerable level of bitterness. The very end showcases some bready malts and grass/hibiscus but the bitterness is pretty intense. Mouth feel is slick and coating, well carbonated. Alcohol gets more noticeable as it warms.
O - A really different beer. I was expecting an imperial pilsner or something but instead its a floral/stonefruit heavy amped up European IPA. Just wished the hops were turned down slightly to better showcase the "German" flavors. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice bright orange color, pretty clear with a decent off white head. The aroma is interesting with some honeyed maltiness and a combination of fruity and noble hop character. The flavor is really nice with mostly melon, grape and some peach up front followed by a more spicy bitterness and a touch of noble earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium with a touch of honey throughout. Alcohol comes through somewhat in the finish. Very potent and complex hop profile and pleasant malt backbone without any cloying sweetness or caramel. A tad on the punishing side as Stone usually is both with the alcohol and bitterness, but I really liked this one anyway. Good job. 574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Pours a similar hazed golden to all the other big Stone IPAs I’ve had. Off white head descends to a thin ring and leaves some cobwebby lace. Really weird and cool nose: lots of pine resin and spicy hop notes riding above some honey, a touch of apricot, hearty bread dough and touches of alcohol. Fairly substantially sweet but much more bitter. Medium bodied, quite oily, almost astringent but stopping short of being off-putting, with a long bitter pine resiny finish. I really like what they did with this. It’s German, but it’s American. Whatever it is, it’s a damn nice DIPA. Like Ruination went to Germany and got in a few fist fights.
Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2013
On tap at the abbey. Pours strawberry orange with no head. Aroma is full with caramel. Flavor is sweet and euro hop sweetness dominates, not my fave.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine (Park Place) - Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Aroma is floral, herbal, pine, and light citrus hops. Flavor is pine and herbal hops with a bit of sweet malt to back the hops. Bitterness lingers on the tongue and is slightly astringent. Full bodied. A good beer. Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Pours a bright yellow with white head and no lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops. Taste is bitter throughout. Grassy with some cough syrup aftertaste. Slightly oily and lingers in the mouth. I think my mouth is numb. Very nice 2IPA even if it’s not a west coast style. DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Very clean, pilsner-like malt, barely detectable under a cascade of floral and grassy hops, a bit of pinching astringency with black pepper and mild stone fruit. Bitterness is steady and leaves a fine mouth coating. The malt and hops are delicately balanced and mask the alcohol well. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Draft at Anthill. Pours a nice golden with white head. Aroma is slight orange peel, and some dankness. Taste is fruit and sweet. Not really any of the "Stone" house taste which is a plus for me. The 9.7% definitely doesn’t come through. A few odd notes I can’t place.