MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Alcohol winks through powerful herbal hops and coniferous resins in this rich and bitter brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers the cloudy blond.
-Citrusy whispers add complexity.
-Mouthfeel could be drier, crisper.
-Malts aren’t very well defined.
-This remains nicely different for a strong hoppy brew.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dutch’s... Two snifters’ worth. After hearing about this a month ago, and having the keg spray in my face a half hour ago, I’m very excited to finally get to try this now. Our keg is labeled as batch #3533, filled 7-22-13, 9.6% ABV. Nose is a very nice floral and citrusy hop bouqet, balanced with bready, moderately peppery pilsenry malts. Tasty, big, floral and citrusy DIPA, but still distinctly german in the flavor profile. Creative and impressive, and still tasty and hoppy in that classic stone anniversary IPA way. The body is a perfectly clear orange-gold color. Thin off-white head, that leaves decent splotches and short ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation, kind of creamy texture and mouthfeel, with a more dry finish, but a nice fullness to the body. Really easy drinking for a 9.6% DIPA. Seems like a great choice to enjoy outside on a breezy 74F day like today. It’s big and flavorful... But not heavy nor assertive. Good big bitter taste, lightly spicy, minimal sweet. Just a light alcohol warmth in the nose, but the fantastic flavor overwhelms it in the finish. Awesome, surprisingly easy drinking DIPA. Finished my portion easily, so easy-drinking. The pilsener of big hoppy DIPAs. The floral, lightly spicy, citrusy long hoppy aftertaste leaves me wanting a revisit after every sip. Love the creative concept. Earlier this year I was trying to guess what Stone might do for their 17th, I didn’t come anywhere close to guessing "German-style DIPA". And it works. Kudos.
arminjewell (9575) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with eggshell white head, aroma brought notes of big white fruits, lots of dank weedy hops, hints of biscuit, more orange, grapefruit, touch of earth. Taste is a big mix of dank hops, pine, grass, hints of orange, slight white fruit, more biscuit, finishing fairly bitter. Your typical stone IPA, very well done.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Pacific Standard. Tap at Pacific Standard. Hazy golden orange pour with a thick white head. The aroma is awesome. Bright and spicy with a lot of light herbal/spicy notes. Intense and a bit fruity with notes of orange zest and tangerine. Really lovely - intense and fruity. A bit of soft fruitiness and a touch of spice. Intense yet restrained.
3fourths (9314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. I intended to scroll past this one but the forum talk about possible diacetyl and sensitivity to flaws made me curious enough to actually read about this beer. Pilsner malt and German hops? I’m interested. Sometimes they work magic in Anglo-American styles, but with 100+ IBU and Stone making this thing, I had a guess how this would smell and it’s mostly correct: cheese rind and cheesecloth / whey is a character I get in beer which overuse German hops (Keserű Méz is a great example of this smell and flavor but it’s not a beer you can find without going to Hungary so it’s not a good recommendation, but it’s what I think of when I smell these sorts of Westernized beers with German hops). Aroma has mild touches of that distinct German pilsner malt sweet baked bread and biscuit character but mostly the nose is hops, no surprise (give them credit for some malt expression in the aroma, more than you get in typical double IPA). A little game-y and somewhat like banana candies (runts), but the primary notes are floral / pepper / cheese rind / BO, again typical of using an absurd amount of German hops. The light lemon character and the stronger pepper and floral scents and all that, I see that as what you get with Hersbrucker and Sterling and Strisselspalt. Not so much citrus fruit character as you would expect given the Hallertauer and Opal and other hops used. A small bit of garlic and onion is there as well, which reminds me of Simcoe, and funny enough some descriptors I found online for two of these strains that I’m unfamiliar with mention Simcoe as a substitute. As for diacetyl? Not at all. Perhaps something in this beer varies wildly bottle to bottle but I would not guess diacetyl, and I consider myself very sensitive to it - for me it doesn’t manifest simply as butter, but as rancid foot sweat and popcorn flavoring (which uses diacetyl). It also manifests as an oily solvent-like texture on the palate. I get oiliness in this beer but it’s not solvent-like and there is no rancid character. Instead, guess what, it tastes like a high-gravity pilsner malt beer made with loads and loads of German hops. So maybe the American DIPA drinkers are seeing this German hop character as butter, the thing that I call cheese rind, must, BO, etc. Sweet, medium to full bodied, some pear and white grape-like esters, some bubble gum and pineapple rind and citrus peel show up as it breathes but it’s not pulpy or juicy. At 10% it’s very boozy for me, and the hop acids linger in the mouth while the alcohol burns the throat feeling like acid reflux. I’m not a fan of the hot alcohol or the excessive bitterness, but the aroma and the approach are pretty enjoyable, though I’d take a 5% version at 35 IBU any day over this version. YMMV.
onceblind (9155) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brilliant gold with a thin foamy white head. Nose smells like hoppy fruity pebbles. That’s the best I can describe. Flavor isn’t too far off either, substantial fruity pebbles (or fruit loops) tones going on, with a bitter grapefruit peel and pine note backed by a semi-sweet cereal and pale grain tone. As the beer warms up after a while, the fruity pebble-ness calms down and transforms into a more floral and dank earthy/fruity hop bitterness. Very complex.
jmgreenuk (9114) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at GABF 2013. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is rich malt. The flavour is strong bitter with a zesty yeast dry citrus palate and a lingering bitter finish.
mabel (9109) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6091-20131203] Bottle. Mild grassy pine aroma. Clear, bright light orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter grainy citrus flavour has a long aftertaste. Medium body. Good, nice bitter brew. (7/4/8/4/16) 3.9
[6162B-20140131] Bottle. Citrus resin hops aroma. Slightly hazy, pale orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Bitter resiny hops flavour has a grainy grass base. Medium body. Good. (8/3/8/3/15) 3.7
Overheard: "Here’s my monocle."
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head, Pine and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit flavor with pine. Medium bodied. Very good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine linger with light earth and light tropical fruit.
douglas88 (8995) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head. A sweet fruity hop nose with some honey. Big flavor of German hops, and it noticeably so with deep sweet lemon and honey, very grainy. Frischen Aromen. Ich konnte viel trinken. Vielleicht werde ich. Auf jeden Fall ist es gut. A big fluffy palate. Superbly drinkable.