Kroney (256) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 everything an ipa should be plus extreme drinkabilty. floral and fruity nose with some sweet malt backbone. same flavor profile with some resin and tropical fruit undertones. extremely smooth but extremely bitter at the same time... hope this makes its way to the full production line. DoublEE (782) - 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. 574deadzone (1419) - 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. jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Nice golden pour. Excellent lacing. Aroma of light pine and oranges. Flashes of ruination during first SIP, but more those German pilsner malts shine through. Another quality IPA from Stone. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Pours a bright light orange with a two finger white head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, bready pilsner malts, sweet malts, and some tropical fruits. Taste is hoppy up front with some citrus, spicy pne, and tropical fruits, and then has some nice german malt notes on the backend with some bready pilsner malts and sweet malts. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a tasty, outside the box DIPA that is very unique and makes nice use of all german ingredients.
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2013
The aroma of this brew is to die for due to the strong scent of diacetyl and resin and floral hops, and the color is the clearest amber with a large white head. The taste is a very balanced mixture of a touch of sourness, a mild bitterness, and a slight sweetness. The palate could not improve at all and fuses a medium body, average carbonation, slick texture, and a slightly bitter finish in such a way that it only accentuates the flavor. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Leave it to Stone to think outside the box. Definitely a unique IPA, while still not straying from IPA-ness. Syrupy, but just a hint of resin. Very malty thick, yet freshly hoppy-bitter. Best part is that there's a zing here -- from the German ingredients? -- that you don't find everyday in an IPA. And, balanced nicely to boot. A-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone coolfunnj (374) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2013
strong caramel and corn on the malt sidean almost abrasive pine sol and grapefruit on the hops side..yellow with a tinge of amber dissipating white head..tastes strongly bitter and astringent with spice grapefruit lemon pepper and pine..palate medium bodied tingly fizzy and dry...overall its so unusual and over the top on the bitter hoppiness that it is very unique aned being a hop fan I like it but its STRONG Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Pours a deep, clear gold with a thick, off-white colored head. Herbal aroma with hints of stone fruit characteristics. The taste is unique for a Double IPA; herbal, floral, spicy, peppery and piney, balanced by sweet malt flavors. Some alcohol heat. Finishes very, very bitter and very, very dry. Crisp and medium bodied, with active carbonation, make this a good summer quaff. Overall, a good Double IPA, the use of German hops makes it quite a unique offering.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone S_Side_Smitty (775) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours a deep orange-gold with a thick off white head. Aroma is sweet syrupy spicy pine (maybe spruce). Taste is like drinking a sweetened blue spruce - no doubt. Heavy Coniferae up front, then the sweetness kicks in (there’s a slight fruity bubblegum quality to the sweetness) and it slowly transforms into a long bitter finish. Truely unlike any IPA I’ve had.