evergreen0199 (3320) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
On tap at Belmont Station, Portland, Oregon, USA. A golden/orange coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Hoppy, citrus, pine aroma. Tastes hoppy, pine, citrus, malty and bitter. 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 hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Draft... Clear amber pour with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is a mélange of toffee, honey, tea biscuit and peppery hops, and. Full-bodied and fatty with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with metallic bitterness to go with the honey and toffee malt sweetness. Finishes bitter, metallic and a bit alcoholic. Meh. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a snifter.
2.75 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Just over one finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking and just a wisp or two of lacing is left. Weak for an IPA.
3.75 S: Hop forward and I would expect nothing less. Piney and floral with notes of tropical fruits including mango and papaya. Some earthiness and perhaps grassiness as well. Not much to say about the malts other than that they had to put some in. Neutral maltiness with a moderate sweetness.
3.5 T: Again the focus is hops. Moderate bitterness. Piney and earthy from start to finish. Floral in between. Mango and papaya are spotted here and there. Pretty straightforward taste. Not a lot of complexity and not a lot of maltiness other than the neutral sweetness that has to accompany a beer this big.
4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy with a subtle lingering bitterness.
3.75 D: Good beer. No complaints. Fairly standard.
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DavoleBomb, Aug 25, 2013 jjgmd (2148) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Pours a rusty orange hazy color with a beige head . Nose is a hoppy mint with citrus and pine . Taste is a nice confluence of hops and crisp grainy malts . Finishes on the same tasting notes , dryly on a moderately long ending . quaff score 6 / 10
tendency (26) - California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
hmm..basics: pours thick golden..nice head and retention when poured properly. strong malt backbone like good pennsylvania steel. you know you’re driking a 9.5% beer with this one as the booze is not well hidden at all. beer has a definite hard on. malt burst through at front of mouth touch sweetness then the hot bitter hop bite. however, well, shit ill just say it: it kinda tastes like a super hopped budweiser on steroids. very bitter kudos for that but the flavor profile is too restrained and a touch bland for my taste. complex, nuanced hop feel lacking this drank more like a punch to the mouth and get the hell out attitude. DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland. Herbal, onion hop aroma with a lighter underlying malt sweetness. Some metallic character and a little yeast ester character. Transparent pale golden body with a medium whitish head. Good retention. Starts herbal, and fairly bitter with decent hop flavors. Becomes a little sweeter and chewy in the middle. Finishes with more herbal and earthy hop flavors. Ethanol is hidden well. A decent beer. Nothing too exciting, though. Surprised this is 100% Pilsner malts. DrinkinWell (389) - - SEP 15, 2013
Pours clear amber with light head and tart aroma. The beer will please hop-heads, but I think that the bitterness can come across as overpowering (not surprising, given the beer’s name). Sweet citrus flavors come through, but they’re dominated by the hops. A good beer, but not as mind-blowing as other reviewers seem to suggest. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draught. Pours a hazy copper color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is quite hoppy and pleasant, with some floral and grassy tones coming off it. Taste was weird, though - while it was nicely bitter, it seemed very dirty, like there was just a bit of soil thrown in with the beer. Made it feel a little gritty and unpleasant as well. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pours a nice, pale gold. Quite clear, filtered. Medium white head. Some lacing and decent retention. The aroma has a lot of floral hops with some grass, herbal and light citric notes. Interesting minty edge to the hops. There’s also a fair bit of sugary caramel malt, more than I’d like. It’s sweet and perfumey. Everything seems rather sweet, and the sugary malt just pushes it all over the edge for me. The taste is similar. Lots of floral, herbal-dominant hops with bready, caramel-y, sugary malt. I like the sweet hop flavor, but the malt sweetness seems to throw if off balance. It’s sweet on sweet. Somewhat cloying. There’s little hop bitterness, just a light pine resin bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is not too heavy for the abv, but it’s fuller than I normally like in the style. Fairly slick. Overall, I’m not a big fan, and unfortunately, it’s not getting better as it warms. With a drier malt character, I think this would be much improved.