Panzuriel (2389) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Very hazy copper brown liquid wiht a nice tan foam of small bubbles. Nose is very hoppy and acrid with a nice fruit hints noted and citrus. Tangy zesty and refreshing on the mid to end taste finishing cleanly. Good end bitters on the swallow. Body is smooth and full. The best IPA I have ever had. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Amber honey in color with massive fruity aroma. This beer poured with tiny white head. Rich, thick, and syrupy with the taste of grapefruits and fruity flavors dominating. Chewy malty body with mild alcohol finish. This beer assults your senses! Thanks goes to cbkschubert for the bottle. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 Pours dark honey w/ full semi creamy froth. Aromas of a malted pine forest. Full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Flavors of .....it’s a freakin malt bomb w/ a big piney resin character and a slight biscuit garter. Like chewing on a piece of caramel in a malted pine forest. They should have just made it into a candy bar. Massive malt chewy caramel. Residual asprin tingle finish. Not balanced at all. Over the top. You get the caramel, pine, vanilla, leather, and citrus. I was expecting something totally different. *****REVISED 6-1-2007 Just had another bottle that was stored in 35F weather. This brew is gone man. Not much structure left being that that hop profile has dwindled to reveal more of a barleywine. Flavors get a little earthy and the finish is a tad cloying w/ a fragment of what once was hopsy asprin. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2006
#1600 - 22oz bottle pours bright amber with a short offwhite head that fades pretty quickly to a film but laces all the way down the glass from there. Aromas of fresh pineapple over caramel and a faint whiff of a pine tree. Flavor is immediate pineapple, but as I continued on i could find caramel malts tucked behind that, also some notes of manderine orange, and tropical fruits. Just a bit of the alcohol warmth comes in at the back of each sip. Big syrupy mouthfeel one sip tells you this is a big beer. Good bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced for an IIPA this size. Amazingly easy to sip all 22oz. Just overall a beautiful brew.. A worthy beer for #1600 goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Poured a glowing amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with big notes of those candied pineapple chunks. Also notes of mandarins and pine. Light alcohol comes through as well. The aroma is thick and you just know this is will be big. The flavor fills the mouth with thick sweet malt as well as pineapple, citrus and piney notes. Then it covers every surface of the mouth with a crisp bitterness that finishes long and semi-dry. Full bodied and with a pleasant warmth in my chest. This is one of those beers that you can just sit with, finish off and relax for the night.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Pours amber with a big white head. Short retention but good lace. Hints of orange, citrus, piney hops, simcoe hops, pinapple, vanilla, mango and graitfruit are in the aroma. Bitter taste with lots of pinapple and piney hops. Palate is perfect in terms of thickness and balance. Very well done. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Noticed this one was getting alot of good reviews, so I ordered a case of it just for good measure. Pours out an orange color with a huge white head. Smell is grass, hops, oranges, grapefruit, and more hops. Taste is sweet and lightly carbonated. Complex, fruity, and full or oranges, the alcohol isnt even apparent in this beer, unlike the Bells I just drank. I cant wait to see where this one ends up after having more than 300 ratings. This reminded me alot of Weyerbacher 11, and if you dont like 11, im not sure how you could like this one as there are a ton of similarities. Very nicely balanced IPA, and proves the reason that I always order stones anniv beers. SpringsLicker (3682) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Thanks to OhioDad for sending this one! TAR (2794) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2006
This starts with a huge off-white head over a clear, deep amber body.
The aroma is juicy malt with piney sappy hops.
The flavor has plenty of malt, but the overall flavor goes to the bitter side. Possibly some alcohol bitterness at the sides of the tounge. Big and bitter with lots of pineapple.
I’ll try this again in few weeks and if the alcohol touch fades, I’d upgrade the palate a point. I think this will cellar some nicely under the proper conditions and will blossom into a big malty, well balanced, strong ale.
Burnt orange. Fluffy ivory head dwindles into an uneven-edged halo. Dull nose of tangerine, melon seeds, pinesap, and honeyed dates. Bright mango is buried beneath the sappiness. Fuzzy carbonation. Dense and weighty on the palate. Fairly slick, as well. Stagnantly hoppy right from the start, with a concentration of tacky resins and a stinging lash of alcohol. Pinpoint pricks of pine needles augment the minty alcohol, but with the exception of the pine there’s very little poignancy. Brightness lacks to a great degree, as stiff alcohol suppresses the sparse hop-derived juiciness. Hop character is quite dull and soggy, and the palate remains densely resinous. Fairly fruity, but exceptionally unpolished at all temperatures. Rampant honey, sap, and overripe peaches overshadow the glimpse of brightness that the mango provides. Tongue-coating hop oils lacerate the palate as it reaches the finish, but it remains brashly alcoholic and medicinal during the swallow. Muted hop burps ensue. Comes off as much more of a barleywine than anything else, and a rather dull one at that. Far too weighty. Quite disappointed by not only the tamely hoppy aroma but also the sheer lack of grace/finesse involved here. derkruk (11) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2006
Bought a 22 oz. bottle at my local (Bottleworks). Poured in a tulip glass, started with a moderate, off-white head that laced a little, but eventually dissipated. The body is a beautiful amber that is slightly hazy. Initial aroma has a sweetness that reminds me of the country, like hay and fresh cut grass. But the actual aroma contains many elements, alcohol sweetness, slight bready/toasty aroma from the malt, and of course the hops! Lemony, piney, resiny, with some grass in there as well. There’s even a bit of baked pineapple in the aroma. The flavor is big, bold, but very balanced for an imperial IPA. The hops dominate with a bitterness that lingers throughout but does not overpower. The hops flavor is a little grapefruit, a little pine, some resin, but balanced by the malt flavor and by the alcohol. The malt gives it nuttiness and sweetness. The alcohol also contributes to the sweetness. The body is medium-full with good carbonation. And man, does that alcohol warm me up. Very rich, even a little creamy, with a finish that has a long lasting bitterness and sweetness. Overall a wonderful, huge, amazing beer that I should buy more of! Incredibly balanced and worthy of celebration! It’s hard to do it justice in words.