brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Cloudy copperish color, hoppy aroma. Nice hop initial taste, with a beautiful bittersweet aftertaste,every swallow you get a fresh taste of hops and a malt sweetness, with a wnderful bitter film coating the tongue ACHops (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2017
22 oz bomber, part of the encore anniversary 4-pack. Served in a tulip glass, pours hazy deep orange amber with thin lacy off-white head. Aroma is sweet syrupy lightly toasted caramel malt, hops are floral but relatively muted. Taste is thick, bright juicy caramel malt, dank citrus throughout, super clean dry biscuity finish. This is an old school, west coast DIPA, doing the style Stone does best. I know this isn’t the trend du jour, but man, what a textbook classic style... imagine a Pliny or Green Flash (or Stone...) IPA circa 2000, that’s what we have here. Love the encore series too, really cool that Stone can revisit classics from their catalog and update as needed. kyzr (1548) - Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2016
Copper pour with nice sized white head. Good nose of citrus, with a flavor to match. Nice balance of malt that coats with caramel. Nice bitter ending. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2003
beautiful copper color with an off-white head that lasted the entire beer. HUGE aroma very well-balanced between the caramel malts and hops. aroma didnt have tremendous citrus/pine qualities, but was more along the line of a resin. flavor was dominated mostly by a grapefruit with a very long bitter aftertaste. awesome beer...thanks to the Silky one for this! dinkle50 (1477) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Clear golden pour with a thin, single finger head, lace present. Aroma of flowery hops, mostly pine and grapefruit. Full bodied. Taste is grapefruit and pine with a bitter finish. Hints of two row malt and a bit of caramel. Lingering grapefruit bitterness. A lot like Stone IPA, but way hoppier. Great beer.
TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Wow! Have been looking forwad to this one for a long time. I was stunned and amazed when my beer guy mentioned the other day that he had a case of these cellaring and yes he would send on to me. Don't bother asking who. Beer pours nice amber color with huge fluffy off white head. The aroma is massive with grapefruit dominating. Flavor is also huge with an initial huge hop assault, this is followed by a bit of malt sweetness and the finish is more hope that last almost forever. Obviously the predecessor to Ruination IPA, but this is better. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
For being four years old this still has quite a hoppy punch. This was getting some cardboard qulaities to it and becoming somewhat astringent, though. There were still nice signs of the grapefruity hops, balanced out by the toffee flavored malts. Decent beer, I’m sure it was better a couple years ago. joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
Cloudy orange-amber w/ creamy off-white foam. Big hoppy citrus aroma over a firm foundation of caramel, toffee, & butterscotch. Thick, sticky, resiny feel. Flavour is heavily hoppy & bitter but sufficiently balance by the malt. The hops, however, though still aggressive seem to have faded somewhat over time. thepatrickman (1358) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2016
On draft at the Earth Eagle. This captures that classic "West Coast" DIPA malt profile, with just a little bit of clean sweetness but otherwise nothing to interfere with the hops. Which is nice, because the hop profile is really interesting. My initial thought was "candy" -- the hops have a sweet orange, pine and spruce flavor that are pretty different from the trendier hop profiles on the market these days. Good stuff. UncleKorm (1319) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Bomber poured a clear deep golden hue w/ large lasting creamy head. Moderate bready malt and floral aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are straw and lasting piney hop. Medium bodied.
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