21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Wow, I wish I had the previous 4 years so that I could be prepared for the tremendous amount of hops. Bad news though, this is the last year they are making it. If anyone wants to know what pure hopps taste like have this. Its got more hopps than michael jordan. This is the most powerful beer for taste and smell. They should sell it at dairy queen cause its a freakin treat. Ok, I have a great comparison here. If you have ever tasted the sediment at the bottom of a homebrew , that is kind of what this tastes like, and if you have ever made a homebrew, it smells exactly like it does when you first start cooking the hopps. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Draft at Bittercreek... Pours lightly hazed orange with a firm white head. Citrusy hops with a bit of catty nose.. More malty than I would have guessed, but 15 years ago, this was probably pretty ground breaking. Now seems a little tame... Still super stoked that I got a chance to try the redux.
ACHops (1688) - 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. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
At the Brewery, deep oarange pour with thick off white head. The nose is subdued grassy and floral hops, probably due to age. The flavor is similar with a malt influence. Wish I could have had this fresh. User134089 (1644) - - NOV 5, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Hawai‘i Bowl shaker pint glass
From: Costco in Fashion Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $19.99 (for a variety 4-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 20, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 20, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Bottled Aug. 17, 2016; 2016 release, 2001 label
Had been wanting to pick up this Stone 20th Anniversary 4-pack and finally saw it for the first time at Costco for $19.99. Done. No idea about this one, but giving it a shot from scratch.
Poured a copper amber clear color with two fingers of grayish frothy head. Nice steady stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good uneven lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.75)
A lot of different flavors coming through the nose on the initial whiff. Got herbal, bitter pine, slightly spoiled fruit, citrus rind, onion, hints of resin and caramel. Can’t really pick out the hops, maybe Cascade if anything. No hiding that 8.50 pct. ABV. Doesn’t quite work overall. (Smell - 3.50)
Taste followed the nose for the most part. Lots of different flavors coming in, but no real balance. Getting herbal, bitter sugary pine, earthy citrus rind, spoiled fruit, green onions, leafy vegetables, spoiled orange peel, hints of red grapefruit, maybe some red apple, caramel malts and light menthol. Very boozy. (Taste - 3.75)
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Earthy, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)
Was back and forth on this one, eventually settling on a 3.75 for an overall score over a 3.50. Some good and bad here. I’m sure this was phenomenal in 2001, but it is not in 2016. (Overall - 3.75)
3.67 83 B
kyzr (1607) - 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. brewblackhole (1587) - 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 dinkle50 (1583) - 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. igneous1 (1538) - 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! thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, 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.