pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
22oz bottle thanks to mark!.... cloudy orange and caramel brown pour with a thin very light brown head.... caramel malts, somewhat biscuity in nature, dominated the nose. very little life left in the hops at this point... flavors were sweet and biscuity, semi-oxidized caramel malts with a tough of bitterness towards the end but nothing substantial. above average mouthfeel. as others noted, wish i could have had this fresh but glad to have tried it anyhow. Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Orange with a white head. Aggressive hop profile overwhelmed the tastebuds leaving only the bitter remnants of a powerful IPA. Some sweetness in the finish. Could use a bit more finesse but it fit its era quite well. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. Better than 3rd and 4th anny, though that isn’t exactly a hard thing to do. A bit more hoppy than the previous wet rag tasting beers, less oxidized of course, but there is still plenty of cardboard and aluminum. Mildly bitter, bright. Some corn sweetness. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 On to the good stuff. Big earthy taste, like a dried fruit salad. Orange, lime and peaches were prodominate here. Follow that up with a molasses yeast thing. Finish was a nice smoked apricot and chocolate. Can’t wait to bust open the 3L now. Re-rated off of the 3L. Much of the same flavors with a less oxidized taste than the 22 oz. AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2016
650ml bottle from Ray’s in Tosa, shared with bananabi11. 8/17/2016 bottle date, so less than a month old. Perfect pour; very clear orangey copper with clingy lacing. Aroma has raw cascade hops; tangy pine, citrus and some other fruits. Taste is citrus, some pine, some caramel and some chewy resin. Medium bodied or a touch heavier. Some alcohol. The blend is very good. Finishes more bitter than bittersweet. Very tasty, not as extreme as Stone stuff will get, although easy to see a basis for Stone IPA. 14.3
asheft (3082) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
[Magnum at RBSG]
Hazy, yellowish orange with dotty lace and a bubbly white ring. Oxidized cereal grain aroma with ethanol, candy, and lemon notes. Also a touch of pine hops scent. The flavour is salty with hops yet with surprisingly low bitterness. Pumpernickel, some pine and subdued citrus. Probably aged too long. Medium body and moderate carbonation. rxeight (3082) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2016
22oz bomber from the stone 5/10/15/20 anniversary pack. 8/17/16 date. Appearance is hazy light orange. Aroma is floral hops, caramel. Smells like its way older than the date indicates. Taste starts with some bitterness, lots of malt. Floral and pine, stale hops.
Was looking forward to picking up this set and I am not impressed with how old it is. Purchased yesterday, just started arriving at stores two days ago and it’s 5 weeks old. Stone pushes the enjoy by series but lets this ipa set sit. thorongil2 (3074) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2016
(Tap) hazy, bright golden amber colour with a tall white head; aroma of tropical fruit, resin; intense, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
(Draft: Stone Brewing Days 2005 at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA) Duvel tulip glass in hand, I walk into Stuffed Sandwich for their Stone Brewing Days 3-day festival, hoping I’d find something cool, but oh my heavens, look what Sam has on tap! I never thought I’d see this in bottle or on draft ever again. Well, actually, I’ve never seen it before, not ever, since this came out just as I was moving out to San Diego, and I had better things on my mind at the time than beer hunting. Anyway, Sam has filled my Duvel glass right to the top, as always. I sip a bit off so that I don’t spill it, and amazingly, the head builds back to the top. I get to my table and sip some more head, and sure enough, here comes the head, continuing to form, beautifully creamy, light tan in color, and just refusing to fade even in the slightest. I have to keep drinking, and only then does the head finally give in and stay at a thin layer, but it leaves a thick, dense foam on the glass for the duration of the session to remember it by. The body is fully cloudy, amber in color, and impossible to see through, even at the edges. The nose is only lightly hoppy, so clearly the hops has softened considerably, which is to be expected for a 4-year old beer. Instead, it’s very earthy and woody, sweet, solidly malty, and certainly oxidized a bit. Similarly, the flavor is malty, earthy, woody, and mushroomy, but there’s also an obvious sweet fruitiness fighting through and holding its own. It’s not hoppy at all, and in fact, it’s only mildly bitter, but that bitterness does show up a bit in the finish. Alcohol isn’t really noticeable to me. Medium "plus" in body, but I think much of that "plus" is due to the aging. With the earthiness, this isn’t a clean beer at this point, and with the mild hoppiness toward the end, the finish isn’t terribly crisp either, but this is an IPA, so who could expect it to be? So clearly this beer is past its prime, and it’s not the same beer it was when fresh four years ago, but unlike many other "old" non-cellarable beers I’ve tried, this is still remarkably drinkable and very enjoyable. True, I enjoy that earthy, mushroomy flavor and aroma, but because of the solid fruitiness, this beer is more than just an oxidized, earthy, mushroomy beer. Still, I have to be fair and say that this beer, four years after being brewed, isn’t as amazing as it apparently was, but I’ve had no problem finishing the entire Duvel glass. As a rating buddy of mine said to me tonight, this is easily the best 4-year old IPA I’ve ever had. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Beautiful Hoppy flavor. It’s finish isn’t as clean as their Ruination, but it has more of a full mouth finish. Great beer.