koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottled September of 2005, Consumed September of 2009.
22oz bomber pours a slightly burnt orange with honey folds into a pint glass. A khaki 1 finger foam crown appears but shows little retention before receding back into a rocky ring around the top of the surface.
Smell: A very nice malt that is fruity, slightly perfumy, and a touch boozy still. Most of the residual sugars have been depleted and the hops have definitely faded so the fruity quality lacks the vibrant pineapple and the brew lacks the amarillo kick it had when fresh.
Taste: Oh wow this one has blended quite nicely! Subtle pineapple meets a hint of toffee sweet malt and finishes with a wee bit of amarillo hops! This is at peak cellar condition IMHO.
Mouthfeel: Beautiful! Crisp, well carbonated, medium bodied, yet a touch oily!
Drinkability: The slightly boozy flavor profile keeps this one at 4.0 but this is a fairly sessionable example of the style.
CRACK EM OPEN AND DRINK EM NOW IF U STILL HAVE THEM!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-26-2009 Slipstream (2625) - USA - MAY 8, 2010
Thanks again to my cousin for cracking open a bottle of this - 5 years old, and it tasted just great, altho he said it has lost a bit of its hop character. Sweet, floral aroma. Nice, rusty glow and one of Stone’s better labels. A complex and delicious ale. I tasted bread, caramel, herbs, rye, and English hops. Another superb American ale from Stone. brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden orange color with a thin white head.
S: The nose is sweet with caramel, mild grapefruit, and orange aromas along with some toffee and bready malt. The signature of a once hoppy beer...
T: The flavor has retained some of the signature Stone hop bitterness, but it is somewhat tame. The malt is now the primary flavor component, giving the beer a sweet caramel and brown sugar flavor.
M: The body is on the full side of medium with a light-to-moderate carbonation and a touch of lingering bitterness.
D: Obviously well past its prime, but still some good flavors going on here. I would have loved to try it fresh. Sledutah (7526) - Utah, USA - APR 4, 2010
On tap at The Graduate BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Appearance: Hazy grapefruit color with a small white head, no lacing
Aroma: Grapefruits, spices and malts
Taste: Grapefruits, sweet malts and some spiciness
A nice beer, on the sweet side
Draft @ Churchills. Bright orange with lacy white head. Nose is Citrus and grass with shades of wheat and sweet malts. Flavor is slick wheat flavors with a sweetbread malt presence, moderate citrus and grassy hop flavor, finishes sweet. Medium body, slick texture, moderate carbonation. This wheat ale is holding up nicely and there is strong balance here, the malts are coming out with age and the hops provide a subtle kick.
marcus (10221) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Graduate, Davis. Pours golden amber with a decent off-white head and a sweet toffee aroma. Delicious caramel malt flavor with just the right amount of hop bitterness. bhensonb (15187) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap at the Graduate in Davis, CA. Pours opaque honey amber with an off-white head. Smooth fruity aroma. Full bodied with near creamy carbonation. Flavor is lighter stone fruit and something like honey toffee. There is lurking bitter. A very different, exotic flavor. Finishes towards light toffee. Amazing brew. Too drinkable by far. GMCC2181 (1609) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Bottle shared by bruce at SL... For being five years old this beer kicked ass.... Orange in color, good head. Nice aroma of some hops and malts. Taste is a nice well balalced, DIPA imo.... For being five years old....it still had a "bite" to it. Hoppy but not sugary or malty. Nice carbonation level. Overall: Impressed how well this held up over the years. Thanks bruce JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
On draft at Stone Winter Storm. Poured a clear yellow color with faint head. Taste was some hops, wheat, semi-sweet. Just ok. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 7/18/2009 Source:Other) Malty with a quite fruity peach pear and floral aroma. Slightly cloudy honey golden with small white head. Rich sugary maltiness with a distinct woodiness in flavor. Finish is mostly dry with hefty residual bitterness.