jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
22oz. bomber. Slightly hazy gold color with a small white head. Great aroma of piney, citrus hops. Bitter hop flavor. Lots of citrus hops in the taste along with some piney resin. A little light on the malt side makes this kind of one dimensional. Alcohol comes through on the finish. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Hazy golden pour. This is like Gumball Head, but more hoppy, more body, a tad more alcohol. Hoppy citrus and pine aroma, with some banana and some esters. More of the same in flavor. Decent palate, and an easy drinker. The sad part of this beer to me is that I don’t see it keeping too well. Drink and enjoy while you have it - dont try to save it. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle. Mildly hazed golden color with a rich foamy off-white head. A lime, banana, floral hops, and sweet caramel in the aroma. A relatively odd mix of flavors as it mixes a strong ale with a wheat beer, but I enjoyed it. This beer is smooth and goes down with a spiced (but feeling the alcohol) flavor. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Tasty fresh hoppy wheat - this has the kind of hop going on that I had hoped Gumball head would’ve had. Tangy sweet and citrus. Assertive all around, but believe it or not, Rockinout’s American Indian Wheat was far hoppier than this. Loved the citrus, pine, floral aromas. 2nd bottle tasted a little sweeter (but it was also served a little warmer, so that could explain it). I’ll taste a few more of these while they’re fresh. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 26, 2005
Peachy gold body, with some shading around edges. Head is small, white, building around edges, and is gone quickly. Smell is wonderful, but very much like every other Stone IPA, barleywine or strong ale, showing pineapple, sugary malt. Taste is very large, nice hoppy bite with sweet malt. Balanced very well, does not get cloying. After initial swell of flavor comes softer notes of pine tree, needles, peaches and apples. Aftertaste shows some anise and unpleasant medicinal qualities. Still, this beer is made with fine ingredients and methodology. Not a bad drink.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2005
22oz - Aroma floral hops, with a citrus and malty backing. Pours a slightly clear yellowish-brown with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is hoppy for sure. A sour dish soap lemon taste persists after the intial blast of hops fade. Palate is crisp and tart. Stone makes so many better beers of the same vain, it is a wonder they make specials like this. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 [22 oz. bottle] This is an excellent beer. Pours a clear orange/copper color with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing. This has a great balance of hops, citrus and sweet malts. I really enjoy the carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. I’m going to try to scoop a few more of these up for later on. Overall, an excellent offering from Stone. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Tasted on draft at the 9th anniv festival, rating from the 22oz bottle. Orange-gold with a small diminishing head that hangs in and laces nicely, aroma somewhat sweet citrus, yeast and piney floral hops with alcohol note. Malt is light, bready sweet lemony tangerine citrus, medium body mouthfeel is full and finish is decidedly hops bitter and slightly acidic. I like the balance, I like the smoothness, I like the beer very much, hats off to Stone for coming up with something different and making a quality, drinkable, satisfying brew. Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Oh, YE GODS! One of the most medicinal, overwheming Pine Sol hop aromas I’ve had the displeasure of smelling in a long time. Totally destroys any other aromas this thing might have. I threatened to go below a 4 for it, but I do realize that this is what they were going for. So not a flaw, just...very crude and overdone in every way. Based on pure enjoyment, disregarding styles and Stone’s penchant for overhopping everything, I’d probably give this a 1.5. More than being undrinkable, it’s unsmellable. Horrific and a total drain pour. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Big piney hop aroma, nice. Small, bubbley head. Orange body. Big malty and wheaty taste. Bitter, but certainly done as the finer elements of the beer are overpowered. Bitterness lasts too long. Nice malty, oily body though.