YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Golden orange body under a frothy off-white head. Nice lacing as it goes down and dancing bubbles in the body. Aroma is hoppy/citrus, spices, pine, floral notes. Nice, robust feel in the mouth with gentle carbonation. The flavor was a refreshing hoppy/malt mix, some alcohol hints. A good beer but not among Stone’s best. porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours a golden color with a very thin white head. A very citrusy aroma with some hints of oak and grass. A piney and citrusy hop flavor, with a slight warming of alcohol. No malt flavor that i could detect. It was like a different tasting IPA, with a rather thin body! Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Sampled at the montly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana Beer Club thanks to Andy. This was a disappointment compared with previous anniversaries. I can’t imagine this taking on any additional virtues in the ageing process. Some grass and hay blended with a hop bite. A wheat beer in the usual sense it is not, nor is it a wheat beer in the IPA Gumbalhead sense either. What its trying to be I’m not certain (and that’s often fine), but its not innovative enough to define a new style. I likely need to rerate this one blind, just too many expectations going in and disappointments coming out. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Golden yellow in color with a nice white fluffy head. Fresh piney hoppy aroma. Sweet citrusy malty and hoppy flavor. Not enough body. Finish is hoppy. You get lots of hops and little malt. Not balanced. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Gold color with a lasting white head. Aroma is fresh spicy & piney hops. Tastes like a toned down Ruination, as the hops jump right at you. The malts follow with a lot of sweet citrus, mostly tangerine. Nice lacing throughout. Color seems a bit light for the category but oh well. Although the malt flavors are sweet and the hops are tangy & chewy, there’s no balance. You really get one or the other. Maybe anothr month or two will mesh the flavors.
JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2005
I’m pretty sure that I couldn’t pick this out if I tasted it side by side with Three Floyds Gumballhead. It is a hop dominated wheat beer, a good summer beverage. Hops come through in the form of citrus/pine and the beer has enough body to back up the hops. Well made. Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Bomber bottle. Dark amber color with medium creamy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate citrus and hop aroma. Medium body with smooth texture. Full citrus, malt spice flavor with a sharp finish. Good brew that was a good change of pace for Stone. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Lemon candy, sugar, bitter, hoppy, soapy nose. Also some alcohol coming through. Hazy off golden color. Medium head that lasts. Really bitter with a golden hops presence. Notes of orange peel and citrus. Cookie and malt flavors balance things out. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Golden bronze hue. Big tight cream colored head. Sweet floral nose, citrus, then all stinky resinous hops. Bready, sweet malts, faint light fruit, wheat beer notes, then bang! Hops and alcohol smack ya in the mouth. Full chewy body, steady carbonation, somewhat reasonably balanced I spose. Pineapple, tangerine, big citrus, grapefruit, spicy earthy hops. Quite drinkable if you dont mind some serious hops in yo arse! Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head. Thin and stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, spice and hops. Light, zesty body with a crisp and peppery character. Grapefruit, hops and spice flavors dominate but there is a bit of sweet malt in the background too. The finish is spicy with more citrus. Pretty good hodgepodge style beer.