trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Great beer for hop heads. Color is clear bronze with minimal white head. Aroma is hops, wheat, grass, and hops. Taste is very similar. It is similar to an Imperial IPA, but the wheat and malt temper the hops so there is all the flavor, without the bitter bite. Long hop finish with alcohol burn. I really liked this beer. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2005
22 oz. bottle from local liquor store. Pours clear and orange-amber with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus, pine and spruce hops with subtle notes of ripe summer fruits. Flavor is also dominated by the same sorts of hoppiness, but there’s a noticible sweetness of malt and some wheatiness (since I was looking for it) with an alcohol presence in the finish. If I didn’t know this was a wheat beer, I’d think it was more in the IPA family due to the color, alcohol and assertive hoppiness. Mouthfeel is good with medium body and creamy carbonation. Definitely interesting and as someone else has commented, this might do well with a little more time in the bottle. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle. Lightly opaque, Light amber to orangish in color with a very nice white head that slowly fades to a small thing bubble layer. Very nice foamy lacing is left. Aroma is pleasantly floral and as per Stone, hoppy. Bits of fruit and Mentholatum for some reason come to mind. On a big sniff I could pick up some alcohol. Light bodied with pleasant carbonation. Flavor is initially weizen-like and then the hops take over the playground. Piney and citrus to be sure, alcohol actually is pretty detectible in the middle portion giving a little burn. Hop bitterness lingers pleasantly. Interesting take, worth a try. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Decent brew but I really think Stone should try and do more then hop the hell out of beers. Light copper colored brew with a big hop nose. Leans more toward the fruity hop flavors. Abv is well masked. Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Excellent beer this is. Nicely hopped, much like an IPA. Had the most pleasant creamy mouthfeel, almost like dreadnaught, but not quite as smooth and creamy.
egajdzis (6675) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured a lightly lazy, orange golden color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of bubblegum, apples, lemon merengue, vanilla, grassy and floral hops. Taste of wheat, more apple, pear, light alcohol, some spices, and finishing with green, bitter grapefruit hops. Thanks grover! OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Bottle, from Bauer. Good nose, sweet. Orange, peach, apricot, pine, caramel. Clean orange/ copper color. Good head that faded. Bittersweet flavors, Like aroma, wheat really shows. Medium body, creamy slippery mouthfeel, bitter finish, little burn to it. Damn that went down fast. The tasting at Bauer was fun. Thanks Nick. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Big fruity, piney hop aroma, lots of ester, and some sharp, burning alcohol. Looks great, clear orange-amber, dense white head. Flavor is dominated by fruity hops, there is a little malt sweetness to balance the strong hop bitterness, and there are some sharp higher alcohols. Medium body, some alcohol burn. Not a big fan - the wheat malt base doesn’t provide enough support for the high hop levels and it shows a lot of alcohol for 7.8%. Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Pours a clear copper color and makes a dense offwhite head. Aroma is loaded up with pine, backed up with some sweetness. Flavor opens with some bitterness, but is full of apricots, bubble gum and pear, with a spicy alcoholic bite in the end. Medium body, sticky sweetness coating on the palate with a sticky finish. Carbonation is peppery, yet smooth. I smell this and think west coast IPA, but the flavor takes me into a completely different direction. Don’t get me wrong, it is hoppy, but the other flavors are welcome and new. I like it. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 I went in with a completely open mind, really. It poured a slight hazy deep bronze color with thin sheets of whispy froth..the aroma had a ton of fresh hoppy notes intertwined with yeast, fruit, and more specifically dried orange. The mouthfeel was thick...starting yeasty, turning hoppy, then ending grainy. Well, guess what, the yeast..it sucks..as it always sucks..the strain they use here is complete garbage, in every freakin’ way imaginable. You know what though, I don’t really give a damn anymore, its a loss cause. BLAS! Basically, it tastes like a hoppy belgian wheat ale, but fermented with tijuana river yeast. Its to the point of syrupy...the hops they use are mangled with the autistic qualities of the yeast... BLAS!