Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2006
22 oz Bomber, medium golden, frothy. Thick flavours of pine and full hops, its been a long time since I have rated a beer here, I AM BACK. Nice easy carbination cirtrus resounds with nice piney hops, not a top shelf choice, but still recommended. Bought at Jungle Jim’s on my yearly trip to Cincinnati Ohio. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2007
By the description on the bottle I was expecting something along the likes of Three Floyds Gumballhead, a beer I enjoy. That’s not exactly what I got. Pours a hazy orange with a towering creamsicle colored head, interesting. Dwindling slowly, lacing left behind is sporadic and thin. Sweet and piney hops appear first in the aroma, followed by caramel, wheat and alcohol. Flavor is less than gratifying. Notes of grapefruit and pine, more caramel and a hefty dose of wheat that tastes tired and ultimately is a little off-putting. Alcohol isn’t masked whatsoever and this ends up tasting like it was thrown together in a hurried manner, haphazardly. Finishes moderately sweet, then with lingering hops providing for a dry finale. Palate is sticky and sharp, not very quaffable. A let down, as I feel an anniversary beer from a brewer is really the ultimate expression of their capabilities, or should be. Granted, in most cases it doesn’t work out that way at all. Creativity is definitely a strong suit of this brewery, but in this case it sails into left field without a hope of being caught. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
22 oz bottle from Leopoldstoch(thanks!). Ok, this is a 2 year old bottle, Pours a hazy amber with a large chunky head. Not sure what this is supposed to be, but smells like a barleywine. Tastes like one too. Starts with some sweet heavy malts, a little spiciness (almost ginger-like) and ends with a hop wallop of citrus and earthiness. Body is heavy, carbonation is moderate/high. Alcohol is pretty obvious for only being 7.8 abv, i would have guessed 10% at least... JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Had this on draft at the stone 9th party.
Well, I’d be more impressed if Stone had debuted this as "Stone Wheat" rather than as an anniversary beer. It tasted like a middle of the road american wheat to me. nothing special. SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Inviting grapefruit/citrus hop nose nearly overpowers the toasty wheat, which is only slightly evident in the aroma. While the combo works OK in the nose, it becomes muddled in the body. Loads of hop bitterness clash with the smoothness of the wheat, creating dirty off flavors that don’t seem to fit this ’clean’ beer. Wet dirt is one I keep getting in the finish. The heavy mouthfeel doesn’t help either. The loads of citrusy hops are overpowering throughout and just don’t synch with the wheat (and yeast) for me. I would take their near perfect IPA any day of the week and twice on Sunday over this.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Golden, like an Arizona sunset. Bitter w/ a hoppy taste that will send you into a euphoria. Let your mind and palate obambulate, as this potation is a phonistery. Better towards the beginning of the experience than the end of it. Put on a cup, and take a sip, because it may kick you in the nuts. Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours a hazy orange hue with aromas of pine and wheat. Flavors of pine, wheat with a smooth lingering, bitter finish similar to an IPA. BLAS!! loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Clear amber-gold color with a small off-white head. The aroma and flavor were strong with citrusy hops, but also had a nice fruitiness in the background...alcohol came through a little too much. The feel was very crisp with a dry finish. I’m a little disappointed with the past two anniversary beers. When are they gonna do an imperial stout anniversary ale? pfhyde (61) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 27, 2005
This is a great buy--7.8% ABV for 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. of consistently tasty, Belgium style ale. If you want the fizz of Belgium, but can’t afford the real deal, give this a shot. It comes across as subpar at first, but believe me, it’s worth a second (third, fourth) try. (Oh, and make sure you look up all the words on the bottle description in the Oxford English Dictionary--they’re great fun.) JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2006
I thought I was drinking a simple, but good, pale ale. There is not much to this light orange beer besides the hops in the aroma and the bitter hops in the flavor. The 8th was better.