cfrancis (3253) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear golden yellow with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is yeast, bread and hop. Taste is biscuity, yeast with some hop. Citrus fruit is at the back of the mouth. OK beer but I prefer the original IPA and Ruination.
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was amazing and unexpected. I am used to being shocked by Stone, but this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A traditional looking IPA except that it is a little light in color. Clear. Tall rocky head that left sculpted concentric rings. Amazingly the yeast aroma really battle with the hops in the nose. On first sniff I was confused. My curiosity aroused. Very spicy as well dominated by cloves. I have never had a beer with such overt clove aroma. Is it the Belgian yeast that does this? The taste was all Stone IPA but more. The brew tasted like a blend of caramel malts, citrusy hops and a fruity taste. The fruit was pineapple-mango-peach-tangerine. Very intriguing. Then the hops wrestled the aftertaste away again. A fresh grassy sort of hops. Very fresh like a wet-hopped beer. The body was medium light with average carbonation. Call the texture soft to oily. Overall a great and refreshingly different beer. It’s not your traditional IPA. I give Stone top marks for attempting this unique hybrid and pulling it off.
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a billowing white foam head that leaves a ton of lacing along the side of the glass. Initial aroma of citrus hops that after a minute develop into a nice fruity bouquet of Belgian yeast, spices, and more hops. There is an interesting mixture of flavors going on followed by a pleasantly bitter finish. A nice combination of two tasty styles
Earlier Rating: 10/8/2009 Total Score: 3.8
22 oz. bottle from International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL). Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a billowing white foam head that leaves a ton of lacing along the side of the glass. Initial aroma of citrus hops that after a minute develop into a nice fruity bouquet of Belgian yeast, spices, and more hops. There is an interesting mixture of flavors going on followed by a pleasantly bitter finish. A nice combination of two tasty styles.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours yellow-orange with a one finger white head. Lacing was nice throughout. The aroma was comprised of only strong hops. The flavor was of hops with a slight malt note. It was medium on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall it had a nice hop note that wasn’t overwhelming but was definitely present. It was a nice IPA but definitely not the best from Stone’s IPA lineup. Still very good though...
Hangover (1123) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a nice , slightly frothy white head. Not a very strong aroma, yeast seems to dominant with light citrus hops. Flavor does have some belgian yeast phenols with a slightly sticky, spicy pine bitterness. Almost a candi sweetness towards the finish. An interesting take on an "IPA".
jkwood04 (5352) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours bright, orangeish-amber with a thick, lingering, off-white head. Aroma of citrusy hops and a spicy, Belgian-style yeast. The flavor is a perfect balance of these two components, yielding a slightly sweet/spice flavored IPA. Average body, and good carbonation. A great beer combining two great styles.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear blonde with a small, quick white head. Nose is all hops and standard for an IPA. Flavor however is sweeter and a little less bitter than Stone’s standard IPA and the belgian yeast sits in the background of the taste. Finish is both bitter and malty sweet. A very good beer, IMO.
papajohn56 (18) - Lakeland, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a pillowy white head. Aroma of piny hops. Taste is of hops and yeast. Overall, a high quality IPA that shows a Belgian side in the aftertaste.
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light golden blonde color slightly amber. Tastes like a combination of a Belgian blonde and an ipa. Good beer. Slightly bitter, like me.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh hop aroma. very sweet floral taste. wet, semibitter finish. surprisingly laid back for a Stone beer.