Iceman82 (32) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Fantastic!! The perfect cross between an American and Belgian IPA!! Pours a golden hue, not typical for an IPA. Aromas are that of an American IPA. Notes of citrus especially grapefruit, pine and biscuits. Beer leaves a light lacing as you consume. Tastes like grapefruit, orange with a nice light hoppiness. However, there is an undeniable Belgian influence....the sour notes from the yeast. It’s a fantastic blend. Beer finishes smooth with sour notes leading the way to a dry, hoppy finish. Great Beer! 1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2010
First of this trendy new style I have sampled. Clear yellow with substantive head and leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is spicy, peppery and grassy, hint of tropical fruit. Smells like Hop stoopid. Sour fruitiness and mild bitterness and medium body. Tastes like a blend of an ipa and a wit or belgian white ale as I guess is the intent here. T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
my favorite Belgian style ipa that ive had. nice dry fruit spice flavor traditional of the Belgian style with a nice punch of hopps that comes through like a traditional ipa. ive had many belgin style ipas from the usa and i think this is my favorite. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours clear golden with a 1 finger head, aroma is pine and somewhat yeasty, the flavor has a creamy bitterness after the swallow. There is some belgian flavors, mostly the creamy yeastiness, interesting beer and yet another winner from Stone brewing. poisoneddwarf (2564) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bomber shared with Brenn 79. Aroma is classic American IPA--grapefruit and pine are very prominent. Pours a gold hue with a medium head that dissipates in a couple of minutes, leaving a scrim of foam and top-notch lace. There’s something about that gold hue that I don’t like. It seems so un-Stone-like. It’s a boring color for a beer, I think. It tastes like a total cross between American and Belgian influences, just like the label says. Classic American IPA flavors juxtapose with yeasty, sour Belgian yeast to create a truly unique and flavorful beer. Is that lemonade in there? Kind of tastes like it. Yummy. Taste starts out sweet on the palate--for maybe a milisecond--then a wave of sour rolls over the tongue; as it clears the tastebuds and goes down the throat, a long bitter finish is left in the mouth. Carbonation is medium. Fantastic and very unique.
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bomber. I should state up front that one of the most memorable beers for me was the first time I tried DeRanke Bitter XXX, and I’ve been trying to get anything to measure up to that moment as far as a Belgian take on IPA. Interesting to get the West Coast take on the Belgian take on the West Coast IPA.....lovely pour, with a resinous hop aroma. The yeasty "België"element plays pretty well with that, only lacking maybe a spice note to play with the hops a touch better. Still, very well done.....and not even DeRanke has lived up to that first glass experience intro to the style within a style. Such is beer! Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
I wanted to dislike this solely because it is an IPA. It’s pretty delicious though. Grapefruit and some inedible yellow flower. I still wouldn’t drink a full bottle on my own though. Maybe when I am grown up I can dig it more. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
(22oz bottle best by 8-17-10) clearish bright orange, oily offwhite bubbles. Nose of big sweet florals, Belgian yeast, Candi sugar, hibiscus, and grapefruit. Taste of candied oranges, spicy Ginger, very mild bready tastes, Belgian yeast and grapes. Oily texture with a spicy finish. One of the best stone brews! Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2010
12 oz Bottle -- Pours burnt orange-amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Aromas of tea, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, peach, apricot, Sichuan pepper, and pine, floral, and resin hops. Yeast and floral presence is much more pronounced that the regular IPA. Nice acidic and tart front end. smoother than its IPA counterpart. Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Pour is golden straw in color. Nose is complex, featuring citrus and yes, burnt rubberbands. Taste is grapefruit, alcohol and spices. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Another solid beer from our friends at Stone.