chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2010
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 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
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 stylesthagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2010
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.
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 (1136) - oxford, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
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 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2010
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
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
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
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
Fresh hop aroma. very sweet floral taste. wet, semibitter finish. surprisingly laid back for a Stone beer. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Aroma is a ctirus explosion. Lemon, mild grapefruit, pineapple. (A la Rogue’s Yellow Snow.) Lemony Belgian spice. Just a wafting hint of funk. Superior scent.
The appearance is hazy golden yellow. Puffy white head. Thick lace, lots of carbonation.
The flavor is pineapple, orange peel, lemon and lime. Bitter grapefruit finish. Sweet at first, then has a nice bitter end.
The palate is thick and a with a champagne fizz. Thick like juice, or a mimosa. Dances on the tongue. Overall, a light, summery sweet and citrusy beer.