cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Light honey in color with a medium-sized bubbly white head. Average retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet belgian yeast. A layer of complexity is added in the form of citrus, leather and dough. Flavor is that of a light belgian ale. Sweet medium-light body, creamy texture, good carbonation, and a mildly bitter, sticky-sweet finish. Has a little pistachio too. Better than Stone IPA.
italianjohn (3068) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper pour white head aroma of belgian yest and citrusy hops light lacing .... taste matches up to the aroma sweet malt with a light spice and belgian yeast with citrusy hops ..... very balanced with a light bitter finish .... good choice of belgian yeast .... enjoyed this one
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a golden clear color with a pillow white head that did stick around for a little while and provide some lacing. The first thing I noticed on nose was the Belgium yeast followed by a floral hoppy bouquet and a slight touch of smoke. The body is a wonderfully balanced medium bodied mix of Belgium and IPA. The finish is a buttery hop, if that is even possible?
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, grapefruit, toasted malt and floral hops. Taste of moderate hops, citrus, mild fruit, yeast and light sugar. Smooth body with minor bitterness on the back end. Definitely not as aggressive as their other hopped beers. Decently done though not a huge fan of this style.
icmac (33) - Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy, light, golden color, leaving a frothy white head. The aroma is light hops, with a hint of a belgian. The taste has the hop bite and a little doughy, belgian flavor at the finish.
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is light for an IPA, but then again again it is a Belgian style version. The appearance is also lighter, orange straw yellow. The flavor is that of a smooth IPA. Hops are prevalent from beginning to end, but with a brilliant balance of bitter and sweet hoppiness, the beer manages to remain smooth throughout.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber bottle in a whiskey snifter. The beer pours a medium golden color, with a mild white head. Carbonation is slightly high for an IPA, and may have been adjusted to bring it a little closer to Belgian styles. Not really a detriment. The nose is interesting: pungent west coast hops and leather. The palate begins with all the indicators of Stone’s IPA: danky hop character and toasted malt. Flavors then move across the ocean, showing yeast-derived esters that seem to fall somewhere between Wit bier and a really well-brewed tripel. The finish leaves a nice combination of lingering bitterness and fruity esters. Overall, not the benchmark of the style, but an excellent piece of recipe formulation and execution.
djd07 (13688) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a clear orange with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing. The aroma is a floral hop with yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a floral hop and yeast with a nice dry finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A very unique IPA from Stone.
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours gold into the glass with a white head. Aroma is odd. Really strange. Not quite a mixture of belgian and american influence so much as an odd meaty aroma of jerky. Flavof has a piney and residual hop influence with a bit of malt sweetness. Belgian character is mainly experience through the body.
Maddog (526) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at SouthPark Tavern in Dayton, OH which was much better than the bottle I had a few months ago. The pour isn’t much to speak of, but the aroma was fresh and piquant with hops dominating. Flavors ranged from fruit to yeast to very light hops and even some tartness. A very refreshing and very flavorful beer which was unique and different. As it warmed, it got better and more flavorful and complex.