dwyerpg (6497) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Gave the 8.2.13 version the same exact score.
4.20.13 version. Has the sweet hoppy aroma found in so many Lagunitas beers. Tons of hops but it sits really well. A bubbly spiciness that is quite tasty. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap. Crystal clear golden yellow color. Thin white head. Mind blowing hop, pine, grass, citrus nose. Just amazing. Attack is even better, bright, hopy, grassy, pine, citrus. Crisp dry finish. Yumm. rader58 (933) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4-20-13 batch. 22 oz bottle. Aroma of mango, grapefruit, jasmine, honey. Flavor is grapefruit, mango, floral, with a hint of pine in the finish. A wonderful citrus and tropical fruit Imperial IPA With aroma to match the flavor. Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2013
04.01.13 This is totally awesome. Big thanks to Rich who brought this over from California/Bay Area and thanks to Josh JLizard for hooking us all up together to share in these beery delights. This is such a treat for my UK palate, to be able to taste such a fresh IPA. This beer totally sings with hop goodness. No doubt many of you raters are from the US so are used to fresh if not super fresh IPA’s but at best we here in the UK consider a month old as fresh what with lead times on orders etc. Anyhow, to Hoppopotamus in Santa Cruz, (no offence meant) but this beer is anything but nondescript in terms of Hop Aroma. The 04.01.13 stinks of quite possibly the most uniquely perfumed hop out there: Sorachi Ace. The tell tale signs are the waxy, jasmine and citrus notes you get. This may very well and most likely is a very well blended hop-bill, but Sorachi takes the lead as it tends to, as it has such a dominant aroma/flavour. Behind that there are classic aromas of sticky resin, lemon zest, lime skin, and rubber (in a good way) the faintest trace of cereal and honey and caramel. Flavour hits you with a bang, citrus flavours to the fore remind me of a combo of Sorachi and Centennial with huge waxy notes, giant citrus fruit, ripe lemons, ripe pink grapefruit, hints of mango sweetness - at once tropical but resinous, sweet but savoury. Grapefruit rind and lemon peel take you to the finish with herbal nuances, more jasmine tea and a wonderful creamy yet prickly mouth feel which keeps the beer lively and hides the alcohol in masterful way. A real pleasure to drink. Eaten with home made Fajita’s, Home made Guacamole & Habanero Hot Sauce. A real delight all round. devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 4.1.13 Pours clear with some white head, aroma is massive hops with resin, pine, and citrus. Taste is very smooth with nice bitterness. Hides the alcohol extremely well! Delicious. #100 rating
FalconsFever (40) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Excellent citrus hop and extremely smooth for a double IPA. One of the best beers I have had in a while. Enjoy by 4.1.13 tasted in growler pour.
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UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Bomber. Enjoy By 04.20.13. Drank on 3.22.13. Thanks to Enoteca in Post Falls, ID for setting this aside! Pours a clear old gold with a long-sustaining off-white head with great retention; after it recedes, it leaves sheeting lace and a constant skiff of foam. Aroma is full of hallmark IPA notes: first off comes the catbox, then pine, then grapefruit--classic; I’m also getting some not-as-common, but always welcome peach. Taste is bittersweet with lots of citrusy notes followed by pine; I also get some bready malt after it warms up a bit. What I taste is an IPA that still has its hop credentials firmly intact before the natural malt invasion that occurs with age inevitably takes place. This is a pure hop vehicle, the malt present but restrained. Too many times with this style, the malt overtakes the hops, due in most cases to age, leaving behind only a shadow of the original beer’s true potential. That isn’t the case with Stone’s freshest of fresh hop ales. Hopheads have a nice beer to savor here. 4-20, the holiday celebrating Humulus lupulus’ cousin cannabis--this can’t be a coincidence, considering this is one of the ’dankest’ beers I’ve ever had. P.S.: don’t use the word dank in the forums unless you want your ass chewed by beer geeks! emorriss (14) - Huber Heights, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Awesome hoppiness, good nastiness. Flows well across the palate with earthy goodness and grassy finish hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Enjoy by 4-1-13. Clear amber with big white head that leaves lace. Aroma is pretty indescript hops Flavor is quite bitter, some piney hop flavor but mostly bitter. A bit piney, like juniper. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2013
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 22 oz. bottle, Enjoy By 04-20-13- Pours clear golden with a nice two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is fresh hops of course, citrusy grapefruit is prominent, spicy, some sweet malt. The taste is light malt, hops, citrus pine, strong bitterness in the finish, but a tad watery. The body is medium to a little thin, carbonation is medium high. Overall this was a nice experiment, but honestly I have had better, I do love the dating on this though, it is definitely fresh. 4-20-2014 re-rate, I assume this is the same recipe for every batch? This is is tasting extremely dank and just better, is it just the mood I am in? Do they alter the recipe from batch to batch? Not sure, but I have to up my overall by two points, original rating 3.9.