porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
My new favorite beer. Nice aroma, not too overwhelming. Pours a perfectly clear dark gold, with a decent head. I'm an IPA head, and this is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Creamy head, wonderfully balanced complex hop flavor. Extreme? Maybe, but somehow not so overbearing that you can't enjoy the nuances.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle dated enjoy by 4.1.13. Clear amber pour with a small bubbly head. Nose is orange peel, strong citrus, lemon, light toffee, strong floral and strong perfume. Flavor is strong citrus, orange, lemon, perfume and some fusels. Dry and bitter finish with medium carbonation. Lebowski34 (2) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013 does not count
22 oz bomber poured in a snifter. Pours a golden color with a light head. Smells of fruit and floral notes. Hops are not overpowering to the palate. Finish is very smooth. Overall a very good DIPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
04-01-13 batch. 22 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a snifter. Pours clear golden with a small off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose is amazing, with huge tropical fruit, flowers and citrus, along with pine and subtle resin. The flavour is quite bitter throughout, but with beautiful fruity, floral and piney notes from the nose. Resiny bitterness picks up towards the finish, which is long and bitter. On the palate, it is medium full in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall this is a great California style dIPA with a truly beautiful nose that carries through to the finish. Awesome! 2013-03-14 Ed5388 (3448) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2015 22 oz bomber (Batch 04/01/13) thanks to raiders707. Alright this is the 2nd drink by Ive had and is just as great as the last! Citrusy aroma of orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Taste is just as good. Pineapple, orange, lemon, resiny pine. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky. Great beer.
Had Batches: 02/15/13, 04/01/13, 05/17/13, 07/04/13, 09/13/13, 11/12/13, 02/14/14, 07/04/15
Spab (3785) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Growler (04-01-13 release) from Premier Gourmet. Pours a clear deep golden orange with frothy slightly off-white head. Aroma is huge citrusy and piney hops with solid caramel base. Flavour huge grapefruit, mango, tangerine, pine and caramel. Puckeringly bitter finish. Carbonation slightly on the lively side of average. Delicious. A2kenCdaisyC (51) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2013
This one has it all-yummy fruit hop aroma and a nice medium palate for a super fresh IPA- piny light resinous hop midway and a lingering perfect bitter hop finish---Enjoy Now! ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/10/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a freaking gorgeous golden amber shade with perfect clarity. The head is a three finger white shade. Everything is good here - retention, texture, and the lacing down the glass. This beer makes Sofia Vergara look like a damn horse in comparison.
S: There is a distinct savory note from the hops that reminds me of onion/garlic. Otherwise, this one comes off as being bitter just from the nose alone; there is a lot of grapefruit peel, black pepper, mango, papaya, pine, and guava. It really smells damn great, but perhaps it’s not quite to my preference for an IPA.
T: At first, there’s some slight maltiness (in an earthy expression) before it finishes both dry and bitter. Transitioning between the vaguely citrusy opening and piny, bitter ending is a strong midtaste of onion and garlic; I actually like this portion of the flavor profile the best. But the biggest problem here is how boozy this one seems. Maybe it’s some of the earthy and oniony qualities coming through on the back end, but there’s a real distinct sharp heat to it that doesn’t strike me as being hop-derived. Certainly it feels every bit its 9.4% ABV. To be fair, this note helps to rein in the bitterness somewhat, so it’s not all bad, I guess.
I’ve got another one on standby that I plan to serve more chilled than this one - maybe this will tone down the booze some? Regardless, what a letdown.
M: Typical Stone IPA: bone-dry, clean, astringent, and bitter as fuck. Well, maybe not ’as fuck’, but it does have a good lingering bite to it. Something like this should be spectacularly drinkable - thanks to all the poorly concealed alcohol I taste here, I’m reduced to vegging over this one for a moderate length of time. Drinkability is actually okay because the general feel is quite good - but then again, I expected something fantastically chuggable.
O: I really thought this was going to be a world-class DIPA, but instead I find it kind of harsh and meh. I hate to say it, but this has nothing on some of the local DIPAs I can get fairly readily (Evolution Lot 6 DIPA and Troegs Perpetual IPA); and let’s not talk about how badly Lagunitas Sucks pounds this one into submission. Absolutely worth trying, though - hell, I seem to be only one who doesn’t love this. But Stone, unless the second bottle I drink manages to make me shit out rainbows and sunshine the way I expected this one to, you are back on my naughty list again. Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2013
On tap at the abbey. Pours light amber with a nice frothy head. Aroma is deep and complex, grass, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, yum. Flavor is very sweet and grassy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Leighton (21089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - thanks to Bruce. Pours perfectly clear with a modest, white foam head. Lovely dank hop aroma, some juicy citrus, pine. Medium sweet flavor, medium sweetness, lots of sticky pine, orange, some grass. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Dank and resinous to finish, juicy pine, grapefruit, sticky grass. Quite fresh, juicy. Drinks so, so well.