Beergaard (357) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2017 pras (602) - Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! It isn’t often that something which has been built up lives up to the hype. This is an exception!
This beer is golden in color and has an aroma or citrus (orange, lemon and grapefruit) and pineyness. The flavor is bitter throughout. I am talking start to finish and even the aftertaste. The flavors in the aroma follow through to the beer. The aftertaste has a bitterness which is best described as the altoid peppermint bitterness. I have never experienced a bitterness like that in the aftertaste. It just lingers on the palate. The bitterness is in perfect balance with the backbone of the beer. It finishes nice and dry. The alcohol is completely masked. I really enjoyed this one. Probably one of the best if not the best beer I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Stone: Keep making beer like this and you will reign supreme!
Thanks Dave for the bottle!
Good beer, good concept. Loads of citrus, tropical fruit and grass on the nose. Taste follows up with sharp pleasantly bitter hops. Some nice sweet alcoholic heat just before the bitterness kicks in. kajser27 (1853) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 16, 2017
Clear, orange-yellow colored, medium frothy white head, nice lacing and good lasting. Aroma is of pine, citrus, fruity, some pale and caramel malt, moderate+ aroma. Taste is medium+ sweet malt, caramel, medium+ pine, citrus and fruity hops, medium+ bitterness, dry finish. Medium+ bodied, soft carbonation, oily-resiny. Enjoyed a week after the date, some notes of age already noticeable.
(bottle, from Stone Berlin) MacNJ (99) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2017
This beer boggles my mind! It’s light, fresh, refreshing. It has a nose/taste of lemongrass and pepper. Seems like a crushable summer beer. When I worked at Flying Fish, Casey Hughes told me that an IPA is the hardest style to brew in order to strike that malt and hop balance. These guys are at the top of their game producing a beer at 9.4% without a hint of booze, whiskey, etc. There is nothing harsh about this brew. Goes down like a 6.5% ABV. Unbelievable. Cheers! cecedrake (75) - - JUL 9, 2017
Pours clear golden amber with a white head. Strong aroma of hops and grapefruit. . Absolutely delicious. tightslice (1351) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is bright citrus, wet tropical islands. Taste is fresh citrus with a meaty fruit feel. Nothing too original here but Stone always seems to do it right.
ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2017
DOC: 5/29/2017Grovlam (4252) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2017
2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA
AROMA: Prominent hop aroma of American/New World varietals. Citrus, stone fruit, white grape all seem to be aromatics. Clean, bright nose overall. Malt base is nondescript. No alcohol presence. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Flame orange hue; very hazy. Moderate off-white foam. 3/3
FLAVOR: Orange citrus throughout with a sherbet or sweet orange peel taste on the first half. Strong bitterness throughout, but becomes a dry bitterness at the peak, followed by more fruity flavors (tropical, white grape) on the finish. Alcohol taste and warmth is a significant part of the palette, but not hot. Slight astringency between the hops and alcohol. Malt base creates for enough sweetness for balance, but has no significant character. 15/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture; no challenge to drink at 9.4% ABV. Slight alcohol warmth is tolerable. 4/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Yet another very good DIPA from Stone, but it’s been done. 8/10
TOTAL SCORE: 40/50
Draft in San Antonio the friendly spot. Large fizzy white head. Light cloudy yellow color. Aroma of peach, grape, pine, fruit, caramel, grain. Full body with a dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering dry bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Beachmaster (564) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2017
on draught. Pours a clear orange amber, with a moderate white head that persists and leaves good lacing. Nose is citrus and hops. Taste is similar, with enough malt backbone to balance the hoppy finish. Nice. Bricktop86 (855) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 24, 2017
Pours hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is citrus, resin, and tropical fruit. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Ungstrup (37859) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2017
Draft. A hazy golden beer with a lazing yellowish head. The aroma has notes of fresh hops, grass, and exotic fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of fresh hops, grass, and exotic fruits, leading to a bitter finish.