beern (250) - Alabama, USA - FEB 5, 2018 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Pours light golden and translucent with a one-finger white head and an aroma of citrus, lemon and pine. Tastes of sweet malt upfront with a bitter pine body and a resinous hop finish. The bitter pine is profound balanced by a solid malt backbone. I’m assuming that the alcohol is hidden within this. It’s medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. There is some citrus, lemon, bitter grapefruit in the body and finish. ThreeCats (1025) - ISRAEL - JAN 13, 2018
Hazy copper color with a long lasting head. Aroma very fruity, sugared papaya, and lychee. Taste fruity, full, bitter, lychee again as well as pear and canned fruit cocktail. Second mouthful reveled a good dose of grapefruit as well. Very nice beer, surprisingly drinkable given it's abv. mesacollier (37) - - DEC 21, 2017
Hoppy citrus aroma, hazy golden orange color, lacing that clings to the glass, strong hoppy flavor with citrus notes, clean smooth finish
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone IBUAromas6 (3) - - DEC 17, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2017 Definitely fresh tasting with a great scent. Smooth with a bit of a sweet flavor that didn’t quite feel right. Don’t think it was worth the $16 I had to pay in Korea. How much was the air freight?? Scipio (1305) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Enjoy By 12-25-17. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium, lingering white head. The aroma is very floral and consists of grapefruit, pine, lemon, and mild peach and tangerine. The taste has plenty of bitterness. Its still very floral, but now there is a solid herbal quality found. Strong in grapefruit with a complement of pine, as well as melon, biscuit, lime, and hints of caramel. Long grapefruit finish. Light to medium in body and with a slick texture. This is very easy drinking for a beer this potent. This is a classic.
wiscobeerman (3) - Mukwonago, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2017 does not count
Quintessential IIIPA. Pine on the nose and warms tje heart and soul. Not to be missed on Xmas morn. AjHtoma (17) - - DEC 2, 2017
Can. Pine and grapefruit, nice body, slightly sweet at first but bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone mjmoen (630) - - NOV 20, 2017
B. Pours a clear golden color with white head. Full disclosure, I had the 'enjoy by 10/31/17' on 11/20/17 so it's possible it's not at peak freshness. That being said, it's full of flavor and not too bitter. deanso (10353) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - NOV 6, 2017
Sample at Chiang Mai tasting, Stone Enjoy By 10.31.17 IPA.
Thick creamy white head. Hazy blond pour. Lovelt bitterness. Excellent ChrisOfstad (469) - Hamar, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2017 0,5 litre Bottle from Total Wine and Spirits, Laguna Hills. Golden with big head. Fruity, little alcohol taste! Nice!!