bigcat03 (324) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle from Wilburs poured into tulip at 52 degrees - Pours orange amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head; nice floral, grassy, and pine hops with a little malt to the nose; Floral, grassy, very light citrus hops provide the bitterness while a touch of malt provides some sweetness on the initial taste; A mainly malty but lightly hoppsy and clean aftertaste; Full medium body; Light carbonation; Probably the hoppiest beer I’ve had to date. I didn’t know an IPA could have this much complexity! i have to get my hands on some more of this. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
I enjoyed the citrus and pine. Finished with a long bitter ride over my palate. Drank straight from the bottle. Wish I had a glass, I just haven’t gotten geeky enough to ask. joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a nice orangish amber color. The aroma isn’t dominated by hops like the AB, but instead gives a nice malty presence.
The flavor is very well balanced, with a good floral hop profile that is balanced nicely by the fruity malt. All in all a nice IPA, but I will stick to the AB from these guys. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear bright copper with a lacy white head. Aroma of pine and grass with a tiny trace of skunk - the hoppy variety, not the lightstruck variety. Light to medium with medium carbonation. Taste starts sweet with bread and fruit followed by a mostly piney finish and a resinous aftertaste. A smooth and refreshing IPA. IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2007
I absolutely love this beer. I find it to be the best beer that can be bought in a six pack. It is incredibly refreshing and has plenty of hops.
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Clear bright gold. Very fine white head settles to an incomplete cap leaving nice lacing.
Nice mix of bready and crackery malts provide a solid base for bright citric hops. Pretty classic AIPA here!
Bright and lively in the mouth. Medium body with excellent balance of malt and hops, both of which are distinctly American in character. Good length, ending with a snappy bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high, which dries the mouth, but that’s a niggle really. Very drinkable, and my favorite of the "standard" Stone offerings by far. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 Bomber. Clear amber color with a large head. Spare lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, oily resin and sweet caramel malts. Very balanced. Tasted some tropical fruit, caramel malts and citrusy, grassy hops. Light to medium body. Big, bitter finish. marcus (10231) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
This golden ale poured with a modest off-white head that dissipated right away. The flavor is citrus and pine with a long bitter finish. I’m not much of hop-head but, even though it is very heavily hopped, this brew is balanced enough to be quite enjoyable. BrewerDub (34) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
Poured amber with a slight haze. Small white head with lots of lacing. Huge hop aroma and flavor. A highly sessionable IPA. One of the west coast greats. REPRESENT! brstp (201) - - JAN 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 Bomber. Yellowish golden color, hazy, decent amount of carbonation, white head with thick lacing. Aroma is of pine hops, weaker citrus hops. Taste is mostly citrus/grapefruit with more pine. Intriguing long bitter finish.
This beer always underwhelms at first -- it’s significantly lighter in color than most IPA/DIPAs I drink with a much weaker aroma and a lot less oomph in general. But there’s a subtlety and pure enjoyment here that is undeniable and keeps me coming back. Racer 5 is still my go-to IPA but sometimes this just hits the spot like few other beers.