MattyKakes (117) - Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Damn good imperial IPA. Stone always represents. A complex mix of citrus and bitter hops are what I’m picking up. It also has a resin pine right in the back. Provides good head and lacing as well. Cheers! radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bomber bottled 6/9/14 (so ~1.5 months) poured into snifter glass, semi-cloudy golden-ambery color with bright white soapy head. Aroma of huge hops; grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple (okay general citrus really) and some pine/resin. Taste is huge hop flavor/bitterness with some notes of bread, honey and light caramel. Heavy body, low carbonation, slick, oily with long lingering syrupy bitter finish. It’s a huge DIIPA from Stone, I got exactly what I was expecting and enjoyed it. airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Appearance: this beer pours with a smaller beige head without much head retention, its a very nice clear bronze to orange color,
Aroma: citrus, creamy, bread, alcohol, egg, moderately roasted malt, very complex
Taste: has a very strong maltiness but is very bitter at the same time, citrus, alcohol, has a spice to it as well,
Palate: heavy mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste, alcohol burn, average carbonation
Overall: pretty much what you can expect from stone, just an over the top beer, very good, a beer like this is fun but you can’t drink much of it at 11% abv Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Has the effect of a malty Ruination. They doubled, or elevened all of the ingredients. Only doing so, takes away the fruity flavors of it’s namesake. UncleKorm (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle poured a clear golden w/ a large white head. Bold hop aromas. Initial flavor is slight sweet w/ a bold bitter finish. Tastes are acidic pineapple, grass, straw, and pine. Full bodied w/ syrupy mouthfeel.
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Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
22 ounce bottle
agl108 (1307) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2014
When I came across a fresh bottling of this at a great price I could not pass up the chance to sample another world class IPA. A true palate wrecker, it nonetheless has a grace that makes you reach for the bottle the second your glass is empty. I don’t know if this will somehow get folded into the regular rotation but it goes right up there with the rest of their line as a great beer accessible to nearly everyone.
Aroma / Appearance - A polished bronze body shimmers with life. The gentle vanilla head sits like a layer of crust. Carbonation bubbles and adds an extra sparkle. Grassy resin rises like an uncut field during the peak of the summer. Bread dough adds some depth without washing out the assertive bitterness.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonation tickles the mouth and scrubs away any residual tastes. Preparing for the wave of bitterness to come, it unleashes a torrent of lemons, resin, and bright hops. This is a great companion to the usual Ruination and one that everybody should get as soon as they can.
22 oz. bomber. Poured slightly cloudy burnt orange with thin white head. Flavor is big, sweet malt with pine resin and tropical fruit. Lingering, somewhat tongue stripping bitterness. Tad chewy and boozy. As expected from Stone, yet another solid hop bomb. RickTStiles (827) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours pale amber. Sweet, syrupy aroma. Notes of citrus, honey, roses, and melon. Taste is rich with notes of caramel, orange, honey and spice. Finish is long. Great beer. BLADT (701) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Tap pour. Clean, tawny brick red in glass. Dissipating white head. Solid webbing. Warm nose of caramel, orange hops. Taste follows. Bitter in finish. Bebum (1121) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Deep gold with copper tones, dense lace.
Full body, silky texture probably due to the high alcohol which is also responsible for the intense burn, very long palate, sweet and flavorful finish.
Bittersweet to a high degree, balanced,
Alcoholic and malty taste, reminds one of spirits. Delicious, all the same.
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