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Stone 10th Anniversary IPA - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

463 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-19-2006)
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Double IPA poured a dark copper orange. The head was scarce. What little bubbles it did have were tiny and dense. It did leave some scattered lacing, but that didn't stay long either.

Th smell had up front notes of canned pineapple. Sweet tropical fruits as well piney and citrus hop aromas. A hint of alcohol could be detected as well.

This beer hits you upfront with hops. Flavors ranging from grapefruit and orange to resiny pine. No doubt there's some simcoe in there, as well as other hp varieties. The fruit flavors detected in the smell were present in the taste as well. It reminded me of a good Chardonnay with it's layered tropical fruits and citrus flavors in the finish. Also a nice dose of toasty malt. Just sweet enough to balance the hops, but not overwhelming. there is definitely some alcohol lurking in the background. You feel it when you exhale.

The mouthfeel is big and expansive. Slightly biting carbonation. For the size of the beer it's also very drinkable. the hop taste is big, but not numbing to the palate. And the malt is sweet, but just sweet enough.

Overall one of the best Double IPA's I've had yet. I felt it struck a better balance between the hops and the malt than other examples in it's class. Much more balanced than Ruination. An excellent effort for an anniversary brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 23:08:19 | More by Ieatlambfries
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kmudrick

California

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clearish ruby brown - very clean with no visible sediments. Ended up with a slight swell of head which dissipated into a scattering of pools of lacing. Initial nose is deep, earthy, and hoppy - heavy on the malts. Further scents reveal a pulpy aroma with hints of hazelnut. First taste is powerful - a burst of hops blended with a fruit punch-like flavor. Very complex - more than I'm used to in an IPA (an entirely pleasant surprise) - with swirls of grapefruit and pineapple. Mouth-feel is medium in thickness, creamy up front on the tongue, tart and biting towards the back. The smack of alcohol, unfortunately, is a little too evident and detracts from the fun flavor battles going on each each sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 20:51:19 | More by kmudrick
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle with commemorative label.

Light, antiquated bronze with a slight chill haze. Half-inch, creamy off-white head that lingers as a creamy sheet. Traces of webbed lacing with good strength.

Bright, clean fruity esters: lime, pear, green apple, apricot, and honeydew. Mild candied sugar with underlying toffee/caramel, toasted maltiness. Whaffs of gaseous alcohol.

Bright citrus and tropical fruit: melon, apricot, lime; swarmed by a slick and oily hop character. The hop profile is best described as juicy, with no astringency or mustiness. Slick, warming alcohol is certainly evident, but not as overpowering as expected. The bitterness is somewhat suppressed given the slickness and alcohol presence.

Medium in body; creamy yet slick. A hefty match of both hops and alcohol that gives an oily, gaseous feel on the palate.

A beautiful double IPA. The only criticism I can give is how young it tastes. I can't wait to cellar this for another year for the alcohol character to mellow.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 13:57:45 | More by NEhophead
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westweasel

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz. bomber. It poured out a dull copper color with a ¼ in. head. This beer has a very interesting and complex hop aroma.
I smell sweet orange, peach, a flower scent, and a hint of biscuit.

The taste is definitely IPA, with a notable bitterness, but it is well-balanced by some malt backbone. In fact, this is one of the better balanced IPAs I’ve ever tried. The bitterness is strong, but not so over the top that it impacts the drinkability. This beer is very drinkable, and you could easily drink a lot of it. The mouthfeel is very full and smooth with a bitter but not dry finish. An excellent IPA!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 20:27:20 | More by westweasel
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy slightly dark amber color with peachish hues. Frothy and soaplike one finger cream colored head.
S: Extra bold pine hop aromas with citrus, mostly grapefruit notes. Nice bold sweet sugary maltyness also noticeable.
T/M: Pine and grapefruit hop notes with a dominant sweet malt undercurrent. Nice bitterness that lingers. Sweet malt takes on a sugary taste. Oily and resiny hop character slowly glides across the palate leaving a slick film behind. Bigger level of bitterness in the aftertaste once it warms a bit--more malty presence the colder it is. Smooth mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Medium to heavy body. Sweet and oily when you lick your lips. One damn good brew.
D: Pretty damn tasty dipa, but I didn't expect anything less from Stone. High abv of 10%? Noticeable in the warming of the chest, but besides that, not on the palate. I would drink bomber after bomber of this stuff, although after 3, I may not be standing any longer. Very very very drinkable even with the high abv. So smooth, yet so potent.

I wonder how this would hold up in the cellar. I would think the hop profile would suside a bit leaving the malt to dominate. Glad I had this sooner rather than later. On tap? Probably phenomenal. In the bottle, well...just exquisite. Get one if you can!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 02:11:50 | More by bjohnson
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Boilermaker88

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into my Stone IPA glass. Clear amber color, abundant carbonation, and about a half inch tall white head that left wispy lace streaks behind.
Taking a sniff, my first thought is "this isn't Ruination". No, this has a more balance and nuanced nose to it. Lots of citrus notes and a hearty caramel maltiness. Underlying oily, pine sap scent and leafy hops. Alcohol is surprisingly muffled.
Taste abounds with hoppy goodness but it's held up well by the solid flavor of sweet caramel malt and a dash of candy sugar. Pick a type of citrus and you'll find it in here: orange and grapefruit flesh and tangerine rinds. As each pull moves back on the tongue, the hops roll out like a red carpet as the resinous pine sap and needles take hold. Not an all-out blitz like from Ruination but a more constrained and well coordinated assault that ends up outflanking the palate. Again, the alcohol content is surprisingly restrained. The feel was full and smooth.
For a brewery known for its bruising beers (hello, Ruination), Stone has created a real gem here. Great drinkability. A fine brew to celebrate ten years of great beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 17:53:46 | More by Boilermaker88
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blitz134

California

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer. Caramel orange color, crystal clear. 3/4" off-white head on the pour, reduced slowly. Even some grippy lacing. Quite a feet for a 10% abv beer.

Tons of citrus and pine sap in the nose, plenty of floral hints as well. Grapefruit and tangerines form most of this. A good bit of caramel malts add to the sweetness but offers some balance to the hops.

Pretty tasty brew here, lots of hops but actually has some malt to balance this a bit...its still a double but isn't straight hop juice. Quite bitter...lots of citrus and pine hops again, a little resiny. Again a touch of grapefruit but with some more citrus fruits coming in as well. The alcohol is evident but doesn't deter the flavor much.

Nice thick mouthfeel, coats the mouth well and allows the bitterness to grab hold and not leave. Carbonation is good as well, the crispness works well with the hops.

Drinkability is top notch. Nice healthy hop flavors that have a bit of balance to it. A lot of alcohol but it all works in well. Good stuff...up there with ruination as one of my favorite dipa's.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 02:04:43 | More by blitz134
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a mighty hop and alcohol achievement!

It has monsterous amounts of hops but still maintains an incredible balance. Definitely NOT malty but not overwhelmingly hoppy in taste or smell.

Just smooth, orangey, citrusy syrupy drinkability with massive amounts of alcohol that is so unnoticeable I'd almost think they were lying about the abv (but once you get a third of the way through the bottle you know they're not).

Just incredible in it's balance and ability to not overwhelm the palate, even though it's a huge beer.

Stone are the masters of big beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:37:20 | More by BillyB
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle. Amber in color, slightly hazy. Small, off-white head developed. I can smell the hops from about two feet away, mainly grapefruit, with some others as well - pineapple and melon? Alcohol and malt really not evident in aroma. First impression of taste is sweetness - honey, which is quickly followed by the hops. The hops fit the aroma, with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. The bitterness of the hops hangs around long into the aftertaste. Final notes are pepper and the alcohol, which is quite well hidden for 10 ABV. Body is medium plus (just drank some dopplebocks and this seems a good bit heavier). Carbonation is medium, and is most helpful in the drinkability department. Beer is smooth and creamy as far as texture goes. Finally, helloooo alcohol warming. This beer is another one of those which blurs the line between DIPAs and American barleywines, but in a most delightful way. Stone should consider making this routinely. A word of warning - after this, most other beers are going to taste like water....

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 13:21:53 | More by
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LeeMarvin

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a long, terrible wait, but it was worth it! Just opening the bottle released a cornucopia of aromas. Pouring it in the glass caused the room to fill up with flowery essences that crowded into my nasal cavity.

Sitting in the pint glass next to the cool bottle, it's a beautiful beer, with a color and head matching my expectations. Almost a shame to have to go and drink it.

The taste came on very, very strong with the first mouthfull, but mellowed on the tongue the more you drink it and the more it breathes.

This is a potent brew--by the end of the bottle I can say that I had a good glow going. It's got a lot of alcohol in it, so hiding away a couple of these bad boys for aging would be wise. If you can resist drinking them, that is.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 14:55:48 | More by LeeMarvin
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bkett01

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber/orange topped with a billowing 2 finger head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Head dies away somewhat quickly leaving a few patches of bubbles floating around this amazing looking beer.
The smell is bold and raw, filled with piney hops. This has the real double IPA smell in that you can detect more than just insane amounts of hops, finding hints of alcohol amongst all thats going on. This smells similar the most intense double IPA I have ever had, "Hell Spawn of Oliver", a monster beer out of Vermont that boasts it's IBU's to be over 200.
Tastes suprisingly balanced between piney hops with hints of grapefruit over a smooth toasted malt. While this isn't over the top on hops in terms of balance, their presence is right up front in every sip. I'm reviewing the second bomber of this that I've had so far (the first one had only been refrigerated for a few hours by the time I popped it) and the second one is notably more drinkable at the colder temperature. My first bomber, while good, had a dominating alcohol flavor which masked the finer elements of this incredible beer. While the warming alcohol is still present in my current beer, it's mixed in well with the other elements.
Overall, this is an amazing beer which I could only say lacks in drinkability due to it's strength. As of 9/24/06, it stands as my highest reviewed beer to date, and I highly recommend trying getting some while you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 00:28:44 | More by bkett01
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear amber with a nice foamy slightly off white head with very little lacing. Lets get to the good stuff. Explosion of floral hops, green and more green is all I can think of. Taste is sweet and malty with esters with a nice bittering hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and malty with a good deal of carbonation to bite the tongue. One bomber is a great after work or end of the weekend. Thanks to Stone for getting this to the east coast and having a great presence in boston and thanks to the best beer guy in boston(nick @ bauer) for making sure I knew the second the delivery guy hit the door.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 00:03:28 | More by WeymouthMike
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Jdiddy

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally, the wait is over. I cracked this bottle with much anticipation and it was indeed worth it. Poured a nice amber and the hops hit the nose instantly. eGrapefruit juce all the way with a bit of pine for good measure. This had elemnts of Arrogant Bastard (mainly in mouthfeel) but the hops are on a whole other level.
Nice thick, chewy mouthfeel and a great balance of the hops. I wouldn't really call this the most drinkable as you will feel it after one glass and after a few, the taste will be a bit much. This is a beer to savor and enjoy in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:39:12 | More by Jdiddy
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle a clear reddish gold with a lot of bubbles and a huge head of foam that shrinks slowly until there's a solid layer with lots of lacing. Very attractive DIPA in my glass indeed!

The smell is a big hit of hops and spices with a side of malt sweetness. It leaves me shaking my head and saying, inaudibly, that this is gonna be a very tasty brew...

The taste is nothing short of BIG on super bitterness from the hops *and* BIG on super caramel sweetness from the malt. I *really* can't seperate the 2 and say that one is dominant over the other and...that makes for some really tasty goodness for my palate as I'm a big fan of both really hoppy and really malty beers. And the 10% abv is merely a statistic, imho. This one is *very* drinakable.

Ahh...I think Stone has done themselves proud with this 10th Anniversary IPA. And I'm *so* glad that I made the effort to get some. Damn good stuff!!

Bottom line: I'd have to rank *this* one amongst the best of the style I've tried to date. See some? Get some!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 19:20:53 | More by Bitterbill
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange-amber color topped by a half-inch of creamy off-white head. Excessively fruity aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, citrusy high-alpha hops, and a subtle background of lightly roasted caramel malt. The malt becomes more assertive on the palate, providing a mellow caramel sweetness that pairs nicely with rich, fruity hops. And I mean a lot of hops. While this is no Ruination, it still leaves a sticky, resinous film of lupulin on the teeth that necessitates brushing shortly after finishing the glass. A lightly sweet finish punctuates a thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience. I'm a big fan of this one, and will be buying a few bottles to cellar that hopefully will age better than the 9th Anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 05:46:41 | More by ElGordo
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden copper with a substantial creme-fraiche colored head. Smells sweet, with a candied grapefruit and orange aroma predominating over a cedar presence and a caramel-candy malt base. The first taste is of sugared mandarin slices with pine oil, almost like a citrus juice of some sort mixed with gin. The alcohol is rather noticeable, particularly from mid-sip onward. The malts are skillfully understated here, even though this is a sweet(ish) beer. They emerge primarily in the form of a caramelized sugar flavor. As the beer warms, the alcohol flavor begins to meld with the cedary orange-rind hops while keeping the finish rather dry. The hop flavor also becomes more floral, with citrus blossoms being the most recognizable comparison. There is a certain slickness to the mouthfeel because of the high alcohol content. Overall, I'm very impressed with the mouthfeel because, despite its high alcohol level and assertive malt character, Stone's 10th Anniversary IPA remains light in body (for the style) and juicy, with the aforementioned dryness perstisting throughout the finish. Classic hoppy Stone burps. Overall I think this is an extremely appropriate beer to mark Stone's 10th anniversary: it's big, different (from their other DIPA, Ruination), yet undeniably Stone. In fact, I want to say it tastes like an amped-up version of the regular Stone India Pale Ale. It's nothing if not a sipper (10% abv guarantees that). A masterful beer, but one that's best shared.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 03:50:32 | More by orfeu
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at the Liars' Club.

This IPA poured a clear, amber color with creamy, white foam that settled and clung to the glass. The smell was hoppy, but not overly so, and malty. The taste was dominated by the hops: bitter and fruity with flavors of orange and grapefruit. There was a good malty backbone to balance the hops. This was not a "hop bomb". The flavor of alcohol became more noticeable as the beer warmed . The mouthfeel was smooth and full bodied with modest carbonation feel. Very warming. The aftertaste was hoppy with some bitterness. This was a good beer, but less hoppy than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 18:36:17 | More by UncleJimbo
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GimmeAles

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2-fingers of eggshell cream cap a clear, medium umber. Cloudiness developed upon subsequent pours form the bottle.

Aroma is of juicy mandarin oranges, candied grapefruit rinds, some pineapple and macerated pine needles - all swirling about in a heady, virulent harmony.

Everything detected in the nose is robustly confirmed in the flavor but with a sweet, crushing wall of toffee-caramel malt which brings things into surprising balance. Fireweed honey, a subtle nuttiness, and a suggestion of rose-hip tea appear before the stinging heat of brash alcohol asserts itself. Whoa.

Smooth, fine bubbles jettison a rich, oily body, which is squarely in Barleywine territory as far as mouthfeel goes, but the strong alcohol dries out the finish and begs another sensory-overloading sip. This is like drinking a fine, hop-malt spirit and oh-so-enjoyable throughout. One of my favorite beers ever, and I believe I need to go grab another case. While I love the fresh-hop character, I’m quite curious to see where some age takes this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 17:28:12 | More by GimmeAles
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool bottle. Poured a light/medium brown nut color with a nice fluffly head. Some lacing.
Smell of hops and citrus, but not quite as strong as some other 2xIPAs i've had. Alcohol is noticeable in the nose.
Tasted of a regular IPA; hops, some grapefruit, passion fruit, some malt to balance the experience.
Felt oily and thin. Nothing special. Leaves a film and did not finish as crisp as others.
Disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 15:36:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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TrickKnee

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After what seems of months of waiting I was finally able to procur a case of these wonderful beauties.
A-Deep amber color, almost copper with a nice thick rich head
S-The smell of citrus and pine is everywhere, i wish glade could make plug-ins smell like this.
T-Unbeleivable, bitter but yet not too bitter
M-Stays in your mouth for a long time. After swallowing when you take a breath the flavor of the hops comes back to say hi, its a wonderfull thing
D-I could drink a lot of these in one sitting, but considering i only have 11 left, it will be slow going to ensure I have enough to at least last through december. WHy Stone WHy, did this have to be a one time brewing.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 11:11:11 | More by TrickKnee
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johnniemarg

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Nerdy, but yes, I purposely chose this glass for the occasion of trying this brew for the first time.

Pours a light, crystal clear golden color, maybe a little orange. 2 finger offwhite head. Not really much lacing.

Smell is grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. Just tons of citrus hops. I love big hoppy beers if they are balanced out with some sweetness and I can't tell if this is going to be balanced or just a hop bomb.

Wow, this is almost an elegant beer to taste. Citrus hops turn flowery during each sip leaving me with a nice floral aftertatse. I wouldn't call this sweet, but it tastes well balanced nonetheless, and I wonder if it is the type of hops they've used, which as I write this I'm clueless about which they are (but I'm about to do some searching). It's not that there is no sweetness to it...there is some sweetness on the tip of my tongue as I drink it, but the hops just take over and the hop flavor of this is nothing like any other DIPA I've had. The taste of this is just clean to me; there is something champagne-like about it, and maybe that's a combination of the flavors and the pricklyness I at first mistake for carbonation and then realize is actually the hops. Something just tastes super fresh about this, maybe what other reviewers keep calling "green". Just wow. As this warms, I begin to feel it's moving more towards the "piney" and away from the "grapefruity" type of flavor profile. Whatever, I love the hops in this.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly oily I'd say, and prickly from the hops.

This is a fantastic DIPA. I just picked up a case of this and based on this firs taste I plan to go back for case #2 tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 04:21:10 | More by johnniemarg
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Ego

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

picked up a few bottles at oak tree buy rite, edison nj, the store that sucks... the money out of my wallet.. gladly :)

eyes...
gargoyle hoisting a brew (I sense a theme from stone...), deep amber with orange highlights, 1 full finger of pure white head with varying bubble size, from soapy crag on the top to tightly packed bubble wrap floating on top of the beer, lacing is mostly good, not great though (retention is good), jeezus, I can smell it a foot away... but I'll get to that. a good looking DIPA, nothing wowing me though to warrant more than a 4.

nose...
grapefruits shoved up your nose, and then stomped down on by dyke boots until the citrus comes out yer ears, some "green" hops smell but mostly a huge citrus odor with pine accents, zero detection of the 10% abv lurking in the depths waiting like the kraken (hopefully medusa is not around, or her head). This is pretty one sided, not always a complaint with DIPAs but I have sniffed better, not too many better, but certainly some.

taste etc...
this is pretty hot tasting ie alcohol, the hops do not fight off the alcohol enough imo, definitely needs mellowing out (but I wonder if mellowing this out will also mellow the hops unfortunately). Once you are used to the alcohol you can focus in on the other flavors a bit more. The hops are exactly as they smell, except the "green" taste is much more apparent, it is a nice green wood taste that lingers along with the citric bitter notes. I happen to like the bite the carbonation provides, very prickly and refreshing, a nice foil to the heavy handed hop oils that want to do a valdez on the wildlife of your mouth. this is definitely not one of the top DIPAs I have had. The flavor is a bit unbalanced but at the same time I can not call this "a hop head's delight".. something is missing.

verdict?
a nice attempt but right now as is this beer has it's flaws. Just because it is Stone does not make it the end all be all of beers. When Stone hits it out of the park, they hit the cover off the ball, this is more like a ground rule double. I have plenty of bottles and will continue to taste it but right now I can't go ape about this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 02:43:24 | More by Ego
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spruce488

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Phenomenal. First word that came to mind after taking my first sip of this beer. Poured an appealing red with a small head (maybe a 1/2 a finger). Very strong, smell of plum, pine, hops, phenols and so much more. Before even tasting this beer the smell alone impressed me greatly. It is to the point where it is borderline overpowering, yet I couldnt stop sniffing the glass between each sip.
Taste starts of sweet with the plum still coming to mind, instantly followed by a wave of hops before the alcohol takes over.The taste is pretty complex, so I apologize for not going into further detail. As you would expect the alchohol is very present.
For such a big beer the mouthfeel is surprisingly light and easygoing, and it is dangerously drinkable.
Damn this beer is good.
Stone has yet to let me down. Go get a bottle right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 01:01:04 | More by spruce488
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge hype on this beer, probably the most hyped beer of 2006. In some way it lives up to it, in other ways, it's just another overpowered, indulgent DIPA.

First off, probably one of the sweetest bottles I've come across. Typical Stone, cleverly marketed (not they need a gimmick), so much so that what it lacks in actually appearance is made up for by the bottle.

Humongous nose. Crazy fruits, plums, raisons, and grapefruit. I usually don't preface other beers in a review, but this one is so strikingly similar to Smutty noses' Finest Kind, it's unreal. You could check my review of that beer if you want... I’ve matured a little.

A crazy brew to say the least. I can see this becoming a classic with a year or two of aging. Oh yeah, by the way, I got the last three bottles at Table and Vine in Northampton.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:55:32 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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peabody

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out like Ice tea. Fairly clear but with a lot of carbonation and about 1 finger of slightly offwhite suds that dissapete slowly leaving a nice lacing.
Smell is very citrusy with hints of lemon and grapefruit. Hops and alcohol are present but in the back. Also a caramel smell that is very light and it might just be the malt.
The taste is hops and grapefruit and alcohol. Almost like a cough syrup. This quickly dissapates leaving a very fruity and alcoholy flavor.
Two drinks and you feel the alcohol but it is a very nice aftertaste.
Clean in the mouth and not bitter as you would think.
I do like this and will buy more to consume. Great for a cold night to warm you up!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 22:44:37 | More by peabody
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