Ding Points: 64.00
Pour: 90.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00
Dammit. Enjoy by 04.01.13 – that means that once the 4th of January has passed this is going downhill. Oh, hang on, this is America, so actually that’s April 1st. A joke? Maybe, but either way you’re hardly likely to confuse this beer with anything out of the UK!
More hype in the beer community for this and my expectations are for competence and no more. I paid $6.99 for the 22 oz bomber, this is another beer that is frankly terrible value.
Pour is a lovely bright orange one with some nice clarity. Plenty of bone-white head, with some nice retention and lace. Looks good.
As Stone suggests, there is a definite, dank, mustiness to the nose and it’s not clean. They seem to think that this is a positive attribute, but for me it lends a certain muddiness to the aroma profile. In IPA’s of all persuasions (English, smaller, American large), I much prefer nose profiles that are sharper and more well-defined.
In terms of taste there’s really not much to report here if you are familiar with bruising, America DIPA’s. This one comes with a barrage of Simcoe and Amarillo that are earthy and super-aggressive. It gets tiring on the palate quite quickly. We get a LOT of Oskar Blues Gubna onions too, which is not good, but no Summit reported in the Stone blog.
Meh, to me this is a marketing event by Stone. Get some Ruination and you’ll have a not dissimilar experiences, and there’s a million other West Coast IPA’s that will do the trick in an almost identical manner – even after 35 days removed from bottling.
For me the irony is this. If you REALLY wanted a beer that would need to benefit from freshness, why not brew something delicate that might fall to pieces quickly? With SO many hops, and SUCH a large ABV, this is one IPA/DIPA that is likely to be significantly robust for a very long time! Funny!
Other: American DIPA, 9.4% ABV.