Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Double/Imperial IPA State/Country: California ABV: 8.9% ServingType: 22 oz Look: 9 Hazy orange color, big fluffy head, clingy lacing Smell: 10 Orange, biscuit, spice, grapefruit Taste: 10 Orangey and floral, slight pine, lemon, malt Mouthfeel: 9 Sticky with nice carbonation Drinkability: 10 The bomber I drank went down very easy! Maybe too easy! The ABV is well hidden! Overall Score: 9.6 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $3.25 Overall Impression: Another triumph from Stone! This was a true hop delight to quaff! Beers like this make me want to move out west!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial/Double IPA State/Country: Delaware ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 10 Medium amber color, fluffy white head, nice sticky lacing Smell: 9 Pine, orange, bread Taste: 9 Citrus, grass, dried fruit, bready, slight alcohol, toast, toffee Mouthfeel: 9 Slightly thinner than it looks, but it is sticky Drinkability: 9 The ultimate summer quaffer for me! Nice balance. Alcohol well hidden Overall Score: 9.2 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.67 Overall Impression: There are few misses with me with DFH. That said, this is one of Sam's masterpieces! If you want to impress someone with a great Imperial IPA, that's easy to find, then this is the beer! Nuff said!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pale Wheat Ale State/Country: California ABV: 7.3 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Straw color, big fluffy head, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Grapefruit, orange, grass, honey, floral, malt Taste: 8.5 Citrus, pine, melon, pineapple, crackers, slight alcohol Mouthfeel: 8.5 Thin with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 I could knock these bad boys down all day on a hot afternoon Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.87 Overall Impression: Another winner from Lagunitas! A hoppy delight!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Barleywine State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 11.1% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8.5 Copper color, off white head that disappears quick, sparse lacing Smell: 8 Cherry, booze, malt, caramel Taste: 8 Cherry, figs, brown sugar, plum, malt Mouthfeel: 8 Creamy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 8 Makes a nice nightcap. One and done. Overall Score: 8.1 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.75
Overall Impression: This is a boozy brew, but flavorful. Not much hop presence, but the style doesn't require it. A great after dinner drink because of the sweetness. Almost like a fruitcake, but better! I would cellar a few and see if the booze mellows out. Not bad.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: ESB State/Country: Maine ABV: 6.2 Serving Type: 12 oz Bottle Look: 9 Dark copper color, nice head, light lacing Smell: 8.5 Malty, caramel, slight alcohol, bread, coco Taste: 9 Up Front: Malt, cinnamon, chocolate, raisins, bread, malt, brown sugar Mouthfeel: 8.5 Thick, sticky, syrupy Drinkability: 9 It's like drinking a spicy chocolate Christmas cookie! Very Quaffable! If you like malty beers, this one's for you! Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 9.5 Cost/12 oz serving: $ 1.43 Overall Impression: This beer surprised me! It will be one of the brews I stick in my stocking next Christmas!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial IPA/Triple IPA State/Country: Michigan ABV: 12% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Blood orange color, medium white head that dissipates quick, tiny dots of lacing Smell: 8 Citrus, booze, hops, pine, did I say booze? Taste: 8.5 Resin, citrus, earthy, hoppy, burnt toast, warming boozy finish Mouthfeel: 9 Heavy and sticky with little carbonation Drinkability: 9 One and done and I'm possessed in such a good way! Drinks like a Barleywine Overall Score: 8.7 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $5.00 Overall Impression: This beer is not for the faint of heart! Very complex and strong, not so much with the ABV (although it's not a session beer) but with the booze that comes through. It gets stronger in taste as it warms. A nice IPA for a winter night, or if you're feeling a bit evil!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale State/Country: Illinois ABV: 6.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Hazy light golden color, white head that settles quickly but is still present, sticky sparse lacing Smell: 9 Fruity & Funky, floral, banana, coriander, clove Taste: 9 Mild funky yeast, orange peel, grass, tartness, pepper, white grape, bread, honey Mouthfeel: 8.5 Light with a little carbonation Drinkability: 9.5 This beer is light and refreshing, almost like a slightly tart white wine. A good thirst quencher. Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.75 Overall Impression: This is not an over the top Sasion or Farmhouse Ale and that's what makes it so special. It's so on point for the style that it is a perfect summer session beer for me.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Belgian Style Tripel State/Country: Washington ABV: 7.5 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Hazy golden color, small head that dissipates quick, hardly any lacing Smell: 8.5 Banana, clove, spice, honey, vanilla Taste: 9 Spice, banana, candied sugar, coriander, malt Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with slight carbonation Drinkability: 9.5 Low ABV for a Tripel almost makes this a session beer for me. Tasty treat! Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 9.5 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: This is one tasty lady! One of the better American brewed Tripels I've had! Sexy and Tasty! This one just made my “Go To” list for American Tripels!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: IPA State/Country: California ABV: 6.8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Golden color, medium head, sticky lacing Smell: 7.5 Citrus, pine, hops, grass Taste: 7.5 Grapefruit, biscuit, pine, stale bread Mouthfeel: 8 Thick and sticky Drinkability: 7 One and done! WAH! Something weird with this beer for me! Overall Score: 7 Value: 7 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.17 Overall Impression: I LOVE IPA's! Just not this one! It seemed unbalanced to me. A weird aftertaste going on. It wasn't the worst IPA I ever drank, but it's not at the top of my list. I may have drunk a bad batch. I will try this one on tap in the future if I can find it.