Posted on 6/9/2011 (1267 days ago, 11 of 12 reviews)
8/10 Appearance | 7/10 Aroma | 7/10 Mouthfeel | 7/10 Flavor
I never knew Stone had a series of collaboration beers so when I saw this, it was practically a no-brainer purchase. It's a 12oz bottle, and only 6.8% ABV, so I figured that even if I wasn't crazy about it, it wasn't going to be to tough to finish.
The aroma when you first pop the cap off hits you: really herb-y. You really catch the rosemary at first. In the glass, the thyme starts to creep out a little stronger. It's like beer brewed for foodies (I also happen to be a card-carrying foodie, as well). The color is a really pretty pale gold. Like a Belgian white cross-bred with an IPA. Which brings me to my next point: the flavor. The whole Belgian white-meets-IPA love child theory totally applies here. It's got some sweet, spiciness to it, like a Belgian, but also a hoppy sharpness that you don't expect from the nose on it. It hits your tongue like this: sweet-hoppy-sweet-malty-bitter. The bitter lasts a bit of a long time, much like an IPA (in my novice opinion), and I'm not super hip on that, but overall, it's pretty pleasantly balanced, and not too much to take.
If you are a fan of any of the Stone, Dogfish Head, or Victory brews, this one is definitely worth a try. It's interesting, and complex, and has quite a bit of beery goodness going on for you. Kind of a nice beer for the hot weather (hint, hint). Cheers!