The beer pours a gleaming copper and amber in color. There is about an inch of off-white foamy head. The aroma is citrus, passion fruit, grapefruit peel, flesh and juice. There is a sweet and tangy grapefruit note that reminds me of the
Caribbean grapefruit soda, Ting.
The taste is a blast of fruits, especially grapefruit (no surprise), followed by
an immediate and massive wave of astringent bitterness. This is like drinking
grapefruit tonic water, but with a better body. I like parts of this, but its
bitterness rises to ridiculous levels, and this from a dedicated hophead. Stone has some really good beers, but too often they seem to substitute massive bitterness for making truly complex and flavorful beers.