ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This might be the best low alcohol but huge tasting ale Iíve tried. It smells almost like Sculpin with huge citrus and aromatic notes; dark yellow; the taste is outstanding. The initial flavor and texture is like having an 8% DIPA, but the finish is way smoother which I imagine is partly due to lower alcohol. And the best thing.....Hoppy Burps! Ahhhh.....this should be a regular release in 6packs and would easily take over as best session Pale. Great job on this beer!
gorditoabd (632) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a brilliant orange-yellow hue, with aromas of herbs and mint right from the get go. Foam is middling dense, heavy, and white, about 1 fingerís worth. Up close aroma is of hops, malt, and thyme. Flavor is interestingly intense for such a light (low abv) beer. Initially dull hop bitterness, followed by and explosion of piney, rosemary spice rack deep bitter flavor. In fact, itís almost like the bitters they put in drinks sometimes. Mouthfeel is crisp without being watery. Itís definitely sessionable. Not my fave direction for brewers to go, but itís got a unique style.
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clear golden color with very white head that quickly fades. Aroma is dank, grassy, skunky, almost like some pungent onion or garlic. Taste is very crisp with a nice hop bitterness. I could drink this all day.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange with a fizzy white head. Big strong citrus pine orange lime and pine aroma and taste with a strong bitterness.
bhensonb (13862) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Drug. Pours clear orange with a 2 finger foamy white head. Aroma is strangely grapefruit over nectarine? Full bodied with foamy carbonation. Flavor is all hop. Grapefruit. Peach/nectaine. Harsh hop. Extravagant hop. Hoppy hop. Very nice.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Grapefruit aroma. Fairly astringent too. This bitterness really lingers and I like it. Fluffy white head when you pour. This is a complex IPA / Session hybrid.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from BevMo Carmel Mtn. Ranch: Clear deep golden color with a medium light beige head. Aroma is grassy, spicy, herbal hops. Flavor starts with a little citrus followed by a grassy grapefriut bitterness and finishes dry with a lingering herbal bitterness. Light body is crisp with lively carbonation. Lots of flavor for a 4.2 ABV brew.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice hoppy nose..floral, citrusy with some sweeter tree fruit as well, most notably nectarine...in fact, thatís the most nectarine Iíve ever encountered in a nose...in fact, thatís the best nose that Stone has had any part of, ever. The Beer pours a pretty transparent golden color with a frothy white head. Flavors are a kind of muted reincarnation of the nose, but with slightly less success in my opinion..again, sweet nectarine, some peach, and floral hop attributes making their presence...but i think it needs a crisper finish to be what I really wanted it to be after smelling it. That being said...for a 4.2% session ale, this kicks the shit out levitation in balance and goodness of flavors...thatís a no brainer...and the more I drink, the more Iím digging the flavor/palate profiles...but as mentioned in a previous rating (though my 12oz was $2.99) thatís not a session beer...thatís $18 a 6er of 4.2% beer...doesnít stone already charge that much for a hamburger at their bistro?
daleharshman (1035) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Stone brewery. Pours a clear yellow-amber with a half finger of white foam which quickly dissipates. Aroma is full of fresh hops -- citrus, grass, spicy herbs, cat piss. Flavor is an onslaught of bitter earthy hops but moderately balanced with a surprisingly strong malt profile. Quite light mouthfeel which is about the only indication that this is a session ale -- otherwise, itís aroma and flavor are quite full. Not sure if this should be classified as an APA as it currently is here, but itís good regardless. (14, 369)
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale straw yellow, nose is heavy with hops, nice balance of citrus and floral, taste is quite dry, mildly resinous, good hop flavor, great session beer, wish it was a year round release.