loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant clear burnt-orange color with a creamy off-white head (left plenty of lace all the way down the glass.) The aroma was full of pine, citrus (grapefruit dominant), and sweet caramel. The flavor was very sweet and very hoppy...to me there was a nice balance between the two, just a whole lot of each. Somewhat thick, sticky feel...my lips were quite sticky feeling after each drink. Not bad. I too would like to see Stone do something completely different, but this one is by no means a failure.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hoppy,malty mutha of a brew. Big citrusy hop bite balanced by huge doses of malt. Some sweetness. I wish they would start exploring new styles for the anniversary brews rather than super charge existing ones.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice amber color,Medium sized off white head with a decent amount of hang time.fairly hoppy aroma,malty ,with hints of fruit,spice and sweet as well.The taste was malty and very well hopped with the usual citrus fruit and a decent spice character it likes to teeter a bit between bitter and sweet but the bitter definately wins out the after taste comes off as bitter and citrus with a mild maltiness to it,and the feel is medium feeling,the alcohol does make itself known pretty much throughout the brew and alot more on the way down.As some of the other raters have stated,this brew may just improve with a little more time but for now it is a bit young but still a damn fine brew from these guys.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 0z. Bottle. Smelled like a hoppy biscuit and tasted like a hoppy pineapple with a sugary hoppy finish. This was a very unusual, yet very enjoyable beer. Not really my idea of a pale ale, more of an IPA.
JorisPPattyn (7983) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reasonably bright orange-amber; no head. Real pine-wood, resiny hopscharacter already in the nose. Very hopbitter. Good underlying malt, but stops just short of balancing. Thick, oily hops keep filling the palate. One question. I have had the Arrogant B., Double ditto, IPA, etc. etc. And loved most of them. But aren't they never interested in changing it just that little bit to get something original?
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish amber color with a lasting medium creamy head. Characteristic Stone aroma, sort of a mix of Ruination and Vertical Epic. Spicy hop bitterness with some sweetness. I like the Stone beers but they are starting to get very similiar, the more I try.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
peaty, pale ale, there is some Stone Pale Ale here mixed with dryness. Smells of a Barley Wine, finishes extremely dry bordering on Chimay Red Dry. malty pine Grapefruits, this would be a winner except the middle of this beer is absolutely dead, what in the hell happened, the smell is there the initial taste and the finish are there. This beer does numb the mouth, like codiene, a fine ale overall
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber ale with an orange hue. Big rocky head of foam. Aroma is super hoppy with a nice bready malt character. Mouthfeel is smooth medium bodied with a velvety texture. Flavor is big on hops with a sharp bitterness. This is similar to the Ruination but with a better malt balance. Flavor is great, blended malts and bitter flavorful hops. Another winner from Stone.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orangish amber with a creamy off-white head. Spicy aroma and flavor, not sure what exactly but definitely some spiciness. Med full body with a very bitter finish.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: poured an dark golden/slightly redddish color with a small white head. Head didn't stay long. Had a fruity, hoppy aroma. It seems to have alot of barleywine characteristics in that it is fruity, malty, and hoppy, and all well-balanced. Has a sweet flavor to it with a crisp dry finish. Hides the alcohol well and still warms you up as you drink it. Some caramel in there and almost seems slightly spicy too. Humm????
Has that Stone signature hop characteristic from what I assume is Chinook hops. But not the quite the bitterness of Ruination or Arrogant Bastard.
Yes, another winner from Stone.