BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On top of the copper hue is a off-white frothy head which produces outstanding coating of the glassware. Aroma hints of ripe fruit, roasted buttery malts, aromatic hops, and earthy yeast esters. Started caramel and toffee sweet but then developed a biiter bite. I noticeable alcohol presence to detected but not overpowering. Also got a bit of spice on the finish. Balanced out pretty well and should get better with time. The mouthfeel is moderately metallic and lush, again this will also improve in time. This brew is very drinkable now and then you should save yourself a bottle for 6 months down the road.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy hop aroma intermingled with malt and over-ripe fruit - barleywinesque. Nice copper color, mostly clear with little bits of hops floating around, good head retention. Strong hop flavor and bitterness with decent supporting malt, not as rich as the aroma suggests. Medium-full mouthfeel, definitely big for a pale ale. Overall, I find it similar to Avery Ten. Well-balanced and smooth, not particularly complex or exotic.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 I was expecting something much more special with this brew. I guess it just didn’t do anything for me.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a medium copper, with a large white head, mostly lasting and lacing fantastically on the way down. Many tiny bubbles lazily make their way to the top through the coppery brew. Aroma is very floral, some citrus, and some pine - pretty much all hops, but as it warms, a bit of cookie dough and some caramel join in the fray. Flavor is slightly sweet to start, then comes the various forms of hoppiness - lightly floral, strongly bitter, and a good amount of spiciness all play parts. Full bodied, light-medium carbonation, long and lingering flavors, fairly dry ending.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - SEP 21, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours from the bottle a sparkling medium copper with orange highlights. The tight thick off white head is fully lasting with good lacing. The fresh nose is spruce & pineapple, and candied orange peels - music to my sinuses. The awesome flavor is meant to be savored but O-So-Hard to drink slow. Unparalleled richness, wonderful depth and warmth await you. This brew starts sweet and finishes bitter with a little touch of everything else in between. The silky smooth full body is soft and creamy and feels clean at the finish. Hats off once again to Stone brewing.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first I was a little skeptical. How can a double pale ale be any different than their Ruination IPA? I was wrong...Pours a bright clear orange copper with a thick lacing off-white head. Aroma is mostly hops with a touch of crystal malt. It starts sweet with some caramel and toffee and turns into a hop factory full of resin, bitterness and floral aspects. Finishes tremendously dry, crisp, bitter and refreshing. No hints of alcohol in the taste. A good, very drinkable and distinct beer and a happy 7th anniversary to a great brewery!
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Rich amber color with little head. Caramel flavors. Big hop flavors with a good malt presence. Warming presence from the alcohol. Lingering taste of grapefruit. A tad too much malt for the hops, but its a good beer and would be better in coolor weather.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Poured a dark reddish amber color with a very small head. Citrusy hop aroma, possibly a hint of roast, could be smelled 2 feet away from the glass. Strong citrus hop taste up front, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Hops sting your tongue real nice!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark amber with a nice off white head, aroma is of roasted caramel malts, and citrus and floral hops. Initial taste of hop bitterness is followed quickly by sweet roasted caramel malts, which then is intertwined with citrus and piney hops. full flavored with a nice interplay between the sweetness and bitterness. An extremely enjoyable and well done beer.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 Sampled May 2005.
Well despite this beer being well past its intended drinking date I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a lightly hazy ruby-orange color and is topped by a tan head. The aroma is still fairly hoppy, after all this time, I get notes of candied orange, herbs, and of course an aged contribution of sherry. The taste of the beer is fairly sweet up front and quickly moves to hoppy notes of orange, and a finish that is herbal and bitter. This beer is still hop dominated but it has the beginnings of an aged malt character that pokes its nose just above the surface. The malt is showing notes of sherry and a rich, brothy note of umami type flavor. This is still quite enjoyable, and I am happy that I still have one bottle left of this beer.
Sampled Septemeber 2003
A nice clear copper amber color. Lightly carbonated and has a tan head that is not to thick but tends to stick around. Smells of malt hops and a hint of caramelized, or perhaps, roast malts. Has a pronounce hop flavor, they just hit the tongue as soon as this beer passes your lips. Finishes with a bitterness at the back of the throat. Fairly sweet, which goes well with the hoppy nectar flavor in this beer. There is a slight note of the alcohol in the finish as well. This is a fairly malty brew from Stone. Now don’t get me wrong there is lots of hops, but, compared to some of their other offerings, this is decidedly weighted on the malty end. This beer could be characterized as having lots of hop flavor, lots of malt, but surprisingly low on bitterness, for the amount of hop flavor. I must admit I like the way this beer has played out, It has all the hop flavor but not as much bitterness as one would expect.