FlacoAlto (3850) - 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.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark orange-red fire . . . thick off white head that emits sticky pine sap aroma, also some notes of crystallized honey, lightly candied malt, and sugar-coated hops . . .an initial hit of brown sugar on the tongue makes me think of the syrupy sugar hops of a barley wine, but the light grapefruit rind hops that rolls over the tongue and lingers at the finish is noticeably on the APA side. . . a nice fruitiness wraps up the tongue as it warms, this one leaves a great flavour on the tongue, very enjoyable mix of styles and flavours.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A crystal clear ruby/orange body with a thin, white head. The aroma starts intensely hoppy with dripping fresh pine sap, the zest of lemons and grapefruit and fruit, and the perfume of fresh, annual flowers. Or so I thought. I took a break after the first half and came back thinking it smelled more like toasted nuts and caramel-ish malt. The flavor, however, stayed consistent throughout my 22oz sample. Starting quite sweet that almost approaches barleywine-type status. After the sweetness comes rather intense hop bitterness and continued fruitiness. At times it feels like sucking the juice out of a piece of grapefruit pulp. A tasty, full flavored beer with plenty of malt to balance the hoppy flavors.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is translucent deep amber to burnish copper color, the head gigantean in size and spumescent in texture, the color a winsome light tan and as it dematerializes the lace forms a thick and glutinous sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, with an underlying hint of the hop flowers, citrus crisp and fresh, quite a treat. Start is ambrosial and thickly malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate and the finish ferine in its acidic bite, tart, hops are magnificent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer and a winner in my book. Think I will lay down a few bottles to sample over the next several years.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This actually isn't all that different from Arrogant Bastard, with a toned-down hops profile and more emphasis on the caramely malts. Still, a powerful experience, with pine and grapefruit leading the charge. The refreshing lack of bitterness keeps things interesting. I have little to add that hasn't been written already, but this is indeed another quality offering from Stone.
hopscotch (10085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
Very handsome, crystal clear, deep golden ale.
Medium-sized, frothy, off-white head. "Ring around the glass" lacing.
Very complex aroma. I'm sure I'm missing things here, but I detect caramel, must, piney and peppery (jalepenos) hops.
Floral hops as well. Also, vineous with hints of honey.
Grapefruit and rich, sweet malt in the flavor. Not-quite-balanced and salty with some evergreen.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lengthy, bitter... then dry finish.
World class brew!
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 22 oz. bottle.
Pours a warm, lively amber with copper edges. A puffy tan head starts out well, at a full finger thick, then fades to a thin cap. Fair amount of lacing. Well balanced aroma with a hefty dose of West Coast high alpha acid hops (lots of citrus and a touch of a floral note) on top of a sweet, slighty caramelly and bready malt base. The first thing on my palate is pine resin, then the rest of the hop flavors open up: grapefruit, lemon peel, orange zest... The malts are quite sweet, which contrast well with the hop bitterness. Faint suggestions of earth and bread. There's a small flush of alcoholic warmth that grows on the tail end. Finishes cleanly bitter, with a considerable sweet undercurrent. Medium in body, with a rich fullness that is aided by Stone's typical undercarbonation that lends a syrupy mouthfeel. My only complaint is that the malt sweetness borders on cloying once it warms up a bit. A well done, and decidedly 'Stone-tasting,' pale ale.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
outstanding. Hop fans this beer is for you. The strong malt flavor provides perfect balance. This beer further illustrates that Stone does not make a bad beer.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another awesome anniverary ale from Stone. Alliteration anyone? Gorgeous beer in the glass. This brew is all about hops. There are hops in the front end, the middle, and the finish. Remarkably there is a nice malty balance in there as well. Superb ale.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beautiful russet of oak leaves in the fall, glowing like tiffany glass, with a head as soft and tan as california beach sand. aroma is like tearing open a ripe peach with your bare hands --like a knife splitting a perfect juicy pineapple-- like an oven door opening where cakes and cookies are browning-- and like the first whiff of a warm tumbler of scotch. woody as pine kindling, sweet as grandma announcing that dessert is served, and then placing before you frangrant brown-sugared hazlenuts and brandied flan. the balance and accord is amazing: the malts and hops are eight feet wide and yet walk through a four foot doorway and onto your palatte at exactly the same moment, it must be an illusion or trickery. the bitterness is jabbering a mile a minute about gummy pregnant hops growing fat and lazy in the sunshine of the pacific northwest, while the sweetness gushes like a teenager about rolling in the toasted grains --with honey and strong, dark and dashing rum and vanilla. the bitterness outlasts the malts finally, but everybody is a winner. the lines encompassing typical APAs had to be 'gerrymandered' considerably to include this hellion.