Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, grapefruit, resin), moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of apricot and peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Pleasant enough, but becomes a bit sticky and fatiguing as you work your way through the bottle. Aroma is nice but nothing special.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lemon-orange notes throughout, bitter finish. It's balanced nicely by the malts, but the fruity hops dominate. Good drinkin' APA.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is hoppy, grassy and citursy. appearance is burnt orange that is a little cloudy with almost no head. there is definatly a hop kick to it, but it is a mellow one mainly because of the strong toasty malt flavor, not so much sweet just toasty. i think that this is as close as an apa will ever get to balanced. this beer is enjoyable in its own right, but as stone beers go its not very over the top other than the bigger than normal malt flavor not much stands out.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer poured a red color with a little orange in it. The head was small and thin with a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little fruity (citrus mainly) and reminded me of pine needles. The flavor was fairly strong. I tasted some citrus, something "green", and some caramel malts. This is a little different from the normal IPA's that you might try and it is very interesting. Not my style, but I have to admit that it is a well made beer.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Does Stone have an infinite supply of hops because it seems to me that they dump in hundreds of bushels in every bottle of their stuff. mine's been sitting in my snifter for a while now and it looks like an orangy cognac. you can definately smell the alcohol on the aroma. Big hoppy taste with some malty at the end. gwood stuff.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep orange color, big grapefruit hops aroma, with a slight sweet malt backing it up. It's Stone hoppy, but with a strong nutty malt taste that pits sweet against the bitter hops. Thick mouthfeel, aftertaste is long and slowly turns sweet.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 (Re-rate 12-30-04. This one has smoothed and mellowed with some age. The malts are much more prominent, rich and sweet with hops still in evidence by not as dominant. Finishes with a strong spicyness to accompany the milder grapefruit and pine flavors.) Original Rating: Wow, another hop monster from Stone. Pours amber-orange with a small white head that diminished rapidly leaving a thin ring of bubbles and some lacing. Aroma is potent, bold toasted malts, honey, lemon grass, cloves and pepper. Flavor is in your face, rich with lots of malt and assertive hops giving way to a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, modestly carbonated and smooth drinking - especially after sitting in the glass for an hour. Like their regular pale ale mixed with equal parts of Arrogant Bastard and Ruination IPA. 5/22/04 Update. Pulled a bottle from my cellar to try at about the 9 month mark. The hops have mellowed and softened a bit. More of the rich maltiness shines through now. Still delicious.
OldGrowth (2342) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2005 Bottle: Good nose, A little over ripe grapefruit. Nice amber color. The description really hits the mark . Though it starts to have a certain nose I dont like. Like the dfh 60m or victory hopdevil, the nose that is.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden, orange-ruby hue. Fruity, all grapefruit nose. Sticky, lasting hite head. Fairly sweet, nutty, wood, medium bodied, a definate Stone brew. Very lovely, very drinkable, all grapefruit...Piney, resinous hops, finishing with a tea like hop dose. Very nice, I could drink this all day long. This will probably be the best pale ale that you will find to lay down in the cellar...
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pellucid ruby with hints of golden orange on the sides. Beautiful color with large puffy head. A pungent floral hop aroma, not that musky hop that you sometimes get. A fragrant citrusy, piney aroma, yummy. Initially bitter but mellows into a dry sweet tribute to hops. Dry and bitter with an aftertaste than calls for more. A fabulous APA, one of the best, very fresh and yummy, this reminds me of how hoppy SNPA was when it first came out but a more modern take on the style. Give it to stone for this one and props to dmwhal for this fine specimine