Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2005 It reminds me of when I used to eat greapgruit with sweet and low on it. Leaves a film on the tongue. Nice copper color. Aftertaste is grapefruit with hoppy acidity. ReRate 040205: I detect a lot more yeastiness than before. Reminds me of the 10th Anniversary ,Wolf Dog, Flying Dog, double pale ale I had recently. This is different than I remember. Very malty and caramely. I knocked it down 0.1 points. It was much better in its prime.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear amber color with a thin head..an earthy, citrusy, overripe grapefruit aroma..smooth..grapefruits, flowers, sweet citrus fruits..wholesome..but 7th aniversary worthy? I have to say...NO!
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh, this is really, really wonderful! It's like the marvelous Stone Pale Ale to the 7th. power, my friends! It is truly delicious. It pours a gorgeous, dark amber colour with an off-white, heavily laced head. The flavor is very intese, with much grapefruit and pine. It is a strong beer, to be sure, but the alcohol is not at all overpowering on the tongue. Beautiful mouthfeel, just oh too good.
TAR (2445) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glassy clear rufous. Dense and rocky light tan foam. Clean aroma with notes of lemon oil, toasted malt, honey, grapefruit, and flowers. Immense Amarillos envelop the nostrils with hop oils and oodles of sweet, spicy nuances. Vague notes of earth, cotton candy, candied pecan, sap, and honeydew. Crisp carbonation with a soft body. Right out of the gate comes a succulent blanket of toasted malts. The hop presence is initially deceptive, before kicking into that big, chewy, round Stone hop hallmark. The hops are coarse, spicy and very earthy. Underlying notes of dates, honeysuckle, lemon oil, bubblegum, and mangos. Finishes rich, semi-balanced, though the hops are clearly the theme. It finishes very rich with a salt-like bitterness and glazed malt underpinning. It manages to stay pale ale-ish, but simultaneously flirts with barleywine territory. Does that half to make sense?
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale ale my ass...Pours a red-orange-amber with a light beige head. Aroma is light sweet citrus. Flavor starts lightly sweet with a slight bite on the tongue then hop bitterness that is very well balanced by the malt. Finish is kinda barley wine like with a lingering light grapefruit aftertaste. At 7.7% shouldn't this be classified an American Strong Ale? Another quality brew from San Diego!
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
well it doesnt smell like a bag of hops, bullshit. a cool dirty clayish color with a lill head. Ya, its really light and sweet up front but follow up with a solid flow of nothing but tha bitters. I can dig it, its a different twist on the big hop flavor known to stone. Grapfruit anyone?
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2005 Appearance: This beauty pours a clear dark amber color with a tan head.This is a nice looking beer.
Aroma: The nose of this arrogant brew is fruity and hoppy.
Palate: The tip of your tongue is hit by citric hops, but just as it seems like the flavors are headed toward grapefruit and over the top hops-land, the malts kick in and balance this baby out. Wow. I loved it. It goes down so smoothly
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2003 Pours a nice clear copper color, with a good amount of tannish head that lingers. Aroma is mostly hops, with a little tiny bit of malt. Mostly hops in the flavor, but a little bit of malt sweetness comes through, I think it's very nicely balanced.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color with a small beige head. Citrus and floral hop aroma. Just bursting with hops and citrus flavor. Long hoppy finish. Well balanced and very drinkable.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark clear ruby red with tan head, slippery lacing. Yeah, it's all about the hops, but at first the malts are there - the hops start off small, sticky and piney, and just totally blossom in your mouth like a shot of novacaine, spreading from front to back, warming your throat. The intensity of flavor makes this seem like it's headed toward barley wine. Fantastical