BBB63 (6154) - 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.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Pretty clear dark amber robe with a generous off-white head, very sticky to the glass. After one sniff: "We've got a winner of the day!". The nose is more reminiscent of an IPA, hops are certainly there, reminding of oranges, but what manages to impress here is the BIG caramelic malt presence. The Body is full, round, almost visquous with above average carbonation. I found it to have not only a definite hop character (while it's an attack, it's not overly agressive in its bitter) but also an algae feeling. The malt plays games with the tongues, one minute it's honey, the other it's maple. Chewy! Thank you Jazz88 !
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"a little past it’s prime, given the past high scores. sampled at Stone 1/09...over 5 years old. Still pretty good, but i’ve had many better pales. everything mellowed just a bit too much."
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange with some brown hues. Malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness and some hop presence. Obviously aging has mellowed this one. Its got some pleasant caramel sweetness with a subdued fruity hops. The finish leaves a tingling hoppiness. A nice beer to sit, sip and enjoy.
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden brown with no head. Grainy cereal and citrus aroma. Good tangy citrus taste with an alcoholic warmth to the finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Shared By EDA, thank you Mike. Pours a honey orange body with a thin white head. Oxidation, tobacco, paper and moth. Plumy with a hint of fruit esters.
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
egajdzis (5401) - 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!
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to argo0 for this! Copper body with small tan head. Nose is malt and a piney hop mix. Some sweetness is definitely there but is complimented by the hops. WOW! Very hoppy body. Some maple syrup notes in there as well. Seems like a sweeter Ruination IPA to me. Finish has very little bitterness, surprisingly enough. Rather smooth though. Very good beer. Recommended!
beerguy101 (5288) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruity, piney, fruity and slightly sweet. A full to medium bodied pale ale. The hops will assault your taste buds, take no prisoners and you will be lucky to only have to walk the plank, stripped don to your undies. Your taste buds are then rescued by the really big nutty malt sweetness. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and a touch resiny. This beer goes from being hoppy to malty then back to hoppy again, all while staying in balance. Smooth tasting. This is a very nice beer, Stone has done it again, produced a very familiar style beer, but in a way that is unique and very definitely Stone. I wonder what this beer will taste like with some bottle aging, its still a little young. Very cool artwork on the etched bottle. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.