Ernest (5929) - 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.
BBB63 (5609) - 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.
riversideAK (5557) - 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 (5526) - 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
beerguy101 (5244) - 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.
egajdzis (5119) - 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!
Hildigöltur (5105) - Kĝbenhavn, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Hoppy and fruity aroma. Very sweet, fruity and hoppy flavour. Well balanced and rather full bodied. Pleasant.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
How is this considered APA? Should be Am. strong ale. Pours deep copper/red color like an amber ale with a large frothy off white head which dissipates slowly. Lots of crystal malts here, with huge additions of NW hops. Flavor is almost resiny due to the high amounts of bittering hops.