Pailhead (5377) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Lots of caramel with a light hop balance in the aroma. Pours a transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and light banana bread up front. Hops are very subdued at this point but are still present. Reminds me a lot of an aged barely wine. Would have really like to have tried this a little more fresh.
radagast83 (5376) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Consumed 09/11/09. Aroma is still pretty malty, hop aroma is almost non-existent. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with no real head to it. Still has a pretty decent amount of carbonation. I will rate it *slightly* higher than I probably would have - mostly due to any inconsistencies existing partially due to the age of the beer. But I can certainly see its strengths.
beerguy101 (5319) - 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.
notalush (5217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper in color, with a decent lacing - sweet citrus aroma - malts and hops in wonderful abundance - big time grapefruit and other citrus flavors (I swear I can see pulp in this beer) - highly sweet at first, but the hops swell up out of the maltiness to dominate the toasty finish - great stuff.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From old tasting notes back when this one was fresh. Sampled from a 22 oz bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was strong sweetish fruity hops. The flavor was all about the fruity hops but with an underlying harshness that put me off a bit. Very one dimensional and this one did not really stand out to me.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, 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.
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fort Wayne event. The fourth brew of the day. This brew poured a small head of finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a hazy light brown colored semi-hazy body. The aroma was a medium strength hoppy one and its mouthfeel was tingly from the hops. The flavor was also all hops and some spice.
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper colour with a thin white head. Strong hoppy aroma with a bit of alcohol and some pears. Medium to Heavy-bodied; Sweet taste with a mild fruit flavour and some complex spiceyness noticeable. Overall, decent but really not the best APA i've had. I had this bottle at the Winter Party at Oakes' place in Toronto, Canada on 05-December-2003. Many thanks go out to KimChee for bringing this one to the party as it turned out to be one of the best from the show!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper color with a smaller off white head. Earthy toasted malt along with very aromatic hops for the age. Full and smooth feel. Lots of sweet malt and balance by sharp citric hops balance. Lingers long with lots of malt again. A typical brew from Stone. Lots of malt, lots of hops, lots of good drinkin.