auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
fruity apricot flavour. slightly thick palate similar to a duvel, caramel scent
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a orangish amber color with a medium white head. Aroma of sweet heavy hops. Medium body with a long bitter finish that warms every so slightly. Great beer.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Drank on 8/10/06. Bottle conditioned. Clear, orangish yellow. Big 3" creamy off-white / yellowish head. Big foam sticks around. Big lacing. Aroma - pretty big, sweet with lots of fruity, citrusy orange hops, even after being almost a year old. Flavor - decent up front bitterness - pretty well balanced on the tongue. Some sweetness and orangy citrus flavors. Somewhat tart, mildly puckery finish. Palate - Medium towards full. Carb. on the lower side of avg. Coats the tongue nicely. Overall - really good. I pretty much like everything from Stone. Desc. says wheat beer, but no mention of wheat on the bottle? Pretty citrusy, but goes down really well on a hot day like today. Does a great job of hiding almost 8%. Great job for a big summer beer.
v8powered (146) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cellared and enjoyed November 2013: I think I saved this one a little too long. Color was orangey yellow with a mild white head. The citrusy wheat flavor is present but the carbonation was light. Good beer overall. Enjoyed one a few years ago and that one was better. May have just kept too long.
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Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The American Strong Ale category is so varied; I had no idea what to expect from this beer. Color golden with a small but lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma fruity, a little sour, phenolic and alcoholic.
Taste yeasty, malty, subtly hoppy-bitter, with a tart, astringent sweet yet not sweet (zen sweetness?) finish. Interesting beer. Not as complex as I would expect. From the description I expected a kicked up 3FL gumballhead. Now THAT would have been a treat!
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First, a tasty beer. Since it has no real category, I can’t really take points off for that I suppose...
The wheat aspect of it is hidden, so it comes across as a hoppy pale ale. Very delicious, but what is wheaty about it? It compares to Gumball Head in every way. The hop flavors are different, but otherwise it is a hoppy American wheat beer. Not yeasty, but hoppy.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has been a couple years since I have last had this so I am going off memory. Aroma is full of funky wheaty goodness. Pours a clear gold/orange with a nice lasting foam. Flavor is tart with a nice hop presence bringing it all together. One of the best wheat beers I have ever had. Made a journey to the brewery whenever I saw this on the growler list. Hope to see this brewed again.
chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Call this an American wheat with IPA tendancies along with a Belgian Strong twist. Clearly out side the box, which is what Stone is all about and what I enjoy.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m going to have to pick up the 8th and 7th, because this stuff is damn good.
jackamackson (127) - USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange/amber pour, big head, which disappeared sorta quickly. hoppy sweet aroma. flavor is very sweet and malty, but with a good floral hop flavor to give it some bite. a lot like an IPA.