marcus (6692) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Graduate, Davis. Pours golden amber with a decent off-white head and a sweet toffee aroma. Delicious caramel malt flavor with just the right amount of hop bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber gold , thick creamy head . Hoppy refreshing nose . Garden vegetable like . Medium bodied , bitter . Green hoppy brew , but not raw. Good hoppy ale .
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of nice sweet citrus, dough, some bananas, lots of resin. Tastes of creamy malt and citrus with some peppery splashes. This is holding up very well!
Ernest (6318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), heavily hoppy (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Oh, YE GODS! One of the most medicinal, overwheming Pine Sol hop aromas I’ve had the displeasure of smelling in a long time. Totally destroys any other aromas this thing might have. I threatened to go below a 4 for it, but I do realize that this is what they were going for. So not a flaw, just...very crude and overdone in every way. Based on pure enjoyment, disregarding styles and Stone’s penchant for overhopping everything, I’d probably give this a 1.5. More than being undrinkable, it’s unsmellable. Horrific and a total drain pour.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Golden, fairly clear, large rocky off-white head, soft carbonation, nice lacing. Quite hot in the aroma, zesty hop, unripened citrus peel, with a tinge of tobacco or tea leaves. Soft hop bitterness to start, slightly resiny, not as alcoholic as suggested by the nose, but does end with a bit of heat. Somewhat citrusy, subtle tobacco leaf, a tad tart, with a dry finish. Never would have thought to this be a wheat based beer. Fairly big body, moderate mouthfeel. Certainly isn’t as filling as a wheat beer. Tiz alright, but not my favorite Anniversary Ale from Stone.
douglas88 (6249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Kramer. Man, I wish I had a gallon of this, it is still so damn good. What was this like fresh! Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white foamy head. The aroma is strong fruity hops and dusty caramel. The flavor is well-balanced by age- like a barley wine-; sweet fruity hops, dry musty rich caramel hops. Sweet and very, very drinkable. Almost dry yet fruity and delicious. A full creamy mouthfeel. I dig this.
blipp (6249) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Oldish hoppy aroma with some toffee sweet malts and herbal notes. the flavor has older herbal-ish hoppy notes and some lighty sweet toffee-like malts. Decent. I bet this was really good fresh.
after4ever (6237) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Pours fully orange with a bit of white filmy head. The nose is bready and wheaty. The attack is fairly neutral, but the mid palate does show a lot of sweet wheat and some sweet malt. The finish is long, dry, and bitter. Not sure what I was expecting, and this may or may not be a brand new type of beer, but it’s satisfying and tastes great. (I know, sounds like faint praise, given that they were probably aiming for more).
blankboy (6197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a clear golden-orange with an average size white head. Nice lacing. Very nice aroma of citrus and piney hops with some malt backing it up. The flavour follows the aroma and is quite tasty I must say. Medium bodied and creamy. Not as awesome as some of Stone’s other beers but still very good.
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Floral mandarine/lemony bright hops shine amidst the sweet, bready, not very flavorful malts. Shining bottle-conditioned golden robe. The head is white, foamy, diminishing a bit fast for a wheat containing beer, but less fast than most other Stone beers. A very perfumey big weizen where the wheat comes out nicely, but the final result feels less exciting (lively, fresh) than say a gumballhead, yet I’d rather drink gumballhead. Light bodied, high crisp carbonation. Well contained alcohol, clean fermentation. Easy to drink, but a bit too bitter for what it is, though there aren’t the malts in there for the beer to be any interesting without that bitterness. Ultimately, it leads into a rather astringent, abrasive hop finish that brings back alcohol fumes. A vicious circle that, glad they tried something different though. A pale ale next year?