aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As far as I am concerned If cascade hops are ever used again it will be to soon. They are overrated and metallic with poor resin flavors. So many better hop varieties out. Anyway ill get off my soapbox. Caramel and crytal malt with some bicuits and tea nose. Nice bitterness mild metallic resin and good soft mouthfeel. Copper penny finish with some mild tea notes.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an amber color with a medium head. mild citrus hop aroma with heavy malt presence. When I first tasted this I couldn’t believe it only had 4.4% alcohol. This is very well balanced and very flavorfull for that type of alcohol content. a mild hoppy flavor with a big rich malt flavor and some caramel notes. Thanks DarkElf!
rudolf (2276) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Citrus & herbal hop nose. Light cotton candy malt. The most balanced beer I’ve had from Stone and I wish it wasn’t. With a healthy dose of cascades this could be as good as Ithaca Cascazilla.
mjg74 (2363) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a somewhat pale amber color. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a little bit of fruitiness and malt. Crisp hoppy malty flavor. Nice and well balanced. Has quite a bit of richness to the flavor. Malts and hops are very well balanced.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 "Smaller" than Stone’s other beers, but full of flavor. Cocoa and malt with a nicely balanced hop and resin taste. Dry and quiet, but surprisingly complex. Could drink these all night.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a nice red amber with a thick creamy head and heavy lacing.
Flavor is a light hops and citrus.
This is a very good easy drinking beer.
bu11zeye (11113) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of toffee, toasted malt, citrus, and marshmellow. Flavor of hops with some caramel malt.
jbak (110) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber color with thin white head that dissipates quite quickly. Aroma is citrusy and piney, a touch of malt. Flavor is of caramel and malt, but well balanced by the hops. Aftertaste is quite malty as well, which lingers a bit. The bottle says 4.4% ABV but it feels stronger than that. Overall, a very quaffable brew. Another good one, if not over the top, from Stone.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled: hadnt seen this one around....but ofcourse have tried all the stone greats. knew this was somwhere out there and the ’weak’ one fo the bunch. nice toasted malt flavor with non dominant hops but enough to know they are perched on the back porch opening the back door...perfect for the amber classification as a somewhat vague statement. also reminded me of a british esb. wish this was on draft at our local pub instead of that fat tire crap. hope to see you again my friend.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think its that ambers are very subtle and uninteresting beers and not so much the fact that this wasn’t that good. For an amber this was really nice, but i think it was still a bit of a let down. Aroma gives off tons of citrus hops, kinda getting your hops up. The flavor has a mild caramel malt presence up front finishing not nearly as hoppy as the aroma let on, but still very hoppy for an amber. Pours nice, darker copper, very clear, with a medium white head.